Lessons on Levelling Up

This week the Government published the long-awaited list of winners of Levelling Up Fund (LUF) money.  In doing so it has provided more insight into what it means by “levelling up”, how it wants the funding to be used and what this may mean for future bidding rounds. Lesson one: Priority isn’t everything There were

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Lessons From An Apprenticeship Test Dummy

At the age of 19 I was in a job but not completely happy, wondering what I should do with my life, just like any normal 19-year-old. For me there were three options, either I went to university, got an apprenticeship, or I played golf all day. I was lucky enough to have a happy

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Four Tet Alexandra Palace

Night-time Economy to the Rescue?

Following “Freedom Day” on 19 July, will cultural institutions and the night-time economy help bring people back to central London and city centres globally in a post-pandemic world? One of the areas most significantly affected by the changes in working patterns is the City of London. Half a million people previously worked in the square

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Some things I learnt from Stephen Ashworth

This week as we formally say goodbye to Stephen Ashworth I wanted to say a few words on behalf of Quod.  We were lucky to have worked closely with Stephen over the years and he was a good friend of Quod as well as some of us personally.  Sue Willcox has been a close friend

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The planners’ public – the paradox of public participation?

Public participation in the planning process is usually seen as a key part of local democracy and considered an inherently good thing, with less regard to the methods of recruitment and participation. In England, perhaps the most common method of participation is consultation, a process which typically involves inviting local residents and others directly affected

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Something exciting is (finally) happening in West London

It has been a slower start than anticipated, but something exciting is starting to happen in west London. When the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) launched on 1 April 2015, it was tasked with developing a whole new centre and community for London by Boris Johnson (the then Mayor of London). Anyone

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