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TfL: ‘We could be the answer to London’s housing crisis’


Transport for London directors have spoken about plans to build more than 9,000 homes in the capital over the next ten years

TfL currently owns 5,700 acres of development land across London, and with work set to start on more than 75 sites in the next 10 years, it is one of the city’s largest landowners.

Speaking as part of an Archiboo event last week, Transport for London’s director of commercial development Graeme Craig and director of strategy and service development Gareth Powell spoke of the organisation’s upcoming development plans.

‘We are looking to identify joint-venture sites which can be developed over the next ten years’, said Craig.

The organisation has already identified 51 of these joint-venture sites with plans to build more than 9,000 residential units across the capital.

‘There is a never-ending pipeline if we just get going. We have the opportunity to provide something game-changing for London. We need architects to help us do this’, added Craig.

According to the TfL director mini-competitions will be run for architects on its framework with the aim of appointing firms to work on feasibility studies for the joint venture sites.

It expected that 15 joint-venture developments could be up and running in the next two years.

The event was held at Studio Egret West’s office, where the practice was showcasing its plans for TfL’s new design vision.

The new design idiom, set to be officially launched in October, covers every aspect of station architecture from pavement to platform within a set of nine design principles.

It will be applied to all TfL projects from small-scale repairs to major refurbishments and new stations.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Reassuring to know that TfL's awareness of what it can do to help develop London extends beyond a very contrived vanity project - although developing its property portfolio will see money flowing in, rather than out.
    But I wonder what's meant by 'game-changing' - affordable housing maybe? No mention of this, and with the government determined to see social housing being flogged off cheap to tenants/developers, maybe the arithmetic wouldn't stack up and we'll see more and more residential property bought purely as an investment, to be left empty and to hell with London.

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  • which architects are on the framework? Good to hear that TFL are providing the much needed public support as a counter to private development. Will the profits be put back into more public housing or back into transport systems?

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  • Chris Rogers

    It's not TfL's job to socially engineer housing. Many tune stations were designed from the start (in the 20s) to have offices or flats over them, e.g. Covent Gdn, St John's Wood; who builds what is up to the planners in each boroguh.

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