This year's events programme will examine the draft new London Plan and Mayor's Transport Strategy in detail with a wide range of seminars, debates, network meetings and practical hands-on workshops to bring both publications to life.

Our design guidance, the 'Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking', was published in 2017 by RIBA; and to celebrate we will be running a series of events on the key lessons from the companion providing you with the necessary tools to deliver better places in line with best practice.

Our training sessions are open to all of our subscribing members. Interested in becoming a member? Please send us an email. Our years programme of events can also be downloaded here.

Transport & Streets Getting Homes Built The Design Companion Planning London Tech & The City Working With The Mayor's Transport Strategy Network Meetings & Site Visits
Wed 09/01/19

Design Review Network

An opportunity for those involved in managing and providing advice on design review panels to discuss best practice and emerging issues.
Tue 15/01/19

Tech & Planning the City

Part of the Tech & The City

Considering how technology is supporting planning work; including community engagement, decision making and project delivery.
Wed 23/01/19

Connecting Places

Delegates will propose ways to ensure strategic opportunities for movement will be delivered alongside new growth and support local connections to new public spaces, schools and community facilities.
Thu 24/01/19

Cycling Review: How are we doing?

An overview of London’s recent cycling revolution, what is happening now, and how has our understanding of designing for cycling developed through experience.
Location: Palestra
Tue 29/01/19

Different Homes, Different Places

Delegates will consider how to deliver good growth in their borough over the next 10 years by setting out the range of homes needed in the area and identifying what works best where.
Thu 31/01/19

Public Space Design

Examining how planners can consider and influence the design of public spaces to deliver high quality places; offering local economic, environmental and social benefits.
Wed 06/02/19

Placemaking Network

A network specifically for anyone interested in building and managing homes and places including estate regeneration, town centre transformation or delivering ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods.
Wed 13/02/19

Modelling for all Modes

A fresh look at how we use models to inform schemes and how modelling for pedestrians and cyclists can be part of this process.
Wed 27/02/19

Environmental Design

Exploring the environmental issues that planners need to consider including wind, temperature, daylight and water management.
Thu 28/02/19

Councillors Network

An opportunity for Councillors to be briefed on new legislation, research, policy and funding situations as well as hear about exemplar projects to illustrate who is doing what where.
Wed 06/03/19

Tech and the Streets

Fully Booked

Part of the Tech & The City

How innovation can improve public space management and a look at the products and applications available to help us solve our streets’ most pressing challenges.
Wed 20/03/19

Suburban Renaissance

Delegates will develop a community-led plan for managing incremental development in a suburban area to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and reduce car dependency.
Tue 26/03/19

Working City

Part of the Planning London

Looking at the types of places needed to keep creative businesses and cultural industries in London and where they should be located.
Wed 27/03/19

Designing Town Centres and Interchanges

Looking at how we design and manage our town centres and transport interchanges and ensuring the places we share ideas, buy goods and meet in are a loved and valued resource.
Wed 10/04/19

The London Van: Freight and Servicing

This session will consider the challenges in creating a more efficient freight and delivery service and the implications for street design.
Wed 17/04/19, 9am–4pm

Designing Town Extensions & Large-Scale Schemes

Exploring the special characteristics of town extensions and large-scale developments and how we can ensure new neighbourhoods will be appreciated by future generations.
Wed 12/12/18
Past Event

Street Design

A look at how streets can achieve their full potential to serve buildings and their occupants, to enable movement by foot or by bicycle, and to be places to linger and enjoy.
Thu 06/12/18
Past Event

Engagement and Co-Design Network

A get together for those involved in projects that interact with the public, whether through engagement exercises or getting people to design and build their own homes.
Thu 06/12/18
Past Event

Young Practitioners Network

A network specifically aimed at bringing together ambitious young people making waves in their respective areas of work; for professionals with less than 10 years of experience.
Wed 21/11/18
Past Event

Buildings Frontage: Creating Good Neighbours

This session will explore the benefits of creating active street frontages and the design of the building interface with the public realm.
Wed 14/11/18
Past Event

A Civic Square

Delegates will develop ideas to transform a high profile central London space, give it a new character and role in the city, and embrace the Mayor’s Healthy Streets approach.
Tue 13/11/18, 9am–4pm
Past Event

Housing Design

How will we meet our housing targets and make sure it is quality over quantity?  We investigate housing design, sharing expertise on how best to deliver quality homes.  We look at the importance of accessibility, explore Croydon’s new residential SPD and ask; what makes a house a home?


Tue 06/11/18, 9.30am–3pm
Past Event

Construction New Homes For London

Stark statistics highlight that waste from construction, demolition and excavation represents 59% of the total UK waste, around 33% of UK carbon emissions come from the built environment, with 10% of UK carbon emissions coming from heating buildings alone.  Can we address this by getting to grips with construction options?  We discuss the role we can play in a roundtable discussion chaired by industry expert Tom Woolley.
Thu 01/11/18, 11am–2pm
Past Event

Councillors Planning Network

How can we deliver good design and what are the benefits?  We will discuss the principles of design with renowned author, Rob Cowan and focus on the Design Principles in the London Plan. How will this work in practice?  Supporting councillors role as leaders in the community, we will investigate design review and see it in action. 

Please note that this event is specifically for Councillors.

Wed 31/10/18, 9am–1pm
Past Event

Landscape Design

With a focus on London’s environment; we discuss the importance of delivering green infrastructure in your borough and learn how to assess landscape proposals and drawings in a practical workshop.

Thu 18/10/18, 9am–1pm
Past Event

London's Tall Storeys

We will be interrogating the environmental and safety aspects of tall buildings in a series of expert presentations and on the ground at a tall building under construction.   

Tue 16/10/18, 9am–4pm
Past Event

Meaningful Meanwhile

What relevance do temporary uses have for society? Meanwhile – is there more than meets the eye? We will hear from various frontrunners in this burgeoning business, and visit a number of intriguing meanwhile spaces popping up in the Southwark, Waterloo area.
Wed 10/10/18, 9am–1pm
Past Event

Designing Rain Gardens: A Practical Guide

This workshop-based session will explore the six simple steps to designing a rain garden. An unmissable day for planning and transport practitioners interested in learning how we can introduce sustainable urban drainage in the capital and the benefits they offer.
Tue 09/10/18, 10am–3pm
Past Event

Design and the Historic Environment

We are off to Brixton for a practical heritage workshop with expert David McDonald, and visiting the recently renovated Lambeth Town Hall and nearby The Department Store. Spaces are limited due to site visit restrictions so book early to avoid disappointment.

Thu 04/10/18, 10am–1pm
Past Event

Viability Masterclass

Andrew Jones and Ellie Clayton-Smith from BPS Surveyors will give us a crash course on the complex art of planning viability; unpacking the legislation and outlining how to ask the right questions when assessing viability appraisals.
Tue 02/10/18, 9am–1pm
Past Event

Air Quality: Day 2

We will be rolling up our sleeves for a practical workshop session; offering helpful guidance for schemes entered for the Mayor’s Clean Air Fund 2018.

Thu 13/09/18, 9am–4pm
Past Event

Building Tall Neighbourhoods

Join us for an investigation into the environmental and social impact of tower clusters in the planning pipeline; will they provide the housing we need and create prosperous neighbourhoods for everyone in the community?

Wed 12/09/18, 9am–1pm
Past Event

Going for Growth

We will be working together to create a redevelopment plan for a former industrial site; looking at how a site can provide new public space and housing for its local community.


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