• LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Youtube

The research

Take a look at our case study in Lambeth.


The sky’s the limit – or is it? As part of  WSP’s Big Housing Debate, in WSP’s report Building Our Way Out of a Crisis we examined whether the idea of re-using public land to provide homes for the hundreds of thousands of Londoners who will flood into the city over the next decade and beyond has legs or not.

WSP worked with University College London (UCL) to analyse the potential sites it could apply to. 

The findings show the vast potential for reaching housing targets by applying this idea to sustainable regeneration schemes across London, particularly where both more housing and an upgrade of local public facilities is needed.

In fact, across London you could provide over 630,000 residential units by developing all the sites to include residential apartments above the facilities (based on a mixed height strategy of six and twelve storey extensions, and 100m2 a unit).

To put this into perspective, the full London Provisional Monitoring Target for 2021 is 274,500 new homes and the full requirement in London over the next decade is 488,000 new homes.

Of course it’s unlikely that all sites would be available for redevelopment but even if one in every two was targeted, it could still provide a substantial proportion of the future demand.

Our case study with UCL looks at how the idea might work in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Take a look at the housing report here and read the rest of our housing debate research using the headings below:

What Londoners think

The reality- case studies

The industry view

The design

The report

The Maths

The environment

The Politics