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What Londoners think


As part of WSP’s Big Housing Debate, in September 2014, WSP teamed up with polling and research consultancy ComRes to interview over 1,000 adults living in London about the idea of building new homes over London’s public buildings set out in our Building Our Way Out of a Crisis report.

Our headline findings showed:

  • 57 per cent think that London’s public facilities are in need of regeneration and refurbishment
  • Building new homes above publically owned buildings is the third most popular method of improving housing affordability in the city
  • 60 per cent of Londoners would happily live above a library, while a quarter would be willing to live above a school or hospital
  • Three in five (61 per cent) support the idea of private developers refurbishing government buildings, funded by residential apartments on top

Survey carried out by WSP with ComRes. 1,008 adults living in London were interviewed online in September 2014

Housing shortage threatens London’s competitiveness

In  their  recent  report  Moving out: how London’s housing shortage is threatening the capital’s competitiveness, business membership organisation London First  polled  London  employees,  employers,  general  public  and  local  councillors  to  gauge  their  views  about  housing  and understand how each group responds to lack of supply and rising prices.  A disturbing new ‘reverse brain drain’ threat was revealed:

  • While London is famed for attracting the best UK and international talent, it is in danger of losing workers due to lack of homes and rising prices
  • Over half (56 per cent) find their rent / mortgage costs make it difficult to live and work in London, whilst 24 per cent think it is easy
  • Nearly three in four (73 per cent) of London business decision makers think London’s housing supply and costs are “a significant risk to the capitals’ economic growth.”

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

The reality- case studies

The industry view

The design

The research

The report

The Maths

The environment

The Politics