Retail remains the single largest private sector employer in the UK, with one in 10 people working in retail, and annual sales totalling £358bn.
From world-leading shopping street destinations, to neighbourhood high streets, markets, town centres and meanwhile spaces, London encompasses a diverse spectrum of retail environments. With the rise of rents, online retailing, new technologies and changing consumer expectations, London’s retail landscape is evolving fast to meet new demands. In anticipation of these shifts, how can the built environment sector adapt successfully for the future of retail in London?
What makes London’s most successful retail environments good places? Does the retail planned for new and regenerated neighbourhoods meet the needs and desires of inhabitants? How can London’s retail environments respond to changing market conditions with better considerations of longevity and sustainability in mind? Across development, planning, design and government, how can the built environment sector generate a resilient retail landscape?
As the UK retail sector continues to face challenge in the year ahead, this NLA research paper will report on the opportunities for change and growth, alongside those leading the way in the retail revolution. The research will consider what role the development and built environment sectors can play in responding to the city’s current circumstances that enable it to embrace a positive future, built from its diversity of place, people and potential for continual innovation.
– What do we value in current retail and how do we retain it?
– What is it that London’s most successful retail places offer?
– Who are the creative thinkers that the built environment sector should be taking notice of?
– What role can good design and good placemaking play in supporting and enhancing our retail places?
– How can planning policy help create and maintain successful town centres, high streets and retail parades?
– How can the diversity of places and consumers have a role in shaping their retail offer?
– How do retailers decide where to open?
– What processes do developers use when deciding anchor tenants?
– What can BIDs do to generate change?
– How can landlords support retail?
– Can social/educational/learning use mix well with retail? Who curates the mix?
This Research Paper forms a key part of NLA’s Retail programme, a year-round programme which investigates how London is adapting to retain its title as a world-leading shopping city and the innovative responses underway.
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