Smart city toolkit for London’s new town

Smart solutions for a £1 billion regeneration programme


What are the opportunities to deploy smart solutions in building refurbishment, the construction of new homes and public space redevelopment?

Urban Foresight was awarded two contracts to apply smart principles to Thamesmead, London’s New Town. Thamesmead is at the start of a 30-year regeneration programme that could deliver up to 20,000 new homes and 9,000 new jobs. In spring 2016, Peabody announced its proposals for a £1bn regeneration programme for South Thamesmead over the next ten years.

The contracts were awarded by the Peabody Group, which provides homes and services to more than 111,000 residents across London and is the major landowner in Thamesmead. Peabody’s ambitions for the project placed an emphasis on maximising the benefits that could be realised by local residents and businesses. It also placed an emphasis on providing practical guidance and funding to ensure that projects could be implemented and sustained.

The first of Urban Foresight’s contracts was to create a Smart Toolkit that will provide a set of practical guidelines for how to apply Smart City principles across Peabody’s current pipeline of projects. This required working across Peabody’s directorates to develop a toolkit that could be used to undertake a health check across the Thamesmead regeneration programme and to identify where Peabody can embed, test or pilot a smarter approach.

The second contract was to create a concept plan for a Smarter District in Thamesmead, that would act as a “living lab” or demonstrator to test and pilot a series of interventions. This covered a range of interventions such as smart homes, smart high streets, community services and engagement. The concept plan also sets out a vision, measures of success, a range of potential interventions, initial costs and a funding plan.


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Sector Expertise

Bottom-up understanding of the needs and motivations of citizens, as well as engaging with communities to inspire positive actions and behaviours 

How new technologies and business models are transforming the way people and goods are transported to create better connected, healthier and more sustainable cities 

Maximising the opportunities for employment and wealth creation and helping to establish the necessary governance, policy and capital funding to make this possible 

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Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project 

Professional engagement with relevant stakeholders and experts to uncover key insights and identify shared priorities 

Defining key stakeholders, determining their priorities and defining their relationship to a client or project 

We reimagine services in order to create new economic value and meet customer needs in new ways.