MDAG set out recommendations on London’s rising population

The Mayor’s Design Advisory Group (MDAG)  have announced a series of strategic papers examining London’s rapid population rise will be launched throughout February.

With experts predicting at least 10 million people to be living in the capital by 2030, the impact on London’s physical form, transport and civic infrastructure including public space will be significant, warned the advisors.

Over the last 12 months, members of MDAG, chaired by Daniel Moylan, have been developing the Good Growth Agenda setting out far-reaching recommendations and guidance on how London can deliver a high-quality and socially-inclusive environment.

Moylan, chairman of MDAG said:

“London’s population is growing by as much as 100,000 people every year, the equivalent of a town the size of Bath. ‘Good Growth’ is therefore absolutely vital if we are to ensure that this unprecedented population boom can be accommodated sustainably and sensibly.

“The recommendations contained in these four reports will help to put exemplary design at the very heart of plans to expand London, helping to ensure that it remains one of the best cities in the world, to live and visit.”

The first paper, Growing London, addresses the question of what shape a future London will take, where people are going to live, and how we can balance high densities with high quality design.

Public London examines how London’s streets and public spaces can be designed, accommodated and delivered to support increasing pressures on movement and recreation.

Ageing London discusses how we can create a world-class city to grow old in by providing opportunities for increased entrepreneurship and creativity.

The final paper, Shaping London, explores how the public sector can develop the skills and capacity to meet these challenges and deliver better places for Londoners.

Pat Brown, deputy chair of MDAG added:

“The Good Growth Agenda is an important contribution to help articulate and guide how we can enable the capital to grow, and still feel proud of the city we are shaping.”

Peter Murray, member of MDAG, and chairman of New London Architecture pointed out the need to make better use of the land and develop more densely within the existing urban fabric.

Murray stated:

“The Good Growth Agenda highlights the key design issues that must be addressed if we are not to emulate the rookeries of the Victorians, the sprawl of the 30s or the monocultural estates of the post war era. They deliver analysis and recommendations on key elements of development which will assist decision-makers to generate quality growth for the London of the future.”

The full content of these recommendations will be presented and discussed at New London Architecture in The Building Centre on Tottenham Court Road, at a series of breakfast talks on the following dates:

  • ‘Growing London’, 08:30-09:30 Friday 5 February
  • ‘Public London’, 08:30-09:30 Friday 12 February
  • ‘Ageing London’, 08:30-09:30 Friday 19 February
  • ‘Shaping London’, 08:30-09:30 Friday 26 February

All the papers will be made available via