Re-shaping the high street

With the news that another high street chain 'Coast' has gone into administration, it was timely that we held our debate on the future of the high street this week in London with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's Deputy Director for Regeneration & Infrastructure, Rachel Fisher.

This was part of our tenth Future Cities Forum which also looked at the impact of stadium and station led regeneration and of modern methods of construction.

Please click on the podcast with a picture of the panel, to listen to the first presentation by Rachel Fisher and the related debate with Debbie Jackson, Assistant Director, Regeneration & Economic Development at the GLA and Helen Rainsford, Senior Director at Aviva Investors. The recorded discussion also includes questions from the audience from TfL, SNC- Lavalin's Atkins Business, Savills, Old Oak & Park Royal DC and Dorrington on fragmented ownership and flexible trading hours. Helen Rainsford said that the last point might be solved partly by introducing 'staff-less and till-less stores'.

In her presentation Rachel was keen to point out that the solution to the the 'dying' UK high street, lies mainly with strong local leadership. Research has shown that there will need to be different approaches for high streets around the country and that the Metro and combined authority mayors are motivated in finding regional and local solutions.