Our engagement since lockdown
Through the challenging repercussions of Covid-19, CPA and WPA, under the London Property Alliance banner, have united to bring together voices from across our sector to collaborate, share insight, and make the case for Central London’s built environment.
Now, more than ever, this Alliance has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the capital remains a thriving ecosystem for its businesses, residents, and visitors as we move towards a recovery. Robust and impactful engagement with the issues that shape Central London is made possible through the combined forces of our WPA and CPA members and we thank all our members for their part in the Association’s important work.
As well as working closely with both the City of London Corporation and Westminster City Council, we also engage with other Central London boroughs, the GLA and national government – providing a focused and collective voice for Central London’s property industry.
We have lobbied central Government throughout the crisis, with submissions to the Treasury, MHCLG and Department for Transport urging financial flexibility for property owners and all businesses, support for wider businesses to help retain jobs, and ongoing investment in the capital’s infrastructure to enable safe travel and drive the London and UK economy.
Whilst both associations have dedicated workstreams which reflect the different markets of the City and West End and their distinct requirements (summed up in the respective CPA and WPA messages to each Association’s members), their collaborative efforts under the Alliance support our wider objectives for the Central Activities Zone.
From joint research projects such as our Good Growth for Central London report launched in Camden pre-Covid, to our work on Knowledge Clusters and our recent joint consultation responses on the Planning for the Future White Paper and Business Rates Reform, the Alliance continues to forge meaningful engagement with the key issues facing Central London.
Collectively, the associations have provided numerous opportunities for CPA and WPA members to build industry knowledge, and our growing NextGen network has provided a valuable and engaged forum for younger property professionals to come together.
The CPA and WPA NextGen networks, just like the Associations, conduct their own dedicated workstreams, and are currently producing a series of booklets about how diversity and inclusion can be improved within the industry.
Looking ahead to 2021 we will continue to make the case for Central London, and the unique needs for the City, West End and wider CAZ. All cities will need to adapt to a post-Covid world, as life and work is clearly changing forever.
We are confident about Central London’s positive future and that the capital will remain a pre-eminent global city. But we cannot take its success for granted and need to work together to adapt and change to a rapidly changing world.
Thank you for your continued support and engagement with our work at the Alliance.
Charles Begley, London Property Alliance (WPA & CPA) Executive Director
Olivia Harris, WPA Chair
Dan Scanlon, CPA Chair