The NLA Programme

NLA’s year-round programme examines all sectors of London’s built environment from housing to commercial development, regeneration to infrastructure, as well as major areas of opportunity across the capital.

A carefully curated mix of research, events and exhibitions provides comprehensive coverage of the issues affecting London’s changing physical environment.

Download the 2016 programme here, July - September 2016, quarterly programme here.

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Work Well – improving health and well-being at work

Free Event, Friday 28 October 2016


How can innovative ergonomic furniture design and creative office design improve workplace health and well-being? Join us as we test out physical full-scale products which aim to enhance mood, productivity and general happiness in the workplace. What are the long-term economical effects of investment in health and wellbeing – happier staff, less sick days, lower staff turnover?

WRK / LDN Event Programme

Join NLA for discussions, presentations, tours and demonstrations throughout autumn as we explore the future of work in the capital. Come to the NLA galleries to see the major exhibition: WRK/LDN and interact, collaborate and innovate!

NLA Nights: Inspiring Women

NLA Nights, Wednesday 2 November 2016

18:30 – 20:30

Michele Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2 will join us as our guest speaker to share her insight and expertise from a distinguished career as part NLA’s ongoing Inspiring Women series, at an evening reception in the NLA galleries.

City of London: Strengthening resilience

On Location, Wednesday 9 November 2016

09:00 – 18:00

NLA’s annual ‘On Location’ event will examine the future for development and infrastructure in the City of London. What does the City of London Corporation need to do to make sure that the City remains as the world’s top financial and business centre?

Making in London – a practical demonstration

Free Event, Friday 11 November 2016


What is being made in London and where is it being made? A unique insight into London’s making industries – how do these enterprises benefit their surrounding neighbourhoods? We will investigate the diverse nature of manufacturing in London and the future opportunities and challenges.

New London Walking Tour - Canary Wharf

Walking Tours, Saturday 12 November 2016

14:00-16:00 (Registration at 13:45)

Just 28 years after construction began, Canary Wharf is one of London’s planning success stories. This walk will explore new developments in the area as it awaits the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.

How will Sadiq solve London’s housing problem?

Half-day Conference, Tuesday 15 November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

At the Conservative Party Conference at the start of October, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced a package of measures and a £20bn Housing Budget for the next five years to speed up the delivery of housebuilding.

Building tours: WRK-Space Visits

Free Event, Friday 18 November 2016


An afternoon of exclusive access to London’s most innovative and creative office buildings, led by the architects, engineers and developers behind these spaces. Tours will be open to anyone to attend and offer unique insight to the variety and quality of workspace being created across the capital.

Creative places for children

Free Breakfast Talk, Friday 25 November 2016

08:30 – 09:30 (Registration from 08:00)

“If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people”. Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota For London to be competitive and successful for all communities, it needs to be a city where creativity can flourish. This means building in opportunities for children, young people and families to play, learn and create.

Live to work? – Investigating the live-in office

Free Event, Friday 25 November 2016


Taking a closer look at the live-in office model with on-site libraries, gyms, napping areas, free 24 hour canteens and living rooms, we investigate if this new live-in office is sustainable. What are the long-term outcomes of working in such generous environments?

New London Walking Tour - Bloomsbury

Walking Tours, Wednesday 30 November 2016

10:30-12:30 (Registration at 10:15)

Bloomsbury, the London heart of the old Bedford Estates, continues its rapid evolution. Join us as we discover a wealth of new and retrofitted developments at some of the area’s oldest medical and academic establishments, articulating a 21st century commitment to the area’s leading role in research and cultural development.

WRK / LDN: Shaping London's future workplaces - Curator-led tour with Sarah Yates

Free Event, Wednesday 30 November 2016


WRK / LDN looks at how the future of the workplace is changing, explores where we will be working and what we will need in the future. Sarah Yates, the curator, will lead a tour of the exhibition, explaining the key themes to come out of the NLA Insight Study WRK / LDN and analysing the future of work in the capital.

Work – Industrial land and the future of manufacturing

Free Breakfast Talk, Friday 2 December 2016

08:30-09:30 (Registration from 08:00)

With 500 hectares of industrial land having been lost to housing in the past five years and permitted development rights putting the remaining 6950 hectares under threat, we are witnessing an unprecedented pressure on space for those integral cogs that make London function. With advances in technology and the streamlining of processes, industry and manufacturing need no longer be banished to the peripheries of the M25.

Where do you work?

Free Event, Friday 9 December 2016


Using bespoke projections to highlight London’s work districts on the New London Model, we will explore the nature, location and variety of work areas across the capital. Where do Londoners work? Which areas of the capital are expecting change from work to other uses? Where will we work in the future?

New London Walking Tour - King's Cross St Pancras

Walking Tours, Saturday 10 December 2016

14:00-16:00 (Registration at 13:45)

The dramatic renewal of this key two-station transport hub kick-started the transformation of 67acres of old railway and industrial land behind, now known as King’s Cross Central.

NextGen: Capital Ideas! for working in London

Pecha Kucha, Monday 12 December 2016


London’s next generation present their Capital Ideas! for the future of work in London, responding with realistic but innovative solutions to the set of recommendations to come out of the Insight Study. From integrating workspaces within transport infrastructure to new building typologies, how will the industry’s fresh talent build for the future?