The future of London's deliveries\

This year, Hawkins\Brown led the Adaptive Typologies Design Think Tank at the LSA. The tutoring team worked with six students from various practices, looking at the future of the last mile in London. Seeking to develop strategies for improvement, the end result is a thorough piece of research that proposes a new vision for the movement of personal goods in London.

As a group, the students speculated on what kind of last mile would be fit for the 21st century. To move closer to this vision, they interrogated the components that inform the last mile, and identified two key strands of immediate improvement – the world of personal deliveries and public realm. The proposal sits at this critical intersection, exploring provocations on the potential future of the last mile in London.


of the city's public space
is accounted for by London's streets, yet too often they are dominated by traffic

By speculating on the future of the movement of people and goods in London, the students wanted to start a conversation on the importance of approaching the problem of the last mile with joined-up thinking and an editorial eye. Within the next 20 years, the rise of the on-demand economy, new technologies and ever changing climactic, political and social conditions could render London’s streetscapes unrecognisable. The proposals suggest steps that can be taken to ensure that the future of the last mile is a holistic vision that includes everyone.


of all traffic in central London
is accounted for by freight

The student’s proposals introduced infrastructure for deliveries at different scales for people in the areas of Liverpool Street, East Village and Forest Gate. These three areas represented the different urban typologies that characterise much of inner London – the dense urban core, the new London vernacular and the metropolitan suburbs. For each of these conditions they proposed a type of distribution centre, and created a tapestry drawing of London’s future last mile showing how these centres would interface with the future cityscape.


of the main air pollutants
are currently caused by road transport

During the design process, the group had the privilege to present their work to people such as Patricia Brown (Centre for London), Deborah Saunt (DSDHA, ITC) and Jack Self (REAL, Real Review). All in all, the research and design process was an enriching one for all involved.

Tutor Team
Benjamin Graham (Lead - Hawkins\Brown)
Harbinder Birdi (Lead - Hawkins\Brown)
Fiona Stewart (Hawkins\Brown)
Mikel Azcona (Hawkins\Brown)

Ella Clarke (MICA)
Sam Davies (BDP)
Duncan Graham (Allies & Morrison)
Ivo Pery (Grimshaw)
Betty Owoo (Hawkins\Brown)
Oliver Sanger (AHMM)

Marko Neskovic (Hawkins\Brown)
Will Hunter (LSA)

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