Sadiq Khan warns that the Covid pandemic has created an "existential threat" to central London as future commuters will work in suburban offices
- Sadiq Khan admitted he fears more people will work outside of central London
- In the midst of the pandemic, more people have moved to the suburbs outside the city
- This is a potentially existential threat to the city, according to the Mayor of London
The coronavirus pandemic has created an "existential threat" to central London, Mayor Sadiq Khan warned today.
In an interview, the mayor admitted that the change in working life caused by the pandemic "keeps him up at night," particularly fears that more commuters would rather work in the suburbs than in the city.
This comes amid surveys suggesting that people who have worked from home since March are now reluctant to return to their long commutes to crowded city centers.
Separate data has spiked property prices in suburbs around the capital as people moved out of apartments and housing in the city to make more space outside of London.
Surveys show that people who have worked from home since March are now reluctant to return to their long commutes in crowded city centers
Sadiq Khan has admitted that he feared the pandemic created an "existential threat" to central London
Mr Khan told the Observer New Review, “I think we have to accept the fact that central London as we know it may be existentially threatened.
"Will there be satellite offices around London because people may not want to work from home but rather in a shared work area in Zone 5 or Zone 4?"
His fears are driven by expectations that fewer people will want to ride public transport together, even after the Covid threat subsides.
Additionally, studies have shown that some people feel more efficient at work when they don't have to spend time traveling to and from London offices.
Despite his fears, the Mayor insisted that central London would remain a major draw, highlighting its art galleries and cultural attractions, as well as the financial services sector.
In an extensive interview, Mr. Khan spoke about the impact of the lockdown on the city and on him personally.
He accepted that he "blinked" first in negotiations with Boris Johnson for a £ 1 billion grant and £ 500 million loan for Transport for London, which included stringent conditions.
In an interview, the mayor admitted that the change in working life caused by the pandemic keeps him up at night.
He also talked about an "action plan" to increase BAME representation in the city police.
Regarding his personal situation, he said: “I found it very difficult to work from home. I'm lucky, I have a wife and children, and we get along in a decent house. But I live from society and share ideas. Zoom meetings are not the same. & # 39;
It comes days after details from him £ 10 million plan to relocate City Hall to London's East End has been unveiled.
The Mayor confirmed earlier this month that the Greater London Authority would be moving from its current £ 43million home near Tower Bridge to the Crystal building in the Royal Docks.
The decision was first proposed in June as part of efforts to fill a nearly £ 500m black hole in the capital's budget following the coronavirus pandemic.
Documents submitted to Newham Council show how The Crystal – currently a conference and exhibition center – is being modified to accommodate the Mayor and hundreds of City Hall staff.
According to an analysis by the London Assembly reported by the Evening Standard, it would cost £ 6m to convert the building internally, £ 3.6m to improve security and £ 1.5m to install the necessary IT Systems.
However, some residents are strongly opposed to the move. One said it was "like selling a Rolls Royce to buy a Mercedes and then claiming to be economical".
The GLA's eye-catching current home was designed by Norman Foster and didn't open until 2002.
Its unusual shape and construction led to the fact that it was referred to as the "Glasoden" by former Mayor Ken Livingstone and "Glasgonade" by Boris Johnson.
The lease was granted in 2001 for 25 years, but provides for an interruption of the contract after 20 years in December 2021.
The Mayor expects the current rent to be above market value and will rise to £ 12.6m after December 2021.