UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Special Director's Seminar: Rise Up: Providing homes for key urban workers on London's rooftops

29 November 2018, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm


We are joined by Arthur Kay, Founder and Chief Executive of SKYROOM and bio-bean, for a special Director's Seminar

This event is free.

Event Information

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UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Medical Sciences
A V Hill LT
United Kingdom

This is a special event as part of our Soundbites and Seminars series.

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London's key urban workers can no longer afford to live in the city they support. We depend on our nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters and doctors for the key services that keep London running. Their service gives us the opportunity to live in our cities as free, happy, healthy educated, empowered, prosperous and safe people.

Urban designer and Institute for Global Prosperity's Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Arthur Kay, presents a solution. Skyroom provides key urban workers with high-quality, low-cost, eco-friendly homes near to where they work, so that they have the opportunity to thrive in the cities they support. Skyroom partners with London's local councils and housing associations to add value to the disused, flat rooftops above their existing buildings. Skyroom secures planning permission before developing and installing homes and gardens onto these flat rooftops and then leases the homes out at a low-cost to London's key urban workers.

This lecture accompanies a white paper of the same name, published by the Institute for Global Prosperity and Skyroom in September


Arthur Kay is an award-winning urban designer and entrepreneur, passionate about the need to create sustainable cities. He is Founder and CEO of SKYROOM, an urban development company that provides key urban workers with high-quality, low-cost, eco-friendly homes, near to where they work; Founder and Deputy Chairman of bio-bean, a clean technology company that manufactures high-quality, low-cost, eco-friendly advanced biofuels and biochemicals, derived from waste coffee grounds; and co-Founder and Chairman of Fast Forward 2030. Arthur is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL and a UN Sustainable Development Goal Pioneer. 

Reception following the event

You are warmly invited to join us for a reception following this event, from 18:00 - 20:00 on Thursday 29th November 2018. Full details are below. Please note, the venue for the reception is a 5 minute walk from the venue of the talk. We hope you'll be able to join us drinks and nibbles and to carry on the conversation!

Rise Up Reception

18:00 - 20:00

Room 403, Senate House

University of London

Malet St