We empower local authorities, regeneration teams, community groups, developers and investors to understand the potential of their places.
We design transformative yet practical strategies for long-lasting positive and equitable change, and develop innovative partnerships and structures to deliver them effectively.
We combine rigorous analysis and evidencing with imaginative thinking and a clear social mission.
Working at different scales – from individual buildings to whole regions – our multi-disciplinary and deeply experienced team becomes a valuable collaborator, advisor and critical friend.
Property development & delivery structures
We design and shape innovative delivery routes to bring bold, transformative development schemes into reality—from individual assets to entire masterplans. We translate property market evidence and performance data and into insights and project viability, which we use to structure approaches to investment and financing, targeted intervention and project realisation.
We work in the space between the public and private sectors, with a deep understanding of their motivations and how to harmonise their needs to drive better outcomes and more effective delivery.
Circular economy & net zero
We are working to transition the economy to deliver for people and the planet. We strive to respond to the climate emergency and achieve fairer places by positively disrupting existing models and ways of thinking, and providing systems-change advice.
We embrace circular economy principles, working closely with our clients to drive impactful change and develop new ventures while supporting bottom-up approaches.
Data & evidence
There is an ever-increasing amount of data on places, people, planet, and the economy, but it can be difficult to know where to start. We empower clients to engage with and use good evidence confidently, leading to stronger strategies and better-informed decisions.
Our approach to data filters the signals from the noise. We seek the most relevant sources to answer clients’ questions, creating robust, bespoke insight that illustrates lived experiences of local communities and illuminates pathways towards more inclusive, resilient economies.
Cultural infrastructure & development
We believe culture has the power to enhance our quality of life, playing a key role in shaping the future of our communities and economies. Making cultural activities inclusive boosts the strength and endurance of our places, weaving in local values, and promoting social cohesion. We work with clients to understand the impact of cultural activities and the role of the creative economy, how to get the most out of investment, and the possible routes and partnerships for long-term sustainability within an increasingly difficult environment.
People & participation
Our approach to community engagement is driven by collaboration with communities. We ensure participation is not a tick box exercise but a mechanism for giving communities a genuine role in shaping and delivering change.
We achieve this by using engagement techniques that give people a voice in the places in which they live, work, study, and visit as well as the services they need. Participation is at the front and centre of projects, making it an integral part of the placemaking and service design process.
Social impact strategies
All of our work aims to deliver better social and economic outcomes for individuals and communities. At the heart of our approach is achieving fairness and equality: the ultimate outcome of our work is to drive impactful change and create stronger community and individual wellbeing.
We achieve this by combining robust evidence with lived experience. We work from the bottom up and empower communities by working with them and giving them a voice. We use this insight to challenge our clients to approach investment, strategy, service provision and impact differently.
Political & public sector response
We are living in an era of crises and complexity. Whilst many of the most pressing policy challenges have national (and increasingly global) roots, they are visible in our neighbourhoods, town centres, and high streets. In times of crises, communities turn to the public sector to lead the response.
Our work provides clarity to these defining policy challenges, empowering local leaders with the evidence to act. We use our understanding of what works, and experience of working in the public sector, to support clients to diagnose the challenges, develop locally relevant solutions, and deliver the response.
Evening & night time management approaches
Evening and night time interventions tackle a range of local issues, whether it’s reviving an urban area with a struggling high street, or activating a daytime destination with minimal night time activity, or ensuring inclusivity and safety for residents. The broad nature of night time strategy means that collaboration is fundamental to developing solutions. We develop interventions around culture and events, public realm, business innovation and support, and developing night time community assets which bring together multiple local groups and stakeholders to create confidence and hopefulness about the future of places at night.
Partnership approaches & structures
Given the complexity of many regeneration and asset strategies, pooling expertise and resources through partnership working is often a necessity—and a route to more effective processes and outcomes. We help clients identify potential delivery partners, map respective strengths and capacity, and establish partnership structures that bring together the best of all partners with a view to forging long-term, effective relationships.