Levelling up communities and boosting economies through placemaking

Levelling up means giving everyone the opportunity to flourish, from living longer, more fulfilling lives to enjoying improved living standards and well-being. To achieve this, many local authorities are looking to placemaking – the regeneration of their spaces – to boost local economies and communities. 

However, this is no small task – local authorities have to scope the art of the possible, develop plans, raise funding, communicate with multiple stakeholders and navigate complex regulatory constraints. And that’s before they must find the right delivery partners and specialist skills needed to get the project off the ground.

We can help with each of these challenges, applying our innovative thinking and unique breadth of local government solutions – from managing the planning application for a multi-million pound regeneration scheme to securing funding to decarbonise social housing and buildings - we help councils navigate the best road to achieving thriving communities and economies.

Get in touch with our levelling up and placemaking experts

14,000 hours

Planning and building control resilience support delivered every month.

£100m+

Delivered, including Brent Cross (Barnet Council) and major regeneration for North Tyneside Council.

£10.7m

Helped to generate for Salford City Council by successfully challenging Section 106 agreements

White paper: Placemaking at the heart of levelling up

The Government’s 2022 Levelling Up White Paper considers how to boost productivity, pay, jobs and living standards whilst spreading opportunities and restoring a sense of community and local pride.
  
In our latest report, we explore how councils and combined authorities can accelerate the levelling up agenda and impact the communities they serve by: 

  • Prioritising town centre regeneration to rebuild for community-led rather than retail-led spaces.
  • Creating new engines for economic growth by generating revenue without relying on retail.
  • Building in the local identity and the vision by reinventing your town as, for example, a cyber-hub, garden village or cultural centre.

 

We also set out the must-haves for successful placemaking of town centres.

Download our white paper

Supporting community-focused regeneration

A selection of useful insights and resources for local authorities looking to strengthen local communities when planning regeneration projects.

Infographic: How to maximise community benefits through regeneration

Discover 5 key steps for structuring regeneration partnerships to ensure residents and local businesses benefit.

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Boosting Blackburn with Darwen’s economy with new developments

See how we’re helping to realise the council's ambition for strong, inclusive growth for residents and communities.

Read the case study

Webinar: The 2030 high street

In partnership with the Local Government Chronicle we discuss the future of the high street, asking what will it be, what can it be and how?

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Kick-starting the local economy

We’re helping Newark and Sherwood Council to promote business growth and jobs by winning valuable government funding.

Read the case study

Looking to boost your economy to help strengthen your local communities?

How we can help

From concept and feasibility support to developer management and completion, we provide a range of expert services which can be accessed as standalone solutions or as part of a suite of full project management.
Take a look at our brochure to find out more about our levelling up services.

Concept and origination

We help you understand location potential using data and local insights, supporting access to funding and helping deliver better value from assets.

Feasibility assessments

We identify and develop feasible project options to deliver positive outcomes for place and community, including analysing cost viability.

Strategic outline and business case

Our financial and property professionals and economists identify and test options so your project is aligned to intended outcomes.

Masterplan & design development

From design to statutory approvals, we help you understand how the design will fit in, meeting planning policy requirements.

Securing funding

We can provide a robust financial strategy to help secure finance, highlighting project benefits and the ability to deliver results on the ground.

Community engagement

We can manage strategic communications, collaborating with citizens to include them in developments and the delivery.

Regulatory support

With expertise in town and country planning, building control, Section 106 agreements and community infrastructure levy support, we ensure project compliance.

Procurement advice

We help you choose how to get your scheme delivered and the best way to procure this, ensuring value for money and the selection of the right partners.

Developer management

We manage the pre- and post-contact management of developer activities, ensuring your project is delivered on budget, in time and to quality requirements.

Completion and handover

We ensure all works are competed to the required standards or corrected if not, so that the project/building is ready for the public to use.

Capita officers provided valuable professional input in helping the council to deliver its vision for the regeneration and redevelopment of the Griffin area.

Subhan Ali, Strategic Development Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Council

Further insights

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Going long: The sustainability of local government finances in the 2020s

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Just desserts: Bearing the load for local growth

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Productivity puzzles: Podcast series

Productivity Puzzles podcast series on boosting productivity

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Case studies: working with local authorities to boost local economies

Driving a county-wide tech transformation

Driving a county-wide tech transformation

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Kick-starting the local economy with a revitalised case for change

Helping creativity to thrive with affordable new workspaces

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Helping to accelerate the pace of regeneration in South East Lincolnshire

Helping to accelerate the pace of regeneration in South East Lincolnshire

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Improving productivity and citizen experience

Productivity in local government

Free valuable resources to focus on what matters

We help you use data, technology and our process knowhow to make local public services more effective so you’re free to focus on what really matters.

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Citizen experience in local government

Deliver insightful services to reach better outcomes

We help you provide fast, easy access to employment, housing, funding, community spaces and social services to support better citizen outcomes.

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Interested in learning more about our solutions for local authorities?

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