Good Practice

Best practice, expert advice and case studies across placemaking disciplines including urban design, finance, sustainability and communities.

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Coming up: Birmingham Grand Central store to become office

Hammerson and Make Architects get the go ahead for a sustainable repurposing of the former department store.

Review: Housing estate redevelopment in the city

Orchard Gardens, which is part of south London's Heygate Estate, successfully bridges the transition between the low rise existing housing and high street and new high rise buildings, finds David Edwards.

Advice: Promoting reuse of retail parks for housing

Redevelopment of retail parks for housing can offer a useful source of housing sites for local authorities, but it's important design of new schemes creates a sense of place, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: Innovating with rural housing development

The new village of Lovedon Fields has been built to generous proportions using traditional materials, but developer Kevin McCloud's HAB over-promised and underperformed, finds Steven Bee.

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