Urban Regeneration

Urban regeneration for town planners and other placemaking professionals, including decontamination and physical regeneration.

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Opinion: We need new thinking for left behind areas

Opinion: We need new thinking for left behind areas

Past regeneration initiatives have done little to improve post-industrial areas and living conditions for their once vibrant communities. Public policy badly needs to develop some new thinking, writes Tim Williams.


Opinion: Our suburbs must adapt and evolve

Opinion: Our suburbs must adapt and evolve

City suburbs have suffered as city centres have re-energised, but suburban district centres have the potential for renaissance, argues Jennet Siebrits.

Review: Redevelopment of a historic centre

Review: Redevelopment of a historic centre

Winchester City Council's plan to regenerate its city centre stands a better chance of success than past attempts, finds Steve Bee.

Opinion: Cities need diversity for prosperity

Opinion: Cities need diversity for prosperity

"Cities are not great lumps of chaos," said the celebrated urbanist Jane Jacobs. These and other words have resonance for Chris Brown in our present context.

Need to know: Shrewsbury sets out plan for town's future

Need to know: Shrewsbury sets out plan for town's future

Plan identifies a series of measures aimed at increasing appeal, balancing growth and directing investment in the county town.

Case study: Converting empty shops to homes

Case study: Converting empty shops to homes

In Salford, a leasing approach is helping to transform empty shops and homes into decent and affordable rented housing, writes Josephine Smit.

Advice: Promoting an independent food and drink sector in town and city centres

Advice: Promoting an independent food and drink sector in town and city centres

Clusters of independent food and drink businesses can help create a diverse and sustainable town or city centre, but entrepreneurs need support for long term viability, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: Redevelopment of a cinema site

Review: Redevelopment of a cinema site

West London's Filmworks development should integrate well into Ealing town centre, but it's important the public space at the scheme's heart isn't gated, says Simon Carne.

Analysis: Is there space for small business in the city?

Analysis: Is there space for small business in the city?

Businesses like car repair garages are often pushed out of urban centres and may soon be priced out of their traditional railway arches, finds Josephine Smit.

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