Urban Regeneration

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

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Review: A city centre theatre and office project

Review: A city centre theatre and office project

Live Theatre's LiveWorks on Newcastle's Quayside provides performance and education space and a pocket park, all funded by its accompanying office development, writes Roger Maier.


Advice: Regenerating coastal towns

Advice: Regenerating coastal towns

Councils in coastal towns need to make the most of location and engage with their communities to promote regeneration, finds Ben Kochan.

Why developers are wary of Corbyn's estates policy

Why developers are wary of Corbyn's estates policy

Last week's pledge by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to end "forced gentrification and social cleansing" on large estate regeneration projects was hailed in some quarters as a transformative political move. But, many of the policies Corbyn put forward could have been taken from the government's own Estate Regeneration National Strategy (ERNS), published last year. Nevertheless, his promise to turn what is currently best practice guidance into legal minimum requirements raises issues.

Opinion: Local authorities need resilience to deliver growth

Opinion: Local authorities need resilience to deliver growth

Councils are facing a string of challenges in providing placemaking services but step changes in delivery can occur in challenging times, writes Steve Ottewell.

Advice: Managing the impact of tourism

Advice: Managing the impact of tourism

Councils need a strategy to spread tourism across their sub-regions to ensure major historic centres are not overburdened by visitors, writes Ben Kochan.

Advice: Creating a resilient town centre

Advice: Creating a resilient town centre

Councils need to take a strategic approach to making centres secure against the possibility of terrorist attack and avoid a fortress solution finds Ben Kochan.

Opinion: Grenfell tragedy should inspire positive change

Opinion: Grenfell tragedy should inspire positive change

It's hard, given the events in West London, to write about anything else, but it is also hard, in the absence of any concrete information on the causes, to comment on this tragedy. It may turn out that someone did something wrong negligently (or in other ways), but it also seems possible that this is the unimaginably tragic result of system failure.

Opinion: Return of urban renewal as mayors dodge tough calls

Opinion: Return of urban renewal as mayors dodge tough calls

It's now nearly two decades since architect Richard Rogers started the study that produced the concept of urban renaissance.

Respect renewal areas' existing communities, by Chris Brown

Respect renewal areas' existing communities, by Chris Brown

I recently watched two films with placemaking themes. The first was Citizen Jane, the story of community activist Jane Jacobs' successful 1960s campaign against New York city planner Robert Moses' proposals for the destruction of Manhattan through large-scale demolition. The second, A Moving Image, based on the Reclaim the Streets protests in Brixton in 1998, asked intelligent questions about gentrification.

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