What makes for a successful regeneration scheme?
Urban regeneration is a hot topic in the construction sector, and beyond. Not only is there plenty to talk about in terms of works in progress but also the opportunities that exist to use regeneration to create more sustainable infrastructure and positive built-up environments. Although every scheme is totally different there are number of common features to successful urban regeneration.
Improvement of public spaces
Successful regeneration has a positive impact on public space, enhancing amenities and surroundings compared to what was there before. This could be making cities more walkable or improving the local environment so that the impact of urban living on health and wellbeing is mitigated. Better public spaces can also result in an increase in the appeal of an area, which may attract new investment, skilled workers and a range of social and economic benefits to a location that may previously have been lacking in them.
Reducing negative dependencies
Perhaps the most obvious of these is the dependency that we have on cars. Our cities today are incredibly congested and the health risks that result from air pollution generated by traffic are increasingly concerning. Many regeneration schemes – and conversations on the topic of regeneration – are increasingly focused on reducing car use in cities. For example, regeneration projects can be designed around the concept of the”10-minute neighbourhood” where every amenity required for living is no more than a 10-minute walk away.
Maintaining social diversity
One of the most significant downsides of urban regeneration can result from gentrification of an area that then puts it out of reach of some social groups or demographics. Commercialisation of public and private spaces and unaffordable pricing can result in a reduction in the social diversity in cities that is so important in terms of local culture. So, a successful regeneration scheme is one that achieves improvement while also ensuring that existing residents can afford to stay, and that the development attracts a wide range of people from across the social diversity spectrum.
Designing for the long-term
Successful urban regeneration solves existing problems and provides solutions that will sustain communities for many years to come. Regeneration can be a key component in rebuilding the economic base of a community and providing an infrastructure that will sustain it into the future. Crucial to ensuring that the development fits the location is regeneration that has been carefully planned, taking into account the issues faced locally and the interests of a wide range of stakeholders. It’s also important to acknowledge that the future needs of the community will be different to those that exist today and to design for those, as well as existing requirements and challenges.
Successful urban regeneration can add value in a wide range of different ways, from reconstructing local communities to pioneering eco construction and rebuilding a faltering economy. The right partnerships can deliver development that will pave the way for future generations.
If you’re keen to find out more about urban regeneration and how we can help with your project, contact our team on 01732 526 850 today.