The cornerstone of our work is designing and delivering programmes to help improve the lives and prospects of local people, as well as transforming the physical environment itself. This includes early area-based programmes, such as City Challenge, SRB and New Deal for Communities (NDC) through to Local Trust’s current Big Local programme. Renaisi continues to support a wide range of stakeholders – most notably schools, community partnerships, housing associations, local authorities and large private sector organisations.
We believe that community approaches are at the heart of successful regeneration. Our experience of working in areas of persistent deprivation across the UK has shown that successful neighbourhood regeneration can only occur when programmes and projects are firmly rooted in, and owned by, the local community. Interventions need to be integrated and long-term, and as our model of neighbourhood regeneration, below, shows – it has to involve:
the fabric of neighbourhoods and planning the physical environment to include a mix of uses and making them more sustainable, better designed and well connected
local communities and businesses by connecting them to wider employment and economic opportunity and encouraging enterprise and inward investment
the quality of life in neighbourhoods by making them more attractive and better managed
Our experience of doing regeneration around the UK has taught us a lot about what works and what doesn’t. We believe the essential foundations for future successful, sustainable neighbourhood regeneration are:
Fully understanding the social, economic and environmental characteristics and dynamics of neighbourhoods is critical for sustainable interventions. Our team of regeneration specialists includes experts in planning policy, GIS, housing, local economic development, and employment and skills and provides:
We support areas and our clients to create strategies for change that are ambitious and realistic. Too often regeneration strategies and planning documents prioritise the physical aspects of regeneration. Whilst this is important, our understanding of local social and economic dynamics of neighbourhoods and how these relate to the physical form can add considerable value to neighbourhood and regeneration plans, and ensure that local people have maximum access to local opportunities.
To create vibrant and resilient communities, it is essential that local people have genuine influence and a stake in their neighbourhoods. Encouraging and enabling residents to contribute their ideas and solutions in the long-term development and stewardship of neighbourhoods is an area where we have considerable expertise, this includes:
Involving communities in decision making has always been an important aspect of all our work, and is more important now than ever. We have considerable experience and a dedicated in-house team that blends expertise in communications, community engagement, neighbourhood regeneration and research to create genuinely bespoke campaigns that meaningfully engage local people. This includes: