Stories from the field

The following stories look at regeneration projects from the past two decades and explore some of the approaches which may be relevant for the practitioners involved in creating future new communities.
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Case Studies

1. Walker Riverside, Newcastle, 2003 to 2018
Benefits and tensions from working with existing communities

Walker Riverside is an ambitious project which aims to transform the Walker district of East Newcastle. The project has developed a clear and committed approach to community consultation, but has experienced delays as a result of political changes at city level.

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2. Hammarby Sjostad, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995 to 2015
Building a `Green' City Extension

Hammarby Sjöstad has demonstrated how high environmental targets can be met through the use of a well developed masterplan with high levels of investment in infrastructure to support environmentally-friendly housing and resident lifestyles.

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3. Coin Street, London, 1984 to the present
Community-led place shaping

The regeneration of Coin Street demonstrates that the process of working towards a vision of what a place can be, involves both understanding the possibilities of a site and working flexibly with residents and other stakeholders over many years to make the vision a reality.

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4. The Byker Estate, Newcastle, 1967 to the present
Decline and Recovery

The Byker estate in Newcastle, now a Grade II listed site, demonstrates how innovative design can help support community networks. More recent attempts to tackle the social deprivation experienced by the local residents have borne fruit and the estate is now under going a programme of refurbishment to restore its buildings to their original condition.

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5. East Thames Group, London, 2008
East Potential's approach to sustainability

East Thames Group manage social and affordable housing in East London. A Sustainable Neighbourhoods Team works to improve existing estates and incorporate sustainability considerations into plans for new developments.

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6. The regeneration of Salford, 2000 to present
Ensuring a better future for all

A number of public sector bodies, Central Salford, Transform IN Salford and Salford City Council, have been working together to deliver a programme of regeneration that will see widespread redevelopment of the city and bring new opportunities to the residents already living there.

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7. London Borough of Camden, May to December 2007
Establishing dialogue and trust between a local authority and existing residents

Effective communication with tenants early on in any process is important to avoid later tensions and problems. Local authorities often find it difficult to talk to a representative mix of their tenants in a meaningful way, it is important to approach the process with a commitment to being proactive and flexible.

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8. The Parks Trust, 1992 to the present
Keeping Milton Keynes Green

Milton Keynes, one the most well-know ‘new towns' is now home to the Parks Trust, which has responsibility for managing many of the large number of green spaces in the town. It has been able to develop its asset base to allow it to invest in new services for the community.

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9. The experience of using the Neighbourhood Taskforce approach in Limehouse, 2008
Linking up community silos

Social networks within a community take a long time to establish and are crucial for building social cohesion. Where this process does not occur or where social relationships remain constrained within particular isolated social groups, tension may result. There is a role for practitioners to support initiatives that can facilitate greater cross-community communication.

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10. Castle Vale, Birmingham, 1994 to the present
Maintaining positive change

Castle Vale, an extremely deprived and stigmatised neighbourhood outside Birmingham, underwent a massive programme of regeneration from the mid 1990s. Early in the project plans were made to maintain improvements and since it ended the area has continued to prosper.

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11. The Goodwin Trust, Hull, 1994 to the present
Revitalising a community from the grass roots

The Goodwin Trust was set up by residents of the Thornton Estate in Hull to offer housing advice to local people. Over the past 14 years it has grown into an organisation able to offer residents a whole range of services and facilities.

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12. Retrofitting a Home Zone in the Dings, Bristol, 2004 to 2006
The Dings, Bristol 2004 to 2006

New housing development in the Dings area of Bristol was accompanied by the creation of a Home Zone to help alleviate existing car-related problems and applying common design features to the street scene to blend the old and new residential areas.

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13. New East Manchester, 2001 to 2016
Transforming Manchester's East End

East Manchester is currently undergoing an extensive programme of regeneration. Two neighbourhoods, Beswick and New Islington have already seen new housing built, where the development partners have been working closely with existing residents.

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