Brock Carmichael

Urban Regeneration & Masterplanning Success

13 August 2018

Masterplanners accelerate the design process for environments where sustainable communities and businesses can flourish by drawing on planning insight, market intelligence, architectural expertise and delivery specialisms. Great in theory.

In practise, some planners get it right and some badly wrong. Why? Brock Carmichael has been called in when it goes wrong. We’ve spent time studying and applying the principles to get 100% right 100% of the time.  Our team highlights successes, ours and others, on our website and details our work on Stafford, where we are helping the town prepare for HS2.

These, we believe, are lessons for future success.

  • Build a better crystal ball. Insight from the past, trends, tools and analysis all help on decisions affecting the future. As with any built environment, we are designing a project to work years into the future and understand time and investment in getting the outline right saves time further down the build.
  • Respond to trends not fashion. We can all spot a 1970s housing estate but the skill of today’s planners is delivering sustainable, timeless adaptability. Modern construction methods and materials all help here.
  • Align expectations. Don’t over promise. A common mistake is to get carried away at the visioning stage particularly as you are meeting the expectations of a complex, diverse group of interests.
  • Realistic ambitions. Deliver over and above. Capital develop planning should never lose the objective of bringing long term, often shifting objectives, over stages, in on time and budget.
  • Collaboration and cooperation. Early. When we began work on the Great George St. Liverpool development earlier this year it was important for us to gather the hopes and aspirations of the community as early as we could. We welcomed the opportunity to meet not just the project team but those whose lives we are affecting in the locality.
  • Holistic sustainability. Adaptability is easy to lose as the project progresses and can often be sacrificed for cost reasons, particularly important for interconnected systems like transport, energy, water, waste and information. Factoring in climate change resilience and economic uncertainty is complex.
  • Greening & spaces. Necessary for the soul. Balancing this correctly plays such a key part in sustainability.
Chris Bolland