Creating successful places
On every development, we put people first. We try to create successful places that work for everyone, and communities where people are happy, connected and self-reliant.
Our approach to creating a community
Create a vision for the community
We start by developing a vision for the community and a common understanding of what kind of place we are all trying to create.
Embed the idea of social sustainability
We produce a specific plan to make each development socially sustainable during the early stages of design.
Get the right infrastructure in place
Through detailed planning and community engagement, we debate and prioritise what infrastructure is needed to create a successful neighbourhood.
Build carefully, engage consistently
We involve the local community throughout the construction process, often investing in meanwhile uses and registering all of our sites with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Invest in community development
Through professional estate management and the active involvement of residents in a community plan, we go about creating a place that can thrive for the long term without us.
How to do it: the toolkit
In February 2014, we published a toolkit to help developers and planners apply the idea of social sustainability in practice.
It offers a structured approach to placemaking and a way to test the social impact of the places you create. It tries to encourage a shift in mindset away from thinking mostly about physical development to thinking more broadly and creatively about what makes a place somewhere great to live.
What's it like to live there
The framework has now been tested on many different developments in a range of settings. It has also been applied at different stages of the development process; pre-planning, during the development process and afterwards to assess the quality of what has been delivered.
Berkeley has published six reports examining specific sites, measuring people's quality of life and comparing it to other similar places. This helps us understand what has worked, and what could be done better. The insights can inform our subsequent work, as well as the national policy agenda of delivering successful, sustainable places.