Berkeley, Royal Arsenal Riverside

Creating successful places

In 2012, Berkeley began working with experts in the field of social sustainability to create a framework that can be used to measure people's quality of life and wellbeing in new housing developments. It consists of 13 criteria in three dimensions

  • Social and cultural life (what it's like to live there)
  • Voice and influence (how people affect what goes on)
  • Amenities and infrastructure (the design and facilities)

We have published a toolkit to help developers and planners apply the ideas behind social sustainability to individual sites, together with independent assessments of Berkeley developments which reveal what life is like for residents living in the places we build.

We now use the toolkit on all our schemes and have a commitment to undertake a formal assessment pre-planning on all developments of more than 100 homes.

To find out more, read the reports below.

Berkeley, Sustainability, Structure

Berkeley, Social Sustainability, Defining and measuring social sustainability: a framework

Defining and measuring social sustainability: a framework

'Creating Strong Communities' was published in 2012. It sets out Berkeley's definition of social sustainability and a framework for measuring it.

This report explained the 13 criteria and tested them on four completed Berkeley developments.

Parts 2 and 3 set out how the measurement framework was developed and provide data to support the methodology and assessment process.

Berkeley, Sustainability, Social Sustainability, How to do it: toolkit

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.

Our intention is for the toolkit to be used across the industry, helping to create successful places that people are proud of.

Berkeley, Sustainability, Social Sustainability, What's it like to live there: site reports

What's it like to live there: site reports

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 five 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.

Read the reports and analysis of Saffron Square, South Quay Plaza, Kidbrooke Village, Woodberry DownRoyal Arsenal and the Beaufort Park.