A critical friend walking with you to better places

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Our approach

We pull upon place-based thinking to help you create built environment solutions that land well and endure.

Together with your organisation, we form a strategy, culture and way of working that, well, works. And works brilliantly. Your teams will enjoy fewer headaches and, with less wasted resources, you’ll achieve better social and environmental outcomes.

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A whole-system approach to the built environment

Our multi-faceted approach underpins everything we do. It has many dimensions because we’ve found that to create lasting regenerative impact, you need to work with the complexity that’s inherent in both natural and man-made systems. That’s what makes it adaptable, interdependent and resilient.

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Get to the heart of the matter

Few sustainability questions are technical problems at their core. So if you bring us a situation, we won’t just look at the surface layer. We’ll look deeply into the grain of your organisation and explore the fuller context. And we’ll examine how each element at play affects your strategy and process.

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Devise a plan of action

From our findings we work with you to build a strategy and plan you can immediately put into gear. We’ll also validate your brief, refine your project timeline and implement a review and challenge process. This will help you meet all requirements for time, cost and quality.

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Implementation on the ground

With your plan in hand, you may decide we’ve given you the insights, ideas, impetus and tools to press ahead. Or you may choose to keep us involved in overseeing delivery, providing training or working as part of a larger project team.

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Evaluation and Learning

We can help you to measure, understand and share the impacts of your organisation, projects and programmes. Through considered evaluation and learning from places in use, we can help unlock valuable insights.

A handpicked team with a shared ethic

In everything, we’ll be a critical friend, unearthing new ways you can collaborate with both people and nature.

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Planet & human centric

We go far beyond compliance and box ticking. Instead we work with you to bring positive impact and restorative change in real ways. The kind of difference that is felt by everyone, including citizens, supply chains and other stakeholders.

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Outcomes led

We approach all strategic work with an implementation mindset. This helps set the point on the horizon, and ensures your teams gets the practical tools they can use to create – and carry on creating – meaningful positive social and environmental impact.

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Industry minded

We have extensive, first-hand experience of the built environment, working across different sectors, scales, typologies and asset lifecycle stages. So we know the terrain and we know how to navigate its nuances to get good things done.

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Listeners first, experts second

Our team and wider network has a breadth of diversity and experience, and we know every organisation is different. Let us get to know you properly and we’ll address the context in full.


Places fulfil their potential when we address the thinking at their foundation

How we work in action

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