...consulting the community on regeneration matters

We have worked nationally on over forty consultation projects in both the public and the private sector. The techniques we use include: roadshows and exhibitions; focus groups; stakeholder events; participatory planning and design games; postal, face-to-face and telephone surveys; citizen juries; text and web based communication and newsletters.

Master Plan for Griffin, Blackburn Working with Building Design Partnership Architects, in August 2005 we concluded a masterplan for the Griffin area of Blackburn for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Through discussion with local residents and stakeholders, and a series of consultation events over several months, we drew up a masterplan for new homes, demolition of around 1/3 of the 550 terraced properties in the area, block repairs and environmental improvements that has subsequently become adopted as BwDBC policy with broad community support

Bradley & Nelson Town Master Plan. We worked with Building Design Partnership Architects, consulting residents on two masterplans on two adjacent areas of Nelson - a large residential area of around 1,400 terraced homes in Bradley, and the town centre itself. Around 50% of households in Bradley are Pakistani Muslim households, and so all our literature was bi-lingual in English and Urdu. We reached more than 1 in 3 of the households in Bradley, talking to them about the issues in the area. The Town Centre Masterplan had a wider scope, and was of interest to the much wider population of Pendle, as well as key stakeholders like landowners, traders as well as employees and shoppers

Merseyside Waterfront Regional Park. PSC, with the Halsall Lloyd Partnership, worked on acommunication/consultation exercise to explore issues around the proposed Merseyside Waterfront Regional Park. The main part ofthis work was a travelling exhibition, which included askingthose people consulted to complete a survey, at summer showsacross Merseyside. We obtained the views of more than 1,500 peopleat the nine day-long events (including more than 800 questionnairesfrom children under 16).

Stoke Urban Core Study. We were appointed at the end of 2005 to carry out consultation work forthe Stoke Urban Core Study, focusing on two Areas of Major Intervention(AMIs) in Hanley South and Middleport and Burslem. Our method includedwell attended road shows and drop in events, plus a postal survey ofresidents that produced over 1,400 responses (a sample of 16%). Thiswork has made possible the development of plans that have a high levelof community understanding and support

Anfield Breckfield Regeneration Strategy. Working with GVA Grimley, we carried out a large-scale consultation exercise on 19,000homes around the Anfield/Breckfield Regeneration Strategy - which included the re-location of Liverpool Football Club's Anfield Stadium. This involved a face-to-face household survey of 4,200 households, twenty stakeholder meetings, four open day exhibitions/events, a freephone service, press briefings and the production of a newsletter and two information booklets .The Leader of the Council described this work to a meeting of the Liverpool Cabinet as 'the best piece of work of its kind ever carried out in this City.