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Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Successful Vision of Neighbourhoods



The construction industry is continuously changing. With new regulations a shift towards digitisation and other factors like the pandemic and Brexit affecting the industry, the very core of construction has had to constantly shift and adapt. When it comes to residential construction, various other factors like building an outstanding neighbourhood also needs to be taken into consideration at the design phase of the project. Creating a successful vision for a neighbourhood is the first step towards creating outstanding examples that are respectful of existing neighbourhoods, are compliant with resident needs and are visually appealing while functioning efficiently.


Here are the different aspects that architects and specifiers need to take into consideration while creating a successful vision of neighbourhoods:


Collaboration and Coexisting within Established Environment and Heritage

Architects and specifiers involved in the design phase of projects need to collaborate to build neighbourhoods that respect the already established environment and heritage. But in a fast-changing industry, it can be complicated to achieve these goals. According to Charles Scott, Associate Partner, Sheppard Robinson, “The creation of new communities hinges on the residents being emotionally invested in the place. To achieve this, they need to be made welcome and feel that they have a common investment in the neighbourhood.”


In order to create a community within a new region, it is important for architects and specifiers to understand that outdoor spaces are as important as indoor spaces. Acknowledging that will play a major role in bringing the community together. It is also essential to know how the design and new construction will fit in with the surrounding area and what design elements can be included to ensure the seamless integration into the existing heritage of the neighbourhood.


Changing Norms in the Industry

As mentioned earlier, the construction industry is going through major reforms. As a result, it is also essential for designers and specifiers to understand how to navigate within the industry and deal with material shortages, labour shortages, and prices that are constantly fluctuating and impacting the day-to-day functioning of the project.


Environment and its Role in Sustaining Communities

The environment is what will sustain communities and this needs to be taken into consideration while creating the vision for a neighbourhood. Designers and specifiers also need to understand the various ways in which they can reduce the carbon footprint of the industry and create a more sustainable design for the area.


Safety and Building Regulations

The safety of every resident in the community and surroundings is important for sustaining and building communities that are involved and emotionally invested. Hence it is important to follow the building regulations and ensure that residential structures are compliant with the Fire Safety Act. Without special consideration for the safety of residents, creating neighbourhoods will be impossible.


To learn more about the role each of these play in the creation of a successful vision of neighbourhoods, make sure to sign up for our event ‘Creating a Successful Vision’ where we talk to Brendan Geraghty, Director at Centred Architecture, David Jones, Director of Education & Training at ICM, The Institute of Construction Management, Richard Fairhead, Head of Residential at 3D Reid Ltd, Ernie Bardrick, Director at E8 Design, Tom Hall, Chief Economist from Barbour ABI and AMA Research Ltd and Nick Haughton, Head of Marketing at Sapphire Balconies about their views on the subject.


During the event we will also be talking about design trends for the future, the meaning of fast-changing regulations, dealing with material shortages and price hikes, reducing carbon footprint, fire regulations and a lot more.


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