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Data-led decision-making to the fore

Manor Road, Canning Town

Source: Google Maps, Morgan Sindall

OUR CEO Neil Murray recently took part in a high profile round-table discussion on brownfield regeneration.

The event, ‘Why the future must be brownfield’, hosted by Morgan Sindall Construction, brought together senior leaders in the UK regeneration community to explore new ideas and innovations, unpacking the approaches that will help release the value in brownfield sites.

Neil talked about how accurate, place-based insights can provide the context necessary around brownfield sites, such as Morgan Sindall's Manor Road Quarter project in Canning Town, to aid investment decisions by developers and enable local government in their policy-making.

He said: “Demonstrating to planning departments a holistic understanding of the neighbourhood and economy around any given site, offers real potential to create new developments that can have true impact. From big schemes down to smaller residential developments, there are insights that can be derived from accurate data that helps to elaborate distinctive and differentiated opportunities for regeneration.”

Across the panel, there was consensus that a more cohesive approach to funding and planning would be beneficial.

Neil added “That cohesion in approach comes from a greater understanding of what’s actually needed on the ground, and the best way to deliver it. For example, all too often we hear local authorities say that they know they need to level up, but they don’t have the data that gives them a baseline to measure from.”

Other participants at the event included: Duncan Cumberland | Residential Director, Muse Developments + English Cities Fund (ECF), Matt Chandler | Managing Director, Godwin Developments, Tracey Gordon | Lead Officer, Housing Partnerships at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Rachel Lever | Chief Executive, Marches LEP, Victoria Hills | Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute, Pat Boyle | Managing Director,

Morgan Sindall Construction and Richard Dobson | Area Director - London, Morgan Sindall

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