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What makes us distinctive

Five things that help us stand out and drive our performance

What makes us distinctive

We build strong partnerships. We have a clear geographic focus. We challenge the status quo. We respect and celebrate heritage and culture. Most importantly, we deliver great places. These five things help us to stand out and drive our performance.

Our values of imagination, intelligence and audacity inform everything that we do, allowing us to realise the untapped potential in places where others can’t.

Our values are equally important, anchored by our clear purpose. We are motivated every single day by the curiosity to innovate, the commitment to retain the soul and stories of a place, and the passion for creating neighbourhoods where communities can thrive.

 

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Strong partnerships

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A relationship built on trust

We have built a close and trusted network of partners over a number of years. From public bodies and local authorities, to contractors, investors and architects, we bring together the best people to challenge ideas and keep innovating. We are not afraid to test ourselves; to get to the unvarnished truth.

Only recently, we spoke to 75 senior decision-makers in the public and private sector to find out what they think of us and what we need to improve. The trust and relationships we’ve built with these partners over time create new opportunities, support our over 90% success rate in planning, and create barriers to entry for others.

In 2018, we were named on the Mayor’s London Development Panel, a vehicle expected to bring forward up to £20 billion worth of developable land over the next four years. This will allow us to bid on new regeneration projects.

U+I appointed to London Development Panel to accelerate public land development in the capital

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A clear geographic focus

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The four Ts

We are focused on three high-growth geographies – London City Region (within one hour’s commute from London), Manchester and Dublin. In each of these regions we have an intimate understanding of local communities, their cultures, histories and evolving needs.

These regions share a number of positive attributes we look for, including growing populations and strong, sustainable employment dynamics. Crucially too, they share four major factors we believe drive and sustain economic growth – talent, tourism, transport and tolerance – giving them huge, and exciting, long-term potential.

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Challenging the status quo

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Thoughts with solutions

We will never shy away from difficult conversations or complex issues. We challenge conventions, call for change and promote innovation across the property sector to help find solutions. This means listening to partners, change-makers and risk takers, commissioning research and facilitating conversations to bring about real change that can transform our industry – its practices and perception – for the better. Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are a case in point. We believe that, done well, PPPs can deliver value and release potential for everyone; but that is not how they are seen currently. We spent months listening to key voices, from politicians and developers to community activists and councillors. Our aim was to understand the major issues and gauge what people really want and need. 

PPP: The Reset

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Respecting and celebrating heritage and culture

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Placemaking, culture and heritage

Every building or piece of land has a soul and a story. For us, true regeneration is about working with that heritage and history to inspire the places of the future.

We spend time with local communities to understand their hopes and aspirations so we can deliver places that they and future generations can be proud of. At Mayfield, we are committed to restoring the industrial character of this 24-acre former railway depot, which has been empty for over 30 years – creating a thriving neighbourhood in the heart of Manchester and creating over 10,000 local jobs.

Mayfield

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Delivering places

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Worthwhile use of spaces

We know that when we listen, we make better places and communities. The moment we secure a site, we open our doors to make use of spaces and places, starting conversations, adding value to communities and creating benefits that last. These include opportunities for independent businesses to grow and develop, cultural experiences, and places to meet, eat, drink, have fun and try new things.

Other developers call this Meanwhile Use. We call it Worthwhile Use – not a temporary nice-to-have but an integral part of our regeneration process and an essential connection with local communities. It’s about a social responsibility.

Worthwhile

How we create value

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How we create value

How we create value

We unlock potential to realise positive change. We know what’s happening in our chosen market. This means we can craft the right strategic response and assemble all the resources we need through an integrated business model and deliver lasting value to our stakeholders and long-term socio-economic benefit for communities.

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