What makes us distinctive
Our purpose is to make the lives of people better and to unlock value for all through regeneration.
It allows us to challenge norms and make our developments the best they can possibly be because it puts people first.
We know that when we listen, we create well planned, more meaningful and considered places. We spend time understanding the hopes and aspirations of our communities so we can create places they can be proud of. And want to be part of.
Complexity doesn’t worry us but being ordinary and uniform does, a lot. Every building and piece of land has a soul, a heritage and a meaning. For us, thoughtful regeneration is all about understanding and working with that past to inspire the generations of today and of the future.
For instance, 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 16,000 local jobs.
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.
We call this Worthwhile Use – not a temporary nice-to-have but an integral part of thoughtful regeneration and an essential connection with local communities. It’s about a social responsibility and building trust that lasts.
Plus X brings up-starts and start-ups together by creating inspiring workspaces that unlock potential, drive business growth and innovation, community collaboration and positive social impacts.
Placemaking that makes a social difference and creates long-term value can only happen if our people are happy and passionate about our purpose and what they do. Our approach of ‘thoughtful regeneration’ works because our people are motivated and determined to make a difference to communities and society and to do the best they possibly can.
The success of our projects relies on their intelligence, imagination and audacity alongside the vision and ambition of our expert team. Our goal is to nurture and inspire through a culture people are proud to be a part of and projects they are excited to work on.
We have established a trusted network of partners, built up over decades. From public bodies and local authorities, to contractors, investors and architects, we bring together the best people to challenge ideas, keep innovating and to get things done.
The trust and long-standing relationships we’ve built with our partners creates new opportunities and supports our success. For example our close partnerships and creative vision to unlock the potential at a former fruit and vegetable market in Circus Street meant we were then selected to deliver one of Brighton’s biggest ever regeneration projects at nearby Preston Barracks.
We challenge conventions, call for change and promote innovation across the property sector to help find solutions. This means listening to partners, innovators 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.