Putting social value at the heart of community development
In a time of great social, environmental, economic and technological change, understanding social value is increasingly important in how we approach land development to ensure we are designing and building communities fit for the future—but there is a lack of guidance for the development industry on how social value should be defined and how it can be used to inform decision making and investment.
In response to this challenge Stantec, in partnership with the University of Reading, has initiated the development of the Better Places Social Value Toolkit to quantify social value outcomes and enable informed decision-making.
The toolkit focuses on practical steps that can be taken to support planning professionals, developers, advisers, and local councils to provide people with healthy, sustainable and successful places to live and work—with real potential to change the way decisions are made about strategic land development.
Understanding your dataUsing data analytics is vital to predict and embed social value outcomes spatially. We’re developing solutions to help quantify and spatially map social value data to deliver a digital analytics solution that will improve evidence-based decision making.
Understanding investment returnWe facilitate evidence-based decision making, for the planning, design and delivery of housing and infrastructure. We identify how social value can be created and opportunities for development to meet the needs of the community both now and in the future.
Understanding your communityWe facilitate evidence-based decision making, for the planning, design and delivery of housing and infrastructure. We identify how social value can be created and opportunities for development to meet the needs of the community both now and in the future.
Understanding your environmentSustainability at Stantec is built on the premise that positive economic results are possible when we effectively manage our environmental, social, and governance affairs. Our work takes into account environmental factors and how we can incorporate a sustainable design that will enhance the environment for our communities and help our clients improve their environmental performance.
"Social value is rocketing up the policy agenda in the UK and beyond. Our plan is to work with Stantec to produce a tool that will enable decision-makers to quantify and evidence social impacts meaning they can be taken into account in bids and decision making. This is a very exciting opportunity which is already generating substantial interest from the industry."
Flora Samuel, a regular columnist on social value for Building Design, former RIBA Vice President for Research, and leading author of the Social Value Toolkit for Architecture to be published shortly by the RIBA.
“The UoR School of Architecture is committed to engage our students with factors that influence the design of better public spaces and places. We have built this into the curriculum experience as part of their professional development and community awareness. This partnership will build on the expertise at Stantec and our academic experts at the University to develop a shared platform of knowledge and a better understanding of our regional community.”
Lorraine Farrelly, Head of Architecture at University of Reading
Places First and Better Places ToolkitIn recent years, there has been much debate on how we address the housing crisis and how to deliver continuing economic growth, whilst also improving the way we plan, design, and deliver the quality of place that can foster more prosperous, sustainable, and healthy communities. Our Places First series addresses this issue, and we have undertaken client and stakeholder engagement programmes between 2017–2019 to seek to answer “What is needed to create healthy, prosperous, and sustainable communities?”
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