Local authorities are in a unique position to deliver the new housing which the UK needs. As asset owners, they care more than anyone about the long term quality of that housing.
- Are you about to embark on new housing development schemes, large or small?
- Are your Members ambitious for good design but find it hard to define and even harder to achieve?
- Do you feel public procurement rules are hampering your ability to prioritise design?
- Do you think design costs more and is risky?
- Do you keep ending up with the same volume housebuilding on the edge of your town?
- Does procuring developers and designers feel drawn out and adversarial, rather than creative and engaging?
Read Claire's recent blog post on Local Authority Procurement
Many authorities such as Cambridge, Croydon and Hackney are forging ahead with inspiring housing development programmes on their own land. Many more could join them: but so often, public bodies feel hamstrung by procurement and value for money rules, and end up with partners who do not share their vision or values for new places.
Planning teams and external design review bodies have an important role to play in enabling good design, but what if the local authority, as commissioner, could itself set a benchmark for the quality it wanted to see?
Municipal works in various ways with local authorities and other ambitious organisations to make sure they develop the new homes and neighbourhoods which they can be proud of. We navigate our clients through the qualitative aspects of procurement so that they appoint designers and builders who share their aspiration for quality. We are able to bridge the gap between diverse interests, having worked both on design and commissioning, and within private and public sectors.