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  • May

    Sustainable Communities and Regeneration Masterclass 2008

    Filed under: Masterclass, Regeneration;

    Following the success of the previous Masterclasses in 2006 and 2007, Angus Kennedy was again asked by the three sponsor organisations (Chartered Institute of Housing, British Urban Regeneration Association and the Academy for Sustainable Communities) to plan and organise a similar Masterclass for 2008.  The programme was aimed at senior managers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

    Following extremely positive feedback the previous year the 3 Module format and structure remained the same while the Masterclass 2008 programme was updated to reflect current thinking. 

    The three separate 24-hour residential modules were delivered in February, March and April, and again enabled in-depth consideration of the issues.  The speakers included many eminent leaders in public, private and voluntary organisations.  Among them were Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government; Professor Alan Murie, Professor of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham; Steve Douglas, Chief Executive, Housing Corporation; Stephen Hill, Going Green;   Professor Peter Roberts, Chair, Academy for Sustainable Communities; John Thompson, Chair, RIBA Urbanism and Planning Group, Dominic Church, Executive Director, CABE and Phil Barton, Chief Executive, Encams.

    Delegates came from a wide range of professions, and welcomed the opportunity to listen to and debate with so many eminent speakers.

    Summary of the Main Themes of Module 1:
    The increasingly rapid changes taking place in modern cities and the ways in which historical legacies are left behind in the built environment were key discussion points in this module.  National and international trends in (sustainable) regeneration policies and practice were examined alongside the priorities and influences behind the UK Government’s approach to regeneration.  The future development of leading national delivery bodies was assessed with regard to their likely value to the sector.

    Summary of the Main Themes of Module 2:
    Module Two focused on examining places and place-making by looking at the built environment and the ways in which places are created, and how this is affected by the current social and economic context.  Public and private sector experiences of regeneration and investment in projects were a focal point of the module, along with sustainable construction methods and eco-friendly construction methods.

    Summary of the Main Themes of Module 3:
    Partnership formation and working collaboratively was the major theme of this module.  The focus was on ways in which policy makers, building and regeneration professionals should actively work together with communities to create productive partnerships.

    Feedback for the Masterclass was again extremely positive.  Here are some of the comments received from delegates after the Masterclass 2008:

    ‘This is a great way of learning about how other professions and individuals are all trying to achieve their own goals in the same field.’

    ‘The Masterclass proved to be an exhilarating experience which both improved my knowledge and skill levels and proved an invaluable source of a new network of professional contacts.’

    ‘Highly recommended, well worth the investment of time.  Stimulating talks and lively debates from a high class of speakers and delegates.  A chance to step back and look at what’s coming over the horizon.  New ideas, new perspectives and very enjoyable.’

    ‘You won’t regret doing this course or begrudge the time.’

    ‘An inspiring course featuring first class leaders and decision makers.’

    If you are interested in attending the Masterclass in 2011, please contact the Course Leader, Angus Kennedy at

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