Delivering positive outcomes for all
Two critical agendas have come together. The need to create better places for people – accessible, inclusive and resilient, empowering citizens and contributing to improved wellbeing – is enshrined in the purpose of most public and private organisations, supported by policy and legislation (see 11. Giving everyone a voice). At the same time, local authorities and transport providers must generate new revenue to counter the long-term fiscal and financial impacts of COVID-19.
The result: Collaboration between central and local governments, and private sector partners, who together are developing redundant and underutilised sites, pursuing strategies to address social exclusion and inequality, reduce poverty, and improve health and wellbeing. They are creating new neighbourhoods, providing affordable and sustainable housing, leisure facilities, and car-free streets and public spaces that encourage walking, cycling and outdoor exercise.
Communities are mixed, containing apartments for young adults, family homes, and housing for older people and those with particular access requirements. Less traffic and more vegetation have reduced air pollution and urban heat – two of the biggest risks to health in urban areas, particularly for youngest and oldest citizens. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, buildings and spaces are designed and managed to reduce crowding and infection risk.
Convenient and safe public transport linked by a network of multimodal transport hubs enables residents to travel easily outside their area to access employment, education and training, essential services such as health and social care, and recreation. On-demand mobility services are available as and when required.
Inspiring change: Our social outcomes framework is built around five core principles, which we use to set objectives for, and measure the success of, the projects we work on:
- Accessibility – to housing, transport and amenities
- Inclusion – no one left behind, diverse participation with rights, freedoms and choice, equality between people
- Empowerment – inclusive and regenerative growth, access to education, training and secure employment, information and communications
- Resilience – inclusive public realm and natural environment, climate resilient and sustainable communities, sustainable energy, water and sanitation systems
- Wellbeing – good mental and physical health, safety and security, access to quality health and social care
Project delivery: New homes in Sydney’s south-west suburb Minto
Inspiring change: What we mean by social inclusion
Project delivery: Our Wellbeing Impact Evaluation (WELLIE) tool was used to evaluate social outcomes for the redevelopment of Pontypridd town centre
Our tools: Moata ESG – our solution for measuring the environmental, social and governance impacts of infrastructure assets
Our tools: Evidence-based decision making using EDIT – our equality, diversity and inclusion sifting tool
Our tools: RESI – our residential economic and social impact tool – supports the early planning process for residential developments
Our guide: Tackling infection risk in buildings