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As a socially and environmentally responsible advisory business Gerry Hughes Consulting spans the placemaking and regeneration process from setting strategy, enabling delivery and achieving the best planning outcome, to facilitating best practice.

Successful placemaking begins with inspirational strategic thinking and oversight in masterplanning.

Collaboration and inter-disciplinary working – enabling creativity and ensuring the best integrated technical expertise – is central to success.

This must take place in the context of open partnership and transparency across the public and private sectors and with all stakeholders – especially the local community – residential and business.

We either lead that process – ensuring the required skill mix, the best working practices, enlightened engagement processes and an alignment of different interests – or bring our strategic perspective to bear within the team.

In this, we avail of the latest technological capability and tech-enabled processes – which allows the digitisation of the masterplanning process in a manner that optimises time, enables creativity and facilitates open engagement.

Successful scheme delivery does not just require a masterplan or place strategy that has broad support.

It requires partnership working across sectors throughout; commercial acumen balanced with social and environmental awareness and an ability to nimbly navigate the planning and related processes.

We advise public, private or community sectors on all aspects of scheme delivery – procuring partners, setting up partnership and JV structures of different forms, scheme viability and financing, social and environmental value impacts and project managing throughout.

Obtaining planning permission is a key hurdle that rightly seeks to balance a myriad of interests and to achieve the optimal result for the benefit of society.

Navigating the planning system requires strategic thinking, technical knowledge, special powers of engagement across multiple stakeholders and honed negotiating skills.

The placemaking and regeneration market-place involves a wide range of people and organisations.

The ability to exert influence, offer the best advice, work in partnership, set strategy and achieve successful scheme delivery requires special expertise and skill.

With 40 years’ experience to draw upon at project and business leadership level, Gerry Hughes provides coaching and mentoring services to leaders and organisations.