Social sustainability is evolving. Are we doing enough to create places to meet the needs of people and planet?
Our future insights report presented the findings from conversations with key players in the industry about what challenges and opportunities lie ahead within sustainable development. Over breakfast, we will be exploring the challenges of integrating a meaningful and impactful social and sustainability agenda. This includes ensuring accountability in delivering health and wellbeing initiatives that are equitable and accessible for all, alongside meeting climate targets.
Greengage and AWW will be discussing the three questions in this report and digging deeper into what is driving – or preventing – socially minded and sustainable development right now, and what will be top of the sustainability agenda in the next five years.
The event marks an exciting period of growth at Greengage which we will see the firm expand its fixed presence at the heart of Bristol. This shift will enable us to further strengthen our localised approach to sustainability and deliver an ever more tailored system of services to our clients in the southwest.
Most recently, we’ve applied this expertise to support the Bristol branch of AWW in establishing a bespoke system for Whole Life Social Value Reporting, and this project is a good example of the scale and scope of our work.
AWW – Whole Life Social Value Reporting
AWW is committed to building relationships and developing partnerships for delivery along shared values, improving their ability as designers and advocators to effect positive change. Their quality architecture, interior design, and master-planning, creates spaces to enhance people’s quality of life as well as creating a net gain environmental impact.
Since partnering, we have supported AWW by offering quantifiable assessment of their spatial designs on a project-by-project basis. Working closely with the firm, this has involved:
- The streamlining of data gathering processes;
- The minimisation of the time-cost of social value reporting for project teams;
- The development of a bespoke data collection service to comprehensively collate qualitative and quantitative measurement indices in alignment with AWW’s Key Value Indicators;
- The synthesis, application, and analysis of industry-leading social value proxies to discrete aspects of a design; and
- The delivery of top-line infographics distilling outcomes related to Human Centric Buildings, Health and Wellbeing, Social and Community, Education and Skills, Environment, Partnerships and Designing out Crime.
This work demonstrates genuine social uplift at a local scale and illustrates our response to a growing commitment within the built environment which seeks to clarify links between social wellbeing and spatial design.
“Ruth and the team at Greengage have greatly helped us in quantifying our Social Value contribution, which has included calculating in monetary terms the Social Value impact of our projects. This will enable us to communicate more clearly with our current and future clients around Social Value and assist us in bids going forward.”
Heather Rees | Associate, Architect and Social Value Champion at AWW