EVENT: Leeds retrofit-led regeneration pilot workshop
May 18, 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Leeds Beckett University, Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA
Last year UKGBC convened an industry task group exploring how high quality retrofit can be used as a catalyst to drive the regeneration of low income communities. The Regeneration and Retrofit task group set out a vision for ‘retrofit-led regeneration’ and developed proposals for a Local Authority Revolving Fund and a Community Social Enterprise that could be used to help deliver these projects. The intention from the group was to take forward these ideas and concepts on pilot projects as a way to reinvigorate the home retrofit agenda.
Leeds have been in discussion with UKGBC as a potential pilot area for taking forward the ideas developed by the UKGBC Regeneration and Retrofit task group and trial them on retrofit projects in a specific community in the city. Leeds has examples and experience of all of the components identified by the task group already active in the city. The aim would be to develop a Leeds-based pilot proposal to bring these existing components together focussed on discrete communities in the city in an integrated and complementary manner that has not been delivered before. These existing components available in the city include:
- Leeds City Council’s experience of community and retrofit led regeneration such as the Sustainable Communities Investment Programme;
- Numerous relevant Social Enterprises are already active in Leeds, many of whom working on programmes with the local authority and other city stakeholders;
- A Revolving Fund and other examples of innovative finance solutions are actively being identified, researched and pursued in Leeds.
The workshop on 18 May will discuss the potential aims, objectives and funding sources for piloting an area-based programme of high quality whole house retrofits to help regenerate communities. A key priority for the pilot will be delivering clear social, economic and environmental benefits for the local community and wider city as a way to open up new investment streams for home retrofit.
Places at the workshop are extremely limited. Please contact Richard Twinn if you are interested in attending.
This event is hosted as part of UKGBC’s Cities Programme.