A Guide for Delivering Social Value on Built Environment Projects

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March 23, 2022


Policy & Advocacy, Research & Innovation



In the last couple of years, a significant amount of social value guidance has been published for the built environment sector. UKGBC’s Social Value Programme has found that one of the biggest challenges facing built environment project teams was translating this guidance into a form that supports project delivery. 

This guide seeks to respond to this challenge by offering a step-by-step process for delivering social value that can be flexibly applied to any built environment project of any scale – from a single built asset to an entire town regeneration project.  

It builds upon UKGBC’s Framework for Defining Social Value by applying the Process for Delivering Social Value on a range of real-world case studies and understanding key challenges and opportunities in succeeding at each stage of the process. Main features of the guide include:  

  • An updated 8-step Process for Delivering Social Value,  
  • Supplementary delivery checklists for senior decision-makers to use when leading built environment projects,  
  • Detailed guidance notes aimed at practitioners who are responsible for day-to-day project delivery,  
  • Best practice case study examples.  

If you have any questions on the guidance, please email anna.biggs@ukgbc.org. 






Our continued work in this area is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners; Arcadis, Avison Young, Buro Happold, CBRE, Federated Hermes, Hoare Lea, JLL UK Ltd, Rebelleon and WSP.