Cities Programme

A wide ranging programme of work, encompassing multiple projects, designed to catalyse productive partnerships between UKGBC members and cities to drive forward the delivery of sustainable places.
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September 21, 2017


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Cities are where health, wealth and quality of life inequalities are most keenly felt. They are on the frontline of climate impacts, they are where we generate most waste and consume most resources. The buildings and infrastructure of our cities can contribute to these problems or they can provide solutions.

In this context, the UKGBC Cities Programme is a series of diverse but coordinated activities, designed to support a single purpose: to unleash productive new partnerships between city policy makers and progressive businesses in the built environment sector which catalyse the delivery of genuinely sustainable places.

The list below provides a snapshot of some of the programme.


Sustainability standards in new homes

This is a crucial project, which is being run in association with Core Cities UK. Having consulted with over 30 UKGBC members and local authorities we will launch a series of recommendations and resources at an event in February 2018.


Measuring social value

A major new workstream, we are producing guidance for industry and local government on social value measurement in construction and property. Includes workshops in London, Manchester and Bristol. The outputs will be aligned to the new homes work – albeit apply across all sectors and building types – and will be launched in parallel in February 2018.


Retrofit-led regeneration

We have now completed a long-standing task group examining how retrofit can be used as a catalyst for regenerating low income areas. Follow up work has begun, with roundtables being planned for early 2018 with target city-regions. This will bring together local authorities and key stakeholders to discuss piloting finance and delivery innovations.


Mayoral roundtables 

We are in the process of delivering private roundtables with the mayors of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater Manchester and the West of England.



Relevant work in recent years includes:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainable Placemaking Roundtable: In November 2017, progressive discussion met practical policy as Mayor James Palmer was the first metro mayor to take up the offer of a well attended roundtable event that showed an eagerness to invest and engage politically at a more local level to advance a green economy.
  • Sustainable Cities Leadership Summit: In January 2017, UKGBC held a one day conference in Leeds in association with Core Cities UK, to bring together public and private sector leaders to accelerate action on sustainable cities. An output report, summarising discussions and setting out next steps is available here.
  • Birmingham Summit: A partnership with Birmingham City Council saw us take a process of ‘breakthrough innovation’ to the city, working with stakeholders to tackle some of the city’s key built environment challenges and co-create solutions.
  • Manchester Summit: UKGBC’s inaugural City Summit was a collaborative policy-making and education exercise with Manchester City Council, designed to inform the city’s long term city strategy.

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