Foreground at Meridian Water

Foreground is a place-based initiative aimed supporting the sustainability ambitions of major regeneration and development schemes
Meridian Water aerial


October 2, 2020




In 2019, with support from EIT Climate-KIC, we ran successful pilots of the Foreground programme in Manchester, London and the South West. Focussed on strategically significant urban development projects, we convened the host cities and their partners together with expert practitioners from across the built environment sector, in an intensive two-day workshop process to inform and influence the sustainability aspirations of the scheme in question. 

This year we are partnering with Enfield Council and focusing on Meridian Water, the 10,000 homes, 25-year regeneration project. Through a six-month process, we will have the time and space to explore a number of promising opportunities in-depth, analysing not ‘what’ innovative and leading sustainability practice looks like for a scheme such as this, but ‘how’ to deliver it with radical thinking that unlocks triple-bottom-line outcomes. Again, we are grateful for the co-funding provided by EIT Climate-KIC.

Crucially, this is not just about supporting the ambitions of one local authority and one development. The process is also designed to produce a ‘Playbook’ to enable leadership on other large-scale development or regeneration schemes. This is likely to be particularly useful for knowledge-sharing across local authority or public sector clients, and should be widely applicable to private sector clients as well. We anticipate in-depth exploration of themes such as innovative approaches to finance and value; procuring for radical outcomes; and innovations in community engagement and governance.



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