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Social Value Live

24 & 25 May 2023

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24 May

How the ‘15-minute city’ can create a more socially valuable built environment?

The 15-minute city is an urban planning concept that envisions a city where all essential services and amenities, including housing, work, education, healthcare, and leisure, are within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from one’s home. This approach aims to create more sustainable, livable, and equitable cities by reducing the need for long commutes, promoting active transportation, and increasing access to local services and resources.

In this webinar, we will explore how the 15-minute city can contribute to creating more socially valuable built environments. Attendees will learn about the key principles and benefits of the 15-minute city, and how it can promote social inclusion, health and wellbeing, and community resilience.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • An overview of the 15-minute city concept and its potential to create more socially valuable built environments
  • The benefits of the 15-minute city approach, including reduced carbon emissions, increased social interaction and sense of community, and improved health outcomes
  • Strategies for designing and planning cities that prioritise social value, including community engagement, participatory design, and inclusive decision-making processes
Chair: Chloe McCulloch Editorial director Assemble Media Group
Rebecca Dillon-Robinson
Senior urban planner
David Rudlin
Head of urban design

Designing and delivering neurodivergent-friendly spaces 

Neurodiversity refers to the natural variation in the human brain, including individuals with conditions such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD, and others. These individuals often have unique strengths and abilities, but may also experience challenges in traditional built environments.

In this webinar, we will explore best practices and design strategies to create more inclusive and accessible places for neurodivergent individuals. Attendees will gain an understanding of the unique needs of neurodivergent individuals, and learn how to incorporate design elements that support their sensory, social, and cognitive needs.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • An overview of neurodiversity and the challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals in traditional built environments
  • The importance of sensory-friendly design, including lighting, acoustics, and furniture
  • Cognitive design elements, including layout and organisation, that can help neurodivergent people thrive
  • Case studies and real-world examples of successful neurodivergent-friendly spaces
Chair: Hollie Tye
Specification editor
Assemble Media Group
Clive Hall
BDG Architecture + Design
Riëtte Oosthuizen
Planning partner
HTA Design
Simone West
Inclusive design advisor

25 May

Case studies: Delivering social value on construction projects

The built environment has the ability to be a real force for good within the wider UK community. But to do this, it is imperative that firms are focused on social value during project delivery. What’s more, it is incredibly important that the sector shares learning to ensure best practice in this area.

In this session, our panelists will each discuss a specific project and how they delivered social value on the scheme. After each speaker has presented their case study they will come together for a chaired discussion and Q&A session regarding how the lessons learned can be applied to projects more broadly.

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Stephen O’Malley
Chief executive
Civic Engineers
Lisa Ravenscroft
Mount Anvil
Philip Watson
Director, head of design
HLM Architects


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Designing social value: How to embed social value from project inception

With social value becoming ever more important it is integral that built environment firms embed social value delivery in their projects. What must not be underestimated is the necessity to embed this in projects from the outset.

In this session, our panelists will each share a project case study of how they embedded social value in a scheme from the outset. They will discuss how to determine the correct social value deliverables, including how to work with a client to ensure best-fit social value for the end user. The session will also include a group discussion and audience Q&A to explore how the lessons learned on these projects can be used more broadly.

Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Dan Heffernan
Social value lead
Faithful + Gould
Dieter Kleiner
RCKa Architects
Holly Lewis
We Made That
Alex Mayes
Social value business unit lead
Laing O’Rourke

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