08/02/2019

BBP Regeneration becomes part of SQW

We are delighted to announce that on 1 February 2019, BBP Regeneration (BBP) became part of SQW, a leading social and economic development consultancy.

Our bespoke, client-focused, property and development consultancy services will continue to be delivered, encompassing all stages of the regeneration process, from economic development strategies, feasibility studies and masterplanning, through to appraisal, funding, and delivery.  Of late, these have been used particularly in relation to tackling two issues which we know are critical priorities for our clients, namely the delivery of housing and the physical regeneration of town centres.

In addition, with SQW, we will bring substantial expertise in:

  • economic and spatial development analysis to support growth options studies and masterplans for new communities
  • sectoral demand analysis to inform the development of employment-led and mixed use schemes
  • evaluation and impact assessment to support effective programme design and the preparation of successful business cases
  • analysis, reviews, strategies and capacity building to increase the performance of service providers and partnerships.

SQW and BBP have worked together for many years.  Twenty years ago, the two firms collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East.  Much more recently, we have developed an economic strategy for Thanet and examined issues relating to grow-on space in Essex.  Currently, we are working together in locations ranging from Wales to the Greater South East.

Throughout, SQW and BBP have sought to define the land and property solutions that are needed to help animate and unlock innovation and enterprise growth.  Specific responses have varied – from feasibility studies for innovation centres to enterprise strategies for town centres, recognising the scale and significance of change in the High Street and the need for radically different solutions.

Alongside SQW and BBP, some of these projects have relied on the operational experience and insights of Oxford Innovation, SQW’s sister company within SQW Group.

Through our combined service offer, we have a substantial depth of expertise to design, deliver and implement bespoke land and property solutions to the challenges and opportunities of place-based innovation and growth. We will help make places across the UK work better and achieve measurable (and at times transformational) local growth.