Masterclasses and workshops

Our extensive knowledge of placemaking and regeneration and network of contacts enable us to tailor workshops to your requirements, putting expert knowledge and tried and tested facilitation techniques at your disposal.

We ran a series of workshops on behalf of Integreat Yorkshire bringing together staff working for Leeds and Bradford city councils to explore collaborative working in the Leeds-Bradford Corridor. This work on inter-city collaboration has been accredited by the Homes and Communities Agency as an example of best practice in placemaking.

The report below highlights our approach and some of the key lessons learned. Our work on the Leeds-Bradford corridor has influenced our approach to the highly regarded Bradford Regeneration Academy.

The Leeds-Bradford corridor is an area stretching from northwest Leeds into eastern Bradford that provides a host of challenges and a wealth of regeneration opportunities. Prominent officers and elected members in both cities understood that this potential could not be realised without deeper and wider co-operation between the two authorities.

The two city councils turned to Integreat Yorkshire, Yorkshire Forward’s regional centre of excellence for regeneration, renaissance and place making skills for Yorkshire and the Humber, to create a space where this networking could happen. Integreat worked with us to help develop an environment where staff from both cites could enhance their knowledge of key policy areas affecting them, and draw on the experience of practitioners who had grappled with comparable issues.

The result was a series of seven practice forums, held between April and July 2008, at which practitioners were able to learn about latest policy developments, explore examples of good practice and examine through discussion and questioning how this might influence their own thinking and planning. Topics covered included: housing, public realm, transport, skills and worklessness, economic development, site development and climate change.

Each event consisted of a presentation from an academic or practitioner of national standing to provide an overview of policy developments, followed by case studies of successful or relevant practice. The case studies were used to inform structured discussions in which participants were able to critique their own practice and the approaches required in Leeds and Bradford.