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What makes us distinctive

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What makes us distinctive

When we created U+I in 2015, we set out to build a distinctive business, driven by a clear purpose: to unlock long-term value for all through regeneration.

We aim to do this with creative flair and entrepreneurial vision. We put people and places at the heart of our work so that communities benefit from the development process and the heritage, soul and stories of a place are respected and renewed, not ignored and discarded.

We are guided by our values; imagination, intelligence, audacity. They inform our culture and everything we do in our quest to be the best mixed-use regeneration developer in the UK. This is what makes us distinctively U+I.

 

Public Private Partnerships

Strong partnerships

Public Private Partnerships

Trusted partnerships. Better regeneration

We believe in the power of partnership as a way to unlock long-term value. We are one of the UK’s largest and leading developers of public private partnership projects. We have a reputation for building strong relationships and delivering on our promises, meaning we are increasingly the public sector’s partner of choice.

Read our research about PPP

Worthwhile

Worthwhile Use of spaces

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Worthwhile

Delivering places

Instead of putting up hoardings to keep people out, we like to throw the doors open and invite people in. So from day one of securing a site, we make use of our spaces and places to add value to communities and create benefits that last. Benefits such as risk-free opportunities for independent businesses to grow and develop, cultural experiences, and places to meet, eat, drink, have fun and try new things. Other developers call this Meanwhile Use. We call it Worthwhile Use, an essential part of our regeneration process, not a temporary nice-to-have. It creates a richer conversation with the local community and allows us to connect more effectively. It helps us to get to know our neighbours, and in doing so, open ourselves up to the possibility of working with others to create something far better than we might have managed alone.

Find out more about Worthwhile

Thought leadership

Challenging the status quo

Thought leadership

Challenging the status quo

We do not shy away from difficult conversations or complex issues. We challenge conventions, call for change and promote innovation within the property sector. Most importantly, we are solutions focused. We bring together thought leaders, change makers and risk takers to inspire and catalyse change. We commission research and we facilitate conversations with civic society and the public sector, as well as other leading developers in order to progress thought and practice within the industry. We sometimes go as far as to pilot our ideas to test their validity as with our two prototype ‘townflats’ in our HQ in London – just one of our responses to the housing crisis.

See our research projects

Where you'll find us

A clear geographic focus

Where you'll find us

A clear geographic focus

Our three key geographies of the London City Region, Manchester and Dublin have enormous growth potential. They attract top talent, are underpinned by good transport links, they have a high tolerance for social diversity and new ideas and are supported by a strong tourism industry. In addition, these three locations have the character and heritage that we look for, brimming with sites that can be transformed into vibrant, socially inclusive mixed-use destinations that will help the cities to thrive. Entering these overlooked areas early gives us a competitive edge.

Find out more about these locations

Placemaking, culture and heritage

Respecting and celebrating heritage and culture

Placemaking, culture and heritage

We look to the past to create a better future

We believe that it’s our responsibility as a developer to get to know the places in which we work intimately. This includes a deep understanding of the history and heritage of a place which so often gives us clues as to what might work now and in the future. We research, we investigate, we listen to people, we uncover hidden stories, we get to know the history of a place so that we can enrich it, include it and make it better – not simply erase what has gone before. Appreciating heritage and culture is essential to our approach – our curiosity compels us to dig deeper in order to create places that will leave a legacy we can  be proud of.

Find out more about our places

How we create value

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How we create value

How we create value

We unlock potential to realise positive change. We know what’s happening in our chosen market. This means we can craft the right strategic response and assemble all the resources we need through an integrated business model and deliver lasting value to our stakeholders and long-term socio-economic benefit for communities.

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