Making Places Profitable - Public and Private Open Spaces

Background and Aim

To demonstrate how the positive socio-economic impacts of open space improvements could be maintained in the long run (‘place-keeping') by promoting innovative partnership approaches involving private enterprises, communities and government.

MP4 mainstreamed best practice in place-keeping across the whole of the North Sea Region. Through transnational cooperation, it demonstrated how socio-economic growth could be stimulated and maintained through long-term physical improvement.

The strategic goal was to bring about a major shift in EU cohesion policy towards the long-term security of its investments.

A key challenge facing communities throughout the North Sea Region is to offer a high quality of life, in order to attract skilled employees in the global knowledge economy. This is a concern shared by areas in economic decline and in post-industrial communities where the threat of market-failure is most acutely felt. Key EU policies supporting the Lisbon/Gothenburg process confirm the importance of providing attractive investment locations.

Making Places Profitable therefore highlighted the importance of ‘place-keeping', and its delivery in partnership. It applied the proven approach of mainstreaming best practice across the whole of North Sea Region, showing how to maintain the positive impact of concrete actions, in perpetuity.

The challenge was to maintain the real and multiple benefits of well designed places. The project combined efforts to solve the problem that too much emphasis was being placed on ‘creation' rather than long-term upkeep. In practice, open space managers increasingly recognised the danger of cities constantly revisiting and ‘improving' previous projects, which was neither environmentally or economically sustainable.

This problem was compounded by the fact that many local authorities and public agencies faced a constant struggle to obtain sufficient resources for maintenance. Place-keeping suffered from being unglamorous, whilst being important for social, economic and environmental reasons.

This was a job that no single member state could achieve alone. The challenge was of such a magnitude that it required the critical mass of action that only transnational cooperation could deliver. The partners in Making Places Profitable worked hard together to find strategies to upgrade public and private open spaces and to provide for their long term maintenance.

PROJECT DURATION: 2008-09-01 - 2012-09-30
ERDF GRANT: 2,913,771.00 €
LEAD BENEFICIARY: Sheffield City Council (South Yorkshire Forest Partnership), UK

Information Hub

Sheaf Valley Park - The Story
Making Places Profitable - Mid Term Conference Presentation
MP4 Workshop Bremen
MP4 Project Launch
Final Conference Flyer
The MP4 Legacy
Revitalising the Village Centre of Barger Compascuum
Governance and Management: lessons from MP4
Funding and Finance - NSR
Funding and Finance: Lessons from MP4
Best Practice the Sheaf Valley Park Way
Place-keeping by Trust
Gamlestaden, Gothenburg - always a strategic site
Partnerships in Place-keeping
People and Partnerships: co-operation and collaboration or convenience and compromise
Valuation and Evaluation: lessons from MP4
The Eco-neighbourhoods; an alternative to urban sprawl
Policy and Planning: a practitioner's view
How can we Improve the Current Policy Framework for Place-keeping?
The Policy and Planning Context within a Political Economy
Valuatin and Evaluation: experiences from MP4 pilot projects
Report on Critical Reporting
Project Lifetime Critical Report: Loevgaerdet and Eriksbo
Project Lifetime Critical Report: Barger Compascuum
Project Lifetime Critical Report: Oostcampus
Project Lifetime Critical Report: Sheaf Valley Park
Project Lifetime Critical Report: Firth Park
MP4 Place-keeping Charter
Policy Document 1: Governance
Policy Document 2: Partnerships
Policy Document 3: Finance
Policy Document 4: Policy
Policy Document 5: Evaluation
MP4's 5 Policy Documents in German
MP4 Final Report
Place-keeping: urban green space in the long term
MP4 Green Estate Project
Place Matters
Place-keeping in the Cultural Landscape
Existing Transnational Experiences of Place-keeping
Transnational Assesssment of Practice in Place-keeping
Evolving Involvement
Place Matters: management, place-keeping and funding of open spaces
Place-keeping in Practice
Community Partnerships
Partnerships in Place-keeping
Place-keeping Through Partnership
Placekeeping Through Partnership: Workshop 2 Notes
Place-keeping Through Partnership: Workshop 1 Notes
Place-keeping Through Partnership: Workshop 3 Notes
Place-keeping Through Partnership: Workshop Feedback
Observations in Firth Park
Place-keeping: responsive, long-term open space management
Developing an Area Based Approach to Open Space Management
Trusts: an investigation of Trust-led involvement in place-keeping
An Investigation into Trust Led Involvement in Place-keeping
Ripples in the Pond Questionnaire
Governance in Place-keeping
MP4: experiences from open space regeneration in Scotland
Model Agreements in Place-keeping
MP4: An Introduction
Place-making and Place-keeping of Open Spaces - MP4
Transnational Learning Final Evaluation Report - Draft
Brief Introduction to the Hamburg Case
Evaluation Report: Gamlestaden
Evaluatoin Report: Sheaf Valley Park
Evaluation Report: Loevgaerdet
Evaluation Report: Eriksbo
Evaluation Report: Firth Park
Evaluation Report: Oostkamp
Evaluation Report: Getmove Basketball Leisure Park Steilshoop
Evaluation Report: Barger Compascuum
Oostcampus Brochure
Experience as a Method for Evaluation
E-Mapping in Eriksbo
Greenspace Experience as a Tool for Mapping
The Aarhus Lab
University of Copenhagen Newsletter
University of Copenhagen Newsletter 2
Skejby Presentation
Urban Improvement Districts: The Hamburg Experience
Urban Improvement Districts: Hamburg
Urban Improvement Districts: Hamburg (Copenhagen)
Who Cares for our Open Spaces?
Urban Improvement Districts: Experiences from Europe
Housing Improvement Districts
Private Initiatives for Open Spaces
Maintenance of Public Open Spaces
Pilot for Neighbourhood Improvement District Steilshoop
Making Places Profitable - Public and Private Open Spaces
Experience as a Method for Green Space Valuation
Opportunities to Integrate Future Place-keeping into Spatial Masterplans
Transnational Learning Strategy
Model Agreements Overview
Model Agreements Review
Dealing with Partnerships
Dealing with Governance and Engagement
Dealing with Evaluation
Dealing with Funding and Finance
Transnational Assessment of Practice
Model Agreement Emmen
Model Agreement Firth Park/SCC
Model Agreement Gothenburg
Model Agreement BID Hamburg
Model Agreement Steilshoop Hamburg
Model Agreement VLM
Gathering Gardeners' Knowledge
Experience Mapping and Planning
Introducing a Method for Mapping Recreational Experience
Introducing a Method for Mapping
Urban Improvement Districts in Germany
Transnational Learning Final Report Draft
Transnational Learning Mid Term Report
Place-keeping in Masterplanning
The Model of Neighbourhood Improvement Districts in Hamburg
Model Agreements for Place-keeping of Open Spaces
Literature Review Summary
Literature Review
Transnational Assessment of Online Wegewart
Evolving Involvement
Developing an Area Based Approach
Defining Place-keeping
Community Capacity
Case Study: space for teens
Case Study: Buergerpark Bremen
Case Study: The BID Experience
Case Study Summary: Craigmillar
Case Study: Craigmillar
Case Study Summary: Neighbourhood Lenzsiedlung
Case Study: Neighbourhood Lenzsiedlung
Case Study: Green Estate
Case Study: HafenCity Hamburg
Case Study: Hailes Quarry Park Edinburgh
Case Study: Highways and Green Spaces Telford
Case Study: Interbestuurlijk Plattelandsoverleg/Intergovernmental Rural Dialogue
Case Study: NID Steilshoop Hamburg
Case Study: Poeke Park, Aalter BE
Case Study Summary: Gardsten
Case Study: Gardsten
Case Study Summary: Aarhus
Case Study: Aarhus
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