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London and Continental Railways

Land, Planning & Development
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Published on
January 4, 2024

City centre engagement masterplanning

Commercial challenge

When the UK  Government's placemaking expert, London and Continental Railways Limited (LCR),  were promoting a commercial scheme in the heart of Birmingham city centre,  they needed a specialist agency who knew the city and could build strong  relationships with stakeholders and neighbours during the planning process.

With  demolition of an existing tower and the construction of four new buildings  next to residential skyscrapers and large hotels, the challenge also included  managing impact and disruption concerns of people living and working around  the site.


Human approach

After being  recommended by the planning consultant, we immediately mapped out all the  local movers and shakers for the benefit of the client and project team,  providing intelligence and insights to pave the way for productive and  positive stakeholder engagement.

We then  crafted the key messages about the development proposals, framed in the  context of Birmingham’s exciting evolution, the aspirations of its people and  building for the next generation. Added to these were proactive messages  around considerate demolition and construction to ease the fears of local  neighbours.

Gough ensured  everything came together at two local public exhibitions, where we helped  tell the story of the plans, generating the trust and support of local people  and politicians.



Both Outline  and Detailed planning consents were obtained by LCR with little objection.  These were aided by Gough forging positive relationships with key  individuals, including with the Chair of the local Residents’ Association  within the neighbouring building, who acted as a voice to the collective  residents and shared positive information and updates.

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Key results delivered

Achieved both outline and detailed planning consents
Positive relationships forged with local stakeholders
Gough retained to support with demolition communications

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