The long-awaited ‘Maximising social value in design’ report has been launched.

“Measuring social value is a relatively new area for the design community – and this Guide attempts to showcase best practice and share learning so that the entire design community can improve social value outcomes and articulate the great impact we can undoubtedly bring.”

HLM have been part of the Social Value in Design Taskforce since its conception in 2019. The Taskforce brought together industry professionals to explore the ways in which social value in design can be optimised at every level and stage.

As policy regarding tender schemes increases the focus on social value as a key component to new developments, the industry must work better to meet these new standards. The Taskforce’s report outlines their findings and recommendations to provide greater benefit to communities where building projects take place.

The report delves into the measurement of social value, outlining the key themes, outcomes and measures required, before showcasing examples of the ‘how’ and ‘what’ in developments constitute increased social value.

The report includes reference to several of HLM’s initiatives have exemplified increased social value. Philip Watson, Head of Design, was included on the Taskforce. He commented,

“HLM Architects mantra is, ‘thoughtful design to make better places for people’. This people-centred architectural approach underpins our desire to consider the positive impact of design on individuals and communities – enabling them to be healthy, prosperous and vibrant. This impact is the ‘social value’ of design. Measuring social value is a relatively new area for the design community – and this Guide attempts to showcase best practice and share learning so that the entire design community can improve social value outcomes and articulate the great impact we can undoubtedly bring.”

The issuing of this report is an important step in collaboration throughout the industry, and illustrates how the sharing of ideas can help us to achieve a common goal.

To download the report, click on the link below:

Social value in design – A guide for design teams – Social Value Portal

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