Monday, October 16th, 2017
It was a great honour to be asked to contribute a case study to the Social Values and Design of the Built Environment report which is being launched this month by the Supply Chain Sustainability School. This report looks at the differing views of professionals within the built environment and how we come together to form a unified approach to social value in our industry. Social value is a fast evolving subject and The Supply Chain School is now seeking to involve more designers and architects as well as contractors.
Working with the RIBA, the team behind the report have aligned social value interventions with the RIBA Plan of Work, cleverly prompting users at each work stage and suggesting activities that could generate social value for individuals and communities. Like many, DMA believes that designing with social value in mind is simply the right thing to do – it contributes to fairness in society. However, designing places that people value and want to spend time in also enhances the long-term value of the asset so it makes good business sense too. Integrating people into the design process provides a sense of ownership and involvement, connecting people with places and making them feel valued.
At DMA, our active social value policy helps us to win new projects as well as allowing us to give back to the industry longer-term by developing the professionals of tomorrow’s built environment.