Creating a more Positive Space


20 experts help launch new guide to drive up standards of community engagement

In June 2020, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland launched its first community charter, Positive Space, aiming to set a new standard for public engagement and give the communities we work with meaningful involvement in how their neighbourhoods evolve.

We then designed a training programme delivered in partnership with 20 of the UK’s top experts on public engagement to build the capability and confidence of our teams. The sessions covered topics from active listening to accountability and empowerment.

Contributors included:

  • Councillor Anood Al-Samerai, London Borough of Southwark
  • Ava Doherty, Westminster Youth Council
  • Debbie Jackson, Westminster City Council
  • Matt McStravick, Deepr
  • Mike Saunders, Commonplace
  • Stephen Burns, Peabody
  • Will Brett, community organising specialist
  • Catherine Greig, make:good

Grosvenor has now brought together the insights and tips in a new guide to public engagement called Positive Space in Practice available to anyone involved in making and managing places.

Kate Nottidge, Head of Community Engagement, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, commented:

“We know that poor engagement undermines the credibility of the property sector and its potential to create places that people value. That’s why we’re investing in the skills of our staff and working hard to ensure that people have meaningful involvement in how their neighbourhood evolves.

By sharing what we’ve learnt from some of the UK’s most progressive thinkers on public engagement, we hope to inspire others too.”

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Notes to Editors


About Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland creates and manages great places where communities, business and nature thrive. 

We are part of a global property business that has been developing and managing land and property for over 340 years. 

Our heartland is in London’s West End, where we support c11,000 residents, c1,000 businesses and c60,000 workers every day. We also create and manage sustainable new neighbourhoods in London and across the South of England.  We think long-term and give equal weight to the social and commercial impact of everything that we do. 

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