Thinking

Thinking

Why is it so hard to stop a destination project going wrong?

Why is it so hard to stop a destination project going wrong?

Dan Anderson surveyed recent audits of The Mound in Marble Arch and Croydon’s Fairfield Halls. It is common to ask why these cultural projects are so prone to going over budget. In this blog he asks a different question: why is it so hard to hit the brakes on a project that is going south?

Levelling Up White Paper & Lessons Learnt

Levelling Up White Paper & Lessons Learnt

Now that the much-awaited Levelling Up White Paper has been released, Local Authorities will be eagerly preparing for the next round of Levelling Up Fund applications. Having successfully secured £60m of funding for our clients in Round 1, Serena Xtoumouzienne discusses lessons learnt and how we can support with Round Two bids in Spring 2022.

Launching Fourth Street's new project delivery service

Launching Fourth Street's new project delivery service

The restoration of Swindon’s iconic Health Hydro – the Victorian baths and dispensary that became a blueprint for the NHS – has taken a big step forward, with the appointment of Fourth Street to lead the design team and develop its restoration plans.

Sustainable development – is real change happening?

Sustainable development – is real change happening?

Environmental sustainability has been steadily increasing in importance in heritage, tourism, and property in recent years, but with limited evidence of real progress. In the aftermath of COP26, Tom Agar considers if change might finally be about to happen.

Greenwich Town Centre plans for an active, cultural public realm

Greenwich Town Centre plans for an active, cultural public realm

Fourth Street co-wrote the High Streets for All bid for Greenwich Town Centre, one of 15 projects recently funded by the Mayor of London. Mary-Helen Young discusses the question: In an age of declining retail, how can high streets support non-transactional exchange through cultural and community uses and activity in public realm?

UK structural funds after Brexit

UK structural funds after Brexit

Mary-Helen Young reflects on the Levelling Up Fund and what it signals about the post-Brexit UK funding climate.