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As an extension of our strategy and policy offer, BOP works closely with organisations, developers, visitor destinations, investors, governments, and regeneration agencies to develop specific projects buildings and districts, often in the context of major regeneration schemes.

We take our clients from concept stage, through feasibility and planning to designing partnerships and delivery structures.

We adopt a similar vision-based approach, but with much more focus on the technical feasibility of the physical and commercial dimensions of the development – and how this fits in with the broader masterplan and the surrounding eco-system.

Our Approach

Our approach is rooted in our research capabilities and is evidence-based in three important respects. We apply our knowledge of the market for cultural and creative experiences. We bring an understanding of the dynamic of the local creative economy. We base our recommendations on effective practice learned from other developments internationally.

Our approach is highly strategic and aligned with the key social, economic, and environmental goals of the clients and stakeholders. The result is a plan based on rigorous analysis and modelling, that shows income generation and financial sustainability.

We draw on our wider global network of associates and partner organisations to build an integrated project team including working with leading architecture, design, and planning practices, fundraisers, and project managers.


COVID-19 and its aftermath represent a real threat to the business model for physical, place-based cultural projects. We work with clients to meet this challenge, planning in a much more climate intelligent fashion and modelling on different assumptions about cultural consumption and the design of facilities in this light.

Cultural Master Planning

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Museums and Galleries, Economic Development, Arts, Heritage, Festivals, Digital, Intellectual Property, Design, Film & TV, Skills, Entrepreneurship, Creative Industries, Funding, Education, Audiences, Video games, Theatres, Museums

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Helping you to realise new programmes, capital projects, urban renewal schemes, place shaping and capital development

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Nobody knows what will happen next, but we have a good idea of the three necessary steps out of the crisis

Relief, Recovery and Renewal: navigating our way to a new kind of future

Paul Owens

May 13, 2020

Our work helps unlock large LEP investment in culture

Transforming Birmingham’s Symphony Hall

Jonathan Todd

Aug 1, 2019

Our five takeaways from Creative Industries Council’s event last week

Seizing the potential of creativity for Local Enterprise Partnerships

Jonathan Todd

Apr 15, 2019

London has launched its “game-changer” Cultural Infrastructure Plan

Connected urban planning for culture and citizens

Paul Owens

Mar 27, 2019

Xi Jinping draws attention to Beijing's built heritage in his Chinese New Year visit

Culture & heritage given political blessing from the top in China

Paul Owens

Feb 5, 2019

New report highlights how cities are linking their cultural and climate change agendas

Culture and Climate Change

Paul Owens

Nov 15, 2017

Headlines from the World Cities Culture Forum public session

What is the future of culture in cities?

Paul Owens

Feb 6, 2017

The UK’s exports of cultural goods

The missing billion

Callum Lee

Aug 10, 2016

Learning from Moscow's extraordinary potential

World Cities Culture Summit 2016

Paul Owens

May 17, 2016

We ask Business Improvement Districts across London

Can culture drive local business success?

Alex Homfray

May 17, 2016

A glimpse into a fantastic new cultural arts venue and heritage destination

A new future for St Peter’s Seminary

Barbara McKissack

Mar 29, 2016

A matter of funding and digital infrastructure

Philanthropy in Sustainable Cities: A Fresh Approach

Paul Owens

Feb 11, 2016

We are at risk of losing a key institution in the UK's music scene

The slow death of independent music venues in our cities

Jonathan Todd

Jan 27, 2016

Our Managing Director, Paul Owens, looks back on the achievements of last year and looks forward to 2016

The year in focus: Looking back, looking forward

Paul Owens

Dec 22, 2015

How often do we consider ‘identity’ as a variable in cultural research? Probably not enough.

We need to talk about our cultural identities

Douglas Lonie

Dec 11, 2015

Our final reading list on a key theme of the World Cities Culture Report 2015

Is all Growth Good?

Paul Owens

Nov 20, 2015

BOP launches major new report in association with Core Cities UK

The Future Agenda for Culture and UK Cities

Alex Homfray

Nov 18, 2015

Our second reading list on a key theme of the World Cities Culture Report 2015

Cultural Vibrancy and City Success

Paul Owens

Nov 18, 2015

The role of culture in innovation in cities is a key theme in the World Cities Culture Report 2015

World Cities as Innovation Hubs

Paul Owens

Nov 18, 2015

BOP Associate Director Callum Lee on the state of cultural policy in cities across Europe.

Three lessons from Europe's cultural cities

Callum Lee

May 24, 2015