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Cultural Master Planning

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.



Relevance

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.

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Area governance and management plans

We devise governance and management plans for creative and cultural quarters. These are rooted in the vision and values of the partners, providing a clear set of principles for all future development, articulating the responsibilities of partners, recommending optimum management structures and a detailed financial plan.

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Feasibility and option studies

We undertake feasibility studies, based on rigorous market and financial analysis, examining options for both the cultural and creative programme as well as the physical development.

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Business cases (including Green Book)

We assemble a clear and rigorous business case aimed at funders, investors, and partners. This sets out a clear strategic rationale for the project which is underpinned by sound commercial and financial analysis. In the UK, our service offering complies with the Treasury Green Book guidance.

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Market and demand appraisals

We undertake market appraisals using primary and secondary research sources and we use this data to inform all other aspects of the planning and commercial development of the project.

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Visioning and concept development

We work with you and your stakeholders to develop a shared vision for a development or an area. We take locally generated ideas and help to articulate these into compelling concepts and propositions with a broad appeal.

Our Services

Cultural Master Planning

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Featured Projects

Cultural Master Planning

Through our work managing and leading the  World Cities Culture Forum  and through projects in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia, our work has set the agenda for some of the most pressing urban cultural policy opportunities and challenges of the day. 

Battersea Power Station

Research into how different types of cultural projects affect visitor behaviour

Battersea Power Station

Planning for a New Concert Hall

Our work helped unlock £1 million in government funding for London Symphony Orchestra.

The City of London

Revised business plan for the reclamation of St Peter’s Seminary

Our work unlocked £3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

NVA

Arts and Culture Strategy for the Olympic Park

Our strategy has guided the transformation of the London 2012 Olympic Park into a new and dynamic quarter of the city.

London Legacy Development Corporation

Creating Healthy Night-time Economies in World Cities

BOP’s report for Nanjing City Government demonstrates the importance of cross-cutting policies with a compelling cultural offer at the core

Nanjing Creative Center

Upgrading The Albany art centre into a mixed used development

Our detailed options appraisal analysis is being used to lever additional capital funding

The Albany

How can cities make space for culture?

New handbook published for city leaders

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Research into how different types of cultural projects affect visitor behaviour

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station

Our work helped unlock £1 million in government funding for London Symphony Orchestra.

Planning for a New Concert Hall

The City of London

Our work unlocked £3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Revised business plan for the reclamation of St Peter’s Seminary

NVA

Our strategy has guided the transformation of the London 2012 Olympic Park into a new and dynamic quarter of the city.

Arts and Culture Strategy for the Olympic Park

London Legacy Development Corporation

BOP’s report for Nanjing City Government demonstrates the importance of cross-cutting policies with a compelling cultural offer at the core

Creating Healthy Night-time Economies in World Cities

Nanjing Creative Center

Our detailed options appraisal analysis is being used to lever additional capital funding

Upgrading The Albany art centre into a mixed used development

The Albany

New handbook published for city leaders

How can cities make space for culture?

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

SELECTED CLIENTS

For over 25 years, BOP has grown a dynamic global community of interest driven by a belief in the transformational power of culture and the creative industries. We have worked in over 50 countries with clients from international agencies to national and regional government departments, to city Mayors and regeneration bodies, and individual cultural and creative businesses. 

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) - BOP Consulting  project
Battersea Power Station - BOP Consulting  project
Creative Industries Council - BOP Consulting  project
The City of London - BOP Consulting  project
NVA - BOP Consulting  project
London Legacy Development Corporation - BOP Consulting  project

Featured Articles

Cultural Master Planning

Relief, Recovery and Renewal

May 13, 2020, 12:00:00 AM

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

Birmingham’s Symphony Hall Transforming

August 1, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

Our work helps unlock large LEP investment in culture

Transforming Birmingham’s Symphony Hall

Jonathan Todd

Creativity and Local Enterprise Partnerships

April 15, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

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

Seizing the potential of creativity for Local Enterprise Partnerships

Jonathan Todd

Culturally connected urban planning

March 27, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

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

Connected urban planning for culture and citizens

Paul Owens

China gives its blessing to culture and heritage

February 5, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

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

Culture and Climate Change

November 15, 2017, 12:00:00 AM

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

Culture and Climate Change

Paul Owens

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Evaluation and Impact Assessment

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Strategy and Policy Design

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Cultural Master Planning

Our expertise

Read about how we can help you with your projects

Creative Industries toolkit pdf report

Creative Industries A Toolkit for Cities and Regions

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The Creative Industries toolkit highlights examples of how creative industries have created economic, social and cultural benefits in different regions, and identifies steps to ensure these benefits are fully realised across the UK.

Creative Industries Council

Urban Revitalisation Creative and Cultural Industries

Creative and Cultural Industries in Urban Revitalisation – A practice handbook

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The creative and cultural industries are a powerful catalyst for place-based renewal. They have the capacity to animate public spaces, to attract new customers, to encourage collaboration and to bring communities together.

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

London Legacy Development & Arts and Culture Strategy for the Olympic Park

Arts and Culture Strategy for the Olympic Park

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Our strategy has guided the transformation of the London 2012 Olympic Park into a new and dynamic quarter of the city.

London Legacy Development Corporation

Cultural masterplan and evaluation report for Birmingham Smithfield

Birmingham Smithfield – Masterplan

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Birmingham is currently experiencing an unprecedented period of change as billions of pounds of investment transform the city’s economy. This masterplan sets out the vision and principles that will form the basis of the delivery of this unique opportunity for the city.

Birmingham City Council

Featured Reports

Cultural Master Planning