Published today – the RENEW Northwest Collected Works 2005 to 2008 (free PDF, 400 pages)

Embargoed to 00:01, Thursday 29 May 2014

RENEW Northwest was the region’s centre of excellence for regeneration from 2005 to 2008. It worked with thousands of professionals in design, construction, housing, economic development, neighbourhoods and more and encouraged better regeneration through multi-disciplinery working in the interests of communities, the environment, the economy and society throughout the region – urban and rural, deprived and more affluent.  Much of the RENEW Northwest learning is contained within over 400 pages of great advice and help to professionals involved in all aspects of regeneration and renewal. Free to download here (PDF), much of the advice is as relevant now as it was when it was produced. 

From Liverpool to Manchester, from Crewe to Carlisle, great work was found, supported and celebrated. The former staff have scoured their computers and attics to put all that excellent material in one place for the benefit of everyone involved in regeneration.

Phil Barton, former Director of RENEW Northwest said, “In this age of public sector austerity, it is more important than ever that professionals, agencies and local groups work effectively together across sectors, professions and geography.  RENEW Northwest pioneered new approaches and the achievement of better results by encouraging learning, good practice and professional development.  RENEW’s legacy lives on and this archive is a significant resource for the region which we are delighted to make more widely available.” 

Tony Baldwinson, former Head of Knowledge, Design and Innovation at RENEW Northwest said, “There is so much to choose from in this treasure trove. The Ladders in Regeneration group was especially important in making sure no-one was excluded, not just from the outcomes but also from the jobs within regeneration. Everyone will find something of use to their work here.” 

Notes to editors:

1. The RENEW Northwest project was funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency from 2005 to 2008. Its Board included the Government Office North West and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as well as the private sector, community groups and universities.

2. The book is free to download as a PDF, using the Open Government Licence administered by UK National Archives.

3. The full website address is


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