Most of PTE’s projects involve creative and practical ways to integrate different uses within a building complex or across a neighbourhood, typically combining homes with workspace, shops, leisure, health and community facilities. For example, we pioneered the concept of building homes above schools, and have delivered a series of new schools on this model, using residential cross-subsidy. Meanwhile our work on town centre regeneration includes new cinema and leisure developments, again with apartments above.
Successful mixed-use development requires the resolution of technical and management issues to enable the different users to co-exist harmoniously. The benefits are many: more effective use of land; more beneficial 24-hour activity to animate town centres and residential neighbourhoods; shared capital and management costs; potential to cross-subsidise community space from commercial and residential development.