Home Comforts During the Covid-19 Lockdown

Read our report summarising the findings of the Home Comforts survey completed by 2,500 households across the UK during the early summer of 2020.

Place Quality Research

Place Alliance has been working with its partners to deliver a programme focussed on generating a knowledge-based line of research about the quality of the built environment and its delivery.

Place Alliance new research finds that housing design in England overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’

A housing design audit for England reveals that 75% of new housing development should not have gone ahead due to ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’ design. 

Towards A Design Quality Unit for England

See our detailed proposals for a design quality unit, following the White Paper commitment to set up such a body

The campaign is a joint initiative of The Academy of Urbanism, Civic Voice, CPRE, Design Council, Design Network, Place Alliance, Trees & Design Action Group and Urban Design Group.

Place Value Wiki

Place Value Wiki is a collaborative platform for anyone interested in the empirical links between aspects of place quality and aspects of place value.

About Place Alliance

Place Alliance is a movement campaigning for place quality. It is founded on the idea that through collaboration and better communication we can establish a culture whereby the quality of place becomes an everyday national and local priority.

Place Alliance is open to all and brings together organisations and individuals who share the belief that the quality of our built environment has a profound influence on people’s lives.

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Latest News

The Planner – People should live ‘never more than 10 minutes’ from basic facilities

When designing neighbourhoods, the aspiration should be for everyone to live within a five-minute walk of ‘significant’ green space or a park and ‘never be more than 10 minutes’ from basic facilities. This is one of several recommendations set out in a report – Home...

The Conversation – New Research: people living in newer homes found lockdown more difficult

Lockdown provided a unique opportunity to stress-test our homes and their immediate environments, and to gauge whether or not they have supported our everyday needs. Exploring this was the purpose of the Home Comforts survey, conducted by the Place Alliance, a...

Housing Today – Newest homes ‘least comfortable’ during lockdown

Small size and lack of outdoor space made residents less happy with new properties, study by UCL finds Spending lockdown in a new-build home and neighbourhood has been more difficult than in houses built before 1919, according to a study of 2,500 homeowners. The...

What We Do

Research

We focus on a knowledge-based line of research about the quality of the built environment and its delivery. 

Big Meets

Our annual conference is an opportunity to debate on the current issues about the quality of the built environment and its delivery.

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Campaigns

We promote exchange between people across the country who are working on and promoting Place Quality initiatives.

Summer Schools

A summer school aimed at a wide range of professionals and decision-makers involved in making and sustaining successful places. 

Working Groups

Working Groups are open to everyone and define their own agenda.

Get involved

The Place Alliance is a movement for place quality. It is founded on the idea that through collaboration and better communication we can establish a culture whereby the quality of place becomes an everyday national and local priority. Place Alliance is open to all and brings together organisations and individuals who share the belief that the quality of our built environment has a profound influence on people’s lives.

The success of Place Alliance depends on the support of its supporters and volunteers. We welcome all organisations and local groups as well as individuals, town and parish councils, local authorities and businesses as members and supporters of Place Alliance.

Donate

Place Alliance is an independent not-for-profit initiative of UCL. We operate on a tight budget and rely on the generosity of our supporters. For those who wish to make a donation to help grow the Place Alliance network visit our UCL online giving page to make a gift. If you would like more information on how we will spend your donation contact placealliance@ucl.ac.uk. Your support is truly appreciated.