Urban Vision shortlisted for Best Public/Private Partnership at the LGC awards 2018

We are delighted to announce that Urban Vision has been shortlisted for the Best Public/Private Partnership category at the LGC awards 2018.

The category celebrates the joint working of councils’ and private sector firms that have brought about service improvements and/or improved efficiency.

Since Urban Vision’s formation in 2005, we have generated over £20m worth of revenue for the Council and together with efficiency savings and initiatives it has enabled the Council to reinvest monies into more affordable housing, education, better infrastructure and green space to support the regeneration of Salford.

A few examples of our partnerships achievements include:

– Securing an additional £8million in S106 contributions. This has enabled the Council to reinvest monies into more affordable housing, education, better infrastructure and green space in Salford.

– Following the approval of Salford’s Highway Investment Programme in 2010, using the resources and expertise of Urban Vision, the partnership devised a highway network management delivery plan as well as a street works service.

-Between 2010/11 and 2016/17, the results from the above actions include:

  • Highways in critical condition has fallen from 9.3% to 6.3%
  • Highway maintenance requirement has fallen from 48.1% to 17.6%
  • Highways in a good overall condition has risen from 42.6% to 76.1%
  • Defects on roads and footways has decreased from 15,900 in 2011/12 to 11,600 in 2015/16 to 7370 in 2016/2017
  • After more than 25,000 complaints last year to Greater Manchester Councils about potholes, Salford received the least amount of complaints.

-The partnership has created integrated commissioning and technical teams to deliver major regeneration programmes at pace across the City. Several billion pounds of private sector investment has been realised to date and the city has the fastest growing economy in GM with GVA up 22%, contributing £5bn to the regional economy.

-Delivered bikeability and pedestrian training to over 10,000 Salford school children and road safety training to 51,000 Salford pupils reducing the amount of accidents on the roads.

Barry Pilkington, Urban Vision’s Partnership Director said:

“We are delighted that our partnership has been recognised in the LGC awards. Not only is it testament to the hard work of our people in transforming services in Salford but it also demonstrates how we are working collaboratively with our partner Salford City Council, to ensure we are responsive, flexible and achieving local objectives, whether that is achieving efficiency savings, driving growth and investment or  supporting regeneration of local places to deliver better outcomes for the local community.”

Winners will be announced at the LGC Awards ceremony on 21st March 2018.