People and place: hypothesising the future of planning and development

Recently, Placemarque’s strategy director, Sue Manley, appeared on Sam Stafford’s The 50 Shades of Planning Podcast. Alongside Ruairidh Jackson – founding director at Start Advisory – and Katie Wray – assistant director at Deloitte – they looked to the future of urban spaces in a post-lockdown world. How will planning and development look different in the future? What will a higher premium on safety, hygiene, and locality – as well

#Stayalittlelonger: how good wayfinding drives inward investment

One of the sessions at Built Environment Network’s Greater Manchester Development Conference explores inward investment: encouraging people to spend money in a location. This is a frequent objective for Placemarque when designing a wayfinding strategy. Good wayfinding encourages people to stay a little longer or walk a little further in order to spend their time and money in a different space, perhaps, in a different way. At the conference our

Smart City and Connectivity

Connectivity means different things to different people. In July 2019, Placemarque director Sophie Campbell delivered a presentation about connectivity to a room of proptech professionals in Manchester. Whilst other presenters talked about bandwidth, BIM, subscription models and financing, we look at connectivity in terms of people and place. And only sometimes do we use tech. Disconnected communities cost the UK economy money because people spend money in their community. They

What makes a smart city smart?

Placemarque recently sponsored Built Environment Networking’s Smart Cities conference in Oxford. We wanted to connect with companies who look at cities differently at a time when we are considering increasing the integration of data and digital into our wayfinding. Like others at the conference, we want to do it smartly, still considering how people are using cities and responding to that, in terms of our wayfinding, rather than trying to

Smart Thinking Builds Smart Cities

Placemarque are proud to be badge sponsors of Built Environment Networking Group’s upcoming Smart Cities conference. It comes at a time when we’re considering the evolution of our wayfinding services in light of digital, virtual and mixed reality technologies and big data. Furthermore, as Placemarque developed the street signage in the centre of Oxford (the conference’s host city) a decade ago, it is a great excuse to revisit our work. We’re proud