“A thorough update of what was already an excellently written, accessible and well-used book. Coverage of the key issues to impact on regeneration in the UK since the 2008 financial crisis is comprehensive, and ensures that this latest edition will remain a key reference work for students and practitioners alike.”

Dr David Jarvis, Coventry University and Deputy Director, Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration (SURGE)

“An accessible text for students that provides an excellent summary of the challenges facing the UK regeneration sector up to and including the present age of austerity.”

Dr Lee Pugalis School of Built Environment, Northumbria University

An engaging, systematic guide to the most dramatic transformation of our urban landscape since post-war reconstruction. This new edition has been fully revised to include: Improved pedagogical features, including an expanded glossary and increased visuals, as well as key learning points, useful websites and suggestions for further reading; More content on local sustainability and issues linked to climate change; A new chapter, ‘Scaling Up’, which examines how regeneration operates when considering very large schemes, such as the London 2012 Olympics.

Jones and Evans draw together a mass of information around key themes in governance, sustainability, competition and design - from policy reports to academic studies - into a single coherent text, making this essential reading for anyone studying or working in the field of urban regeneration and planning.

Scaling Up

Scaling up


This chapter examines how regeneration operates when considering very large schemes with long time horizons.

  • London Olympics 2012: how can a global mega-event be translated into a win for regeneration? Examines the delivery of the Olympic Park and legacy planning.
  • Mega-regeneration in the Thames Gateway: examining the project to undertake a massive redevelopment of the area east of London.


The schemes we have discussed so far in this book have varied in scale from relatively small housing projects, to large-scale reconfigurations of entire districts. In this chapter we consider two schemes with altogether grander ambitions. Both are in south east England – a region generally seen as the engine of the UK's economic growth – and both spring from London's status as a world ...

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