Oxford City Council
Oxford City Council first approached Public Practice in 2019 to bring in new officers who could support their ongoing town centre regeneration projects. After successfully placing two Associates who became long-term additions embedded in the team, the Authority has become a regular participant in the Public Practice programme and hosted five Associates to date.
In July 2021, Oxford City Council launched Broad Meadow, a temporary outdoor space to promote active travel, biodiversity and arts & culture in the public realm. Delivered by a team including Public Practice Associates, the main purpose of Broad Meadow was to support the Council’s economic recovery in response to COVID-19 and act as a proof of concept for a more permanent scheme. In the short-term, the meanwhile space helped to increase footfall in the town centre. In the long-term, the success of the project paved the way for a larger and more permanent County Council scheme in 2022. In a public consultation, 87% of more than 1,000 respondents said the scheme had a positive impact on the city centre.