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Regeneration Initiatives

Urban Hope 

Urban Hope is a trading arm of Liverpool Hope University with expertise in the areas of widening access, regeneration and enterprise. It operates within the three distinct areas of consultancy, project management and venture partnerships. Urban Hope is currently working with Cosmopolitan Housing Group on a range of regeneration initiatives in the Chester sub-region. 

Helping to shape some of the UK’s most challenging initiatives into beacons of best social practice, Urban Hope has undertaken complex community based regeneration initiatives including major capital projects, as well as developing new learning opportunities and supporting the development and sustainability of community and social enterprises.

Urban Hope is unique in the university sector in that it operates as a social enterprise and draws on a high level of expertise and experience from core staff. It prides itself on finding solutions to difficult urban challenges and on its track record in making a difference in the area of social justice and inclusion.


Urban Hope's projects include:

  • Jubilee Sports Bank (formerly Kensington Community Sports Centre): A community owned sports centre; £1.6m construction with a complex funding package; Urban Hope project managed the construction phase.
  • Kensington Life Bank: The centre houses a Sure Start Children’s Centre, Primary Care Trust, Liverpool Community College, nursery and event/conference space; it won an award for property design and partnership and is due to be transferred to community enterprise. £3.6m complex funding package. Urban Hope project managed the construction phase and owns and manages the centre.
  • Crawford House: Enterprise Centre in Toxteth, Liverpool; £1.6m construction with complex funding package; Urban Hope project managed the construction phase; ownership is due to be transferred to Crawford House Partnership.
  • Work with Chester & District Housing Trust: Development of £18.5m new town centre; Establishment of Asset Management Company; Development of national bursary scheme; Ugandan skills exchange.
  • One brick at a time
  • Cosmopolitan Housing Group
  • VMM International


ERDF LogoUrban Hope’s clients past and present clients include Big Life Company, Carlisle Housing Association, Cumbria County Council, Kensington New Deal for Communities, Peabody Housing Trust and Wirral Local Authority, as well as a number of Sure Start Programmes and community organisations.