March 2019 Round-up of news and reports

Leicester Wheel at night

This is our monthly round-up from our sectors of interest, for March 2019.

Culture and creative industries:

Greater Manchester published its first culture strategy.

While London produced a Cultural Infrastructure Plan and a supporting interactive map.

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee reported on the state of the live music industry.


The DCMS is carrying out a tailored review of Historic England, starting with a public consultation.

A Dutch museum is to repatriate colonial-era works it thinks were stolen.

That theme (repatriation) is discussed in an interesting-looking new podcast by the cultural commentator Tiffany Jenkins, called Behind the Scenes at the Museum. The first interview is with Tristram Hunt of the V&A.


ALVA released its latest annual dataset of visitor attraction numbers, showing growth of almost 9%.

The Scottish Government published a high-level summary of its recent consultation on tourist taxes.

Place-making and urban regeneration: 

The LGA launched a report on culture-led regeneration.

The British Chambers of Commerce and Legal & General explored ‘building the towns and cities of tomorrow’, with case studies of several British cities.

The Create Streets project published a big study looking at what makes a successful street or public square.

Fourth Street:   

In Fourth Street news, we were delighted to be commissioned by Exeter City Council to examine the feasibility of a new multi-purpose performance venue in the city.

Finally, our director, Dan Anderson, was one of those asked by the Architects’ Journal for an assessment of the Tulip, the controversial high-rise visitor attraction planned for the City of London, which has just received planning permission.