What is this project?
Following the success of Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces project, Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) are delivering a national roll-out of the programme working with other Local Authorities across Scotland.
The national programme will see A+DS provide advice and support to community organisations and local authorities. Enabling them to bring vacant and derelict land back in to temporary use, for the benefit of local communities. To align with the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan, the programme will focus on identifying stalled spaces located within town centres.
In addition, A&DS hosted a national seminar in Dec 2014 to inspire and support local authorities, business improvement groups and communities to roll out the project locally. This seminar acted as a platform for debate, reflection, information exchange and skills development.
What does the project aim to achieve?
The programme aims to support and empower community groups to temporarily bring vacant and derelict spaces back into positive use, for the benefit of the whole community.
To create a learning resource through community involvement to ensure there is legacy in the skills developed, increase skill sharing and provide opportunities for knowledge exchange with both local communities and professionals. A&DS has committed to supporting up to 30 stalled sites through the programme.
Where is the project taking place?
The programme is being delivered across seven local authorities in Scotland: Angus, Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Fife, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire.
Who is delivering this project?
A&DS is the lead partner developing the programme with seven local authorities delivering the programme in their local areas.
When is this project going to be finished?
This programme is running from July 2014 – December 2016
What has the project achieved so far?
The programme was officially launched by the Minister for Local Government and Planning on 16 July 2014. In the summer of 2014 A&DS contacted all 32 local authorities to ask for expressions of interest, in October 2014 we ran four information surgeries around Scotland prior to the 20 October 2014 application deadline.
Seven local authorities were selected to receive funding and support in November 2014. These programmes were developed over the course of 2015, with each local authority offering funding rounds to community groups. Groups were supported in their applications through a series of information events. The first community groups received funding in June 2015. Groups have received additional support including training to help them deliver their projects. To date, more than 40 community groups have received funding to take their ideas forward, ranging from community gardens to pop-up cinema events.
Learning and support has been captured in the Stalled Spaces Scotland Toolkit, a digital and print resource that provides ideas and guidance for anyone hoping to develop a stalled spaces project.
Information last updated September,2016