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Promoting high quality design and place making







Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning


We received 42 entries and shortlisted 29 of them to take forward into the next stage of judging. Ceremony will take place in November 2015


Susie Stirling


Student Designing Places Competition

A repeat of the annual day long practical drawing-based placemaking design competition for students from  several disciplines of study across Scotland.

Held in March 2015

Stuart Watson


Inspirational Designs website promote good quality housing design and placemaking throughout Scotland. It is a 'live' resource database and is being expanded twice per year, as more projects receive awards. The exemplars have all been selected to inspire about what has been built in Scotland and what is possible to achieve in the future.


Stuart Watson

Implementing ‘Designing Streets’ work More clarity and consistency by improving guidance, process and confidence around street design. This follows research (published August 2013) on how Designing Streets is being implemented across Scotland.

A Toolbox to assist effective application of Designing Streets was published in May 2014. Work is ongoing to raise awareness and improve application of Designing Streets policy by using these tools in practice.

Stuart Watson


Architecture and Placemaking policy

Scotland’s new architecture and place policy statement, “Creating Places”, was launched on June 24, 2013.

An important part of the policy statement is a new architecture and place Scottish Government microsite . The site provides a range of place focused resources, and is designed as way to keep the policy live, with latest news and progress on the policy’s implementation.


Les Scott


SSCI Charrette Mainstreaming Programme:

Further charrettes held focussing on integrating charrettes into  development plan processes and supporting the Town Centre Action Programme

March 2014


Sandy Robinson


SSCI exemplars. Learning from this  group of projects to be captured to inform placemaking and regeneration or activity.


Stuart Watson

Place Standard

The Scottish Government undertook to develop a Place Standard through a commitment made in the ‘Creating Places’ Architecture Policy for Scotland published in 2013.  This work also addresses the recommendation from Good Places, Better Health, (the Scottish Government’s strategy on health and the environment),  to develop a neighbourhood quality framework.    The Place Standard will be a resource that will be used to assess the quality of places, both existing places and new developments. It will consider a range of key themes that can impact on the health and quality of life of the people who live in a place.

Work on the place standard has been underway since late 2013 with a requirements gathering exercise and a literature review largely completed. Workshops are planned with key stakeholders in the coming weeks. The Place Standard is to be developed & drafted over the Spring with a view to delivery in Summer 2014. The project board and project team made up of colleagues from across SG, NHS Health Scotland and Architecture and Design Scotland.

Sandy Robinson