West Dunbartonshire Council - Bowling Basin Charrette
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About this initiative
The aim of the Bowling Basin Charrette project was to develop proposals for the future development of the area at the western end of the Forth-Clyde Canal, itself a scheduled monument. The 3 objectives were to: (1) involve the local community; (2) embrace a design-led process; and (3) make efficient use of the partners' time and key agencies. In pursuing these objectives, the Charrette process generated a series of different options for the development of the Bowling Basin site - all based on different levels of intensity of development and reflecting a range of views. The Council, as joint promoter, was particularly pleased with the level of community engagement in shaping the options. Approximately 120 different people attended one, or more, of the sessions and provided positive feedback. In particular, the opportunity to be able to express their views.
Reason for an Award
The Judges were impressed with this project, which had a mix of all the right ingredients leading towards a positive outcome. They considered that the programme had been well-designed, publicised and recorded and they particularly liked the visual aspect of drawing - as a means of helping people to understand, explore and shape the vision for the area. Overall, the Charrette approach marked an important positive shift for the Council, whereby they could experience how successful working with a community, by using illustrated proposals and ideas, can aid dialogue and influence outputs.
Who made it happen
West Dunbartonshire Council, plus a number of key partners including the local community and Scottish Canals.
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