Stalled Spaces Scotland

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Stalled Spaces Scotland was a national programme commissioned by the Scottish Government and managed by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) to encourage and support communities to bring stalled spaces or derelict and vacant land back into temporary use. As part of the project we looked for great ideas that benefit local people and enhance town centres.

By learning from the award winning Stalled Spaces project led by Glasgow City Council, A&DS worked with seven councils to deliver their own Stalled Spaces Scotland funding initiative. The grants funded community groups to create temporary activity on under used open spaces in their town centres. Skills training and workshops helped local communities realise their plans.

To align with the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan and the Town Centre First Principle the programme prioritises stalled spaces located within town centres.

The Stalled Spaces Scotland toolkit is designed to support anyone thinking of taking on a stalled space site. The toolkit aims to collect helpful advice and links in one place. The toolkit contains live links and works much better when viewed on screen.

The councils were announced at the Stalled Spaces Scotland seminar on 3 December 2014. They were Angus, Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Fife, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, and funding for communities was available from April 2015.

To help with ideas and give practical advice we have produced support materials and films, which you can download by clicking the links to the right of this page.

For more info or to watch the presentations from the Stalled Spaces Scotland seminar please click here.

To find out more about Glasgow City Council’s (GCC) award winning Stalled Spaces initiative watch the Starting not Stalling event film.

For inspiration on how to activate derelict and vacant spaces you can watch presentations from our Glasgow PechaKucha Night 21: Pretty Vacant

We’d love to hear from you if you need more info or printed copies of our Stalled Spaces Scotland leaflet please email: info@ads.org.uk

Image by Lenny Warren. Irene Graham pictured at the Greyfriars Garden Stalled Spaces Project in the Merchant City, Glasgow.

(Updated April 2020)

Seeding Success Newsletter

A newsletter summarising the event Seeding Success: Learning from Stalled Spaces Scotland, held in Paisley Town Hall on 10 May 2017

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