A&DS welcomes fund to bring high streets back to life

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Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) has welcomed the Scottish Government’s recent announcement of a new £4 million fund to help bring abandoned homes and empty high street spaces back to life. In the wake of the Government’s response to the Town Centre Review, the move to create more homes is timely and offers hope to communities across the country.

Speaking following the announcement A&DS Chair, Karen Anderson said,

“Our town centres are at the heart of communities across Scotland and their success is vital to the people who use them. Changing shopping habits and service provision have presented these town centres with enormous challenges so I am delighted that the Scottish Government has established this new fund. We work with partners across Scotland to create places where people want to be and the opportunity to help deliver new homes within our town centres is a key part of this.”

Diarmaid Lawlor, A&DS Head of Urbanism said,

“This year we will be bringing a range of people together to explore how we can make town centre living a reality. Our Place Challenge 2015 event, due to take place in Arbroath on 28-29 October, will use practical examples and work collaboratively to understand how we can make town centre living as a key part of making the ‘town centres first’ principle a reality.”

The Place Challenge 2015: Town Centre Living event takes place on 28-29 October and is aimed at all professionals who can have an impact on the shape of our town centres.

www.placechallenge2015.org

SERVICE: Town Centre Living Advice

A&DS is developing a design advice service on town centre living, initially looking at town centres as Caring Places for older people.

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