We are committed to helping those who fund, design and use our public buildings. A&DS does this by providing advice, supporting client and user groups
A&DS has made the delivery of more and better homes a priority - supporting inclusive growth through more and better housing.
A&DS supports communities, providing advice and support and we promote the benefits of community engagement and share examples of good work.
One of our priorities is to improve the design quality of our public spaces and infrastructure to support wellbeing.
We work with partners to ensure that design becomes central to how we plan our places - to demonstrate the value of design.
One of our key areas of work is to provide advice on design - A&DS supports investment in homes and public buildings, and everything in between.
Learning: A&DS offers a number of ways to share good practice, build connections and support and develop confidence in new ways to approach things.
This service will support a small number of selected Local Authorities to develop spatial plans for places which prioritise decarbonisation.
A&DS is developing a design advice service on town centre living, initially looking at town centres as Caring Places for older people.
Our Health Design Advice service, delivered with Health Facilities Scotland, helps those who commission new, or substantially redeveloped, facilities.
Pre-Design Support for Housing: working with local authorities and housing associations at the very start of the process of developing homes.
The Public Sector Client Forum facilitates discussion across the public sector on shared issues, experience and good practice.
The Tests of Change project aims to create excellent teaching and learning environments using Space Hacks and testing solutions in a learning space.
Making Places: We are currently undertaking a pilot project to provide support for community placemaking projects across Scotland.
Local Design Review panels seek to add to advice offered by local authorities, creating a platform for a variety of local voices.
We provide design advice for public investment projects. We do this to help ensure that projects are driven by quality design.
We work with developers and Local Authorities to achieve good design and placemaking in new housing proposals.