Across Scotland and the UK, more and more communities are planning their own places, working together to deliver new housing, community space and enterprise areas, and managing their environment. These projects are being undertaken by ambitious community groups made up of all sorts of people.
Advice and guidance on developing sustainable new buildings can be hard to find. Your Buildings, Your Future provides advice and assistance on the process of creating sustainable architecture that responds to its place, is wanted by the community and has minimal impact on the environment.
The practical stages required to complete a successful project are laid out in the guide, step by step. The guide will steer those who are new to commissioning buildings through the development process and act as a checklist for those with a bit more experience.
The publication aims to create a greater awareness of the actual process of development including: client responsibilities; funding processes; appointing professionals; and managing timescales. Each section contains reminders and a check-lists of the main tasks together with practical ideas for involving the community in some of the more tedious aspects of the process and ensuring sustainability remains at the forefront of the teams agenda.
Author Matt Bridgestock of John Gilbert Architects, said: “Ambitious projects can bring communities together, and it is hoped this guide will produce more grass-roots development projects in Scotland, more sustainable architecture and more communities with the facilities they need.”
“It has been written in plain, straightforward language, avoiding technical jargon, to make sure non-specialists can understand how the construction process works and what they need to do to have the best chance of success with projects.”
The Sust. programme provided funding for this project in 2010 through its Grant Aid Scheme. The project received funding from The Development Trusts Association Scotland and the Community Ownership Support Service.