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Alva Pathfinder Project January 28 2022

Chris shares insights on the Alva pathfinder project

Whole place collaboration – Alva pathfinder project report

Chris Dobson shares insights on the work that we have been doing in Alva with Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) in conjunction with Clackmannanshire Council and Scottish Futures Trust, over the course of the past year, or so, which has now been published.

“We were delighted to be invited by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) to participate in a study concerning the Glentana Mill site in Alva.

“Working collaboratively with the local community, Clackmannanshire Council and Scottish Futures Trust, the study explores different scenarios for how to regenerate the site for a mix of different uses including housing, workspaces, an active travel hub, and a health centre. With a view to understanding the needs of the place and the benefits development can bring within the context of physical, social and economic regeneration of the town.

“A key aim of the project was to test the role of collaboration in providing a ‘whole place’ brief and a catalyst for town centre regeneration, as part of a pilot for Local Authorities and communities across Scotland.

“A lovely process to have been a part of. Will be great to see the next steps that emerge from it.”

Community and housing-led town centre regeneration

The project centres on identifying opportunities for re-use of a vacant site on the edge of the town centre occupied by an abandoned and derelict building – the old Glentana Mill.

It explores different scenarios for how to regenerate the site for a mix of different uses including housing, workspaces, an active travel hub, and a health centre.

All ideas are about understanding the needs of the place and the benefits development can bring within the context of physical, social and economic regeneration of the town.

What is next?

This project has tested the role of collaboration in providing a ‘whole place’ brief and a catalyst for town centre regeneration. It’s a pilot project for local authorities and communities across Scotland.

The report provides a toolkit for the regeneration of Alva with actions for a range of stakeholders such as Clackmannanshire Council, NHS Forth Valley, Alva Community Development Trust, businesses, and residents.

This work will be further supported by A&DS and Scottish Futures Trust as the project develops.

The A&DS website provides full details as to what it’s about and you can download the full report here

Project team

Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS)
Clackmannanshire Council
Scottish Futures Trust
3DReid’s design team: Chris Dobson and Ryan Hodge.

3D Visuals: © 3DReid 2021

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