Design Council CABE has named the 14 organisations who will pocket grants totalling £114,000 to fund work with local communities to raise design quality in their area
The first grant scheme: ‘Neighbourhood Projects Small Grants Programme’ has selected 13 varied organisations across the country to receive small grants, totalling £79,000, for advice and support to community groups to help them improve design quality in neighbourhood projects.
The organisations range from the Bath Preservation Trust, to Groundwork in Merseyside, MADE in Birmingham, the North of England Civic Trust in Cumbria and Sustrans in Buckinghamshire. Each will fund an individual project, such as a design ‘vision’ for a village, to a neighbourhood climate change mitigation design strategy or starting a self-build design collective for vulnerable young people.
|Bath Preservation Trust||London Rd Neighbourhood Climate Change Mitigation Design Strategy||£7,000|
|Beam||Transforming the Lockies||£7,000|
|Groundwork Merseyside||Wirral Partnerships Homes Neighbourhoods Design Guide||£7,000|
|Kent Architecture Centre||Charing Village Design Workshop||£3,950|
|Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art||2Up 2Down||£7,000|
|North of England Civic Trust||Chambers and Street||£4,713|
|Northern Architecture||Designing Ouseburn’s Future||£7,000|
|Open City||Andover Estate New Build Project||£7,000|
|Sustrans||DIY Streets Bradenham||£7,000|
|TransForm Places||Regeneration proposals for the Spring Gardens/Bishops Walk site||£7,000|
|Urban Vision North Staffordshire||Great Wood Community Hub, Tean||£4,556|
The second grant scheme: ‘Design Review Small Grants Programme’, will award five grants, totalling £35,000, to local design review panels in Staffordshire, London, Wakefield and Hull ‘to help them explore new ways to involve the community’ in reviewing the design quality of planned developments in their area.
Arc in Hull, with two design review grant awards, proposes to work with two school communities and a neighbourhood group in Kingswood; Open City in London proposes to work with a residents design review panel in Barking and Dagenham; Beam in Wakefield proposes to work with community in South Kirby to develop as well as review a design proposal.
Diane Haigh, Director of Design Council CABE said: ‘Supporting communities in developing their own vision for their area, and involving them with local design review is vital in ensuring that Britain’s new planning system empowers people and is truly accountable.’
Projects are expected to be completed by Spring 2011; an event showcasing the outcomes and lessons learnt from each of the successful projects will be held at the Design Council in Summer 2011.
The grants are part of Design Council’s commitment to supporting initiatives to promote the value of good design in businesses and communities.