Irvine Bay Regeneration Company
This study visit looked at the work of the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company in town centre regeneration. The visit focused on the regeneration of Ardrossan, Irvine and Kilwinning.
This case study is based on a visit to Huntly, Aberdeenshire by the Town Centres and Local High Streets learning network in September 2010. The visit looked at the work that has been going on in Huntly over the last five years to make the town a better place to live, work and visit. It focussed on the whole town approach to regeneration taken by Huntly Development Trust.
This case study is based on a visit to Belfast by the Town Centres and Local High Streets learning network in March 2010. It was organised by the Scottish Centre for Regeneration and the Association of Town Centre Management as part of the Performance Management in Town Centres learning programme.
The £175 million Bo'ness Foreshore Regeneration Project has the potential to transform both the perception and the prospects of Bo'ness and its surrounding areas. It is expected to create a new vibrant waterside quarter linked to the historic centre and provide new homes and leisure opportunities that will benefit visitors and residents of Bo'ness.
This project has seen a successful community-lead approach to regeneration that has ensured Lochgelly is seen as a place to live, work and visit. It has boosted the local economy by providing new opportunities for retail, business and training.
The regeneration plans for Stenhousemuir town centre have a major role to play in the success of the My Futures in Falkirk initiative which aims to transform the Falkirk areas economy into a thriving, diverse, modern economy that attracts businesses and visitors into the area and provides jobs for local people.
Benchmarking your towns against others: DC and the office market
The Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID) was created to reverse the fortunes of the Downtown area of Washington DC. Today, it's thriving, with property holders agreeing to a mandatory supplementary property tax of $8 million in 2010. Providing data about the city centre has allowed the BID to lower the risk for potential investors, and local government to devise informed policy and benchmark against competitors.
Performance management in towns: Downtown Yonge
The Downtown Yonge Business Improvement District (BID) was formed in 2001 to revitalise Toronto City Centre. Today, members include 2,000 local businesses and property owners. Funding originates from a supplementary tax levied on commercial buildings within its boundaries which the City of Toronto collects and returns to the community to fund local services and improvements.
Performance management in towns: Fife
Fife Council recognises that the quality of decisions on retail development can be vastly improved with a comprehensive evidence base. The Council has merged Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) from a number of sources to develop a short, medium and long term strategy for its retail environment. The data is shared amongst relevant parties to ensure effective partnership working.
Barrhead is a traditional industrial town on the south western edge of the greater Glasgow conurbation that is facing decades of industrial decline. 'Better Barrhead' is a 10 year, £100m regeneration plan to create a place that meets the needs of its residents and businesses, and also of potential investors. The overall aim is to ensure a prosperous future by creating new jobs, building new facilities and creating new public places.
Neilston is a small town on the western edge of Barrhead, with a population of around 5,000 people. There had been a long-held desire amongst community activists to improve the town and after many years of campaigning Neilston Development Trust was formed to take forward a 'Renaissance Town' vision for Neilston.
Resource for Urban Design Information (RUDI) Case Studies
Access all areas: A new city heart for Liverpool
The choice of a single development partner has been a fundamental driver in the success of a retail-led, mixed use development in Liverpool. The Paradise Project was planned to create a new, easily accessible city centre.
Bespoke house types add quality and character
The South Devon College Campus regeneration scheme, Torquay, features bespoke house designs and an integrated public realm that balances the needs of traffic and parking.
One of the most distinctive features of Bristol city centre is the floating harbour, which winds its way through the area to the north of the river Avon. Following the decline of the docks in the 1960s, the city council had planned to fill in parts and build new roads over it. The harbour was saved when these plans were shelved in the recession of the early 1970s.
Bury St Edmonds: pioneering the historic core zone approach
Bury St Edmonds has a population of 35,000 and lies 45 miles east of Cambridge, by passed by the A14 to Ipswich. Like many smaller towns, it has an informal ring road system and parking continues to remain a sensitive local issue. It has striven to retain as much of its historic character as possible, its traditional market days dominating the centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
All parties working together: Dove Lane, Bristol
This project encouraged a collaborative approach in two ways: an innovative community consultation plan engaged the public, while the development partners signed a Planning Performance Agreement.
Folkestone: a case study in arts-led regeneration
Folkestone is pinning its hopes of revival on a programme of long term arts led regeneration. The Creative Foundation has bought up a large number of run-down properties in the oldest part of the town centre. It has renamed the area the 'Creative Quarter' of Folkestone and is renovating properties for letting to artists and creative businesses.
Hastings: Education and heritage led regeneration
Education is regarded as one key element in a major programme of regeneration which has the aim of reviving the economy of the seaside town of Hastings, East Sussex, along with its neighbour Bexhill. A new style 'multi-versity' now has over 700 students, while a new further education college is under construction.
Ludlow: Case study of a successful market town
Ludlow is the largest town in the South Shropshire District. It has a Norman castle and a large number of listed buildings. While trading on its past to attract visitors year round, it is also looking to the future. In 2004 Ludlow was given funding by Advantage West Midlands to build a new eco-park on the edge of the town.
Shrewsbury: Urban design in a historic core town
A sensitive approach to urban design has been adopted in Shrewsbury, seeking to tackle some of the visual problems caused in historic towns by the clutter of modern road signage and inappropriate paving materials.
St Johns Square, Blackpool: Flexible, multi-activity public space
The redevelopment of the St John's Precinct area forms part of the greater regeneration plan being delivered by ReBlackpool - the town's urban regeneration company. St John's Precinct project is being managed and delivered by Blackpool Council through its Townscape Heritage Initiative with additional funding from the North West Regional Development Agency.
Vital and viable towns
Focuses on the conviction that a successful public realm, where people feel safe, comfortable and enjoy using streets and places both during the day and into the evening, is also likely to be an economic viability.