Townscape Heritage Initiatives/CARS/Parks for People

Development of Cupar Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and Cupar Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), commissioned by Fife Historic Buildings Trust and Fife Council.
Historic Scotland offers CARS as a means to assist regeneration in Conservation Areas. We assisted with the development of the Cupar CARS application by developing the socio-economic justification, strategic context and the training/education and community involvement plan. We also assisted with the development of a complementary THI application to Heritage Lottery Fund. Cupar is perceived as a relatively affluent area but the condition of many older properties in the town centre is poor and provides ample justification for intervention. Both the CARS and THI applications were approved and this project is being implemented.

Anstruther Townscape Heritage Initiative Round 1 and 2 Applications, commissioned by Fife Historic Buildings Trust.
After assisting with the development of a successful Round 1 THI application for Anstruther, Campbell Macrae Associates was also involved in the development of the Round 2 application, including developing business plans for two of the key buildings – The Murray Library and the Hew Scott Hall/Wester Town Hall complex. This involved working closely with local voluntary groups, particularly the Murray Library Trust and the Anstruther Improvements Association. Various concepts were considered but plans for the Murray Library finally focused on providing budget holiday accommodation and business space for the creative industries sector locally. The Hew Scott Hall/Wester Town Hall complex has been developed as a multi purpose community use space with an emphasis on performance activity.  Campbell Macrae Associates also developed the Community Activity and Training Plan in support of the successful THI application. The Round THI 2 application was approved by HLF in late 2011 and ERDF grant was also secured for the Murray Library.

Kelso Townscape Heritage Initiative Stage 2 Application, Development of the Socio-Economic Context, commissioned by Scottish Borders Council.
Townscape Heritage Initiatives are aimed the physical and economic regeneration of historic townscapes. We assisted Scottish Borders Council with its Stage 2 bid for Kelso by developing the socio-economic rationale for the THI and the overall vision for the project.  This application was successful and the THI has been implemented.

Development of Stage 1 Parks for People Application for Haddo Country Park, commissioned by Haddo Country Park Forum Ltd.
Campbell Macrae Associates worked with Derek Carter Landscape Architects to develop the rationale for a bid under the Parks for People HLF scheme. This complex project to restore an important designed landscape involved a number of partners including Aberdeenshire Council, National Trust for Scotland, Haddo Estate and the local community. Campbell Macrae Associates developed the Business and Audience Development Plans. This involved consideration of the current and historic situation as well as consultation with a variety of different interest groups. Working closely with the Forum, future aims, objectives and targets for the Country Park were developed.  This application was successful.

Stage 1 and 2 Bids for Dysart Townscape Heritage Initiative, commissioned by Fife Historic Buildings Trust.
Campbell Macrae Associates initially assisted FHBT with the Stage 1 THI bid for the historic coastal village of Dysart. At Stage 2, we developed and drafted the HLF application and developed the Training Plan in the format required by HLF. In the Dysart THI a very good range of potential training activities were identified, including working with the local heritage organisation, the Dysart Trust and providing stonemason apprenticeships through collaborating with Charlestown Workshops.  The Dysart THI was approved.  We continued to work closely with FHBT and Dysart Trust to further develop the Training Plan, secure improved public access to key historic buildings and to develop a business plan for the John McDouall Stuart Birthplace building.

Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative Stage 2, Economic Context and Development of the Application, commissioned by Angus Council.
Campbell Macrae Associates worked in partnership with the architects JF Stephens to develop the Stage 2 THI bid for Brechin. Initially Campbell Macrae Associates prepared the socio-economic profile and justification for the THI, but latterly assumed responsibility for drafting and co-ordinating the non technical parts of the HLF application. The costs of implementing this project were just under £4m.

Economic Justification for Coupar Angus Townscape Heritage Initiative, commissioned by Perth and Kinross Council.
Campbell Macrae Associates was involved as part of the project team responsible for the development of the Stage 2 THI bid and specifically prepared the socio-economic justification for THI support. The costs of implementing this project were £4.3m.