Example Assignments

Evaluation of the Cupar Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme/Townscape Heritage Initiative Project, commissioned by Fife Historic Buildings Trust. CMA produced an evaluation of the Cupar CARS/THI project to ascertain whether it had delivered in line with the original applications, and whether it had delivered what it set out to achieve, and if not why not.  This was a very interesting assignment for CMA, as having been involved in the development of the original applications and Activity Plan, it was gratifying to find that most of the project had been delivered as originally envisaged.  However, there were also a number of lessons to be learnt, particularly about the Activity Plan to ensure it is flexible but at the same time had realistic and meaningful targets and costs. 

Support for Inverkeithing Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and Townscape Heritage Applications, commissioned by Fife Historic Buildings Trust and Fife Council. CMA provided support for the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and Townscape Heritage applications for Inverkeithing.  This included developing the socio-economic justification and the Activity Plan, as well as working with architects to develop options appraisals for two key but under-used buildings – the Friary Hospitium and the Town House.  Development plans were prepared for the preferred options.  Once a Round 1 pass was secured, the Activity Plan was developed in more detail, as was the business plan for the Town House, the Friary having been excluded from the application on cost grounds.  Inverkeithing secured both HLF and HES funding in 2019, enabling the project to proceed.

Business Plan Development for Lower City Mills Perth, commissioned by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust.  This assignment developed the business case for Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT) to acquire the A-listed, nationally significant Lower City Mills through long lease/asset transfer.  This building was held in Common Good by Perth and Kinross Council but was an under-used and inaccessible heritage asset, without a formal maintenance regime and on the Buildings At-Risk Register. Further, Lower City Mills was due to be vacated by its long term tenant, leaving it vulnerable to vandalism and deterioration of the building fabric.  PKHT was keen to assume the role of “benevolent developer” to secure the future of this important building, while at the same time pursuing and delivering its own strategic objectives.  We worked closely with PKHT to explore a range of scenarios and develop the business case. 

Strategic Study of Fife Harbours, commissioned by Fife Council (2015).
This study provided an audit of Fife’s many harbours from a leisure perspective, considered demand, sailing in the context of the East Coast and the opportunities for further development.  It involved extensive consultations with owners, users and with organisations with an interest in coastal leisure.  An estimate of economic impact was made and a strategic plan was developed.  Anstruther, St Andrews and Tayport emerged as those locations with the best leisure potential.  This study revisited and updated that undertaken by CMA for Fife Council in 2003.