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On 11th March 2020 a full day masterclass supported by Architecture and Design Scotland was held to introduce housing associations to place based working with the Place Standard tool as one available methodology.

11 March 2020 10:30
11 March 2020 15:00
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations 3rd Floor Sutherland House 149 St Vincent Street Glasgow G2 5NW

Event Description

The masterclass brought individuals together from across Housing Associations in Scotland to introduce them to the concept of place and health and provide an introduction to the Place Standard tool as a methodology for place based working.

The day was opened by Emma Doyle (NHS Health Scotland) who provided a definition of place, and explained why it is important for health and wellbeing and in tackling health inequalities.

Jim Whiston (Ayrshire Housing) introduced the People and Place initiative which is managed by Social Enterprise Aspire2gether who developed an exciting series of projects to give the community a real say in the Councils investment in the surrounding streets.

Johnny Cadell (Architecture and Design Scotland) then went on to introduce the Place Standard tool.

The final session of the morning was Alistair McArthur (Maryhill Housing Association) who worked with Glasgow City Council to develop a masterplan for one of the city’s Transformational Regeneration Areas informed by place making workshops.

After lunch work which has been undertaken by Clackmannanshire Council, Kingdom Housing Association and the third sector to integrate new housing into Alloa town centre using the Place Standard tool was presented.

Finally all speakers and attendees were invited to join a strategic discussion to reflect on the application of the Place Standard tool and provide their thoughts on the support required to move forward with this work.

We would like to thank all of our attendees for attending the training, and it was great to see lots of different organisations come together. The event was a success, with participants gaining knowledge and confidence in the use of the Place Standard tool as well as an opportunity to network with and learn from peers.  This work will form part of our ongoing work with Housing Associations. 


The presentations for the Housing Association Masterclass are now available to view.



Please contact the place team for further information on the training event or our work on place based approaches with Housing Associations.