Regeneration Plan for Nairn Wins National ‘Future Town’ Design Competition

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A plan to revitalise the Highland town of Nairn has been voted by the public as winner of the national ‘FutureTown’ Design Competition.

The plan was submitted by #TeamHamish, a community organisation affiliated with Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise (NICE) and which seeks to celebrate the legacy of Hamish Hey, who passed away in February 2017.

Hamish’s parents stated on the application that “the creation of special community spaces, places and facilities for all ages and abilities to enjoy…would be an appropriate ‘Thank You’ to the community of Nairn for their continued support throughout Hamish’s illness”. The aim of the design is also to increase the attractiveness of the town, situated on the north coast east of Inverness, as a tourist destination.

The holistic design for the town includes a focus on both the Links area and the town centre carpark, including the renovation of the Viewfield House and grounds as an alternative attraction during inclement weather.

The design received strong public support from among a shortlisted of ten entries, which also included Drumchapel (Glasgow), Dunbar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Lanark, Leith (Edinburgh), Saracen Street (Glasgow), Stenhouse (Edinburgh).

Designs from Fife towns Dunfermline and Glenrothes received the second and third highest votes, respectively.

These entries and the full results of the vote can be viewed below.

Organised by national towns agency Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at stimulating conversations, provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what our towns could look like now and in the future. 

Now in its fourth year, the FTDC has showcased a rich variety of innovative yet practical ideas promoting positive change in areas such as the local environment, the public realm and accessibility, low carbon and sustainable living, digital technologies and tourism, arts and culture, history and heritage, and health and well-being.

In reaction to the result, STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice said:Congratulations to #TeamHamish for winning this year’s competition, and to all entrants for the original, innovative and positive thinking demonstrated in their ‘future town’ designs. The entries provide inspiration and show that, with the right support and partnership, communities have the know-how and desire to play a key role in shaping their futures to create thriving, inclusive spaces for all to enjoy”. 

Sam Hey of #TeamHamish stated of the result: "We are absolutely delighted to have received the most public votes. This is such an honour, particularly when we see the high quality and thought that has gone into the development of the other shortlisted ideas. 

When we established #TeamHamish, we had two principle aims: to create a legacy for our son who’s life was cut tragically short; and to create places and spaces that could be enjoyed by the Community of Nairn who have supported us with so much love throughout Hamish’s journey. 

As our ideas developed, it soon became evident from the way that #TeamHamish was embraced that we had the opportunity to make a really positive impact on people’s lives from a truly devastating situation. 

Winning the Scotland’s Towns Partnership FutureTown Design Competition through a public vote has really bolstered our confidence and allowed us to take another step towards making our ideas a reality and achieve our goal of creating wonderful places and spaces for the benefit of the Nairn’s Community and its visitors". 

 

FutureTown Design Competition 2018 Shortlist & Results

This Scotland's Towns Week (19-25 November), Scotland's Towns Partnership was excited to reveal the shortlisted entries for this year's FutureTown Design Competition. The competition is aimed at stimulating conversations, provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what our towns could look like now and in the future. 

The winner was chosen by a public vote, which was open from 19 - 26 November. You can view the shortlist and results below.

View shortlisted entries here.

  • Drumchapel (Glasgow)
  • Dunbar
  • Dunfermline
  • Glenrothes
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Lanark
  • Leith (Edinburgh)
  • Nairn
  • Saracen Street (Glasgow)
  • Stenhouse (Edinburgh)

FutureTown Design Competition 2018 Results

Position

Place of Design Entry

Percentage (Rounded)

Votes

1st

Nairn

45%

1390

2nd

Dunfermline

20%

613

3rd

Glenrothes

10%

315

4th

Dunbar

6%

201

5th

Drumchapel

5%

169

6th

Kirkcaldy

5%

167

7th

Saracen Street

4%

119

8th

Leith

2%

61

9th

Lanark

1%

44

10th

Stenhouse

1%

36

Total

 

 

3116

 

Archive: Call for Entries & Information About FTDC 2018

What changes would you like to see in your town? 

Scotland’s Towns Partnership invites you to take part in the fourth annual FutureTown Design Competition to gain media profile for your town or city district and a possible keynote slot at one of our national events to present your idea to an audience of town and policy stakeholders! The Scotsman newspaper is our media partner once again for the competition.

Now in its fourth year, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at stimulating conversations, provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what our towns could look like now and in the future. The winner is chosen by the public through an online vote. 

Since its inception the FTDC has showcased a rich variety of innovative yet practical ideas promoting positive change in areas such as the local environment, the public realm and accessibility, low carbon and sustainable living, digital technologies and tourism, arts and culture, history and heritage, and health and well-being.

Last year’s winners, Paisley Community Trust, captured public attention with their proposal for a new cultural and creative quarter in Paisley town centre. A full montage of shortlisted entries for 2017 is available here

Why Enter

All shortlisted entries gain media and online profile for their town or city neighbourhood, and the winner will be invited to a keynote slot at one of our national events to present the idea to an audience of town and policy stakeholders. The Scotsman newspaper is our media partner once again for the competition.

Gary Kerr, Chair of Paisley Community Trust, encouraged those with ideas for their town or community to get involved in the competition:

“Entering the competition in 2017 was an opportunity to raise the profile of Baker Street nationally, benchmark against other exciting regeneration ideas for towns across Scotland, and await public feedback. We were delighted with the result! Our profile and social media statistics during the voting period were some of the largest we have seen”.

“Baker Street has certainly captured the public’s imagination - winning gives us confidence we are getting things right and the community are right behind us. If you have an idea that would make your town better then you should enter, we’d encourage you to take part”.

How to Enter

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018. Scotland's Towns Partnership will shortlist entries, and then the winner will be decided by a public vote held during Scotland's Towns Week, November 2018 (date TBC).

There is no application form for this competition. However, entries should include a visual representation(s) of your town or idea (photograph, sketch, graphic design, or illustrative image etc), as well as a short written description. Please note, that applications should be no more than two A4 pages, or one A3 page. 

Please see past competitions for ideas that could inspire your application from previous competitions. Previous entries have included:

  • Image,
  • Sketch,
  • Photograph,
  • Other visual design,
  • Poem
  • Other written idea for a space in your town centre.

Applications can be innovative and creative yet practical and should look to provide genuine potential for development within your town. Whether a unique bin design, building redevelopment, cultural initiative, transport feature, digital deployment, or a new use for existing public or vacant space…feel free to think outside of the box!

Applications can be sent to: ewan@scotlandstowns.org.

The FutureTown Design Competition, part of Scotland’s Towns Week, is aimed at stimulating conversations and provoking ideas and new approaches to highlight what a possible future town could look like.

We all used to live in town centres, why can't we live there again? How can town centres stimulate low carbon and sustainable living; encourage digital and enterprise promoted tourism; culture, health and well-being; deliver connectivity and economic growth and ultimately become places of opportunity and choice for all?

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