Headlines: December 7th, 2005

Four schemes from local authorities and one from a health trust are among the final ten winners of awards from PROJECT, funded by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment to support the involvement of artists in groundbreaking projects across the country. The latest round of awards are worth more than 106,000 pounds and bring the number of schemes supported to thirty and the total amount awarded to 320,000 pounds.Edinburgh City Council gets a 15,000 pound Visionary Award for its work on the city’s Waterfront, which has created an opportunity for an artist to be involved in a major masterplanning scheme. The artist’s brief will be to act as “curator” for the waterfront, and to analyse sites and places across the development area. This will have an impact on the eventual physical form of the local built environment and in the longer term will involve a series of creative interventions by artists, designers, writers, performers and others. Derbyshire County Councils has also been given a 15,000 pound Visionary Award for a project that will see an artist placed in the council’s Property Design Practice to influence a number of capital building projects in 2006-2007. The projects include a Sure Start nursery, new primary and secondary schools, library refurbishment and a new business centre.

West Lothian Council, working in association with Cala Homes shares a Visionary Award of 15,000 pounds for the construction of 5,000 new homes between by 2015 with related employment space, community facilities and transport connections. The PROJECT money will enable the council to appoint an artist to work from an early stage with the design and client teams.

There is a 10,000 pound Team Building Award for Plymouth City Council, where a lead artist will join a multi-disciplinary team to develop a new planning framework to regenerate an area along the central length of Plymouth Waterfront. Another Team Building Award – this time of 5,000 pounds has gone to North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust. The money will be used to allow a lead artist to be involved in the creation of two health and well being centres located in the Shankill and Andersonstown areas of the city.

Other grants in this round go to schemes ranging from developments at Guildford Cathedral and Birmingham’s Waterside Regeneration to the plans by South Acton Residents’ Action Group in London, which is involved with regeneration of a housing estate.

CABE says that during its two year pilot phase PROJECT has attracted great interest from around the country. A formal evaluation of the scheme is expected to be completed in February 2006, with details being published in June.