Field Trips

Field Trips Programme

1 North Glasgow Regeneration
glasgow Travelling by coach from Edinburgh to Glasgow, this study visit offers you the opportunity to examine how housing agencies and their partners are stimulating the physical, social and economic regeneration of disadvantaged neighbourhoods. North Glasgow is a mix of industrial sites and residential areas dominated by social housing. Most of it is in within the 10% most deprived areas in Scotland according to the official Index of Multiple Deprivation.The study visit will be in two parts. The first, hosted by the Wheatley Group and Glasgow City Council will focus on the Sighthill ‘Transformational Regeneration Area’, formerly dominated by high-rise housing and now the subject of a new masterplan and undergoing redevelopment. The second part will be hosted by NG Homes, a community-based housing association. Participants will learn about a series of local projects and programmes, designed to illustrate the challenges faced by housing providers in poor communities and their wider role of housing providers in social and economic development.
2 Culture Led Regeneration in Dundee
dundee2 This field trip will be led by Ciaran McDonald and Lorenzo Pergola, two PhD students from the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews. The day will focus on culture-led regeneration in Dundee.Visiting the headquarters of the £1 billion waterfront regeneration project, participants will be offered a presentation and an opportunity to discuss the current progress and future plans for the work with representatives from the Dundee Waterfront project, including the forthcoming V&A Dundee Museum. Following this, we will visit a former industrial building, which has been transformed into a multi-functional arts space for small start-up creative businesses. This is a fine example of Dundee utilising a former economic and industrial asset in order to foster a re-flourishing of the new cultural sector.
3 Edinburgh Old & New Town walking tour
edingburg3 Starting in the medieval ‘Old Town’, which runs down the ‘crag and tail’ geological feature, from the Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, the tour then takes you over the drained loch where Waverley Railway Station now stands, into Edinburgh’s Georgian ‘New Town’, the high point of Enlightenment planning. The two-hour trip considers the legacy of both Patrick Geddes and his son in law Frank Mears, given the pioneering role both played, over a century ago, in European building conservation and sympathetic in filling, pursuing through their ecological and culturally informed ‘conservative surgery’ philosophy. Both were strongly opposed to mass redevelopment which was then occurring right across the then British Empire, and elsewhere, arguing instead that all new settlements needed to be tie back and build on from pre-existing urban fabric. For most of last century their voices were all but drowned out, yet Edinburgh, the focus of so much of their energies, now ably illustrates both the value and challenges of pursing such an approach. This short video provides a brief overview of these two unique urban localities, which together give Edinburgh its distinctive and varied urban form. Douglas Robertson and Graeme Purves have respectively over 30 years’ experience of running housing and planning tours across Scotland for specialist visitors from other countries.
4 New Lanark World Heritage Site
New Lanark photo This field trip takes us deep into the Clyde Valley to the remarkable mill village of New Lanark.  Founded by David Dale in 1786, the village was made famous by Robert Owen’s vision of utopian socialism.  The field trip includes a tour of reconstructed of workers’ housing through the ages and focus on the role that housing played in the regeneration of the village.  After the mills closed in 1968, the village was faced with demolition.  However, the New Lanark Housing Association played a key role in restoring housing and the village.  In a remarkable story, the regeneration of New Lanark resulted in its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.  We will also visit the one block of housing that has still to be restored, listen to an account of living there by its last resident, and learn about the plans for its restoration.  This field trip is limited to 50 places.
5 Regeneration Back from the Edge: peripheral Edinburgh by canal boat
edingburg This trip will first of all take you to the last, large council housing estate built in the UK – Wester Hailes, constructed between 1968 and 1973. Once home to over 16,000, and physically marked by 23 high-rise blocks of flats, the neighbourhood was one of four that was targeted through the innovative New Life for Urban Scotland regeneration initiative between 1989 and 1999. The neighbourhood has been completely transformed. Local community organisations, including Prospect Community Housing Association, WHALE Arts, the Wester Hailes Health Agency and Dove Centre for older people have recently been exploring the fascinating and varied history of the neighbourhood through social media. Local activist Eoghan Howard will lead delegates on a social history walk, including a digital totem pole, and hear from Prospect CHA on housing renewal and management in the neighbourhood. The tour will end with a sedate canal cruise from local social enterprise Reunion canal barges into the Fountainbridge basin in Edinburgh city centre.
6 New Researchers’ Colloquium Field Trip to Leith by Port of Leith Housing Association
Leith photo The New Researchers’ Colloquium is offering an exciting fieldtrip covering historic Leith and the north of Edinburgh waterfront area. The area is an historic and colourful part of the city with both earlier generations of public housing and more recent social housing developments. Keith Anderson, Chief Executive at the Port of Leith Housing Association has kindly agreed to give a guided tour which will offer an insight into recent private and mixed tenure developments, particularly emphasising high density ‘urban living’ and waterfront regeneration around Leith docks.