Resources: Planning and Designing Your Project

Speaking Volumes leaflet

This leaflet from the Carnegie UK Trust sets out the range of ways in which public libraries can affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities, and how libraries are relevant to four main policy areas: social, economic, cultural and education policy.

It is available on the linked page in two versions - as a leaflet and a fold-out poster.

Planning for Community Developments

A guide to the Scottish planning system for community led developments

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Making Buildings Work for your Community

Informative and readable guide to what to think about when looking at refurbishment for community use.

Produced by the Asset Transfer Unit

PDF icon Making Buildings Work for your Community

The Green Asset Guide

Although this needs to be read in the light of the ever-changing green industry, it is still a really useful guide with logical and comprehensive consideration of  aspects of renewable design.

Produced by the Development Trusts Association

PDF icon The Green Asset Guide

Your Buildings, Your Future

A guide to commissioning sustainable architecture for community organisations.

By Matt Bridgestock

PDF icon Your Buildings, Your Future

Example Site Options Appraisal: Community Growing Spaces

A sample site options appraisal for the development of community growing spaces

PDF icon Example Site Options Appraisal: Community Growing Spaces (COSS)

Example Site Options Appraisal: PEDAL

A detailed site options appraisal undertaken by PEDAL for a 'Transition Hub' community space.

PDF icon Example Site Options Appraisal: PEDAL

Example Site Options Appraisal: Lochend & Restalrig

Lochend and Restalrig Community set out to identify sites which would be suitable for the development of a community growing project.

PDF icon Scottish Planning = Effective Engagement and Delivery - Practical Guide to Engagement in Planning.pdf

Asset Management Checklist

This Asset Management Checklist can help your team decide what approach you are going to take to facilities management, and to identify the costs of facilities management for inclusion in an initial assessment or Business Plan.

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A Handbook of Public & Stakeholder Engagement

The purpose of this handbook from Dialogue by Design is to help those charged with public and stakeholder engagement to do it better

PDF icon A Handbook of Public & Stakeholder Engagement (Dialogue by Design)

Project Make or Break Questions

The initial assessment for a project should at a minimum research and answer these Project Make or Break Questions

Microsoft Office document icon project-make-or-break.doc

Feasibility Checklists

Checklists to assess the viability of a project

Microsoft Office document icon Feasibility Checklists

Feasibility Studies: A Guide to Good Practice

This good practice note is about how to tackle a Feasibility Study and is for the information of both community groups, acting as client, and their consultants.

PDF icon Feasibility Studies: A Guide to Good Practice (RIAS)

RIBA Work Stages

The stages of work for a construction project proposed by the Royal Institute of British Architects

Microsoft Office document icon RIBA Work Stages

GCA Building Design Framework

This document sets out the main factors that contribute to sustainable building design.

PDF icon GCA Building Design Framework

Building/Landscape Design Brief

An outline of what should be included in a design brief.

Microsoft Office document icon Building/Landscape Design Brief

Property Title Checklist for Community Organisations

It is recommended that those buying any property have the title examined by a qualified legal professional. This document is a non-exhaustive list of some of the things they should look into on your behalf. As the client you should be aware of them, ensure they have been checked over and take into account any implications of the findings.

File Property Title Checklist for Community Organisations

Potential Risks and Impacts

A table to help with risk assessment

Microsoft Office document icon Potential Risks and Impacts