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Launch of partnership to support and fund innovation in green design

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SFHA is working in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, Architecture and Design Scotland and Scottish Government to support more innovative, greener designs in the housing sector. 

Building on the social housing sector’s track record for leading innovation, this is an exciting opportunity for a path-finding social housing provider to access a package of financial and design support to help deliver an innovative social housing development that maximises the benefits of the vegetated land and water within and around housing sites.

This ‘green infrastructure’ can provide space to socialise, to play, to grow food and to connect with nature. Green infrastructure can also provide a range of other functions that support successful places such as water management and managing the impacts of pollution.

Our offer

We are looking to partner with a housing association or local authority housing provider that is intending to commission design contracts for social housing in the next 12 months. If you have a site that’s likely to include some significant areas of shared open space and are yet to appoint a team to design the layout, we’d love to hear from you.

Up to £60,000 of funding will be available to enable the appointment of design consultants with a track record of working closely with clients, communities and other stakeholders to deliver high quality design that maximizes the benefits of green infrastructure.

The project team will work with the chosen housing partner to set out a brief for the design consultants and a process for appointing them. The objective is to demonstrate that the resulting designs will be a sound investment for the social housing provider and provide design and process lessons that can be applied to other projects. The type of support will be appropriate to the nature and scale of the development and the stage the project has reached but will focus on maximizing the contribution that green infrastructure can make to a successful place.

Support may include:

  • Site appraisal, with a specific focus on the efficient use of open space and integration with adjacent green networks
  • Facilitated design brief workshops with key stakeholders, including local community, potential future residents and/or tenant focus groups
  • Preparation of masterplans/designs to include 1:500 site plan. 1:100 plans, sections, elevations, detailed specifications for landscape treatments and other green infrastructure and associated maintenance programme
  • Cost consultancy to support the business case and value for money (VFM) approvals process, with a focus on ‘whole-life’ costs and benefits
  • Post-occupancy evaluation including VFM, place standard and other complementary tools relevant to evaluating the benefits of green infrastructure

Design experts will be expected to meet client needs with respect to function, scale and services whilst maximising the benefits (and minimise costs ) of green infrastructure within an existing/ allocated construction budget.

Interested? Find out more

To find out more about the funding and support partnership you can download the Call for Interest document here which has an expression of interest form on the last page. If you would like more information or wish to submit an expression of interest, please email Lorna Wilson, SFHA Innovation and Future Thinking Policy lead: lwilson@sfha.co.uk