This conference, organised jointly by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) will explore the challenges faced by Scotland’s high streets and smaller town centres. Speakers will examine projects and schemes aimed at regenerating high streets and the conference will bring together experts on the subject tackling the issue from a range of perspectives. This is a rare chance to hear from people working at the cutting-edge of practice and policy.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership.


9.30 am Delegate registration and tea/coffee

Morning Session

Why do we need the High Street?

Opening remarks Colin McLean, Chair, SCT

The architectural value of the High Street

Simon Green, President, AHSS

The High Street as the centre of community

Dr Susan O’ Connor, Director, SCT

Keynote address: Thinking the unthinkable

Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies, University of Stirling; Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Afternoon Session

What else works?

Public money: conservation area regeneration schemes and townscape heritage initiatives – Lessons learned

Ewan Curtis, Regeneration Principal Officer, Glasgow City Council

Public money: repopulating the High Street – the Empty Homes Partnership

Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland

Coffee / networking

People: community take-over of the High Street

Evie Copland, Board Member, the Stove Network

People: Ayr’s Day O’ the Deid – a case study in vibrancy through ceremony

Leona Stewart, Artist, Bright Light Arts

Discussion and closing remarks Martin Robertson, Chair, AHSS

Drinks reception

Where and When

When: November 07, 2018 at 9:30am – 5:30pm
Where: Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY


For booking and further information please see full information here and book via Eventbrite.
Please note this is not a SURF event please contact organisers directly with any queries.
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