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Carnegie UK Trust has awarded £13.5K to five community projects, four in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland. Three are in the CSGN area and are focused on Active Travel, Vacant and Derelict Land and Urban Greening.

The CSGN area winning projects are:

  • the Macara Park project. This aims to improve Macara playpark in Denny, as a space that the entire community can enjoy,
  • Sustrans and Fife Council ‘Make your move Kirkcaldy’ will explore the relationship between place quality, community and active travel and
  • the Belville Community Association project in Greenock, will create a community garden and serpentine wall on wasteland following demolition of three highrise residential blocks

Following the launch of the first Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing, the prize fund was raised from £11.5k to £13.5k due to the strength of the entries received.

The competition was run in partnership with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA). It celebrates how well designed public spaces, created with and for local people, can improve local resident’s health, provide new spaces for communities and promote community enterprise and regeneration.

Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, said: "Much of the Trust’s work over the last 100 years has focused around the impact our environment has on our wellbeing and what we can do to improve our public spaces. The Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing celebrates the hard work that community groups are carrying out across the country to help make this happen”.

Iain Connelly, President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), said: 
“Well done to the Carnegie Trust and to all the winners. This initiative highlights the benefits of well-designed environments. That has to be a good thing.”