Following the huge success of Glasgow’s pioneering project, other Scottish towns and cities will start to see disused spaces being brought back to life as community gardens, performance spaces or for art installations.

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) will lead the national roll out of the Legacy 2014 programme Stalled Spaces Scotland for the Scottish Government. The launch represents the 54th national Legacy 2014 programme.

Drawing learning from the Stalled Spaces initiative led by Glasgow City Council, A+DS will provide support and guidance for local authorities across Scotland to develop their own local Stalled Spaces initiatives.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Development, said: “I’m delighted that Glasgow’s pioneering Stalled Spaces initiative is being rolled out to the rest of the country. The project has proved a huge success with communities since Glasgow City Council launched it in 2011 and gained international recognition – winning the City to City FAD Award from the City of Barcelona.

“It has helped transform more than 75 Stalled Spaces in Glasgow. Each of these projects not only breathed new life into an unused site but also fostered social cohesion and encouraged physical activity by empowering residents to enhance their neighbourhood and engage with nature and the arts. It is wonderful that Glasgow has sown the seeds for a national scheme and we are happy to be able to pass on the lessons we have learned to other towns and cities.

“We will also be showcasing the national project as part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015, supporting the city’s aspirations of becoming a European role model for sustainability.”


Glasgow City Council: ‘Glasgow’s Stalled Spaces Scheme Expands Across Scotland’.

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS): ‘Helping communities to bring vacant land back to use’