The Making Buildings Work for Your Community guide provides an introduction to the design process and practical advice on how to ensure that your building can be the best possible facility for your community.
The Glass-House Community Led Design was asked by the Asset Transfer Unit to explore the impact of design decisions on community building refurbishment, and to produce a publication for groups embarking on refurbishing a building for community use as part of an asset transfer project. This idea emerged following joint research and discussion about the importance of raising awareness of the impact that design decisions made during a refurbishment can have on the long-term success and sustainability of a community building.
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This is a not comprehensive guide to refurbishing a building. It offers a brief introduction to the design process and practical advice on how to ensure that your building can be the best possible facility for your community. We have drawn on our experiences of supporting community led building projects and that of community organisations that have refurbished community facilities. We have also benefitted from the considerable experience and expertise of the architects at Wright and Wright.
Table of Contents
Foreword – Irena Bauman
Introduction – The Glass-House Community Led Design
A word from the architect – Stephen Smith
Management & Maintenance
Top tips – From community groups
Advice: Before you start