DesignDunfermline 2018,


Like a lot of medium-sized towns in Scotland, Dunfermline has gone through a series of ups and downs over the last fifty years or so, and - also like other towns - has witnessed a general decline in the quality and diversity of its high street and surrounding shopping streets.

Not all is lost though, as Dunfermline’s status as former capital of Scotland, and birthplace of Andrew Carnegie give it a unique history on which it is planned to capitalise for the benefit of the town.

With funding of nearly £450,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Government and other partners, the  newly-formed Dunfermline Heritage Partnership plans to use the town’s rich heritage to aid future growth, with three years of events and initiatives planned.

The first of these - DesignDunfermline 2018 - included public design events and a community-led ‘charrette’ to develop ideas for how the heritage of the town centre could be used to maximise Dunfermline’s attractiveness. From this emerged  five main themes:

a town centre for all

a well connected town centre

a town centre for living in

a town centre where enterprise can thrive

a great town to visit

We had the pleasure of working with Oliver Chapman Architects , who has worked on a number of other charrettes including at Kincardine and Crinnan.

The result of this project was a set of sketches identifying the key ideas that developed from the charrette, as well as report summarising this.

A copy of the report can be requested from

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