Resources for Building Projects
Making Buildings Work for Your Community
A publication we put together with the Asset Transfer Unit to give guidance to community groups undertaking a building refurbishment project. This visual booklet gives an idea of how to overcome issues such as connectivity, secuirty and access through clever and inspiring design. The publication is based on 10 visits we made to community groups throughout England who have successfully completed refurbishment projects and gives some really handy 'Top Tips' from them
Making it happen
A checklist which lists considerations you will have to make when developing a design brief for your building. This document can be used by groups as a logical framework for their design brief
Worksheet for building visits
A set of 10 prompts and questions which can be printed off and taken out when visiting other buildings. This worksheet can be used to ensure that you are actively considering the design of the building you are visiting. It's also a good way to focus discussion
Downloads from other organisations
CABE: Creating Excellent Buildings - A Guide for Clients
A practical guide on how to commission a building project. This report guides you through the planning process from preparation, to construction, to building use, providing reference materials, checklists and a glossary of key terms.
The Ethical Property Foundation offers independent, ethical advice and training to help charities and voluntary groups rent, buy, let or manage their property. They also work with landlords and developers to help reduce the social and environmental impact of commercial property
This member organisation provide practical and legal advice for both community groups and local authorities. They have a great deal of experience in working with buildings and asset transfer and their website holds some helpful resources as well as information on their training events
The Asset Transfer Unit (ATU) promotes and supports community asset transfer – the transfer of land and buildings from public bodies to community and voluntary organisations.