Waterfront Communities: Linking Nine North Sea Gat.. (Waterfront Communiti..)
Waterfront Communities: Linking Nine North Sea Gateway Cities in Innovative Sustainable Waterfront Development
Start date: Sep 29, 2003,
End date: Mar 30, 2007
The Waterfront Communities project aimed to improve waterfront development in nine gateway cities around the North Sea. With a specific focus laid on sustainability and social inclusion, implementation was planned along these three themes:• Developing a learning network;• Meeting strategic objectives and fostering organisational innovation;• Setting standards for urban and social design quality. Achievements: The Waterfront Communities project carried out an integrated conceptual framework for a better understanding of the key principles of sustainable urban development in waterfront areas.The activities implemented in Aalborg (DK), influenced changes in design policies and encouraged the retention and reuse of industrial cultural heritage contributing to the uniqueness of the city as a waterfront location.The Heriot-Watt institute (UK) undertook a research project on successful waterfront making as well coordinated the preparation of a book proposal on the experience of the WCP the information, opening the possibility for more future research projects in this area.The final achievement of this project to be mentioned is the influence which it has had on national policy in the various municipalities involved. For example, Aalborg Council (DK) has been interviewed in connection with the preparation of the new planning act to be approved by the Danish government in June 2007. In Gateshead (UK) the project results have been fed into and have influenced the development of the Councils forward visionary plan Vision 2030. In Hull (UK) the various studies will be used as a policy guidance tool in regeneration and in the redevelopment of the area. In Schiedam (NL) the results have influenced policies and planning at the local level, the national level has been influenced by the rollout of the social supervisor pilot across the Netherlands.
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