Number 30 The Square: Case Study

What is the project?

Number 30 The Square is a 1250sqm dually listed, iconic property in the main square of Huntly, Aberdeenshire. The town’s economic decline over several years has caused the main square to become devoid of footfall and purpose. 

Huntly Development Trust purchased Number 30 in 2019, and completed the Design Team process at the end of 2020 achieving Full Planning Permission, Listed Building Consent and Building Warrant, and in January 2021, £2.49m has been secured from the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for the buildings refurbishment, with works due to complete by autumn 2022.

This project will deliver fully accessible and adaptable, multi-generational facility housing opportunities for leisure, training, learning, volunteering and enterprise, creating both a destination attraction providing footfall to Huntly, and providing opportunities for growth and development for the town, its community and businesses.

Number 30 will be both community owned and managed, and Huntly Development Trust, its partners and volunteers will build and develop the user group and the new operational and management group.

How is the My Place Mentoring programme supporting the project?

My Place Mentoring has helped to guide and focus Huntly Development Trust to ensure that the project delivers its objectives, particularly the community engagement element and uses. Huntly Development Trust said: “Having mentoring support and a ‘sounding board’ has proved to be hugely encouraging and enabling in helping us to keep on track and fully focussed on our priorities.”

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