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Balivanich Masterplan

Client

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Location

Benbecula

Status

Design Proposals

Together with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Threesixty Architecture developed a vision for the village of Balivanich on the island of Benbecula.

This study was a direct result of the success of the Stornoway Vision study. The purpose of the study was to create a framework to address the key challenges and opportunities Balivanich faces, while supporting key stakeholders and positively impacting the whole community. The study created an engaging and lasting vision for Balivanich which has drawn significant support which will lead to regeneration and potential commercial investment.
In order to create a cohesive vision that can realistically be implemented at various scales, we organised individual strategies into Large, Medium, and Small approaches. These can then be implemented at the appropriate time scales, designed to build momentum and gain community buy-in.

Community and stakeholder engagement was key for this project, and we undertook a series of meetings with stakeholders, a community open day, and a presentation to the Economic Task Force working group. From community members and stakeholders alike, reception of the ideas and the framework for delivering them were very positive.
Our successful approach with strategies at multiple scales creates a vision that is both aspirational and achievable. We set a long-term vision that can be met by undertaking small scale interventions that build momentum. With the Balivanich Vision, we established a series of Next Steps for the council and the community to take action and see the vision realised.

We created a vision that can be achieved, rather than a document that sits on a shelf. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and HIE were delighted with our approach, proactive engagement and the tangible outcomes.