January – May 2016
Supported by Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Government, Pidgin Perfect worked with Modo Circus, Patricia Fleming Projects and John Gilbert Architects to design and facilitate a Design Studio programme to explore the development of Peterhead Town Centre.
The geographical remit was limited to the ‘spine of Peterhead’; taking in the main shopping area and pedestrianised precinct – an area traditionally the heart of the town, but also one struggling with a number of issues from the closure of a significant number of businesses and a rise in crime and anti- social behaviour.
The consultation process designed by Pidgin Perfect was conducted in two main stages. The pre-Design Studio engagement work used a variety of creative tools to collect the thoughts and opinions of over 3,000 Peterhead residents.The outcomes of this work were then used to establish four key themes which informed the basis of activity at the main Design Studio.
The four key themes were Feeling Safe, Business and Retail, Culture, Leisure and Arts, and Public Spaces. These were explored through eighteen open community workshops which took place across four days.The Design Studio process took place in the Choose Peterhead Cafe, an accessible space located in the heart of Peterhead’s Town Centre.
Pidgin Perfect made a decision to be constructively and wilfully optimistic, and to strive for creative solutions to positive needs, rather than detailed discussions on the negative and ‘preventative’ solutions. This was backed up with a design ethos that was deliberately un-corporate to reinforce that this was a community-led process supported by experts, not led by them.