Partners and Clients

We are grateful to a range of public, not-for-profit and commercial organisations for their support. We have listed these organisations below, indicating their involvement in our projects.

All names link to external websites; links checked December 2015.

AECOM
A global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Has incorporated OPENspace partner, EDAW, since 2005.
Has partnered:
Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO) – Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Age Scotland
An organisation working to improve the later lives of everyone on the ageing journey; its mission is to make Scotland a better place for older people.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Age UK
A registered charity, founded in April 2009, bringing together OPENspace partners Help the Aged and Age Concern, dedicated to improving later life for everyone.
Has partnered:
Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO) – Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Alzheimer Scotland
An organisation providing a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers at every stage of the dementia journey.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Anderson Bell Christie
Award-winning architectural and urban design practice with particular expertise in community engagement and regeneration.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Architecture & Design Scotland (A&DS)
Scotland’s champion for excellence in placemaking, architecture and planning; an Executive NDPB of the Scottish Government.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
Scottish charity working to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

City of Edinburgh Council
Based in Scotland’s capital city, the Council provides a range of public services to over 444,000 citizens and promotes the city worldwide.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment / CABE Space
Formerly the UK Government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space (1999-2011), now merged with the Design Council (www.designcouncil.org.uk).
Has funded:
Community green: using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Community Woodlands Association
The direct representative body of Scotland’s community woodland groups; providing advice, assistance and information, facilitating networking and training, and representing and promoting community woodlands to the wider world.
Has partnered:
Woods in and Around Towns (WIAT)

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
The national voice for local government in Scotland, promoting the position of local government as the legitimate tier of governance closest to the people of Scotland.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Countryside Council for Wales
Formerly the Government’s statutory advisor on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters (until 2013), now part of Natural Resources Wales.
Has funded:
Participation in outdoor recreation by WAG priority groups

Department for Communities and Local Government
Formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), this UK Government Department sets policy on: supporting local government; communities and neighbourhoods; regeneration; housing; planning, building and the environment; and fire.
Has funded:
Green and Public Space Research: Mapping and Priorities
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
The UK Government Department responsible for the tourism, creative and leisure industries and the pursuit of excellence in cultural and sporting activities.
Has partnered:
Community green: using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health

Department for Transport
The UK Government Department responsible for the English transport network and non-devolved transport matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Design for All Foundation
International foundation, based in Barcelona, with a remit to develop, promote, research and disseminate inclusive / universal design.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

DPT Urban Design
A practice, founded by David Thompson, supplying a specialist range of urban design and placemaking services across Scotland and the UK.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Economic and Social Research Council
The UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues, supporting over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.
Has funded:
Forest school: evidence for restorative health benefits in young people

Emotiv Lifesciences Inc
A neuroengineering company that has brought wireless EEG systems to market.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The main UK Government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects – from mathematics to materials science, information technology to structural engineering.
Has funded:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods and Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

EUROPA: The European Commission
The executive body of the European Union, responsible for the European Community Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (now in its 7th phase).
Has funded:
PLUREL, Peri-urban Land Use Relationships

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (EU COST)
An intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. Specialises in non-competitive research, pre-normative cooperation and solving environmental, cross-border and public utility problems.
Has funded:
European COST Action E39: Forests, Trees and Human Health and Wellbeing; European COST Action E33: Forests for Recreation and Nature Tourism (FORREC)

Forestry Commission Scotland
The forestry directorate for the Scottish Government, supporting the Minister for Environment in the development and delivery of forestry policy which meets international commitments on sustainable forest management and which promotes the delivery of economic, environmental and social outcomes.
Has funded:
Woods in and Around Towns (WIAT); A Critical Review of Research in Landscape and Woodland Perceptions, Aesthetics, Affordances and Experience; Review of the Scottish Forestry Strategy, Consultation Process: Focus Groups; Open Space and Social Inclusion: Local Woodland Use in Central Scotland
Has partnered:
European Union COST Action E39: Forests, Trees and Human Health and Wellbeing

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Structure Plan Joint Committee
A Local Government Joint Committee comprising eight Local Authorities in the Glasgow metropolitan area working together on strategic development planning matters, now Clydeplan.
Has partnered:
Woods in and Around Towns (WIAT)

Greenspace Scotland
An independent charitable company working with a wide range of local and national partners to support the planning, development and sustainable management of greenspaces and green networks in Scotland’s towns and cities.
Has funded:
Greenspace and quality of life: a critical literature review
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods; Woods in and Around Towns (WIAT)

Guide Dogs
A registered charity delivering mobility and access services that meet the needs and aspirations of blind and partially-sighted people in the United Kingdom.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Homes for Scotland
The voice of the home building industry in Scotland, with a membership of 180 organisations providing 95% of new homes built for sale in Scotland each year, as well as a significant proportion of social housing.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Institute of Highway Engineers
A professional membership organisation run by, and for, chartered, incorporated engineers and technicians and allied professionals in highways and transportation.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Ixia
Public art think tank – formerly known as the Public Art Forum – providing guidance on the role of art in the public realm.
Has funded:
Assessing the Impact and Quality of Public Art

Jacobs Babtie
One of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Landscape Institute
The Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects; a professional body and educational charity working to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Living Streets
A registered UK charity working to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, where people want to walk.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Living Streets Scotland
A registered charity working to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets across Scotland.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Manchester City Council
The local government authority for Manchester, a city and metropolitan borough in north west England.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Mayer Brown
One of the largest independent transport consultancies, specialising in transportation planning and public sector regeneration work.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Medical Research Council
Publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health through supporting medical sciences research. Leads the cross-council Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme.
Has funded:
Going Outdoors: Falls, Ageing & Resilience (Go Far)

Natural England
An independent public body whose purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings. Incorporates earlier OPENspace clients: the Countryside Agency; and English Nature.
Has funded:
Wild Adventure Space: its role in teenagers’ lives; Places in Cumbria for wildlife and people; Diversity review – options for implementation; Nature for People: The Importance of Green Spaces to East Midlands Communities

National Institute for Health Research
The National Health Service body responsible for commissioning and funding NHS, social care and public health research.
Has funded:
Woods in and Around Towns (WIAT): influences on psychological wellbeing in deprived urban areas

National Library of Scotland
The world’s leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots; a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

NHS Health Scotland
Scotland’s health improvement agency, a Special Health Board, whose overall aim is to provide leadership and work with partners to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
Has managed:
SPARColl, Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

NHS Lothian
A health authority providing a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland (c. 800,000 people).
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

NHS Research Scotland
A partnership involving Scottish NHS Boards and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government. to ensure that NHSScotland provides the best environment to support clinical research. Its Stroke Research Network is also a supporter of our work.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Phil Jones Associates
Transport Planning Consultants specialising in the formulation and design of sustainable transport solutions.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Scottish Government
Formerly the Scottish Executive (1999-2007), now Scotland’s devolved Government, responsible for health, education, justice, rural affairs and transport. Incorporates the Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate (RERAD).
Has funded:
Green Health; SPARColl, Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Scottish Natural Heritage
A Non-departmental Public Body, responsible through Ministers to the Scottish Parliament, funded by the Scottish Government to: promote, care for and improve Scotland’s natural heritage; help people enjoy it responsibly, enable greater understanding and awareness of it; and promote its sustainable use, now and for future generations.
Has partnered:
Woods in and Around Towns (WIAT)

Sport and Recreation Alliance
Formerly the Central Council for Physical Recreation, now an umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK (represents more than 320 members).
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Stroke Association
A charity supporting stroke survivors to make the best recovery they can, campaigning for better stroke prevention and care, and funding research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke.
Has partnered:
Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP)

Sustrans
A registered UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport through initiatives such as the National Cycle Network, Safe Routes to Schools and DIY Streets.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Swindon Borough Council
A Local Unitary Authority in South West England.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods

Transform Scotland
A registered charity, and Scotland’s national sustainable transport alliance, campaigning for better transport policies and practice and a system less dependent on unsustainable modes, such as the car, the plane and road freight.
Has partnered:
I’DGO TOO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors Phase 2): Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods


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