Tuesday, 14 December 2010

PLACE appointed as regional delivery partner for somewhereto in Northern Ireland

PLACE Architecture Centre has been appointed as the Northern Ireland partner to deliver regional outreach for somewhereto, an Olympic Legacy project. PLACE is one of 6 partners around the UK appointed during the first wave of recruitment to connect 16-25 year olds and space-holders.

somewhereto is a key project of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, with a focus on the arts, culture and sport, and is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Delivered by youth communications agency Livity in collaboration with media partner Channel 4 Education, somewhereto aims to connect young people with space-holders in their region to enable them to access free space where they can do the things they love and are passionate about.

PLACE is now working towards building relationships with numerous categories of space-holders to encourage them to unlock unused and under-used spaces such as empty shops, garages, roof-tops, car parks, gyms, allotments and other land to name just a few.

Sam Conniff, Co-Founder of Livity said, “It was important that the Northern Ireland regional partner we appointed had strong local connections and was able to speak to two audiences who would not usually connect without an initiative like somewhereto.

“I believe we have kicked off this project with the most able delivery partner for Northern Ireland and look forward to hearing about the numerous journeys that are helped along by somewhereto.”

Michael Hegarty, Director of PLACE said, “We're really excited about this project as it will help us to reach young people and unlock spaces right across Northern Ireland.

“It will further the work we have done with stakeholders to encourage re-use of existing properties, acting as a catalyst for new activity and regeneration.”

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