PLACE is delighted to have been selected, along with Development Trusts NI (DTNI), to take part in the Techies in Residence programme (TIR). We see the TIR programme as an opportunity to join the dots in terms of community planning by mapping the potential of unused space across inner city Belfast. We want to make repopulating vacant spaces easier, faster, and more creative. A key factor in that is taking away much of the mystery surrounding property ownership, rates, contracts, and other formalities that can disinsentivise smaller, independent businesses, community groups, and cultural organisations from stepping in where retail has died off.
PLACE is keen to begin to make data that are already available fit for public use as well as gathering and exposing new data that show how people use the inner city areas. We want to establish an evidence base and accurate policy information to support a more vibrant and resilient inner city. We know that there is significant demand for short, medium, and long term reuse of vacant retail units & void sites. We want to take available data and work with our Techie to make it less unwieldy; simply, to present information to the public in an attractive and useful way.
The Techies in Residence (TIR) programme is as an initiative of the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund. CultureTech have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.