Wasps’ latest completed development project, Perth Creative Exchange, has been recognised as the winner in the category of Regeneration Project of the Year 2021 at this year’s Scottish Property Awards.
The Scottish Property Awards was founded in 2014 and aims to recognise the best new commercial and public buildings in Scotland. Perth Creative Exchange is a £4.5m partnership project between Wasps and Perth and Kinross Council which transformed the former St John’s School building to create Perth’s first creative hub – an inspiring home for artists, makers, creative industry professionals and the general public. Perth Creative Exchange is Wasps’ 20th building in Scotland, and its first studio building in the area.
Perth Creative Exchange was opened to tenants in October 2019 and officially opened by the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy on 26th February 2020.
Wasps Chief Executive Officer Audrey Carlin: “This award is testament to the collaborative partnership approach to regeneration led by Perth and Kinross Council, working closely with Wasps, alongside a range of stakeholders and funders, to successfully deliver a creative, economic legacy in the heart of Perth City Centre. “Perth Creative Exchange is already home to a community of artists and makers who, along with creative industries, a café, meeting space, workshops and events space, is breathing new life into a derelict former school building. The facility is now supporting creative business incubation with the Famous Grouse Ideas Centre, Elevator’s Business Gateway services, Culture Perth & Kinross and the University of the Highlands & Islands – Perth College, all partners in the project’s success, ensuring Wasps will continue to deliver a lasting legacy from the regeneration process.”
Wasps’ current project, Phase 2 of Inverness Creative Academy closely mirrors the Perth Creative Exchange development in that it is a regeneration venture converting a former school into a creative hub, this time for the Highlands. The final phase is due for completion later this year.
Wasps gratefully received funding for Perth Creative Exchange from: