Randalstown Masterplan coverDouglas Wheeler Associates (DWA) was established in 2003 to specialise in designing and delivering strategies that regenerate places. Today, the slow recovery from the global economic downturn and the state of the public finances means the focus now is on delivery of local regeneration projects that mix uses and activities, provide loose fit flexible spaces that adapt existing town centre buildings, driven by a sharing economy and local community networks, including community development and charitable trusts.

This focus chimes well with what has always been distinctive about DWA. That is the conscious move from a narrow ‘bricks and mortar’ approach to area regeneration, to one that where local communities take forward regeneration in their areas on their own terms driven by a combination local economic development, mixed use, arts, sport, urbanism and sustainability and a focus on new sectors like digital innovation and low carbon technology.

Doug Wheeler has over thirty five years experience in area regeneration, economic and development planning in the United Kingdom and Ireland advising clients in the public, private and third sectors. He uses this wide delivery experience including past work with urban development/regeneration companies and his published research to take a longer view of regeneration. This includes research undertaken for the Scottish Government on mixed use development, town centre regeneration and value of design. It is essential to learn how to adapt to the tougher economic challenges we are facing. Successful regeneration interventions require change and this can be challenging for clients, participants and practitioners. DWA services, methodologies and involvement tools are tailored to the needs of today’s client groups and particular places. The emphasis is very much on working collaboratively with clients and partners and using community visioning, design charrettes, programme design and project development expertise to turn strategies into tangible improvements to places.

Over the last five years DWA has been part of a small core team that have now undertaken more than twelve locally driven design charrettes in Scotland (eight part funded through the Scottish Government’s ‘Mainstreaming’ programme).

Doug is included in the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Register of Support Services 2013-2018. DWA is also one of the consultancies who provided ‘pro bono’ specialist support to one the five winning projects in the 2012 SURF Award for Best Practice in Community Regeneration. Doug also has extensive experience of best practice in place regeneration in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America and has undertaken and led a number of study visits.

Doug Wheeler can be contacted at:

telephone: 01505 871975
mobile: 07831 221516

or by email