Douglas Wheeler

Doug Wheeler is a town planner, chartered surveyor and member of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) who specialises in preparing: regeneration strategies; mixed use development frameworks; specialist property feasibility studies; implementation programmes and advising on delivery for a mix of public, private and third sector clients.

His experience includes the design and delivery of regeneration strategies and development frameworks for sub regions, complex waterfronts, towns, cities, historic urban quarters and sites throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Doug has presented at a number of high profile conferences, seminars and workshops and has strong facilitation skills. He was previously a principal of EDAW and in charge of the firm’s Glasgow office and Planning Director with Turley Associates.

Signature projects that Doug has directed include:

Kendal Economic Growth Action Plan (KEGAP): DWA prepared the Action Plan that was published by Kendal Futures in October 2014. Kendal Futures is the regeneration partnership for the town and works to encourage investment and make it possible a range of economic regeneration projects.kendal-futures-logoThe Plan highlights what Kendal Futures has achieved since 2007 as a respected ‘neutral forum’ discussing emerging economic development opportunity, challenging the status quo, providing leadership and, as a proactive partnership vehicle, co-ordinating economic investment. The Action Plan is an evidenced based economic development agenda that includes a vision of the Kendal economy in 2024, makes the business case for investment in Kendal, identifies priority projects and establishes how key initiatives can be integrated and delivered to make better use of available resources.See the Kendal Futures Board section of the South Lakeland Council website.

The commission followed on from work DWA undertook in 2007 to prepare the Kendal Economic Regeneration Action Plan (KERAP). Kendal Futures was established as a result of the 2007 KERAP and works through other bodies to facilitate and encourage investment in the local economy. Kendal Futures board contains a mix of people from the public, private and third sectors.

Pelton Fell Integrated Regeneration Strategy & Community Partnership: Prepared a successful bid for Isos Housing Ltd/Bellway/DAMHA consortium and retained to work with the Community Group and the Consortium on a Delivery Strategy.  Since 2004, Pelton Fell has been redeveloped through a housing led regeneration programme with around 250 new affordable homes in a mix of rent and ‘new build home buy’.   This included the refurbishment of the old village hall into The Brockwell Centre. The new centre opened in October 2009 and is managed by Pelton Fell Community Partnership (PFCP).

Stobswell Regeneration Strategy & Development Framework: directed the preparation of the original Framework in 2004 and undertook an independent review of progress in 2008.

Cathedral Quarter, BelfastCathedral Quarter, Belfast: directed the initial integrated regeneration strategy for the historic core of Belfast and the 2002 Interim Review. The Metropolitan Arts Centre (The Mac) is located here in purpose built premises that opened in 2012.
https://www.academyofurbanism.org.uk/cathedral-quarter/

Laganside Corporation: three year term contract to provide regeneration, architecture, urban design and traffic management consultancy services with Willie Miller Urban Design & Planning. One of the key outputs was the urban design framework for the Greater Clarendon Area.

Dundee Cultural Quarter: focussed on the successful Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and the established University.

Grainger TownGrainger Town, Newcastle upon Tyne: mixed use regeneration strategy for the late Georgian core of Newcastle. Included a successful outline Challenge Fund Bid and advice on effective delivery structures for what became a leading edge and award winning initiative. The Grainger Town Project was awarded the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup in 2003.

Town Centre Reinvigoration in Northern Ireland: directed a major review for Department of Environment/Department of Social Development used to establish a fresh policy framework: ‘Town Centre Reinvigoration in Northern Ireland’ including guidelines on the preparation of a town centre strategy. This was followed by town centre regeneration strategies and town masterplans in Coleraine, Dungannon, Cookstown and Antrim.

Ruchill and Possilpark Community Plan: directed an intensive community led regeneration approach to develop a procurement strategy for the new neighbourhoods in North Glasgow, working closely with the local communities. Retained as a technical advisor to the Joint Community Consultative Group

Butlers Wharf, London: project planner responsible for providing technical, commercial development and implementation planning services.