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The overriding aim of Community Links PLUS is to create inspirational examples of high-quality infrastructure, raising standards and building aspirations for similar projects across the country.

A demonstration of the wider benefits of cycling and walking, including positive impacts on health, the quality of the environment, strengthened local economies and increased road safety

An increase in the number of aspirational projects being submitted to Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links grant programme

Greater understanding of what high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure looks and feels like amongst families, communities, and decision makers

The delivery of more ambitious cycling and walking infrastructure across Scotland

Sustrans Scotland is delighted to launch the Community Links PLUS design competition for 2018-20, funded by the Scottish Government. Community Links PLUS is an opportunity to conceptualise, design and deliver exemplary and inspirational walking, cycling and placemaking projects in Scotland.

We welcome applications from local authorities, key agencies and statutory bodies, and support applications developed by communities in partnership with their local authority.

Community Links PLUS is a two-stage design competition. Stage One is for initial Expressions of Interest. Up to ten projects are then selected to proceed to Stage Two, each receiving a grant of up to £50,000 to develop their proposals further. Up to five projects are then invited to proceed to construction, each receiving a grant of up to £50,000 to finalise their detailed proposals and present to a cross-sector expert panel, before full match funding grants are allocated.

Following the competition process, Sustrans works closely in partnership with the winning project teams to deliver their proposals.

To find out more about the application, read our partner brief.

  • Roy Brannen (chair)
    Chef Executive, Transport Scotland
    Roy is the chair of the judging panel. He has been Chief Executive of Transport Scotland since November 2015, having held a number of different positions since joining the Scottish Government in 1999, including director of trunk roads and bus operations. Roy is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years' experience in highways and transportation and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.
  • Katy Syme
    Katy Syme
    2050 Climate Group
    Katy sits on the panel as a representative of the 2050 Climate Group, young professionals across Scotland who share a commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation and accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy. She is a researcher at the environmental charity Changeworks, conducting qualitative and quantitative social research, analysis and evaluation on a wide range of energy and sustainability topics, with particular experience in the built environment.
  • Dr David Caesar
    National Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer (Secondary Care Services)
    As a medical professional, David has a keen interest in the positive impact walking and cycling can have on public health and wellbeing. In addition to his role as a National Clinical Advisor, he has been a Consultant in Emergency Medicine for NHS Lothian since 2007. Based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, David has held a number of training and clinical roles across southeast Scotland. Additionally, he has written a newspaper column and lectured on leadership in a range of public, private and academic forums.
  • Stuart Watson
    Stuart Watson
    Senior Architect, Architecture and Place Division, Scottish Government
    Stuart is a graduate of Leeds and Pennsylvania State universities and the Edinburgh College of Art, subsequently working with leading architectural practices. Since joining the Scottish Government in 2009 he has managed research and carried out in-house projects, contributing to the strategic direction of Scotland's built environment policy, including leading on the design, development and publication of the new sustainability standard within Building Standards. He is also involved in the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative and policy implementation, including Designing Streets.
  • Sara Thiam
    Sara Thiam
    Regional Director, Institution of Civil Engineers
    Sara heads the Scottish branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), a professional membership body with approximately 90,000 civil engineer members. She develops and delivers their business plan, leads the staff team and works with members to raise the profile of the profession, inform the infrastructure debate, deliver effective knowledge transfer and professional development programmes, and inspire the next generation of civil engineers.
  • Riccardo Marini
    Riccardo Marini
    Founder, Marini Urbanismo
    Originally from Tuscany, Riccardo attended Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture, subsequently working for a number of architectural and urban design practices. After joining Glasgow City Council, he held a number of planning and urban design roles, produced an urban design strategy for the city and led a policy team. In 2004 he was appointed the City Design Leader for Edinburgh. In 2009 he was elected member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and made a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. In 2010 he became a senior consultant for Gehl Architects in Copenhagen. He now heads his own practice and lectures on placemaking around the world.

“for commuting or leisure, more people across Scotland will be able to enjoy the benefits of greener and healthier modes of transport”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport & the Islands