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The Hive in The Cliff: an innovative case study for culturally led, cross-sector approaches to sustainable socio-economical development
Slee, S M & Bowker, S & Hamilton, A & Wilkie, T 2010, The Hive in The Cliff: an innovative case study for culturally led, cross-sector approaches to sustainable socio-economical development, (Conference paper), Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference 2010 , Pecs, Hungary.
There is long-standing recognition of the role cultural and creative industries play in regional development. Creative and cultural activities contribute to development in regeneration, social inclusion, education, vocational training, social entrepreneurship, celebration of cultural diversity, and the promotion of better physical and mental health. The role of culture in sustainable socio-economical development is being explored in The Hive in The Cliff, which aims to initiate social and economic renewal in East Salford in the development of a culturally led regeneration and conservation programme through interdisciplinary research and cross-sector partnership. This culturally led programme will ultimately inform a £1.5 million bid to the UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund, supporting the programme’s implementation.
The Hive in The Cliff proposes innovative approaches to sustainable socio-economic development, combining bottom up and top down methods to research, consultation, planning and implementation. While work with public partners and current policy establish documented community needs, The Hive in The Cliff favours community-based approaches to understand and react to the ways in which these needs affect local people. In this, The Hive in The Cliff is working with multiple community and third sector organisations, investigating working methodologies that specifically utilise creative, cultural and heritage-based activities to instigate social-economic change.
The Hive in The Cliff is endorsed and supported by the Vice-Chancellor’s Iconic City of Salford Award, which provides £10,000 research grants for projects leading to iconic levels of impact in the city. Confirmed partners include Salix Homes, Contour Housing, the Church of England, The Broughton Trust, and the Higher Broughton Health Centre, as well as numerous partners from Salford City Council and the University of Salford. The Hive in The Cliff also works alongside the SURegen project, a £2.3 million research project creating a knowledge base and workbench for sustainable urban regeneration.
This paper will identify the regional context for this case study, discuss working methodologies and explore the aims and outcomes of The Hive in The Cliff project. As the project is ongoing, it will also explore key issues for future development and phased implementation, integrating interdisciplinary research with large-scale public engagement in pursuit of the maximum number of outcomes and best value-for-money.
Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference 2010