What ways can underutilised CYC assets i.e. equipment, property, buildings and land, be exploited to benefit businesses, the community and the Council?
Challenge closes on Wednesday 15th February
Breathing life into Clementhorpe Maltings
There are some real challenges when dealing with the council’s property estate and some buildings and plots of land can lay disused for long periods of time. This can be for a variety of reasons and in some cases there may be no obvious solution to the problem.
This is an opportunity to contribute to the development and rejuvenation of an historic building in the centre of York. Clementhorpe Maltings is a grade II listed building, which is in need of redevelopment, but the constraints around the listing and some features of the building have made this difficult and as a consequence it has been disused for a number of years and it is in need of structural repair.
In terms of the development of proposals for this listed building, there is a blank sheet of paper, so get jamming!!!
Clementhorpe Maltings (see the image above) was built in the 19th Century and was used as a Malt house (in a Malt house or Maltings cereal grain is soaked in water until is sprouts and is then dried to convert it to malt. It is used in the production of Beer, Whisky and food products) until the late 1950s. In the 1960s the building came into the possession of the council and was given a Grade II listed status in 2001.
See this link to the British listed buildings website http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-488287-clementhorpe-malt... for more details of the listing.
This has been a difficult building to reuse as it contains the Malting equipment, which is part of the listing, and on the ground floor has a low ceiling (around 5 feet). It has degenerated into a state of disrepair and requires structural attention, but it a well sealed building and is dry inside.
In terms of location it is sited located at St Bridget Court, York (YO23 1AU). This is close to the river and is close to the city centre and the historic city walls.
Getting the best value from our assets
City of York council has in its possession a rich array of buildings, land, highways, vehicles and equipment. Due to the operating hours of the council some of these assets are only utilised for part of the day, week or month. For example, typically a refuse vehicle is in operation for around 8-10 hours, some buildings such as libraries are only open or in use for around 24 hours in a week.
We would like to publicise and advertise our full range of assets with current operational usage (including when, where, etc) and provide a portal to allow community and business visibility into this range and input into extending the use of those assets and this challenge is to propose a solution. We also would like input into how these are presented and what different audiences would appreciate. Initial ideas include an inventory of sights for film companies and allowing the booking of assets for use outside operational hours.
A map based approach to asset presentation (Based upon the Ordnance Survey mapping with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown copyright and may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings. City of York Council, Licence No. 1000 20818)
Our assets at present are stored in several different databases and are accessible to varying degrees and to various levels of detail depending on their subject matter. We’re looking at proposals for integration and presentation and for a portal that will offer information and a range of services that allow the unlocking of the potential of these assets. This will then provide a method for continuously achieved maximum value and use from our assets. We are also looking innovative schemes that would utilise the assets that could be developed through the portal, such as community schemes that will benefit from the use of council owned equipment.
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The official launch of GeniUS! is at 2pm tomorrow! We want to hear your creative and innovative ideas to solve our first challenge.
I'll kick this off..!
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loving these ideas! community enterprise spaces, activity groups, skills sharing spaces - all great stuff.
Maybe free rental in return for 'doing up' the spaces, or a cooperative which needs a venue? Looking for ideas which provide real value to the community and 'wash their face' in terms of sustainability.
Also start-up businesses, creative work spaces, or performance/recording areas might be a possibility? Or a mash-up of them all for a real mixed atmosphere?
what do people want :O) tell us!!
I agree Gwen, publicly accessible database of what is where, and how to access it would be super.
The team working with us on developing ideas from this question are involved in the asset management team at the council, so maybe a group could be convened. Preferably though those people are welcome to have a group debate on this site, to discuss in more detail what ideas they have, and to have input from all the innovators here too :O)
Thanks for your input and feedback.
On the specific example above - could you get either the York Brewery or CAMRA to set up some sort of micro brewery on the premises. Maybe would enable us to keep the heritage link with it's original purpose but also employ some people too.
and of course make York's own special brew ;o)
i think this is a great idea - York is big enough to take another brewery, if York brewery isn't interested or if it doesn't work for them. Would the Swan / Slip like to brew it's own beer? Alternatively there are also a number of small businesses on Bishopthorpe Road that may be interested in using the space in some way.
First of all Casey, Gwen and Stewart please let me reiterate Heather's thanks for giving us a really good start on this challenge.
I am leading the facilitation and shaping of this first challenge and I'm delighted with the speed and thoughtfulness of the responses. I've posted a blog (see Hello World), in which I've given a bit more background on the team and the challenge.
First of all, in terms of extra detail around the possible outcomes for the Clementhorpe Maltings, we specifically picked a property that had an interesting past and loads of potential. One of the issues up front is the condition of this particular building and it will need some work to make it operable. I'll do 2 things up front and feed back to you all as soon as I can. First, I'll have a discussion around the potential cost and timescale of bringing the building into an operable state. Second, some of your ideas Casey are great and immediately implementable, so I'll investigate any other properties that we could bring in to play to allow us to move on some of the ideas in the short term.
Gwen, to answer your questions, I'm working with the planning teams at the council and I'll be discussing the issues around planning as they arise. In terms of the databases, we have separate property, highway, equipment and fleet databases in the council and we could look at creating a portal to the data through a map based like Google maps or similar. What do you think?
Stewart, your idea pays a real nod to what York is all about. Protecting our heritage and growing business. Like the pirate picture as well.
There is an opportunity to simultaneously solve this problem and solve a much deeper one raised by the challenge of globalism and localism through steps toward a peer-to-peer share-economy. I would propose the database becomes a wider Mesh that catalogues resources (including assets, skills) and appropriate meta-data for different applications - like venues, film locations, rentable equipment. The resulting York Mesh becomes an open, reinforcing and accessible dataset that can be used for multiple purposes, not all of which necessarily need to be predicted at the outset. So that means we can overlay 'user needs' queries on the Mesh like the one Casey suggests (e.g. show me all the 'creative spaces in York')
The concept of a Mesh is in the formation of local lending/using communities that get us all away from the idea of the ingrained need to 'own' assets. By way of simple example: I bet a dozen houses on our street own 'pressure washers' that only get used a few times a year - so why don't we share just one? It's only the ownership mindset that stops streets, communities or cities (like York) identifying shareable resources that are accessible by many. A building like Clementhorpe Maltings is one type of asset that could address a class of needs.
I can offer ideas on how to deliver a York Mesh, but for the purposes here I suggest that this initial question should not only be considered as a Council Asset problem, but more widely and explicitly as a 'sustainably economy' problem that equally applies to individuals, groups and organisations. Many of the building blocks of the solution are common, elements already exist, and others are not too difficult to implement. It implies generic and accessible solutions, not stovepiped 'point' solutions with their associated bureaucracy. Moreover York is exceptionally well placed to construct/exploit a Mesh mindset through the vehicle of initiatives like GeniUS, Science City York, etc and demonstrate value back to NESTA.
York Mesh sounds like a brilliant idea! Have you any ideas as to how you/we would go about running a pilot on this?