Montrose Charrette starts today

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The Montrose town centre design charrette officially launched today (Tuesday).

The design studio for the three-day charrette is based at Montrose Library, 214 High Street, and will see a number of events and workshops take place.

A charrette is an intensive consultation that engages local people in shaping the future of their community.

The charrette offers a number of opportunities on different days for the public, local business and interested parties to get involved and have their say about the future of Montrose Town Centre. You can choose the event that suits you as well as drop by the Design Studio at the library between 11am and 5pm over the three days.

In preparation, community activities were organised by WAVEparticle in Montrose on March 9 and 10. WAVEparticle is an arts organisation, who specialise in developing and delivering effective community engagement and treat engagement as an art form.

WAVEparticle team members – Peter McCaughey, Alex Mackenzie, Natalie Marr – along with film-maker Basharat Khan and intern Zoe Hyatt, spent the two days in Montrose meeting with local residents, school pupils and community stakeholders to discuss the future of Montrose.

Across these two days, WAVEparticle delivered a creative workshop with students at Montrose Academy and a collective creative workshop with the five local primary schools. WAVEparticle also carried out various pop-up activities throughout the town- engaging with the local community on the bustling High Street and in local cafes, pubs, shops and hotels, with each encounter leading on to somewhere new.

The WAVEparticle team also met with David Paton, Chairman & Founder of the Montrose Playhouse Project and Director of the Montrose Music Festival. This has led to a partnership between the two organisation to work together on an outdoor screening event which will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) as part of the charrette.

The outdoor screening will be held at the former Swimming Pool at 6.30 for a 7pm start. A short film by WAVEparticle will be shown. The films/imagery will be projected onto the facade of the former Swimming Pool, and WAVEparticle are treating the event as an exciting opportunity to raise local awareness about the Montrose Playhouse Project and activate the space ahead of future development of the new cinema.

The full list of events for charrette are as follows:-

Tuesday March 22

Montrose 2026: Setting the Agenda - 11am to 12.30pm

Traffic and Transport Walkabout and Workshop: Connecting Montrose - 1 to 2.30pm.

Launch Events: Pride in Place - 3.30 to 5.30pm and 7 to 9pm. Discussions will include community pride in place, places and buildings, connecting Montrose and business and investment.

Wednesday, March 23

Land/Building Owners & Developers: Investing in Montrose, Projects Review - 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Problem Solving Working Lunch - 1 to 2pm (sandwiches provided)

Fringe Event - 2.30 to 5pm at Montrose Sports Centre, Marine Avenue. This includes discussion on what the community thinks about Montrose as a place - its buildings, spaces, and transport links as well as its social aspects.

Future Walk - leaving from Montrose Library at 5pm finishing at 6.30pm.

Outdoor Cinema, Former Swimming Pool, The Mall - starting at 6.30pm finishing 7.30pm.

Business and Community Workshop: Mapping The Ideas - 7.45 to 9.30pm.

Thursday, March 24

Public Agencies and Interested Parties Workshop - 10.30am to 1pm.

One to One Discussions - 1.30 to 3pm.

Work In Progress: Presentation, Review Workshop and Exhibition - 7 to 9pm.

The events will then be followed by a final presentation on Wednesday, April 20 where the design team will report back on their findings. The event will take place in the Montrose Library and the exhibition will open at noon. Two presentations, detailing the town centre vision, development framework and action plan, will take place from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm.

Updates on the charrette can be found online at Twitter and Facebook.