Aberdeen City and Shire will welcome some of the country’s top planning and design experts on Tuesday next week when the region hosts an innovative conference on shaping new, sustainable living and working environments.

Taking place at the AECC, the ‘Perspectives on Placemaking’ conference is inviting landowners, developers, architects and planners to discuss placemaking guidance and the effect it can have within Energetica.

A global showcase for energy technology development and energy efficiency, Energetica is Scotland’s Energy Corridor, covering a 30 -mile stretch that extends from Bridge of Don north to Peterhead and west to Aberdeen International Airport.

Conceived by The Robert Gordon University and the Energetica team, the conference will include several real life case studies on completed, on-going and proposed projects based within the Energetica Corridor – all with a focus on creating a real sense of place and community.

Industry experts, Gareth Hoskins of Gareth Hoskins Architects, Chris Pattison of Turnberry Planning Ltd and local developer Colin Tawse will be discussing award winning redevelopments such as the National Museum of Scotland and the principles of sustainable urbanism at Grandhome.

Derek McCrindle, project director for Energetica and director of Business Infrastructure Partnerships for Scottish Enterprise, said: “This conference is an opportunity to engage in and help shape a unique living and working environment as well as learn about master planning.

“While the focus is on Energetica we will also look further afield to consider what can be learned from a national and international perspective and applied to our own sphere of influence.

“The calibre of the speakers taking part is of a very high level and we’re thrilled they are joining us. To be able to tap into their planning excellence and hear first hand, from those that have successfully applied the principles in their developments, all under one roof, is a first for the area and is an exciting prospect for those in the industry”.