place-standard-wheel-exampleThe Place Standard is a way of assessing places. Whether the place is well-established, undergoing change, or is still being planned, the tool can help you.

The purpose of the Place Standard is to support the delivery of high quality places in Scotland and to maximise the potential of the physical and social environment in supporting health, wellbeing and a high quality of life. It will do this by articulating what makes a good, sustainable place and setting a framework for processes which deliver places of high quality.

The Place Standard is an innovative new tool to support the delivery of high quality places. It was launched in December 2015 and is now available at: It has been developed in partnership by Scottish Government Architecture & Place, NHS Health Scotland and Architecture & Design Scotland.

The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place (e.g. its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (e.g. whether people feel they have a say in decision making).

The Place Standard tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing you to consider all the elements of place in a methodical way. The tool pinpoints the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve.