High Street Tweak

Do you live, work or travel in Dalkeith or Gorgie Dalry ? We need your help to make some


which explore the challenges facing high streets across Scotland.

'tweak' (verb): to change slightly, especially in order to make something more effective.

High street tweak is a project exploring how local residents, businesses, young people and everyone in between can work together to develop ideas for small improvements to help make our high streets more successful and liveable places.

Led and delivered by the Edinburgh Futures Institute and New Practice, in collaboration with the Edinburgh Living Lab and Data-Driven Innovation programme at the University of Edinburgh, the project will include a range of workshops and activities for everyone to participate in, inviting local audiences to shape the delivery of a series of tweaks. The tweak might be big or small, physical or digital and each high street has been assigned £20,000 to design, develop, build and test the idea.

Between now and June 2021 the high street tweak team will be talking to as many people, organisations and businesses as possible in both Dalkeith and Gorgie Dalry about their experiences of their local high street, the challenges the High Street faces from the impacts of Covid-19 and long-term decline, and their ideas for how small tweaks might spark long-term improvements.

You can read more about the project and the team behind it on the Edinburgh Living Lab website.

How to get involved

High street tweak takes place in three phases. Here are the ways you can take part in each phase between now and June.

Phase 1


To help us better understand Dalkeith and Gorgie Dalry, complete our short survey.

The survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who contributed their thoughts and ideas.

Phase 2

Take part in our co-creation workshops

Mar - Apr 2021

We want your help to develop ideas for tweaks that we can make in both locations. Through co-creation workshops and activities with local businesses, residents and young people, lots of potential ideas will be explored and then refined by an expert team of designers and architects.

Workshops are open to all, and if you are a local business holder, sign up and attend our online interactive session for your chance to win one of the following three prizes for your business.

We hosted four workshops at the end of March and heard lots of great ideas from local people. To help refine these ideas we are holding another series of workshops at the end of April.

There are another four workshops, two for each location and there are two ways to take part:

  • You can join for 30 minutes for a speedy introduction to the ideas developed so far and share your thoughts.

  • If you have a little more time available, you can then stay for the full two hour session, with workshop activities to refine the ideas ahead of their creation in May and June.

Dalkeith Workshop #3

Wednesday 28th April
6.30pm to 8.30pm

Register your free place

Dalkeith Workshop #4

Thursday 29th April
2pm to 4pm

Register your free place

Gorgie Dalry Workshop #3

Thursday 29th April
6.30pm to 8.30pm

Register your free place

Gorgie Dalry Workshop #4

Friday 30th April
2pm to 4pm

Register your free place

Phase 3

Building and testing the high street tweaks

May - Jun 2021

With a project budget of £20,000 for each location, a tweak will be designed, built and tested in Dalkeith and Gorgie Dalry. Each tweak will be carefully monitored against existing data, to learn what sort of changes they make. This data will help to inform ideas on longer term changes in the future.

Once launched, we want to hear from local people about how these tweaks are changing  experiences of the high street.

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Future of the high street
High street tweak is part of the Future of the high Street project, delivered by the Edinburgh Futures Institute and New Practice
The University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh Futures InstituteThe University of Edinburgh - Data-Driven Innovation - Part of Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region DealEdinburgh Living LabNew Practice
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