Congratulations to our Director Jamie Bateman on renewal of his RIAS Accreditation in Conservation Architecture for another five years. Jamie was first accredited in 2015, reflecting his experience of bringing new life to old buildings through conservation and sensitive interventions.
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This year, instead of the usual office Secret Santa presents for each other, our team decided to donate Christmas gifts to the Citadel Youth Centre, to be given to the children in the community that the Citadel support.
Our Christmas elves left the gifts with the Citadel team, who will be delivering them to families this week. It feels great to know that we have provided many children with something special to open on Christmas day!
The Citadel Youth Centre in Leith is our chosen charity for this year and we are participating in various initiatives throughout the year to support the work they do. The Citadel Youth Centre in Leith provides a safe place for local kids to meet friends, do fun activities and learn new skills. Their youth workers are on hand to offer advice and support to anyone who needs it. The Citadel stands up for young people, and helps them to have a say in their community.
No place in the world will stay special by accident” – Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute
Better places and particularly better high streets and town centres are a complex balance of knowledge on Communities, Economic Viability, Design, Heritage, Funding, Ownership and Stewardship. The importance of a shared knowledge and collaborative approach was very effectively captured at the excellent Heritage Transforming Neighbourhoods Conference (www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk) in Derry this week. SSM’s recent masterplan for Lady Victoria, Newtowngrange and our involvement in regenerating town centres confirms our belief that historic buildings and strong local communities are essential to successful place making.
There were particularly thought provoking contributions from Patrice Frey and Ed McMahon from Main Street America, a movement for preservation-based economic development and community revitalisation across America (www.mainstreet.org). With discussion on the integrity of place, ensuring sustainable tourism and keeping our high street Diverse, Durable and Local. This was very effectively balanced by Maeve Monaghan, of NOW Group, presentation on Creating Sustainable Buildings (www.nowgroup.org) a social enterprise based in Belfast supporting people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future.
We need to engage and collaborate in this complex mix of elements to create enhance and protect our special places.
We are proud to have joined the Heritage Trust Network as Corporate Supporters and to have been selected for their Talent Bank. Eugene Mullan will be attending the annual conference later this month to meet the local heritage groups which benefit from the peer-to-peer support the Network provides. We are keen to help them secure viable futures for neglected historic buildings by bringing our expertise in conservation, regeneration and community consultation to their projects.
A perfect example of how a town’s regeneration can be spearheaded by smaller conservation projects is our recently completed conservation and extension of a derelict Harbourmaster’s Office in Stranraer to form a community facility. The project was a key element of the Stranraer Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme for Dumfries and Galloway Council and part-funded by both Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.
Smith Scott Mullan Associates once again welcomed clients, consultants and colleagues to their annual golf event on Tuesday 24th September. Duddingston Golf Course provided again a beautiful backdrop and a great afternoon of golf was had by all with a mixture of business, pleasure and a sprinkling of good chat along the way. The weather did pose a challenge but some delightful shots played all the way around the course.
Congratulations to Mike, Gus, Mike and Graham for winning the team trophy and to all the individual prize winners.
We look forward to next year’s event with fingers crossed for a little less rain!
Congratulations to our fantastic team of 15 cyclists who completed the Pedal for Scotland challenge on Sunday 08 September 2019. The day was bathed in glorious sunshine to carry them through the 45 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
The team have raised over £3,000 so far for the Citadel Youth Centre, which will help the Citadel continue to do their great work with kids in Leith and their families. A big shout out to Willie and Rachel Barr from the Citadel who met the team at Linlithgow with much needed snacks and refreshments, it was greatly appreciated and definitely needed! We all look forward to our 2020 SSM Challenge!
If you would like to donate please see our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/smith-scott-mullan-associates
Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent has been granted for Edinburgh Biomes, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s ambitious project to protect its unique and globally important plant collection. The £50m project involves seven new buildings and three refurbishments across two sites.
Designed by us and Nicoll Russell Studios, the project focuses on both the public and research glasshouses at the Garden. On the public side, we will conserve and refurbish the magnificent Victorian Palm Houses and the unique 1967 glasshouses with their steel lattice exo-skeleton. This succession of A-Listed nineteenth and twentieth century glasshouses will be complemented by a new, twenty-first century public glasshouse by NRS. A revised visitor route through the glasshouses will enhance the display of the plant collection to promote public understanding of plant biodiversity, conservation and research.
We have redesigned the support areas to provide a substantial new glasshouse to safeguard the research collections, an Education Centre and a Horticultural Building. We will add two further buildings on the Garden’s nearby Nursery site. The Plant Health Suite will provide a new national asset in the field of plant health and bio-security. It will receive and monitor new plant specimens collected from across the world and will contain world-class plant pathology and micro-propagation laboratories. The Sustainable Energy Centre will serve both sites and, in conjunction with the improved efficiency of the new buildings, will substantially reduce the Garden’s carbon footprint by producing both heat and electricity through a combination of ground-source heat pumps, combined heat and power engines and gas boilers.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the top four botanic gardens in the world. It is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in plant biodiversity research and conservation, an education provider and a major tourist attraction. We are delighted to have helped the Garden reach this major milestone in delivering potentially the most significant project in its history.
Our Quality Management System has just had its annual external audit by the British Standards Institution and once again we have come through with no non-conformities. Thanks to all our staff for ensuring that our systems work so smoothly.
On 08 September 2019 fifteen SSM colleagues will be taking part in this year’s Pedal For Scotland event, cycling a whopping 45 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh!
As a Cycle-Friendly Employer we want to encourage cycling wherever possible, and as we cycle we will be raising money for The Citadel Youth Centre in Leith. We have started our training with some office group cycles around Edinburgh and we will be ramping up the training sessions as we build up to the big cycle in September.
The Citadel Youth Centre in Leith provides a safe place for local kids to meet friends, do fun activities and learn new skills. Their youth workers are on hand to offer advice and support to anyone who needs it. The Citadel stands up for young people, and helps them to have a say in their community.
Please have a look at our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/smith-scott-mullan-associates, we will be posting regular updates as our training progresses.
Smith Scott Mullan are now PAS 91 accredited. PAS 91 is a standardised pre-qualification questionnaire accreditation that demonstrates our compliance with the wide range of current legislation in regards to policy and procedures. We now hold the CHAS Health & Safety verification along with the five further sections including Financial & Business Standing, Environmental, Equal Opportunity & Diversity and Quality Management.