SSM Joins the Heritage Trust Network

 

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.

SSM Annual Golf Event

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!

Pedal For Scotland

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 granted for Edinburgh Biomes

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.

 

Quality Management System

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.

SSM Pedals For Scotland

 

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.

PAS 91 Accreditation

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.

 

Cycle Friendly Employer!

Smith Scott Mullan Associates have recently gained a Cycle Friendly Employer Award through Cycling Scotland.

We are acutely aware of the impacts that the design of our urban places can have on travel behaviour, health and wellbeing and as such we want to encourage travel behaviour that will be beneficial to the city and our team. When we choose active travel (walking & cycling) to get to work we are healthier and more productive. Evidence suggests that people who cycle to work are fitter, healthier and happier.

To mark this we are making regular SSM Group Cycles, to help colleagues less experienced or maybe nervous about cycling have a chance to cycle in a safe manner.

Fresh Thinking

We are now using Edinburgh Community Food for our weekly staff fruit delivery. It is widely accepted that a healthier workforce is happier, more focused, better motivated and more productive. By choosing Edinburgh Community Food we are not only helping make sure we have healthier working lives, we are also giving something back by supporting the charitable work they do to promote healthy eating in communities across Edinburgh.

SSM Summer BBQ

Last Friday we all headed down to our regular haunt Seacliff, East Lothian for our Annual Summer Staff BBQ. The weather turned out to be glorious and a fantastic time was had by both old and new members of the SSM family. Competitive sports were the highlight of the day with some enjoying the victories more than others resulting in a have a few aching bodies from Spikeball, Team building at its best!