Silverlea Archaeology Open Day

Step back in time at the site of a 17th-century tower house, c.19th-century mansion, walled garden and much more.

AOC Archaeology Group are hosting an Archaeology Open Day on Saturday 23rd of March from 10am-3pm at our proposed residential development at Silverlea, Muirhouse Parkway, Edinburgh. Explore the excavation site with guided tours led by AOC Archaeology, view artefacts found so far and discuss the discoveries made with the experts.

Buccleuch Street Certified as Passive House

Following our first Passive House homes being certified at the start of the year, our latest Passive House homes at Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith for Midlothian Council have also now received Passive House certification.

The 6 new homes form part of a wider project which included the retrofit and refurbishment of 32-38 Buccleuch Street which now provides 4 new homes and 2 retail units. Providing some much-needed town centre living accommodation, this marks another milestone in Midlothian Council ambition to reach higher than current regulations and commit to delivering net zero carbon homes for their local community.

Part III Success!


Some good news to end the week on!

Congratulations to Thomas Proctor on passing your Part III exam today!

Happy International Women’s Day

On this day we wanted to take the time to highlight the role women have within our practice from leading some of our biggest projects, being our clients on a wide variety of our projects and providing consultant advice on projects from Engineering to Quantity Surveying.

IWD is an opportunity to strive for equity for all. Particularly within the construction industry, this is still a work in progress. Over the past year, our Inclusion Group have been working hard to collect views within the office through undertaking an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Survey to understand all our staff’s current views, and to implement positive change within this area. To show our commitment to this we are also signatories to the RIBA Inclusion Charter. More to come soon!

Insulate Innerwick

We are working with the community of Innerwick in East Lothian on a research project to make local homes more energy efficient. The project aims to bring the knowledge and experience of our architects and Retrofit Coordinators to the local people to impartially guide the process, provide technical information and empower the community to make a meaningful impact on their home energy bills, health and the environment.

At our first community event, we listening to local people’s stories about their homes, finding out what works and doesn’t work, what homeowners’ priorities are, and discussed the barriers standing in the way of making energy improvements.

As we all work to retrofit more existing homes in Scotland, we hope projects like this will act as a catalyst for more groups to come together to use their strength in numbers, learn about their options and pull together for change.
If you would like more information or want to get involved, please contact us.


March Street secures planning approval

A great start to the week with the residential-led, mixed use regeneration of the former March Street Mills in Peebles securing planning approval.

Working alongside Whiteburn Projects Limited, the proposed development on the site of the former March Street Mills will provide much needed housing to the area. Opening previously inaccessible land in the town centre with new public routes for pedestrians and cyclists, the development provides 50 contemporary new homes along with retained allotments, an extended historic Lodge House and Engine Shed and Boiler House refurbished and retained for commercial use.

Work starts at Newbattle

Work has started at Morris Road in Newbattle to provide 90 new Passive house homes on the former Newbattle High School site.

The project is a step forward in Midlothian Council’s ambitious aspiration to become carbon net zero by 2030, as part of their climate change strategy.

The development will provide a mix of affordable social rent flats, houses and accessible bungalows for Midlothian Council, and forms part of a wider programme to deliver Passive house standard homes in Midlothian.

UR Top 100


A great start to 2024, we are pleased to have ranked no. 17 in the Urban Realm Top 100 practices in Scotland!

Rising 4 places from last year, this news reflects our growth and successes as we look forward to another busy year delivering more exciting projects we can’t wait to share with you.

Burnbrae Road Certified as Passive House

Great start to the new year! – Our first Passive House homes have been certified at our recently completed Burnbrae Road affordable housing project in Midlothian.

Reaching this milestone celebrates Midlothian Council’s ambition to reach higher than current regulations and commit to delivering net zero carbon homes for their local community. It couldn’t have happened without the dedication and collaboration of a strong design team and contractor.

Roll on more good news in 2024.

Merry Christmas from Smith Scott Mullan Associates!

Some highlights from 2023 include our team being highly commended for Green Skills in the BE-ST Accelerate to Zero Awards, Longniddry Village winning Development of the Year in the Herald Property Awards for Scotland and Development of the Year (100+ homes) in the Homes for Scotland Awards. Stranraer Harbourmaster’s Office commended at the Dumfries & Galloway Design Awards and McDonald Road Community Fire Station winning a commendation at the EAA Awards.

Our Passive House projects at Burnbrae and Buccleuch are finishing up, with another 90 Passive House homes at Newbattle on site. Our team have enjoyed developing designs for the nearly 1,000 new homes as part of the Granton Masterplan. Meanwhile in another part of Edinburgh, construction of 350 affordable homes for rent in West Craigs are well underway. Conservation works to Stranraer Museum are complete, bringing a historic community resource back to life. And last but not least, plans for Destination Hillend to form a new multi-activity national leisure destination on the Pentland Hills (pictured) has been granted planning permission.

Over the holidays, our office will close on the 22nd of December, returning 2nd of January. We wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Image Credit: Award-winning sketcher Kornel Koczkas edited by James Walinck.