GAGA Awards

We are delighted to receive a shortlisting for our Alpine House project for the Galvanizers Association GAGA 2016 Awards! This project was carried out together with David Narro Associates, Structural Engineers, for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and was completed in 2014. The judging panel consisted of Jan-Carlos Kucharek of the RIBA Journal, Matthew Wells of Techniker, Andrew Matthews of Proctor and Matthews Architects and Iqbal Johal of the Galvanizers Association, with the winners announced at the ceremony in June at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.

The Alpine House is the first new glasshouse to be built in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for over thirty years and the only one in Britain dedicated to growing alpine plants in a tufa rockscape.

The key design drivers were to respond to the cold, windy yet bright, mountain environments required by these plants, while providing a distinctive structure that will act as a contemporary landmark in its own right within the stunning garden setting. The design includes a dramatic 8m cantilever formed in tapering steel beams creating a canopy over the main entrance to the glasshouse. Once the steel and glass structure was complete on site the planting was carried out by the garden’s own horticultural team.

This small but striking project provides the Garden with a dramatic 21st Century addition.

GAGA RBGE Alpine House 1 (c Michael Wolchover)

Landscape Architecture: Growth Spurt – Urban Realm Feature

Check out the summer issue of Urban Realm magazine for a Q&A from our Landscape Architect Sarah Barron.

Read the full article online here!

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CIH Conference 18 May 2016

“Getting Housing Right for Older People” now there’s a challenge which is hard to resist! The Chartered Institute of Housing Conference on the topic provided a great opportunity for government officials, older people, housing providers, academics and professionals to consider and discuss the topic. Eugene Mullan contributed to two of the sessions.

Fortune Place in Edinburgh is a recently completed housing for older people incorporating design solutions for people with dementia and thereby enabling the residents to live independently for longer. In a joint workshop with Castlerock Edinvar they explained the complicated dynamic of land assembly, development, mixed funding streams, design solutions and ongoing proactive support for residents that has created a very popular and award winning place for older people to live.

His second presentation was on recent research for the Scottish Government on Designing Places for an Ageing Population carried out with Heriot Watt University. The presentation covered key outcomes such as the positive promotion of old age, the requirement for the solutions to be addressed across all areas of government policy and co-production of local neighbourhoods with older people as part of effective Placemaking in the broadest sense.

The conference discussion covered a wide range of housing topics including the benefits the Men Shed, renamed by some as the He She Shed and the even more politically correct Transgender Shed!




SSM, Places for People and Castle Rock Edinvar are pleased to announce that Fortune Place in Edinburgh has won the Development of the Year (Age Exclusive)’ Award at the Scottish Home Awards 2016Tudsbery Court was runner up in the ‘Affordable Housing Development of the Year (private builders)’ category. Heather Macnaughton and Charlotte Swarbrick of Castle Rock Edinvar collected the award at the black-tie dinner.

Fortune Place has also won the ‘Best Healthcare Scheme’ Award and a ‘Special Commendation for Scotland’ at the UK-wide ‘Planning and Placemaking Awards’ in June 2016. These awards ‘recognise and publicise projects, plans, people and organisations that are making places better’.

These awards come on the back of success with a Special Commendation for ‘Affordable Housing Development of the Year’ at the Homes for Scotland Awards 2016 in May.

Fortune Place in South Edinburgh is the future of affordable housing for people over the age of 60. The award winning 54 flats are designed to cater for different and changing needs to enable people live at home contently for as long as possible. The flats allow care to come to the residents, and has incorporated dementia friendly design features to future-proof the flats. Fortune Place has created spaces for people to share, encouraging people to converse, socialise and feel part of a community, supported by a concierge and the Big Lottery-funded Community Capacity Builder.

Fortune Place Awards


SSM and Places for People are delighted to receive a commendation for the ‘Landscape in Housing’ Award for Tudsbery Court, Craigmillar in the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2016.

Alistair, Sarah and Rick, together with Neil Ross of Places for People, received the award from the Minister for Housing, Kevin Stewart, at the special ceremony which took place on Thursday 30 June at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

The judging panel, guest chaired by Kirsty Wark, praised Tudsbery for its mix of useable external spaces including high quality streetscape, private gardens and secure, vibrant and attractive communal spaces, in this development of 73 new units on the edge of the Thistle Foundation estate in Craigmillar.

Tudsbery Court was also runner up in the ‘Affordable Housing Development of the Year (private builders)’ category at the Scottish Home Awards 2016 in June. We were delighted however to win the Development of the Year (Age Exclusive)’ Award for Fortune Place in Edinburgh at the event.

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Kirkliston Primary School – Official Opening

The Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, the Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson, performed the official opening of the first of our three major extensions to Kirkliston Primary School on 12 May 2016. This phase provides a gym and dining hall and an all-weather sports pitch, and we were delighted to see how much they are appreciated by the staff and pupils of the School, who put on a really good show for the opening. Eight new classrooms will follow in subsequent phases and we are looking forward to the official opening of them too!


New Website Launched

We’re excited to announce the launch of the new Smith Scott Mullan Associates website. The new site design allows us to showcase our wide project portfolio past and present, tell you about our practice and keep you posted on all of our latest news. We hope you enjoy exploring and would love to hear your thoughts.


Our Team For The Future

Alistair and Eugene are delighted to announce the appointment of one new Director and two new Associate Directors as part of a strategy to expand our capacity to address larger and more varied projects. Senior Associate Jamie Bateman has joined the Board of Directors, and Associates Rick McCluggage and Graham Acheson have become Associate Directors.

This move is part of a wider strategy to develop the practice, serve our existing client base and develop new opportunities. Jamie, Rick and Graham have been central figures in the practice for a number of years and these new roles reflect their increasing responsibilities within the management team. All three have been involved in a range of our best known projects and this news will not surprise the many clients and consultants who have worked with them.

The expanded management team provides us with the complementary skills and experience to develop into one of Scotland’s foremost architectural practices.

Kirkliston Primary School – First Phase Completes

The first phase of our three-year programme to extend Kirkliston Primary School for the City of Edinburgh Council has just completed on site. The children are enjoying a brand new gym and separate dining hall, which can be used together as a big hall for major school events. Outside, the new all-weather sports pitch has been in use since the summer.

The next phase, an extension of five classrooms, has recently started on site, and a third phase, of another three classrooms, will follow next year.

Just up the road, we completed an extension to Kirkliston Nursery School’s attractive historic building last year. These two projects will serve Kirkliston’s expanding community well into the future.

More about this project…

Kirkliston Primary School

Leith Pays The Living Wage

Smith Scott Mullan are proud supporters of the Leith Pays The Living Wage campaign. Living wage accreditation enables employers to be recognised for paying their staff a fair, decent wage. On becoming accredited, employers are awarded the living wage employer mark, which is a Fairtrade mark for responsible pay.

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