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.

For more information visit

Leith Living Wage

Nevis Forest & Mountain Resort Masterplan Approved

We are excited to hear that our Nevis Forest & Mountain Resort Masterplan has been approved by The Highland Council’s Lochaber Area Committee.

This Masterplan for an international leisure resort looking at the north face of Ben Nevis was published last November. Produced for Forestry Commission Scotland, the resort is located in the forest surrounding the Nevis Ski Centre and contains a range of facilities, from camping pods to a Spa Hotel. In terms of site area (110 hectares), this is one of the largest projects undertaken by the Practice, with the challenges of landscape integration being of prime importance.

For further details and to view the Masterplan, visit:

Nevis Resort

Learning Journey to Japan

Earlier this year, Director Eugene Mullan took part in a Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Learning Journey to Japan with a UK wide group of construction professionals. Organised by Scottish Development International, the visit was specifically aimed at gaining a better understanding of the Japanese off-site construction industry with the intention of developing specialist skills and capacity within the Scottish sector. We have had previous experience of off-site construction and this trip allowed us to further develop that knowledge. As a practice we are committed to visiting locations which enhance our experience, having recently made trips to Stockholm, Malmo, Amsterdam and Freiburg.

Learning Journey to Japan

Population Pressures – Urban Realm Feature

Check out the autumn issue of Urban Realm magazine for our feature on the challenges presented by an ageing population, specifically on housing and how future housing must change to accommodate the elderly.

Urban Realm Cover autumn15

Parliamentary Cross Party Group on the Built Environment

We continue to organise this Group on behalf of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. The most recent meeting “ A Manifesto for the Built Environment” provided an opportunity for a variety of organisations to propose their priorities for political manifestos in the lead up to the 2016 Scottish Elections. Asking questions such as: Does the Built Environment feature in the conversation on the doorsteps? Is it included in party manifestos? Does it change how people vote?

Follow the Cross Party Group blog here


Carradale Slipway

Not all our projects are related to producing buildings. This recently completed slipway at Carradale on Mull of Kintyre is the first phase in the delivery of a Masterplan in which we created in 2011 for the Carradale Harbour Group, who are undertaking a Community Asset Transfer to acquire and run the harbour. The Slipway was designed in conjunction with Civil Engineers Will Rudd Davidson and is intended to be followed by further phases, including an art project and a small visitor centre.

Carradale Slipway