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Changing the sustainable design landscape in Scotland

Our work across a wide range of sectors in Scotland continues to evolve, highlighting the drive, passion and commitment of our talented team.

As leaders in sustainability, we have set the benchmark for Passivhaus design and delivery, supporting local authorities’ and the Scottish Government in their sustainability objectives.

Carry on scrolling to see more, including our design and delivery of the UK’s largest Passivhaus education building and how this is paving the way for our latest iteration of education design.

Project news

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Supporting the council’s sustainability visions

We pride ourselves as leaders in sustainability, exemplified by our design and delivery of the UK’s largest Passivhaus education building, due to complete in 2024. As well as our most recent appointment, the new South and West Fife High School, targeted to achieve Passivhaus Classic certification and now in for planning.

The 1,735-place school will relocate and replace Inverkeithing High School, providing an improved teaching and learning environment for students and teachers.

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Project updates

Supporting a growing community

Fair Isle Family Nurture Centre, as part of wider work with Fife Council on their early years provision, gives children the best start in life. With flexible, multifunctional spaces and open playrooms creating a safe environment for young children.

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The new Sacred Heart Primary School replaces the existing school on the same site, provides teaching and learning space for 125 pupils and 21 staff members. Reflecting the lifelong nature of education and learning, the school is in keeping with the Scottish Government’s ‘Curriculum of Excellence’.

Set to complete summer 2024, the 26,666 m2 UK's largest Passivhaus education building is looking fantastic on site. The Replacement Woodmill and St Columba's RC High School building will prioritise and support pupil and staff wellbeing.

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83 High Street, Bonnyrigg is making excellent progress on site. The residential scheme, providing 20 apartments for over 55's and people living with learning disabilities, is set to complete August 2024.

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Fife Interchange North is taking shape on site, bringing a new business park to Dunfermline with lettable space for local businesses who are looking to expand.

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Kinloss Barracks in the sunshine, designed to Passivhaus performance standards, it is being delivered through modular construction. It is one of two new single living accommodation blocks we have on site at separate barracks.



Achieving decarbonisation through retrofit

In the UK, 80% of buildings which will contribute to the UK Net Zero Carbon target for 2050 already exist. Many face a real challenge to meet this requirement and are at risk of having stranded or toxic assets. When creating or caring for buildings and spaces, every project counts. Through a range of methods and initiatives we seek to leave the world better than we found it, with responsible and healthy places.

We have developed a data driven decision making toolkit – The Retrofit Toolkit to decarbonisation, which will help to review assets in an informed and strategic way. As well as having launched our roundtable series, discussing retrofit and the challenges and opportunities it presents with our industry colleagues.


The Retrofit Toolkit

This tool supports in making informed decisions as part of an estates strategy. It will identify where energy costs, maintenance costs and a carbon footprint can be reduced. The Retrofit Toolkit can be used on an individual building or scaled up to consider multiple assets across an entire estate.

Find out how our Retrofit Toolkit can help you
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Bridging the knowledge gap

This tool supports in making informed decisions as part of an estates strategy. It will identify where energy costs, maintenance costs and a carbon footprint can be reduced. The Retrofit Toolkit can be used on an individual building or scaled up to consider multiple assets across an entire estate.

Learn more about what was discussed
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Working towards one goal

For our second roundtable, we were joined at Spaces at The Spine to discuss all things retrofit by representatives from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, LJMU, St Helen’s Council, Atkins Realis, Avison Young, Walker Sime, Hive, MTC, Morgan Sindall and Kier.

Find out what the main take aways were
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Project updates

Landscape which integrates with the surrounding architecture

As part of the wider regeneration of Scunthorpe town centre, the redesign of the Church Square has incorporated the the historic setting of the nearby church and public arts centre.

Take a look at the excellent progress Project Anchor Enterprise and Innovation Hub is making on site. Our Glasgow landscape team are supporting our Leeds office to provide an enhanced public realm around the mixed use scheme.

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We worked closely with the Leeds office on the Siemens Rail Manufacturing Facility, including the overall co-ordination of access including pedestrians, vehicles, deliveries, logistics yard layout, site security and soft landscaping.

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related news

We work collectively as one across the practice

We work across our nine UK offices to deliver projects locally and internationally. Offering multiple architecture and building consultancy services, gives us a complete understanding of the full lifecycle of the built environment. We work collaboratively across all projects, sharing knowledge and lessons learned so that every client benefits from our shared experience.

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Capturing site information from the air

Our geomatics team continue to put their drone to good use, working on projects across the UK. Including, delivering a wide range of services across Network Rail’s many sites, supporting and improving Britain’s rail infrastructure. In combining drone technology with co-ordinated ground control points (GCP), we create accurate 1:1 scale drawings across all sites.

Discover more at our geomatic consultancy page
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Transforming a 1960s residential high-rise

We’re leading a multi-disciplinary team working with Kirklees Council, to deliver remodelling and enhancement works at Buxton House in Huddersfield town centre. The 11 storey building, which dates back to 1968, will undergo a complete transformation. We will significantly improve fire safety measures, providing enhance living spaces for all residents.

Find out more by reading our news page
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Our dedication to providing decarbonisation services

We’ve created a capability statement showcasing our commitment to promoting sustainability and decarbonisation throughout our projects and working practices. By delivering places and spaces that are unique, healthy, and inspiring additions to the built environment, we aim to leave the world better than we found it.

Download our building consultancy decarb brochure