Sponsors & Supporters
Our purpose is to promote the value good architecture and sustainable design adds to everyone’s lives. Our role is to help people – whether by enabling them to get more involved in shaping the places they live in or improving the design of the buildings they use. Well-designed buildings and places make the very best use of our resources and create places that help people and communities to flourish.
Our website will allow you to learn more about the positive impact good design can have on Scotland’s places through examples, articles, resources and case studies from a variety of projects, as well as finding out how you can get involved in what we do.
Through our work we help to implement the policies of the Scottish Government, and while we have involvement across a number of policy areas, our principal policy focus is on implementing Creating Places, Scotland’s Policy for Architecture and Place. We were set up in 2005 by the Scottish Government and we are an executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB).
How we can help
Our purpose is to promote the value of good architecture and sustainable places.
If you are involved in creating places – whether as a client, agent or funder – we can help you. If you want to learn more about architecture and design in Scotland we have articles and resources on a wide range of topics. If you are a student or professional you can find details about our training and other events.
We have lots of examples of how good design creates better places across our website. You can use our resources tool to gather images, articles and exemplars to inspire you or help you prepare briefings.
We engage directly with development clients on a range of scales, including working on the development of Scotland’s schools and health buildings. Our Design Forum provides dedicated support to a range of development projects across Scotland through workshops and other supports.
We can help people to get involved in shaping their places and to learn more about Scottish architecture and design.
Sustainability is a key factor in our work and we provide access a range of resources on the topic, including a library of sustainable building materials.Visit Website
Telephone: 0141 241 4600
Doig+Smith is an established construction consultancy with specialist experience in the delivery of Education Projects.
Our core expertise lies in Cost Management, Project Management, Building Surveying and Principal Designer Services.
To date, Doig+Smith has been involved in public sector Education projects totalling in excess of £500m, with this figure inclusive of 5 Early Years Centres, 16 Primary Schools, 10 Secondary Schools, 3 Joint Campus Facilities and 3 Specialist Education Schools for Pupils with Additional Support Needs.
Our accomplished projects include the award-winning Wallyford Primary, St John’s Primary in Portobello, the newly completed Calderwood Primary and the three flagship Early Years Centres that were recently delivered for East Dunbartonshire Council.Visit Website
HLM is an award winning architectural design group with a strong design culture and an outstanding reputation for designing and delivering high quality education environments. Our vision is based on the founding elements of our clients, our people and our work.
Our team of educational architects, landscape architects, interior designers and space planners understand the importance of delivering agile learning spaces that support a wide range of teaching and learning styles. This knowledge and research is applied to a range of projects from primary and secondary school to innovative learning and teaching hubs, collaborative research centres, pilot spaces to test new pedagogical models and new approaches to student accommodation. Through these projects we seek to fully realise our clients’ vision and create exciting, vibrant learning environments that enhance the student experience.Visit Website
The Scotland-wide hub initiative which is led by SFT, reflects a national approach to the delivery of new community infrastructure which is valued at more than £2bn over its first 10 years.
It brings together community planning partners, including health boards, local authorities, police, and fire and rescue services and several other public bodies together with a private sector development partner to form a hubCo to increase joint working and deliver best value in delivering new community facilities. This service is delivered through five hubCos in the South East, North, East Central, West and South West regions of Scotland.Visit Website
Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd
Morgan Sindall is a UK construction and infrastructure business with a network of local offices. The company works for private and public sector customers on projects and frameworks from £50,000 to over £1 billion. Activities range from small works and repair and maintenance, to the design and delivery of complex construction and engineering projects where it is able to provide specialist design, tunnelling, utilities, building, civil engineering and mechanical and electrical services. The company operates across the commercial, defence, education, energy, healthcare, industrial, leisure, retail, transport and water markets. Morgan Sindall is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of c£2.6 billion and which operates through six divisions of Construction & Infrastructure, Fit Out, Property Services, Partnership Housing, Urban Regeneration and Investments.Visit Website
Morrison Construction is Scotland’s leading provider of education buildings. In collaboration with our Clients we are delivering innovative, value driven facilities at every level from Early Years, through Primary, Secondary and Further Education and some of Scotland’s most innovative research establishments. Our award-winning portfolio of innovative, exemplary schemes are testimony to partnership working, in strong long-term relationships with our clients and supply chain partners to achieve the best possible results.
With the backing of our parent company Galliford Try, one of the nation’s leading construction businesses, we offer a complete suite of services to a wide and varied customer base across the country.Visit Website
As the pioneers of modular construction, Portakabin delivers interim and permanent bespoke buildings, of any size and to fulfil almost any application, site and design. It has provided award-winning accommodation solutions of outstanding quality and exceptional service, with unrivalled on time and on budget performance, for over 50 years.
Its commitment to quality is demonstrated by a succession of industry-firsts and innovations, which include pioneering customer charter and warranty packages, the most technically-advanced off-site modular systems, and an unparalleled range of buildings.
Customers in public and private sectors benefit from a series of market-leading products and services which have been engineered to meet their diverse requirements – quickly, efficiently and with much less disruption than site-based construction. Buildings from Portakabin include facilities for long or short-term hire; award-winning and architecturally innovative off-site building solutions; washroom facilities; site accommodation and highly sustainable recycled Portakabin buildings.Visit Website
The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is an independent company, established by the Scottish Government with a responsibility for delivering value for money across public sector infrastructure investment. SFT operates at arm’s length from the Government but works closely with the public sector to seek and deliver improved value for taxpayers.
It’s estimated that SFT’s work during 2015/16 delivered £146m of net benefits and savings to infrastructure investment in Scotland which was independently validated by Grant Thornton LLP, (a leading financial and business adviser in infrastructure investment), as well as academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
SFT has a team of over 70 professionals working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure investment in Scotland. The team, drawn from public and private sector backgrounds, have a range of technical, legal and financial skills, and bring extensive commercial expertise in infrastructure financing, procurement and delivery into the public sector.
The Scottish Government runs Scotland in relation to matters that are devolved from Westminster. This includes: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.
This government was elected to deliver a range of reforms to help transform the education in Scotland and ensure it delivers excellence and equity for all.Visit Website
We are Space Zero – experts in space. As award-winning Interior Design and FF&E Consultants, our aim is to explore and exploit the potential of every space we work with.
We are specialists in the design of knowledge-sharing environments; interior designers who work as your partner and agent across the full process, from project conception to completion – and beyond. Based in the UK, we operate globally, meaning we are at the forefront of our industry and perfectly positioned to offer a unique, world-class service.
Our Company font is Hill, so it would be great if this can be used where possible.Visit Website
Daylight and ventilation are key components of optimal learning spaces. The influential Clever Classrooms study (2015) found that they account for the same variation in primary school children’s learning rates as the teachers themselves.
VELUX Commercial is a division under the VELUX brand. We offer daylight solutions for commercial buildings including schools.
VELUX Commercial covers Wasco, Vitral, JET and VELUX Modular Skylights organisations and has in total close to 1,200 people working in sales, production and administration in 13 countries providing a broad product offering ranging from industrial flat roof products and smoke- and heat ventilation exhaust solutions to modular, prefabricated skylight solutions.Visit Website