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Designing for the future

28 September 2011

                                     Jim MacDonald, Chief Executive of Architecture + Design Scotland(A+DS); Ranald MacInnes, Historic Scotland Head of Heritage Management;  Karen Anderson Chair of A+DS and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs with copies of the new guidance on New Design in Historic Settings.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop today (Wednesday) told planners and architects that combining innovative Scottish architecture  with our historic landscape is the key to creating inspiring places.

Speaking at the Design Skills Symposium at Stirling’s Tollbooth theatre, Ms Hyslop highlighted new guidance on how contemporary architecture can benefit the old and the new in our streetscapes.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Ms Hyslop said:

“In Scotland we rightly celebrate and support our cities: the culture, the architecture and the people. We need our cities to remain well connected, well-designed attractive places to visit and do business.

“Good design is the key – places that look good and work well attract people to stay and invest.

“This guidance is about all sides working together to represent what they need to do their job well. Government must be a leader in planning, but it needs to accommodate and react to the inspiration and creativity of others.

“We have already achieved a lot by simplifying and streamlining the planning processes and I am confident that in the months and years to come I will launch many more innovative policies and guidance that will shape our communities for the better.”

The guidance New Design in Historic Settings is a collaboration between Historic Scotland; Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS); the Scottish Government’s Architecture and Place unit and architects.

It features case studies that sit well within architecture from previous generations in different urban and rural settings. These include:

  • Urban Grid: St Aloysuis School, Glasgow, by Elder and Canon
  • Loose-fit Urban: Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, by Malcolm Fraser Architects
  • Small Town: Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, by Reiach and Hall
  • Rural: Glob House, Sutherland, by Gokay Deveci Architect
  • Historic Landscape: Culloden Visitor Centre, east of Inverness, by Gareth Hoskins Architects
  • Extension: Gilmour Road, Edinburgh, by Richard Murphy Architecture
  • Public Space: Glasgow Cathedral Precinct, Glasgow, by Page and Park Architects and Ian White Associates Landscape Architects.

The Design Skills Symposium is a three-day event organised by Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) to bring design professionals together.

Using Stirling as an example it allows people from a wide range of different disciplines a practical example of working together to create better places.  It is the second event of its type and aims to build collaborations and practical outcomes.

The workshops over the three days deliver more effective partnerships and ensure that good design incorporates efficient infrastructure to support it.

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.



For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768096
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk