Coastal Characterisation – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by NatureScot Scotland’s coasts are an important part of its nature and landscapes. There is great variety, ranging from the long sea lochs and islands of the west coast to the firths and sweeping beaches of the east. Many towns and villages are sited on the coast, roads or railways often follow the coastline, and ferry routes are a key way of experiencing it. Our distinctive coasts are also a magnet for recreation. Coastal character is made up of … Read full story

SuDS Campion 2021 has been awarded to LIS member Julie Waldron

SuDS Campion 2021 has been awarded to LIS member Julie Waldron, Senior Planning Officer (Landscape and Water), Planning + Transport,  Edinburgh City Council UK ‘water people’ are now looking at Scotland to see what we are doing about climate change adaptation in terms of water and Suds. Edinburgh City Council are promoting the Water Vision which is becoming formal council policy and has been written so it can be used outwith Edinburgh. It has the key Suds criteria: Above ground storageManage … Read full story

Carbon Work – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Laura Esplin of ESALA CARBON WORK is a speculative graduate student project developed by Laura Esplin in 2020 as part of the Master of Landscape Architecture design studio Actants & Assemblages of Scotland’s North Coast Landscapes. The studio was led by Anaïs Chanon and Elinor Scarth at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at ECA. Over the last two academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20, a total of forty landscape architecture students have explored the landscapes in proximity … Read full story

Art by Lesley Banks – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: Lesley Banks During her Artist’s Residency at Scottish Canals, Lesley Banks produced a large body of paintings and drawings depicting the five Scottish canals Lesley Banks graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Fine Art from the Drawing and Painting department in 1984. Banks walked the entire 137 miles of the Scottish Canal network; the resulting work has been exhibited in galleries close to the five Scottish Canals in Glasgow, Falkirk, Inverness, Lochgilphead, Edinburgh and … Read full story

Water News in Scotland for Landscape Professionals: May 2021

Explore the virtual tour of actions being taken by partners in Scotland on tackling climate change and the risk of flooding. Scottish Water are moving ahead with their work and following the ‘no more in, what’s in out’ policy – which means no more surface water entering into the combined sewer network and limiting surface water entering into surface water sewers that lead to rivers and the sea. Whilst this will drive above ground solutions, like raingardens and biorentention, Scottish … Read full story

Wavegarden Surf Lagoon: A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: HarrisonStevens Cold water surfing in Scotland is a popular activity and is gaining a worldwide reputation for the quality of its waves. Many of the top surfers regard Scotland’s North Shores and Islands as having some of the world’s greatest waves. The East Coast is also home to some of the most consistent small-wave spots in Europe, making it an ideal place to learn. However, until recently, Scotland was not revered as a surf destination, but wetsuit technology … Read full story

The Future Speaks

Teach the Future Scotland is an inclusive, well organised and persistent campaign by secondary and tertiary education students to re-purpose the world’s education systems around the climate emergency and ecological crisis. In the run-up to the election, Teach the Future Scotland are organising a series of events named The Future Speaks. The next of these is the Central Scotland event, tickets for which can be booked here. The Future Speaks is a series of online panel events that bring together … Read full story

Greenspace Scotland presents Better outside – using our spaces more

As restrictions start to cautiously ease and we continue to adapt to living with Covid-19, greenspace scotland has developed Better outside – using our spaces more to encourage and support our greenspaces to be used more for activities that would normally take place inside. We want to inspire and support others to do more outside – in the short term because of Covid-19, and in the longer term because of the well evidenced benefits of being outside and in greenspace. … Read full story

Building for Scotland’s Communities

A Joint Statement from: Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland Built Environment Forum Scotland Landscape Institute Scotland Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland These are the organisations whose members plan, design, build and manage Scotland’s cities, towns, buildings, and infrastructure. They represent a combined membership of around 22,500 people across Scotland and recognise the need for our professions to work together to build Scotland’s future. The full statement can … Read full story

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation and 2021 LIS AGM

Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland CLIMATE CHANGE INNOVATIONS & MAKING ROOM FOR SOCIAL SPACES Wednesday 21st April 2020 6.00-7.30 pm By Zoom Programme: 18:00 – 18:15: Welcome and AGM:  Rachel Tennant, Chair LIS 18:15 – 18:30: Samuel Cortis: Joint Winner of Mark Turnbull Travel Award: Making Room for Social Spaces; an exploration of how community focused and managed landscapes can shape development strategies for Scotland. 18:30 – 18:45: Dr Amber Roberts: Joint Winner of Mark Turnbull … Read full story

Windings and Wanderings – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: RaeburnFarquharBowen RaeburnFarquharBowen worked with Inner Forth Futures to protect, enhance and celebrate the unique landscapes and heritage of the Inner Forth by creating new walking and cycling routes around the Inner Forth area. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, IFF wanted to promoting walking and cycling and attract both local and farther flung visitors to explore the Forth. RaeburnFarquharBowen carried out 12 co-creation sessions to develop 9 day-long heritage trails with local residents, around Falkirk, Bo’ness, Linlithgow, … Read full story

River Spey at Aviemore – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by the Cairngorms National Park Authority The Spey Catchment Initiative has worked with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and the Pearls in Peril project to undertake some riverside restoration. River Spey at Aviemore Access Point – further info in the report on projects page of SCI website. Aim To restore and enhance a heavily degraded, eroding section of river bank which is a very popular access point in Aviemore, especially for canoe launching. Impact from people has made site … Read full story

Solway Coastwise – a Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Solway Firth Partnership Solway Firth Partnership (SFP) is a multi-disciplinary independent charity that works with partners to support a vibrant and sustainable local economy while respecting, protecting and celebrating the distinctive character, heritage and natural features of our marine and coastal area. Community engagement is at the heart of SFP activities and we involve agencies, authorities, businesses, interest groups and individuals on both sides of the Solway Firth on a wide variety of projects. Solway Coastwise was a … Read full story

Pathfinder Carbon Calculator tool talk

This video, presented by Rachel Bailey Garden Design, is the recording of a presentation and demonstration of the Pathfinder 2.0, a carbon calculator specifically for the landscape industry. In this talk, you will find out how to use the tool to calculate the embodied carbon of your design, how many years it will take to become carbon positive, and how you can tweak it to reduce how long it will take until it starts sequestering carbon! The speaker is Eustacia … Read full story

My Place Awards 2021 Open for Entries!

The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality.  The Awards honour projects that have excelled in terms of community involvement/impact and design. Winners of the My Place Awards benefit from the opportunity to develop a national profile and evidence impact to potential and existing funders, as well as be featured in a public exhibition. The My Place Awards 2021 are now open for entries. The deadline for entries is 11:59pm, 31st January 2021. Enter here! Full … Read full story

Aultbea New Community Centre, Wester Ross – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by horner + maclennan Aultbea occupies an exposed, rugged location on the north-west coast of Scotland. The simple but harsh coastal environment is the primary dictator of the landscape design approach, where strong salt laden winds and northerly latitude combine to considerably limit the planting palette available to ensure plant survival and success. The landscape design draws inspiration from coastal native plants and habitats which establish along the rugged coastal fringe. These species, such as sea thrift, sea holly … Read full story

Stirling River Park – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by RaeburnFarquharBowen Stirling River Park aims to transform the meandering river corridor into a high quality strategic recreational and environmental asset at the heart of the city of Stirling. It creates vibrant open space networks that connect historic landmarks, celebrating riverside habitats, framing beautiful views and supporting a range of outdoor activities for local people and visitors to the city. It encompasses a strategic east-west active travel spine linking the river to the wider city, new paths and bridges … Read full story

Chanonry Point, Fortrose – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Horner + Maclennan Chanonry Point overlooks Chanonry Narrows, a tidal race providing an ideal habitat for bottlenose dolphins to socialise and forage. Internationally acclaimed as one of the best places in Europe to see dolphins from the shore, the site is one of the top ten visitor attractions in the Highlands. This popularity has, however, led to problems associated with access, lack of parking and impact of visitor numbers on local residents. h+m were appointed to prepare design … Read full story

Land Conversations – A New Vision for Land Use in Scotland: 6 Conversations

Over the course of six weeks, nearly 50 of the best-informed speakers on all aspects of rural land use will engage in six “conversations” — each focused on a different aspect of how land is used and how it could be better used, in Scotland. The speakers and session chairs will include scientists from the James Hutton Institute; academics from top Scottish universities; representatives from farming, forestry, renewable energy, tourism; and landowners. The event, organised by SEDA as a response … Read full story

Dunbar Battery – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by RankinFraser Client: Dunbar Harbour Trust The project is the design of a new public gathering and performance space within the Category B Listed Lamer Island Battery in the coastal town of Dunbar. The civil defensive bastion was built in 1781. The site subsequently housed a hospital for infectious diseases and military hospital during WW1. Whilst latterly it became ruined, it remained full of potential due to its stunning coastal location, rich history and intriguing topography. Lamer Island, the … Read full story

Congratulations to the Scottish winners and finalists at the LI Awards!

Last week, the Landscape Institute ran their annual awards online. A huge range of fantastic projects were on display, and the LIS is thrilled with the response to Scottish projects this year. We would like to offer congratulations to all LI Award winners and finalists The full shortlist of all winners and finalists can be viewed here, and you can read more about Scottish entries below. Winner of the Building with Nature National Award 2020: Forth Valley Hospital and Larbert … Read full story

Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Project : Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal – A Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by LUC LUC supported the consenting of the Canna community renewable electricity system In 2016 LUC was appointed by Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Ltd. (CREEL) to undertake a Landscape and Visual Appraisal to support the planning application for a community-owned renewable electricity system. The system includes six wind turbines, solar PV cells, and battery storage technologies all sited on the island, which is owned by the National Trust and is within the Small Isles National Scenic Area (NSA). … Read full story

Bowling Harbour Viaduct – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by RankinFraser Client: Scottish Canals with Sustrans and West Dunbartonshire Council The proposed Bowling Viaduct regeneration project represents a significant investment in public space, green infrastructure and tourist facilities by Scottish Canals, Sustrans and West Dunbartonshire Council. The viaduct forms part of the disused Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire Railway line that spans the Forth and Clyde Canal, the current rail line to Balloch and the A814 Dumbarton Road, and overlooks the western termination of the Forth and Clyde Canal. This … Read full story

Designing with Nature in Town and City

Wed, 11 Nov 2020, 16:00 –Thu, 12 Nov 2020, 18:00 GMT Join the Academy of Urbanism to explore the legacy of Ian McHarg and Design with Nature in his centenary year 2020 marks the centenary of Ian McHarg; landscape architect, ecologist and urbanist, and native of Glasgow Clydebank. Through two online sessions, we will celebrate McHarg’s authorship of Design with Nature in 1969, as well as his position as founding Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University … Read full story

Scotland’s Landscape Alliance – Online event 20th October 2020

Landscape and Place for Success – A Call to Action The SLA held the online launch event of Landscape and Place for Success (Read here) on 20th October 2020 which coincided with the 20th anniversary of the European Landscape Convention and International Landscape Day. The event highlighted the need for continued support to ensure a collective focus on the importance of landscape and place in delivering its many future benefits that are essential to Scotland’s National Outcomes and a Green Recovery. … Read full story

Change in use of green and open space following COVID-19 lockdown – A Public Health Scotland Report

Public Health Scotland’s cross-disciplinary team is currently involved in many different aspects of COVID-19 related research. They are engaging in research to understand the impact of the pandemic on population health and inequalities in collaboration with key partners, including Public Health Scotland. They are also providing advice and expert commentary to leaders, practitioners and the media. The main findings of Public Health Scotland’s work so far are that: Use of green and open space was polarised during lockdown. Some people … Read full story

Future Fort August, Caledonian Canal – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by HarrisonStevens Client: Scottish Canals Completion: Engagement October 2019 Through community events the Future Fort Augustus project focus is on delivering upon the Community Action Plan 2018 -2023, the production of an integrated masterplan for the village centre, and providing proposals for public realm improvements around the lock flight at the heart of the village. There are three outcomes to the study: An Integrated Future (Masterplan) Our Shared Future Vision. The masterplan presents a shared vision for the future … Read full story

Wardie Bay Community Work – a Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Wardell Armstrong Following last year’s efforts during the Wardie Bay beach clean with the Marine Conservation Society, the Wardell Armstrong Landscape Architecture Teams spent their annual summit day looking into various ways to tap into the potential of our urban ‘wild’ spaces. Considering the unique historic breakwater, abundant wildlife and the tram developments on the horizon, the teams came up with their own proposals and led discussions about the importance of designing safe, attractive and active spaces for the public. As Landscape Architects … Read full story

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme

Open your Garden for Charity in 2021 Scotland’s Gardens Scheme enables people to visit hundreds of wonderful private gardens throughout Scotland each year, raising money for charity through admission prices, teas and plant sales. To celebrate its 90th year, the charity is inviting new gardens to take part in the Scheme in 2021 and would welcome gardens of all shapes and sizes, from castles to cottages and from urban to rural. The charity would also welcome community gardens and allotments, … Read full story

Skyliner Residential Development, Edinburgh – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by Wardell Armstrong The “Skyliner” development is located within Edinburgh’s vibrant area of Leith, approx. 3.5 miles to the north of the city centre. Supporting Comprehensive Design Architects (CDA), Wardell Armstrong has provided landscape feasibility, concept design and planning stage designs. The challenging site has provided opportunity for key strategic waterfront connections and future phased plans to accommodate the tram network. With high quality landscape proposals and strategic placemaking, the “Skyliner” opens up the previously unused waterfront and fantastic views over the … Read full story

Scotland’s Landscape Alliance – New Publications on Website

We are delighted to reconnect with you to share the work of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance since its launch in April 2019. Much has happened since that date which highlights the continuing need to ensure our collective focus on the importance of landscape and place in delivering its many future benefits that are essential to Scotland’s National Outcomes and a Green Recovery. Our Call for Action – Landscape and Place for Success highlights our Vison, recommendations for change and 10 outcomes including … Read full story

European Marine Science Park, Oban – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by Wardell Armstrong The European Marine Science Park is one of the world’s leading centres in marine biology and is located near the town of Oban. EMSP provides high quality laboratory and office accommodation for marine science, as well as world class biological research. As Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation, the Scottish Association for Marine Science strives for a healthy and sustainably managed marine environment through research, education, and public engagement. Due to the nature of the research facility, a lot of consideration has been taken in preserving the surrounding landscape and minimising impact … Read full story

Graduating Landscape Student Awards – Landscape Institute Scotland and Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The Landscape Institute Scotland were privileged to review the work of graduating students from ESALA in July 2020 and have worked closely with the School to award these annual prizes to students in three categories as well as a new Finalist category. The aim of the awards are to foster and recognise talent as well as create strong links between the school, graduating students and their professional institute. The LIS are acutely aware of how difficult it has been for … Read full story

Designing for a Changing Climate: Carbon Conscious Places Report Launch

Tue, 6 October 202014:00 – 15:00 BSTOnline event Scotland’s climate is changing. How Scotland’s places are planned can help futureproof against the more extreme impacts of Climate Change. Architecture and Design Scotland has recently undertaken an exploration in to designing for a changing climate, where a whole place approach to the net zero carbon challenge was advocated. Through rethinking how we move about, how we live, how we support town centres and how we become more self-sufficient, we were able … Read full story

Queen’s Quay, Clydenbank – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by RaeburnFarquharBowen John Brown’s Shipyard has a special place in the history of Clyde shipbuilding. With the Titan Crane still towering overhead, this disused yard and fitting-out basin is of A-Listed status as the birthplace of many of the great liners and warships of the past century, including the Queen Mary, QEI & II, and Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Hood. Currently vacant and inaccessible due to structural instability, the site now separates the town of Clydebank from the Clyde … Read full story

Business Support Programme – Expressions of Interest

The NLHF Business Support Programme has been developed by Museums Galleries Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, and greenspace Scotland to support heritage organisations in Scotland to develop sustainable business models. The 18-month programme will commence in April 2021 and will deliver a comprehensive resilience and leadership training programme for approximately 40 heritage organisations in Scotland. The training will be tailored to the needs of each participant, focusing on key areas of leadership, governance, business planning and local community engagement. To … Read full story

Sustainable placemaking in Scotland

A convenient lunchtime CPD event for Landscape Architects in Scotland about circular economy principles and The Living Building Challenge This event is designed as a free online CPD event for Landscape Architects, urban designers, placemakers, planners, and architects practicing in Scotland. It covers two complementary approaches to designing sustainable places to support both the road to net zero carbon 2045 and also that provide wider health, wellness and ecological benefits. Full details, including programme and how to book tickets on … Read full story

Levengrove Park Restoration – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by AECOM Levengrove Park occupies a prominent location on the River Clyde and River Leven, adjacent to Dumbarton Castle. The project involved the restoration and enhancement of the Victorian park and its numerous historic features, including a medieval church with connections to Robert the Bruce. The southern boundary of the park is enclosed by the Clydeside Walkway. Extensive footpath upgrades and tree management have improved the relationship between the park and the River Clyde corridor. The park first opened … Read full story

The Crinan Canal Corridor, Argyle and Bute – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by: HarrisonStevens Client – Scottish CanalsLandscape Architect – HarrisonStevensArchitect: Oliver Chapman Completion – April 2016- Ongoing Scottish Canals embarked a charrette for the Crinan Canal Corridor in 2016 – ‘Rethink the Link’. The Crinan Canal is a Scheduled Monument, a crucial tourism watercourse and a significant corridor for leisure and tourism within Mid Argyll. The Canal Corridor has an important economic role to play which needed to be further understood and utilised for the economic benefit of the area. … Read full story

Burr’s Garage – Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by: Urban Pioneers Our site is located to the north of the village Tongue along the NC500 and lies some 250m from the shores of the Kyle of Tongue providing a stunning as well as challenging coastal setting. The project is led by Helen Lucas Architects on behalf of Ben Loyal Ltd for Wildland Limited. Wildland came together as an initiative and investment body to take forward and support the conservation, protection and sustainable development of some of Scotland’s … Read full story

Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

In 2020, Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. Including its many islands, Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings for both visitors and locals to enjoy. Our Coasts and Waters are host to an amazing array of riches, come in all shapes and sizes, and are greatly valued … Read full story

SEDA Conference and AGM

It’s just two weeks to SEDA’s first on-line conference, and you can now find the full details of each night on the Eventbrite pages here The public sessions are Monday 7th September and Tuesday 8th September at 6pm with a members only session on Thursday 10th September at 6pm. As well as Graham Ross and Ken Gibb speaking at Monday’s session on ‘How Do We Build Our Cities Back Better?’, we are delighted to announce Deborah Hay of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation talking about ‘Building … Read full story

STP Funding Finder August 2020

Scotland’s Towns Partnership have issued their finding finder for August 2020. The categories they are looking for funding in are as follows: COVID-19RegenerationEnvironmentEnergyHealthy TownsCulture and ArtsEmployment and TrainingInnovation and GrowthCommunity Funding For full details of how to get involved, please see here … Read full story

NPF4 Analysis of Responses to Call for Ideas – Now Available

The NPF4 independent Analysis on Responses to the Call for Ideas and Executive Summary are now complete and available to view. This report and the individual responses will be used to inform the position statement published later in the autumn, and draft NPF4, which is scheduled for publication in autumn 2021.  You can review the LIS response to this consultation here. You can read submitted responses and find out more at … Read full story

RIAS Convention 2020: WITH THE GRAIN

Monday 28th September – Friday 2nd OctoberOnline event Tickets can be booked here WITH THE GRAIN will bring architects, built environment professionals and the wider public together online for discussion around how we can work with nature, natural materials and our climate to build resilient communities – reshaping spaces, repurposing the buildings we live and work in and exploring innovative solutions from architects. Our speakers include: Roz Barr (Roz Barr Architects) Andy Groarke (Carmody Groarke), Andrew Waugh (Waugh Thistleton), William … Read full story

Doors Open Day 2020

DOORS OPEN DAYS 2020 is going digital! Scotland’s biggest free festival of architecture will present its largest ever digital offering this September, as we celebrate Scotland’s buildings and stories online, through tours, lectures, DIY learning events and more. For full details, see the Doors Open Day website … Read full story

Edinburgh Architectural Association Employee Owned Practice Seminar

Wed, 5 August 202018:00 – 20:00 BST Online Event Within the profession there is growing interest in changing to an employee owned structure. However, whilst many practices are interested, they are often not clear about the logistics of changing to one and indeed the running of it. We have arranged this informal but informative evening online seminar on the topic which aims to provide an overview from a variety of perspectives including within and out with the profession, and at … Read full story

SNH Consultation on draft guidance on Landscape Sensitivity Assessment

SNH is consulting on draft guidance for landscape sensitivity assessments.  It is technical guidance primarily aimed at landscape architects who would undertake landscape sensitivity assessments. It may also be of interest to those commissioning or using a sensitivity study, such as planning authorities or developers. Please send any comments to by 8th September 2020. For full details, including the consultation documents, please see the SNH Website. … Read full story