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Our project for Link Group at Tannahill Crescent in Johnstone has been selected as one of the Scottish Government's 'Exemplar Inspirational Designs' for 2015! ...more details to follow...

The Practice's development for Link Group at Tannahill Crescent, Johnstone picked up the Winner award for the 'Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year' at the Scottish Homes Awards 2014.

The development, consisting of 33 homes, scores highly in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability meeting both Section 7 'Silver' Standard and Ecohomes' 'Very Good' rating.

Press Release from Link:


Link’s new affordable housing development at Tannahill Crescent, Johnston has been officially opened by Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, Councillor Tommy Williams.


The £3.7million construction of 33 homes for social rent commenced in September 2012. The site was bought from Renfrewshire Council and developed with £1.4m funding provided by the Scottish Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund.


The properties consist of two, three and four bedroom homes, including one three bedroom bungalow designed to meet the needs of a family with a wheelchair user. The proposed housing mix is consistent with Renfrewshire Council’s Local Housing Strategy and Local Housing Needs Analysis. Designed by Bracewell Stirling Consulting and built by McTaggarts, the properties meet Link design standards for affordable housing.


This is the first Link development designed to comply with the Silver level sustainable development requirements of the 2011 Scottish Building Standards. The houses have been designed with heating and ventilation systems to maximise fuel efficiency, reduce heat loss and be easier and cheaper to heat. This was also the first development where Link adopted the CITB-Construction Skills’ Client-Based Approach. By doing this, Link became the first Scottish Registered Social Landlord to qualify as a National Skills Academy for Construction.

Bracewell Stirling's new house at 5a Eastwoodmains Farm Road, Giffnock wins the Scottish 2012 NHBC Pride in the Job award for Akela Development's Andrew Frew.

Sam Sweeney, Partner at Bracewell Stirling said, “In designing this house the aim was to reflect the traditional character of the existing street whilst providing contemporary accommodation. From the outside the house and garden has the appearance of a traditional property, but once through the doorway there is a feeling of space, light and proportion more akin to the aspirational standards of today’s contemporary lifestyle. Every inch of the property has been carefully considered and the specification of fixtures and fittings provided by the developer are of the highest standard. Our role as designers was to take the developer’s ideas and turn them into a desirable reality, making a home fit for the 21st century and beyond.”

Waitrose’s first new-build store in Scotland opened its doors to the public in Newton Mearns on 12 May, 2011.

The project was carried out by Main Contractors Marshall Construction with architectural services by Bracewell Stirling Consulting.

Waitrose Newton Mearns is the retailer’s fourth and largest store in Scotland and construction of the 36,000 sq ft building, which has a sales area of 25,000sq ft and a 180 space car park, represents an expansion by Waitrose in Scotland as part of a UK-wide growth strategy by the supermarket.

More than 200 new jobs will be created at Waitrose Newton Mearns. All new employees will become Partners (as all Waitrose employees are known) in the John Lewis Partnership.

Waitrose’s local and regional sourcing team have met with a wide range of local producers, tasting products from around Scotland to complement the 300 or so Scottish lines already introduced to the stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Tracey Marshall, local and regional product manager for Waitrose, said: “We have found some innovative companies in Glasgow and the West of Scotland that epitomise the qualities we look for in new suppliers: delicious tasting products that are made using the highest quality ingredients.

Greenlaw Village Development“We already have many long-established suppliers in Scotland, such as our beef farmers, and are proud to work with fantastic companies who supply Waitrose UK-wide, such as Gigha Island Halibut and West Brewery.”

The store forms the second phase of the new Greenlaw Neighbourhood Centre, a £30 million mixed-use development in the heart of Newton Mearns.

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