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Landscape architecture company rankinfraser has won two awards at the Scottish Design Awards.

The winners in the 22nd Scottish Design Awards were announced at a gala dinner on 22 August at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.

rankinfraser won the Landscape and Public Realm Award for Kesson Court, an amenity housing development in Elgin and the Award for Masterplanning with 7N Architects for The Knab Masterplan in Lerwick, Shetland.

Also working with 7N Architects, the company received a highly commended in the Future Projects category for the Western Harbour Masterplan in Edinburgh.

Kesson Court


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This landscape and public realm project complements the construction of 18 amenity flats and three wheelchair accessible cottages in Elgin designed by Icosis Architects for Hanover Scotland.

The landscape design provides an environment for the new tenants that allows both privacy and community interaction through a series of private and semi-public spaces.

A communal ‘green’ forms the focus for the new community and connections to existing footpaths were strengthened to promote healthy and active lifestyles for the residents.

The Knab 

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The masterplan for the former Anderson High School at the Knab, Lerwick, is a mixed-use vision for a key civic site to help to meet critical housing needs on the Shetland Islands.

Developed following extensive stakeholder and community engagement on the future use of the site, the re-development of the Knab site presents an opportunity to create a vibrant place that can help to meet community aspirations and sustain the town centre.

The buildings and public realm have been designed to stitch the site into the grain of Lerwick’s Old Town. Staggered building forms are offset around intimate streets, spaces and residential courtyards. A central pedestrian-prioritised street provides a fully accessible route through the masterplan that connects each of the public spaces.

rankinfraser was instrumental in establishing the overall structure and spatial framework for the masterplan.

Western Harbour

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The project aims to create a vision for the sustainable development of a new urban quarter in Edinburgh’s Port of Leith. The previously consented masterplan was based on outmoded models of home ownership, car use, construction methods and use of materials. The opportunity to refresh this created the opportunity to deliver a residential led, mixed use community with a new park, a proposed new primary school, local amenities, shops and a waterfront promenade. The vision is to grow the place into a vibrant waterfront community which can act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Edinburgh’s waterfront.

rankinfraser’s role was to develop the design of Western Harbour Park and to develop the landscape and public realm proposals associated with the development of up to 2,000 new homes.