OUR WORK: Delivering More and Better Homes

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Our Work: Delivery of More and Better Homes Our health and wellbeing, as well as many of our life choices are heavily dependent on where we live. As well as this, our homes are one of the key opportunities to reduce energy use and tackle climate change.

These are some of the reasons that A&DS has made the delivery of more and better homes a priority. We work toward this by providing advice on the planning and design of new housing and new ways of delivering much needed homes. This includes highlighting the benefits of innovation and sustainable building. We also showcase best practice from Scotland and the rest of the world.

Our Services

Design Advice: helping to unlock potential and create quality places and communities to create more and better homes.

Place Standard: a tool that provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place.

Town Centre Living: a design advice service on town centre living, initially looking at town centres as Caring Places for older people.

Pre-design advice: working with local authorities and housing associations at the very start of the process of developing homes.

Materials Library: we can showcase innovation in construction as well as a providing a resource of sustainable materials.

Get in Touch

If you are involved in delivering housing in Scotland and would like our support or further information please get in touch with us today.

Our Work

We work to ensure that more people in Scotland:

  • Involved in decisions that affect their places
  • Benefit from well-designed buildings, places and spaces
  • See how good design adds value to their lives


Our Other Focus Areas

Creating better schools, hospitals and other public investment

Improving the design quality of infrastructure and public space

Increasing the emphasis on community empowerment.

OUR WORK: Empowering Communities

A&DS supports communities, providing advice and support and we promote the benefits of community engagement and share examples of good work.

OUR APPROACH: Providing Advice

One of our key areas of work is to provide advice on design - A&DS supports investment in homes and public buildings, and everything in between.

Conference: Housing – The Future

This is a free-to-attend event focused on the future of housing, in Scotland, sharing inspiring approaches to housing delivery at a range of scales.

Self-Build or Live-Build

There are many ways to meet the housing shortage, self-build can play a crucial role in the sustainable growth of rural communities. 

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