OUR WORK: Creating well-designed schools, hospitals and public buildings

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Well-designed public buildings don’t just look good. They also offer great value for money and create the best environments to deliver vital services. We are committed to helping those who fund, design and use our public buildings. A&DS does this by providing advice, supporting client and user groups, sharing lessons learned and celebrating excellence.

Our Services

Our services to support the design of public buildings, including schools and health, include:

Design Advice We provide advice on the best approach to place making, drawing on the experience and expertise of our design advice panel members and our learning for a diverse range of projects. We provide advice on housing, health and learning spaces as well as other public investment projects.

Public Sector Client Forum: this forum facilitates discussion across the public sector on shared issues, experience and good practice.

Local Authority Urban Design Forum (LAUDF): a forum for professionals working in urban design across Scotland’s local authorities.

PULSE provides a library of inspiring health and care settings.

SPARK provides a library of inspiring images of learning and educational spaces.

Get in Touch

If you are involved in delivering public buildings in Scotland and would like our support or simply want to find out more about our work in this area, 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

The delivery of inclusive growth through more and better housing 

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.

Smarter Places

Learn more about our work across the learning estate and our collaboration with local authorities to regenerate spaces for learning, by design.

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