december 2011

Two BALI Awards for The Garscube Landscape Link

The Garscube Landscape Link picked up two awards for Hardworks, Innovation and Technology at the national BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) Awards ceremony in London on 2 December.

The judges said,
"Gabions containing porphory have been used to excellent effect and crushed stone from site re-used wherever possible. A large stone outcrop has been integrated into the scheme, which is softened by creative planting. The imaginative and clever use of a range of landscape techniques has delivered an absolutely stunning piece of sculptural engineering."

More details can be found at

october 2011

RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award

The Garscube Landscape Link has been shortlisted for the 2011 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, the richest architecture prize in the UK.


Maggie's Centre Lanarkshire wins at Roses Design Awards

The project won a Gold Award in the Proposed Building of the Year Category


august 2011

Garden in Luxembourg

We have been commissioned to design a new garden for a private client in Luxembourg


Roses Design Awards Nomination

Our Maggie's Centre in Lanarkshire project with Reiach and Hall Architects has been nominated in the 'Proposed Building' category of the 2011 Roses Design Awards.

The project is due for completion in 2012.


The Architecture of Hope : Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres

The exhibition covering the architecture and design of Maggie's Centres moves from the V&A in London to the Lighthouse in Glasgow  from August 18th to November 18th  2011.


april 2011

Maggie's Centre Lanarkshire at the V&A

The Maggie's Centre in Lanarkshire is currently featured in the V&A exhibition, 'The Architecture of Hope : Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres' until 8 May 2011.

This will be the first display to comprehensively explore the architecture of the Maggie's centres which provide welcoming and uplifting spaces for those affected by cancer. The buildings of each of the seven existing centres, designed by architects including Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, will be examined through models, drawings, photographs and film. Six models for future centres will also be on show. The display is co-curated by the V&A and Maggie's.

To see all the images please click here


march 2011

Office move

Please note that from 04 April 2011 our new address will be;

rankinfraser landscape architecture llp

6 Darnaway Street

tel 0131 226 7071


january 2011

Gairbraid Avenue Success

In December 2010 we were delighted to win an invited competition for the design of Gairbraid Avenue in Maryhill Glasgow. We are now developing our proposals with artist Peter McCaughey to transform the public realm in front of Maryhill Burgh Hall and Leisure Centre. To see images of our proposal click here.

James Gillespies High School, Edinburgh

We have been appointed to design the landscape for the new James Gillespies High School. The site already contains a mature landscape associated with the current school uses and the 16th C Bruntsfield House. The landscape design will knit together the existing landscape and the collection of retained and proposed buildings in a campus setting.


october 2010

Roses Design Awards Success

Our Garscube Landscape Link project has won a 'Gold' Roses Design Award on 14 October for Place Making and Landscape


New projects in health and education

We have recently been appointed to work on two exciting and innovative new projects;

Maggie's Lanarkshire

Working with Reiach and Hall Architects we are designing two enclosed gardens and the site landscape for this very special cancer support facility at Monklands General Hospital.
More information on Maggies centres can be found here:

Cowes One School Pathfinder

Working with JM Architects and Pihl UK we have been appointed to design the landscape for this new secondary school on the Isle of Wight. The landscape design incorporates elements of the previous designed estate landscape, a bio-diverse roof, water features and educational SUDS ponds.


june 2010

Liane Bauer joins rankinfraser

We are delighted to welcome Liane Bauer to rankinfraser landscape architecture. Liane brings several years experience of working from design to implementation on public realm, education, residential and play projects.


may 2010

Scottish Design Awards Success

Our Garscube Landscape Link project won the 'Best Future Building' Award at the Scottish Design Awards on 28 May. The project is due for completion in June 2010.

Progress photos can be seen here


april 2010

A+DS Design Review Panel Appointments

Both Chris and Kenny have been appointed to Architecture and Design Scotland’s new Design Review Panel. The Design Review process, through appraisal and evaluation, assists those responsible for the development of the built environment by offering informed advice on the design quality of proposals. A+DS Design Review panels are comprised of members with a diverse range of professional skills and experience in the built environment.

More information on the design review process is available at:


Scottish Design Awards Shortlisting

Our Garscube Landscape Link project with 7N Architects has been shortlisted in the ‘Future Buildings’ category of the 2010 Scottish Design Awards.

The project is due for completion in early summer, but some progress photos can be seen here


march 2010

Speirs Lock Masterplan commended in Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

The Speirs Lock Masterplan was recently commended in the Community Involvement category of the 2009 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

The judges said, "The project is a great example of how disconnected and underused urban areas can be reinvigorated through a multi-agency approach with strong leadership and a pragmatic approach to development. The project has a clear development plan basis and is realising its objectives."

The awards are organised by The Scottish Government and the RTPI.


Raploch Green Arena published in Paisea.

Our proposals for the Raploch Green Arena have been published in the lastest Paisea (nr 12) - the Spanish landscape architecture review. The current issue concentrates on 'low cost projects' and features work from Spain, France Germany, Ireland and Scotland.


february 2010

Lamar Island Battery, Dunbar

Our proposal for the regeneration of Dunbar Harbour, developed with artist Donald Urquhart, by creating a new public space incorporating live film feed from under the sea was shortlisted for a Creative Scotland Vital Spark Award.


october 2009

Architecture + Design Scotland

Over the summer both Chris and Kenny have been asked to participate in A+DS design reviews looking at projects where achieving high quality of landscape design is critical to the success of the proposed development. A+DS website


Gorebridge Community Hub

We have been appointed by Gorebridge Community Development Trust to work with Lee Boyd Architects on the design of a new community facility in Gorebridge. On a complex site the landscape design is intended to act as the connective tissue between several community facilities including the proposed hub.
see visualisation


SNH Information Point

Working with StudioLR we have designed an information point and small shelter for Scottish Natural Heritage's Battleby Headquarters. The structure will be constructed from sustainably sourced Scottish oak and stone filled gabion baskets. The stone is being sourced from an on site store of building materials reclaimed by SNH from previous renovation work, thus minimising transport costs and re-using a local stone.
see image


may 2009

Speirs Lock Masterplan recognised again

Speirs Locks has been unveiled as one of the eleven Exemplar projects under the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative. The Scottish Government launched the SSCI to encourage innovation in the creation of new settlements and to promote exemplars of how communities could live in the future. The SSCI is concerned with creating places which go beyond standard solutions with the aim raising aspirations to achieve quality placemaking, improved energy performance and more sustainable forms of development.


april 2009

Edegem Town Square, Belgium

rankinfraser working in collaboration with Verne Architecten of Ghent have been shortlisted in an international competition to design a new public square for Edegem, a district of Antwerp.


march 2009

Speirs Locks wins BURA Award

Speirs Lock Masterplan has won the Strategy and Masterplanning Award at the 2009 BURA Waterway Renaissance Awards.

The jury stated "The project illustrates the effectiveness of delivery by the joint venture vehicle. It demonstrates best practice in terms of the community and stakeholder engagement process, to produce a framework consistent with the sustainability charter. It makes excellent use of design guidelines and the design process. The significance of the submission is not simply in the masterplan itself but the approach being taken which successfully integrates and sets best practice in all of the elements that are required to deliver transformational and sustainable regeneration."


february 2009

rankinfraser landscape architecture voted 'Landscape Architects of the Year' by Prospect Magazine.

read more here...


october 2008

rankinfraser shortlisted in International Competition

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Pennine Squared International Design Competition. We will be working with Graeme Massie Architects and Donald Urquhart to develop a series of public realm improvements for Clitheroe.


august 2008

a garden for an advertising agency

we were asked to help Newhaven, our neighbours at 77 Montgomery Street, to realise their ideas for a "ned-proof garden which requires no maintenance and can be used for both parties and entertaining clients". Timber decks and screens and artificial grass were combined with demountable over head canopies to keep the sun off your laptop screen.
Photos of the garden


case study rouen

chris has been asked by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versailles to join an international workshop in September to study the post industrial harbour areas of Rouen.


may 2008

royal scottish academy

the rnli memorial and garden proposal has been selected for inclusion in the rsa annual exhibition. the exhibition runs from 10 May - 25 June 2008 in their gallery on the mound, edinburgh.