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Scottish War Blinded Projects

LocationLinburn, West Lothian and Hawkhead Road, Paisley

ClientScottish War Blinded / Royal Blind

StatusLinburn: Complete 2016 / Paisley: In progress

Linburn is the third incarnation for the Scottish War Blinded; the original in Linburn House and the second in a purpose-built 1960’s complex (both now demolished) to cope with the ever-expanding number of members. The new award-winning facility caters for the modern demands placed on the Scottish War Blinded and nestles within the shelter belt planting of Linburn House looking towards the Pentland hills.

The garden is based around the form of a conch shell, paths wind and intertwine offering a number of different routes but still allow the visually impaired to remain in a controlled environment amongst sensory planting. During the design process, a visit to the Royal Blind in Edinburgh gave awareness of how the visually impaired navigate through spaces and what challenges they face. A second phase, including a synthetic bowling green, was completed in 2016.

Knowledge and experiences of design at Linburn influenced the strategy for the new facility in Paisley. The site will combine a day care centre run by Scottish War Blinded and a nursing home operated by Royal Blind. Work commenced in January 2016 and will complete mid-2017.

Our design for the Scottish War Blinded garden at Gardening Scotland 2016 won a silver gilt award.

Timber deck and circular lawn at Linburn

Initial masterplan for Linburn phase 1

Night view of the Linburn phase 1, swale and carriage circle

Linburn phase 2 houses and sports hall

Hawkhead Road care home and day centre masterplan

Gardening Scotland, Scottish War Blinded show garden initial sketch

Gardening Scotland show garden for Scottish War Blinded

Gardening Scotland show garden planting