Leven Town Centre: Shorehead Proposal

Benton Scott-Simmons is a Landscape Architecture consultancy set up in 2013 by Janet Benton and Laura Scott-Simmons. The practice is based in Partick, in the West End of Glasgow.

BSS are used to working from the very largest, regional scale to the most detailed, human scale.  With additional experience in urban design we always approach the design of the external environment holistically, balancing environmental, social, economic and aesthetic goals.

We aim to be both creative and technically robust so that we can work with confidence from concept through to completion.

Although our own core business is landscape architecture, we also draw upon our network of independent regeneration and consultation specialists, environmental planners and ecologists, technical specialists and illustrators. We aim to work collaboratively, flexibly and productively – with clients, communities and co-consultants alike.


and expertise


Strategies and studies

We work in many multidisciplinary teams on regeneration and urban design studies, spatial frameworks, design guides and public realm strategies. We enjoy working at a strategic level where the full spectrum of social, economic and political processes affecting the quality of environment are material. We are also interested in the process of sharing the resulting vision and ensuring there is the means to deliver it – even where persistent effort may be required over many years.

Assessment and evaluation
When assessing the potential of a site our approach is always to be informed and inspired by the environment as we find it. When evaluating  the impact of a given change to the landscape, we use rigorous, insightful analysis, combining objective and subjective appraisal to obtain a thorough understanding of the potential sensitivities and opportunities influencing the outcome for the site.
Landscape design

We design at different scales, developing landscape frameworks for new settlements, spatial strategies for neighbourhoods and detailed proposals for individual parks and squares. We aim to work holistically to satisfy planning, environmental and amenity objectives, while at the detailed level we aim to balance creativity and technical expertise to create public open space that is environmentally sustainable, inherently flexible and joyful to use.

Consultation and engagement
We believe that communities are well-placed to develop imaginative ideas for the future of their own spaces and neighbourhoods. We enjoy collaborating with community groups, school children, businesses and stakeholder agencies, in charrettes, workshops and other participative events, to develop creative and deliverable strategies for future improvements.

We provide project coordination, specialist technical and management advice for the design development and construction phases of landscape projects. Our approach is informed by many years of taking our own design work from first concept sketches through to completion on site. We have extensive first-hand experience of implementing complex urban streetscape projects and an in-depth understanding of the critical factors that lead to successful delivery.

We have provided design advice at both strategic and detailed design levels to large scale infrastructure initiatives including those related to renewable energy, roads, utilities, public transport and sustainable urban drainage. We are experienced in working with engineers and environmental specialists to produce sustainable, technically robust and elegant design solutions for sensitive sites.


looking for a new opportunity?

Several years’ experience in landscape architecture?
Looking for a new opportunity?

BSS are currently actively recruiting. If you are a landscape architect with over 2 years’ experience who is keen to progress your career and interested in working in a collaborative and creative team on a varied portfolio of design projects, please send us a cv or call for an informal chat.

All correspondence will be treated with strictest confidence.

Please note that BSS cannot sponsor an employment visa to fill this position. We are only considering applications from candidates with valid working rights for the UK.




Chapelton of Elsick
Elsick Development Company
Chapelton will ultimately include up to 8,000 residential units and associated community, retail and commercial uses, configured as 7 connected neighbourhoods. Early landscape evaluation informed the initial charrette and BSS continued to provide landscape advice through the outline and detailed planning phases. We currently act as part of the master developer’s Design Review Team and provide ongoing landscape advice to the wider design team while also overseeing the implementation of landscape works for the first two phases of infrastructure.

We are currently also assisting with the development of a Community Wood on the outskirts of the developing town.

Vinicombe Street
Byres Road Improvement Group/Glasgow City Council
Phase 1 of the Byres Road Corners project focused on the conversion of Vinicombe Street into a new multipurpose public space. BSS developed the design according to a brief that evolved during community engagement, and have continued to work alongside Glasgow City Council engineers to take the scheme through to completion on site.

A Friends of Vinicombe Street community group is currently being assembled to help manage the space and establish a suitable events programme.

Grandhome Urban Expansion
Grandhome Trust
Grandhome was selected by the Scottish Government for their SSCI Charrette Series initiative and will ultimately be developed into a mixed use urban expansion with 7,500 residential units and related community, retail and commercial uses.

We have provided landscape architecture advice to the master plan team since the inception of the project, carrying out the LVIA and supporting both outline and Phase 1 detailed planning submissions. We are now the landscape architects for construction of the first phase of infrastructure.

Byres Road Corners Pilot
Byres Road Improvement Group
BSS led a pilot study for a public space strategy for Byres Road, a popular shopping street in the West End of Glasgow that was seen to lack space for community gatherings or events. The strategy considered history and culture, movement and traffic impacts, building uses and the re-use of underused structures, activities and the programming of spaces. During a series of community participation events led by Willie Miller and Nick Wright, a consensus was reached on an agreed concept, and a detailed design brief produced for a priority public realm improvement project.

Argyll and Bute Council
BSS provided specialist project management support to the CHORD Programme Manager for a particularly complex streetscape scheme. Our role was predominantly site based, with a specific remit to facilitate the delivery of the project by working with both the design and contractor teams, improving communication, identifying priorities and refining the decision-making process in relation to design, technical and programming issues.

Brodick Signature Project
National Trust for Scotland
A strategic masterplan for Brodick Castle and Goatfell on Arran. The uniqueness of the natural and built heritage meant that extensive sensitivity mapping was required prior to opportunities being identified. Robust analysis combined with an extensive programme of engagement events – with client groups, other stakeholders and the community – led to a tested, comprehensive plan for the future of the estate.

Leven Town Centre Strategic Concept for Design Intervention
Fife Council
A multidisciplinary team assessed the potential to target resources to specific civic realm improvements that would enhance the resilience and vitality of Leven town centre. An analysis of physical and cultural opportunities and consultation with the community led to the identification of a series of prioritised, costed public realm improvement projects and recommendations for an accompanying programme of events and public activities.

Woonbook Leisure Complex, Incheon Island, South Korea
Lippo Incheon Development Company Ltd
Three projects were undertaken, providing urban design and landscape advice for a 150ha new city development on Incheon Island, South Korea. This included work on urban scale and hierarchy, landscape and movement strategies, building-to-open space relationships, environmental opportunities and sustainability. Design work was carried out for a broad range of spaces – wild areas and formal public parks, an ecologically sensitive tidal basin, urban squares of different sizes and types, and streets of different scales from boulevards to lanes and closes.

San Diego Hills Memorial Park, Jakarta, Indonesia
Lippo Development Company Ltd
This project included designs for Christian and Muslim burial areas within a 500Ha cemetery and public park near Jakarta. Concept work was taken through to detailed design; philosophical content was developed in collaboration with Glasgow University Department of Theology and Religious Studies.


our people


Janet is a landscape architect with a particular interest in urban design. After working overseas early in her career she returned to Scotland where she has worked on master planning and regeneration projects, town studies, tourism projects, open space strategies, streetscape design and design guidance for buildings and the public realm. Most of her projects have involved working in multidisciplinary professional teams and have often included interactive public consultation. In the last 5 years Janet has led the Landscape Architecture team on a number of settlement-scale master planning projects including a leisure-based new city on Incheon Island, South Korea, and two new, mixed use settlements in Scotland, at Grandhome and Chapelton of Elsick.

Chris Smart has over 20 years’ experience working in landscape architecture, in both private practice and local authority. He has worked on and delivered a wide and varied range of projects throughout Scotland, including town centre initiatives, public realm improvement, education and sports facilities, housing regeneration, gateway enhancement projects and play schemes, often involving high levels of community engagement.
While delivering projects he has worked as part of large multidisciplinary teams, working with tight deadlines and budgets. He has experience in leading projects from initial client liaison through to detailed design and specification, including discrete tasks such as Artists’ appointments, tendering/procurement and site supervision to final contract completion.

Laura’s experience has been primarily in large scale landscape projects where she has developed particular expertise in design, project coordination, detailed technical design, procurement and implementation. Prior to the establishment of BSS Laura lead a team of landscape architects on two large hospital redevelopments, a combined Care in the Community facility and a specialist stand-alone mental health crisis unit. She has also built on her extensive past experience of delivering high profile streetscape projects by acting as a specialist advisor to local authority engineers. She is currently leading the BSS team delivering the infrastructure contract at Chapelton of Elsick, in Aberdeenshire.

Michela is a landscape architect with a particular interest in working with communities on placemaking projects. She has brought to BSS experience gained in Italy working with companies such as Seacoop and Simone Ferretti on a wide range of landscape projects including sustainable design for ex industrial sites, community self-build projects, community gardens, space and use psychology projects, and tourism networks for historical buildings and nature conservation.

Since joining BSS Michela has been part of the team working on the Chapelton in Aberdeenshire, including:
▪ assisting with the design and planting event for the Community Wood
▪ helping develop the design and organisational structure for the Community Allotments


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