Midlothian Council

Esk View
Robert Franks Gardens

Provision of a variety of flexible residential accommodation over a wide range of sites in Midlothian.

Hackland+Dore Architects were appointed as Architects and Design Team Leaders  on a framework agreement with Midlothian Council in 2006 as part of More Homes Scotland.

To date Hackland + Dore have designed and delivered over 400 units of flexible, adaptable and energy efficient flats, houses and wheelchair specific accommodation.

At a Glance

Location Midlothian
Client Midlothian Council
Contract Value Various
Status Various

Polton Street

Urban Response

Key aims for all new homes as part of Midlothian Council affordable homes programme is to ensure the integration into Midlothian's existing well-established housing and infrastructure. Through design team collaboration Hackland + Dore respond to the geographical challenges of Midlothian's historic mine workings and ground drainage difficulties.


Using a ‘fabric first' approach external walls have increased insulation with a highly efficient combi boiler, solar panels, boiler gas savers  while the specification of low maintenance durable materials and a resource efficient approach, delivers energy efficient buildings with sustainable drainage.

Find out more about our sustainable approach to energy efficient buildings.

Polton Street
New Park Gardens
Edgefield Road

Place Making

Hackland + Dore address the particular needs of the occupiers by accommodating Barrier Free Design, Secured by Design, Housing for Varying Needs and Midlothian Council Design Brief. Key aims are to provide an inclusive design solution with positive interaction and connection with the local community while responding to specific site opportunities and best orientation.

Incorporation of Art Work within all developments is illustrated at communal flat entrances where stained glass designed by local primary schools has been installed, renovated mining machinery from the Scottish Mining Museum installed within communal landscapes reflecting local history and pebble mosaics, the designs reflecting local bio-diversity.

We have provided full architectural service from inception to completion for the following projects:  

James Lean Avenue, Dalkeith, Midlothian
27 dwellings including single fully accessible wheelchair house

St Lukes Way, Mayfield, Midlothian
6 dwellings including family homes, cottage flats and flats

Cuiken Terrace, Penicuik, Midlothian
18 family homes and cottage flat

Academy Lane, Loanhead, Midlothian
47 family homes and cottage flats

The following projects were also BIM modelled with both architects and engineers input; 

New Park Gardens, Gorebridge, Midlothian completed 2014
48 family homes and cottage flats 

Craigiebield Grove, Penicuik, Midlothian completed 2015
17 family homes and one bedroom flats

Eastfield Grove, Penicuik, Midlothian completed 2015
17 one and two bedroom flats 

Edgefield Road, Loanhead, Midlothian completed 2016
41 dwellings including family homes, cottage flats, flats and  fully accessible wheelchair house

Polton Street, Loanhead, Midlothian completed 2017
18 one person and two person flats 

Robert Franks Grove and Avenue, Gorebridge, Midlothian completed 2017
37 family homes and cottage flats including single fully accessible wheelchair house

David Herkes Way, Gorebridge, Midlothian completion 2017
31 family homes cottage flats and fully accessible wheelchair house

Find out more about our expertise in Building Information Modelling Systems (BIM)


St Lukes Way, Mayfield
Scottish Home Awards - Finalist 2010

New Park Gardens, Gorebridge
One of the top 50 Best New Affordable Housing Developments in the UK 2014

Find out more about our other Awards.

Hackland + Dore as team leader and lead designers provided intensive attention to detailed specification [....]
As an architectural practice I have enjoyed working with Hackland + Dore over a period of eleven years and have no hesitation in working with them in the future.

Lucy Armstrong-Wright
Project Manager
Midlothian Council