Simpson & Brown Architects with Addyman Archaeology


Sue Whittle

Having worked in Manchester and London, Sue joined Simpson & Brown in 1996 and became part of the team involved in the reinstatement and alteration of six Georgian houses in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, for The National Trust for Scotland’s new headquarters. She went on to work on the restoration of St Ninian's Manse in Leith and then became the project architect for The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, an iconic new visitor experience which has received several awards for its environmentally conscious design.

Later projects have included the restoration of James Boswell’s 18th century Country House at Auchinleck along with its pavilions and bridge for the Landmark Trust, the restoration of a 16th Century merchant's town house at 28-30 The Close in Newcastle, alterations to a major country house and 'A' listed landscape in Lincolnshire, the conversion of a Georgian town house at 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh into a club for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the restoration and alteration of David Bryce’s Cringletie House Hotel in Peebles, the restoration and redevelopment of Blairtummock House in Easterhouse as a community business hub and the restoration of the 14th century Old Gaol Museum and Moot Hall community facility in Hexham. In recent years she has developed her interest in community projects and visitor facilities, completing feasibility studies for Prestongrange open air museum in East Lothian, Dun Beag at Struan on Skye, The Russian Arcitic Convoy Visitor Centre, Earlsferry Community Hub in Fife and Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch.

Sue became a partner in January 2008. Sue was the partner in charge of the £10 million Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire which include both masterplanning, restoration and a large new museum, designed using both passive and active sustainable strategies and innovative renewable energy systems.  Recent projects include Botanic Cottage in Edinburgh, major conservation and repair work at Linidisfarne Castle and Ford Castle in Northumberland, a detailed condition report for the roofs and high level masonry at Floors Castle in Kelso, development of a new café and conservation works at the Canons, Mitcham and comprehensive reinstatement works following the major fire at Cameron House, Loch Lomond. She is currently developing proposals for a first phase of the restoration of Poltimore House in Devon and the restoration of the garden pavilion at Walter Scott’s Abbotsford  House, and is developing proposals for a major overhaul and expansion of the visitor facilities at Elvaston Castle Country Park in Derby.


Sensitive design in historic environment
Detailed knowledge of specialist repairs
Advanced level conservation accreditation
Extensive museum and visitor centre experience
Sustainable approach to all design work
Considerable experience working for community groups


Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
Dawyck Gateway, Dawyck Botanic Gardens
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway
Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh


Peebles Sheriff Court
Poltimore House, Devon
Dun Beag Visitior Centre and Community Hub, Skye
Earlsferry Town Hall Community Hub, Fife
Russian Artic Convoy Visitor Centre, Aultbea
Georgian House, Charlotte Square
Gladstone’s Land, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Prestongrange Museum, East Lothian
Elvaston Country Park Masterplan, Derbyshire
Mavisbank House, Midlothian


Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
St Ninians Manse, Edinburgh
Auchinleck House, Ayrshire 
Hexham Old Gaol Museum and Moot Hall
Stirling Smith Museum, Stirling
Blairtummock House, Easterhouse
The Close, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Penicuik House, Midlothian
Ford Castle, Northumberland
Barmbougle Castle, Edinburgh
Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland
Cameron House Hotel, reinstatement after fire, Loch Lomond



Left. Robert Burn Birthplace Museum   Right. Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Queen Street