The SMC Group has finally received a scrap of positive news in the midst of a turbulent week thanks to one of its subsidiaries, Jenkins and Marr, winning planning permission for a new livestock market in Stirling.
The UK's biggest practice suffered a major setback earlier in the week when it was forced to reshuffle its boardroom - a move that saw founding chief executive Stewart McColl being sidelined to deputy chairman.
However, SMC Jenkins and Marr has delivered welcome good news after its revised designs for a livestock market were granted planning by Stirling council.
The practice's plans for the market had to meet strict new European legislation while providing safe and comfortable conditions for livestock, staff and visitors.
According to the practice the building will provide visitors with a 'positive and stimulating environment' for facilitating auctions.
Principal architect Gordon McEwan, said: 'We are extremely pleased that Stirling council has given the go-ahead to the new livestock market.
'It was important that our plans reflected a well-planned sustainable building of high-quality design which is also sensitive to the rural environment in which it is located.'by Richard Vaughan