Ronald McDonald House


Ronald McDonald House has been conceived as a 'home from home', providing shelter and comfort to the families of sick children being treated at the adjacent Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Calming, light filled spaces flow throughout the building.


The architecture embodies the character of the surrounding ship building urban context but also addresses the inherent sensitivities of an end user reaching out for comfort and reassurance. The result is a series of vernacular white brick forms interconnected by green roofed, white concrete porticos. In turn this creates an industrial silhouette fronting Govan Road - shielding the house and courtyards from the noise of rumbling busses and screaming ambulances.


"It is an honour for us to work on such an important and cherished facility for the families of sick children during a difficult and stressful time in their lives. Healthcare buildings have a traditional logic and function but often it's at the expense of finding a humanising perspective. This design aspires to a far greater proximity between the two."

- David Ross, Director, Keppie Design


Client Yorkhill Family House
Contact Ruth Milligan
Dates  Completed June 2015
Contract  Design & Build
Value  £3.4m
Floor Area  1,940 sqM
Services  Architecture, Interior
Awards Scottish Property Awards 2016 - Judges Award of Merit, Civic Trust Awards 2016 - Regional Award - Scotland, Civic Trust Awards 2016 - Special Award for Scotland, GIA Awards 2016 - Residential Award Winner, Brick Awards 2016 - Best Public & Education Building