Exceptional Building, Inspirational Project, One Lady's Dream

Jan 17, 2017

The Stansons Group are delighted to be supporting Ripple Retreat, a truly inspirational project based in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland.

The Retreat

Ripple Retreat is a purpose-built sanctuary for children affected by cancer. The project is funded by ‘It’s Good 2 Give!’, a charity set up by Lynne McNicoll that provides practical, positive support to the many families impacted by this life-changing disease.

When McNicoll was a volunteer and fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust, she watched the impact and difficulties that long hospital stays had on family members. Her dream was to build a special retreat; an idea which is now close to being a reality.

1.jpgRipple Retreat, situated on the southern bank of Loch Venachar, Scotland, captures an impressive aspect, with beautiful views across the calming water to the surrounding hills. The waterside location inspired the design concept for the retreat which features a rippling roof form, reflecting the undulating surface of the Loch. The rippling roof is made from zinc whilst the remainder of the building is mainly glass and oak, allowing its occupants to take advantage of the scenery. The combination of the architecture and the peaceful nature of the landscape make for a uniquely tranquil environment.

“I always said we wanted to create something we could be proud of, something Scotland could be proud of and I believe we are about to do just that.”


McNicoll first began fundraising at the age of 49 and she had no idea where it was going to take her. A year later, she had raised over £54,000 – and discovered a talent for networking and organising events on the way. Enlisting the help of the East of Scotland community, McNicoll raised over £650,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust over the next four years.

The retreat is designed to give young cancer patients and their families a five to seven-day’s respite, at no cost, and offers guests;

Communal living facilities providing a safe, family friendly environment

•Three bedrooms with easy accessibility

•Low carbon energy that provides heating and hot water to the building in a sustainable manner

•Indoor and outdoor play areas

McNicoll is hopeful that she can make the facility available to young people with other life-threatening illnesses and also bereaved families.


The Stansons' Story

Stansons Group were honoured to be chosen to identify and fulfil the window shading requirements for such a worthy cause. Coordinating McNicoll’s vision with the technical and logistical demands, of both the architect and contractor, Stansons Group were able to provide a concept that enhanced the beautifully glazed building whilst maintaining levels of privacy and comfort within this magnificent structure.

“Opportunities to work on such an iconic and unique building with such an amazing purpose is very rare and Stansons Group were delighted to freely provide their support and expertise to the project.”

Guy Stanley, Managing Partner of Stansons Group.

Since planning permission was granted in 2014, McNicoll has been tirelessly fundraising to support the project, and as we head towards the Spring of 2017, the Ripple Retreat will be completed and McNicoll’s vision realised. Fundraising will continue in order to support and maintain the facility which anticipates to support forty families every year in getting the respite they so need.



If you would like to donate to this great cause, you can head over to their fundraising page and check back with Stansons Group for regular updates on this project!