We are delighted to announce that Tom Duffin, has joined our team as an Architectural Technologist. Tom studied in both Edinburgh and Amsterdam before graduating in 2012. Tom has since worked on a wide variety of projects across Scotland. From restoration of traditional Scottish highland lodges to new build housing and small commercial properties. He has a strong interest in sustainability and modern methods of construction. He is a member of several organisations promoting sustainability and environmental ideas within Scotland. In his free time, he helps run a project to restore an area of woodland in the Scottish hills to a native forest where people can stay and learn about sustainable methods of living and working.
We are delighted to announce that our luxury development at 10-14 Manor Place has won the ‘Best Apartment’ category at the Herald Property Awards 2016.
Read all about Well Court Hall in the latest edition of Homes & Interiors Scotland - the perfect 'Escape' on page 249.
LBA are pleased to announce that our project for four contemporary houses in Woodhall Drive, Edinburgh has received planning permission. The scheme, undertaken on behalf of Glencairn Properties, comprises a row of four 4-5 bedroom, 3-storey houses situated on a visually prominent corner plot in the Juniper Green area of South-East Edinburgh.
Materially the new-build dwellings are a subtle combination of dark bronze matt finished aluminium-framed full-height glazing, and buff-coloured traditional clay brickwork. Frameless glass balustrades allow uninterrupted views of the hills to the south from the first floor living area and roof terrace. Vertical timber fin screens control privacy and views at both the front and back of the properties. The fin motif/material is echoed in the pergola entrance overhang, internal stairs and the boundary fencing/ storage units to the landscaped rear garden and terrace. The houses have excellent environmental credentials with the upper flat roof supporting an array of photovoltaic panels all concealed from view behind the brickwork parapet. The project will commence on site later this year and will be completed in 2017.
We are delighted to announce our new recruit, Teck Tan, who has recently joined us as an Architectural Designer. Teck recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh School of Architecture, and has experience of working in Malaysia & Kuala Lumpur. Teck’s final year thesis project was based in Berlin for an restoration of a WWII ruin (Franziskaner Klosterkirche). The repair idea comes from Japanese repair technique: Kintsugi, which restore the subject to what it was by adding a gold lacquer. Teck applied the idea of Kintsugi to his design by using narrative routes to represent the gold lacquer. Teck is particularly interested in restoration project and modern simplicity design. We are really looking forward to the skills he can add to the office.
We had a fascinating night-time visit to Hinterland at St Peter’s Seminary in March, which marked the official launch of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016. We walked a route through atmospheric woodland towards the abandoned building, before walking through the ruins which were lit by an impressive light installation combined with haunting music. This dramatic structure has been left to decay but the long term plans to rescue and restore this building will hopefully be fulfilled.
We have been happily residing at 18a Rothesay Place for the past 2 years, however due to our continuing expansion we are in need of some more square footage. The good news is we have not moved far and our new address is 18 Walker Street. We look forward to meeting all of our fantastic clients and consultants in our new space – feel free to bring along some biscuits!
We are very excited to announce our new recruit, David Hill, who has joined us from 10 Design. David was lead designer on projects that have won a number of RIBA awards, a Grand Designs award, RSAW (Royal Society of Architects in Wales) Building of the Year as well as three Gold Medals for Architecture for best building in Wales in 2007, 2014 and 2015. He was also the project lead on Stormy Castle, the house that received the RIBA Manser Medal (Best House in the UK 2014) at the Stirling Prize presentation last October.
We are pleased to announce that we have received Planning and Listed Building consent for a glass-box extension at Chester Street. The frameless, structural glass-box will allow for a seamless transition from their living / kitchen space into their garden affording them light and uninterrupted views of the garden and sky.
We welcome our new Part 2 graduate from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Anna Mackenzie. Anna’s final masters project was for an interfaith chaplaincy. This involved investigating the translucent and transient qualities of privacy by forming a series of screens to veil and obscure the building was nominated for the prestigious RIAS Rowan Anderson Silver Medal award for best Scottish student. Anna undertook her Part 1 work experience with Helen & Hard Architects in Norway. She also participated in a 4 week volunteer Design & Build project in Malaysian Borneo, learning valuable practical skills. Coming from a Norwegian/Danish and Scottish background, Anna is particularly influenced by Scandinavian design and architecture and also has an interest in social and environmental sustainability.