Office update

Two months since the last post! That’s awful (Muriel)…

Lots happening here at Sam Foster Architects:

Staff – in an effort to properly manage the practice’s slowly increasing workload, James Daw is now a permanent member of staff and has been flexing his eco-refurb muscles on some of our retrofit projects

Architectural Technologist, James Daw

Architectural Technologist, James Daw

Our feasibility study on the Black Isle for Culbokie Community Trust, (led by Urban Animation, with Aigas Associates and Athena Solutions) concluded at the beginning of January. After lots of hard work and some very vocal community meetings the community voted in favour of bidding for the purchase of a piece of land for community use – hooray! Next stop: Scottish Land Fund…

With the same team we’ve also just been appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the community-led redevelopment of Lochmaddy Hospital, on North Uist, which closed 15 years ago. Possible uses include student accommodation, business units and a campsite but we suspect that there are a lot more things we can do on the 8.6 acre site – which includes a 1.5 acre loch. Watch this space!

Construction-wise, work on the refurbishment of the Land, Sea & Islands Centre in Arisaig has now started and we’re delighted to say that local firm Knoydart Construction have made a great start. We’ll post some pictures after the site visit this week. MEARU have now completed their pre-refurb testing of the building fabric, which we’ll report on in due course too…

…and we’re soon to start work on a refurbishment project at Midmar Gardens, Edinburgh. This project involves remodelling and the internal insulation of a sandstone outshot to the rear of the main house. Following WUFI calcs we’re using rigid wood fibre insulation and lime plaster to reduce heat loss – without the risk of interstitial condensation that can occur when over-insulating old stone buildings.