Happy New Year!

Another year, another construction detail…

Yes, we’ve already been back at work for a week now but have only just started to implement the New year’s resolution to keep the WordPress, Facebook and Twitter feeds updated regularly, so you can look forward to lots more updates on thoughtfully-designed, ecologically-sound projects!

Sadly it’s been a very tragic start to the year, with the death of renowned Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins announced earlier today. Despite only being 48 Gareth had managed to build up a highly successful, internationally-respected practice. He will continue to be an inspiration to many architects for a long time to come.

We used one of Gareth Hoskins Architects’ projects – Duncan House, in Fife – as a precedent for our new house project in Southampton, which is currently in for planning. Fingers crossed…

At the end of last year we also finished off the alterations and refurbishment of part of a semi-detached villa in Edinburgh, which looks great. We should have photos soon, which we’ll post here.

This year we look forward to a wide variety of projects being developed or going on site including a new house outside Dunfermline, conversion of former Post Office and a new house in a Conservation Area on the edge of Edinburgh.

In other news the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) have been back at the Land, Sea & Islands Centre, which we helped refurbish last year, to carry out ‘post-refurbishment monitoring’. This will complement the same monitoring that they carried out before the refurb took place and allow the improvements to the thermal performance of the building to accurately quantified.

One of the most exciting things we’ve found out so far is that through careful workmanship the airtightness (or draughtiness) has been improved from a VERY draughty 18m3/hr.m2@50Pa to 2.7m3/hr.m2@50Pa – an 85% reduction! Not only will this help to reduce the running costs for Arisaig Community Trust (who own and run the building); it will ensure that volunteers and visitors enjoy being in the building even more and help to encourage its’ use for all sorts of events.

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(Land, Sea & Islands Centre)

We’re also getting really excited about the 2016 Festival of Architecture, innovation and Design (especially the architecture bit)…watch this space!

Lastly (and those geeks amongst you will love this) we were pleased to hear last week that Historic Scotland’s ‘Technical Paper 15’ has now been published. You can find this and other really useful information on older buildings here.

OK, I know: it’s not bedtime reading (or perhaps it is if you’re an insomniac) but if you live in an old house with brick or stone walls and want to make sure that you insulate it properly without causing a massive risk of condensation then this 225-page tome is going to have some useful stuff in it.

We’re working on lots of refurbishment projects that involve older buildings so we’ll be digesting this over the next couple of months. If you’re interested in this drop us a line!

Oh, and before we forget – THANK YOU to everyone who helped us raise  the inspiring sum of £718 for Movember!!!


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