Vacancy: Part I Architectural Assistant

WT Architecture is looking for a talented and enthusiastic Part I architecture student to join our busy practice in early 2018.

Our work is overtly contemporary but engages directly with the historic urban and sensitive landscape settings in which we regularly work. Current projects include a wide mix of bespoke private houses and extensions, independent commercial enterprises, grass-roots community schemes, and high-profile public buildings.

The position requires the ability to work effectively as a team member in a fast-paced environment, assisting project architects on active projects as well as taking responsibility for general office administration.

Candidates should be highly computer literate and be proficient in digital design packages including 2D CAD, Photoshop and InDesign, SketchUp and/ or other 3D modelling systems. Some experience working with 3D CAD (BIM) platforms such as Archicad or Revit would be preferable.

Please send CVs and sample portfolios to:

WT Architecture
4 - 6 Gote Lane South Queensferry EH30 9PS

E: mail@wtarchitecture.com

 

Nethy Bridge Cottage - finished on site

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October saw the completion of WT Architecture’s first commission in the Cairngorms National Park.

Located in the ‘Forest Village’ of Nethy Bridge, the project brief was to revitalise a neglected Victorian cottage by creating new and reorganised spaces that enjoy a closer connection with the surrounding woodland. A substantial extension containing kitchen, living and dining areas, with an origami-like zinc roof that is  pitched and folded in multiple directions, wraps itself around the corner of the existing cottage cable.

This project was also the first time we have had the opportunity to collaborate with local contractors, Colin Lawson Builders, who were a joy to work throughout with and have delivered a stunning product. We hope to have some sparkly professional photographs taken of the finished building early in the New Year, so look out for these soon.

 

Planning Granted - Elie Beach House

We are thrilled that our project to transform a B-Listed beach house in Elie has recently been granted Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent. The project will see a pair of highly contemporary, copper and glass extensions added, as well as significant rationalisation of the interior, to create dining, living and kitchen spaces that luxuriate in the site's beach-front location. We look forward to developing technical designs over the coming months.

 

Cairngorm Cottage starts on site

 

March has seen work starting on our extension and alteration project to a cottage in the Cairngorm National Park. The first and most gratifying move was to demolish the ghastly two-storey existing extension and its associated connecting 'bridge'. The original L-shaped cottage is now finally given some breathing space, ready to receive our folded zinc and timber extension. Old buildings often reveal hidden treasures; the contractors have already found a very well preserved 1901 edition of the Scotsman newspaper, complete with articles detailing the action unfolding on the front of the Boer War!

We looking forward to working for the first time with Colin Lawson Builders, of nearby Grantown-on-Spey, as the construction work progresses throughout 2017.

 

Merry Christmas!

It has been another very busy but exciting year for us at WT Architecture. Click on the image above or here to access our Newsletter 2016 and see all the highlights. We look forward to some really interesting projects starting, developing or being built in 2017.

From all of us at WT Architecture, we wish our clients, colleagues and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

More work in Elie!

The small seaside town of Elie is proving to be a fruitful source of exciting new work for us! In part due to the success of our award-winning beach house there, we have secured two further projects over the past few months. Both new projects comprise the extension and alteration of existing historic buildings.

This latest commission involves the demolition of a ghastly plastic conservatory on the B-Listed house, which is to be replaced by a more contemporary living and dining extension. The existing house benefits from an enclosed seaward courtyard, protected from the crashing surf by a massive sandstone sea wall. The proposed extension has been designed to develop a strong relationship with this sea wall, with a form and materiality that echoes defensive maritime structures.

 

New publication feature - The Hinterland, Gestalten

Proud to have our award-winning Mill project featured in the latest release from respected publishers, Gestalten. The Hinterland: Cabins, Love Shacks and Other Hide-Outs presents a carefully curated selection of international projects that celebrate architecture the architecture of hideaways and retreat spaces. Available at fine architectural bookstores everywhere.

 

New project in the Hebrides

We are thrilled to have secured a new job on the beautiful isle of Eriskay. The brief is a new home for a young and growing family, who originally hail from Eriskay and neighbouring Barra. Once again we are blessed with a stunning site, sat on the flanks of Beinn Scrien looking out across the Sound of Barra. After working so much over the years on the Inner Hebrides, we are looking forward to working on the Outer.

 

Forth Bridge Experience - new image released

The Forth Bridge Experience has released one of our previously unseen images of our proposals for the South Queensferry Bridge Walk building. The images were released following pressure in the media from Fife Council on Network Rail to provide assurances that delivering the project was still a priority. There is a tangible sense of enthusiasm building in the media and online for more information on how this remarkable project can happen. If you too want to see this vision become a reality, the Facebook page of the Forth Bridge Experience is a great way to stay up to date and to voice your views.

 
 

Loch-side Bothy

We have always been lucky to work on some wonderful projects at WT Architecture, but sometimes we get to work on projects we really wish could be our own.

We have recently been developing some initial designs for a small private bothy on a secluded and inaccessible loch-side location. This modest building will be a place for our clients to retreat to with their friends and family, enjoying canoeing in the summer and evenings of whisky and fireside chat in the winter.

Although an apparently simple structure, the building responds very carefully to the topography and orientation of the site, the position of trees and the directions of key views. The simple timber structure will be cloaked in black timber cladding and metal roofing, whilst the interior will be whitewashed. Four sleeping areas are provided, a stove for warmth and cooking, and practical bench seating and countertop furniture.

 

On Site in Skye

Good progress on Skye over the last month with big areas of glass going in making the building wind and water tight ahead of the inevitable autumnal weather. The roofing is now nearly complete and hopefully the scaffold will be coming down in the next few weeks. Parts of the inside are now ready for painting, and plumbing fittings are starting to be fitted. We’ve also had a community open day to which a good number of locals came, in spite of the rain.

Our on site blog features regular updates on progress throughout the construction phase.

 

Planning Secured

We have secured Planning permission for a new house near Newport upon Tay, overlooking the Firth of Tay and across the water to Dundee. The house is positioned in a gently sloping parkland setting, against a backdrop of trees, sinking slightly into the slope. On approach the house is overtly closed down and private, and built up in stone reclaimed from nearby ruins. On the other side the house is more open and luxuriates in the open views.

 

Publication Launch

We are proud to see two of our completed projects, Newhaven and Wormit extensions in Edinburgh, featured in a new publication from RIBA on inspirational renovation projects. Author, Richard Wilcock, has brought together a host of cutting-edge projects that celebrate contemporary interventions into existing buildings.

Summary from RIBA Publishing : 

"Thirty two fully-illustrated case studies have been selected to show the latest in design excellence, innovation in construction techniques and the ability of the interventions to achieve energy-savings and ecological improvements. Many of the houses are listed or in conservation areas and the schemes demonstrate how the most contemporary design can sit harmoniously alongside historic buildings and also transform traditional cellular layouts into open plan kitchen/dining/living spaces suitable for contemporary lifestyles.

The book is inspiring and technically detailed, highlighting advances in technology and building product development, including the latest methods to improve the energy efficiency of our traditional housing stock."

The book is available to purchase in hardback from RIBA Bookshops and other fine architectural bookstores everywhere. Click here to view an extract.