Loch Tummel starts on site

Since 2014, we have been working on designs for a remarkable new home on the shores of Loch Tummel, in the Perthshire highlands. We are now thrilled to see this project start on site, led by main contractor 7even Construction Ltd. of Aviemore.

Work is commencing with the demolition of the existing farmhouse and adjacent outbuilding, re-routing of services, and the erection of a new outbuilding to the south of the main house site. We then anticipate being on site until summer of 2017.

Be sure to visit the on-site blog for regular updates on progress.

Click here to visit the project page.

 

Our Growing Team

WT Architecture have been continuing to expand lately, both in terms of size and skills.

Congratulations first go to Lucie Tinsdale, who was recently formerly accepted into the Register of Architects, following the successful completion of her professional examinations earlier this year.

We are also delighted to welcome Architect, Eilidh Izat, to the team. Eilidh joins us from Reiach and Hall in Edinburgh, but has worked in practices in Japan and Scandinavia.

 

On site in Skye and East Lothian

Sustainable Community Hub, Isle of Skye

After a lot of groundworks to get down to solid ground, its great to see our community hub on Skye starting to emerge out of the earth. The foundations are now largely complete and soon the ground floor will be installed. The blue skies were showing off the incredible views from the site on our latest visit.

Head over to our dedicated on-site page for full updates on the project.

Steading Conversion - East Lothian

Meanwhile, in East Lothian, our new house in a historic steading complex is edging towards completion. The building is now wind and watertight, thanks to the installation of the high-performance aluminium sliding windows. The windows have been installed in advance of the stone walls being completed, as they are designed to eventually slide into hidden pockets in the stonework. Inside, the underfloor heating installation is complete, and finishes are starting to be applied.

New Project - Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

 

We are really looking forward to working with the Congregation and community of Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh to undertake a feasibility study into improvements to their Church Hall and catacombs. Old Saint Paul’s is an often overlooked architectural gem, tucked between closes in Edinburgh’s Old Town in the heart of the World Heritage Site, with the tall alter gable overlooking Waverley Station.  We will be looking at ways to improve the connection to the street and closes and making a welcoming arrival space, as well as options for reorganising the street/basement level to accommodate a whole range of functions from church hall, offices and meeting spaces to occasional cafe, creche and Sunday School.

Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church - official website

OSP Church Facebook page

 

Isle of Skye Community Hub breaks ground

The start of February saw the inaugural site visit to the construction of our Sustainable Community Hub on the southern coast of the Isle of Skye. Although presently just a big hole in the ground and some stripped peat, the site will be steadily transformed over the next year by main contractors, Compass.

For over four and a half years, WT Architecture have been working with the communities of Camuscross and Duisdale to help deliver their ambition to create a sustainable community hub for present and future generations. WT Architecture and our wider design team are incredibly proud of all the hard work that has led to this milestone.

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

Visit the project page for more background information.

 

New project in Edinburgh

Although perhaps a rare pleasure for us these days, we have recently been enjoying working on a new project to alterations an existing house in central Edinburgh. The brief is to transform the kitchen and dining spaces of this Victorian townhouse by opening up the rear walls of the building to the garden, and also forming a secret study space above the new kitchen.

 

Projects on site

Work to our granary conversion in Midlothian is nearing completion. The last couple of months has seen the beautiful concrete floor poured, all walls plastered, electrics and plumbing in place with fittings underway, balustrade installed, external entrance platt and thresholds formed and fixed glazing in place. Click here to stay updated with the on-site blog.

In East Lothian, work to the steading conversion is also continuing stoically, despite the recent storms. The building is nearly wind and water tight, and soon to receive the first of the substantial glazing units.

 

RIBA House of the Year Shortlist

The Mill was described by Kevin McCloud as 'beautifully resolved' as it was announced that it had been shortlisted for the RIBA: House of the Year Award.

We featured on the 4th show in the Grand Designs series on Channel 4, if you missed it or want to watch again click here. The RIBA have written a nice piece with more information about the Mill and the other shortlisted projects here.

 


RIBA House of the year tonight

It is finally the turn of The Mill on Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year, tonight at 9pm on Channel 4! Watch out for our house in the Scottish Borders as we find out which house gets the final spot on the shortlist. The winner will be announced shortly after in the show. 

Huge thanks to our great clients, deft engineers David Narro Associates and dedicated contractor John Lawrie Construction.

Projects on site

Work to our steading conversion in East Lothian is coming along rapidly! The ground slab has been poured, the timber kit it starting to go up and steelwork fabrication is also underway. Over the next few weeks the timber frame should all be up ready to start work on the roof!

In Midlothian, our Granary Conversion is also continuing. With the majority of windows now in place, the internal fit-out is underway. November will see the completion of the stone re-pointing, the installation of the frameless glass and the laying of the concrete finished floor. Click here to stay updated with the on-site blog.

New project - Cairngorm National Park

We recently presented initial designs to our clients for a substantial new extension and alterations project to a cottage in the Cairngorm National Park. The proposals include the demolition of a poor quality two-storey extension, to be replaced by a folded zinc and timber addition (left). A separate garage and workshop building is also proposed as part of the project (right).

We now look forward to developing the proposals further, with a Planning submission hopefully sometime in the winter.

 

Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year Programme

The RIBA and Channel 4 have announced that a new TV series called Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year will be broadcast on Channel 4, featuring 20 longlisted houses. The programme is going to be broadcast weekly for 4 weeks, starting on the 4th November with the winner to be announced on screen on Wednesday 25th November. This little model was made especially for the filming. 

 

RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2015

WT Architecture are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted by the RIAS for the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award. The award was established in 2002 with the objective to find and celebrate the best buildings in Scotland. The shortlist of 12 buildings can be found on the RIAS website and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 4th November. 

Click here to see the project. 

 

Projects on site

 

 

 

 

 

WT Architecture seem to be converting old agricultural buildings all over the Lothians at the moment.

Work to our steading conversion in East Lothian is now underway, with the site being cleared and groundworks commencing.

In Midlothian, work on our granary conversion continues. With the majority of masonry alterations, new steelwork and timber kit complete, the focus moves on to the reconstruction of the roof. Click here to stay updated with the on-site blog.

 

Manser Medal 2015 - longlist

RIBA rather slipped this one under the radar in June, but we were delighted to discover this week that after its success at the RIAS awards our Mill conversion project has been placed on the long list of 18 projects for the Manser Medal 2015.

Official press release from RIBA

The Manser Medal is awarded each year to the best new house designed by an Architect in the UK, and represents the pinnacle of house design accolades. The short list will be announced by RIBA on the 3rd September.

Press announcement via Bustler
Press announcement via Architects' Journal

 

Saltire Housing 2015 Design Award Winners

WT Architecture are delighted to announce another award for The Mill in the Saltire Society 2015 Housing Design Awards. We are particularly thrilled that our contractor Lawrie Construction has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Builder's 'Good Building Award' for his work on The Mill as the best built single house in Scotland.

To visit the project page, click here.

 

RIAS Award Winners 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WT Architecture are thrilled to announce that our project The Mill has received an RIAS award. The results were announced last night at the RIAS Award Ceremony, where it was great to be joined by the project team John Lawrie of Lawrie Construction who built it, Ben Adam of David Narro Associates Engineers and Bob Riddell our Quantity Surveyor. 

We were delighted to also hear that The Mill was shortlisted for the Historic Scotland Award for Conservation and Climate Change, a Special Category Award in which only a handful were selected.

Stay tuned for the Saltire Housing 2015 Design Awards announcement next week.

 

Click here to visit the project page.