Don’t ruin it!

Achara House - Duror. This Grade 2 Listed Lorimer-inspired house has had a summer of unplanned but very comprehensive fabric repairs. Now 2017 is upon us its time to start developing the building into a high end (albeit small) hotel. Extending the building is a delicate exercise as so many Scottish country houses have been ruined by conversions to hospitality use and we are being given a doubly tough brief that the conversion should be fully and easily refocused back to a modern country house if required. Highland Council seem happy with our initial proposal…so some speedy development work needed for a late January detailed planning submission.. 


Our Mhor Micro project was recognised last night at the annual GIA Awards ceremony where it won the Small Project category and it capped off a quite amazing project that went from gestation to completion in just over three months. It was a project where everyone who contributed to it was instrumental in its success and everyone who bought into the concept has been enthused with the possibilities going forward.

We look forward to what we’re going to do for the 2017 Mhor Festival – but hopefully based on the success of this year’s project we might be able to tap up a few more sponsors!

Unusual buildings, unusual locations…small and simple

Nothing I like better than working on small projects, in far-flung locations and in short timescales. Its what keeps your passion for doing this going while you deal with the sometimes depressing amount of project noise that larger projects inevitably generate. So when I’m working late into the night on a tender package for a £500k project I can console myself with the memories of sunny days working on things like this. Make the busy winter period a bit more bearable. Photos by 

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