West Dullatur Lodges submitted for planning - its a small development of lodges/bothies/huts within a plot of Ancient Woodland on the shores of Loch Venachar in the Trossachs. This development is one of a number we are currently working on to feed the rising demand for short duration getaways to remote locations in the Highlands.  the site is an area of formerly clearfelled Ancient Woodland that the development seeks to manage and reinstate with native planting. The lodges have a small footprint, immense views accross Loch Venachar to Ben Ledi and they have plenty of the little luxuries that the market seems to be demanding. Looking forward to building these! 

…a busy summer

It has been a very busy summer with a lot of our work diversifying further – we’re not actively trying to avoid pigeonholing ourselves…things just keep veering off on tangents. The picture shows Scotland’s most scenic chimney; works are galloping towards completion at Monachyle Beag. The Tin Tabernacle is almost through the planning process and we’re just about to start on the planning marathon that is the Old District Court in Turnbull Street. The plethora of pods, lodges and bothies scattered across the highlands are beginning to come to life and yet more historic buildings appearing on the book.

Team news and Me has become We – Dermot Smyth and Lewis Grant have joined the studio to help with the ever-growing workload, their assistance and input is much appreciated and the backlog is beginning to clear.  So hopefully giving me more time to post my inane ramblings here more often than every three months…not that anyone’s reading!

Trying not to Ruin it part 2

Well here’s our first pass at saving a 125 year old Tin Tabernacle - some external modifications using the same fenestration pattern as the rest of the church but subtly changing the proposition of the windows and adding a central rose window to the front elevation. It may “only” be C Listed but these little pre-fab gems have been unfairly overlooked and so few are left we are determined not to ruin this one by going all interventionist with it. The majority of the work is inserting an entirely new structure within - time will tell how well that works. We’ll keep you posted.  

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