Covers come off…slowly

Monachyle Beag is now careering towards its completion - its hard to keep track of all the progress until big steps are taken; such as the removal of the scaffolding. With the outer cladding and sedum roof in place the building now looks like the CGIs (which may seem an odd thing to say but trust me, it’s always a relief when that happens). The magic Sioo wood treatment is doing its stuff and the outer layer is silvering up pretty quickly. First impressions with the scaffold off seem to be good, however the very thin steel columns our engineer worked so hard on really are very thin! 


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!

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