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December 2016
A very Happy Christmas from us all at WT Architecture!  We've had another very busy year, but it's been no less exciting for that.  Our first public building is nearing completion and we've had some nice new projects to get our teeth in to, as well as some oldies moving forward. Below are some of our highlights from completed, ongoing and new projects.  Here's to a successful 2016, and a happy and prosperous 2017.

Our offices will be closed for Christmas from Friday 23rd December, reopening on Monday 9th January.

Skye Hub almost complete

Five years since we first headed Skye-wards, Camusross and Duisdale's community hub, An Crubh, is almost complete.  As this newsletter goes to the press, project architect Tamsin is on site for the last visit.  You can view the whole story from the construction by visiting the on-site blog on our website.  Inverness-based contractor Compass have been great to work with, so we must pay a big thank you to them, the design team and of course our clients. The building will formally open to the public in the early spring.

Other projects completed this year

East Lothian Steading

Our conversion of a ruinous steading building near Gullane in East Lothian was recently completed. A modest and reserved architectural intervention into a collection of historic buildings, the focus of this house project was on appreciating and complimenting the beautiful south-facing walled garden.

Midlothian Granary

Another conversion of a former threshing mill and granary, this project to create a new home for a growing family was completed earlier in the summer. We can't wait to see this special building start to bed into its surrounding grounds through the creativity and hard work of our landscape architect-client.

Public Projects

We continue to work in the Borders, the Hebrides, Edinburgh and Queensferry on a range of public projects:

Forth Bridge Experience

Recently the Forth Bridge Experience released a previously unseen image of our proposals for the South Queensferry Bridge Walk building.  The image was released following political and media pressure on Network Rail to provide assurances that delivering the project was still a priority.  There is now a tangible sense of enthusiasm building for more information on how this remarkable project can happen, and we hope to see progress on it in the new year.

Old Saint Paul's

We have been 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. We will be looking at ways to improve the connection to the street and closes in order to provide 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.

The Crook Inn & Iona Village Hall

As we experienced with our Skye hub, community led projects take a huge amount of time, effort and patience, and our projects on Iona and the Crook Inn in the Borders are no exception. The Tweedsmuir Community Company continue with fund raising for the latter, and have acquired some adjacent land where we have been exploring options for associated community business operations. On Iona we have our fingers crossed for funding to take the proposals for the village hall orward early next year.

On site in 2017

Loch Tummel

Since 2014 we have been working on a project for a stunning new house on the shores of Loch Tummel, in the highlands of Perthshire. After an initial round of works including the demolition of the former farmhouse and erection of a new outbuilding, the main house has started to emerge out of the ground. Contractors 7even Construction will be on site throughout 2017 working on the main house, as well as the refurbishment of the adjacent steading. Be sure to stay in touch with our on-site blog for regular updates on progress.

Nethy Bridge

An extension and revitalisation of a cottage in Nethy Bridge, in the Cairngorms National Park. Due to start on site in early Spring.

Newport

In north Fife our proposals for a new house overlooking the Tay will come to fruition over the next year too.

Upcoming Projects

Elie, Fife

The small seaside town of Elie is proving to be a fruitful source of new work for us!  We have secured two further projects over the past few months, both comprising of the extension and alteration of existing historic buildings.

Coll Hotel

We have been working on designs for a substantial extension to Coll Hotel that incorporates a new restaurant and bar.  The new wing is broken up in to a group of domestic scale spaces, reminiscent of traditional inn stabling, leaving the frontage of the old hotel relatively unaffected.

Eriskay

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.

Press

We've had some good coverage at home and in the international media this year, having been featured in publications including Elle Decoration Country, Habiter Les Ruines, Avivre, Renovations: An Inspirational Design Primer and Gestalten- The Hinterland. 

Other News

WT Architecture have continued to expand this year, in more ways than one! Congratulations first go to Lucie Tinsdale, who was formally accepted into the Register of Architects after successfully completing her professional examinations earlier this year. It has been a delight having Architect, Eilidh Izat, working with us since the summer. For 2017 we sadly say goodbye to Eileen Hall and Elaine Browne, but also are happy welcome Imogen Strzelecki.

But perhaps the most important new arrivals this year have been the birth of baby Arthur to Susie, and baby Tobias to Lucie! Warmest congratulations to both.

WT Architecture

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