News Stories


Highland Shelters Competition

Helen Lucas Architects entered a recent competition by Highland Council for the design of three roadside shelters at Locharron, Achnasheen and Braemar Junction.


Taking the view, orientation to the sun and exposure to the surrounding environment as the inspiration, the project sought to provide places of ‘prospect and refuge’ for visitors to the area. The shelters used a combination of local materials and pre-fabrication to make construction and repair as easy as possible in these often remote locations. 


Although we were not shortlisted in the final three entrants we very much enjoyed developing these proposals.

Swanston Planning Granted

We are delighted to have received planning permission for this new build house in the south of Edinburgh. Set over 2 levels, the transparency of the elevations visually connect the interior spaces with 2 new courtyard gardens, whilst the upper roof terrace takes in fantastic views to the Pentland Hills.


Planning Permission for new house in Midlothian

Helen Lucas Architects have received plannning permission for a new low energy house in rural Midlothian. The house will feature an air source heat pump, rainwater harvesting and solar panels. The building will be clad with lime render, larch boarding and standing seam zinc roofing.

Planning Permission Granted for Canaan Lane

Planning Permission has been granted for a new house on Canaan Lane in Edinburgh's Morningside neighbourhood.


The 3d image below shows how the new 3-bedroom family house will use natural local sandstone to match the adjacent historic house, with a contemporary zinc-clad upper storey.


Proposal in Teddington

Edinburgh based Helen Lucas Architects have produced a computer model of a proposal in the London Borough of Richmond. A series of small additions are proposed to a Grade II Listed house.


The priorities are to increase the natural light and flow of spaces in this historic property that was badly bombed during the war. The high quality materials specified can be seen in this computer generated image produced at HLA. Painted brickwork, zinc roofing and large areas of glazing continue the palette and details established by the main house.


Helen Lucas Architects are able to produce computer generated or physical cardboardmodels as a design tool or representation of a proposed scheme for their clients.


Other model photos and renderings can be found by filtering news stories by computer model and model


Planning Permission in Inverleith

Helen Lucas Architects have gained Planning Permission for a substantial timber clad extension.


The extension has a glass roofed linking corridor to allow more natural light to enter the existing rooms. The design maximises connectivity with the garden and takes advantage of spectacular views across Edinburgh.