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Wester Coates Planning

HLA are delighted to have received Planning Permission for an attic extension at a house in the Coltbridge and Wester Coates Conservation Area. The property was previously extended for the same owners by Helen Lucas Architects in 2009.

Greenhill Planning

HLA are delighted to have received Planning permission and Listed Building Consent for the renovation and extension of a B-listed Victorian villa in the Merchiston and Greenhill Conservation Area. Extending into an unused existing void space, the proposal strives to reorganise the villa to adapt to the needs of modern living; a generous kitchen-dining space overlooks the leafy front garden, whilst new decking and openings accentuate the relationship between the house and the redesigned rear garden.

 

A quadripartite window to the front elevation is composed to match the existing fenestration; the verticality and generous proportions are a contemporary articulation of the original early Victorian facade.

Renovation Nearing Compeltion

The renovation and extension of this house in Merchiston, Edinburgh is now nearing compeltion. Work has included the formation of new zinc clad extensions to the rear of the house, as well as extensive Lithomex stone repairs, which beautifully match the original building fabric.

Belford Mews Planning

HLA are delighted to have received Planning permission and Listed Building Consent for the renovation and change of use of a C-listed mews house in the Dean Conservation Area, Edinburgh.

 

The dilapidated garage space is to be insulated and converted into a spacious one-bed home. A new opening to the rear reveals the stunning backdrop of the Dean Village and Water of Leith.

 

Originally designed as a row of stables in the late 19th Century, our proposal strives to retain the character of the original timber coach doors. A contemporary adaptation of the street elevation provides clerestory light, a hidden window concealed by a shutter, and a new place to sit and enjoy the sun.

Works Complete at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

HLA were pleased to attend the formal opening of new practice rooms at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland yesterday. The new practice rooms have already proved popular, and initial feedback from staff and students has been very positive.

 

HLA have very much enjoyed working with the Royal Conservatoire and the project team and hope that their new Creative Campus is an asset to this lively and thriving institution.

 

The opening has been covered by both the BBC and The Herald.

 

Colinton Revisited

HLA were pleased to revisit our project at Woodhall Road, Edinburgh 18 months after practical completion. The garden-room features a postless corner, allowing open views and access to the adjacent garden.

 

New Build House in Edinburgh Complete

We have recently completed this new build family home in the Swanston area of Edinburgh. The house is designed to nestle into it’s sloping site whilst maximising the views of the Pentland hills beyond.  The orientation and form of the dwelling creates two private courtyards allowing the occupants to enjoy the morning and evening sun both outside and in the principal living area. 

 

HLA Project For Sale

 

Our project at Hillend is currently up for sale, and is still looking fantastic after 11 years! Please contact the current owners through HLA to receive further information.

 

 

 

HLA becomes Limited Company

We are pleased to announce that as of 1st April 2016 Helen Lucas Architects became a Limited Company.

 

Having moved into our new office in 2015, we are excited to be progressing a range of new and varied projects due on site this year.

New Architects

Helen Lucas Architects are delighted to announce that 3 members of staff have recently passed their final professional examinations.

 

New Recruits

Three new members of staff have recently joined the team at Helen Lucas Architects. 

 

Laura Harty joined the office in June, Neil Dargie in August and Will Cairns in September.

 

 

 

We have moved!

Helen Lucas Architects have now moved in to newly refurbished offices at 31-35 Marchmont Road.

 

 

New Associates

HLA are delighted to announce the promotions of Clare Armstrong, Lucy Sacker and Claire Metivier to the position of Associate.

 

They will continue to work as a Project Architects but will now also take on a wider role within the practice.

 

From England to Scotland and Beyond

Helen Lucas was recently invited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to discuss the practice of Architecture in the UK. In the podcast Helen shares her unique perspective on the profession, the workplace, sustainability, and what made her originally want to become an Architect. 

 

Click here to listen to the podcast

Dollar Stair Complete

We are very happy with the latest stair installation at our project in Dollar, Clackmannanshire. The continuous handrail and dark treads contrast with the decoration, and the post-less construction allows the light to flood into the newly formed space through spindle balusters.

 

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.

 

Cameras at the ready!

Helen Lucas Architects observe the eclipse through their carefully constructed pinhole cameras.

 

HLA Goes Green

We were pleased to see our two complementary rear extensions to a villa in the Grange taking shape. The Summer House is clad in pre-patinated copper. The same material is also used to hightlight a slot picture window on the stone extension, which houses a new bathroom and utility. 

Georgian House Extension Takes Shape

A 100m2 extension to a Georgian House in Northern Fife starts to take shape on site.

The dual pitch of the roof allows for a sheltered external area, which takes advantage of the southern exposure whilst providing internal shading during the summer months. 

Woodhall Road Nearing Completion

Stonework is nearing completion at our garden room extension at a C-listed house in Colinton, Edinburgh. With wide, postless-corner glazing, this space will provide fantastic views across the adjacent garden.

 

Rooflight Complete at Abercromby

The rooflight of an extension to an A listed garden flat in The New Town Conservation Area was installed this week. It provides a fantastic source of light into the new family dining area. 

2014 IAA Convention

Helen Lucas Architects were delighted to attend the 2014 Inverness Architectural Association Convention on Skye. Enjoyable presentations included those by Hugh Strange, Jonathan Hendry and Malcolm Fraser amongst others, as well as a talk by Helen Lucas entitled 'Building on the Edge'.

 

The office was delighted to be awarded a Commendation for Best Use of Timber at our Croft House, Stoer, which was collected by Project Architect Claire Metivier.

 

 

Complete Project

Practical Completion has been certified at the garden room extension at Stanhope Place in Edinburgh.  The roof has been designed so evening sun can still reach the sheltered east corner of the site which is the perfect spot for a gin and tonic.

A CPD Abroad

Helen Lucas was invited to a Russwood extended CPD in Pisek, Czech Republic, with a selection of Architects from across Scotland. The CPD was an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the production and design possibilities of timber flooring. 

Before & After

A workers cottage in west Edinburgh has been transformed by a full width rear extension.  The zinc extension perches on top of the existing stone work giving the back of this previously cramped property a complete overhaul.

East Claremont Street

Charred timber cladding is the proposed finish this Edinburgh Extension which has recently gained planning permission.  The folding sliding doors and timber ingos will be oiled to provide an interesting contrast as can be seen on this visualisation.

 

Duddingston Villa Complete

Work to an upper villa in Duddingston Conservation area is now complete.  The scheme has linked the upper apartment with a new ground floor extension which opens onto the garden with a view of Arthur's Seat.

Extension Complete in Portobello

We have recently completed an extension to a house on a corner within the Portobello conservation area.



The existing listed single storey villa now has a timber clad side extension tucked behind a retained stone wall from an earlier extension. There is an open plan kitchen dining room inside with a sliding door to open out to the garden and bay window seat. The bay is clad on the outside in zinc. 

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.

 

Helen Lucas Architects featured in The Guardian

This green oak framed house, completed in 2008, was featured in the homes section of the Guardian on Saturday 5th October.   The photographs show how the house has weathered into - and become a natural looking part of - the landscape.

 

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Helen Lucas Architects awarded commendation in Saltire Society Housing Awards

Grange Loan has been awarded a commendation in the Alterations, Renovation and Extension category of the Saltire Society Housing Awards.

 

The property is a Listed Building and had been derelict for a number of years. The existing lodge house had only three small rooms, which are now the main living space. The house has also been extended with two contemporary wings. This provides a kitchen on the ground floor and - by utilising the slope - a bedroom wing on two levels, ground and lower ground.
 
Helen Lucas Architects detailed the modern materials carefully to ensure the quality of finish would compliment the existing historic building.
 
The judges commented:
"Client and architect worked closely and intensely to restore and extend a derelict gatehouse in the leafy Grange, Edinburgh. The existing stone building and discrete two-storey extension have been carefully planned, crisply detailed and beautifully executed. The compact internal layout and restrained palette of materials allow the new extension to nestle quietly and respectfully around the existing building."
 

Commendation for Grange Loan

Our recently completed project at Grange Loan has recieved a commendation at the Saltire Awards.

Award nomination: Saltire Society Housing Design Awards

We are delighted that our project at Grange Loan, Edinburgh has been nominated for a Saltire Society Housing Design Award, in the  category for alterations, renovations and extensions.

 

Winners will announced by the Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess MSP, at the Awards ceremony on Monday 9th September.  The chair of this year's judging panel is the broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.

 

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

 

Villa Restored

A listed building in The Grange area of Edinburgh has been restored.  Helen Lucas Architects have completed the re-instatement of a villa in Greenhill Gardens which had been split into upper and lower dwellings in the 1930s. A new staircase to re-connect the house a contemporary garden room and garage extensions complement the historic villa.