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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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Planning permission for Loch Lubnaig house and swimming pool

HLA are delighted to announce that full Planning permission has been granted for a wide ranging set of proposals to an existing dwelling house & former agricultural settlement on the banks of Loch Lubnaig, in the National Park of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. 
 
The approval includes for a new ancillary dwelling house, the extension and renovation of an existing Victorian house and a new contemporary swimming pool building, alongside an extensive landscaping strategy. A palette of traditional and contemporary materials, including brick, timber, red tin, natural stone and shuttered concrete has been employed to help restore the site to a condition fit for family use. A new ground source heat pump system will provide power to the site. 
 
Construction is expected to commence on site in the Summer of 2016. 
 
 

Highland Hotel Reopens

After a busy winter on site, HLA are delighted to announce that the Phase 1 of our Kylesku Hotel project is complete, with the hotel bar and restaurant open for business! Thanks to some fantastic weather our latest site meeting was held on the deck, in the warm sunshine.

 

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. 

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.

 

Extension Complete at Kingsknowe

We have recently completed a small extension in the Kingsknowe area of Edinburgh.  The extension is finished in a breathable lime render with framed sliding doors and timber clad inlay.

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. 

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

 

Sinuous Staircase

This top lit oak staircase twists through a void created between the existing gatehouse and new extension at Grange Loan.

 

The double curved handrail was handmade by a Fife based joiner whom Helen Lucas Architects regularly collaborate with. A blacksmith fitted the mild steel rods and welded a steel ribbon to the the top of them. The oak handrail which curves in two directions was made to match and forms a sweeping curve between the levels. The oak treads have scored nosings for slip resistance and the whole staircase was finished with a hardwax oil to enhance the natural beauty of the wood.

 

View more images of the completed project to the Grange Loan Gatehouse >

 

Extension Complete in Edinburgh

An extension to a lower flatted villa within the Polwarth conservation area is now complete.

 

The addition provides a new front entrance and hall made from traditional stone. The traditional block to the front intersects with a timber clad building which contains a large living room, study and additional bedroom and cloakroom. The new contemporary living space has a large sliding door which opens across the outside of the building to provide access and views onto the private garden.

 


Glazing Polwarth Terrace

The glazing is being installed at Polwarth Terrace a Villa to the west of Edinburgh. This project is being constructed to a very tight timetable and is approaching watertightness after only six weeks on site.

 

One of the most interesting aspects of the design is this bespoke sliding door which slides across the external face of the cladding to give unimpeded access to the garden.

 

 

Grange Extension Complete

The extension to the listed gate house is now complete. The timber clad extension with a butterfly roof has doubled the floor space in this efficiently designed extension.

 

The Clients used local materials where possible inside and out. The western red cedar used to clad the building was sourced from the Knoydart Peninsula from trees toppled during last years storms.

 

Garden Room Extension Completed at Moston Terrace, Edinburgh

The construction of a stoneclad, single storey garden room extension is completed at Moston Terrace, Edinburgh. The garden room extension element of the ground floor extension and refurbishment of this family home is completed.

 

The stoneclad exterior and timber framed windows sit comfortably with the existing house while maintaining the sleek language of a modern extension.

 

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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.

 

Timber Frame is Almost Complete at Dick Place

The extension to a small listed home in Edinburgh is moving at a fast pace After a little over a month on site the form of this contemporary extension is plainly visible. This is a major advantage of using timber frame construction.

 

 

 

More progress on extension to Cottage near Dunbar

Cladding is added to Timber Frame extension. The project is really starting to take shape as the timber cladding starts to be applied to a contemporary timber frame extension to a listed building in East Lothian.

 

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Extension to Gatehouse on Dick Place, Edinburgh

Timber frame extension starts on site at Dick Place, Edinburgh. Progress has been fast in the first few weeks on site with this timber frame extension which will double the footprint of the original gatehouse.

 

Designed to be as passively energy efficient as possible, this project is an exciting one to watch.

 

New Window at Hartington Gardens, Edinburgh

A window with a great view over central Edinburgh is installed at Hartington Gardens.

 

A sliding, folding window is installed permitting panoramic views across Edinburgh from a modern third floor extension and refurbishment. The window is pushed beyond the building envelope allowing spectacular 180 views over the surrounding rooftop

 

View the completed project >

 

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Family home in the Highlands with wind turbine and solar panels.

Simple Shepherd's Cottage transformed into generous family home in the Highlands.

 

A contemporary, light extension to a small original cottage creates comfortable, airy living spaces with spectacular views out to the hills.

 

A wind turbine is sat distanced from the house and solar panels have installed on the south facing roof. This project was recently completed and featured in this month's Grand Designs Magazine.

 

View photographs of the completed project >

 

House Grows in Size

Before and after pictures of a cottage on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

 

The house has doubled in size but you could quite easily miss the amount of work that has taken place. Following an extensive refurbishment and extension by Helen Lucas Architects an extra storey has been added to the house as well as a brick porch and a large extension to the rear of the property overlooking the garden.

 

 

HLA Revisit Leamington Terrace

Photographs of Untreated Timber Cladding Three Years After Installation.

 

The clients at Leamington Terrace decided to leave the Iroko Cladding to their garden room extension untreated. Three years on the timber has weathered naturally to a beautiful silver colour.

 

See more images of Leamington Terrace >

 

Edinburgh Extension

This classic Edinburgh bungalow gained planning permission for a large rear extension in June.

 

The project started on site in September and the timber framed extension is starting to take shape. The extension benefits from very large sliding doors to maximise the daylight and views.

 

A loft conversion is taking place in conjunction with these works and progress can be seen in a separate post.

 

Setting Out in North Berwick

An aerial photograph of the extension in North Berwick gives a plan view of the proposal. The foundations have been dug for this garden room to a listed cottage set one street back from the seafront. The scaffold from which this photograph was taken has a wonderful view looking out to the islands of East Lothian.

Night Shot of East Lothian Extension

The interior glows in this night shot taken of an extension recently completed in East Lothian. The room has a very natural feel due to the calm use of materials and simple layout of the space. Flooded with sunshine in the day this space is also cosy in the evenings. The solid oak flooring not only looks warm but feels warm due to underfloor heating. Follow this link to see daytime shots of this project near Ravensheugh Beach.

Timber Details at Tynininghame

Vertical Siberian large has been fastidiously detailed at this project neat Tyninighame, East Lothian. It has been inset with solid sections of planed iroko at the windows. The mono pitched roof is in a warm grey prepatinated zinc.

Extension Complete