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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.

 

Seasons Greetings

HLA would like to wish our clients and colleagues warm wishes for the festive period, and a happy new year to come.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

We are pleased to announce our appointment by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for a £1.6m refurbishment at their headquarters in Glasgow. Having been awarded 6th in the world for performing arts eduction, R.C.S.’s enduring popularity has led to an increase in student numbers.
 
The project involves internal reconfiguration of the prominent Renfrew Street building designed by Sir Leslie Martin, and introduction of new windows to the existing elevations to provide a number of acoustically high-performance individual and ensemble practice rooms. Also included are gathering spaces to support social and creative interaction, the lifeblood of The Conservatoire’s unique student output. 
 
H.L.A. look forward to working with R.C.S. to provide spaces which inspire students and are worthy of this internationally acclaimed institution.
 
 

 

Architectural Guide to the North Coast 500

The Kylesku Hotel in Sutherland has been included in the "Architectural Guide to the North Coast 500 with meanderings" produced by the Inverness Architectural Association in celebration of the Festival of Architecture 2016.  The NC 500 is a recently established tourist route that passes the hotel.  It comprises of a 500 mile route from Inverness, up the west coast and back via the rugged north coast taking in some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery.  Copies of the booklet area available in tourist centers, arts venues and the RIAS bookshop in Edinburgh.

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.

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. 
 
 

New Architects

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

 

Planning Permission in Belhaven

We are delighted to have received planning permission for a new build house in Belhaven, East Lothian.

 

The house will sit at the rear of a long plot with a narrow plan to nestle into the shape of the site. It is split into two main components separated by a modest entrance courtyard. The walls will be clad in brick to match neighbouring buildings, and timber cladding left untreated to grey gradually and blend into the leafy garden surroundings.

 

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

HLA Runs for Nepal

On the 31st May, Helen Lucas Architects will be taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, raising much needed funds for earthquake victims in Nepal. Split into 2 relay teams, our running will support the work of Mercy Corps. To support these efforts, please donate to the cause below.

 

Helen Lucas Architects at JustGiving

 

RSAW Spring School 2015

HLA can confirm that Helen Lucas will be participating in the Royal Society of Architects in Wales Spring School 2015. Discussing some of our most recent projects around Scotland, Helen will be joined by Valerie Mulvin and Chris Loyn amongst others.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Gatehouse Revisited

This listed gatehouse was completed two years ago.  Our phographer has been back to photograph it now the cladding has weathered and the garden has matured.  More details of the project at Grange Loan can be seen on our main website.

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.

Foundations Complete

A party was held at the site of the new Conacher Reynolds house to celebrate the completion of the foundations.  The neat concrete pads will support the green oak frame giving a light touch on the sloping landscape overlooking the sea.

 

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.

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."
 

Pathways to Professions

Helen Lucas Architects have been providing placements  for school students through Edinburgh University's Pathways to the Professions programme for a number of years. There is now a film!

 

Commendation for Grange Loan

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

New Associate

Helen Lucas Architects are happy to announce that Ros Livingstone has been promoted to Associate.

 

Ros, who has been working with the practice since 2008, will continue to work as a Project Architect but will now also take on various administrative and managerial roles within the practice.