News Stories


Harris Planning Permission Granted

We are thrilled to share that HLA have now received full planning permission for a new house on the Isle of Harris. The proposed project will sit harmoniously within the landscape, maintaining a structure that compliments both the existing site as well as the natural contours of the landscape. Situated just off the waterfront, the property will accommodate two bedrooms, a shower room, a kitchen, dining and living area, utility and toilet, all on a single storey. 


School Work Experience

The team thoroughly enjoyed hosting an S4 Edinburgh student on work experience last week. It was a pleasure to provide insights into architectural practice to such an engaged student.

Workplace Menopause Workshop

We were delighted to welcome Lyndsay Harrison from Workplace Menopause Support to deliver a workshop to our team. Lyndsay gave us an enlightening and invaluable lunchtime talk on the impact of menopause within the workplace, and how best to support those experiencing perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms.

We would strongly encourage everyone to get in touch with Lyndsay to help break the taboo of discussing the menopause, and to educate all in the workplace, and we look forward to continuing our conversations within HLA.


Passivhaus Certification

Helen Lucas Architects are delighted to congratulate Associate Nick Green and Senior Associate Lucy Sacker on qualifying as Certified Passive House Designers with the Passive House Institute. 

As Scotland moves towards adopting a Passivhaus Equivalent standard for all new build housing, the depth of knowledge and technical understanding gained will be a valuable resource within the practice in continuing to deliver low energy, super-efficient and thermally comfortable projects – both new build and refurbishment. 


The construction industry has a huge role to play in responding to the Climate Emergency and we look forward to using Passivhaus as a tool to reduce the impact our buildings have by reducing their in-use energy demands, alongside wider efforts to reduce the embodied carbon of our designs. 


Helen Lucas Architects ltd is a member of the Passivhaus Trust and we would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in pursuing a Passive House or Enerphit project.

Congratulations Jake, PR1 2000m World & European Indoor Rowing Champion

Helen Lucas Architects are delighted to congratulate Architectural Assistant, Jake Woods, upon winning gold in the men’s PR1 2000m at the 2024 World Rowing Indoor Championships in Prague. Congratulations Jake!