So, we begin 2016 with a range of ongoing and some new potential work. 

In February we have Planning approval for the retail unit extension in the Kirkcudbright conservation area. That is a big step forward on this project,. Now we will negotiate with the timber frame company and general contractor preferred by the client, sort out who does the SBEM calculations, brief the structural engineer and get at least some of the site cleared so we can dig some trial pits assess the ground. In May we also receive a Building Warrant for the demolition work. The existing building is mostly Chrysotile (in the form of asbestos cement sheets). 

Our Eco camp site makes progress with decisions by the client on location and type of huts. However, the client has much work in relation to the site licence and the technicalities of composting toilets and has commissioned the Centre for alternative Technology to verify that her designs meet appropriate standards that would allow Building Standards Dumfries to approve them.

In April we move house to Kibworth Beauchamp and immediately decide to make changes. More later on that.

St Cuthbert Wanderers have continued with their mission to get licence by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). That means they have to meet the Safety in Sports Grounds conditions to first receive a licence from D&G Council. We have helped with background information but they like to do their own thing. We are commissioned by the club to sort out Planning and Building Standards for a new toilet block they have purchased.

The RIAS awards for 2016 includes the ‘Pate factory’ extension in Kirkcudbright, actually Castle MacLellan Foods, by Taylor Architecture Practice Ltd. The parent company, the Swiss (I think) group Salvi have invested millions in new buildings and plant upgrades. That is good news for this small town.

On June 21st we are at a gathering of architects from all over D&G to discuss how we might benefit from regular discussion etc. However, the location, MOVE at Dumfries provides inspiration to join with the growing cultural scene emerging from MOVE. The building is such a joy to visit and might become the place we hang out.

Our client for the conservation project has decided not to use a timber frame and to bring forward the demolition work. We need to make some design changes.

In September St Cuthbert Wanderers finally get their licence from the Scottish Football Association (SFA). A long haul. We have played a part and wish them further success.