'The Courier', Conversion to Offices

Oliver Chapman Architects was commissioned to design the new head office for East Lothian Housing Association and 14 flats within a Grade B listed building, formerly the East Lothian Courier offices and press. 

The proposals involve a 3 storey fit-out to cater for approximately 60 staff, facilities include a new reception, boardroom, tenant meeting rooms, and office space for 5 different departments.
Design development has involved close consulation with East Lothian Housing Association, with feedback from all members of staff, to ensure a pleasant and tailored working enviroment. 

The design includes staff welfare facilites incorporated along key circulation routes to promote sociability. A ‘light’ approach has been taken to alterations to retain the building’s original character and features within the office space. Comprehensive IT facilites to allow ELHA flexibility and proofing, and a whole building ventilation system were descreetly integrated.

 

Awards

Scottish Home Awards 2012 Conversion of the year award Finalist
Scottish Home Awards 2012 Small Housing development of the year award Finalist