Architecture Fringe 2017 Sponsors

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We are proud to be sponsors of Scotland's second Architecture Fringe, and to be able to support the interesting, varied and vital dialogues raised through a series of exhibitions, talks, performances and other events which will be held at locations across Scotland throughout July.

"Initiated by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts which explores architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives."

We can't wait to take part in this year's exciting programme of events! More information can be found via the architecture fringe website.

OCA selected to run the Kincardine Charrette

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OCA are delighted to have been selected to lead a team for this series of community engagement  events organised by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the project's sponsors with support from Fife Council. This follows on from the success of the similar events for the Crinan Canal in Mid Argyll last year.

Kincardine has had a close relationship to the River Forth for work, originally with saltpans, fishing & shipbuilding and later for generating power,  and also as a strategic river crossing. Despite having charm and historic value, its town centre is commonly over looked by passing traffic. The charrette events will bring the community together to explore this issue and consider how to connect its neighbourhoods together better and ensure the centre thrives with life and enterprise.

The team includes Kevin Murray Associates, Wave Particle, HarrisonStevens, Context Economics, Colin Ross Workshop and John McIlhagger Associates. 

Kiosk at Laggan Locks given High Commendation at IAA Awards 2016

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OCA were delighted to receive a high commendation award on behalf of Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray for their project at the head of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. Winners of the Scottish Government's competition for projects along Scotland's promoted national Scenic Routes, this project provides visitor facilities (cafe kiosks, showers and toilets) alongside the Caledonian Canal. Oliver Chapman Architects provided professional support for this delightful project.

Great attendance at our Crinan Charrette

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It's only day two of our charrette for the Crinan Canal and we've already broken this year's record for best attended charrette. Lots of positive ideas, particularly regarding Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead's great waterfronts.

Join us at the Crinan Canal for a charrette (27th-30th April 2016)

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We are running a series of design workshop events across four days with Kevin Murray Associates in Mid Argyll. These will gather the views of local residents, businesses, land owners, community groups and other agencies to create a shared vision for the area aimed at maximising tourism and leisure opportunities alongside other business needs of the canal corridor and its communities.

Herne Hill house receives planning permission

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OCA have received planning permission for this project in London - an extension and alterations to a semi-detached residence in Herne Hill. Rooms, staggered in plan, jostle to reach the sunny rear garden. The part of the design that is the extension pokes out beyond an two storey annex and uses sturdy masonry corners to mark out its territory in the garden. Sturdy corners mean that walls and retaining walls can share the same architectural expression. 

Scottish Scenic Routes at Laggan Lock

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Our work supporting Gavin and Sean, winners of the Scottish Scenic Routes design competition round three, is nearly complete. The project fits well on the same site as our two camping cabins and provides toilets, a shower and a cafe kiosk for tourists on this well used route through the Great Glen.

Camping Pods Under Construction

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Our first two camping pods are taking shape on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, in the beautiful setting of Laggan Lock at the north end of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. Oliver Chapman Architects are also supporting the winners of the Scottish Government's Scottish Scenic Route initiative, young architects Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray, with their design for WC and café kiosk facilities.

 

'Casa' Skerrie Magazine Feature

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Oliver Chapman Architects' Skerrie House near Anstruther has been published in architecture magazine Arhitext as part of a feature on 'Local Resonances: Houses near Water'.

"The projects express the crossing of a limit and the establishment of a connection, either in a literal, symbolic or metaphorical way. In the O House [Sou Fujimoto Architects], the planimetric configuration and the pellicle of the glass surface poetically envision a crossing through the particles of the ocean, [while] the Skerrie House materialises a latent connection with the sea."

Dr Knox's Enigma now 'On Air'

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The team from Oliver Chapman Architects had a great time on Friday night trying out their latest completed project, which has just opened its doors in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Dr Knox's Enigma is a live puzzle game featuring codes to crack, clues to find, and riddles to solve, all centred around the mystery of the body-snatchers in 19th Century Edinburgh. Our team managed to solve the mystery within the allotted time-slot (with a little help from our friends), and we can't wait to go back to try out another puzzle soon!

Project Architect: Akiko Kobayashi | Client: Puzzlemonkey Ltd

Quand l'architecture efface le handicap: OCA exhibit work in Lille

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Oliver Chapman Architects have been invited to display work at an exhibition in Lille, France, at the Maison de l'architecture et de la ville Nord-Pas de Calais. The exhibition focuses on architectural design for clients with disabilities, and will include a feature on our Todlaw Supported Housing in Duns, alongside other architectural projects from across Europe.

The exhibition runs from 14th April - 20th June 2015, and entry is free.

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Merchiston Flats Complete

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Our new build flats in Merchiston for Wemyss Properties are now complete and we were delighted to learn that all eleven flats are now sold.

Ogilvie construction acted as main contractors delivering the build. The design features a carefully articulated and detailed limestone and rendered façade with recessed balconies responding to the scale and setting of mature trees and Victorian Villas along Polwarth Terrace; the glazed penthouse level offers dramatic views south toward Craiglockart and Corstorphine Hills.

New Outdoor Activity Centre for Bridge 8

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We have been appointed by Bridge 8, a Social Enterprise Group that created Edinburgh’s first canal-based outdoor activity centre, to develop a site-wide regeneration strategy in West Calder along with Harrison Stevens landscape Architects. These proposals seek to enhance visitor capacity for activities such as Kayaking, paddle-boarding, biking and climbing both locally and further afield. Our proposals involve flexible off-site construction techniques to accommodate the evolving future needs of the centre.

Laggan Scenic Routes

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We have been working with Scottish Canals, Aecom and Harrison Stevens to create new visitor facilities and camping pods at Laggan Lock. Through this commission we have been delighted to have been supporting the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative which has involved collaborating with Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray, two successful winners of the Scenic Routes competition. This Scottish Government funded initiative aims to promote and mentor recently graduated Architects via partnerships with established practices through creation of a network of sensitive new visitor attractions along the Canal Network and Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park.

Designs for Macfie Hall developing

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Following our success in a selected competition, we are delighted to have been developing designs with Macfie Hall Trust to adapt and extend the existing hall to maximise its potential for a wider programme of community use and as a destination within the Scottish borders.