Site start in Trinity

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We’re kicking off the New Year with a site start for our extension in Trinity, Edinburgh. Over the next few months we’ll be posting regular updates from the build which will provide a contemporary response to the craft and materiality of the Listed Arts & Crafts house



We're growing!

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OCA is growing! We’re celebrating our expanding team, with three new colleagues joining us over the past year. Coming from a range of backgrounds, our team represents a wealth of experience suited to the breadth of projects we have ongoing within the practice.

A special welcome to our latest team member, Kadum, who joins us as a Part II Assistant.

Lock 16 Canalside Community Hub granted planning permission

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Falkirk Council has recently granted planning consent for our proposals to transform the former Irn-Bru factory at Lock 16. The project will provide a new base for Scottish Canals and its partner organisations, including a canal-based skills and training centre and improved amenities for the local community.

Handover day at Rose Court, Galashiels

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Last week the keys for our new crescent of affordable homes at Rose Court, Galashiels were handed over. We’re delighted that the first tenants will be moving in before Christmas! 



Site progress at Rose Court

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Our new crescent of affordable homes for Scottish Borders Housing Association at Rose Court, Galashiels is taking shape. The project will provide ten new homes arranged in a single crescent with great views across the landscape. Check out our instagram page for regular updates. 

Working with Edinburgh World Heritage to open up the Tron Kirk

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We’ve recently been helping Edinburgh World Heritage Trust to open up the Royal Mile’s Tron Kirk, the home for their new Our World Heritage exhibition. It’s been a great project to be involved in and a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the history of this fascinating building. 

Ardrishaig Community Hub takes shape

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We're enjoying the combination of glorious weather and great progress on site in Ardrishaig, where the slab and sea wall are now complete. The site's location on the edge of Loch Gilp means that flood resistance has been a key consideration in our design, with changes in materials above and below a datum that will run through the building.  


Models featured in Royal Scottish Academy exhibition

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We’re excited to have our twentieth anniversary models featured in the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition of Architecture - open to the public until 6th June. The models showcase twenty of our favourite projects - past, present and future - and the range of work that we're proud to have been involved with over the years. 



DesignDunfermline2018 preparations get underway

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OCA are delighted to be working with Dunfermline Heritage Partnership and others to help deliver DesignDunfermline2018 - a series of public events over four days at the end of April. The local community - with the help of a team including facilitators, urban designers, architects, landscape architects and transport consultants - will create a design led solution for the regeneration of Dunfermline town centre. 

Preparations are well underway with pre-charrette activities taking place across the town as well as discussions with local groups including the Community Council. 

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Extension to Arts & Crafts house receives Planning and Listed Building Consent

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OCA are delighted to be be working with clients who own an Arts & Crafts house in Trinity, Edinburgh. It is a great opportunity to interpret that tradition, forming nooks with a new perimeter edge spaces and stepping the section underneath an over-sailing roof.

The use of materials such as Douglas fir, Petersen brick and copper will continue the craftsmanship of the existing house. Care has been taken to make the new copper roof respond to the existing cascade of roof planes at the rear, locking it into the building’s geometry and opening the house up to the garden.

Planning and Listed Building Consent have been granted

OCA 20: Celebrating 20 years with pop-up exhibition

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Twenty years of Oliver Chapman Architects is more than cause for a celebration! We recently took over Edinburgh's atmospheric Trinity Apse and hosted a pop-up exhibition of models and drawings from 20 projects past and present. Thanks to everyone who came along - it was a great evening of interesting conversation in a truly unique space.

Oliver Chapman Architects gains RIBA Chartered Practice status

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We have recently become a RIBA Chartered Practice. This formal accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality and shows our clients and colleagues within the construction industry that we achieve excellence in design, business management, and service delivery. 

Celebrating 20 years of Oliver Chapman Architects: 20 Years 20 Projects

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This autumn we're excited to be celebrating 20 years of Oliver Chapman Architects. We'll be hosting a pop-up exhibition of drawings and models of 20 projects past and present, first in the atmospheric setting of Edinburgh's Trinity Apse before having it on show in our office shopfront in the months to come.  

OCA feature in 2020 Visions

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Two of our projects have been selected to appear in the new RIAS publication '2020 Visions: Best Housing in Scotland 2000-2020'. Both our affordable housing development at Swinton and our Todlaw Supported Housing in Duns will form part of the publication, which is being produced as part of the Festival of Architecture 2017.