Architeco’s proposal for reworking part of the waterfront at Dunoon, to encourage more watercraft to visit and readdress the public square, has been shortlisted in the Future Towns Competition.Dunoon view afterAdjacent to the town square and the high street, the chosen site is a key part of the waterfront but is currently given over to car parking, disconnecting the town, pedestrians and cyclists from the waterfront.

In its place, we have created a flexible public space dedicated to leisure and existing events currently happening in Dunoon. This new urban space aims to connect people of all ages from the high street through the square and to the Clyde.

By creating a welcoming gateway right in the heart of the town, the waterfront of Dunoon is revitalised for the benefit of people and is just a sail away from anywhere along the Clyde.close upThe winner will be selected by public vote during Scotland’s Towns Week – you can vote here: http://www.scotlandstowns.org/future_town_design_comp before the 26th of this month.

All the shortlisted entries will be on display at Paisley Town Hall from November 21-26 as part of the Scotland’s Towns conference.

Director of Architeco, Colin Potter, will be presenting a short talk on Specialist Sustainable Architectural Practices at Scotland Build’s Sustainability Summit.

Scotland Build ArchitecoThis will be discussing how small practices are leading the way in sustainable building design.

Tickets and full programme details are available from: www.scotlandbuildexpo.com

This week’s Grand Designs features a 2 bed townhouse in East London where Architeco provided Passivhaus Consultancy services. At just 80sqm, a basement and some tricky detailing, it was a real challenge but we made it Passiv!

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We visit a home that is easily one of the best utilisations of space we have ever seen on Grand Designs

For more information and to see the episode see the Grand Designs website: https://www.granddesigns.tv/east-london/

We are delighted to have received Planning Permission for our Passivhaus development on the Isle of Bute.Bute Passivhaus Development
The dwellings are to be starter homes and will be available for private rent, set at an affordable level with the integral low energy design strategy keeping utilities bills to a minimum. To achieve this, the dwellings are to be designed and constructed to the Passivhaus Low Energy Standard, using SIP construction.

Private gardens are provided, along with communal spaces and play areas to allow the residents to share space. As part of the Sustainable Living approach, an area of ground is to be set aside for an organic orchard and allotments to allow the development to take a further step towards self-sustaining, sustainable living, and to assist with the development of the community aspect to the proposal.

A renewable energy strategy is being considered and integrated into the design and space standards will meet the requirements of Housing for Varying Needs.

Whilst the number of proposed units is a departure from Planning Policy, any reduction in the number of units may have hindered the ability of the residents to develop a small community at this site.

We hope that this proposal will prove to be an exemplar of good quality, affordable, low energy, sustainable living for the island, and be sought after as a place to live for island inhabitants, as well as providing an attractive proposition for those considering the Isle of Bute as a place to live.

We have a vacancy for an Administrator.

More information can be found on our vacancies page.

Our Isle of Harris House features in the June edition of BuildIT Magazine. The article looks at 10 Things you Need to Know About Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). With our expertise in designing specifically for SIPs when required, we advise self-builders to choose an architect experienced in designing with SIPs for their project as they will know the optimum dimensions to allow best and most cost effective use of the SIP building system. By designing for SIPs at the outset, kit costs can be reduced by several thousand pounds.Caber Harris House

We have designed numerous houses using SIPs with the architecture reflecting the build system by often including vaulted ceilings, for example. As Low Energy Architects, we find SIPs provide excellent energy efficiency and airtighness, with the outerface of the OSB of the SIP panles being suitable as the airtight layer, avoiding the requirement of taping awkward floor junctions.

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In recognition of our sustainably driven approach to the built environment, Architeco are very excited to be finalists in the 2016 VIBES Awards for ‘Scotland’s greenest businesses’.

The VIBES Awards are a partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), The Scottish GovernmentEnergy Saving TrustHighland & Islands EnterpriseScottish EnterpriseScottish WaterZero Waste Scotland and the 20:20 Climate Group.

We are looking forward to welcoming the judges to our studio in the next few weeks to discuss our environmental commitment in more detail.

We have moved to a new studio to accommodate our growing team (with the added benefit of a sea view!) Check out our Contact page for our new address.

We were awarded Runner-up in the Archicad BIM New Practice, Project of the Year category at the ARCHICAD conference in London on Tuesday for our Passivhaus Development on the Isle of Bute.

Having recently implemented Building Information Modelling (BIM) into our practice, we are really pleased to have received this.Bute Passivhaus Development

We are recruiting again and are looking for Part 1 or 2 qualified Architectural Assistants or Architectural Technicians.

More information can be found here: Vacancies

Architeco have joined the Passivhaus Trust.

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The Trust aims to promote the principles of Passivhaus as a highly effective way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK, as well as providing high standards of comfort and building health.