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August 2011

new projects
Locate are working with Module Architects on two new jobs. One is a cottage refurbishment near Alloa, and another is for an extension to a Boathouse for the Lake of Menteith Fisheries, more info to follow soon.

only connect
Chris has formed a new organisation with Graham Drummond called Passivhaus Associates which aims to provide a 'one stop shop' for passivhaus compliant design and delivery. Our first project, which is now complete, is the passivhaus at Craigrothie (see right above), in Fife, which is currently being used as a showhome. Chris has also been asked to become involved in a new website, 'Green Energy Net' which aims to be the most useful portal into the world of renewable energy supply information, with Chris inputting advice as and when about energy saving measures.

'hard to treat'
Locate have been investigating 'hard to treat' housing through a number of routes over the last few months. Our project on Uist has now been constructed and a number of tests undertaken, and the research we did in Dunblane, as part of the Sustainable Dunblane project has now been written up and available on the project page.

project progress
The Community Hub / Business Centre at South Galson, Lewis is nearing completion and our feasibility study at Glentrool is finished. The Findlay House in the Borders is now complete, as are our two Foresters' Houses for the Forestry Commission in the Carron Valley, another joint venture with Module Architects. Current workload is mainly a Straw Bale House on Mull and a possible 4-house development here in Dunblane.
 

  Internal view looking towards the front of the house
     

May 2011

‘hard to treat’ pilot study in uist
Following the very interesting conference in Uist in January, Chris has been invited by Sustainable Uist to run one of five pilot studies looking at practical refurbishment of ‘hard to treat’ homes in the outer Hebrides. Focussing on a very low cost solution, a workshop will be run during the summer, pending funding approval, and comparative results published early next year

housing competition win!
Having paired up with Redman + Sutherland Architects in Scalloway, Shetland, we are delighted to have won the RIAS-organised Housing competition for six new houses on the isle of Bressay, opposite Lerwick.

dark skies over glentrool school
Glentrool is the only settlement in the newly designated “dark skies park” over the Galloway Forest – one of the first in the world! Locate have teamed up with SKS Scotland Consultants to help investigate the feasibility of refurbishing the school building – which closed to pupils last year – to help reinvigorate the local economy with a combination of visitor and local community facilities

project progress
A number of projects are on site just now. The passivhaus in Fife is underway along with the exemplar timber use project for the Forestry Commission near Stirling (more info to follow). Garden Cottage in East Lothian is now complete and An Goirtean Steading in Argyll is wind and watertight. The Findlay House in the Borders is progressing well again after the unfortunate bankruptcy of the original Contractors and the Galson Estate Offices on Lewis is also now on site and progressing well.

hot air
Chris has been giving a lot of presentations recently. Following the talk on issues in refurbishment in Uist in January,similar presentations have been given at an event arranged by ‘Going Carbon Neutral Stirling’ and to the Stirling branch of the RIAS. Chris was also asked to speak about the Passivhaus approach to the Inverness branch of the RIAS. More talks are planned for later in the year.
 

  6 houses, bressay, shetland
      January 2011

new joint venture
Locate formed a joint venture with Module Architects of Dunblane and DBM construction and have won a competition to provide two houses (right) for a Government Agency. The houses are to provide an exemplar of local timber supply, yet through a commercial D&B route. More news to follow shortly.

risks of internal insulation
Locate are to be awarded a research grant to investigate and highlight potential risks from the use of internal insulation to solid walled buildings. With such insulation works likely to become more common, we are concerned about the lack of understanding of moisture movement within solid walls once insulated and hope to draw attention to these risks, and how to avoid them.

sustainable uist conference
Chris will be presenting a brief paper later in january outlining the above concerns at an extremely interesting conference / workshop organised by sustainable uist looking at ‘’Hard to Treat’ housing and the particular problems faced in the Outer Hebrides.

sustainable dunblane ‘hard to treat’ houses
Back on the mainland we are working on similar issues. Working with Sustainable Dunblane colleague Elaine Hill who has overseen the survey work, we will be preparing a report in the next 3 months looking at the ‘hard to treat’ houses in Dunblane, the efficacy of potential improvements and will report back to householders locally and the wider community of interest in due course.

passivhaus organisations
Locate have joined the international passivhaus association and the UK passivhaus trust. Importantly, we have also joined forces with Graham Drummond to form Passivhaus Associates (01334 470703) with the aim of providing a complete design and PHPP analysis service.
 
  Carron Valley
      July 2010
 
passivhaus project
building warrant has just been submitted for locate’s first project to be a certified passivhaus. Working closely with Geum Ltd., the project is due to go on site in Autumn 2010 and should be one of the very first certified passivhaus projects in Scotland.
 
a+ds design review panel
Chris was chosen to sit on A+DS’s Design Review Panel. A+DS is Scotland's national champion for good architecture, design and planning in the built environment. Chris attended his first panel meeting in June.
 
project progress
there’s been a lot of movement on a number of projects this year so far. Garden Cottage in East Lothian is nearing completion, along with Larick House in Argyll and Les & Mike Cashin’s Hostel project in Peebles. Both the Findlay House in the Borders, and An Goirtean Steading in Argyll have started on site and are progressing well.
 
Meanwhile, funding has now been secured for the Galson Estate Offices on Lewis and we have been hard at work preparing tender documentation in order to go out to tender this summer. We are nearing the point when we can submit for Planning for Phil & Rae Tiernan’s straw bale house on Mull, and our work on new offices for the Southern Upland Partnership is on hold while various outstanding issues are resolved.
 
Chris has been busy working with a number of stakeholders including householders in the Barrhill Energy Studies visiting a number of ‘hard-to-treat’ homes and advising on effective ways to insulate and refurbish, Sadly however, and after many months of hard work and construction-ready drawings, our project at Scotland’s Housing Expo failed to materialize and we were one of only very few teams not able to progress our project to site.
 
shetland conference
Chris has been invited to give a presentation to a major conference in Shetland addressing ‘building resilience in island communities’. Organised by Power of Place and the Shetland Architectural Society, Chris is joined by a number of speakers from the UK and the Nordic countries and will discuss how passivhaus ideas and methods could help Shetland and other island communities.
 
  	findlay house, edrom, borders
     

February 2010

certified passivhaus designer!
In November, Chris Morgan was one of about 30 people who took part in the first full English language course run by CEPH – Certified European Passivhaus Designer. The two week intensive course at the University of Strathclyde was followed in December by a 3 hour written exam. In early February we were informed that Chris passed and is now one of only two practicing Architects in Scotland to be certified and will soon appear on the European database of Certified Designers.
 
passivhaus trip to Austria
Continuing the passivhaus theme, Chris was invited by the Austrian Embassy in London to take part in a fact-finding tour of passivhaus buildings and products in Austria. A group of Architects and Sustainability Consultants were generously bussed around the North of Austria taking in some wonderful buildings (see right) and impressive manufacturing outfits. It was an inspiring week and a sobering reminder of how far behind we are in the UK.
 
sustainable dunblane
Sustainable Dunblane is the name of Dunblane’s Transition Town Initiative. Chris has for some time been an active member of the Energy Sub-group who have been successful in our bid for £266k to organise surveys and free or discounted insulation to every one of the c. 3000 houses in Dunblane. A Project Co-ordinator, Elaine Hill, has been employed and is now based in Locate’s office in Caledonian Place where she will be working for the 15 month duration of the project.
 
new project
Much of the first three months of 2010 will be spent on a new feasibility study for the Southern Uplands Partnership who have engaged Locate to prepare initial designs for an Eco-Office building for around 40 desks near Canonbie. More info to follow.
 

 

New community centre at Ludesch, in Voralberg in Austria

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october 2009

straw bale house
In the summer, we were back on the ferry to discuss a new straw-bale house for a young couple on the west coast of Mull. The house is to be self-built on a tight budget. With very high utilities connection charges, an ‘off-grid’ solution has been under consideration, in conjunction with a very energy efficient building envelope.
 
barrhill community
Locate were invited to undertake a number of distinct pieces of work for the energetic local community who have recently been successful in obtaining money for various improvements to barrhill and other nearby villages.
 
project progress
We have received Planning permission for a single house in Fife which will be our first PHI certified ‘Passivhaus’ in conjunction with Developer Geum Ltd. We’ve received Building warrant approval for the community hub and offices for the Galson Estate in Lewis and for the terrace of 3 houses at Scotland’s Housing Expo. Both Conversion projects, at An Goirtean Steading and Garden Cottage have started on site.
 
other projects
Locate prepared initial drawings for another compost toilet as part of proposed improvements to a community woodland in Forres and have contributed, rather minimally, to the proposals for Duneland Eco housing at Findhorn (see right), being largely prepared by John Gilbert Architects.
 

 

Duneland Eco housing at Findhorn

     

june 2009

phpp training
At the end of May, Chris attended the 3-day AECB Passivhaus / PHPP training course in York. This helped hone our expertise in using the excellent PHPP software to analyse energy use in our buildings to a much greater level of detail and accuracy than conventional SAP calculation.
 
building standards
Locate were invited to present to the Building Standards Division - responsible for the development of the Building Standards in Scotland – to describe current and recent work by the practice, but also to discuss potential opportunities for the standards to address a variety of sustainability issues.
 
eco-design assessment
Motivated by a dissatisfaction with most existing models of eco-design assessment and working with John Gilbert Architects, Chris has been managing an informal research project with a part-time student to investigate a more accurate, holistic and helpful evaluation methodology for the design, construction and operation of buildings.
 
wood, wood, wood
Chris attended 2 separate seminars on massive timber in the last few months and another on the latest information on woodfuel. All of which has been useful in informing the ongoing design work for the proposed housing project (see right) for the newly re-named ‘Scotland’s Expo’ in Inverness where Locate have been working with North Woods Construction and Eurban on an exciting design for a terrace of 3 houses on Plot 10.
 
project progress
Planning permission has been granted for the passivhaus office building in Burntisland and for the proposed house at Edrom in the Borders. We’ve also gained planning approval for the office and community hub for the Galson Estate in Lewis and have submitted for Building Warrant. Building Warrant approval has been achieved – after some protracted discussion – for both Garden Cottage in East Lothian and ‘Wildside’ in the Borders.
 
house appraisals
The first half of 2009 has seen a spate of one-off domestic appraisals come our way, with Chris travelling all over Scotland, to help people gauge the most effective ways to be more cost-, resource- and energy efficient in their existing homes or projects.
 

  scotland's housing expo
 

 

January 2009

Passivhaus Office in Burntisland
Just before Christmas ’08, Locate submitted a detailed Planning application for what we believe would be Scotland’s and possibly even the UK’s first major commercial ‘Passivhaus’ standard Office building in Burntisland (see right). in Fife.
 
Eco-housing at Findhorn
We are working with John Gilbert Architects and Clients Dunelands Ltd to design a number of “Eco-houses” on part of a disused airfield at the Findhorn Foundation in Moray. More on this soon.
 
New House Projects
Starting late in 2008, Locate have been designing a new private house in the small Borders village of Edrom. Meanwhile in Fife, we are working with Developer Geum Ltd. to prepare plans for a deeply ‘green’ but highly marketable house on a tight site near St. Andrews.
 
Project Progress
Both Larick House in Argyll and the Cashins Hostel in Peebles are nearing completion and looking great. After a lengthy period of negotiation, we finally achieved Building Warrant submission for An Goirtean Steading also in Argyll and are on the cusp of doing so also for Garden Cottage by Haddington, East Lothian and ‘Wildside’ near Hawick.
 

  Passivhaus Office in Burntisland
     

October 2008  

New Project on Lewis
Locate have just been appointed to work on an interesting Office building on the North-West of the Isle of Lewis (see right). The proposed building is to provide office space for the newly created Galson Estate Trust, who run the Galson Estate following a community buy-out in early 2007, along with other offices to rent and a space for selling local food, produce and crafts. The building is to be very low energy and will be supplied by a dedicated wind turbine.
 
Moisture in Buildings 2
SelfBuild Ireland - The Irish Self-Build Magazine has run a few of Chris’s articles in the past and offered the opportunity to develop ideas first described in a talk a couple of years ago at the Falkirk Wheel regarding moisture in buildings. Starting with an analysis of “breathing walls” and a critique of conventional timber frame construction, the piece also discusses the potential of “moisture mass” or humidity buffering to improve conditions within buildings as well as to save energy.
 
Eco-Renovation
Chris has continued to undertake “Eco-House Doctor” events for the Eco-Renovation Network including events in East Kilbride, Stirling and Glasgow and has been involved in several more ‘domestic appraisals’ for private Clients helping people to gauge the most cost effective ways to treat their own homes to be more energy efficient, healthy and resource efficient. In addition, as representative for SEDA, Chris attended a workshop in Glasgow regarding the Government’s proposals for improving energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings and has been involved in formal responses to Government on this subject.
 
Locate at the Lighthouse!
The Arts Studio extension at Taigh Chearsabhagh has been chosen as one of only a few projects to represent recent Architecture across Scotland in an exhibition entitled ‘Building Biographies’: Architecture in Scotland 2006-2008’ at the Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City in Glasgow. The exhibition also features recent projects from Europe and examines issues of culture of place and regional identity in the face of increasing globalisation. The exhibition lasts until 11th January 2009.
 

 
 

 

 

July 2008

Helping Hands
We’re welcoming Dave Seel for the three months from July to September. Dave will be helping out on the Burntisland Passivhaus Office in particular and the Village Hall for the ABC Group.
 
Presentations
After contributing to a debate on Natural Materials at Ecobuild in February, Chris was invited by the Crichton Carbon Centre to present on the cultural and behavioural changes required when working on eco-design projects. Following a series of “Eco-House Doctor” events with the Glasgow based Eco-renovation network, Chris is also down to speak about Eco-renovation at the forthcoming Energy Fair in Ayr in September, organised by the Energy Agency.
 
Rural Development
In June, Chris was invited by Forestry Commission Scotland to take part in a seminar exploring issues affecting the quality and delivery of softwoods in Scotland and potential future planting regimes. Later in the same week, Chris was honoured to be invited to the Ardtornish Estate in Morven to take part in the Andrew Raven Memorial weekend investigating ‘Sustainable Affordable Rural Housing’ along with a host of luminaries in the field of Eco-design and Rural Development.

ABC Village Hall
Locate are nearing completion of the feasibility study for the refurbishment of an old Village Hall and a partial new-build in the village of Achnacarry near Spean Bridge (see image, right). Embracing eco-refurbishment of the existing building, the proposals include new build areas to comply with current regulations on access, while the highly energy efficient specification is based on natural materials, many of which it is hoped will be sourced locally and installed as part of a local training initiative.

  Village Hall for the ABC Group

 

 

January - March 2008

Taigh Chearsabhagh Finished
The Studio extension to the Museum and Arts Centre, see right, on North Uist has been completed on budget and a successful public launch party was held in early January 2008. The inside spaces are already being used though the outside decking will probably not come into its own until the summer!

Locate has re-located (again)
All change as Chris Morgan is now installed in Dunblane with partner Christine, they have a seven month old daughter called ‘Ella’ and Chris is now operating from an office – a lovely old cottage - about eight minutes walk away from home.

3 New Projects
Locate has been appointed to carry out a feasibility Study for a Village Hall / Community Facility for the ‘ABC Group’ (Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes) in North West Lochaber. We’re also currently working on a low energy house in the Borders for couple looking to re-locate to Scotland and live a more self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle.

And Locate are working on an exciting feasibility study for Fife Council to investigate what might be Scotland’s first passivhaus standard Office Unit in Glenrothes, Fife.

Public Appearances
Chris Morgan was asked to deliver a presentation with Bernard Planterose of North Woods Construction on opportunities for Zero carbon buildings at a recent conference in Edinburgh. Chris outlined ways to ensure zero carbon projects could be met whilst also addressing other sustainability aspects, while Bernard focussed on the hard economic realities we face to bring ourselves up to the levels of support and expertise of other European countries.

Chris has also been asked to take place in a debate on natural materials as part of this year’s ‘Ecobuild’ Conference at Earls Court in London which is taking place toward the end of February.

Eco-Renovation!
With the existing stock of buildings the biggest issue for energy now, Chris has been getting more involved. He recently undertook a study for the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit of the Medical Research Council into an ‘eco-refurbishment’ of their offices in Glasgow’s West End, and he has been involved with Glasgow based Eco-Renovation Network whereby we gather in someone’s home and discuss potential alterations to improve the environmental performance of the dwelling. Several people attend who all have similar types of property, and in this way, the discussion can benefit a larger number of people (and cheaper) than in a typical domestic consultancy.

Projects on Site
The Hostel in Peebles is well advanced now and the House at Glenreasdale is also moving forward, more details of which can be accessed via John and Suse’s own website.

Highland Housing Fair Success!
A bold modern scheme utilising massive timber and designed by Bernard Planterose of North Woods Construction with Locate won one of the limited sites at the Highland Housing Fair, Inverness. Work is underway to develop the scheme in collaboration with a Developer.

SEDA
Chris stepped down as SEDA Chairman in May 2007 to concentrate on the arrival of the little one, but remains a regular attendee of the monthly Steering group meetings.

Other Project Progress
The Kilfinan Community Forest project Consultancy was completed in May and the Queens View Visitor Centre has now been submitted for Building Warrant approval.

Both refurbishment projects, at Garden Cottage in East Lothian and An Goirtean Steading in Argyll have also been submitted for Building warrant, while the Fair Isle Bird Observatory consultancy is ongoing.
 

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre on North Uist, photo: Stephen Carter

photo: Stephen Carter

     

April 2007

2 new projects!
Locate have been commissioned for two major new projects. One is for a £1m design upgrade for Queens View Visitor Centre for the Forestry Commission, while the other is a complex community based housing / land use / renewable energy joint consultancy for the Kilfinan Community Forest Project Steering Group and Fyne Homes in Tighnabruaich.

Taigh Chearsabhagh
The Arts Studio part of the Taigh Chearsabhagh Project has now returned from tender and is due to start on site any time now (April 2007). The new building projects out onto the beach and a major complication has been having to move the village sewer outfall!

Compost Toilet Completed
This tiny building (see image, above right) has now been completed. Built from timber harvested on site, and without any services, the toilet facilities allow the Sgoil na Coile Education Centre to be used to its full potential.

Other Project Progress
Both refurbishment projects, at Garden Cottage in East Lothian and The Old Steadings in Argyll have now been granted Planning permission and work is underway on Building Warrant.

The Hostel in Peebles is on site with groundworks complete and the timber frame now emerging, while the low energy house at Glenreasdale in Argyll has also now received planning permission so detailed drawings are underway.

Conferences galore
Following a talk to the ‘Growing Community Assets’ Group in Aviemore in January, Chris recently gave a presentation on the use of natural materials at the huge ‘Ecobuild’ conference at Earls Court in London and is off in April to the international ‘Passivhaus’ Conference in Bregenz, Austria to find out more about these ultra-low energy buildings.

Move to Dunblane
And lastly…moves are afoot to re-locate to Dunblane. We are in the process of negotiating the lease to a delightful and very old property about one minute’s walk from the train station. This will allow Chris to walk to work when he finally moves in with partner Christine and an expected new arrival in mid-May!

 

  Compost Toilet at Sgoil na Coile Education Centre, Salen
     

October 2006

New A+DS Enabling Role
Chris Morgan has recently been invited to become an Enabler for Architecture + Design Scotland which is a real honour, and looks forward to becoming involved in Projects when required.

Tyre Bale House Site Start
Having successfully gained Building Warrant approval, the house at Nedd (see right) is now on site with the aim of making it wind and watertight before Christmas. It has already featured in the Press & Journal and Construction News because of the ‘World First’ tyre bale foundations!

Business Incubator Unit
Locate have been commissioned by Fife Council to prepare a Feasibility Study for a Business Incubator Unit in Burntisland. The building is to be to a very high environmental specification and will be managed by a local community body.

New Observatory in Fair Isle
Locate are working with Shetland based Consultants to prepare a Feasibility Study for a new Bird Observatory on Fair Isle. This major new building will be built to the highest environmental standards, against extraordinarily high wind loads and on land with every Nature Conservation designation imaginable!

Other Project Progress
With Building Warrant Approval for the Hostel in Peebles anticipated soon, site works are due to start in September.

The House at Inchdryne has featured in a number of Scotland- and UK-wide publications, including a front page on the Sunday Times Homes Supplement and a forthcoming feature in Homebuilding & Renovating. New photos by Andrew Lee have been used for the updated project page and website generally.

Locate have been commissioned to work on two projects involving existing stone cottages; one in Argyll which has received Planning Approval, and Garden Cottage in East Lothian, for which a Planning application has been submitted.

Locate are in the early stages of designing a new ‘Eco-house’ at Glenreasdale near Tarbet in Argyll. The timber building will be highly insulated and feature extensive water treatment features.

Chris has been working with Forestry Commission Scotland, the Sunart Oaklands Initiative and local community representatives to develop a Composting Toilet at Sgoil na Coille Woodland near Acharacle, Ardnamurchan.

SEDA Eco-Assessment Project
Chris Morgan has been managing an exciting project over the summer to evaluate the many and varied ‘eco-assessments’ out there, to try and establish a view of common procedures such as ‘Ecohomes’ and others. The research will be available to SEDA members and possibly others if there is interest. See SEDA’s website.
 

 

Tyre bale house at Nedd

Tyre bale house at Nedd

     

 March 2006

Project Progress
The house at Inchdryne is now complete, while the house built using tyre bales at Nedd has been granted Planning permission. Building Warrant drawings for this, and the Hostel in Peebles will soon be submitted and it is hoped both will be completed on site by the end of the year.

Locate’s major research project for SEDA on design for airtightness is now complete and was successfully launched by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, Rhona Brankin on the 13th March at the Scottish Executive in Victoria Quay.

The feasibility study for the new Arts Centre in Ullapool is complete, along with another project in Ullapool – a proposed extension to the swimming pool – the feasibility study for which Locate completed early in March. Both projects now await funding efforts and further business development.

Chair of SEDA
Following the AGM of the Scottish Ecological Design Association in May, Chris Morgan was asked to be Chair, after one year as Co-chair, sharing with Dr. Fionn Stevenson and two years as Vice-chair. With a new development officer in place, it promises to be an exciting time for SEDA.

Consultancy work going well!
Locate have been involved in an increasing number of small scale consultancies for a variety of Clients wanting to clarify project briefs, and/or ensure that their environmental aspirations would be appropriately and cost effectively integrated into projects of all shapes and sizes.

These have ranged from commissions from the UK based Camping and Caravanning Club, to one-off commissions to appraise domestic refurbishment for those who want to improve the energy efficiency of their property. (See image right).

Energy Efficiency
Chris has contributed an article on energy efficiency for the forthcoming Reforesting Scotland Journal. This will be downloadable from the site once the article has been published.

More Woodchip Heating in Scotland
Working for Buccleuch Bioenergy, Locate have recently completed drawings for a new Woodchip fired boiler in the Gleneagles Hotel, home of the recent G8 Conference. The project is one of several biomass boilers being increasingly specified for larger scale projects.

Sustainable Timber Construction
Locate completed a study on the potential for promoting more widespread use of homegrown timber in Housing Association projects for the Forestry Commission Scotland. This is one of several projects and initiatives in which Locate are involved to push forward the use of more sustainable timber in Scotland.

For example, Chris delivered a presentation to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors at the SNH Centre in Battleby in April, and has been shortlisted by Forestry Commission Scotland to produce scheme designs for a 300-seat amphitheatre near Dornoch.

Green Building Bible
Following the three articles contributed by Chris in last year’s Green Building Bible, by Green Building Press, Chris will be updating the current three and adding a further article about health and heating. Once published, the article will be available for download on this site.
 

 

domestic refurbishment appraisals

     

 October 2005

Project Progress
The house at Inchdryne is progressing on site, while two projects; the Museum and Arts Centre at Taigh Chearsabhagh, and the house built using tyre bales at Nedd (see right) have recently been submitted for Planning. Meanwhile, the major research project on design for airtightness is progressing well. It is in its main review stage now and will be posted on the SEDA website by March next year to accompany a major launch at the Scottish Parliament.

New Projects
Locate have recently been successful in gaining two new commissions; one is to study the options available in Ullapool for a new Arts Centre, while further afield, on Fair Isle, Locate have been assessing the feasibility of refurbishing a 1960s Bird Observatory. Details to follow...

Talk to the Community Woodland Association
An interesting conference is being put together by the Community Woodland Association in Grantown-upon-Spey for the 12th/13th November and Chris Morgan will be one of the speakers.
 

 

 

     

 June 2005

New Projects!
Locate have recently picked some exciting new projects; at Taigh Chearsabhagh, we are preparing a feasibility study for an extension to this award winning Gallery and Arts Centre on North Uist, in Nedd, north of Lochinver we are drawing up a house built using tyre bales which will be the first of its type in the world outside the US, and in Northumberland, we are in the early stages of drawing up plans for an Office for the E3 Consultancy.

Light Earth Building Weekend
It is hoped to run a building workshop in the North of Scotland using light earth (clay and straw) in the next month or two. Contact us for more details.

Teaching at Dundee University
Chris has been enjoying tutoring final year students at the Architecture Department of Dundee University for the last few months. ‘His’ students all successfully passed their final exams, and he has been asked to contribute again in the coming academic year.

Co-Chair of SEDA
At the AGM in May, Chris was invited to become Co- Chair of the Scottish Ecological Design Association with Fionn Stevenson.
 

 

Taigh Chearsabhagh

Taigh Chearsabhagh

     

 January 2005

New Staff!
After one year of practice we are pleased to welcome Anna Poston who has an interest in sustainability and studied Architecture at Oxford Brookes

Centre for Timber Engineering
Chris Morgan has been asked to join the Advisory Board of the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University in Edinburgh and attended his first meeting in December.

Glen Cochill
Locate are working with Chris Pyemont on a feasibility Study for a commercial development linked to a proposed Wind Farm near Aberfeldy. (see picture)

Moisture in Buildings
Chris Morgan is delivering a talk on Moisture in Buildings at a major conference on Water and Buildings to be held at the Falkirk Wheel on the 18th March, a joint event between SEPA and SEDA.

Timber Cladding
Chris Morgan is delivering a talk to ASHS members on timber cladding and the way forward for small scale Scottish timber Millers and Suppliers.
 

 

Feasibility study,

Feasibility study,
Glen Cochill

     

 August 2004

New Commission!
Locate has just won a commission to become involved in the feasibility for a large commercial timber operation, more news to follow soon.

Sustainable Design Accreditation
Chris Morgan has been recently accredited at 3* level, one of only two Architects in Scotland to achieve this. For more information on the accreditation scheme, see RIAS Sustainable Accreditation

Locate are re-locating
We are soon moving to new premises. From the 13th September we will be based at 30/3 High Street, Portobello, EH15 1DD. Phone, fax and email numbers will remain the same.

 

Buccleuch Heritage Hardwoods

Buccleuch Heritage Hardwoods