Posted on Dec 6, 2021 by bta

We are delighted to be chosen as the Architects to support the Tim Stead Trust to develop and deliver work to the Steading to inspire future generations in creativity and environmental sustainability.  Tim Stead‘s House is a very special and unique Gesamtkunstwerk in Blainslie, near Lauder.   We had a long and convivial meeting around the dining table a source of a lot of Tim‘s creativity.  We are looking forward to working with all the Trustees.


Posted on Nov 4, 2021 by bta

We were delighted that the EAA gave St. Peter’s Link Phase a Commendation, under the Large Project Award.  It was great to see all the other projects on the shortlist at the award ceremony last week, and to see inside the old Fire Station on Lauriston Place, which is now SpACE – a pop-up public exhibition and events venue. Thank you to everyone involved and all their hard work. The judges noted that the project “involved incredible skill” and we could not have managed the project without such good people on site and on the team. You can see more images of the work we did to the church a couple of years ago.


Posted on Aug 20, 2021 by bta

Peter Gray fished out of the harbour where we are doing repairs.  He very sadly died at sea earlier in the year and the harbour misses his daily presence immensely.  The Practice helped organise this stone at the pier to serve as a reminder of Peter and the dangers of fishing.  John Neilson standing here proudly in front of his wonderful work; he also made the carved lettering at The Queen’s Gallery.


Posted on Aug 12, 2021 by bta


One of our projects is repairing a harbour.  A recent visit has been to see the yard and quarry producing stone for protecting its foundations.  Here is Gavin Tennant at the Clashach quarry on the Moray coast with one his blocks.  The rock is obtained by drilling holes and using a low explosive that is very gentle, resulting in blocks up to 90 tons!  Although it’s a sandstone, being non-calcareous the stone is highly durable.  The colour is generally of sand dunes, but pinks and streaks can be obtained from beds near a geological fault at one end of the quarry.


Posted on Jul 15, 2021 by bta

The renewed Cowane’s Hospital, Stirling, will soon be open to the public and available for a wide variety of uses, after 12 years of funding challenges and 4 years of work.  Designed by John Mylne, the King’s Mastermason, and built for Scotland’s oldest charity to house 12 ‘decayed brethren’, the building is an immense source of pride for the Burgh and Britain’s oldest Guild (900 years).  This new aerial view by Colin McLean shows its wonderful setting in the Carse of the Forth with the Church of the Holy Rude, the Castle and the Trossachs in the distance.


Posted on Apr 19, 2021 by bta

We are pleased to say that a project to alter and extend this fine listed villa, with a wonderful and fascinating history, has been granted Planning and Listed Building Consent. A friend and well-known engineer couldn’t have put it any better:

 “In the course of propping up and chopping up Georgian buildings, I see a good number of Planning applications but, I must say, none as impressive as this. The level of context and detail is at point where Planning could hardly refuse permission!”


Posted on Feb 3, 2021 by bta

The Crowdfunder to purchase Tim Stead’s Steading has been a wonderful success, despite Covid times and saved the Gesamtkunstwerk (the whole artwork) of the house for the nation. You can still join in as the fundraiser is extended to help the Trust begin to realise their longer-term vision for the Steading and outbuilding. Why not give the gift of becoming a ‘Friend’ or ‘Patron’ of the Tim Stead Trust to a loved one? Also donating any amount – large or small - helps this unique legacy to survive, flourish and keep on giving.


Posted on Sep 25, 2020 by bta

An important characteristic of the Practice is the wide variety of work that our Clients ask us to do. It changes all the time. For a snapshot view and for a virtual tour of the practice click here for a video made by Baggy Scout.


Posted on Sep 25, 2020 by bta

We are delighted to take part in this year’s virtual Doors Open Day 2020, sponsored by the the Cockburn Association 

Click here to watch a History of Victoria Terrace, where our office is located (made by Baggy Scout).

Click here  to download a more detailed history of the building.

Edinburgh Festival 'Hub'

Posted on Aug 31, 2020 by bta

Hub Hall drawing

Edinburgh has been very different this August without its many Festivals. 

In case you missed it, The Hub - Edinburgh's Festival Centre - published an interview with Ben Tindall in January, reflecting on the past 20 years since it opened its doors and discussing the complex works undertaken by BTA to create this award winning building.