Cost & Value

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in Architecture

Cost & Value

Architects have a reputation for not caring about cost. While sometimes that reputation is unfortunately deserved, I believe that more often the issue is that we care about more than just cost.  All too often as we travel around, we see projects where costs have obviously been pared to the bone without any thought of […]

Project Reflections : John O’Groats

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in We Are GLM

Project Reflections : John O’Groats

This week on our social media channels Aythan Lewes, Director, has reflected on the project at John O’Groats – sharing lessons learned and insights as well as some great photos. The blog below brings all those posts together as one memory of the project. If you were involved in the project or have stayed in […]

Project Reflections : The New Club, Edinburgh

Posted by on Oct 23, 2020 in Building Surveying, Project Management

Project Reflections : The New Club, Edinburgh

In my last blog I reflected on the restoration of Netherby Hall Stables – a unique project including the full restoration of a stable block to bring it back to its former glory and create holiday accommodation. Today’s blog is a different project, different scale, different nature but another truly unique building requiring many of […]

Conservation Accreditation : Project Approach

Posted by on Oct 19, 2020 in Architecture

Conservation Accreditation : Project Approach

At the start of the year, David Johnson finally gained his accreditation in conservation architecture with the RIAS. Here is an extract from his submission, setting out his approach to projects. It could be argued that conservation architecture should not be limited to a few special properties. Many lesser buildings are important and worthy of […]

18 months of GLM’s Highland Office

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in We Are GLM

18 months of GLM’s Highland Office

  It seems like only yesterday that I was writing in celebration of the Highland Office’s first Birthday in the midst of lockdown and a whole dose of uncertainty, unknowns and, quite rightly, disappointment at our summer being kyboshed by covid. Today I write as we sit on the edge of a second wave, a […]

Historic Buildings Dance : A Building Surveyor’s Analogy

Posted by on Oct 2, 2020 in Building Surveying

Historic Buildings Dance : A Building Surveyor’s Analogy

I am a fan of analogies. I use them all the time. I see them as very handy to illustrate lots of situations when speaking to work colleagues, clients and contractors. As English is my second language, they help me to easily communicate technical information in a more friendly way. Here is one of my […]

Helping It Happen Awards 2020 : Winners Announced

Posted by on Sep 30, 2020 in We Are GLM

Helping It Happen Awards 2020 : Winners Announced

Scottish Land and Estates organise the Helping it Happen Awards to recognise those estates, farms, rural businesses and individuals who make rural Scotland thrive. Despite all that has happened in 2020 the awards have gone ahead, shining a spotlight on incredible projects. They received a global audience when premiered online today. GLM are delighted to […]

Project Reflections : 1 Grosvenor Crescent

Posted by on Sep 25, 2020 in Architecture

Project Reflections : 1 Grosvenor Crescent

This once magnificent Victorian townhouse had been for many years the headquarters of the Land Tribunal (Land Court). As a government building the external fabric, the ashlar walls and slate roof were in excellent condition and had been well looked after over the years. Internally, the rooms had been altered to accommodate as best as […]

Congratulations to all Finalists in the Helping It Happen Awards 2020

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020 in We Are GLM

Congratulations to all Finalists in the Helping It Happen Awards 2020

Scottish Land and Estates organise the Helping it Happen Awards seeking to celebrate rural Scotland and those who are helping it thrive through sharing and recognising good news stories from up and down the country,  both big and small. Despite all that has happened in 2020, these awards are going ahead and GLM are delighted […]

Building Surveys

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 in Building Surveying

Building Surveys

What is it? The term “survey” meaning an inspection of a building followed by a report is peculiar to Britain and countries that have been connected with Britain.  To Americans “surveying” more usually calls to mind the process of measurement and mapping. One of GLM’s specialism is “building surveying” and this too can give rise […]