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Ground Source Heat Pumps

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Building Surveying

Ground Source Heat Pumps

I have recently joined GLM after 7 years at Orkney Islands Council where I gained significant experience specifying renewable energy measures to various local authority buildings. One such project involved replacing the existing solid fuel systems to 40 housing properties with an energy efficient and low carbon means of providing heating and hot water. Following […]

A brief history of glass

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Building Surveying

A brief history of glass

Glass making went through various stages of evolution.  The very earliest glass was barely see-through and only small pieces could be made which were fitted into lead cames.  The circular “bullions” seen in early glass were a byproduct of the manufacturing process and have been reproduced since to give a cosy fake-old impression in “oldy […]

Probably the Best Window In The World

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Building Surveying, We Are GLM

Probably the Best Window In The World

The vertically sliding sash and case window takes some beating.  You can open it at the top to let out stale air and at the bottom to get a good blast of fresh air.  Properly installed it blocks as little daylight as possible.  Before the advent of float or plate glass the smaller panes required […]

Tell me a story and I’ll design you a house

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Architecture

Tell me a story and I’ll design you a house

One of the most important stages of a building project is the briefing process. Somehow, everything that is spinning around in the mind of a client has to be transferred into the mind of the Architect who they now tentatively realise they need to engage with in some shape or form. Although this information will […]

New Build Chapel on the West Coast

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Architecture

New Build Chapel on the West Coast

And now finally, after around 16 months on site, I can reveal the completed chapel.  Although anticipation of Hurricane Ophelia caused the planned dedication service to be postponed until more settled weather in early summer, everything is now finished except for a few minor points of snagging.   One of the final touches was the […]

Celebrating 20 years at GLM : 2010 – Bughtknowe

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Architecture, We Are GLM

Celebrating 20 years at GLM : 2010 – Bughtknowe

One of the hardest and yet crucial aspects of being an Architect and possibly any designer, is getting inside the head of your customer or client. The person who is ultimately going to be using and hopefully enjoying the realised design. If you can fully understand the specific and sometimes subtle needs of the user, […]

Drying Out Wet Buildings

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Building Surveying

Drying Out Wet Buildings

The insurance industry has historically been happy to support an approach to drying out buildings that makes no sense at all.  Whenever a building gets soaked, whether by water from fire fighting or flooding from plumbing or from weather events, the priority is to get the building fabric dried out.  To do this Loss Adjusters […]

Rural Report 2017: How Knight Frank helped the Kennel Club acquire its first estate

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Building Surveying

Rural Report 2017: How Knight Frank helped the Kennel Club acquire its first estate

Buying and running a country estate for the first time can be a daunting prospect, so the Kennel Club turned to Knight Frank for help. Andrew Shirley finds out more about the organisation’s exciting acquisition.  Think of the Kennel Club and Crufts, the organisation’s world-famous showpiece of canine obedience and breeding, will immediately spring to […]

Project Update : New Build Chapel on the West Coast

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Architecture

Project Update : New Build Chapel on the West Coast

A lot has happened since the last update and we are heading rapidly towards a dedication service just a few days after the feast day of St. Comghan in mid October. All the mind twisting over the geometry of the apse vault has come to fruition and the vault is now complete and looking great […]

Listed Buildings – Caring For Your Listed Building

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Building Surveying

Listed Buildings – Caring For Your Listed Building

As discussed in my previous post, an owner of a listed building will sometimes have to deal with lots of challenges to fulfil your duty of care to a built heritage asset. The best way to achieve this is through an appropriate maintenance strategy. Your maintenance strategy should include a series of regular checks to […]