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MurtholmMasterplan Masterplan for Murtholm, Langholm 23/6/2021Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

Masterplan including 100 Passive Houses has been adopted by Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Our Masterplan for Murtholm, Langholm, for Loreburn Housing Association has been adopted as supplementary guidance by Dumfries & Galloway Council at their recent Committee Meeting. The Masterplan provides approximately 130 high-quality homes, with green infrastructure and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Esk.

Developed together with Landscape Architect, Raeburn Farquhar Bowen, and Engineer, Asher Associates, Loreburn Housing Association are developing the southern section of the site to provide around 100 No. new affordable homes all of which will be designed to achieve Passivhaus certification. The masterplan includes a 35-unit extra care development.

Applications for Planning Permission have already been submitted for initial phases including road access works, the extra care housing, central open space, and new pedestrian and cycle bridge following adoption of the Masterplan.

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City of Edinburgh Passive House Framework 2/2/2021Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

The City of Edinburgh Professional Services Framework is now active, for which we are Passive House architects.

The inclusion for the first time of Passivhaus Architects in this framework will ensure that new buildings are energy efficient and that the city’s net zero carbon by 2030 target sits at the heart of all capital projects.

Robert Potter and Partners are delighted to have been selected as Passive House architects. The framework is live from 2nd February 2021.

The council’s commitment to prioritising small business spending has resulted in more than 70% of successful bidders being SMEs. Every supplier is also committed to paying the Living Wage and carrying out community benefits as part of any work they secure.

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Bideford Bat House 31/10/2020Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

Large 50sq.m. Bat House completed in Bideford for roosting and hibernation.

This unusual building provides roost and hibernation space for various types of bats as part of the mitigation measures relating to the new Bideford Care Home project.

It has been designed to accommodate Pipistrelle and Lesser Horseshoe bats, providing a number of chambers and access points to suit the various species.

The orientation of the 50sq.m. building suits bat entry and exit for foraging. The interior has a variety of roosting points with crevices, baffles, and beams. Daylight is excluded, and the temperature and humidity are naturally balanced to maintain suitable conditions for hibernation.

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CHAS Premium Plus 21/4/2020Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

We have achieved enhanced CHAS Safety Schemes in Procurement accreditation.

The practice has been certified by CHAS (the Contractors’ Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) as achieving Premium Plus accreditation.

This demonstrates compliance with the CHAS standards in line with SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) Core Criteria and UK Health and Safety Legislation and the requirements of the CDM Regulations 2015.  Additionally the Premium Plus standard demonstrates full compliance with six modules of PAS91.

This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to health and safety in the workplace and in construction.

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SPA New Website 12/2/2020Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

We are appointed as Architects covering all geographical areas in this framework.

The Scottish Procurement Alliance have launched a new website at: SPA Frameworks. This includes information on the Housing Construction Consultancy (H1 WS1) Framework.  Robert Potter and Partners are the only firm appointed in the Architect category to cover all geographical areas.

The procurement guide can be seen here: SPA Architects Framework

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Glasgow Institute of Architects Award 25/11/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

GIA Design Award has been given to the North Witch Point clifftop house.

Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award for North Witch Point clifftop house!

We are delighted that this unique design has received a GIA Award.

Project information and photos: Clifftop House

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Clifftop House Clifftop House on Grand Designs 4/9/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

This thrilling Clifftop House in Portpatrick was the subject of Grand Designs 2019 Episode 1.

This clifftop house at North Witch Point, Portpatrick is on the site of a former radar station, with sweeping views to the North Channel in this remote coastal corner of Galloway. It was the first house to feature in the 2019 series of Grand Designs.

In a location that’s straight out of a spy thriller, this exceptional house set on the cliffs in Galloway is set to change its owners’ lives for many years to come.

Grand Designs Magazine

The build was by Andy Stakes and the successful process can be seen on Channel 4 at

Photos courtesy of Douglas Gibb Photography and

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Advanced Accredited Conservation Architect 6/8/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Paul Moffat has been recognised as a Senior Conservation Specialist by the RIAS.

Paul Moffat has been approved as an Advanced Accredited Architect in Conservation Architecture by the RIAS. This is the highest level of accreditation: Senior – Recognised Conservation Specialists.

RIAS Conservation Accreditation demonstrates that architects are suitably qualified and experienced to act as the lead professional in grant aided conservation work. To achieve accreditation RIAS members must demonstrate their extensive knowledge and experience in conservation work.

Paul’s work includes the recent renovation of Burns Monument in Alloway.

Advanced Level accreditation is only given to architects with significant experience and understanding of conservation and historic buildings. Paul Moffat and Andrew Easton are both approved at Advanced level.

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Stornoway Care Housing Starts on Site 5/7/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

52 place Care Home and 50 flat Housing with Extra Care development has started on site.

The site work has started for the construction of a new 52 place Care Home in Stornoway, which will replace the existing care homes in the area, plus a 50 flat Housing with Extra Care development and 74 new houses for Hebridean Housing Partnership.

The Care Home and Housing with Extra Care are dementia-friendly and have been designed to give long term flexibility with good space standards and a variety of dayrooms and activity spaces. The development also includes a Day Care Centre and a Training Centre with 3 teaching classrooms.

See Scottish Housing News article for more details.

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