Our Year in Review
2016 has been quite a year for the practice - we've been very busy and some fundamental changes have happened over the past 12 months. New year's eve 2016 presents us with a good opportunity to take stock and to share with all our colleagues and friends the best of the year, and what's in store in 2017.
2016 in particular has been a significant year as LCD made the transition from a having a sole director to becoming a company of two, with Iain Monteith joining Matt Loader in April to develop the practice and to help shape and support our growing number of projects on the books. This culminated in the formation of Loader & Monteith Architects Ltd in October, something which Matt and Iain are both personally and professionally very proud to have achieved.
During 2016 we have been appointed as architect to 10 new projects, obtained 8 planning approvals, 5 building warrants, and have managed 7 projects on site - a busy year!
At The Wing House - Newton Mearns, and The Trapezium House in Strathaven our residential projects are beginning to emerge from the ground. These two projects represent our first bespoke new build dwellings and it's incredibly exciting that in the next 6 months (for the Wing House) and 3 months (the Trapezium House) will see their completion.
We also have several extension and alteration projects on site at the moment. These include: The Carpenters House in East Lothian, The Shieling in Fintry, The Scandinavian Alteration in Pollokshields, and the Rower's House in Chiswick, London. These are taking shape and are all due for completion in the first half of 2017.
The restoration and conservation of Partickhill bowling club was completed in December, upgrading the listed building fabric and enhancing the existing interior for the new bowling season 2017.
A cornerstone of our practice is working with other people in the design industry including other architects, makers, critical thinkers and developers - we believe this collaborative process makes us better architects, and helps to vitalise all of our projects with a wide range of ideas and ultimately to make better buildings. We continue to look outside the practice for opportunities to collaborate and expand expertise - so if you're interested in working with us please just drop us a line and we'll happily meet.
Our continuing work with Cameron Webster Architects is one such relationship, which has seen the successful delivery of planning approval for a new house in the sensitive context of Belmont Street in Glasgow’s West End. The success of this project has resulted in some more work with Cameron Webster and we hope to share this with you in the next few weeks.
We have also maintained our involvement with the Glasgow School of Art with Iain tutoring in the second year of the architecture school and Matt continuing as a guest tutor.
2017 sees the completion of the above projects and yet more projects move on site, as well as the commencement of some more work (we hope) which of course we'll share with you all in the fullness of time.
In the meantime, have a wonderful Hogmanay, and all the very best for 2017.
Matt & Iain