COWANE AWAKES

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.

PROPPING & CHOPPING

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!”

A UNIQUE AND LASTING VALENTINE’S GIFT!

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.

BTA - A SNAPSHOT IN TIME

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.

DOORS OPEN DAY 2020

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.

 

BLØD BY

Posted on Jun 18, 2020 by bta

Here is our good friend, David Sim, proudly holding up the Danish translation of his fabulous book SOFT CITY. If a picture is worth a 1000 words then perhaps a drawing is worth a 1000 pictures.  With hundreds of beautiful drawings, by David, Creative Director of Gehl People in Copenhagen, this book is priceless! This is a book that will transform settlements large and small throughout the world.

(Blød in Danish means soft or sensitive. By means 'town', as in so many place names, of Scandinavian origin.  'Bye-laws', or by-lags' in Danish, similarly mean 'town laws'. The self-regulation settlements is an historic and fundamental part of a their success.)

HOW DRAGONS BROUGHT PPE FROM CHINA

Posted on Apr 23, 2020 by bta

The Keystone Academy, an international school in Beijing, has wonderful bronze dragons sculpted by Ben’s wife Jill Watson on the doors of its Library made by Luke Hughes. Although dragons, we are sure, have anti-virus powers themselves, bronze is anti-microbial due to the high percentage of copper. Nonetheless the school is taking no chances and is also using hand sanitiser.

Their wonderful Librarian, hearing that the UK was short of PPE, with equal care sent us 120 sterile face masks, by 3-day delivery, most of which we have donated to a local surgery.

COUNTRY LIFE

Posted on Mar 10, 2020 by bta

The Practice is delighted to be recognised by Country Life in their list of the 35 best Country House Architects in Britain. In the spirit of the Country Life cover, here some photos of our office dog Frida and dogs from both mentioned projects; Channel Island and Bonnington House.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted on Mar 3, 2020 by bta

Congratulations to our newly qualified Architect, Mathew, after passing his Part 3 exam last week: we are so proud!  Now many choices open up for him, not least which cake to try first...