Whiling away

Posted on Apr 28, 2022 by bta

The seagullls are flying playfully in the wind, having been installed yesterday.  Perfect to while away some time looking at their movement.  The finial, designed by Benjamin Tindall Architects with blacksmith Alan Dawson and his workshop, was inspired by Gerorge Wyllie’s work, an artist much admired by our client.

FEUVA TALK 19th APRIL

Posted on Apr 12, 2022 by bta

From Masterplan to Reality - Jupiter Artland collaboration, a talk by Ben Tindall on Tuesday 19th April, 6-8pm at Edinburgh University for the Friends of Edinburgh University Visual Artists. Ben will take you through the process of working with the owners of Jupiter Artland, from initial concepts to the finished Visitor Facilities and changes to the main house. Ben is particularly interested in working with artists and craftspeople. His talk will include some of the problems that threatened the project. Free to attend but you need to book a place here

TYING A KNOT

Posted on Mar 30, 2022 by bta

 

Ben prepares the ends of a hemp rope handrail for a project at the West Coast.  The maritime theme is also featured in the bronze brackets, based on bladderwrack seaweed.  The project is nearing completion, just in time for our lovely clients who will be tying their own knot.

 

 

Ben's Talk for the Falkland Society

Posted on Mar 3, 2022 by bta

 

Ben will give a talk on 'Working collaboratively with clients, artists and craftspeople and the achievements of Jupiter Artland' for the Falkland Society on Wednesday, 9 March, at 7.00 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83666412324.

Peter Burman (Chair Falkland Society) says “Everyone who has visited The Hub, permanent home of the Edinburgh Festival, or The Queen’s Gallery, Holyrood, or Springfield Church on the way to Cupar, will know what a ‘transformative’ architect he is.”

https://falklandsociety.org.uk/newsletters/FalklandSocietyNewsletterMarch2022.pdf

UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention

Posted on Feb 28, 2022 by bta

We are saddened and appalled by the current senseless conflict and tragic loss of life in Ukraine, and also horrified by the destruction of Cultural Property.  Russia is a signatory of the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.  Although Russia has a duty to uphold the Convention, it seems to have forgotten this in Syria & elsewhere too. (Image of Pechersk Lavra, Kyiv, one of the World Heritage Sites in the Ukraine)

BBC Scotland: Prayers for Ukraine as crowds join anti-war demo

 

 

 

INVENTIONS THAT NEVER QUITE TOOK OFF

Posted on Feb 1, 2022 by bta

 

In Canada the Robertson drive has been standard for more than 100 years. After the slotted screw it is a great improvement on other systems as it is very strong and the taper of the slot allows for great ease in use. It’s also beautiful!

https://www.leolafasteners.com/blogs/news/which-screw-drive-is-best-star-phillips-or-square-how-about-a-combo

https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/hardware/robertson-screwdriver-history/

TIM STEAD TRUST UPDATE

Posted on Dec 6, 2021 by bta

We are delighted to be chosen as the Architects to support the Tim Stead Trust to develop and deliver work to the Steading to inspire future generations in creativity and environmental sustainability.  Tim Stead‘s House is a very special and unique Gesamtkunstwerk in Blainslie, near Lauder.   We had a long and convivial meeting around the dining table a source of a lot of Tim‘s creativity.  We are looking forward to working with all the Trustees.

COMMENDATION FOR ST. PETER'S

Posted on Nov 4, 2021 by bta

We were delighted that the EAA gave St. Peter’s Link Phase a Commendation, under the Large Project Award.  It was great to see all the other projects on the shortlist at the award ceremony last week, and to see inside the old Fire Station on Lauriston Place, which is now SpACE – a pop-up public exhibition and events venue. Thank you to everyone involved and all their hard work. The judges noted that the project “involved incredible skill” and we could not have managed the project without such good people on site and on the team. You can see more images of the work we did to the church a couple of years ago.

TAKEN FROM US AT SEA

Posted on Aug 20, 2021 by bta

Peter Gray fished out of the harbour where we are doing repairs.  He very sadly died at sea earlier in the year and the harbour misses his daily presence immensely.  The Practice helped organise this stone at the pier to serve as a reminder of Peter and the dangers of fishing.  John Neilson standing here proudly in front of his wonderful work; he also made the carved lettering at The Queen’s Gallery.

CLASHACH

Posted on Aug 12, 2021 by bta

 

One of our projects is repairing a harbour.  A recent visit has been to see the yard and quarry producing stone for protecting its foundations.  Here is Gavin Tennant at the Clashach quarry on the Moray coast with one his blocks.  The rock is obtained by drilling holes and using a low explosive that is very gentle, resulting in blocks up to 90 tons!  Although it’s a sandstone, being non-calcareous the stone is highly durable.  The colour is generally of sand dunes, but pinks and streaks can be obtained from beds near a geological fault at one end of the quarry.