Community

E&Co were commissioned by the Church of Scotland Mission Board to remodel the existing 1960s building to replace the 100-seat theatre in basement, and circulation spaces on ground floor linking into John Knox’s House, while retaining upper floor offices. The prominence and location of the building in the tourist heart of Edinburgh meant that there was only room for 2 portacabins on the High Street. Access to the adjacent pend had to be kept clear at all times. The structural design had to accommodate these limitations, and great consideration was given to the size of beams specified and a careful programme for the sequencing of the erection.

Structural consultants to the Dunblane Museum Trust who wished to improve their facilities while retaining the character of the museum, which is housed in the Dean’s House - a C17th and C18th building fronting onto The Cross, and three adjoining C18th cottages. Floors were strengthened, circulation spaces rationalised, and the 1970’s extension was replaced with a new two-storey building with a glazed link.

A new base is to be built in a sensitive parkland setting on the banks of Kinghorn Loch in Fife, to house The Ecology Centre, a charity based community group, who lease space from a nearby farm premises at present. The new building will allow room for expansion of the Ecology Centre’s environmental awareness and education programmes, events and volunteering activities.

E&Co designed the new structure to be framed in engineered timber. A curved green Douglas Fir will frame the low-level glazed exhibition and café area overlooking the loch.

Sheep’s wool insulation and sedum roof assist the green credentials for this aspiring project.