Rose Court shortlisted for Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence Awards by Oliver Chapman


We’re delighted that Rose Court, Galashiels has been shortlisted in the Chartered Institute for Housing Awards, in the category Excellence for Development in Affordable Housing. The project delivers ten affordable homes for Scottish Borders Housing Association, arranged in a crescent on the edge of the 1960’s Langlee estate. This nomination is a reflection of the hard work put in by the whole team over the past few years.


The Egg Shed is officially open! by Oliver Chapman


A brilliant day out for the team last week at the official opening of The Egg Shed, our community and heritage centre for Scottish Canals in Ardrishaig. Situated right on the edge of Loch Gilp, the new building provides a destination for learning about the rich heritage of the area alongside facilities for both visitors and local residents. It was great to see so many people enjoying the new exhibits and public realm, not to mention the beautiful Scottish sunshine!


Site start in Trinity by Oliver Chapman

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We’re kicking off the New Year with a site start for our extension in Trinity, Edinburgh. Over the next few months we’ll be posting regular updates from the build which will provide a contemporary response to the craft and materiality of the Listed Arts & Crafts house



We're growing! by Oliver Chapman

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OCA is growing! We’re celebrating our expanding team, with three new colleagues joining us over the past year. Coming from a range of backgrounds, our team represents a wealth of experience suited to the breadth of projects we have ongoing within the practice.

A special welcome to our latest team member, Kadum, who joins us as a Part II Assistant.

Site progress at Rose Court by Oliver Chapman

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Our new crescent of affordable homes for Scottish Borders Housing Association at Rose Court, Galashiels is taking shape. The project will provide ten new homes arranged in a single crescent with great views across the landscape. Check out our instagram page for regular updates. 

Ardrishaig Community Hub takes shape by Oliver Chapman

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We're enjoying the combination of glorious weather and great progress on site in Ardrishaig, where the slab and sea wall are now complete. The site's location on the edge of Loch Gilp means that flood resistance has been a key consideration in our design, with changes in materials above and below a datum that will run through the building.  


Models featured in Royal Scottish Academy exhibition by Oliver Chapman

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We’re excited to have our twentieth anniversary models featured in the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition of Architecture - open to the public until 6th June. The models showcase twenty of our favourite projects - past, present and future - and the range of work that we're proud to have been involved with over the years. 



DesignDunfermline2018 preparations get underway by Oliver Chapman

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OCA are delighted to be working with Dunfermline Heritage Partnership and others to help deliver DesignDunfermline2018 - a series of public events over four days at the end of April. The local community - with the help of a team including facilitators, urban designers, architects, landscape architects and transport consultants - will create a design led solution for the regeneration of Dunfermline town centre. 

Preparations are well underway with pre-charrette activities taking place across the town as well as discussions with local groups including the Community Council. 

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Extension to Arts & Crafts house receives Planning and Listed Building Consent by Oliver Chapman

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OCA are delighted to be be working with clients who own an Arts & Crafts house in Trinity, Edinburgh. It is a great opportunity to interpret that tradition, forming nooks with a new perimeter edge spaces and stepping the section underneath an over-sailing roof.

The use of materials such as Douglas fir, Petersen brick and copper will continue the craftsmanship of the existing house. Care has been taken to make the new copper roof respond to the existing cascade of roof planes at the rear, locking it into the building’s geometry and opening the house up to the garden.

Planning and Listed Building Consent have been granted

OCA 20: Celebrating 20 years with pop-up exhibition by Oliver Chapman

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Twenty years of Oliver Chapman Architects is more than cause for a celebration! We recently took over Edinburgh's atmospheric Trinity Apse and hosted a pop-up exhibition of models and drawings from 20 projects past and present. Thanks to everyone who came along - it was a great evening of interesting conversation in a truly unique space.