OCA feature in 2020 Visions by Oliver Chapman


Two of our projects have been selected to appear in the new RIAS publication '2020 Visions: Best Housing in Scotland 2000-2020'. Both our affordable housing development at Swinton and our Todlaw Supported Housing in Duns will form part of the publication, which is being produced as part of the Festival of Architecture 2017.


Kincardine Charrette ends with exhibition of ideas by Oliver Chapman


OCA have enjoyed spending the past four days with the people of Kincardine, working alongside our team of architects, landscape architects, designers, artists and development experts to gather together local people's thoughts on how to improve the town.  Yesterday we held an exhibition at the community centre as a first look at what can come out of the charrette process. 

It's been great to see the community get so engaged and we're hopeful that this can lead to future improvements. There have been lots of suggestions including de-trunking the North Approach Road that currently forms a barrier across the town, and creating new physical and visual connections to the waterfront.

The charrette, organised by Coalfields Regeneration Trust, was led by our team including Kevin Murray Associates, Wave Particle, HarrisonStevens, Context Economics, Colin Ross Workshop and John McIlhagger Associates. 

Kincardine Charrette gets off to a great start by Oliver Chapman


It's the end of our first day of workshops in Kincardine and we're already having some great discussions about how to harness the town's potential. Looking forward to the next few days as we continue to work with the local community to create a positive vision for the future.  

Architecture Fringe 2017 Sponsors by Oliver Chapman


We are proud to be sponsors of Scotland's second Architecture Fringe, and to be able to support the interesting, varied and vital dialogues raised through a series of exhibitions, talks, performances and other events which will be held at locations across Scotland throughout July.

"Initiated by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts which explores architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives."

We can't wait to take part in this year's exciting programme of events! More information can be found via the architecture fringe website.

Go Forth Kincardine - Pre-Charrette activities by Oliver Chapman

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With just over a week to go before we travel to Kincardine for four days of intensive workshops, our colleagues at WAVEparticle have already started engaging with local people in the town. 

One of the many ways in which the team are gathering the community's thoughts is by getting locals of all ages to mark a large map of the town with gold stars for places that work well and red dots for places that need improvement. This exercise will help to shape the discussions to come by identifying common areas of concern and themes to address. 


OCA selected to run the Kincardine Charrette by Oliver Chapman


OCA are delighted to have been selected to lead a team for this series of community engagement  events organised by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the project's sponsors with support from Fife Council. This follows on from the success of the similar events for the Crinan Canal in Mid Argyll last year.

Kincardine has had a close relationship to the River Forth for work, originally with saltpans, fishing & shipbuilding and later for generating power,  and also as a strategic river crossing. Despite having charm and historic value, its town centre is commonly over looked by passing traffic. The charrette events will bring the community together to explore this issue and consider how to connect its neighbourhoods together better and ensure the centre thrives with life and enterprise.

The team includes Kevin Murray Associates, Wave Particle, HarrisonStevens, Context Economics, Colin Ross Workshop and John McIlhagger Associates. 

Kiosk at Laggan Locks given High Commendation at IAA Awards 2016 by Oliver Chapman


OCA were delighted to receive a high commendation award on behalf of Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray for their project at the head of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. Winners of the Scottish Government's competition for projects along Scotland's promoted national Scenic Routes, this project provides visitor facilities (cafe kiosks, showers and toilets) alongside the Caledonian Canal. Oliver Chapman Architects provided professional support for this delightful project.

Join us at the Crinan Canal for a charrette (27th-30th April 2016) by Oliver Chapman


We are running a series of design workshop events across four days with Kevin Murray Associates in Mid Argyll. These will gather the views of local residents, businesses, land owners, community groups and other agencies to create a shared vision for the area aimed at maximising tourism and leisure opportunities alongside other business needs of the canal corridor and its communities.

Herne Hill house receives planning permission by Oliver Chapman


OCA have received planning permission for this project in London - an extension and alterations to a semi-detached residence in Herne Hill. Rooms, staggered in plan, jostle to reach the sunny rear garden. The part of the design that is the extension pokes out beyond an two storey annex and uses sturdy masonry corners to mark out its territory in the garden. Sturdy corners mean that walls and retaining walls can share the same architectural expression. 

Scottish Scenic Routes at Laggan Lock by Oliver Chapman


Our work supporting Gavin and Sean, winners of the Scottish Scenic Routes design competition round three, is nearly complete. The project fits well on the same site as our two camping cabins and provides toilets, a shower and a cafe kiosk for tourists on this well used route through the Great Glen.

Camping Pods Under Construction by Oliver Chapman


Our first two camping pods are taking shape on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, in the beautiful setting of Laggan Lock at the north end of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. Oliver Chapman Architects are also supporting the winners of the Scottish Government's Scottish Scenic Route initiative, young architects Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray, with their design for WC and café kiosk facilities.


'Casa' Skerrie Magazine Feature by Oliver Chapman


Oliver Chapman Architects' Skerrie House near Anstruther has been published in architecture magazine Arhitext as part of a feature on 'Local Resonances: Houses near Water'.

"The projects express the crossing of a limit and the establishment of a connection, either in a literal, symbolic or metaphorical way. In the O House [Sou Fujimoto Architects], the planimetric configuration and the pellicle of the glass surface poetically envision a crossing through the particles of the ocean, [while] the Skerrie House materialises a latent connection with the sea."

Dr Knox's Enigma now 'On Air' by Oliver Chapman


The team from Oliver Chapman Architects had a great time on Friday night trying out their latest completed project, which has just opened its doors in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Dr Knox's Enigma is a live puzzle game featuring codes to crack, clues to find, and riddles to solve, all centred around the mystery of the body-snatchers in 19th Century Edinburgh. Our team managed to solve the mystery within the allotted time-slot (with a little help from our friends), and we can't wait to go back to try out another puzzle soon!

Project Architect: Akiko Kobayashi | Client: Puzzlemonkey Ltd