The first weeks of 2009 have been taken up finishing off Meadowside House and planning workload for 2009. Although the economy is in a bad state, my workload seems to be ok and it should be a good year for actually completing some projects.

Meadowside House’s new residents have moved in and are delighted with their new home. I will be posting a feature on it soon on my work blog, http://www.gcaarchitects.wordpress.com, . It is great to see it finished and although I could pick up on lots of things I would do different now, I am proud of the building we have created. The next houses in Cumbernauld and Motherwell will be finished in the next few months also and are shaping up well also.

The extension in Strathaven is now out the ground and the frame is up. The finishing detail in this project will be very important to the end product. It is the first time we have used zinc cladding although we have it specified for a larger project for a community business centre in Airdrie due to start this March.

Garden View

Garden View

View from House

View from House

Our largest project this year will be Wellwynd Community Centre in Airdrie which involves the refurbishment and extension of the oldest church in the town. It will be a challenge and is a very high profile project for a town which holds a carbuncle award for the worst town in Scotland. The council’s support and asprations for the project have been tremendous along with their partner Clyde Valley Housing Association who are now driving the project forward.

I am hopeful that a few housing development projects will be progressed, however, I feel they may drag on a while due to the current climate.

I plan to enter more architectural or othe design competitions this year and have targetted a couple already. I will also develop proposals for an area of land I have to the rear of my house, possibly for a home office and gym.


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