Our hempcrete house near Dunbar is going up much faster than we expected. In fact, the construction process is quicker Read more
Our client has moved into her new, four-bedroom Passivhaus in central Edinburgh. It was quite a journey, through Covid and Read more
Originally, the intention was to raise the roof of this modest Georgian home – a converted barn on a steading Read more
Halvorsen Architects are lucky enough to have water features going into two current projects. Last week I visited one that’s going Read more
Halvorsen Architects have just finished an extension to and remodelling of a house in Winchburgh, West Lothian. The core of Read more
New House interior
client private contract value £280,000 area new build 110 sq. m. A speculative house for a small town-centre site in Read more
Is this the dawn of the ‘wood age’? The stone, iron, bronze, glass and steel ages all benefited from wood Read more
Planning permission has been approved for a new building at Happy Days nursery Hardengreen branch in Midlothian. It is located Read more
SEDA's Report 'A New Vision for Land Use in Scotland: 6 Conversations' was released on Monday. It summarises the key Read more
Concrete accounts for 8% of CO2 emissions, far higher than aviation at 2.5%. So if we are to help stop Read more
Extension, The Grange Edinburgh
client  private engineers  CRA Ltd. contract value  £160,000 area new build 95 sq. m.; total remodelled area  450 sq. m. The Read more
With one of my other hats on I am an events organiser for The Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA). Since Read more
It was with great joy that I received some photos from an Edinburgh client of their wild flower garden blooming Read more
Halvorsen Architects have just finished major works to a house in the Grange, a conservation area on Edinburgh's south side which Read more
Halvorsen Architects recently finished an extension to and remodelling of a 1970s house in Dunbar, East Lothian. A sun room, Read more
Last month I visited Shepherd House, Inveresk, where I have carried out several small projects and was delighted to see Read more
A group of ecologically-minded people gathered in Forres to visit a collection of inspiring sustainable enterprises, hear some stimulating talks Read more
The venue was more Bohemian than most - the top floor of a celebrated French restaurant in Soho. I had Read more
The children of Happy Days nursery, Dalkeith, wait with anticipation while they watch their handmade pizzas cook in their new Read more
House extension Leith
client  private engineers  CRA Ltd. contract value  £57,000 area  35 sq. m. An extension to a Victorian house in Leith, Edinburgh, Read more
New playground, Eskbank, Midlothian
client Genesis (J&T) Ltd (Trading as Happy Days Nurseries) Happy Days acquired a new nursery in Eskbank, Midlothian, a year ago and asked Halvorsen Read more
New pre-school nursery
client Genesis (J&T) Ltd (Trading as Happy Days Nurseries) This is our proposal for a nursery school on the outskirts Read more
For children to learn, it is essential that they take some risks and this is something pupils at Happy Days Read more
Pre-school pupils recently moved into their new brand classroom at Happy Days nursery, Hardengreen, near Dalkeith. The client wanted an Read more
Woodland Nursery
client  Genesis (J&T) Ltd (Trading as Happy Days Nurseries) engineers  CRA Ltd. area  130 sq. m. Happy Days moved in Read more
Last Wednesday I organised the latest community workshop at Newbyres castle - a 16th century ruin in the heart of Read more
Earlier this month I organised a CPD to unravel the complexities - claims and counterclaims - around the renewable energy Read more
I recently attended the book launch of "100 Sustainable Scottish Buildings" by SEDA (Scottish Ecological Design Association). I strongly recommend Read more
Halvorsen Architects have just completed phase I of a new playground at Happy Days' Eskbank nursery school. All the oak Read more
Last week I was in Slovenia for a tour of Riko’s timber factory in Ribnica, about an hour’s drive south Read more
Tree columns bring wildlife into nursery
Horntails, or wood wasps, have made their nests in the internal oak trees supporting the roof of Halvorsen Architects' recently completed Happy Read more
Extension to Happy Days Nursery, Dalkeith
client Genesis (J&T) Ltd (Trading as Happy Days Nurseries) engineers Gordon Eadie and Iain Thew contract value £150,000 area 48 Read more
Restoration of Georgian House, Gorebridge
client private 14 Main Street is a listed Georgian house in the heart of Gorebridge’s old town. It falls within Read more
Good article about new ways of looking at classroom design by John McDermott of the Economist. Just what I am doing for Read more
This is an abridged version of an article for the next issue of Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers. If I had known Read more
Planning permission has now been granted for a new nursery building that we have designed for Happy Days, in Eskbank, Read more
Despite the bitter cold over 20 volunteers and archaeologists turned up this week to spend a day clearing vegetation around Read more
I organised an afternoon of CPD talks last week entitled ‘Breathability and low energy retrofit’. The session, organised for ECAN Read more
Last week I spent another glorious day surveying trees in woodland near Abbey St. Bathans in the Scottish Borders. These Read more
Halvorsen Architects was recently granted planning permission to enlarge Happy Days nursery near Edinburgh, for a design that reinforces the Read more
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