The Humble Hedge – Part 1 ‘Up to half farm income will stop when the tap from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is turned off in 2020. That’s a lot of money that will not be spent in East Lothian. But, currently there is no strategy to combat this,’ writes Francis Ogilvy, owner of … Continue reading Sheltering from the wind?
This blog has been penned by Francis Ogilvy, Principal and Land agent, and Clive Cruickshank, Senior Architect, at Ogilvy Chalmers. “Self-Build is a form of Affordable Housing” tweeted Angie Duran, Self-Build Officer of Glasgow City Council @GlasgowCC. Is this an east / west divide between local authorities? We find no reference to promoting the idea … Continue reading ‘Plots For Sale’ – But Not in East Lothian
Founded in 1966, we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary at the Haddington Show on Saturday 2nd July 2016, where we’re pleased once again to be joint main sponsors with accountants Grieves West and Ayre. We’ll also be celebrating our new name, Ogilvy Chalmers, and explaining why we call ourselves ‘The Compleat Property Company’. In essence: Our … Continue reading Join us at the Haddington Show for our 50th Birthday Celebrations
Spring has sprung and it’s time for a fresh beginning for a 50 year-old property company serving the Lothians and Borders. Chalmers & Co has relaunched as Ogilvy Chalmers – ‘The Compleat Property Company’ (see poems). There are some fresh faces here and these contribute to a sense of purpose to offer a ‘compleat’ property … Continue reading Launching Ogilvy Chalmers
A dilapidated apartment has been transformed with elegant neutral and blue hues to create a calm interior that echoes the property’s stunning coastal setting. Ogilvy Chalmers, chartered architects, designed and managed this contemporary redevelopment. This feature appeared in the life style magazine Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms. Ogilvy Chalmers are very grateful to Alison Gibb for … Continue reading Out of the Rough – Ogilvy Chalmers Architects Transform a Seaside Apartment
Chalmers & Co’s Chartered Architect, David Brackenridge, has been appointed to the Board Of Trustees of Scottish charity, Venture Scotland. David has been volunteering with the charity for over a year as an ‘venture volunteer’ helping them to deliver their outdoor programme of hillwalking, climbing, canoeing and weekend bothy trips.
Venture Scotland is a registered charity offering an outdoor-based personal development programme for young people aged 16-30, who face complex and difficult problems. Through they’re intensive work, they build the confidence and skills of young people and aim to empower each individual we work with to make positive and lasting changes in their lives.
Ecobuild is a massive exhibition held in London’s Excel Conference Centre which focuses on environmental issues for the building industry. With its tag line of ‘The Future’, Ecobuild is supported by all the large UK building materials manufacturers and systems along with major bodies like the RIBA and RICS.
David and his colleagues Fraser Sheerin and Sebana Moynagh spent two days at the exhibition to explore the very latest in eco technology, building systems and micro generation. With a generally sceptical outlook on such technologies, manufacturers were grilled on the effectiveness of their products, embedded energy and payback time along with the ease of applying these new products to refurbishment and retrofit situations.
Francis Ogilvy, owner of Chalmers & Co, reflects on the state of farming and economic development in East Lothian. Farming What a change a good summer makes! No records were achieved by the harvest, but it could have been much worse and we’ve had such a marvelous entry for next year – no wonder the … Continue reading Autumn Rural Reflections
Two of East Lothian’s most prominent architectural firms, Chalmers & Co and Alan Sheerin Associates, are to merge, and aim to be East Lothian’s leading architectural practice.
Alan Sheerin Associates are probably the best known firm of architects in the county. Chartered architect, Alan Sheerin, worked in East Lothian Council’s Architects Department, at Campbell and Arnott, and at RMJM prior to establishing his own practice in Haddington’s Sidegate in 1987.
He was involved in a wide variety of projects including housing, medical centres, cinemas and an overseas hotel and a conference centre in Tripoli in Libya. With East Lothian Council he was responsible for the design of a housing project which gained a Civic Trust Commendation.
Chalmers & Co, supported by Scottish Land & Estates, carried out a short, qualitative survey at the Haddington Show to garner some views on whether our rural communities have enough businesses and how local government and planning authorities could make it easier for new rural businesses to set up.