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Review of The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 Did the new dawn come with a red sky? Significant changes to tenancy agreements came into effect on the 1st of December 2017. The first change to housing legislation in 29 years since the 1988 Housing Act is inevitably a major event, but what’s the verdict […]





COVID-19 UPDATE Ogilvy Chalmers will continue to operate and will do our utmost to maintain the services you are used to as both clients and tenants.   In order to minimize risk to clients and team members, we are closing the office for visitors and are working both remotely and in the office where it is necessary and […]

Ram at Highland Show



“‘Upbeat’ might describe, perhaps surprisingly, the general views on the future of farming and the countryside from the Royal Highland Show this year”, says Francis Ogilvy, owner of Ogilvy Chalmers, land agents in East Lothian. Brexit debate One year on to the day since the Brexit vote and the world-renowned Oxford Farming Conference held a […]

Flowering Hedges - East Lothian

Sheltering from the wind? - April 28, 2017


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 […]

No self-build plots enjoying East Lothian's views - Ogilvy Chalmers



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 […]

Haddington Show 2016 - Love your Land. banner - Ogilvy Chalmerslmers



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 […]

Ogilvy Chalmers Launch Party

Launching Ogilvy Chalmers - May 10, 2016


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 […]

Larkin kitchen showing view - 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 […]



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.

Good ideas from Ecobuild 2013 - November 12, 2013


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.