The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

ARPL Architects Ltd announces
new name and relaunches website

A LEADING firm of architects in Ayrshire has announced a change of name.

ARPL Architects Ltd (formerly ARP Lorimer & Associates) has also launched its new website together with a new logo and corporate identity.

The rebranding of ARPL Architects Ltd has been carried out by Ayr-based creative agency Paligap.

[Pictured left to right, ARPL Architects Ltd directors Patrick Lorimer, Rebecca Cadie, Gordon Fleming, and Robert Gilliland. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION]

ARPL Architects Ltd director Pat Lorimer commented: “The four directors of ARPL Architects are pleased to be celebrating our fresh new image after 35 years, and are looking forward to a successful time ahead with some of the exciting projects we are currently working on. Our new website demonstrates the conservation and sustainability fields we have established, and the diversity of buildings we are now working with.”

ARPL Architects Ltd

The directors of ARPL Architects Ltd are Patrick Lorimer, Robert Gilliland, Gordon Fleming, and Rebecca Cadie with John Ramsay, Stewart Glendinning and Kenneth Handley as associates.

The ARPL philosophy is to produce buildings to the highest design standards in close consultation with its clients. Designs are innovative and sympathetic to both the immediate and the broader environment in which they are constructed, with an emphasis on sustainability. Each project embraces the unique nature of the client’s needs and the site.

Over the 36 years since Patrick Lorimer established the original practice, ARPL’s status in the profession has grown steadily in line with its position as a medium-sized practice with a reputation for well executed projects. From its base in Ayr the practice carries out projects over a wide geographical area from the Orkneys and the Western Isles to Ireland.

The firm’s project experience covers the fields of housing, churches, schools, commercial projects, private houses, community and arts buildings. Particular expertise has been developed in contemporary sustainable design, specialist conservation works and design for historically sensitive environments.

ARPL’s work has received wide recognition through numerous design and environmental awards presented over the years for its new build and conservation works. Regular success in design competitions adds to the practice portfolio.

ARPL are currently working on new and refurbishment housing for Lochside, Ayr, several church and castle conservation and restoration projects and new community facilities in the South West of Scotland. Appointments for church commissions involve a range of denominations and projects from conservation and repair to extensions and new build. The firm is also involved in country houses and estates and the design of new houses for private owners.

The practice typically handles projects with construction values ranging from £100k through to £15m.

ARPL directors have managed to keep their business stable during the current difficult times and have a busy current workload, of which they will be sharing the highlights with the Ayrshire Elite Business Circle at a breakfast meeting on Wednesday 29 July at Loudoun Hall in Ayr.

Recent celebrations include the official opening of the Catrine Community Fish Hatchery by Cathy Jamieson MSP with East Ayrshire Provost Stephanie Young.

[Pictured: Cathy Jamieson MSP officially opened the Catrine Community Fish Hatchery on 26 June 2009, accompanied by Provost Stephanie Young and Muriel Kiernan and Richard Stenlake of the Catrine Community Trust.]

The Catrine fish hatchery situated close to the river Ayr, is a project which seeks to help re-vitalise a depressed town in Ayrshire. The Catrine Community Trust has set out to develop a range of projects which help reverse this trend. The fish hatchery is the first of these to be realised with the aim of sustaining fish stocks in the river. The building sits below an existing reservoir and makes use of the water control system to supply a range of tanks.

The building brief asked for a sustainable design approach and is constructed from natural materials. The walls are clay block with lime render. The roof is slate covered with a timber structure and natural fibre insulation boards. This use of natural materials ensures a healthy clean environment for the fish and for the Trust members working in the building.


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