The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

ARPL Architects Ltd report progress
on eco-friendly Colmonell School

Multi-award winning Ayr-based ARPL Architects Ltd have announced that work on the new environmentally friendly primary school being built at Colmonell in South Ayrshire reached a high point last week with the top roof coverings being fitted.

The high-level roofs will be covered in turf sheltering the super-insulated naturally ventilated teaching spaces.

Construction work can now move to the inside, where the building is insulated with recycled newspaper and heated by air source heat pumps.

The project for South Ayrshire Council is being built by Ashleigh Construction to the designs of ARPL Architects Ltd.

ARPL Architects Ltd director Gordon Fleming commented: “The construction work is now moving into a very exciting phase with the internal spaces being formed and the more innovative elements of the building appearing on site.

“The interior is naturally ventilated and all the finishes are natural products, offering a very healthy environment for the children.

“Everyone is greatly looking forward to completion of the one of the greenest buildings in the south-west of Scotland towards the end of the year.”

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.

ARPL Architects Ltd is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


ARPL Architects Ltd
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Patrick Lorimer
Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896

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