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May 2016

The new welcome hub has opened at Falkland Centre for Sterwardship.


We are developing proposals for Cupar Burgh Chambers as a holiday let.


April 2016

We have been appointed by North East Scotland Preservation Trust to carry out a condition report and options appraisal for the A listed Mill of Benholm.


Conservation works are being carried out at Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church.


February 2016

The former Murray Library in Anstruther opens as a hostel on Fife Coastal Path. Arc managed the conservation repairs and conversion.


Anstruther Parish Church conservation repairs have reached practical completion.


Arc is designing a new mudwall legacy structure for the residents of Errol as part of the Tay Landscape Partnership.


November 2015

Tom attended the launch of Earth Building Ireland in Sligo.


Dreel Halls, Anstruther has been awarded First Prize in the Built Form category of The East Neuk of Fife Preservation Society Building and Environment Awards 2015 "in recognition of the outstanding restoration work that has been carried out there."


The "new" Dysart War Memorial has been completed in time for Armistice day.


October 2015

Hayfield Community Centre has been awarded practical completion.


Kirkcaldy Old Kirk has been awarded practical completion.


The Tyndall Bruce monument has been given practical completion!


Building has begun of the Dysart War Memorial.

Repairs of Cottown Schoolhouse are underway for the National Trust of Scotland.


September 2015

The Vivarium co-housing group meetings are progressing well. The initiative has also been getting attention from the local newspaper.


We are excited to be collaborating with the Cupar Development Trust for an ambitious town centre regeneration project.


Harling works to Anstruther Easter Parish Church are progressing well.


September 2015

A new house has started on site in Kingskettle, Fife.


September 2015

Doors open day at Kirkcaldy Old Kirk was a complete success. Works to the tower were completed on time and the scaffolding was taken down for the public to have the full unobstructed experience.  There were good reviews all round.


September 2015

Collaborative design ideas are progressing after open meetings with the Vivarium co-housing group.


Works have started on George Street, Perth.

July 2015

Tyndall Bruce Monument Revealed!

The scaffolding has been taken down and the restoration work completed.


July 2015

Arc are delighted to announce we are working with Vivarium co-housing group and Kingdom Housing Association to develop a new co-housing scheme in Fife.


July 2015

George Street, Perth has been given the go ahead to start works.


Fowler Street, Anstruther has received building warrant.


June 2015

Tom attended the final EBUK Pirate meeting in Bremen, Germany.


13-19 High Street, Perth has been lime washed


June 2015

The Falkland Stables project will start this week


Lathockar new house has got planning permission.


June 2015

Clayfest was a huge success; bringing together a real mix of people, interests and natural building techniques. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. Here is a snapshot of our week:


June 2015


Cupar Burgh Chambers has Cupar CARS funding.


AND..... Only one week to CLAYFEST!!!!


May 2015

Scaffolding has been errected at Anstruther Easter Parish Church.


May 2015

Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church and crypt has received funding.


EBUK conference is filling up fast and an extra Introduction to Cob course has been added as per demand. Only three weeks to go!


April 2015

As part of the Clayfest celebrations Perth & Kinross Museums & Galleries are celebrating clay buildings in the Carse of Gowrie. The exhibition at 78 George Street Perth is on from 17 March - 31 August 2015. More info can be found here.


April 2015

Clayfest tickets are now available. The week will culminate in the annual EBUK conference which this year is focusing on the culture of earth building and how people and places reflect the experience of building with clay.


April 2015

Paul is now an Associate.


March 2015

Clayfest tickets to go on sale tomorrow.


09 March 2015

Hayfield Community Centre contractor has been appointed.


06 February 2015

As part of Clayfest 2015 we are proposing to build a clay oven. If you live local to Errol and would be interested in having one installed, please get in touch.


February 2015

David and Karyn recently attended a two day course in lime construction and techniques. At the Scottish Lime Centre Trust.


30 January 2015

Arc are working hard with the Tay Landscape Partnership, EBUK and others to organise and run Clayfest 2015 which will take place in Errol. Further information and tickets can be obtain here.


14 January 2015

Tom visited the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen with Historic Scotland who are carrying out research into traditional clay mortar which is to be lauched at Clayfest in the summer.


12 January 2015

Tom visited the clay mortar research soils archive.


December 2014

Annsmuir farmhouse has now been completed and is looking great. Blebo Craigs is also finished with the stove installed for Christmas.


27th October 2014

Last week Tom was on Eigg discussing potential use of Our Island Home competition winning housing design on various sites.


2nd October 2014

Perth High Street facade strip has begun with interesting limeworks discovered. As expected large areas of sarking are in need of replacement.


8th September 2014

The Dreel Halls has its glowing handrail installed.


5th September 2014

Arc office trip to various locations in and around Scotland, including several local projects a new rammed earth wall and the Kelpies.


27th August 2014

Prestart meeting is due to take place for our large historic conservation project on Perth High Street.


12th August 2014

WSVC has been submitted for planning, more details to follow when the building warrant package is completed.


August 2014

Arc are happy to welcome Oliver to the team who is passionate about Bees and all things green.


09th July 2014

Arc is looking for a talented Architect for to join our team working on current interesting sustainable design projects in our office in Cupar, Fife. 


Candidates should be ARB registered, proficient in AutoCAD, with Sketchup and Photoshop experience, have good technical design and graphics skills and be available to interview and start soon. (This post has now been filled).


26th June 2014

Arc participated in the Anstruther Improvements Association’s community consultation event, to present the proposals for the alterations to the Dreel Halls.


30th June 2014

Arc are happy to welcome Emma to the office who will be working on a number of our smaller projects initially.


23rd June 2014

Conservation work has started on Cupar War memorial.


11th June 2014

The Tayport project moves a step closer as The Big Lottery awards the client stage 1.


9th June 2014

Arc are happy to welcome Robert to the office who will be working on a number of projects which have demanding programmes.


26th May 2014

Arc are happy to welcome Peter and Gibson to the office who are both enjoying architectural work experience for the summer holidays.


22nd May 2014

Arc is happy to be welcoming Karyn to the office who will be working with us on all manner of funky stuff for the next 6 months. 


29th April 2014

Arc is looking for a talented junior Architect to join our team working on a range of interesting community, ecological and conservation projects based at our office in Cupar, Fife. 


14th April 2014

Hayfield Community Centre has received funding from the National Lottery. £249,600.


31st March 2014

Murray Studios are officially opened with much jubilation.


19th March 2014

Arc Architects was announced as the winner of the competition which asked Architects to design an affordable two bedroom starter home suitable for rural areas.

Rural Housing Scotland will work with community landowners and the winning architect to build the winning design in several locations in the Hebrides, with the first houses planned for the Isle of Mull.

To celebrate this achievement, Mr MacKenzie has raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament to congratulate everyone involved and highlight the necessity for affordable rural housing.


19th March 2014

Arc hosted a recent get together of EBUK members with a view to setting up a Scottish branch!


03rd March 2014

Arc are please to welcome David who will be working with us on on some of our more exciting projects.


03rd March 2014

EBUK have now posted post conference photos online, these can be viewed here.


28th February 2014

Arc wins Our Island Home housing competition Following a bumper entry of 50 designs from small architecture practices across the country. The Our Island Home Design Competition award was presented today by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment at the Rural Housing Scotland Conference in Birnam.


25th February 2014

Tom has written a price on conserving Bute’s earth mortar as part of the Paul R. J. Duffy edited One Island Many Voices.


13th February 2014

Tom and Paul are attending the EBUK earth conference in Norwich this week.  Tom is presenting a paper on ‘Turf construction training in Iceland’. Tom's Video presentation can be found here.  


10th February 2014

Arc would like to thank all the consultants who generously gave their time to help with recent submission for the ‘Our Island Home’ competition - Arup, RAOggs & David Narro.


3rd February 2014

AIA has posted photos from the recent opening event on the AIA’s facebook page, here. Funding has also been approved for stage 2 enabling works. 


28th January 2014

Arc is looking for new talent to join the office.

Click here for more.


23rd January 2014

Arc are pleased to welcome Elena who will be working with us for the short term.


20th January 2014

Arc is happy to announce that we shall be working with the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership in the coming months to develop Phase 1 of the proposed master plan.


17th January 2014

Arc is delighted to announce that the Dreel Halls are now open.


14th January 2014

Arc are happy to welcome James who will be helping us out for a little while on various projects.


7th January 2014

Arc is looking for new talent to join the office.

Click here for more.


7th January 2014

Arc would like to wish all of our clients and consultants a very happy New Year.


17th December 2013

Arc will be closed from 23rd December - 7th January 2014. We would like to wish all of our clients and consultants a very happy Christmas and a refreshing new year.


11th December 2013

Arc have made the short list for a new housing competition. A two stage open design competition to design a two bedroom house suitable for island locations which is affordable to build and heat.


3/4/5th December 2013

Paul completed the second of the popular lime workshops for building professionals which provides detailed hands on learning for the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry structures.


18th November 2013

Kirkcaldy Community Centre has won planning permission.


11th November 2013

Arc spent time this week working on a new housing competition. A two stage open design competition to design a two bedroom house suitable for island locations which is affordable to build and heat.


5/6th November 2013

Paul recently attended the popular 2 day workshop for building professionals which provides an introduction to the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry structures and buildings, for the most part using traditional lime based mortars.


15th July 2013

Arc are happy to welcome Emily who will be helping us out for the next few months on various projects.


22nd May 2013

Tom is busy workng on youtube clips of his recent study trip to Iceland which should be uploaded shortly.


17th May 2013

Paul attended the recent Church & The Community: Energy conference in Stirling. Further details can be found here.


17th May 2013

PARNASSUS workshops on heritage flooding are being organised in London on May 17th 2013. Tom won't be there himself as he'll be studying turf in Iceland, but it might be interesting. To register and for more information go to;-


17-20th April 2013

Tom participates in a trip to Lubeck to discuss the possibility of writing training standards for earth structures. This followed on from work they had just completed on earth plasters, a project which allows training in the use of earth plasters to be transferable across the EU.


28th Feburary 2013

After the completion of extensive exterior refurbishment to The Murray Library, Cllr Elizabeth Riches (Chair) and Trustees Lorna Jones, Jim Braid and Carl van der Lee welcomed a group of pupils from Anstruther Primary School to visit the site and to discuss the Time Capsule Project they are working on with the Trustees.


11th Feburary 2013

After many years in planning, we happy to announce that both Murray Library Phase 2 and the Hew Scott Hall project are both set for a site start in February 2013.


15th January 2013
Happy New Year to all of our clients and consultants


11th January 2013

Daily Mail use Arc Architects footage for piece on 'African village where every building is a canvas, whether it is a house, palace or tomb for their dead'.


11 November 2012
SEDA Article Published

More process less product: The creative persons role published in the Scottish Ecological Design Associations quarterly magazine


05 October 2012
Cupar & North East Fife Preservation Society Awards
Letham Shelter wins design award.


21-22 July 2012
ig Tent Festival
Tom is talking at the Big Tent 2012 on the subject of Heritage, hardship and hope. For more information visit the Big Tent Website.


18-19th May 2012
SEDA Conference

Tom attended the recent conference and presented a number of Arc projects to the group with site visits around the local area to follow.


21-28th May 2012
Abertay Public Exhibition begins in the Harbour Cafe.
The exhibition highlights the challenges facing Tayport's Community due to climate change.


04 May 2012
Smailholm Tower shortlisted for UK roofing awards
A groundbreaking project to create a turf roof on Smailholm Tower in the Scottish Borders has been commended in the category of Building Conservation in the RICS Awards Scotland 2012. It has also been shortlisted for the UK Roofing Awards 2012.

2nd April 2012
Murray Library, Anstruther

Emergency scaffold errected to protect the public.


13th January 2012
'Clay Plasters: Realising the Dream'
Tom gave the opening talk at this year's EBUK conference in York, which focused on clay plasters. It was a great event with lots of diverse attendees. For more info see EBUK.
Link to African video clips here


4th January 2012
The second set of thermal probes have now been installed at Cottown as part of the Parnassus project, which Arc are coordinating, in partnership with Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.

3rd January 2012
Happy New Year to all of our clients and consultants.


13th December 2011
Tom and Paul attend the SEDA show and tell in Glasgow.  Tom presented slides of our more recent work.


24th November 2011
We are looking for a talented Conservation Architect.


2nd November 2011
Emma passed her Masters in Architectural conservation. Hooray :)

7th October 2011

Tom is speaking at the Soft Capping Seminar on the 19th October 2011.  If you would like to book a place at this event, you can do so by following the link below.


5th October 2011
Letham Park Shelter opened today.


26th September 2011
Tom recently attended the Scottish Green Awards 2011 held in Glasgow. To his amazement we won the prize for Best Green Community-Initative (sponsored by SEPA) as Director of the North Howe Transition Toun.


4th June 2011
Tom presented to HRH at The Princes Regeneration Trust event. "I think this has to be about the nicest room I have ever spoken in so thanks to the Princes Regeneration Trust for inviting me to speak to you here today...."


3-4th June 2011
Paul attended the SEDA conference which this year took place in New Lanark at the World Heritage site.


1st June 2011
The Arc office spent a few hours working on the Letham Park Shelter to gain a valuable perspective on earth building in Scotland.


16th May 2011
Paul, Emma, Tess and others attend small scale lime burning project day with Historic Scotland at their yard in Stirling.


10th May 2011
We have moved to our newly refurbished office in Cupar. This provides a bigger and better working environment, as well as being more conveniently located for access by train. By employing an exemplary environmental approach to the project, the move will half Arc’s carbon emissions while increasing our capacity by 50%. Directions and contact details are here


6th May 2011
Arc are moving to our own freshly refurbished new office located in Cupar. Map and address here


17th March 2010
Completion and Publication!

Arc has developed 6 case studies for homeowner energy efficiency measures, with the Big Green Tarbert project. This ranges from free and easy do through to major overhauls and covers a range of typical house types including 'hard to treat' types. They are published here


17th January 2010
Developing Solutions for 'hard to treat' housing upgrade.


Arc has been invited to deliver a paper on Arc's work at the 'Sustainable Uist' Conference at the end of January. This looks at energy efficiency and carbon saving programmes for typical Scottish housing, in particular, hard to treat properties, that are common house types not covered by standard government initiatives.


2nd December 2010
Arc wins the VIBES
Arc scooped two prestigious environmental business awards at the 2010 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards ceremony in Glasgow.

Arc won the Best Service Award and the Scottish Government sponsored VIBES Special Award for Energy Efficiency, which aims to reward businesses that have made the biggest steps in cutting their energy use and CO2 emissions.


13th September 2010
Meadowside St. Paul’s Church
is a fine sandstone church dating from 1845, extended in the 20th C. to provide ancillary facilities. Now on site!


27th August 2010
The office trip to Scotlands Housing Expo was a great day out and an interesting opportunity to see the works of other Architects.


17th August 2010
We have an immediate vacancy for a conservation architect to work on an interesting range of projects. Please see our employment opportunities page in the 'about us' section for more information.


18 May 2010
Arc are delighted to be helping the community of West Wemyss to regenerate their community as part of the Big lottery fund and BBC Village SOS program.


13th May 2010
We are pleased to have been presented with another award. The Fife Green Business Award for Innovation in Green Products and Services. We are now also entered into the national 'Vibes' Business Awards as a result.


12th May 2010
Arc has been teaching the next set of 'certified passivhaus designers' at Strathclyde University.


19th April 2010
We are pleased to welcome a new architect to our team - Paul Higginson. Paul is an experienced Architect and we look forward to working with him.


15th April 2010
Arc have been shortlisted for the 'Green Business Fife' Awards.


2nd February 2010
Arc have qualified as one of the first 'Passivhaus Designers' in the UK. This demonstrates a deep understanding of very low energy buildings and their construction.


1st February 2010
We are recruiting! We are looking for a talented project architect to join our award winning team. Please see our employment opportunities page in the 'about us' section for more information.


7th December 2009
Arc are pleased to announce that the Logie Schoolhouse project carried out for the National Trust for Scotland, has received the Dundee Institute of Architects award for 'Best Regeneration/ Conservation Project 2009'.


6th December 2009
Arc staff have completed the UK's first 'Certified EU Passive House Designer' course at Strathclyde University.


9th November 2009

Arc staff were recently interviewed by the Sunday Herald for their weekly feature, this week titled 'Me and architect'. Click here to read the article about our professional relationship with Alison Davie, of Little and Davie Construction.


29th October 2009
Arc staff are attending the UK's first 'Certified EU Passive House Designer' course at Strathclyde University in November. This is the first of these courses to be run in the English language and is attended by leaders in the field from across Europe.


4th September 2009
Arc will be involved in presenting a Masterclass in Clay Mortar Repairs in association with the Scottish Lime Centre on Thursday the 24th of September. This is a rare opportunity to learn the key factors in successful repairs from leading practioners in the field. To find out more and to join us for the day please click here


2nd June 2009

Our flagship conservation project last year, the restoration of the 'A' listed mudwall Schoolhouse at Logie in Angus won the prestigious Europa Nostra, the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage. One of only 28 projects across Europe, the award recognises outstanding quality of conservation work and the contribution to the local community through a series of workshops and masterclasses.


1st June 2009

See some of our work in action - an interview with Little and Davie, the team of craftsmen and women carrying out repairs to the 5th Century ruins in Bute is here


5th May 2009
We are pleased to welcome two new members of staff - Tessa and Graham. Tessa is an Architect with experience in conservation work, and Graham an Architectural technician.


23rd March 2009
Arc has secured Planning Permission for our Client to build a new low energy sustainable house in south Perthshire. The house is of contemporary design and is predicted to use only 20% of the energy a standard new build house would consume.


23rd March 2009
Thanks to everyone who applied for the job vacancy. We are now undertaking final interviews and applications are closed.


11th February 2009
Outline Planning Permission has been granted for a new environmental visitor centre on a sensitive site on the banks of Loch Tay, designed by Arc.


10th February 2009
We are looking for a talented ARCHITECT with up to 5 years experience post part III or a design conscious architectural TECHNOLOGIST. Please click here for more information. (Note - applications for this post are now closed)


8th February
The new EBUK membership form now can be downloaded from the EBUK page


4th February 2009
Arc are pleased to announce that we have been presented with an Angus Design Award for our work on the Logie Schoolhouse Project.


21st January 2009
The restoration of the schoolhouse at Logie, Angus, for The National Trust for Scotland is now complete. Pictures and information can be found here.


23rd December 2008
Arc have submitted a Planning Application for a low energy, low carbon, high quality modern house in Perthshire.


18th December 2008
Tom and Mark built a green oak frame structure in a walled garden at Monimail. This was great training and enjoyable.


8th September 2008
Having submitted the 'townhouse regeneration' project, Arc Architects are one of 3 finalists in the Creative Fife 'Architectural Excellence' awards.


1st September 2008
The Logie Schoolhouse project is nearing completion, to be opened by the Earl of Airlie on Wednesday 26th September.
There will be a public lecture about the project held by the Montrose Society on Thursday 18th September at 7.30pm


21st July 2008
Construction has started on a refurbishment project of an old manse in Fife. Working with the existing structure it will transform part of the building, bringing in light and creating a warm and modern space sympathetic to the history of the site.


15th July 2008
The draft Earth Building UK 'memodrandum & articles' is available for download and comment by members.


21st May 2008
Yesterday Arc hosted a seminar focus group 'Defining Affordable Energy Sustainability': reviewing low energy and zero carbon design in depth. This included speakers from The Carbon Trust and Wood Energy Ltd as well as consultants we regularly work with in the Design Team.


30th April 2008

Arc is hosting 4 days of masterclasses at the Logie Schoolhouse promoting mudwall construction and providing hands on experience.


14th April 2008

One of Arc's Project Architects has just returned from the International PassivHaus Conference in Germany. With over 42 countries represented this is the leading conference for designers of low energy and PassivHaus projects in the world. The most up to date research and built projects are presented. For more information please click here.


10th March 2008

Tom Morton, Arc's Principle Architect has just published a new book 'Earth Masonry - Design and Construction Guidelines' with a foreword by Rab Bennetts. Please click to buy a copy from BRE Press or to download more information.


15th January 2008

Arc is pleased to have won a competition to develop a major dynamic arts and community project in Kirkcaldy with Fife Council.


14th January 2008

Due to an expanding workload in a variety of exciting projects across the spectrum of our workload, Arc is seeking an architect and a technician to assist with upcoming projects. Please send us a CV and examples of your work.


14th January 2008

Arc have recently completed an extensive redevelopment of an existing townhouse on the Fife coast. Further information can be found here