Author Archives: Neil Greenshields


It was January 2021 when we became involved in the technical stages and delivery of this design that architect Andrew Shaw had achieved Planning permission for in Edinburgh. Fascinatingly he integrated innovative bio-receptive panels that were designed by Prof. Marcos Cruz at the Bartlett's Bio-ID studio. They retain water, collect seeds and plant life, to[...]

We’ve joined SEDA

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We have recently joined The Scottish Ecological Design Association SEDA since we share a number of values including design innovation, healthy building practises and informed decision making. The website is a unique resource of these things and more  we hope to dig further into these ourselves and find out how we might contribute to[…]


Our clients for this project came to us to help them improve their existing stone terraced family home in the Southside of Edinburgh. A new kitchen and dining space and zinc clad extension to the rear opens up to the garden, improving the flow of the spaces. Sensitively re-configured openings, retention of the existing (previously[…]


A lower stone villa in Edinburgh’s Prestonfield suburb was in need of remodelling for a family. By removing the small single storey brick utility to the rear and utilising an existing window to access the new extension, minimal disruption was made to the original fabric. The project is currently on site with the client carrying[…]

Seaward extension Portobello

With spectacular views across the North Sea, this traditional stone built terraced house in Portobello required remodelling to improve the layout. Proposed is a new single storey extension to the rear with spa and terrace and attic extension to the second floor, together with a reconfiguration of the internal spaces. This project is now at[…]

Four Houses in West Lothian

A brownfield site complete with dilapidated farm buildings. Surely this is the ideal site for new housing – reuse of land that is an eyesore and a hazard, sustainable credentials, beauty replacing rot. But there are few things that are straight forward. A lot of work went into the Planning Application to put forward the[…]

Let’s talk insulation!

There is a plethora of different insulation materials out there, and your home could be any number of construction types, so what can you do? The best thing is to contact an independent professional for advice. It’s crucial to have some understanding of building physics and how adding insulation might change the way your building[…]

Neil is now a WELL Accredited Professional

The International Well Building Institute is based is California.  It has developed a set of standards to ensure that a level of health and well-being is enjoyed by building occupants where these standards are followed. The standards are tied into medical research, evidentially backing up the design decisions.  WELL call their work the evolution of[…]