VREP Launch!

We are delighted to announce the launch of VREP yesterday – an innovative new virtual reality device which will help architects and designers create dementia friendly buildings and spaces.

The Virtual Reality Empathy Platform (VR-EP) allows users to better understand how dementia can impact a person’s vision. It comprises a laptop with high performance graphic and memory capability, VR goggles, a games controller, camera and bespoke software programming.

David Burgher, director at Aitken Turnbull Architects, is behind the idea developing it in collaboration with Glasgow CGI company Wireframe Immersive and experts at the Dementia Centre, HammondCare. The Dementia Centre, a world leader in dementia support, care and design, provided the evidence-based research and academic rigour to this product. Wireframe Immersive has developed the virtual environment and will supply the software and hardware.

“The introduction of this unique VR-EP technology takes this insight to the another level – giving building designers first-hand experience of how dementia affects vision so that we can design spaces that are far better suited to people living with the condition. As well as reducing anxiety, the improved design offers a better, safer and more independent quality of life. Dementia-friendly design doesn’t have to cost more. In fact, by using VR-EP, designers will get it right first time and therefore reduce costs.”

The device can be used in the design of new buildings such as care homes, hospitals or sheltered housing, and also has the potential to assess existing buildings and environments. Dementia-friendly design can significantly improve the quality of life for people living with the condition.

It’s been a great process so far and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team for their involvement. In particular thank you to Professor Mary Marshall and the team at HammondCare, Kevin Gordon and the Wireframe Immersive team, David and the AT team, Scottish Enterprise and Perceptive Communicators.

We are looking forward to seeing this develop and are keen to talk to anyone who is interested.

AT secure appointment with Loreburn Housing Association

We are delighted to have secured a 5 year term appointment as architects/lead consultants with Loreburn Housing Association. The commission was procured through Public Contracts Scotland and we competed against a strong field.

Some 350 residential units are anticipated during the framework covering a large geographical area including Stranraer, Gretna, Moffat, Castle Douglas, Langholm and Annan.

We look forward to our continued work with Loreburn and other design team members.

Urban Realm Top 100 – 2017

Urban Realm have now released their Top 100 Practices again for 2017!

We are pleased to hear that AT have been selected this year ranking no. 28 which makes a good start to the year for us.

Last year, we had some great projects which we put forward for various awards and were pleased to see good results within local awards categories from our Salt coats project shortlisted at EAA Awards, to winning SBC Design Award for Four Winds and Leet Haugh. We are pleased to be growing and developing our practice and are looking forward to continuing this. Well done to all the practices that are in the Top 100 with some interesting work showcased against the country.

Planning Approved for Yetholm Manse

We are pleased to now have planning approval granted for a new Manse for Cheviot Churches in Town Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. The manse will provide a modern home for the new Minister of the parish in the heart of the conservation village. The team are now working on the Building Warrant information so make sure to keep up to date as the project progresses throughout the year!

AT WELCOME SEAN TO OUR GALASHIELS OFFICE

Aitken Turnbull are delighted to welcome Sean Campbell to our Borders Office. Sean recently completed Secondary School and is now working with us on his build up to embarking upon a technician career. We are pleased to have him join our Galashiels office, with a warm welcome from everyone in the team!