Project list

110 St Vincent Street

Client : HBoS Group Property
Location : Glasgow
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : June 2008

Awards : Winner of Roses Design Award, Commended in the Scottish Design Awards 2009 – Interior Design Category

Interior design of the Grade A Listed Banking Hall and five floors of office accommodation to provide a bright and adaptable working environment suitable for the flexible working patterns adopted by our client. 

In close consultation with the planning authorities and Historic Scotland, we designed of a series of oval meeting ‘pods’, allowing the five independent meeting spaces to sit comfortably between the existing columns within the Banking Hall. 

The shape and careful detailing of these elements creates a crafted, almost sculptural, solution which complements rather than competes with the historical fabric. Working closely with a specialist lighting designer, these new installations are further enhanced by the integration of bespoke lighting fittings and backlighting of the alabaster feature walls.

The building was occupied in June 2008 and has been very well received. It is particularly pleasing to see how popular the glazed meeting pods in the banking hall are with both client and visitor.

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Adobe System Europe Headquarters

Client : Adobe System Europe
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £15m
Completion Date : September 1999
Awards : Winner of EAA Silver Medal 2000

LB were first commissioned by Adobe Systems (Europe) Limited to design the headquarters building on site D3 at Edinburgh Park. 

The 15 million building occupies a prime site on Edinburgh’s premier Business Park. Construction commenced in June 1998, 6 months after Lee Boyd were first commissioned to design the project. 

The building was completed in September 1999 and was subsequently fitted out for Scottish Equitable.

The plan form of the building was conceived as a central entrance core with flanking office accommodation on either side of this core. Two feature ‘bookend’ stairs on the north and south sides of the building further enhance the architectural form. By splitting the office accommodation into two distinct parts, it was possible to provide maximum flexibility for future occupants.

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Ashworth Laboratory

Client : University of Edinburgh
Location : King’s Buildings Campus, Edinburgh
Value : undisclosed
Completion Date : November 2018

Lee Boyd led the team responsible for the design of the new accessibility improvements to the Ashworth Building at Kings Buildings, for the University of Edinburgh.

Works included the design of a new wheelchair accessible approach and access to the main entrance of this grade B listed building, as well as the integration of new lighting to illuminate the facade and strengthen the visibility of this gateway to the Kings’ Buildings Campus.

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Balmuir Homes, Bathgate

Client : Balmuir Homes
Location : Bathgate
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : 2008


This private development not far from the centre of Bathgate occupies the steeply sloping site of a former health clinic.

The site faces south and is surrounded by an eclectic mix of buildings types, styles and ages, certainly without any common architectural thread or pattern that might provide clues to the character of new development. In addition to this challenge, the developer required a density that put a strain on the site, a factor that was not lost on the local residents. As a result the development of an acceptable design required significant consultation with the planning authorities, local residents and community council to ensure all were satisfied.

The final proposal presents an ‘L’ shaped development that turns the corner of the site and splits the accommodation into three blocks with flats organized around central stairwells. There are 22 flats all with open plan lounge/kitchen/dining and with two double bedrooms.

The original design was for very contemporary and clean, simple blocks but a more articulated language was favoured by the planning department and the result is an undulating facade of gables, double height openings and open stair wells, combining modern and traditional details and motifs.

The final completed development was described by the planning officer as the best new housing schemes in Bathgate.

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Client : Chivas Brothers
Location : London
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : April 2014

Beefeater Gin is the world’s number one premium gin and has been made in the heart of London for over 150 years. Beefeater is uniquely placed to call itself the Home of Gin and tell the intriguing story of the entwined history of London and Gin.

Lee Boyd won a limited invited competition as far back as 2008 and joined design consultants Four-by-Two, to tackle the challenge of integrating public facilities into the fully operational distillery which combines industrial buildings from different eras and sits alongside Victorian gasometers. The emphasis on the team was to represent the strength of the famous Beefeater brand. 

Lee Boyd was tasked with creating a new external building, providing a distinct point of entry for the centre and linking the two existing distillery buildings together with vertical circulation that would take visitors from the exhibition areas to the Stills House. Four-by-Two was to coordinate the design and interpretation of the exhibitions themselves and the integration of these within the shell of redundant parts of the distillery.

Neither the two very different connected distillery buildings nor the surrounding context are overly suggestive in terms of appropriate language and therefore the concept of a more sculptural form, achieved using a contemporary approach, providing an interesting counterpoint to the more traditional industrial forms, rhythms and materials of the distillery and adjacent gas works.

Taking this idea further Lee Boyd were keen for the new extension to retain an industrial sensibility and at a gentle level provide reference and resonance to the materiality of the gin stills and gas works, the geometries and rhythms of the gas works structure, the mannered facade of the 20th Century distillery building and the hues of the 19th Century building.

The simple tower is formed in dark precast concrete, however the key architectural device is the over cladding of this tower with copper coloured fins that create an ever changing facade and the visual dynamic you get with repetitive elements that are protruding. This provides a reading of the structure behind and an understanding of the layering of fins and carriers. The carriers themselves in contrasting stainless steel, set up a ‘criss-cross’ arrangement behind the vertical fins, that has resonance with the braced structure of the adjacent gas works.

Design team :
Quantity Surveyor : Charles Scott & Partners
Structural Engineer : Charles Scott & Partners
Services Engineer : Charles Scott & Partners
Main Contractor : JM Scully Ltd
Exhibition Design: Four-by-Two & Contagious

Credits : Photographs by Paul Riddle Photography

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Blackhall St. Columba's Church

Client : Blackhall St. Columba’s
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £870k
Completion Date : September 2020

The first phase of work at Blackhall St Columba’s Church in Edinburgh was to transform the impressive Romanesque Revival sanctuary into a more comfortable and flexible realm for church and community life.

The difficult decision was taken to remove the pews, but with a new oak floor, under floor heating and loose seating, the space is well suited to a wider range of activities. Supporting this are new systems of adaptable lighting – particularly the modern chandeliers in the nave – and audio visual installations focussing on an extended chancel area and an arresting glass projection screen hanging below the chancel arch.

New and modern oak furniture has been designed and carefully located around the perimeter of the sanctuary to provide storage for equipment, tables and chairs. One of these installations also hides a preparation area for serving refreshments in the space, negating the need to run between the existing kitchen elsewhere in the church complex.

A final part of the project was to replace the existing entrance doors increasing the transparency at the main thresholds and improving the visual connection between inside and out. The new doors in glass and aluminium are the first signal of the changes within.
During project development Lee Boyd, presented ideas to the congregation, the church session and held meetings with CARTA to agree the boundaries of change. In addition cost control was carefully managed throughout the project to the extent
that the final account was agreed within budget.

The transformation of the space has been sensitively conceived working closely with the church and beautifully executed by a local contractor, John Dennis. The changes realised make the sanctuary a much more adaptable, brighter and warmer place to enjoy a service one day and a community event the next.

Edinburgh Evening News

​Blackhall St. Columba’s Church was recently covered in the Edinburgh Evening News and posted to their website. Find the link below.

PDF of Website Article

Blackhall St. Columba’s Church Renovation Timelapse

Time-lapse Video by James Gentles, Gentles Limited,

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Bonnington House

Client : Mr and Mrs R Wilson
Location : Wilkieston
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : November 2001
Awards : Winner of EAA Bronze Medal

Lee Boyd were first approached by Mr and Mrs Wilson in early 1999, when the opportunity to buy Bonnington House first arose.

Our brief was to refurbish the house into a family home, while retaining and restoring the historical features of the Grade A Listed building and designing the decor in keeping with the period the house was built. During the development of our design, we liaised closely with Historic Scotland and the Garden History Society, as our client also wished us to restore the original features of the garden.

The project also includes the design of an extension to the building, which is in keeping with the original house. The project was carefully phased, and was completed in December 2001.

The house later went on to win the ‘Refurbishment/Conservation’ Category in Channel 4’s ‘Britain’s Best Home’.

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Boswall Parkway

Client : Port of Leith Housing Association
Location : Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : Late 2011

Boswall Parkway provides 15No affordable flats forming an ‘L’ shaped building over 4 stories on a corner brownfield site in North Edinburgh, within an existing interwar local authority housing estate.

The church (Granton United Church: individual web page) that occupied the site has been demolished and a new modern facility is being built at ground level on the corner of the site, integral with the flats. The flats have a simple design language and are split into three connected blocks.

The project is an urban scale development that provides attractive and affordable flats in two adjoining blocks each served from a single stair well.

The flats rise to 4 storeys and are compatible with the scale of the surrounding buildings avoiding conflict with the amenity and daylight of existing accommodation on adjacent plots. The church is a single storey building and occupies the south corner of the site to maximise its presence. It overlaps with the flats ensuring that the development is viewed as a single entity with shared materials and architectural language.

The overall design uses a simple palate of materials and does not rely on the cosmetic application of features and detail to provide interest. The church building whilst sharing the same principle materials as the flats, is designed with its own identity to ensure that there is sufficient ecclesiastical quality to avoid ambiguous interpretation.

To keep the overall height of the blocks to within the limits of those surrounding, the roof pitches are relatively shallow and present gentle angles that are replicated in the roof profile of the church.

The flats are configured in an L shape that returns back into the site dividing up the available amenity into smaller plots and avoiding conflict with the gable of the existing block and amenity on Royston Mains Street.

The proposals were developed in line with the principles of the Scottish Homes ‘Housing for Varying Needs’ Design Guide, Lifetime Homes guidance, Secure by Design and the City of Edinburgh Sustainability Standards.

In terms of sustainability, the orientation of the building on the site is ideal for making use of passive solar gain, with the building designed to maximise the number of flats with south facing living rooms. The construction fabric is a highly insulated timber frame, supplemented with additional internal insulation as necessary to achieve U-values in excess of current Building Regulations.

Having considered various renewable sources of energy the most cost effective and feasible technology was determined as Solar Thermal for hot water heating and is used for 80% 0f the flats.

This project provides new modern affordable accommodation and public facilities, retaining and regenerating the essential relationship between church and community.

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Bridgeside House

Client : The Scottish Parliament Corporate Body
Location : Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : December 2018

As term commission Architects for The Scottish Parliament, Leeboyd led the refurbishment of Bridgeside House to bring together colleagues from The Scottish Human Rights Commission, The Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland and the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

The office was reconfigured to improve accessibility and to create a range of shared flexible, practical working and meeting spaces as well as child-focused space for the Children and Young People’s Commissioner where children and young people can feel comfortable: able to work with the organisation and openly share their views

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Cafe Fish

Client : RAM Restaurants
Location : Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : April 2009
Awards : Shortlisted in Restaurant and Bar Awards 2010
Credits : Photographs by Keith Hunter Photography

Lee Boyd transformed The Vintage bar from a tired traditional pub into the sleek industrial interior of Cafe Fish.

From the outset it was important to enhance the original features of the building in order to conserve its character and throughout the design reclaimed and new elements were brought together to create an eclectic contemporary interior which promotes a lived in appearance.

A simple palette of industrial materials was used throughout for their functional and durable qualities whilst accents of amber and turquoise were introduced to compliment these monochrome materials and soften their utilitarian persona.

The original cornicing was restored to retain the front bars former decor whilst the remaining interior was stripped back to expose the stone walls around the perimeter of the building where reclaimed oak church pews now fit snugly within the window bays to create the 54 cover restaurant. Reclaimed oroko flooring was lacquered to preserve its worn finish and laid in the main space.

Major structural works were required to make way for the designers’ vision. Smaller rooms were demolished at the rear of the restaurant, to house the new open plan kitchen and all its fittings. A new aperture was created to open up the main space and provide views through the full length of the building towards the kitchen. By allowing the diners to observe the chefs prepare their dishes, an element of honesty and theatre was brought to Cafe Fish and this was an important statement which the client wanted to portray.

Credits : Photographs by Keith Hunter Photography

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Client : Festival Inns
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £1.5m
Completion Date : November 2004
Awards : Winner of best Ambient Bar in Theme Awards (both National and Regional Awards)
Credits : Photographs by Paul Zanre Photography

Cargo was the first commercial premises to open its doors in the newly developed Lochrin Basin in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh.

The design of the interior was influenced by the history of the area and surrounding environment. Playing off the industrial theme gave us the opportunity to juxtapose elements such exposed concrete against high quality finishes such as steel and glass.

These elements are softened by the use of timber behind both bars and timber furniture which has been upholstered in leather.

Cargo’s location on the canal influenced the sail features, visible from outside the building. LED lighting is used throughout the interior, in particular to light the sails, to create mood changes throughout the day.

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Charlotte Chapel

Client : Charlotte Baptist Church
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £1.9m
Completion Date : May 2016

Lee Boyd were successful in a limited competition to provide architectural services for Charlotte Chapel who have moved to St George’s West Church in the centre of Edinburgh. St George’s West (A Listed) is an unusual Baroque Revival 19th Century church and is significantly larger than their previous building. 

Although the building required essential refurbishment and reorganisation, the opportunities for flexibility and multiple use have given Charlotte Chapel the potential to grow further and expand their mission. The project involved major reorganisation of the lower ground floor to create flexible multi-purpose rooms and reworking of the sanctuary to increase its flexibility and potential for different types of performance (included removal of pews and redesign of stage). 

A significant part of the final proposals was the renewal of the building’s services and the careful integration of this with the new and existing layouts.

Credits : Photographs by Keith Hunter Photography

Lee Boyd did an excellent job of listening to what our priorities are as a church and then coming up with a design that made the most of the opportunities to refurbish the building we purchased in Shandwick Place.

The completed project has exceeded our expectations as a Christian community. The addition of a second staircase into a transformed basement has created multi-functional spaces and rooms to accommodate our different ministries.

The sympathetic pods added into the main room has enhanced our community life as people now stay for much longer after our formal meeting times are over. We were also helpfully guided through the choices of colour schemes and materials that have helped create an attractive and functional place for our church to meet in.”

Paul Rees, Lead Pastor of Charlotte Chapel

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Chester Residence

Client : Rothesay Residence
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £2m
Completion Date : July 2010

This project located in Edinburghs West End involved the conversion of four Grade B listed Victorian townhouses into hotel/apartment use. Every effort was made to keep original cornice detailing and traditional features and the hotel is fitted out to a five star standard.

New basement extensions were added to increase the apartment size and also to bring additional daylight into the basement apartments. 

New traditional style stone stairs with railings designed to match existing details were introduced to gain access to the attic levels. 

Externally the building was refurbished with works including stone cleaning and repairs, repairs to balconies and new roofing.

Images courtesy of The Chester Residence

Interior Design by Ian Forbes Architects and Ambiance Interior Design

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Coffee Republic

Client : Coffee Republic
Location : St Andrews Square & The Gyle: Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed

In late 2007 Lee Boyd worked on two fit out projects for Coffee Republic who were establishing their presence in Edinburgh and Scotland in general.

St Andrew’s Square: Working with the consultants designing the pavilion, a complimentary fit out was conceived to create a facility to support the newly landscaped square, whilst upholding the brand identity of Coffee Republic.

Since it opened this franchise has had extraordinary success and the square has become a vibrant and active space in the heart of the city.

The Gyle Shopping Centre: This project created a standalone pod occupying free space in the concourse to the mall that was supported by a small seating area. The bold design reflects the strength of the brand and enables shoppers to have coffee and light snacks prepared insitu.

Unfortunately the franchisee struggled to compete with other established outlets in the mall and was forced to close down.

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Dalkeith Road

Client : Sharkey on behalf of a Major UK High Street Bank
Location : Edinburgh
Net Internal Area : 20,405m2 
Completion Date : January 2016

2016 has seen the completion of our largest project for Lloyds Banking Group; the refurbishment of their Grade A listed Scottish Widows Headquarter Building, at 15 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh.

The refurbishment involved a wide range of works designed to bring the workplace up to current standards, improve efficiency and make the building easier to navigate.

The majority of departments within the building were reorganised, a new fire strategy implemented and building services upgraded. A large number of new facilities were provided, including a training Academy, new meeting rooms, pods and media units, breakout areas and café as well as the upgrading of the reception and security turnstiles. In total over 1500 workstations were replaced.

Key to success of the project has been the integration of a new wayfinding strategy, with navigation greatly improved by a new integrated signage strategy designed by Studio LR and specially commissioned graphics by the artist David Galletly. A sustainable approach to design was adopted with the refurbishment of existing furniture, installation of new LED lighting and appropriate specification of materials, resulting in the Building achieving a Silver SKA accreditation.

Accommodating over 2200 people, the project was undertaken over 12 phases while the building remained fully occupied, with the construction works carried out as a Design and Build Contract with the Contractor Sharkey.

Credits : Photographs by Keith Hunter Photography

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Dental School, Edinburgh

lient : Chambers Developments Ltd
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £ 1.2m
Completion Date : May 1999
Awards : Commendation in the Saltire Society Awards 2000 in the restoration/reconstruction category.

In May 1998 we were commissioned by Chambers Developments Limited to convert the Grade B Listed Dental Hospital and School into residential units, offices and a two storey restaurant.

Working with the developer, the planners and Historic Scotland, a scheme was conceived which introduces a contemporary interior while respecting and enhancing the original building.

Construction began on the residential accommodation in the Spring of 1999 and the flats were ready for occupation in February 2000. The fit out of the office development was completed in June 2000, with work to create a restaurant space on the ground floor and basement levels being carried out subsequent to this.

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Early People Exhibition

Client : National Museum of Scotland
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £2.7m
Completion Date : November 1998

The Early People Exhibition is a narrative on the development of life in Scotland from pre history to the beginning of Christianity, using over 6000 artifacts, ranging from Pictish standing stones to Roman Swords.

The exhibition is laid out within a framework which deals with the mechanisms of life rather than its chronology. Lateral interpretation, ambiguous given the level of hard evidence, is cast aside and the objects are left to speak for themselves, willing the imagination to provide the context.

Located in the basement of the new museum and intended to last for 30 years, the exhibition design uses a simple palette of high quality materials in a minimal and timeless manner, which reflect the nature of the surrounding.

Bespoke glass cases rest on precast concrete plinths, graphics are read on etched glass and objects are mounted and displayed on cast glass and sand blasted acrylic. This restrained palette allows the object centre stage, with the warranted exception of integrated artworks by Andy Goldsworthy and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Lee Boyd worked closely with the curatorial team to develop the exhibition framework and with the conservation department to record and design individual display proposals for each object.

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ECA Cafe

Client : University of Edinburgh
Location : Edinburgh College of Art
Value : undisclosed
Completion Date : June 2018

Lee Boyd were responsible for the design of the refurbished Café at the Edinburgh College of Art and led a team of consultants to design and deliver a flexible, multi-purpose space suitable for dining and for use out of hours for study or meeting.

New branding, graphics and bespoke furniture were designed to improve the customer experience and a new entrance door and terraced link formed to the courtyard to improve access and allow greater use of the outdoor space.

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Executive Apartment

Client : HBOS
Location : Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : 2003

The fit-out of this executive apartment was in response to our client’s requirement to provide a serviced apartment for use by visiting senior executives.

A number of bespoke pieces of built-in furniture were designed and fabricated to provide the best use of the space available, creating a spacious and highly flexible layout, with areas for living and working. 

Materials, fittings and furnishings were selected for warmth and lasting appeal.

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G2 – Lochside House

Client : New Edinburgh Limited
Location : Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : May 1999

Working within the strict guidelines set out in Richard Meier Masterplan for Edinburgh Park, Lochside House was designed as one of a group of three new office buildings on the south of the Park. The form of the building was generated in part from the need to create an office building that could be subdivided into serviced office units of only 300ft sqm.

The building is split into two principal office blocks which are staggered about a transparent three storey central core. This arrangement maximises the external area and the opportunity for increased daylight and natural ventilation, with the service facilities overlapping on the inside of the blocks with the core.

The point of entry, double height reception area and main vertical circulation all form part of the alternately project and wrap around the office blocks, both delineating the building simple plan and creating external threshold spaces at either side of the core. All units within the building were fully let a month after completion.

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Garrison House Community Hub

Client : Cumbrae Community Development Company
Location : Millport
Value : £ 4.3m
Completion Date : February 2008

Awards : Winner of Roses Design Awards 2008 for Best Re-use of a Listed Building, Glasgow Institute of Architects Awards 2008 for Conservation and Repair and Restoration Category in Natural Stone Awards 2008. 

Commendation in the Civic Trust Awards 2009, Commended in the Scottish Design Awards 2009 – Reuse of a Listed Building Category, Shortlisted in the Public Building Category, Commended in BURA Awards for Community Inspired Regeneration, Highly Commended in the Community Benefit category of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Awards.

This project is the complete restoration and rejuvenation of a Grade B Listed historic building, very much at the heart of the small community of Millport on the island of Cumbrae. The building was almost destroyed by fire in 2001, but despite this set back, the community maintained their passionate support for the project and were awarded considerable public funding of 4 miliion. 

The resultant project was a combination of conservation and contemporary intervention to provide a mixed use public facility including museum, library, surgery and cafe. The key challenge was to address the issue of how our built heritage can be allowed to adapt and change the essential period character.

The design concept was to completely reconstruct the exterior as it had been prior to the fire and as much of the complex roof layout as possible so that from the ground the form and profile remain unchanged. In addition, the formal rooms around the perimeter of the building have been reconstructed, replication any architectural interior detailing. However the boldest move was to liberate the centre of the building from the strictures of Victorian cellular plan and the team fought hard to open up the heart of the building to create fluid, evolving space that linked the entrance to the courtyard at the rear. 

A new glazed atrium over two storeys, almost completely hidden from outside, controls the new open plan and gives a central focus to the layout of all the different functions. The museum occupies this space and the cafe opens into the courtyard.

The most rewarding aspect of the completed project are the extraordinary transformation that has realised from a building that in 2001, after the fire, was almost fit for demolition and the positive reaction of the community to their new Garrison House.

Lee Boyd provided an excellent service as Architects and Design Team Leaders for Garrison House, coordinating a diverse group of consultants to restore this originally ruinous building to a very high standard. The end result to this extremely complex project is wonderful and it was also was delivered on budget, a remarkable achievement in this current climate.’

Jim Hamilton, Former Chairman, Cumbrae Community Development Company.

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Granton Parish Church

Client : Granton Parish Church
Location : Edinburgh
Value : TBC
Completion Date : TBC

Granton Parish Church, designed by Lorimer & Matthew in the 1930s, is at the East end of Boswall Parkway in North Edinburgh. Like many churches, improvements are needed to make the accommodation more comfortable, flexible and accessible.

Lee Boyd are working with the church project group on a feasibility study that investigates options for how best to reorganise the accommodation and provide the improvements needed.

One particular issue is the lack of a main entrance for the majority of church users.

There is not an open welcoming threshold into the building that brings users together before heading off to the various halls and rooms.

The feasibility study identifies this issue as one of the principal drivers for change.

The introduction of a new entrance and welcome space beyond becomes a catalyst for internal reorganisation and improved legibility of movement between existing accommodation.

The study recommends opening up the far wall of the west facing external courtyard to create a highly visible and welcoming entrance into the building. The space behind this wall is naturally at the centre of the church complex and makes an obvious location for access to all of the accommodation, including the halls and sanctuary.

Granton Parish Church is at the heart of a diverse community and the aspirations for change are aligned with a desire to maintain and strengthen bonds with that community, helping to bring folks together with comfortable inclusive public facilities.

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Granton United Church

Client : Port of Leith Housing Association
Location : Edinburgh
Value : undisclosed
Completion Date : Late 2011

The new church at Boswall Parkway will replace an existing building from the 1920’s that was in a poor state of repair and no longer fit for purpose. Linking up with Port of Leith Housing Association, the client negotiated the sale of the site to permit a new build development that includes 15 low cost flats and a bespoke church and community facility.

The new building which is much more compact than the previous church occupies the corner of the site and facing South addresses Boswall Parkway. The flats have been arranged over 4 storeys behind the church in a simple layout that responds to the relationship with adjacent properties and the need to keep the Church in the foreground.

The church accommodation comprises of a multi-purpose hall with an adjacent kitchen, a meeting room, office and ancillary space. The hall which gives the church its form is characterized by an extended rooflight at the top of the single pitched roof. This creates a strip of glazing almost out of sight in the space that washes the back wall and focus of the hall. This simple move will provide the hall with a distinct character and externally with a recognizable profile.

The entrance to the building is on the corner of the site, presenting an open and inviting threshold to what is intended as both a community facility and place of workship.

The church is constructed externally with black facing brick which is an extension of the base course to the flats beyond, giving a continuity of material that links the two parts of the project together. The brick is punctuated by windows and panels of timber laminate which provide a contrast to the brick and a surface on which to present information such as church logos and symbolic references.

In combination with the new flats, the church will regenerate an important corner site in Royston providing an attractive facility for community focus and an opportunity to strengthen the role of the church in the locale.

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Greenbank Church

Client : Greenbank Parish Church
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £1m
Completion Date : December 2001
Awards : Winner of Best Public/Lesure Space in Scottish Design Awards, Mention in Civic Trust Awards.

In January 1999 we were commissioned to design a new multi purpose hall for Greenbank Parish Church, following a two stage limited competition.

The design emphasizes the relationship between the old and the new represents the progressive outlook of a thriving congregation, which see the Church very much at the centre of the community.

The brief includes a nursery facility with associated garden/play and a variety of flexible spaces for use by Church Organisations.

‘All, without exception, have commented on the beauty of the building, lightness and feeling of space; for that our congratulations must go to the Architect Lee Boyd.’

‘Lee Boyd have taken a very personal interest in the project and we have appreciated not just the professionalism and skill but friendship.’

Ian Scott, Minister, Greenbank Parish Church.

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Greyfriars & Traverse

Client : Buredi
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £2.3m
Completion Date : July 2005

These projects involve the conversion of two existing buildings into appartments for sale by the Buredi Group ( a joint venture company between Burrell and EDI).

Greyfriars was a former hostel building in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh, the neighbouring Traverse was the original home to the world famour Traverse Theatre Company which had moved to a new home in Castle Terrace.

Both properties were existing stone buildings which were stripped back to a shell before being extensively refurbished to form new one, two and three bedroom properties.

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Gymnasium - Visual Arts Centre - National Museum

Client : National Galleries of Scotland
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £350k
Completion Date : July 1994

Lee Boyd were commissioned to design a Visual Arts Centre in the shell of a former gymnasium building situated in the grounds of the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

Central to the proposal was a new public entrance, designed to celebrate the new use of the building and improve access for disabled people. In contrast with the existing masonry walls, the new entrance was designed in glass and steel to create a striking intervention in the facade.

Internally, a curved freestanding partition forms a new cloakroom and storage space for audio visual equipment. The installation of new rooflights and exhibition lighting provide a ‘monitoring network’ for the control of luminance levels.

The flexible new gallery space is suitable for exhibitions, lectures and as a workspace for artists in residence.

Hotel Fit Out

LeeBoyd has supported a number of hotel refurbishment projects, ranging from the conversion of an Edinburgh townhouse to create serviced apartments to the upgrading and fit-out of new luxury bedroom suites, en-suite bathrooms and reception area within a spa hotel.  These projects require close and careful co-ordination not only of the building services but also of the FF&E specification.  


Our interior design experience extends to working in close collaboration with upholsterers and furniture designers to design or adapt existing products to meet a client’s specific requirements, as well as the selection of appropriate soft furnishings, floor and wall coverings.


Hudson Hotel

Client : Festival Hotels
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £3.5m
Completion Date : May 2006

Hudson Hotel at 7-11 Hope Street is a new 30 bedroom hotel for Festival Hotels located in the West End of Edinburgh. The B Listed Georgian building, previously a post office, sits at the entrance to Charlotte Square and within Edinburgh’s Worlds Heritage Site. The building has been conserved and converted into a modern 3 star hotel complex to meet demand for high quality city centre accommodation.

A ground floor cafe/bar spills out onto the broad pavement in front of the building where pedestrians leave the West End of Princes Street. Existing stone and brick have been exposed to give the hotel a ‘New York’ minimal feel. The adjacent reception has been designed to welcome people off the street and provides a comfortable waiting area.

There is a nightclub located in the basement cellars, separated from the bedrooms. The existing floor levels were lowered and underpinned to create a vaulted cavernous dance space with new contemporary bars and lighting, and VIP areas under the street.

The fit out was carried out by others.

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Humbie Hub

Client : Humbie Hub Ltd.
Location : Humbie
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : 2015

Residents in the village of Humbie, in East Lothian, have welcomed the recent opening of the new Humbie Hub in the heart of the village.

The Humbie Hub project involved the complete reconfiguration of the original village shop and house, extending and refurbishing the accommodation to create facilities for a new post office and a much larger shop and also a community café/bistro, a unit for small businesses and other flexible community spaces.

The emphasis of the project has been about creating a vibrant and welcoming meeting and gathering place for the community; a point of reference for activity, information and local news, for “meeting, making and sharing”. The Hub is intended to promote local produce and enterprise as part of a sustainability agenda that also includes biomass district heating and Solar power generation.

The shop, café and post office were opened in March 2015 with the final phase of works to construct a new office completed in November 2015.

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Keswick Museum and Art Gallery

Client : Keswick Museum and Art Gallery Trust

Location : Keswick 

The aspiration for the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery was to redevelop the building into a modern centre for arts and culture, redefining the interpretation of the existing museum collection and providing space and facilities for display, exhibition and artistic activity.

In addition, the building was to be served by a new cafe looking out across Fitz Park and a street level reception area that projects out from the existing building line to signal the changed fortunes of the site.

Lee Boyd prepared proposals to RIBA Stage C, working closely with the Client team to maximize the potential of the existing spaces within the constraints of budget and period fabric.

Whilst the essential character of the building was retained, contemporary intervention was also proposed to allow the building to respond to current and future needs and most importantly meet visitor expectation for such a facility.

The modern new entrance extension provided a clear symbol that things have changed in the building and permit inclusive entry into the heart of the reorganized plan.

As part of our development, we worked with conservation consultants to establish the parameters for the upgrading of the existing fabric and to provide an understanding of the heritage value of the building and its collection.

As part of the study we also met with the conservation advisor at the National Parks Authority, whose response to the aspiration and the proposal was very favourable.

It was agreed that the contemporary approach to extending the building was sufficiently sensitive to avoid conflict with the essential Arts and Crafts character of the building.

One of the key challenges of this project was the integration of modern museum and gallery standard services such as lighting, environmental control and zoning into the finite existing spaces. Although this was not addressed in detail at Stage C, it is understood as one of the more complex parts of the scope.

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Lady Haig Poppy Factory Refurbishment

Client : Lady Haig Poppy Factory
Location : Edinburgh
Value : undisclosed
Completion Date : Summer 2021

Lee Boyd have been working with the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh since 2017, supporting the refurbishment and upgrading of their Poppy Factory and the associated offices for Poppy Scotland.
Prior to the main refurbishment works, an enabling works contract was commissioned to remove all the asbestos from the building. This was followed by the replacement of all 11 sections of the factory roof with new slate and new modular rooflights by the Contractors B&D Roofing. The original ‘Green Peggy’ slates to the Warriston Road buildings have been replaced with new Westmoreland slates, coursed and sized to match the original slates, with the remaining cement tiled roof being replaced with natural Cupa Heavy 3 slates. Sections of flat roofing and flashings have been replaced with high-performance waterproofing membranes.
Internally, Hatrick Bruce Contractors are progressing with the full refurbishment of the building. Changes to the internal layout are being made to physically link the Factory to the Poppy Scotland offices, improve working conditions and the visitor experience. The Poppy Scotland reception has been replaced and new toilets, lift and ramps all contribute to make the building more accessible for all.
Works are scheduled to complete in the Summer of 2021.

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Larch Tree Cottage

Client : Harry Henniker and Elaine Abbot
Location : West Linton
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : Late 2012

Larchtree Cottage in West Linton is a modest traditional property close to the centre of the village.

This project which was completed in 2013 included a comprehensive internal refurbishment of the cottage and the replacement of existing outbuildings with a modern extension.

The timber clad extension sits alongside the gable of the cottage and extends into the garden to the front replacing old sheds and utility space.

Within the extension there is a shower room, utility space, kitchen and a dining space with direct access to the garden.

The refurbished building is serviced from a new wood pellet boiler located in an existing garage nearer the entrance into the plot.

The simple idea with the project was to promote as much contact between inside and outside, especially considering the qualities of the garden space and long views to southern hills beyond the village.

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Lasswade Road

Client : Dunedin Canmore Housing Association
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £3.1m
Completion Date : March 2008

Awards : Shortlisted for Saltire Society Awards 2009.

This project was one of the first for the newly merged Dunedin Canmore Housing Association and as such they were looking for a flagship project, with particular emphasis on sustainability and the incorporation of strong environmental principles in the design.

The brief was to provide a mix of housing types on the site, including 3no fully DDA accessible special needs units for specific tenants. The completed project provides this mix with wheelchair accessible bungalows, 2 and 3 bedroom terraced housing and 1 & 2 bedroomed flats. They are located on a Gateway site in Lasswade which is on the southern approach to the city.

The expression of the housing, constructed in lightweight timber frame, is very simple, deliberately avoiding mannered ‘add-ons’ in favour of more traditional materials and detailing. Nonetheless the character is contemporary and with detailing and material selection that gives clean lines and low maintenance.

The environmental aspects of the brief were met with the re-use of slate, stone and fill materials from demolition of the existing buildings on the site, the use of recycled insulation to higher standards than required by the current technical standards and passive ventilation and heat recovery.

A woodpellet boiler district heating system serves all the units, removing the need for servicing of 31 individual boilers. The buildings are orientated to maximise solar gain, benefiting from enclosed south facing garden areas. A Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) reduces the impact of water run off to the burn. We also selected of low maintenance materials and minimised embodied energy in the specified materials.

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Links Bar

Client : Festival Inns Ltd
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £500k
Completion Date : January 2004
Credits : Photographs by Paul Zanre Photography

Lee Boyd were commissioned to design a new bar for Festival Inns Ltd, the owner of two venues formerly known as the Park Bar and Alvanley Hotel.

Sandwiched in between was the rather run down Bruntsfield Links Hotel and Bar. When Festival Inns purchased the Bruntsfield Links, the opportunity arose to join all three properties together to create one large bar with a 30 bed hotel above.

The creation of a double height pool hall between two existing extensions to the rear created additional floor space and removed the intermediate floor one of the extensions.

The new bar, clad using oak strips with wenge stain, links the existing bar through to the new area. The stained glass windows feature in the central space, designed by local artist Inge Paneels, hits at the sports theme and provides a link to the older bar. 

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Monifeith Church

Client : Monifieth Parish Church
Location : Monifieth, near Dundee
Value : £2.2m
Completion Date : August 2019

Awards : 

Winner of Dundee Institute of Architects, Supreme Award 2019
Winner of DIA Best Commercial Non-Domestic Project 2019
Winner of DIA Best Use of Stone 2019
Winner of DIA Best Use of Timber 2019
Commendation for DIA Best Interior 2019            

Shortlisted for best public building at the Scottish Design Awards 2020

Shortlisted for EAA Ambassador Award 2020

Civic Trust 2021, Regional Finalist (Scotland)


Monifieth Parish Church has taken the bold decision to build a new church rather than refurbish one of the three existing churches they use.

The opportunity to create a distinct home for the congregation that meets their needs now and into the future, overrides any sensitivities about their traditional buildings that are simply no longer fit for purpose.

The site for the project is on the High Street in the middle of Monifieth and with such a prime location, is intended to increase links with the local community and provide open doors to modern public spaces and facilities.

Although the accommodation brief is modest, flexibility of use and careful subdivision are intended to maximise the use of the different spaces and encourage new activities to be added to the calendar of use.

The church were looking to build a modern building for the 21st Century that is comfortable, accessible and inclusive, acknowledging the need to bring along a new generation of church members.

Photography Credits to Keith Hunter.

Architecture Today

Monifieth Church was recently covered in Architecture Today’s May Issue and posted to their website in late April. Find the links below.

Magazine Pages

Website Article

Life and Work

Monifieth Church was also covered in Architecture Today’s June Issue. Find the link to the digital issue below.

Magazine Pages

2020 Architecture Scotland Annual

Most recently, Monifieth was also featured in the 2020 Architecture Scotland Annual in Urban Realm Magazine

Urban Realm Pages

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Client : Festival Inns
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £1.25m
Completion Date : December 2006
Awards : Winner of Bronze from the Roses Design Awards

Lee Boyd were commissioned by Festival Inns Ltd in early 2006 to design the interior of the Grade B Listed Oddfellows Hall inForrest Road, Edinburgh. 

The brief called for the insertion of a new public house with kitchen facilities within the ground floor, with additional public space on the balconies above. The ancillary accommodation such as cellars, food storage and toilets are located at basement level. Located within the Old Town, the historical importance of the building became a driving factor within the renovation.

From when it was first built in 1873, Oddfellows Hall on Forrest Road was the central gathering point for the local members of the Oddfellows Order. Back then, the building was divided into two galleried halls, retiring rooms for lecturers and committee meetings, function rooms and dormitories. Since then, the front gallery had been divided into two stores with only a small access corridor leading to the rear hall, which had been hidden by an unsympathetic fit out and vandalism.

Our Client’s decision to remove the shop units and return the building to its original configuration allowed us to create a feature of the entrance, raising the building presence and transparency to the street through its impressive double height space. We took this opportunity to invite Edinburgh based artist Gregor Laird to design a double height artwork that would become a motif for the venue. His Garden of Eden piece titled ‘Utopia’ reflects our desire to mould classical and traditional features with irony and contemporary materials and ideas. This was also achieved with the main feature pieces of the gathering table in the main hall; placed in the centre of the main space, it is designed to encourage communal interaction. Its inspiration is drawn from the original friendly society ethos and banquets which may have taken place here.

The main hall was renovated to reveal the building’s fine detail and craftsmanship, which has been enhanced with detailed painting and a technologically advanced lighting scheme. In order to reduce impact upon the main hall’s volume, we have held the insertions of the bars and kitchens back from the line of the balcony, within the undercrofts of the first floor balcony and single height spaces, allowing them to read as new objects within the space.

Fittings such as polycarbonate baroque light fittings, which are suspended upside down from the ceiling, and the sculptural plywood moose heads, add not only fun to the project but contextualise with our design to be referential to the past.

Credits : Photographs by Paul Zanre Photography

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Pitt Street Trafalgar Lane

Client : Port of Leith Housing Association
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £2m
Completion Date : July 2006

Lee Boyd were commissioned to prepare Planning and Building warrant applications for a tenement and mews development on an urban infill site between Pitt Street and Trafalgar Lane, Edinburgh.

The Pitt Street side of the development has been designed as a four storey tenement building, while the Trafalgar Lane side accommodates a 3 storey mews type building. Due to the sensitive nature of the site and the close proximity of neighbouring buildings, we worked closely with the planning department to integrate the requirements of brief and budget onto a complex and restricted site.

Both block forms are contextual with their surroundings and the contemporary design with the simple palette of materials ensured a successfully completed scheme. The project has given us the opportunity to continue our good working relationship with Port of Leith Housing Association.

Port of Leith Headquarters

Client : Port of Leith Housing Association
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £2m
Completion Date : December 2002

Awards : Winner of Roses Design Award, Commended in the Scottish Design Awards 2009 – Interior Design Category

In 2000 Lee Boyd were appointed to design a new headquarters for Port of Leith Housing Association. As the scheme was situated on the only remaining gap site on Constitution Street, Edinburgh, care was taken to conceive a design which was contemporary, yet was sensitive to the surrounding buildings.

A simply palette of textures and colours is used on the external envelope; the main form facing the street is ‘L’ shaped on plan, turing the corner to Coatfield Lane, and is aligned with the general facade line of Constitution Street. This robust face has white render and punched steel windows to emphasise the more public aspect.

The reception was carefully designed to create a welcoming yet focus for the waiting area.

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Private House - Largo

Client : Alan Thomson & Beatrice Bryant
Location : Largo
Value : £60k
Completion Date : July 2009

This small project involved the internal conversion of an idiosyncratic B listed cottage in Lower Largo in Fife, a seaside village with southerly views across the river forth to East Lothian.

The project involved the complete stripping out of all the existing finishes to upgrade and insulate the interior to contemporary standards. The unusual double height space (possibly engineered to repair looms for fishing nets) gives the interior a ‘tardis’ quality and although a proportion of the original void has been taken back to create a first floor gallery and ground floor shower room, the kitchen and dining space is open to the roof space and with views up to the gallery and terraced garden to the rear.

On a shoe string the project is an example of how to balance essential and uncomplicated conversion using inexpensive materials and fittings, with the introduction of a number of more costly and considered elements (glass balustrading, woodburning stove, rooflights) to support the property’s unusual character.

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Private House - Shandon

Client : Alan Thomson & Beatrice Bryant 
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £55k
Completion Date : August 2004

This is an attractive conversion of one of Edinburgh’s most distinct Victorian Housing types, the colony flat, examples of which can be found in tight knit terraced developments across the city.

This is the conversion of an upper flat with a previously unconverted attic, accessed from a ground floor main door and at the end of a terrace.

By sacrificing a small bedroom to the front of the property the existing hall opens up to allow a single flight stair from the main floor to the attic floor that sits directly above the existing stone stair from the ground. The new oak stair has open treads that permits light to come right through the ‘U’ shaped hall and into the radiating rooms.

In the attic the stair arrives in the middle of the space under a large rooflight and there are two bedrooms and a shower room on either side. The master bedroom has a southwest facing dormer and dressing space in the coomb behind the bed.

The conversion maximizes the potential of the property and at the same time creates a very individual hall and stair connecting all the levels and rooms.

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Pure Spa Aberdeen

Client : PURE Spa
Location : Aberdeen
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : April 2010
Awards : Professional Beauty Awards: Winner of Boutique Spa of the Year for PURE Aberdeen

LEEBOYD have recently completed a second day spa for PURE Spa, in Aberdeen.

Situated in the busy Union Square shopping centre, the new development successfully integrates bespoke retail space with specialist beauty treatment and day spa facilities.

In addition to 5 beauty treatment rooms the spa area beyond provides 6 specialist therapy rooms, relax area, changing facilities and hot treatment room.

The bespoke oak panelling, mosaics and subdued lighting detailed in this area were designed to create a quiet and luxurious retreat.

The oak detailing within the spa area is repeated on the facade to draw attention to the unit and increase customer interest in the brand.

We worked closely with Pure Spa to develop the scheme and detailing, ensuring that every aspect of the design met their brief and budget. The project was completed in 13 weeks by Caledonia Contracts, within budget and programme.

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Pure Spa Silverburn

Client : PURE spa
Location : Glasgow
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : December 2007
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Queen's Cross, Aberdeen

Client : Queen’s Cross Parish Church
Location : Aberdeen
Value : £1.2m
Completion Date : April 2018

Awards: Winner of the Award for Regeneration at the 2019 Aberdeen Society of Architects annual Awards.

High Commendation in Re-Use of a Listed Building category at Scottish Design Awards 2019.


Queen’s Cross Church near the centre of Aberdeen is an impressive A listed Victorian building with a range of different facilities for church and community use.

The church members are keen to make better use of these facilities and to increase their community presence in the locale. At the core of this idea is the need to make the building more accessible, more inviting and more user friendly.

The current proposals reorganise and modernise the church accommodation around a new transverse circulation route joining new entrances on both Albyn Place and Carden Place. These new thresholds provide a distinct change to the exterior of the building and allow views into the building from the street.

Making the building complex fit for purpose is the driving idea for the project but as a consequence a further set of priorities follow on, including relocation of the nursery, the creation of a coffee house, reorganisation of the main hall and improved landscaping.

“Lee Boyd Architects were engaged by Queen’s Cross Church Aberdeen to design and supervise a major redevelopment of our halls. Lee Boyd won the commission in a competition and worked closely with us to turn our vision in to a reality. We wished to make our building much more inviting to the community and we needed to provide a children’s nursery and a modern coffee house as well as bright and inviting meeting spaces.

The redevelopment had to be done in the context of a Grade One listed building and within the usual constraint of a very tight budget. As chair of the redevelopment steering group I am delighted to say that Lee Boyd listened to our objectives as a congregation and translated these to a first class and practical design within budget.

To achieve that Lee Boyd established an excellent relationship with the congregation and the successful contractor to deliver the £1.2m project within 2 per cent of the approved tender price.

I would thoroughly recommend them for their architectural flair, responsiveness, practicality and massive commitment and care which went way beyond a normal contractual relationship in pursuit of our vision”.

Alan Campbell, chair of project Steering Group

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Rothesay Place

Client : Rothsay Residence
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £2m
Completion Date : 2010

This project is the conversion of 3 B listed 19th Century townhouses in Edinburgh’s New Town into luxury private apartments.

The properties have been extensively refurbished throughout to repair the building fabric and to provide accommodation suitable for contemporary living within the historic shell. This included the removal of unsympathetic modern alterations from the previous hotel use, such as a lift, external fire escape stairs, and poorly planned insertions such as ensuite WCs within main rooms.

The principal first floor reception rooms have been reinstated, and throughout there is a dynamic contrast between the modern styling of new kitchen and bathroom fittings and the detailing of elements such as fireplace surrounds, staircases and cornices all designed to complement the existing period features.

In addition, the existing dilapidated extensions to the rear of the properties, previously used as kitchen and service spaces, have been transformed by the rebuilding of the stonework and by the addition of new patio doors and frameless glass walls and rooflights, to provide the basement level apartments with spacious, naturally lit open plan lounge and kitchen areas, opening onto the rear garden.

Images courtesy of The Chester Residence
Interior Design by Ian Forbes Architects and Ambiance Interior Design

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St Martin of Tours Church

Client : St Martin of Tours
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £335k over 3 phases
Completion Date : April 2018

St Martin of Tours Episcopal Church is a B listed Victorian church in the Gorgie/Dalry area of central Edinburgh. The church building like many from the 19th Century is struggling to provide the congregation and community with flexible, accessible and comfortable multi use space. Active links with the local and diverse urban community is a vital part of life at St Martins and the church has decided to make a number of strategic alterations to improve the facilities.

Following a feasibility study carried out by Lee Boyd it was decided that the more ambitious ideas within the study were simply too difficult to fund and a more modest proposal was agreed. This project was further split into two phases of work and the first phase was completed in June 2014. 

The essential components of this project are: 

1 – Providing barrier free access from the street: New point of entry on the side of the church

2 – Providing lift access to the lower floor: new lift at the front of the plan

3 – Providing stair access to the lower floor at the front of the plan: new stair accessed beside lift

4 – Improving the sense of transparency and welcome: reworking of threshold into sanctuary with office and kitchen

5 – Provision of more multi purpose community space: reworking of lower halls to provide spaces of different scales

The completed phase 1 project has breathed life back into the interior of the building, permitting a more direct relationship with the street. Passers-by can now see right through into the sanctuary, beyond the redeveloped foyer space, improving legibility and providing a much more inclusive welcome at the point of entry.

Beneath the retained balcony and accessed from the reconfigured foyer are now a kitchen space, church office and accessible toilet. Both the office and kitchen have direct links to the church hall.

The pews have been removed from the sanctuary and the old carpet tiles have been lifted to allow the original timber floor to be restored. With the benefit of connected facilities and a more flexible floor surface, the sanctuary which is still primarily for worship, can accommodate a wide range of church and community activities.

Design team :

Quantity Surveyor : Doig & Smith

Structural Engineer : David Narro Associates 

Services Engineer : RSP Consulting Engineers 

Main Contractor : Emtec

I would warmly commend Lee Boyd for the crucial role they have played in the transformation our building, and the creation of the St Martin’s Community Resource Centre. From our first meeting we sensed that they had grasped the vision and ethos that lay behind the project, and they have then sought to express and expand that architecturally. In our case, that particularly meant realising the importance of the threshold between the street and the building and they have found ways to enable the building to be more open to the community, and easy to navigate. Lee Boyd worked hard with us to incorporate the demands of both our many different users and our limited budget.

During the long process of design, fundraising, tender and build they communicated efficiently with us to ensure that we knew where we stood, and they project managed the building work itself in a way that gave us great confidence that the work would be completed to a high standard. We are delighted with our transformed building and have enjoyed the stunned reaction of people returning to the building and experiencing the transformation that has been wrought. It has sensitively brought the old and new together and given a tired Victorian church building a wonderful new lease of life.

John Conway, Rector, St Martin of Tours Episcopal Church 

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St Paul’s and St George’s Church

Client : St Paul’s and St George’s Church
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £5m
Completion Date : August 2008
Awards : Winner of Building of the Year – EAA Awards 2009, Shortlisted in the Scottish Design Awards 2009 – Reuse of a Listed Building, Shortlisted in RIBA Awards, Winner of Bronze Roses Design Award – Reuse of a Listed Building, Highly Commended in the Community Benefit Category in the RICS Awards 2010.

The Grade A Listed Church of St Paul’s and St George’s has an expanding and vibrant congregation that had been struggling to function effectively in the impressive Gothic Revival building on York Place. 

The purpose of this project was to address this issue and make the building fit for its purpose and to sustain its use as a place of worship and congregation for years to come. The new works act as a symbol of the Church’s intention to look forward and give an outward expression of their faith. The project is already being acclaimed for the manner in which the contemporary elements have been sensitively integrated with the Listed period architecture. 

Works included a new glass entrance canopy, new balcony levels and a new multi purpose hall, involving detailed negotiations with Planning and Historic Scotland. One of the conservation aspects of the project was the rehabilitation of the stained glass windows; these can now be better appreciated from the new galleries. The positive response from the congregation has been overwhelming; they are very much enjoying using their new, modern facilities.

Design team :

Quantity Surveyor : Doig & Smith (McLemman QS Network)

Structural Engineer : SKM 

Services Engineer : RSP Consulting Engineers 

Main Contractor : Clark Contracts

Credits : Photographs by Malcom Innes

‘Lee Boyd have provided us with an impressive level of commitment over the duration of our 8 year project. They have shown tenacity, flexibility and creativity throughout. We have had an excellent working relationship with the team as they have patiently listened to our wide ranging needs as a client. Their attention to detail and consistent pursuit of excellence continues to delight us!’

Emma Vardy, Former Project Manager, St Paul’s and St George’s Church

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Client : St Mark’s Episcopal Church
Location : Portobello

 Lee Boyd are currently working with St Mark’s Church in Portobello on a study to look at ideas for upgrading this listed Regency church in the centre of Portobello. The study will consider how the current spaces can be better accessed, supported and made more comfortable. This might include an overhaul of the sanctuary, reorganisation of the lower ground and the configuration of a new stair at the rear of the building.

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Stanley Community, Sports Hub

Client : Stanley Development Trust
Location : Stanley

Lee Boyd are currently working with SDT (Stanley Development Trust) on proposals for a new Community and Sports Hub in the village of Stanley, outside Perth on the banks of the river Tay.

Having completed a Feasibility Study, the project is now being developed further with intentions to submit for Planning Permission. The single storey building will sit alongside existing sports facilities and support both community and sporting activity.

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Stobo Castle Spa

Client : Stobo Castle
Location : Scottish Borders
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : Late 2015


Lee Boyd were commissioned to undertake the interior design of a number of areas within Stobo Castle Luxury Spa which the client wished to upgrade. These included a new Relaxation area, new panoramic Sauna and new Male changing facilities.

All the other Spa facilities remained open throughout the works.

This work follows on from recent award winning projects carried out for Pure Spa in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

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Suffragette Exhibition - The Scottish Parliament

Client : The Scottish Parliament
Location : Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : December 2006

‘If I can’t vote I don’t count’ opened on Wednesday 12th December 2006 at the Scottish Parliament. This coincided with the 88th anniversary of women voting in the General Election for the first time.

It highlights the progress made in the UK since women achieved the right to vote and includes archive materials, documents and objects from the National Museums of Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland.

A sculpture by artist Shauna McMullan was unveiled by the Scottish Executive. The porcelain sculpture features a collection of handwritten sentences by 100 women from across Scotland about their female role models.

The then Presiding Officer George Reid said: “I’m delighted that the first exhibition we have organised is one that continues to have a very real relevance today, where women are still fighting to have their political and civil rights recognised across the world”.

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The Braeport Centre

Client : Dunblane Development Trust
Location : Dunblane
Value: undisclosed
Completion date: TBC

Lee Boyd are currently working with DDT (Dunblane Development Trust) on proposals to refurbish and extend the Braeport Centre in Dunblane.

This period building and former school provides valuable community facilities, but is in need of upgrading and extension to provide much needed supporting facilities.

Having completed a Feasibility Study, the project is now being developed further with intentions to submit for Planning Permission.

Phase 1 of the project is a new extension which will include a new public entrance, welcome space, office, meeting room, toilets and kitchen.

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The Gorebridge Beacon

Client : Gorebridge Community Development Trust
Location : Gorebridge
Value : £2.65m
Completion Date : December 2018

Award: High Commendation in Public Building category at Scottish Design Awards 2019


The Gorebridge Beacon finally opened its doors to the public in November 2018, nearly 10 years after Lee Boyd won a competition to support the Gorebridge Community Development Trust in building a much needed multi-purpose community building in the town.

The project struggled post financial crisis to raise the appropriate funds, the first contractor was sacked half way through the project in 2015 and only 8 weeks before the project was due to open in spring 2017, it was subject to an arson attack which set completion back by a further 18 months. The aspiration to provide comfortable, flexible and affordable public facilities in Gorebridge is now being realised. The building is already busy with a huge variety of community activity, is hosting events and providing office space for local organisations.

The new building sits on an open site, formerly the leisure centre car park, alongside Gorebridge Parish Church and looks out across Hunterfield Road to the Pentlands. The design places the building back from the road to create a more relaxed threshold with unrestricted landscaping wrapping around all sides.

The footprint of the building is organised around a double height circulation axis that has public entrances at either end, picking up visitors from the main road and from the parking behind the leisure centre. On one side is the sub-divisible main hall, on the other is a two storey office wing and alongside the circulation in the middle is a cafe with full height windows, looking southerly to the hills.

The expression of the building as a series of jagged roof forms, clad in black painted Scottish Larch is very gently referencing the industrial buildings of Gorebridge’s past and with the gables facing the street, creates a recognizable signature for the building. The site orientation and unusual roof profile of the building allows the building to be flooded with natural light. The quality of light in the Beacon, even in the few winter months since opening is significant and makes for a pleasant and relaxed internal environment.

The main hall can be split into 3 separate rooms with full height moveable walls, all with independent access and dedicated storage cupboards. It also has a large glazed sliding doors to the front, so the hall can open up to the landscape when needed during events and larger public activities.

The accommodation schedule includes: the main hall, cafe, nursery (Surestart), trust office, ancillary spaces and a suite of lettable office spaces and meeting room.

The building has a strong sustainable agenda. The timber frame is heavily insulated, all rooms have good daylighting reducing reliance on artificial lighting and electricity is generated by an array of photovoltaic panels on the roof.

The building was always seen as a significant component in the regeneration of the town and an inclusive and welcoming destination from which the Trust could support all branches of community life. Finally this potential is being realised and the Beacon is a bustling, busy place to be.

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The Haining

Client : The Haining Charitable Trust & The Scottish Buildings Trust
Location : Selkirk
Value : £ 800k (phase one)
Completion Date : October 2013 (phase one)

Awards : Commendation in the 2014 EAA Awards for Regeneration, Commendation in the 2014 Scottish Design Awards for Reuse of a Listed Building, Shortlisted in the 2014 RIAS,RIBA & Civic Trust MyPlace Awards.

The Haining is an A Listed Palladian House (c1795-1820) on the edge of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and the Haining Charitable Trust have embarked on a long term project to revitalise the house, the grounds and out buildings after it was left by the former owner to the People of Selkirkshire.
The first stage of this process was the completion of an extensive options appraisal exercise fronted by Lee Boyd and a broad team of consultants and experts. The study looked at possibilities for the entire estate and dealt with landscaping, conservation issues (conservation plan) and heritage value. The preferred option and in keeping with the aspirations of the project benefactor was to transform the Haining into a rich cultural resource, supporting local and national creativity.
The first phase of this long term project was to convert the former coach house and loose boxes in the stables courtyard to create flexible studio workshop spaces. A modest project in comparison to potential proposals elsewhere on the estate, but viewed as an appropriate initial step and a catalyst for advancing more ambitious ideas in the future when funding was available. The A listed period stables courtyard sits slightly detached from the main house but presents main elevations to the loch and to the approaches to the house.
This first phase project, completed in the autumn of 2013 project was principally funded by ERDF and Historic Scotland and provides 6 small units accessed from the courtyard. Each unit has a small tea/prep area and accessible toilet with open plan working space. The four units in the coach house wings also have mezzanine spaces over these ancillary facilities which provide administration and storage space.
The conversion to a new use has been handled with care and attention to the historic fabric in consultation with Historic Scotland, whilst providing modern and comfortable work spaces. The ten impressive archways of the coach houses remain intact with the new slim line aluminium glazing passing behind the arches to avoid a conflict between existing stonework and new fabric. The internal spaces are uncomplicated and retain the volumes of the original spaces, but now with thermally efficient linings to roofs and walls.
At the point of handover, the Haining Charitable Trust had four potential tenants including a weaver, costume designer, photographer and painter. A mix of creative enterprise that very much supports the long term cultural vision for the Haining.
Design team :
Quantity Surveyor : Morham & Brotchie Limited
Structural Engineer : David Narro Associates
Services Engineer : Max Fordham
Main Contractor : James Swinton & Co

Credits : Photographs by : Graeme Duncan

“SHBT has worked with Lee Boyd over a number of years at The Haining in Selkirk – from an initial Options Appraisal on the whole estate which set out the masterplan for future development, through to the successful completion of the first phase to convert the stables to Artists Workshops and the current second phase project which is to undertake external repairs to the mansion house.

Lee Boyd were initially selected to work on the Haining as they impressed the panel with their sensitive and freshness of approach in dealing with adaptation of historic buildings, something which has been recognised in the awards that the project on the stables has been receiving since its completion in 2013.

SHBT’s role at the Haining is as Project Manager, working on behalf of a small and recently founded Haining Charitable Trust. We have found Lee Boyd very easy to work with, passionate about the project, often going above and beyond the course of duty in assisting ourselves and the Haining Trust, both in delivering the project, but also working with the wider community of Selkirk. We look forward to working with Lee Boyd again in the future, hopefully on one of our own projects.”


‘Finding appropriate and sustainable new uses for historic buildings is always a challenge. Within these archways, new studio workshops optimise the use of the existing spaces with minimal disruption to their historic character’

RIAS jury for 2014 Awards Shortlist

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The National Library of Scotland

Client : National Library of Scotland
Location : Edinburgh

Leeboyd are currently undertaking a range of remedial works for the National Library of Scotland across their building estate.

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The Scottish Parliament External Security Facility

Client : The Scottish Parliament
Location : Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : Late 2013

Leeboyd won the Tender to design a new External Security Facility for the Scottish Parliament in 2011, with work commencing in 2012, and completed on time and on budget in 2013.

The proposed design of the new External Security Facility is respectful of the original architectural intent and is also influenced by the strong lines in the landscape. These contours are reinforced by the solidity of the Kemnay granite walls which clad the principal walls of the new facility.

The new entrance to the building is set between these walls in a fully glazed façade, providing a high level of transparency and views to the park and landscape beyond. This connection with the landscape and external spaces is further emphasised by the continuation of the pattern and materials of the existing external hard landscaping in the design of both the floor and roof finishes, which seamlessly flow through the building.
The new facility is designed to provide a prominent public entrance to the Scottish Parliament building and address the security requirements for public access. 

It is detached from the existing building by a fully glazed link, which visually separates the new facility from the existing building. From here, visitors enter the main hall of the Scottish Parliament building through a new glazed corridor which runs parallel with the existing east facing façade. 

The new corridor is located beneath the existing glazed canopy, and incorporates ‘bamboo’ oak poles and curtain walling to match the design of the existing fenestration.

Design team :
Quantity Surveyor : Thomas & Adamson
Structural Engineer : D J Goode and Associates Ltd
Services Engineer : RSP Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor : Henry Brothers Ltd

Credits : Photographs by Keith Hunter Photography

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The Tron Project

Client : The Tron Project
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £5m
Completion Date : TBC

Edinburgh World Heritage Trust is looking to further its aim to engage visitors and the community with their heritage.

EWHT has identified the need to find new and better ways of pursuing its mission to promote, conserve and enhance the Edinburgh Old and New Towns World Heritage Site.

At present EWHT lacks a physical presence in the World Heritage Site. EWHT wishes to convert the former kirk and potentially extend the building to create a World Heritage Centre from which it can deliver its mission. The project will require substantial funds and will be reliant on a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders.

Lee Boyd were recently appointed as architects and design team leaders to investigate, consult on and develop proposals to transform the historic building and potentially the public realm around the building.

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Visitor Centre at Wallace Monument

Client : Stirling District Tourism
Location : Stirling
Value : £600k
Completion Date : August 2008

Awards : Winner of Gold Medal in the Public Building category for the Roses Design Awards 2010, Commendation in the Public Building category for the Scottish Design Awards.

Works completed on site in December 2008 for this extension to the existing visitor facility at the Wallace Monument near Stirling. The building opened to the public in late March 2009. 

Extending into an area which was filled by woodland planting, the new building comprises a partially mono-pitched simple form linked to the existing building via a low level entrance area. With the building positioned at an open angle, the approach to the entrance via the undercroft of the front canopy is designed to be welcoming and flow naturally from the existing car park area. The glazed front and rear facades of the link element allow the cafe to establish its separate but complimentary role in relation to the existing facility which will continue to house retail and public WC services.

The two operational volumes are visually tied together by the same facade treatment of panel cladding with an articulating layer of timber fin cladding held in front, echoing the vertical rhythm of the surrounding dense cafe. To the rear of the cafe space, the glazing remains un-screened, allowing the visitors to enjoy the view up the hillside towards the monument visible beyond the treetops. 

Sliding doors at either end of this facade facilitate the opening up of the cafe seating area onto the terrace to the south. 

Through sensitively crafted design, the architectural language of this modest new building will overlap and envelop the existing to give a unified appearance, and breathe fresh life into this important national site.
Credits : Photographs by Keith Hunter Photography

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West Granton Road

Client : Port of Leith Housing Association
Location : Edinburgh
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : May 2011

West Granton Road provides 17 affordable flats for Port of Leith Housing Association over 3 and 4 storeys on a very tight brownfield site in North Edinburgh, that forms a notional gateway to the Edinburgh Waterfront regeneration project.

The shape of the site and the surrounding context dictate a linear perimeter block solution with the building providing a strong urban frontage along West Granton Road, rising in height to the western end, and forming a protected area to the south, which contains parking and amenity space.

The tapering plan form and proposed areas of glazing at the gable ends will create a varied silhouette when seen in perspective travelling along West Granton Road, giving a strong visual identity to the site. The building form therefore reads visually as a series of parallel ‘slices’ or ‘slots’ between the fin walls forming the front & rear facades. The stepped form in plan helps reduce the perception of the block as a solid mass when viewed from the gables and along the length of the street.

The development has a mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom flats with two dedicated wheelchair flats. The proposals were developed in line with the Scottish Homes, Housing for Varying Needs Design Guide, Lifetime Homes, Secure by Design and the City of Edinburgh Sustainability Standards.

In terms of sustainability, the development benefits from Solar Thermal for hot water heating for a proportion of the flats (11 out of 17). The orientation of the site is ideal for making use of passive solar gain, with the building arranged linearly east-west and facing south, with minimal obstructions or shading from existing properties. The outline specification for the various building elements in the development has been made against the BRE Green Guide to Specification, with all elements scoring an ‘A’ rating and the scheme was one of the first to satisfy and exceed the strict City of Edinburgh Sustainability Standards.

The building is 3 to 4 storey timber frame structure, with an outer leaf cladding of rendered blockwork and facing brick. A simple monopitch roof is clad in low-maintenance aluminium standing seam sheeting.
Port of Leith experienced the fastest uptake for these new flats of any site in Edinburgh, testament to the development providing necessary accommodation in the locale.

Previously the site was derelict and open to tipping and vandalism which impacted on the perception of the local amenity. This new and bold building gives a very different impression when approaching the neighbourhood.

Design team :
Quantity Surveyor : David Adamson
Structural Engineer : Wren and Bell
Services Engineer : Max Fordham
Main Contractor : Ogilvie

Credits : Photographs by Keith Hunter

Whitehill House

Client : Southwark Project Management
Location : Edinburgh
Value : undisclosed
Completion Date : TBC

We are currently working for Southwark Investments on the conversion of Whitehill House into residential Apartments. Whitehill House is a significant Grade A Listed English-Jacobean revival country house designed by the architect William Burn in the early 1840’s for Sir John Ramsay..

The present house was used as a Red Cross hospital in 1914, and in 1924 was taken on by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and was a hospital until summer 1998 when it was sold.

The main house will be converted into high quality apartments, entered off the large Jacobean hall, with elaborate stone chimney-piece and overmantle, a U-plan timber stair with barley sugar balusters and large stained glass window.

The adjacent stable block is also being converted into residential properties with construction work expected to start in early 2017.

We are also currently working on a cluster of more contemporary new build house within the grounds of Whitehill House for the same client. This involves the site planning for the new cluster as well as the design of contemporary bungalows, detached and semi-detached units. The intention is to develop a further 6 clusters to provide around 100 new homes of various sizes and design.

Credits : Photograph copyright Dr Duncan Pepper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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