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Ross Barrett

Ross Barrett is a project architect with HLM architects working Passivhaus designs for Scotland's Housing Expo. Here he shares an ongoing diary of the construction process.

Scotland's Housing Expo: Scaffold down...

July 26th, 2010
Plot 11/12 - Scaffold down on rear garden elevation Plot 11/12 - Scaffold down on North Street elevationRural Design – Plot 17Brennan + Wilson – Plot 18Richard Murphy – Plot 14John Gilbert – Plot 4.1Trevor Black – Plot 13David Blaikie – Plot 4.3JM Arch… more »

Windows, Doors and Pressure Tests

July 13th, 2010
Since our last blog, the fitting of our windows and external doors has been completed and, although they took a little longer to fit than first expected, they do look fantastic and mean that our envelope is now wind and watertight. In terms of our Pa… more »


June 16th, 2010
With the Timber frame essentially complete, the joinery team has begun the task of cladding the buildings.  Due to the delay with the windows, we’ve had to carefully look at the sequencing of this as normally the windows would have been installed prior t… more »

Timber Frame...Complete!

May 18th, 2010
It seems winter in Inverness might just be over and work on our Passive House is gathering pace.   The Spring snow did eventually clear and allow our groundworks team to complete the last of the substructure works. With the underground drainage now i… more »


May 5th, 2010
Through 11 sets of road works along the A9 we finally made it to site last week to find that the weather had been a little kinder to our team at O'Brien Properties and, with all of our concrete strip founds in place and two thirds of our sub-structure wa… more »