Double win for AIM and Taypark House at 2015 D.I.A. Awards

AIM - Taypark House

AIM recently attended the 2015 Dundee Institute of Architects award dinner and were delighted to receive two awards for their work on Taypark House. AIM were awarded prizes in 2 categories - Best Regeneration and Best Interior Design.

Taypark House is an elegant Category B Listed former Scots Baronial mansion house dating from the 1860s. It stands in Dundee’s west end Perth Road area within stunning mature garden grounds which slope from north to south and has outstanding views across the Botanical Gardens towards the River Tay and hills of Fife.

It has been sensitively restored by client Richie Hawkins, under Aim Design's guidance, to its former glory and now offers a private boutique guest house of unique character and historical reference. The teapot tearoom and former smoking / billiard room offer spaces to enjoy afternoon tea or a private function. Each bedroom boasts its own large en-suite bathroom fitted out in period Victorian sanitary ware. Bedrooms take full advantage of the 180 degree panoramic views across the botanical gardens towards the River Tay and Fife hills beyond. Many spaces present quotes referenced from Dundee's Jute industry and the origins of Taypark. Climb the stair to the reading turret or relax in a roll top looking over the Tay. The boutique hotel and eatery has become the go to destination for tourists and locals looking for a tasty treat where scenic views of the river Tay can be appreciated while admiring the ornate grandeur of this impressive listed building.

DIA awards for District 10-01

We are delighted to announce that Dundee Institute of Architect's award dinner was a very successful night for AIM. We were lucky enough to be presented with 4 awards for the container building at District 10 Seabraes.
Best Commercial Building, Best Client (Scottish Enterprise), a commendation for best interior design, and the Supreme Award for best overall project!

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Shipping Container Building Complete

Construction has recently been completed at PV Flexible Unit 01, a new 3 storey office building created from shipping containers to provide low cost accommodation for the creative media industry of Dundee. The building has attracted a great deal of interest from prospective tenants the first of which will be occupying the building in early November.

The building has achieved a B+ energy performance rating and is being assessed for a BREEAM accreditation of 'Excellent'. Building users will enjoy the benefits of low energy costs and a thermally efficient building.

The building recently received a commendation in the Scottish Design Awards.

Dwell @ Carbeth - Planning granted for new dynamic insulation house

Aim has secured planning permission for the 'Dwell' sustainable house type at the Carbeth Estate, North of Glasgow.

The client's site commands a prominent, elevated position within the grounds of the estate, with striking views north-east to the Campsie Fells. Situated on a natural level outcrop, the building nestles into the contours of the hillside.

The house obtains influences from Scottish rural vernacular architecture that abstracts and modernises the traditional dwelling form into a building that is sharp, energetic and well detailed.

With the primary objective focused on sustainability, the house is openly orientated south east and north west to achieve a balance between solar gain and summer cooling; the concreted ground floor will act as a thermal sink for this heat gain.

A thermal stove, located centrally in the main open-plan living area effectively acts like a vertical radiator rising through the space. This is complemented by an electric boiler and water storage, combined with an external air to water heat pump to provide enough energy for heating, hot water and under floor heating.

The panel formed assembly construction system by Dwell is fundamental to the dynamic and sustainable aspirations for the dwelling.

Loch Ness Shores, Inverness - Completion scheduled for late Summer 2013

Construction work for Aim's comprehensive and environmentally sustainable scheme design for Loch Ness Shores camping and leisure development is well under way. The destination will provide an amenity and leisure environment of the highest quality and architectural character to compliment the rich beauty of the Foyers area and provide a key tourist destination on the south shores of the loch.

The development uses locally sourced materials and has received significant SRDP support, secured in part by the unique panel system developed to construct the buildings and the aspiration to ultimately achieve the BREEAM 'excellent' benchmark. Work is scheduled for completion during Summer 2013.

Aberdeen Science Centre - Raising Awareness

Recently featured on the STV and BBC news channels, Aberdeen's Satrosphere Science Centre is planning a significant upgrade of its current facilities. The proposed £7 million refurbishment will double the size of the existing centre and will substantially increase annual visitor numbers.

The redevelopment will allow the centre to create vibrant learning, teaching and corporate spaces in which its live science shows and interactive exhibits can be displayed and integrated.

As part of the refurbishment, there will be a shift in focus to the science of 'energy', which provides a relevance to the re-branding of the 'Satrosphere Science Centre' to 'ASC+'.

Dr Paul Jennings, chief executive of the centre, said: “The plan is to completely refresh the centre and in doing so create a dynamic and contemporary showcase for science in which audiences are actively encouraged to learn through ‘hands-on’ enquiry.

“Successful science centres draw on the context of their local science and ‘energy’ was a theme that came up consistently in our discussions with stakeholders in the City and Shire. Our plans will enable us to create a credible science centre which places a spotlight on the expanding energy sector.”

Dwell Animated

Aim's development of 'Dwell' a typical sustainable house type and proprietary energy efficient construction system considers five key factors - energy efficiency, sustainability, design quality, flexibility and affordability.

Napier University are currently assisting Aim in promoting our 'Dwell Sustainable Homes' house type by producing an animated fly-through which highlights the structural and sustainable attributes.

The animation illustrates how the panel formed assembly construction system by Dwell acts as a heat exchanger and transfers heat energy into a whole house heat management system. The system achieves an extremely high thermal efficiency and minimises the requirement for supplementary heating.

DUSA Mono Bar Complete

Having worked in close collaboration with the Dundee University Student Association on several refurbishment projects, Aim were commissioned to design a new bar and associated seating area for Scotland's No.1 Student Union's biggest nightclub, 'Mono'.

The club's industrial aesthetic was the primary influence for the design approach. Clad mostly in OSB, with the incorporation of bespoke illuminated signage and wall graphics, the bar maintains a distinctive and contemporary aesthetic which complements the existing and actively promotes the club as one of the best Student leisure destinations.

Construction work has now been completed, with the bar successfully opened in March 2013.

District 10 - Containers on-site

As recently featured on STV news, construction work is progressing well on PV Flexible Unit 01 at Seabraes Yards, Dundee. The unit is the first commercial unit in Scotland to be built from recycled shipping containers and marks the initial steps toward fully realising District 10's creative media district masterplan which outlines proposals for nine separate container units.

Alongside Scottish Enterprise, the project has been jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Tayside charity Matthew Trust and the Scottish government.

Scottish Enterprise director of business infrastructure, Allan McQuade, said, “District 10 is an exciting new development that will stimulate economic growth both for Tayside and the wider Scottish economy by further enhancing Dundee Waterfront's reputation as a first-class location for business.

“District 10 has been designed specifically to meet the needs of early stage businesses in the sector that require flexible accommodation which will allow them to grow as part of a vibrant creative industries community.”

The development is expected to be completed in Summer 2013.

IDEABOX touches down

Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group Questionnaire Ideabox

The IDEABOX has just been craned into position at its first location - Monifieth High School.

Visitors are able to record their messages about what they would like to see from their new community centre and can visit the website to fill in an online questionnaire.

We look forward to further developing the proposals for a new Monifieth Communtiy Centre.

Thank you to all of the sponsors who helped to make the IDEABOX possible.

Dwell Sustainable Homes 1st Birthday

Dwell Sustainable Homes Interior View

1 year ago AIM decided to set up Dwell Sustainable Homes in order to give both private clients and developers the chance to build truly sustainable yet affordable houses.

Since then Dwell Sustainable Homes have exhibited at Glasgow & Harrogate Home Building & Renovation shows and have developed huge interest in a product that is clearly leading the way in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency.

2012 is looking like it will be a big year as we will see the first houses go on site. In addition to this construction is due to start on Loch Ness Shores, a camping and leisure resort whose design is based upon the Dwell Sustainable Homes system.

To keep up with all the latest news and events concerning Dwell Sustainable Homes visit the website at


Monifieth Ideabox

As part of an ongoing feasibility study for the creation of a new community centre in Monifieth, AIM are currently constructing the 'ideabox'.

Made from a shipping container and fitted out with the generous help of local contractors, the ideabox will act as a consultation venue where members of Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group will engage with members of the public to get their views on how to develop a centre best suited to the needs of Monifieth as a whole.

Visitors to the idea box can record their thoughts and opinions on video as well as speaking in person to the people behind the project. In addition to visiting the ideabox in person members of the public may also have their say online by filling out the idea box questionnaire at

Aim @ 10

Our Practice celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2010. Our routes of inauguration stretch back to 1926 with former titles of W M Wilson and up to 2000 The Wilson Partnership.

The 2000 aim rebrand was a natural progression to identify the diversity of our emerging strengths in Interiors and Media Designs to compliment our long established history as Chartered Architects.

The last ten years have been extremely fulfilling with major Architecture, Interior and Media Projects completed. Aim’s client base has expanded to include several public bodies as our work becomes recognised nationally. Projects such as The Seabraes Masterplan, Dundee Science Centre Phase II, Scottish Housing Expo and Prototype work for Skills Development Scotland have raised our profile beyond our anticipations.

With recent recognition on the DIA and Dundee Civic Trust Awards for our work in the Commercial Interior and Residential Sector, aim look forward to the delivery of future projects, including the 102 bedroom De Havilland Hotel at Dundee Airport, and the first PassivHaus certified Showroom in Perth.

Our research into Zero Carbon Initiatives and the adoption of PassiveHaus energy standards has been instrumental in delivering several private and commercial commissions. In a time of great uncertainty for many, we envisage a positive 2010 and look forward to the future delivery of our broad project base for our diverse and dynamic client base.

To celebrate our 10 years, aim integrated a vital move to new premises at the City Quay and a much needed re-structuring of our internal organisation, culminating in the launch of our new website.

Aim at 10 will be holding an evening celebration in 2010 and hope to see you for a glass of wine soon. Details to be released shortly.

Seabraes Masterplan

Aim commence the New Year with a successful bid to develop a new market and masterplan strategy for the Seabraes Area, Greenmarket, Dundee
Aim will be working closely with our client, Scottish Enterprise and the Local Authority to develop a new model for supporting the creative industries. A sustainable strategy for housing development will be part of an approach of versatility to respond to the current fluctuating market.

Skills Development Scotland

With our constantly high performance in Interior Design, aim were invited to prepare a concept proposal for the re-organisation of the Careers Scotland Centres on behalf of Skills Development Scotland.
The proposal investigates the interaction of a client base with a new facility focusing on engaging and approachable spaces with emotive and reactive graphics.
Skills Development Scotland have now approved aim’s concept as a model to develop a Prototype Centre in Dundee. Works shall progress on-site soon.

Trio of Awards at Dundee Institute of Architects 2009

Blackadders Interior Award

Aim were delighted to receive 3 awards in November 2009 from the Dundee Institute of Architects.
Awards for Interior Design were received for Blackadders Property Shop and McIntyres Phase II. A further award was received for the Glenagnes Road Housing Development in Dundee. Our respective clients, Blackadders, McIntyres and Glenagnes Developments Ltd were delighted with their success.

Dundee Civic Trust Award

Byzantium Building

Aim and Byzantium Ltd were successful at the Dundee Civic Trust Awards in October 2009, receiving a commendation for the Hawkhill Tower, a mixed development of residential and commercial on the North West Gateway to Dundee’s Cultural Quarter

Aim Historic Scotland Listing Imminent

Designed in 1939 of Art Deco style, the North Tay Centre – built for McGregor and Balfour Ltd, has been identified as a future listing by Historic Scotland. The untouched interior (formerly occupied by Muirfield Construction) is a rare example of the quality craftsmanship recognised as ground breaking as we entered the modernist era.

Image courtesy of GR

Callum Walker Interiors Passive Haus

Callum Walker Interiors

A new showroom for Callum Walker Interiors in Perth integrates the latest in energy recovery systems and air tight construction. CWI aims to be the first commercial premises in the UK to achieve compliance with the stringent PassivHaus UK criteria. With a completion date in 2010, aim are pressing forward towards tender stage.

AIM's Ged Young Stands Down as President of Dundee Institute of Architects

Dundee Institute of Architects 2010

Partner Ged Young stood down as the President of the Dundee Institute of Architects in 2009.
Ged leaves behind a restructured awards process and rejuvenated annual dinner. His 4-year commitment as Vice President and President enabled the successful integration of a national structure to the DIA Awards, filtering through to RIAS (Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland) as the regional submission to the UK’s most prestigious Architectural Prize, the Andrew Doolan Award.
A revamped annual dinner places the awards at the heart of the night and has assisted in chapter attendance doubling over the past 4 years.
As Editor and Designer of the DIA Magazine Dialogue for the previous 4 years, Ged has passed on the developed format to the DIA Committee for future promotion.
Ged thanks the DIA, in particular the support of his Vice President, Willie Watt and Secretary Roger Brunton for their consistent and endless support and looks forward to a successful 2-year term for the incoming President, Willie Watt. Ged retains his involvement on the DIA Committee as past President and continues to represent the DIA at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) as part of the Awards Committee.