Beast from the East

Only Ed and Stuart brave the elements to defeat the Beast from the East and make it in to work today. All those less hardy types couldn't cope with the single figure cm of snow. At least Skipton Road is looking the quietest it has in ages.


Replacement Dwelling Harrogate

Stuart was on site yesterday to visit the works at our replacement dwelling project on the outskirts of harrogate. The windows are now in and the exterior of the project is looking a lot more complete, with external lighting, downpipes and window flashings complete. Inside the boarding out for the plaster is well under way and the internal spaces are becoming a lot more visible. We cant wait for the next step and finishing items to start going in.

New Dwelling Harrogate

Now we’re out of the ground the stone masons are really cracking on! Masonry is up to first floor level in the traditional wing and window sill level in the modern wing of the building. We can now see the large window and door openings in the traditional wing which will maximise natural light and offer the residents great views of the surrounding countryside. The first elements of the stone detailing, the quoins, have been built in which look great. When walking around we can get a sense of the internal spaces which the client is very happy with. Next step is to get some steel installed and the timber first floor structure.

New Dwelling Harrogate Area

This is the first Blog update for our latest new build house to commence on site. Planning was granted in April and ever since it has been full steam ahead to start building this summer. Site clearance and foundations have progressed well despite the British summer weather trying it’s best to put a dampener on progress with all this rain!


It has been a while since any updated on our ongoing projects, however there are a few planning updates to come and several projects are continuing to move forward on site. First of the updates is to our replacement dwelling on the outskirts of Harrogate. The VM zinc cladding by subcontractor Varla cladding is nearing completion and has completely changed the look of the project, we are very happy with the finish and it complements the excellent stonework in the sunlight. The main contactor Ashley Thompson Ltd are currently awaiting delivery of the glazing which will again change the look of the project and allow the second fix internals to commence.

Site Progress - Replacement Dwelling Harrogate

The stone plinth is now complete and looks great. The timber frame at first floor level is also complete and ready to be clad in a standing seam Pigmento Brown Zinc by VMZinc. When walking round the dwelling we now get a feeling of the impressive double height and vaulted spaces with equally impressive views out over the surrounding countryside. M&E first fix is progressing well. Next job is the window installation.

Mingary Castle - Natural Stone Awards 2016 Winner

Back in December Steve made a trip down to London to the 2016 Natural Stone Awards. We was very honoured for Mingary Castle to receive the Sustainability award for the use of locally sourced Caithness Natural stone alongside the reuse of the historic walling stone. The award was presented to the project team by Michael Portillo as seen in the picture attached.


Site Progress - Arts and Crafts Country House

Progress is going well on site with the build of the main house now up to second floor ready for the roof structure to go in. The out buildings are nearing completion with the only external feature remaining being frameless glass projecting window. The pool hall the roof is now ready for felting and tiling with the joists in place. We think the alignment of the tie rod trusses is spot on! This project is looking like it will be truly spectacular.

New Build Country House Lancashire

Works are nearing completion to our Country House scheme in Lancashire. The pool tiling is finished with the tiling to the bathrooms and hallways well under way. The internal joinery and cornices are almost fully installed and the beautiful stone staircase is in the process of being fitted. Outside the external works are continuing with garden walls, gateposts and driveway all commencing at the same time.

Project Progress - Replacement Dwelling North Yorkshire

Work is well underway on this replacement dwelling scheme on the outskirts of Harrogate. The steelwork is now complete and the first floor is in place meaning the timber frame which forms the first floor walls and roof is well under way. This starts to give an impression of the final form of the building, which we are very happy with. The fully glazed gables will look rather special once complete.

Cumbria Visit

Ed and Steve visited Cumbria on Monday to see a couple of potential projects. For once the weather was clear and dry, however they were still confused with how to get back to Carlisle and the M6.

Proposed New Boathouse on Derwentwater, The Lingholm Estate, Keswick

Shaw and Jagger are proud to announce that planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new boathouse on the shores of Derwentwater within the historic Lingholm Estate. The scheme has been developed over a number of years with careful consideration towards the National Park and with extensive consultation with the local planning authority. The scheme represents a modern reinterpretation of the existing dilapidated boathouse to provide a space for our Client to house his boat at the lower level, whilst the first floor will benefit from large expanses of glazing to maximise the views over the lake for the enjoyment of the public who will be able to rent the space as a holiday let. The boathouse has been described by the local authority as potentially the final boathouse to be approved on the lake and as such Shaw and Jagger are very proud to have been able to be involved in the design of the scheme which we hope will be received well by the public as a contemporary architectural feature on the lakeshore.

New Build Country House, Lancashire

Work is progressing well on the construction of this new country house. The roof tiling is nearing completion with the first of the lead roll sections to the ridge going in place today. The interior first fix plumbing and electrical is practically complete, with the internal joinery coming together in the workshop. A large number of rooms have now been plastered and nearly all the ceilings are completed, the pool ceiling is even painted. The scaffolding in the pool has been dropped ready for the pool to be cleaned out in preparation for the laying of the coping stones and floor tiles to commence next week. External to the building the lead rainwater pipes and hoppers are being fitted and look fantastic. The first of the eagerly awaited windows to the main house (pool already completed and looking fabulous) are to go in next week two, which means we will see the scaffold start to drop and the house emerge.

Lingholm Kitchen

Lingholm Kitchen as it is now known is set to officially open this weekend; 2nd-3rd July. The building draws its inspiration from the local vernacular and intends to appear as a subservient outbuilding for Lingholm Grade II listed house. The building faces north overlooking the completely new walled garden constructed from reclaimed brick.

The building's simple outbuilding inspired form form is divided by a roof light along the ridge which allows sunlight to penetrate the north facing building. The glazing also wraps down the east and west gable elevations. It intends to communicate a modern lakeland building. Inside the structure is on display and has been enhanced with oak laid into the web, the large areas of north facing glazing by IQ Glass open seamlessly onto the external terrace, the last bay which sits above ground level due to the undulating site allows for a bar, which also acts as a balustrade, to create a vantage point over the garden and grounds. The interior arrangement allows all cafe seating to be situated to take advantage of the views, with a shop area between the functional volumes within the building.

Lingholm Kitchen will on the 20th July be accessible from the Derwentwater Launch as a jetty has been added to the estate, the first on the lake in 50 years, providing sustainable transportation to the estate for events and for the public.

Sunny Monday

Following on from the brilliant weather this weekend we thought it best to take some photos of us all in sunglasses (we are missing Mark S and Steve T due to illness and therefore have used silhouette’s as stand ins). No real reason, but happy Monday.

Lingholm Cafe

Lingholm Kitchen, as it will be known, is nearing completion with the minimal internal finishes in the process of being fitted.

The oak detail set within the web of the steel structure has added a very different warmer finish to the interior. The floor finishes have been laid internally and for a large area of the external terrace which will be accessed through the minimal IQ glass sliding doors. The folded aluminium gutter and verge detail is in the process of being fitted and will add to the sleek appearance of the building.

The walled garden that the cafe overlooks is completed and ready for pathways and planting which can start to establish before the opening on the 1st July 2016.