Socially Responsive
Architecture & Design

Introduction

Sustainable Architecture
Improved Environments

INCH Architecture + Design is a dynamic, innovative, social enterprise architecture, design and research practice founded in Glasgow and working throughout Scotland.

Observing and implementing the connection between human well-being and the built environment, INCH responds and supports clients in actively improving the space around them.

Through Reinvestment and Collaboration we can have a lasting impact on the constructed space, the individual and organisations we work with, as well as the process and practice of architecture itself.

Mission Statement

Enterprising architecture
aspirational impact

Our social intent and vision shape and define INCH.
Being Limited by Guarantee means the company structure is that of a group of 'members' lead by experienced Directors. Our mutual aim is not dictated by maximising profits for stakeholders, but is firmly fixed on the reinvestment of profits to actively meet our social objectives.

Imperative to these objectives is our dedication to good quality architecture and design, produced in accordance with social, environmental and physical needs. As an experienced membership of architects, designers and urbanists, we respond to each project and client with a fresh pair of eyes and an open mind.

At the heart of INCH is a dedication to recognising potential, be that of an idea, project, community led initiatives or that of future architects and designers.

Collaboration

Collaborative architecture
redefining scope

As a practice structured by a team of members, working collectively is key.

At our core we are architects, designers and urbanists, all striving towards a common goal - to produce excellent work underpinned by sustainability and built in unison with unique socio-economic demands.

Collaboration enables us to source all manner of expertise in order to arm the project with its own custom-built team. By exercising this process, the individual needs and aspirations of each project are catered to, often redefining the scope and initial properties of the idea. Our varied and expert team of members are selected with excellence in mind.

If you feel you might have a something special to bring to the group and want to know how to get involved in either our active or research based projects then please get in touch.

Reinvestment

Informed architecture
developed understanding

INCH profit is reinvested to maximise the improvement and understanding of human well-being in constructed spaces.

Any profit derived is intelligently introduced back into the practice, allowing us to continually commit to our social objective and company ethos.

Our profits have more than a capital impact, they allow us to really get involved and sharpen our awareness of constructed spaces.

Contact

INCH
Architecture + Design

40 Osborne Street
Glasgow, G1 5QN
Scotland

T : 0141 552 0661
e : info@inch-architecture.co.uk

Project:
Hermitage Golf & Mountain Bike Club

Hermitage Golf & Mountain Bike Club

Autism Ventures Scotland have commissioned INCH for the development of a new-build clubhouse at their existing Golf Course at Braid Hills Edinburgh. The project includes the development of new mountain bike trails and skills park and a disc golf course.

Project:
THE FUNNEL: Pop-up Design Guide

THE FUNNEL: Pop-up Design Guide

In July 2013 INCH were appointed to undertake an options appraisal and feasibility study for a Scottish Charity, specialising in providing creative, playful activities for young people with severe autism. The project - to design a new-build respite, hydrotherapy & creative campus for after school hours led the INCH studio towards a new direction in design methodology.

Without site, nor the parameters which come with a site, we set about establishing a series of design principles. The principles were developed over a period of 12 months informed by Client and User workshops, site visits, day trips and outdoor adventure experiences. The principles are conceived as an enhanced strategic brief, from which our Client could later refer once a site was secured.

The result is a pop-up book (enjoyed by Client and User) which outlines the key design principles, accommodation, spatial relationships and aspirations of the group. Throughout the book we explore the recurring theme of passive supervision and the importance of creating a safe environment enjoyed without the perception of constructed or applied security mechanisms.

"This is a funnel. A funnel to filter simuli. A funnel to lead to play..."

Project:
Graphical House

Graphical House

Graphical House - Workspace design

Leading Scottish Design Agency Graphical House commissioned INCH to design their new workspace to accommodate their expanding workforce.

INCH connected two adjacent shopfronts, maximising visual impact from the street and concealing ancillary space, and new meeting rooms behind bespoke timber elements. Furniture and storage wall design was a collaboration between INCH, Joachim King and Graphical House.

Project:
The Boarding House

The Boarding House

'The Boarding House’ is the new face of the recently refurbished ‘Howwood Inn’. A local bar, restaurant and function space specialising in good food & fine wine. The interior concept was to enhance and preserve the historic features of the category B Listed building (circa 1770) whilst bringing a contemporary & comfortable interior through the use of vibrant colour & pattern.

Project:
Horticulture Training + Community Centre

Horticulture Training + Community Centre

The space is conceived as a walled garden, nestled into the corner of Mearns Street & Dempster Street, where the topography rises to partly conceal the depth of the single storey community centre. Large, recessed entrances are formed from the street, forming anterooms - landscaped thresholds which help to mediate between the street and the inner courtyard. The inner walled garden is formed by placement of buildings. The main building - the community centre - forms two elevations to the garden, each subdivided into brick bays offering large glazed openings.The walled garden and the righly planted and protected enclosure forms an additional room and is enclosed on opposite sides by a series of workshops and horticultural stores.

An East-West access is formed between Dempster Street & the reinstated Trafalgar Street, which leads towards the growing gardens and existing aquaduct.

Work is due to start on site in late summer 2015.

Project:
The Pipe Factory

The Pipe Factory

Work starts on the initial design of the remodelling of the 'B' Listed White's Clay Pipe Factory building (circa1876) within the Barras Market, Glasgow. INCH Architecture in collaboration with Marc Kilkenny Architecture were appointed the successful Architects after an invited design competition. The collaborating practices, known as '40 Osborne' - taken from our shared studio space- are very proud to be working with our Clients The Pipe Factory Organisation, a visual arts & learning organisation working with young arts organisations in Glasgow.

Project:
Shared Equity Housing Study

Shared Equity Housing Study

A research led study in the context of the 'Reshaping Care for Older People' initiative, into the future viability of shared equity housing in North Lanarkshire.

Commissioned by Trust Housing Association & in collaboration with North Lanarkshire Council, INCH are working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to investigate the viability of & develop design proposals for shared equity housing for the +60 market.

The research sets out a review of strategic context; review of local development context; development options; design principles and development approach; financial analysis and makes recommendations for moving forward with this tenure model.

The Reshaping Care for Older People is a Scottish Government initiative aimed at improving services for older people by shifting care towards anticipatory care and prevention.

Project:
RCAHMS: Britain From Above 1919-1953

RCAHMS: Britain From Above 1919-1953

Curated by the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, 'Britain from Above' presents the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953.

The proposal, to create a landscape of suspended back-lit images positioned so as to maximise sight lines and over-sized to intensify our experience of the image. Artefacts & interpretation material will introduce the story of Aerofilms and it's unique and important historical context. The exhibition is due to be opened in 2014.

Exhibition design & installation in collaboration with Graphical House.

Project:
Barrier-Free

Barrier-Free

Barrier-free Access to Daylight Spaces is a research paper & design guide for Trust Housing Association.

The document sets out the importance of providing & maintaining daylight spaces such as gardens, balconies & terraces within our older people housing developments. It provides recommendations for the design of daylight spaces and practical design guidance on how to achieve 'barrier-free' access to these spaces.

This research paper + design guide is being undertaken in collaboration with Urban Pioneers, Landscape Architects and is due to be concluded in October 2013.

Project:
Abbeyfield House, for Abbeyfield Scotland

Abbeyfield House, for Abbeyfield Scotland

A research study & development strategy appraisal to develop a suitable new-build model of supported housing, which responds to changes in the +60 housing market in recognition of; the changing future needs of an ageing population; changing best practice and design principles for older people housing; changes in the welfare reform act & self-directed support; and the Scottish Executive's 'Strategy for Housing of Scotland's Older People: 2012-2021'.

The study sets out; ageing population migration in 10 local authorities across Scotland; changes in best practice housing design & care support; design proposals for housing typologies and housing mix across rural, outer urban & inner urban conditions.

Project:
Craigend Resource Centre

Craigend Resource Centre

Craigend Recource Centre is at the very heart of its community, both physically & functionally providing a wide range of community facilities and services for the area. These include: cafe, laundrette, creche, fruit barra & IT services.

INCH were appointed as part of a multi-disciplinary team to undertake a detailed options appraisal & feasibility study to investigate the future development & expansion of the organisation & its core community services.

Project:
Drumlanrig Landscapes

Drumlanrig Landscapes

An investigative project to explore whether level-access could be achieved to each front door of an existing sheltered housing development through careful regrading of the existing ground levels. This would negate any need for 'add-on' access ramps whilst at the same time provide much needed community gardens for the residents.

Developed in collaboration with Urban Pioneers, Landscape Architects

Project:
Colours + Wayfinding

Colours + Wayfinding

for Trust Housing Association

A research paper + design guide for the selection & application of colour & signage within older people housing developments.

The study sets out current best practice & design recommendations for the use of colour, texture, pattern and signage in large housing developments and considers the effects of age related impairments such as loss of sight, limited mobility and dementia.

This study is being developed in collaboration with Graphical House & will conclude in October 2013.

Project:
Tokyobike

Tokyobike

We are working with tokyobike-glasgow to develop ideas & spaces for their exhibitions & pop-up stores.

Project:
C.O.R.E

C.O.R.E

C.O.R.E - A Centre of Rural Excellence for Routes to Work South & Wiston Lodge

The proposed restoration & conversion of an existing semi-derelict B-listed coach house within the grounds of Wiston Lodge, Biggar to forma rural training centre which provides employability and training support to 18-25 young people.

Project:
Bute Tower Community Hub

Bute Tower Community Hub

A new community hub for the residents of Bute Tower, Cardonald.

This modest community facility was formed at the ground floor of the existing multi-storey Bute Tower in Cardonald, Glasgow to provide a safe area for children and their parents to meet. The facility consists of central tea area, positioned to facilitate passive observation of the surrounding play areas, IT suite and arts spaces.

Project:
Bloomgate: Routes to Work South

Bloomgate: Routes to Work South

A site scoping, options appraisal & feasibility study for RTWS to form a new community health & employability agency with cafe, meeting & training spaces within rural South Lanarkshire.

We supported RTWS in a site scoping exercise to identify a site which was urban and benefited from good transportation links and connectivity but with the opportunity to retreat, plant and to grow produce, afforded by a rural situation. A site scoping exercise identified a suitable site in the historic market town of Lanark and from this outline options were prepared which could accommodate all of the core service accommodation required by RTWS and partnering organisations.

The vision was to create an urban garden in the heart of lanark, surrounded by and overlooked by local start-up organisations and partnering organisations.

Project:
Takahashi ホーム

Takahashi ホーム

An extension & reconfiguration of an existing three-storey terrace house in the West End of Glasgow.

The proposal reconfigures the existing circulation within the home with the introduction of a new top-lit staircase, which re-directs movement towards the new open-plan kitchen dining room & garden. This reinforces the Clients wish to create a central area for the family to congregate & move through during their daily routine.