Planning approval for 2 storey house extension, in Banchory

Albyn Architects were appointed by a family looking to extend their home, in Banchory. They love the location of the property, but require additional living space, bedrooms and En-Suites for each bedroom.

Albyn Architects worked with the client to produce a design and layout which provides them with the open plan Kitchen/Dining/Family space they require. On completion of the initial design drawings, we reported the Project Services and Costs, including the estimated construction cost and all fees to the end of the project.

Albyn Architects prepared and submitted the application in April 2019. Less than 2 months later, and with some negotiation with the planning department, the application has received planning permission.

With planning approval now in place (see planning approved drawings below) we are looking to move forward with the building warrant drawings and appointing the structural engineer.

Do you want to extend your house to create your dream home?  

If you are considering a similar extension, or would like to discuss any building project, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

Planning approval for modern house extension

Albyn Architects are delighted to have obtained planning approval for this modern house extension to a beautiful period home, situated within the West End of Aberdeen.

The planning process took just under 2 months, with Albyn Architects liaising with the planning department throughout. With approval now in place, the structural engineer has been appointed and work can progress on the building warrant stage.

Once we have negotiated the warrant stage, Albyn Architects will be putting the project out to competitive tender. With the aim being to get the project on site in September.

Do you want to extend your house to create your dream home?  

If you are considering a similar extension, or would like to discuss any building project, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

Albyn Architects adds new architect to team

Albyn Architects, set up last year as a new partnership between the owners of two Aberdeen architectural businesses, has added to its team by bringing in Caroline McBain as an associate architect. The appointment is in response to a number of new contract wins since the company was formed.

Caroline joins Albyn from McGregor Garrow Architects having previously worked at Space Solutions and Pihl UK. She will primarily work on domestic projects, developing her own list of clients but will also support the company directors Ian McGregor and Mark Dellaquaglia on larger domestic and commercial projects.

“Forming relationships with clients is something I particularly enjoy, working with them to develop the project brief which outlines what they are looking to achieve,” said Caroline. “I can then use my experience and knowledge to produce exciting design solutions. That’s the area of my job I enjoy the most because it makes a positive impact on the client, designing a space which improves the quality of their life.”

She is pretty confident that she’ll get on well with her directors: “Ian is my brother, we’ve worked together for a number of years and we make a good team. I’ve also worked with Mark before and am looking forward to working with him on commercial projects and further developing my career in that side of the business.”

Ian and Mark joined forces to set up Albyn Architects in response to ongoing business growth and use their combined design and project management expertise to provide a full range of architectural and support services. Ian is the practice’s principal architect while Mark focuses on running and further developing its sister company, Albyn Building Services.

“It’s great to have Caroline join us as part of the team,” said Ian. “We have some exciting new projects coming up in 2019 and her input and creative flair will be invaluable in helping develop these. She is exceptionally good at relating to client requirements, translating a project brief into a well-considered architectural response and excels in producing 3D visualisations which help the client better understand how design proposals will turn out.”

Albyn Architects works closely with a trusted network of design team members and building contractors, providing a full range of architectural and project management services from conception to completion.

Archive Projects

Before taking over the running of Albyn Architects, Ian McGregor was a director at McGregor Garrow Architects, between 2012-2017.

Ian worked on a wide range of projects, from a new build house by the Aberdeenshire coast, project managing a house extension in Edinburgh, office fit-outs and everything in between. Below is a selection of these projects: –

New Build House – East Cammachmore

In 2014 Ian met with a couple were looking to obtain planning permission for a new build house on the site of a former settlement, within their farmland.

Ian worked closely with the clients to develop a project brief and listen to their requirements and produced some initial designs of a 2-storey building built into the sloping landscape, with expansive views out to sea.

Through the use of rendered visualisations Ian was able to demonstrate to the client the proposed design and layout, which the client loved.

A planning application was submitted and approved in 2015, after a local committee meeting approved the scheme.

House Extension – Harehill House

In 2017, Ian met a client looking to improve and extended their unique granite cottage. With an outdated conservatory and dark kitchen being the main reason for wanting to extend the property, the client wanted to create a large open plan Kitchen/Dining/Family area overlooking the garden.

Working closely with the client, to ensure the brief was met, Ian produced various designs and visualisations to demonstrate the proposals. Once a design had been finalised Ian successfully negotiated the planning and building warrant approval with the council.

Ian project managed the project through the Tender and Construction stages, arranging a competitive tender and appointment of the chosen contractor, as well as carrying out site inspections, contract administration and liaising with the council, during the build.

House Extension – Edinburgh

Ian’s services were recommended by a mutual friend who asked Ian to take on a house extension project in Edinburgh.

Ian carried out a Feasibility study, looking into various design options, and took the project though the planning and building warrant stages. Once approved, Ian arranged a competitive tender, appointed the chosen contractor and oversaw the project on site.

The clients were delighted with the end result and moved into their completely renovated home in December 2017.

If you are considering carrying out any building project, please contact Albyn Architects to discuss on 01224 649250 or


New house extension project on site

Albyn Architects latest residential project on site, with the back of the house opened up to extend into the garden. Drainage and foundations have been laid with the timber floor and timber kit to be erected over the next couple of weeks.

Albyn Architects look after all aspects of design and project management, working with trusted building contractors to deliver both residential and commercial projects. 



Planning Permission for New Build House

Albyn Architects are delighted to have obtained planning permission for this fantastic new build house, in a beautiful rural setting in Aberdeenshire – from drawing board to full approval in under 5 months!

We are now busy preparing the building warrant drawings, liaising with the structural engineer, energy consultants and the client.

Construction of the new build house is due to start in 2019, so keep a lookout for further updates!

Are  you looking to design and build a new home? 

If you are looking to build a new home, or would like to discuss any building project, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

Albyn Architects responds to business growth with new partnership

The owners of two Aberdeen architectural businesses have joined forces to set up Albyn Architects in response to ongoing business growth. The city-based practice will now use the combined design and project management expertise of Mark Dellaquaglia and Ian McGregor to provide residential and commercial clients across Scotland with a full range of architectural and support services.

The rebranded company has evolved from Albyn Architectural which was set up by Mark in 2015. Since then, the company has seen rapid growth and Ian, previously co-founder and co-director of McGregor Garrow Architects, has joined Mark as a business partner and co-director of Albyn Architects.

Ian will be the practice’s principal architect while Mark will focus his attention on running and further developing its sister company, Albyn Building Services.

“The first few years in business have been incredibly busy and there is potential for significant future growth,” said Mark. “I have worked with Ian previously and known him for some years, so I knew he would be a great partner to bring in. The opportunity to get someone of Ian’s calibre who has the same work ethic and enthusiasm as I have is a real bonus and I’m excited about where we can take the company.”

Ian specialises in residential developments ranging from extensions, refurbishment and conversions to new build. Mark will focus on project management while continuing to grow the commercial side of the business with services including space planning and interior design to full master planning for industrial, retail, office and restaurant sectors.

“Having developed an established client base over the past five years I’d now like to expand on that and to build on the growth and success of my previous company,” said Ian. “When the opportunity came to work with Mark, we discussed our vision and it was clear we have the same passion and drive to take Albyn Architects to the next level.”

Albyn Architects will expand its team on November 1 when Caroline McBain joins the company as an Associate Architect. Caroline has previously worked at McGregor Garrow Architects, Space Solutions and Pihl UK.

In addition to providing the full range of architectural services from conception to completion, Albyn Architects works with a tried and tested network of building contractors that both Mark and Ian have previously worked with to complete many successful projects.

by Kate Yuill, KEY Communications – – 07757 739089

Exciting announcements…

Albyn Architectural is changing….

With new team members, new branding, website and email addresses. We will be contacting clients to inform them of the changes.

Fear not, there will be no change to the running of existing projects. This move has been made to give all our clients the best of services.


Major Office Refurbishment

January 16, 2018

We’re delighted with an incredibly busy start to 2018, providing onsite architectural assistance on a major refurbishment of prime office space in Aberdeen, in conjunction with Albyn Building Services and partners.

The project is valued at £2.5m and will last a projected 20 weeks.

Exciting times for the Albyn Group!

The Tippling House Refurbishment

29 November 2017

Our favourite city bar, The Tippling House, has some exciting plans…

“We’re 5 years old this year, having opened back in October 2012. With a great deal of help from friends and family, as well as an excellent build team, 10 Dollar Shake managed to turn the former Belmont Bar into The Tippling House. Five years on and we would like to announce that we are closing down for the whole month of January to give the venue a makeover, re-opening again in February with a new look”

Albyn Architectural are once again delighted to be providing the architectural services for owners, 10 Dollar Shake.

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Project Update – 6 January 2018

Demolition work has begun…

Project Update – 20 January 2018

Closed for renovation…

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Project Update – 24 February 2018

The Tippling House re-opens…