"Highly recommended - used 3 times and delighted on each occasion We have worked with AM Architect on three occasions now - the complete renovation of a dilapidated listed Georgian townhouse, building a new house and extending & modernising a Victorian semi-detached house. The fact that we have returned to Andy on each occasion is evidence of the high regard in which we hold him. All of our projects had challenges - and all of them were quite different - and Andy's breadth of knowledge of regulations (including Historic Scotland), alternative building materials and techniques was invaluable. He works well with the other members of the team, is quick to respond and doesn't get flustered when things don't go to plan (sadly they don't always!). Of particular note is the design he came up with for our new build house - an odd shaped plot in a city centre. Andy designed a 3-bed, 2-bath house with integral garage with all of the main rooms overlooking the garden. Once inside, you would hardly know you were 5 minutes from the high street."
Nick & Sarah Tulloch - Perth
"Brilliant, innovative and honest From the first time I meet Andy to the very successful project completion, he demonstrated his professional attitude and competencies. Andy has transformed my house, and everyone who sees i...t cannot believe the transformation.
Andy's local knowledge of builders and suppliers really gave me confidence in what could have been a daunting project.
I would highly recommend am architect."
Graham Forbes - Auchterarder
"An excellent architect - highly recommended
Andy McLeish was recommended to us, to help us in designing and building a new kitchen extension, along with other internal alterations. He was excellent to work with throughout the project...- from initial concept design, through the planning process, the build itself, to the finishing off and completion.
The outcome was that the house really works well for us in practical terms now, the extension looks great, and we survived the build with our sanity intact! - all thanks to the calm and reassuring attitude, and professional approach, shown by Andy. Having been fortunate to have had him recommended to us, we are only too happy to pass on that recommendation."
Ranald & Margaret Duff - Perth
"We had a good idea of what we wanted to achieve with the renovation of an existing outside storeroom, garage and carport. The storeroom was to be adapted into a utility room with direct access from the existing house. Space was to be provided for fridges, freezer, laundry facilities and stairway access to the existing attic. The existing flat-roofed garage and carport were to be renovated with a pitched roof and could be combined into a double garage. We did not have much knowledge of building costs or how to bring our ideas to fruition. We investigated the availability of architects in the local area and contacted AM Architect after reading favourable reviews. From the outset AM Architect approached the project in a professional manner and transformed our idea into a viable design. It was understood that there was a limited budget and the project was planned around this. AM Architect provided a full service including specification, engineering drawings, handling of statutory matters, selection of builders, arrangement of contract, management of health and safety issues and weekly oversight of the works during the construction phase. The end result was a project finished to our satisfaction, completed in a reasonable timeframe and close to budgeted cost. Suffice it to say that we would have no hesitation in recommending AM Architect to anyone requiring such services."
Dave and Elizabeth Dalgetty - Gateside Farm Cottage, Bridge of Earn
"This was the second occasion that we have worked with Andy. The first was a renovation of a Georgian house; this was the construction of a new, contemporary house.
As before, Andy was an absolute pleasure to work with. It was some way into the job before I realised what a complicated project we had undertaken – the site was small and irregularly shaped; being city centre, access was difficult; and, typical of Perth, the ground was soft. Andy’s design is simply outstanding. The layout of the house has been cleverly arranged and, once inside, you are surprised at how spacious and light the rooms are. As all of the main windows overlook the garden, it creates a sense of privacy and it is easy to forget you are in the centre of Perth.
Inevitably due to the nature of the site, there were challenges along the way. Andy approached them pragmatically and intelligently, always dealing with the builders and contractors with reassuring efficiency. We will certainly work with Andy again and would not hesitate to recommend him."
Nick & Sarah Tulloch - Blairgowrie
"Our extension has been well used over the festive period and much admired by friends and family that have been here! It has worked well both as an eating area and cozy relaxing nights by the fire or in front of the tv. We now look forward to warmer days when we can use it in a very different way with all the doors open to enjoy the garden - hopefully!
We are really happy with the end result and we appreciate the support and guidance you were able to offer throughout the project starting with your design ideas and, throughout the project, liaising closely with the contractor and council as necessary. We have ended up with a room which is very much a social living area for all the family - and dog!"
Morven & Iain Campbell - Luncarty
"Excellent service AM Architects were very helpful and informative, and turned around building warrant drawings for us very promptly. Would have no hesitation in recommending them or using them again in the future."
CG Allan - Perth
"We worked with Andy on the renovation of a 4-storey, 4,500 square foot Georgian townhouse in the centre of Perth. The property had fallen into disrepair and had been separated into several offices and a flat. Right from the outset, we were impressed by Andy’s attention to detail and forward thinking about the next steps in the project.
Inevitably with a building of that age and in that condition, unexpected issues occurred along the way which we then added to by changing our own plans for the house which required a new design and re-submission of planning approval. Throughout the planning and building stages, Andy was patient with us and a calm influence. We particularly note the creative vision he brought to the project and his ability to work within the constraints and sometimes frustrations of Historic Scotland.
When you employ an architect, you take for granted their knowledge of applicable rules and regulations. The listed building aspects of our project added to the complexity and Andy was faultless in his knowledge of what could and couldn’t be done. He had clearly built up a good rapport with the planning team at the council and the dialogue he was able to have with them was highly beneficial. In addition, Andy has a strong network of local contacts which proved to be a great help. Something that we hadn’t considered when we began the project was the interaction between the architect and the builders but again Andy’s attention to detail and calmness when things didn’t go quite to plan, along with a charming personality, contributed to a good relationship with all involved in the building works.
We are currently working with Andy on a new build project, also in the centre of Perth, and we would have no hesitation recommending him."
Nick and Sarah Tulloch - Blairgowrie
'I worked closely with Andy from 2005-2009 when he was Project Architect for
Keppie on the B&Q Warehouse at Hermiston Gait in Edinburgh. Andy is
diligent and thorough in all he does, ensuring the preparation of design and
construction information prepared in good time and to an excellent
standard. His attention to detail and understanding of the project brief
were excellent. He built good professional relationships with myself,
B&Q, the design team, the contractor and the various statutory officials
based on clear information exchange and discussion. This made all our jobs
easier and allowed the successful delivery of an exemplary project. He was
proactive when faced with the challenge of a scheme or detailed redesign whether from change instigated by client, end user or contractor. In both design and site progress meetings he was well prepared and dealt with others and issues in a relaxed and understanding manner with just the right amount of humour where appropriate. His management of the design team and design process on my behalf were second to none. Building projects can be complicated and stressful and whilst this was also true of the B&Q Hermiston Gait project, Andy's attitude and diligence helped make the process enjoyable from sketch design to delivery of the completed building.'
Francis Barkey - Associate Director, Miller Developments
'CBA worked closely with Andrew McLeish, now of am|architect, on the
construction of a large retail warehouse and associated garden centre,
buildersyard, amenity offices and cafe. Andrew was the Project Architect
and lead design consultant for the full duration from inception and planning to construction through to completion and building control sign off. Throughout the delivery of the project, we found Andrew to be professional and efficient with an excellent aptitude for performing the architectural duties from project inception to completion. As the lead design consultant Andrew was key to the project being delivered successfully.'
Archie Learmonth - Associate Director. CBA, Chartered Quantity Surveyors
'Andy McLeish came recommended through an architect friend. From the outset, we found him very pleasant and easy to deal with. He was professional in his approach to the job and made life easy for us by dealing with all the neccessary documentation and certificates. Our builder also found him easy and practical to deal with. We would have no hesitation in giving him a reference for any job.'
Bill & Elspeth MacKinnon - West Dron
'Thankyou for all your help in assisting us on this project (kitchen extension & alterations), we would be very happy to recommend your services to others. We were very impressed with your thorough drawings and working to our tight timescale.'
John & Val Pollock - Perth
'Drew, Sam, Archie, Rory and I would like to say a huge thank you for your part in making our dreams come true! We finally moved into our new kitchen and dining room extension a couple of months ago and what a wonderful difference it has made to all our lifes. Sam Archie & Rory now know how to sit properly and have dinner it is truly amazing. Thank you for your great ideas and your vision !
Thank you again and please dont hesitate to use us as reference for your future developments.'
Roz & Drew - Perth
'Thanks for the work you have done on the design of the brewery. From the outset you understood the short timescale we wanted work to. I was impressed not only that you got to work straight away but that the timescale was not a problem.'
Mark Procter - Strathbraan Brewery, Amulree