Thorne Wyness Architects

What we do...

Thorne Wyness Architects are an inventive and dynamic architects partnership based on the Isle of Mull and covering the West Coast of Scotland.We are interested in making the most of any situation and we listen carefully to our clients needs, drawing on the specifics of site and location. Our aim is to create sustainable and generous architecture and we are interested in projects of any scale or complexity. We have over 35 years of combined experience across our team in new-build, refurbishment, residential, commercial, retail, and hotel architecture.

Our specialist skills are in energy saving and environmental design and we can apply these skills to your project to varying degrees, depending on your needs and budget. We know that clients are increasingly environmentally conscious and that energy costs are a real concern.

We adopt a 'fabric first' Passive house approach in our designs; new-build or refurbishment which can result in the need for virtually no space heating. We also have extensive experience of using many different construction materials and techniques, including natural materials and breathable construction and we can carry out custom cold bridge analysis (PSI calculations) and moisture (WUFI) analysis for our clients, for other architects or construction professionals to test constructions rigorously. We are unique in that we are a rural practice that has a broad range of large project experience that we draw on to help us to solve design, cost and procurement problems. We are not scared of tackling complex technical issues should the need arise. Our Ulva Ferry housing and Riverside House projects are both technologically innovative; as they were among the first examples of Cross Laminated Timber buildings in Scotland.

Find our environmental policy here.

Working with Thorne Wyness

At the start of each project, your requirements for function, accommodation, aesthetics, site and budget need to be formed into a design brief. If you don't already have a written brief in this stage, then we can develop it with you, and make this process as thorough as possible from the outset.

Consultation will include formalising which rooms need to be where and what they will look on to, what materials will be used, where stairs and fire escapes are needed, what the preferred heating system might be and even which floors need carpets. This stage can even include discussions about lighting and internal details. During the design process, Jenny or Will will keep you updated with plans for discussion, revision and approval. We can use sketches, models, written descriptions, or computer models to explain the scheme. Working closely with your architect in these early stages is vital and ensures the smooth running of the project.

We are good listeners, proactive and friendly. We will take all your requirements on board and help you balance size, budget and quality. You will feel in control of your project, safe in the knowledge that we are using our wide range of experience to your benefit.

Budget for the Project

TWA will be able to help you fit your needs to your budget, our design process is flexible and responsive which means we help you balance what you need with what you can afford. Building costs can be confusing, 'Total Construction Cost' and overall budget for the project are not the same. Many builders will quote a price per square meter which excludes items such as driveways, kitchen and bathroom fittings, a septic tank and so on. This is useful for comparing your build costs with another project but not great for understanding your overall budget. Prices from kit suppliers also exclude further items such as cladding and internal wall finishes. We will help you to understand your overall budget which will include construction costs, professional and legal fees and expenses, the statutory charges for applications for planning consent and building warrants, a contingent sum for unforeseen events and other costs such as furniture, equipment, land acquisition and VAT.

The Construction Process

As Chartered architects we consider projects in terms of industry standard work stages. The end of each stage marks an important point in your project where you sign off on our work before we proceed. The stages are based on the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. Construction stages (F-L) include detailing and administering the build.


The initial appraisal and outline design stages (A-C) can be carried out as a stand alone feasibility study, with no further commitment.