History and Heritage

Our new Studio takes on a shop recently occupied by the Meadows Lamp Gallery that retained glimpses of fancy tiling and stained glass from its time as one of Scotland’s famous “Buttercup Dairy Co.” chain. A photo from a hundred years back showed other glories, and careful unpicking has revealed its wonderful brass, gilt and black glass sign, and the shopfront has been revealed and restored.

Buttercup Dairy, Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh, 1920
Stairwell at Fraser/Livingstone Architects, Edinburgh

MAIN CONTRACTOR / Davy Neave of Braidwood Construction. Stair by Alistair Letch, Handrail by Bob Logan.

TEAM / Fraser/Livingstone Architects and Helen Lucas Architects - Will Cairns.

COMPLETION / Summer 2020.

Pen drawing of Buttercup studio interior, Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh

The Working Studio

Inside was a different story, with no desire to conserve the charming Aladdin’s Cave interior, or lovingly restore the less-charming open-plan lavvies; and a modern, light-filled office, with a beautifully-turning stair bringing light into a new, lined basement meeting area, kitchen and toilet, has been created.

So we’re Buttercup Studios, with the compulsory wearing of 1920s smocks and pinnies being actively considered. And every day a parade of wee children stop at our window and appraise the models – home schooling.

The Meadows Lamp Gallery, Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh.
Downstairs toilet at Warrender Park road, Edinburgh
Father and son looking at architectural models in the window
Stair treads at buttercup studio
Staff Photo 2023
The former Buttercup Dairy - exterior view at night.  Now Fraser/Livingstone Architects studio, Marchmont, Edinburgh.