An architect has said he will appeal after a committee censured him for designing a faulty house.
Neil Rothnie has been erased from the Register of Architects after a woman from Cults complained the house he had designed was leaking so much water it would cost up to £50,000 to repair.
The Architects Registration Board (ARB) investigated the matter and two independent firms agreed the damage was down to poor building work.
Mr Rothnie said: “I am appealing this decision and continue to work hard for my loyal clients as I have done for over the past 30 years.”
An ARB conduct committee hearing took place in Edinburgh on October 30 and November 1 and a new report summarises its findings.
It said building work on the property designed by Mr Rothnie finished around December 2013 and the woman bought the property in March 2015.
“Shortly after the complainant moved in, she noticed a hatch in the ceiling of one of the upper-floor bedrooms which she considered unusual,” said the report.
It added: “She also became aware of water ingress into an upper-floor bedroom and its en-suite bathroom.
“It is alleged she repeatedly tried to raise her concerns with Mr Rothnie by phone, text and email, and visited his office, but he failed to adequately respond to her concerns.”
Initial work failed to resolve the issue so she instructed AG Bean Chartered Building Surveyors to look at it.
The firm found several problems including cracking at the property’s mortar joints. An independent survey commissioned by ARB agreed with AG Bean’s assessment.
It added: “The complainant stated persistent water leaking had caused her a great deal of stress, that it would cost in the region of £30-50,000 to repair permanently, and that her house was, in its present state, unsaleable.”
It said Mr Rothnie had engaged in the regulatory process, has said he will pay more attention to guidelines and that had taken steps “albeit inadequate” to help the woman and had expressed some sympathy for her position.