Edinburgh Architecture News in 2016, Lothian Buildings, Architects, Images, Scotland, Design
Edinburgh Building News 2016
Scottish Architectural + Construction Updates – East of Scotland Property
Edinburgh Architecture News 2016
Edinburgh News Archive
This page contains the archive for Edinburgh architecture news 2016. This site tries to provide an up-to-date resource on architecture in South East Scotland.
Langlee Primary School Building
9 May – Work on the new £10 m Langlee Primary in the Scottish Borders began today. The building will be built by McLaughlin and Harvey and is due to open in summer 2017. The new facility will be a three storey school with 14 classrooms, a centre for children with severe and complex additional support needs, provision for early learning and childcare, a sports hall and outdoor MUGA pitch.
EAA Awards 2016 Winners
6 May – The Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards were announced and presented at a drinks reception in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Thursday 5th May, attended by around one hundred architects, sponsors and their guests. The EAA Building of the Year Award for 2016 went to Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects.
Jordan Lane Property
6 May – Lynsay Bell Architecture has put forward an infill housing project of six homes in Morningside, Edinburgh, on behalf of Thistle Property Group.
Replacing an existing garage on Jordan Lane the scheme will be finished in buff ashlar natural stone to marry with the conservation area with natural finish timber cladding used for the ground floor in the form of wide vertical cladding boards.
Ettrick Road Flats
6 May – Morgan McDonnell Architects have tabled proposals to convert and extend a former hotel on Ettrick Road, Merchiston, to form ten flats.
This work will entail the demolition of later extensions to allow new build elements to be inserted to provide the required floor space whilst remaining subservient to the main building.
India Quay – Fountainbridge Development
6 May – Multi-million pound regeneration plans to transform an old Edinburgh brewery site into a thriving canal side community will go on show at an upcoming information event.
The EDI Group Ltd is inviting residents to an information event on Tuesday 10 May, from 3pm to 8pm, at Akva, 129 Fountainbridge, to present its updated plans to build 438 new homes as part of its long-term redevelopment of the former McEwan’s brewery site.
The £200 million India Quay development aims to create a unique canal side destination in the heart of the capital and will also deliver one of the largest build-to-rent schemes in Scotland over the next three years.
The information event will provide local residents, businesses and community groups an opportunity to find out more about updated details of the types of homes and apartments due to be submitted as part of a detailed planning application later this month.
Lynn Smith, head of development at The EDI Group, said: “India Quay is a major development site for the city of Edinburgh. Bringing a long-standing vacant site back into use will not only improve the city centre’s built environment it will also deliver a significant economic boost creating jobs and attracting inward investment.
“Having listened to what local people would like to see developed, we’re pleased to be submitting our detailed planning application and look forward to working with our partners to create a thriving community of high quality homes, shops, restaurants and mixed use spaces for future generations and visitors to enjoy.”
Residential plans being submitted for India Quay as part of the detailed planning application will include a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as 112 affordable homes. The three bedroom homes will be built in the traditional colony style, a favourite of the Edinburgh family market.
All of the homes will be professionally managed long-term in a single ownership, build-to-rent model offering a variety of apartment styles for residents, from young professionals and upsizers, with families and downsizers each having access to high quality living spaces, communal space, gardens and services.
Trinity Houses by Zone Architects
6 + 3 May – Zone Architects have secured planning permission on appeal to the Scottish government for the construction of five terraced houses within Edinburgh’s Trinity Conservation Area.
Replacing a rundown garage the £2.5m scheme will see retaining walls and drainage rebuilt to accommodate the new homes on a tight sloping site off Lower Granton Road.
Work Starts on Haymarket Development
5 May – The Haymarket development, Edinburgh’s prestigious £200m joint venture commercial scheme by Tiger Developments & Interserve, marked a major milestone in construction yesterday by ‘breaking ground’ as it progresses onto the next major development phase.
Giant See-Saw Controversy
images : Handout
4 May – Councillor Ken Gowans, the chairman of Inverness City Arts group, has quit in a row about a giant see-saw-like art installation in Inverness, reports the BBC. The councillor said he didn’t believe the proposed Gathering Place to be a viable concept. About 200 people have opposed it in a public consultation.
The arts group continues to review the River Ness project, as well as other arts schemes proposed for the city. Highland Council said a new chairperson would be appointed in due course. The Gathering Place would be designed to tilt gently up and down.
Kinnear Road Building by Richard Murphy
4 May – Richard Murphy Architects have submitted plans on behalf of AMA to build 16 flats on the site of an existing villa at Kinnear Road, Edinburgh, by developing a substantial garden plot.
Utilising changes in level to its advantage the proposed scheme will include a semi-basement car park above with a three storey smooth ashlar stone façade above presenting itself to Kinnear Road as an ‘understated’ response to the more flamboyant southerly elevation.
Richard Murphy Architects are currently completing a Rugby Pavilion for Edinburgh Academy just south off Kinnear Road.
Edinburgh School Buildings Check
3 May – The City of Edinburgh Council will appoint independent experts to check that the city’s schools are safe to reopen in a move that marks a significant departure from the previous system which saw builders approve their own work.
New Hearts Stand
3 May – Hearts already have more than half of the funding for their new main stand in place, with the entire redevelopment of Tynecastle set to cost between £11-12 m.
Club owner Ann Budge addressed a group of supporters last night to outline and discuss proposals for the venture, which will bring the capacity of the stadium to between 20-21,000 by the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Course
2 May – Plans for a £80m golf course development in Aberdeenshire backed by American golfer Jack Nicklaus have been approved by councillors.
Best 100 Buildings in Scotland Book
2 May – A new book documenting the best 100 buildings in Scotland over the past 100 years has been launched as voting opens for the public to choose their favourite.
Scotstyle – Building the Century
2 May – The RIAS’ nationwide touring exhibition of Scotstyle – Building the Century premiered at the Falkirk Wheel, marking the start of a tour throughout Scotland.
Vote for your favourite Scottish building of the past 100 years by visiting www.foa2016.com/scotstyle
The Ideal Hut Show
30 Apr – The Ideal Hut Show is launched. This touring exhibition features standard garden sheds transformed by leading architects and artists. For venues, dates and times visit www.foa2016.com
FOA 2016 Events
Festival of Architecture events across Scotland:
– REFLECTIONS : glass : water : art : science
30 April – 8 May in Selkirk
– Haiku the Noo: Architecture and the Space in between:
1 May – 18th Sept, Glasgow
– Guerilla Lighting – Training:
17 + 18 May, Findhorn
– Traditional Building Skills – Masonry:
18 May, Lanark
– The Vital Art:
19 – 28 May: Glasgow
– Building Blocks:
21 May – 18 June, Inverness
– William Leiper Exhibition:
26 May – 28 August, Glasgow
‘Back to the City’ Conference at the GSA
On 12 May 1976, Secretary of State for Scotland Bruce Millan announced the cancellation of the plans to expand the village of Stonehouse outside Glasgow into a new town with 40,000 inhabitants, and the redirection of the corresponding funds to the Glasgow Eastern Area Renewal (GEAR). After three decades, the era of new towns outside British cities was finally drawing to an end, and policy was increasingly focusing on the inner cities as a place of residence.
Glasgow School of Art Events
Eolas Travelling Pavilion
28 Apr – ‘Eolas’ is the Gaelic word for knowledge. This traveling pavilion aspires to promote the Festival of Architecture 2016 and to travel to all areas of the Glasgow Chapter, but more importantly reach as much people as possible from all different backgrounds.
Website: Eolas Travelling Pavilion
Konishi Gaffney Feature on Archinect
28 Apr – “I’m in Leith, a short distance from Edinburgh city centre, to interview Kieran Gaffney, one-half of the Konishi Gaffney work partnership with his wife, Makiko Konishi. Konishi and Gaffney met whilst working for Thomas Heatherwick in London. Gaffney was Heatherwick’s first employee, working as an architect on early projects from 1998 until 2004”, says Robert Urquhart.
“Why Edinburgh? “Edinburgh is the densest city in Europe in terms of architects,” explained Gaffney. “There are more architects here than anywhere else. So, first piece of advice, don’t move here unless you want competition. Some of the architects that I admire are here; Sutherland Hussey, Graham Massie, and Reiach and Hall are the best architects in Edinburgh and have got a culture of experimentation within their studio work”.”
27 Apr – In partnership with Orangebox, Tsunami Axis will host a seminar on achieving refined acoustics in the flexible and adaptable workplace. The seminar takes place on 18th May at the Tsunami Axis Edinburgh showroom – see events page for details
Edinburgh Gateway Railway Station and Interchange
26 Apr – SES Engineering Services has landed a substantial mechanical and electrical (M&E) role on the new Edinburgh Gateway railway station and interchange.
Working alongside main contractor Balfour Beatty, SES will provide full M&E services to the new station, including lighting, heating, ventilation and the Station Information and Surveillance System (SISS).
Located 9km to the west of Edinburgh and 4.8km from Edinburgh International Airport, Edinburgh Gateway is part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), a major Scottish transport project involving infrastructure improvements and the electrification of most railway lines between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Danger of Airtight Homes
26 Apr – Modern airtight homes can expose inhabitants to harmful levels of pollutants unless they are properly ventilated, experts have found.
Specialists at the Mackintosh Environmental Research Unit (MEARU) at the Glasgow School of Art found that modern homes can causes a build-up of harmful chemicals and moisture if householders do not open windows or vents.
Professor Tim Sharpe, head of the MEARU, said: “Poor indoor air quality, particularly in bedrooms, is hard for people to detect.
Market Street Hotel Building
25 Apr – Carlton Hotel Collection and EDI to deliver four-star hotel on Market Street. Edinburgh’s ambition to provide more luxury accommodation for future visitors received a major boost today, after work started on a new £20m four-star hotel in the city’s Old Town. The 98 room boutique hotel is the first venture in Edinburgh by European operator, the Carlton Hotel Collection, and is being delivered in partnership with The EDI Group Ltd.
Market Street Hotel Building Edinburgh
Work is due to start on the project next month to create a new St James Quarter with shops, hotels, leisure complex and apartments.
However a dispute over the legal process that granted developers TH Real Estate the right to purchase the site has now been taken to the Court of Session.
According to the Edinburgh Evening News, an appeal has been lodged against the decision of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) inquiry by Grosse Investments, a Jersey-registered company that collects ground rent from a portion of the site occupied by a John Lewis store.
Lawyers acting for Grosse Investments said the company was not seeking to block progress on the development, but it wanted to protect its lease, which is understood to be worth about £600,000 a year.
Dalkeith Country Park Restoration Yard
22 Apr – A £4m redevelopment of Dalkeith Country Park: a new retail, food, drink and wellbeing space, named the Restoration Yard, located in the park’s previous stableyard area alongside the new Fort Douglas playground.
The concept has been developed in conjunction with Amanda Pratt, designer and previous owner of Ireland’s retail and food experience, Avoca.
It promises two floors of shopping – embracing a diverse retail mix from lifestyle to fashion to children’s, alongside a dramatic, glass-walled restaurant space looking out across the river Esk – and it heralds Scotland’s first development emulating the signature, eclectic style synonymous with Avoca. A wellness loft will also feature, offering a range of activities focused on mindfulness, health and wellbeing.
22 Apr – A £1.9m grant from the Scottish Government awarded for Edinburgh Printmakers to create a new creative hub in Fountainbridge, designed by Glasgow architects PagePark.
It takes the art charity to 90% of its target £11m funding total, prompting it to appeal to the public to help raise the remaining £1m toward the capital costs for the build.
The abandoned structure – formerly home to the North British Rubber Company – will house a printmaking studio, two fully accessible galleries, dedicated learning spaces and a deli and wine bar. The designs also include a shop which will sell original art and a flat for an artist in residence.
CEO of Edinburgh Printmakers, Sarah Price said: “After a long search for a new home for Edinburgh Printmakers, we set our sights on Castle Mill Works as somewhere to create a contemporary and accessible arts centre offering a year-round public programme of exhibitions, events and learning experiences.
“Our plans for the building developed – as did our ambition. This significant award from the Scottish Government enables an additional extension to the existing building to house high-quality creative industry workshop and retail spaces that will support an estimated 50 creative industry practitioners. Operating as an incubator we plan to engage with local young people to raise awareness of the career opportunities within the creative industries.”
It is hoped the new centre will open to the public by late 2018.
Chapelton in BBC Documentary
22 Apr – Chapelton, Scotland’s largest planned new town situated five miles south of Aberdeen, is to provide a backdrop for a new BBC television series documenting emerging developments.
Pecha Kuch EDI v.33
The next session Friday 22nd April – see our events page.
21 Apr – Architect Malcolm Fraser criticises current procurement model as ‘PPP lite’ and has called for the procurement of school buildings to be returned to Scotland’s councils amid growing criticism of funding deals following the Edinburgh schools crisis.
Blackburn Partnership Centre
21 Apr – Construction of the Blackburn Partnership Centre will start in the next few weeks after the final contract was agreed. The new £8.2m building, which will be built next to the Mill Centre in Blackburn, will include health and council services as well as community services for local residents.
The Centre is being developed in partnership with West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian and services will include a GP practice, dentist, community centre (including sports hall and multi-purpose spaces), library, Customer Information Service (CIS) centre, employability service, community health centre, IT training suite, early years space, young people’s space and a credit union.
Edinburgh Garden District News
20 Apr – Plans for a 1,350-home development on green belt land on the edge of Edinburgh face an uncertain future after the plans were withdrawn from a council planning meeting.
Put forward by developer Murray Estates, the proposal was for the first phase of a 675-acre Garden District development on a 54-hectare site next to Royal Bank of Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters at Gogar Station Road.
The Redheughs Village development would eventually deliver up to 6,000 new homes over a 20-year cycle in a new urban district proposal which would include a school, shopping centre, sports facilities and green space.
However, the project was recommended for refusal in a City of Edinburgh Council report after planners concluded that the proposals would be “significantly contrary to the development plan” and would prejudice work on a replacement plan which is currently under examination.
The plans, which were submitted back in September, were due to be considered by the council’s development management sub-committee on Monday, but were withdrawn from the agenda after the applicant made a complaint about the contents of the report.
The report said: “The site is not needed to contribute to the five year effective housing land supply. The transport impacts of the development are not adequately resolved, meaning that the occupants of the development may be car dependent and there would be adverse impacts on the existing transport infrastructure in the area, for example, because of more congestion.
“The development would be prejudicial to the examination report of on the Edinburgh Local Development Plan and is, as a result, premature.”
Murray Estates had submitted a complaint to the council’s monitoring officer claiming that there were “factual errors and inaccuracies” in the report and some parts of it “read like a work of fiction”.
University of Edinburgh Biological Sciences Development
20 Apr – The University of Edinburgh has opened the bidding for contactors to redevelop parts of its School of Biological Sciences’ facilities on its King’s Buildings Campus, designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, with offices in Bath and London.
The ‘Building a New Biology’ project is a plan to grow the university’s research and teaching capacity. It plans to invest £140m in total over the next five years to develop buildings to create world-leading research cluster for biological sciences.
The foundation of the programme is the complete £90m redevelopment of the Darwin Building, a 10-storey 1960’s tower, to create a physical and metaphorical heart for Biological Sciences.
The re-engineered and re-clad building will provide laboratories for more than 350 researchers, an advanced technology hub and space to co-locate and support future growth in three strategic areas of research: Epigenetics; Infection and Global Health; and Synthetic Biology.
The works include a three-storey extension housing a lecture theatre, seminar spaces meeting rooms and a cafe.
Engine Shed Building – Whisky Distillery
21 Apr – An application to develop the Engine Shed building and site on St Leonard’s Lane into a small single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre has been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council.
Whisky expert, and former Master Distiller for The Macallan, David Robertson is behind plans to open The Holyrood Park Distillery – a £3.6m distillery and visitor experience in the heart of the capital.
It would be Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery since Glen Sciennes closed in the 1920s.
Aberdeen Housing Development
20 Apr – Aberdeen City Council has submitted a detailed planning application to build 369 residential flats at the old location of Summerhill Academy which has lain vacant for four years. The new £35m housing development is designed by architectural firm Norr Consultants.
Following the demolition of the school in 2012, supermarket firm Morrisons had been granted planning permission to build a store on the site, but pulled out in 2014 for commercial reasons.
It will consist of a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats to rent for those on lower income, with parking spaces for 296 cars.
Edinburgh’s Richard Murphy Architects win Cambridge Design and Construction Forum for Best Large Building in Cambridge 2015 for the Anglia Ruskin University Building, Young Street Campus.
The design makes a complete mini campus for the University. The two main entrances align with the gables of the Ragged School and the long New Street façade expresses the need for passive ventilation with a composition of chimneys inspired by the famous historic elevation on Trinity Lane in the City Centre.
Edinburgh Printmakers Funding News
19 Apr – Edinburgh Printmakers is poised to meet its £11m funding target for a new creative hub after securing a £1.9m grant from the Scottish government.
Craigmillar Student Accommodation
19 Apr – A disused office on Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, is to be demolished to allow development of 83 self-contained studio flats for students designed by Kenneth Reid Architects.
St Anne’s Parish Church
18 Apr – Extension to A-listed St Anne’s Parish Church in Corstorphine designed by LDN Architects, following a decision to consolidate operations.
Faults in all 17 Edinburgh Schools
15 Apr – Building defects and flaws have been uncovered in all 17 schools in Edinburgh closed for safety reasons earlier this month and some could remain closed until the summer, the council has revealed.
It has also emerged that the buildings not inspected by the city council before they were deemed safe.
City of Edinburgh Council leader, Andrews Burns, said the local authority had “undertaken all its legal responsibilities” and the schools had met “all the relevant building standards”.
He warned that some of the buildings may remain closed until PPP contractor Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP) could assure the council that they were safe and this could be after the summer holidays.
Andrews Burns said: “Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP) and its agents self-certified to the council, as they were entitled to do so, that the buildings complied with all the relevant building standards.”
Johnstone Town Hall Award News
15 Apr – Johnstone Town Hall in Renfrewshire has received the coveted Project of the Year Award at theRICS Scotland Awards 2016.
The town hall is an iconic £14.5 million modern facility delivering integrated services for the community and was also recognised for its positive impact in local area taking the Community Benefit category award.
Held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh yesterday, the RICS annual awards celebrate inspirational initiatives across the built environment. The Project of the Year Award is presented to the project which has been judged overall as an excellent example of best practice by professionals working in both the built and natural environments.
Chair of RICS Scotland judging panel, Colin Smith MRICS, said: “Johnstone Town Hall embraces the very essence of the RICS Property Awards. Not only does the project deliver a town hall which exceeds expectations, its design forms a well-mannered civic intervention which complements the local heritage and acts as a catalyst for wider investment in Johnstone’s town centre regeneration. The project team demonstrated an exceptional procurement methodology and from its very inception there was a real focus on exhausting all opportunities to engage with the community.”
The building, delivered by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with development partner hub West Scotland, is a flexible contemporary space providing a range of facilities including a library, theatre space, marriage suite, café and meeting rooms. The town hall also offers a range of council services alongside community partners Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support under one roof.
Eight additional category winners were selected from shortlisted entries from across Scotland. Other winners included Borders Railway, which took the Infrastructure award, Lews Castle, Stornoway, which received the Building Conservation award and The Helix & The Kelpies which received the Tourism and Leisure accolade.
All category winners will now automatically be entered in to the UK RICS Awards Grand Final, to be held at The Park Lane, London in October 2016, where they will compete against projects from across the rest of the UK.
“I would like to congratulate all category winners and our Project of Year, which is a fine example of how building projects can provide real benefit for the local and wider community.”
The full list of winners:
RICS Project of the Year, Scotland
Winner – Johnstone Town Hall, Renfrewshire
Winner – Lews Castle, Stornoway
Highly Commended – The Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh
Winner – Johnstone Town Hall, Renfrewshire
Highly Commended – Ronald McDonald House, Glasgow
Design through Innovation
Winner – The City of Glasgow College – Riverside Campus, Glasgow
Highly Commended – Dalmunach Distillery, Moray
Winner – Borders Railway
Winner – Pennywell (Urban Union), Edinburgh
Highly Commended – Panmure Street, Glasgow
Winner – Aker Solutions HQ Aberdeen International Business Park, Aberdeen
Winner – West Burn Lane, St Andrews
Highly Commended – New Build Mainstream & Supported Accommodation & Training Facilities for Veterans, Glasgow
Tourism & Leisure
Winner – The Helix & The Kelpies, Grangemouth
Centre for Scottish War Blinded in Paisley
15 Apr – Construction work on a new Centre for Scottish War Blinded in Paisley is to begin next month. The centre is the second to be designed by architects at PagePark following on from the award winning centre at Linburn, West Lothian, completed in 2012.
University of St Andrews Green Energy Centre
14 Apr – Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing has commended the University of St Andrews’ £25m green energy centre currently under construction at Guardbridge.
The biomass facility, using wood from sustainable local sources, is being built on the site of the former paper mill at Guardbridge and will pump hot water from the plant four miles underground to heat laboratories and student residences in St Andrews.
Contractual Liability for Closed Edinburgh Schools
13 + 12 Apr – Galliford Try has confirmed that it inherited “contractual responsibility” for four of the 17 schools closed in Edinburgh:
Edinburgh School Buildings
Perth & Kinross Council School Building News
14 Apr – Perth & Kinross Council has filed separate planning applications for the complete rebuild of Tulloch and Kinross primaries as part of a £23m modernisation drive.
Harris Academy Building
13 Apr – Holmes Miller Architects have reached practical completion at the £32m Harris Academy building in Dundee.
17 Edinburgh School Buildings Closed
12 Apr – Malcolm Fraser Architects discusses procurement of Scottish schools on the BBC today.
Hearts Grandstand Public Consultation
11 Apr – Hearts football club have published the first artist’s impression of a planned main grandstand at Tynecastle stadium which would add 3,000 seats, upping maximum capacity to 20,000.
Tim Gray GIA President
7 Apr – New Holmes Miller director Tim Gray is now GIA President for the next two years. Tim was joined by his colleague Isabel Garriga, who will be Vice-President during his tenure and is the GIA convenor for the RIAS’s Festival of Architecture 2016.
Scottish Regeneration Company Appoints New Managing Director
7 Apr – Susan Hallsworth has been appointed as Managing Director for the growing specialist regeneration company Urban Union.
Taking up the post this month, she brings over 15 years’ experience in the industry, specifically for companies who specialise in regeneration and public and private housing developments.
Full details on the Glasgow Architecture news page.
The Drum Scottish Design Awards 2016
6 Apr – The Scottish Design Awards have been awarding the best architecture in Scotland for well over a decade, please see this year’s nominations.
Homes for Scotland Awards Shortlist
Homes for Scotland Awards shortlist news
Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre
6 Apr – Oriam nominated for Scottish Design Award
image from architects
Oriam, Heriot-Watt Edinburgh Campus, designed by Reiach and Hall Architects.
Palace of Holyroodhouse Renewal
Tourist areas at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse are to undergo a £37m revamp, the Royal Collection has announced, reports The Guardian.
£10m allocated to renew Holyroodhouse: The outside space at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will be redeveloped, a new family room will be created inside the palace, the storytelling of the state apartments will be improved and the Abbey Strand buildings will be restored to house a learning centre.
The renewal architects for the the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be Burd Haward Architects, based in London.
The Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards promotes sustainability and resource efficiency in business – what is good for the environment is good for business.
The awards are open for all Scottish businesses and applications open on 21st April.
The Scottish Government announce that the SAQP has been enhanced and streamlined, together with the introduction of two new exciting Awards, celebrating the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016. Alex Neil MSP Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights has launched the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP) 2016.
They are for Personal Achievement in Planning and a People’s Choice Award.
Nominations for the awards close on 20th May 2016.
Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning
Building Scotland’s Future Hustings
Free event on 19th April 5.30pm – 8.30pm at The Wolfson Hall, Surgeon’s Hall.
A Scottish Parliament hustings for built environment professionals (by BEFS, ICE, RIAS, RICS and RTPI).
Holmes Miller Architects News
Tim Gray and Mark Ellson have been promoted to the role of director at Holmes Miller. They have shown outstanding design talent, enthusiasm and noteworthy experience in delivering successful projects for this Scottish architectural practice.
Kengo Kuma in Dundee
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has welcomed the “beautiful” progress on the V&A Museum of Design Dundee as he made his first visit to the construction site since work began.
Marking a year from the start of work on the £80.1 million project, Kuma led a walk-through of the building which now has its full footprint in place.
Examining work on the museum’s dramatic curved inner walls, the architect said: “This project is probably my most important because the V&A museum is one of the most important museums in the world.”
Mr Kuma declared that “great progress” was being made with the building, which is due for completion by the end of next year ahead of a planned public opening in June 2018.
The architect also hailed the wider £1 billion transformation of Dundee’s waterfront, saying that the completed project’s relationship with the River Tay will be equally as impressive as its relationship with the landscape.
Kengo Kuma said: “We are delighted that our vision for the V&A Dundee building, which was originally inspired by the beautiful River Tay setting, is now starting to take physical shape. Great progress is being made with the construction and already you can see the connection between the waterfront and the city is so much stronger. I am very proud to be part of this exciting development for the city of Dundee and Scotland and to be creating a museum that will inspire people to visit from the UK and beyond.”
2016 has been a busy year for ISA so far. They’ve changed their name, launched a new website and now are moving to bigger and better premises.
From Monday 11th April, the new address will be 4-5 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh, just around the corner from the Edinburgh Playhouse.
ISA, 4-5 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh EH7 5JH
Phone +44 0131 229 6444
Telephone, web and email addresses remain the same.
Glasgow City College Building
1 Apr – new photos of the Glasgow City College Riverside Campus building designed by Edinburgh’s Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects.
Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016
photo from Maggie’s Centres
1 Apr + 31 Mar – Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that architect Zaha Hadid, DBE died suddenly in Miami: she had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.
ZHA’s major work in the Scotland was Glasgow’s Riverside Museum.
She was also responsible for the Maggie’s Fife building at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.
University of Edinburgh Energy Centre Building
30 Mar – An £11m Combined Heat and Power centre to enable a University of Edinburgh campus to produce its own low-carbon energy.
The new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system, to be installed at the University’s Easter Bush campus, will provide electricity for the Roslin Institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
Kirkcaldy Premier Inn
30 Mar – Lawrence McPherson Architects have submitted plans to build a 60 bedroom Premier Inn hotel within the John Smith business park, Kirkcaldy.
Union Canal Apartments
29 Mar – Plans submitted by Oberlanders Architects to erect 11 flats on the site of a former industrial unit at Horne Terrace, on behalf of AMA. The building will back onto the Union Canal.
Woolmanhill Hospital Aberdeen
Plans have been revealed to transform one of Aberdeen’s most historic buildings into a 50-bedroom boutique hotel. Developers CAF Properties want to transform the 18th century Woolmanhill Hospital into a hotel and residential complex including 27 serviced apartments, 32 residential apartments and 10 affordable flats. The Grade A-listed Simpson Pavilion on Skene Street would be turned into a hotel, while the Stephen and Victoria buildings could be converted into serviced apartments.
Pop-up Cities Expo June 2016
Design and build competition for Edinburgh’s pop up pavilion to sit amongst others from major cities around Europe this summer.
The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) is inviting entries from Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) members for the design and construction of a 5m x 5m plan size ‘pop up’ type pavilion which will sit on the plaza beside the national gallery.
For the chosen design this is a very high profile opportunity with an international dimension.
The brief in summary:
The total budget for the chosen design and build is a maximum £30,000.
The designs should reflect Edinburgh and its future potential.
CEC will provide the display installation inside, but are looking to collaborate with the successful designer(s) on the details.
Submissions should be A3, and anonymous on the face side to aid judging but with entrants identified on the rear.
The closing date was 31st March 2016 (registration was due by 16th March).
Edinburgh School Building Defects News
30 Mar – Safety inspections will be carried out at schools built across Scotland by Miller Construction following the collapse of a wall at an Edinburgh primary. This feature on the BBC Scotland news last night.
St Kilda Visitor Centre Building News
30 Mar – Dualchas Architects with Reuilf Ramstad Architects of Norway collaborate on the design of a St Kilda visitor centre on the Isle of Harris in the Western Isles. A master plan concept is expected to be in place by the end of May.
29 + 25 Mar – Ashfield Land and Kirkwood Homes have lodged plans to build a £150m ‘town centre’ for the tiny hamlet of Blackdog, two miles north of Aberdeen’s city limits.
Serving as a gateway development for the ‘Energetica corridor’ project, a 30 mile long strip of development stretching out to Peterhead, the development will include 600 homes, offices, industrial units, supermarket, hotel and cinema.
A retail and leisure hub, with supporting business and industrial use, has been designed by Threesixty Architecture for Ashfield Land to the north whilst a residential section to the south has been designed by Optimised Environments (OPEN) and William Lippe Architects for Kirkwood Homes.
East Lothian Community Hospital
image from architect
26 Mar – Planning permission granted for the building of a new community hospital at Roodlands, Haddington. It is being developed by East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Lothian:
East Lothian Community Hospital Building
RIAS Awards / RIBA Awards for Scotland
24 Mar – The RIAS announce a 23-strong shortlist for its 2016 awards. The judging panel chaired by Willie Watt included Denise Bennetts, Alan Jones, Andy Leitch and Stuart McKill:
RIAS Awards / RIBA Awards for Scotland Shortlist
Royal High School Hotel Planning Permission Appeal
24 + 22 Mar – Duddingston House Properties have appealed against a council decision to reject the plan to transform the former Royal High School in Edinburgh into a £75 m hotel. DHP has lodged a formal planning permission appeal with the Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division just before an official deadline.
23 Mar – Located at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, the new Lanarkshire Beatson treatment centre designed by Keppie architects is now open.
Cardross Seminary Funding News
23 Mar – St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross transformation proposal for an arts venue and heritage destination awarded £4.2m of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Creative Scotland:
St Peter’s Seminary Funding
Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards Winners
22 Mar – A new community facility and visitor centre, designed by Shauna Cameron Architect, on the Isle of Luing, has won the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2016:
Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards Winners
EAA Awards 2016 Shortlist
22 Mar – The Edinburgh Architectural Association is pleased to announce that the following projects have been short listed for the 2016 EAA Awards.
In total 34 submissions were received. All projects are designed by registered architects and built within the chapter area, with exception to the Ambassador Award which is built out with the chapter.
Building of the Year:
– Murphy House, Hart Street – Richard Murphy Architects
– Solid House – Beecher Architect
– Westfield Avenue Phase Two – 7N Architects
Regeneration and Conservation:
– Rosyth Parish Church – City Architecture Office
– Saltcoats Steading – Aitken Turnbull Architects
– Woodhall House – Lorn Macneal Architects
– “It’s Bigger on the Inside” – David Blaikie Architects
– Newbattle Gardens – Craig Amy Architect
– Sydserf – Sutherland & Co Architects
– The Causeway – Konishi Gaffney Architects
– Forsinard Lookout Tower – Icosis Architects
– Riverside Campus, City of Glasgow College – Michael Laird Architects / Reiach and Hall Architects
– The Kirroughtree Visitor Centre – J M Architects
– York Art Gallery – Ushida Findlay Simpson Brown
– 9 Succoth Park – Goodburn Baillie (Architecture) Ltd
– Craigdon Mountain Sports Retail Facility – Oberlanders Architects LLP
– Edinburgh Academy Hockey Pavilion – Richard Murphy Architects
Semple Street Development Latest Addition To Edinburgh’s Exchange Financial District
image from developer
22 Mar – Work has started on a £24m development in Edinburgh’s vibrant Exchange district designed Michael Laird Architects which will provide 35,000 sqft of office space and 11,000 sqft of ground floor retail units:
Semple Street Development
Queens Quay Masterplan
22 Mar – The Queens Quay in Clydebank masterplan will be presented to West Dunbartonshire Council on Wednesday.
Detailed proposals have been put forward to planners outlining the vision for transforming the former John Brown’s shipyard, which has lain derelict for years.
Perth Theatre Restoration News
22 Mar – The restoration and redevelopment of Perth Theatre has started on site.
Project contractors Robertson Construction Tayside will be on site to carry out enabling works, which will include stripping out existing buildings and preparing to demolish sections to make way for the new extension. Completion is due in 2017.
RIAS Council Elections Nominations
There are four vacant places for nationally elected Incorporation Representatives on RIAS Council for the coming session. Members of the RIAS are invited to nominate Fellows and Members of the Incorporation to fill these vacancies.
The President, Willie Watt, hopes that members from all sections of the profession and of all ages will consider standing for election. However, should there be insufficient candidates to fill the vacancies the RIAS may make its own nominations.
Nomination papers must be returned to the RIAS by 5.00pm, Thursday 7th April 2016 accompanied by the candidate’s election statement of no more than 200 words. Nominations received after 5pm on 7th April will be invalid. Voting papers will be issued by email on Friday 15th April to be returned (by e-mail, fax or post) by 5.00pm on Friday 29th April 2016. The results will be announced at the Incorporation’s AGM in Edinburgh on Friday 13th May.
19 Mar – N.O.W.H.E.R.E. presents a collection of contemporary artist video work from Northern Ireland. The exhibition is a continuation of the gallery exchange with Catalyst Arts, an established artist run art project based in Belfast. Two of the IR11 gallery artists showed their work in Belfast in the Autumn 2015 and IR 11 will in response install the work of 4 video artists in Ocean Terminal.
19 Mar – Located on a peninsula overlooking the UK’s largest stretch of inland water, Loch Lomond: the viewpoint by BTE Architecture takes the shape of a triangular platform and is positioned at the end of a long curved path stretching form the car park to the highest point of the peninsula.
Pyramid Viewpoint at Loch Lomond
18 Mar – Amidst the stunning, brutal, Modern architecture of St Peter’s Seminary, audiences will discover aspects of the degraded building highlighted and animated through light installations, projection and sound elements. Comments and reports welcome this weekend.
City Region Deal + Funding for Buildings in Dundee & Helensburgh
17 Mar – Chancellor George Osborne has announced that a City Region Deal for Edinburgh and South East Scotland is being negotiated and pledged £10 m towards two building projects in Scotland.
Delivering his Budget to the House of Commons yesterday, the Chancellor said that fines levied from banks as a result of misconduct are to be evenly split to create a new leisure facility in Helensburgh and contribute to the fundraising campaign for the V&A Museum being built in Dundee.
The funding for the V&A project, which comes on top of a £12.5m contribution from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will make a major contribution towards the iconic museum reach its overall funding target.
Welcoming today’s funding announcement, Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop said the money would help ensure the project would play its full part in the regeneration of Dundee.
He said: “This is great news for the V&A and for the city as a whole.
“I am delighted the Chancellor has been able to find this money for Dundee in his Budget. It shows the UK Government is listening to Scotland and doing what we can to support important projects like the regeneration of the city’s waterfront.
“The V&A is a vital project, not just culturally, but also in terms of the part it can play in attracting jobs and investment into Dundee. An iconic enterprise like this will help put the city on the map, bringing in visitors and showing the world what Dundee has to offer.”
The facility in Helensburgh will be available for use by the local community and by members of staff at the nearby HMNB Clyde base at Faslane.
Based on the Helensburgh Pier Head – an integral part of the town’s waterfront – the new facility will benefit local residents in the town and surrounding areas who rely heavily on the naval base for their jobs, businesses and livelihoods.
Scottish New Homes Funding
17 Mar – The Scottish Government has unveiled a £50 m investment in charitable bonds over the next two years to provide support for almost 1,000 new homes.
Kingdom Housing Association in Fife, Eildon Housing Association in the Borders as well as Orkney Housing Association and Ayrshire Housing Association will benefit from this year’s £25m bonds. A further £25 million is earmarked for 2016-17.
Premiere screening on Sunday 20 Mar, 3:15pm.
For Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016, the Glasgow Institute of Architects have commissioned filmmaker Chris Leslie to create a new short film. (Re)Imagining Glasgow looks at Glasgow’s regeneration over the past forty years and the pledges made by the Corporation of the City of Glasgow: more details on the Glasgow Architecture website’s events page.
Park Quadrant Housing
14 Mar – Expresso Property has submitted revised plans for Park Quadrant, Glasgow , following a series of public consultations held around their original proposals.
Scottish Cities Alliance at MIPIM
11 Mar – Scottish Cities Alliance is to drum up interest in Scotland’s seven cities at MIPIM by showcasing a ‘Pitch Book’ of commercial property opportunities to investors.
Prospect North Exhibition
11 Mar – An ‘immersive exhibition’ created by Lateral North, Dualchas Architects and Soluis is to headline Scotland’s contribution to this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy.
Prospect North will explore the relationship between the places, culture, people and economy of Scotland with its northern neighbours through the display of interactive maps, narratives, portraits and images from the region.
Graham Hogg and Tom Smith of Lateral North said:”we are not only going to show the visitors to this year’s Scottish pavilion what Scotland is about, but we are going to take them to Scotland through immersive, dynamic and innovative technologies – technologies which are going to be at the forefront of architectural practice over the coming years.”
Dualchas director, Alasdair Stephen added: “Dualchas and Lateral North believe that Scottish architecture and art is comparable with our contemporaries in Europe. We want to take the opportunity of the Venice Biennale to demonstrate this to the wider world.”
Prospect North will be on show from 26 May to 25 June at Ludoteca Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in Venice before commencing a nationwide tour of Scotland.
Collective Architecture News
10 Mar – Collective Architecture has turned their attention southwards for their latest project, a major mixed use development in North Cheam, London, on behalf of the Home Group.
East Lothian Community Hospital
10 Mar – East Lothian Council has granted planning consent for a purpose-built community hospital in Haddington.
QMU Innovation Park News
4 Mar – Proposal unveiled for an £80 m Innovation Park next to the Musselburgh campus of Queen Margaret University (QMU).
A detailed business plan for the project is being drawn up by knowledge economy consultancy CAM-SCI as part of the University’s development strategy.
The University’s decision to retain the consultancy was made after a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) consultation in September 2015 saw support for the concept gather pace.
As East Lothian Council moves towards finalising the East Lothian Development Plan, QMU is progressing its vision for local and regional social and economic development around its campus, aiming to protect this land for the development of specialist facilities to support the food and drink sector.
Judy Murray Tennis Centre
11 Mar – Developers behind a multi-million pound tennis and golf centre near Dunblane are appealing against a council decision to refuse it planning permission.
Backed by Judy Murray and former Ryder Cup golf captain Colin Montgomerie, the £37.5 million project was to be located at Park of Keir, between Murray’s home town of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan on the outskirts of Stirling University.
The plans, which include a four-star hotel, visitor centre, museum, parkland and luxury housing, were rejected by Stirling Council last year amid fears the development could have a “significant detrimental impact” on a “sensitive landscape”. There was also a worry that the homes could “exacerbate affordability in the local area”.
However it has now emerged an appeal has been submitted to the Scottish Government by lawyers and consultants acting for Park of Keir Partnership.
A Scottish Government reporter will now carry out an inspection of the site.
Portobello High School Building News
11 Mar – The opening of the new Portobello High School may be delayed by around 4 months, from August 2016 to January 2017. The reason provided is an issue with securing a drainage connection with Scottish Water. However there is also a claim that the opening will go ahead as planned.
Construction of the school designed by jmarchitects will replace the ageing 1960s high-rise building on Duddingston Road. It was delayed for six years because of the disagreement over whether it should be built in Portobello Park. Start on site was October 2014 and the long white-rendered building will cater for around 1400 pupils. Contractors are Balfour Beatty.
National Galleries of Scotland Granton Building
11 Mar – The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) is pursuing plans for a multi-million pound complex on Edinburgh’s waterfront after being donated a parcel of land by the Scottish Government.
NGS intend to create a new National Collections Facility, a world-class purpose-built archive, conservation and research centre close to the site of the former Granton gasworks.
The National Galleries of Scotland’s collections of almost 100,000 works are stored in various sites, including a facility at the National Gallery of Modern Art and a small centre in Granton, close to where the National Museum of Scotland opened a new £12m facility last year.
The unused site – close to the listed former Granton gas tower and Edinburgh College’s campus – earmarked for the new development includes the remains of Madelvic, the oldest purpose-built car factory in the UK, which has been previously been earmarked for demolition, but could now be saved. Previously Malcolm Fraser Architects had worked on redeveloping that site.
A planning application is likely to be submitted by mid-2017, with construction expected to start before 2020.
The centre would be the next major project for the organisation following the planned completion of work to overhaul and extend the Scottish National Gallery in 2018.
Broughty Ferry Flats
8 Mar – Arktx have submitted plans drawn up on behalf of Broomvale to erect six new build flats on vacant ground off Queen Street within the Forthill Conservation Area of Broughty Ferry.
Buccleuch Place & Meadow Lane Student Residences
9 Mar – The £22m Buccleuch Place & Meadow Lane student accommodation project has started on site at University of Edinburgh. It involves the conversion and refurbishment of two grade B-listed tenement blocks and the construction of four new build accommodation blocks in the city’s Southside conservation area. Due to complete in by summer 2017, Graham Construction began preparatory work on the site in December.
BRE Scotland Office Design Competition
8 Mar – Clyde Gateway and BRE are launching a design competition, through a competitive PQQ and ITT process, to procure a contractor led design team to build the new flagship office for BRE Scotland. See the Glasgow Architecture site news page for more details.
Bathgate HQ Building
7 Mar – Aldi is to build a 21,500sq/ft extension to its Bathgate headquarters to oversee ongoing expansion of the budget supermarket chain which intends to open eight new stores through 2016.
Meadowbank Sports Centre
4 Mar – Plans to deliver a new Meadowbank Sports Centre could take a step forward next week as councillors discuss a report on how the new facility should be funded, reports Construction News Scotland.
The ‘Funding Package Proposal for a new Meadowbank’ report outlines the estimated investment required to transform the ageing sports venue which twice hosted the Commonwealth Games.
The estimated total project cost has now reduced to £41.1 million and the report recommends that the City of Edinburgh Council develops the detailed design which would allow the project to be tendered. This would then provide greater clarity on the funding gap required from the council capital investment programme – currently estimated at £5.98m.
The remainder of the funding would be achieved by generating capital receipts from the surplus land at Meadowbank, prudential borrowing and revenue savings from closing the facilities during the construction period. In addition, the council would make an application to sportscotland for funding.
Another benefit outlined in the report is that two areas of the site would be transferred to the council’s 21st Century Homes Programme providing affordable housing.
Scottish Property Awards Winners
4 Mar – Scottish Property Awards Winners – results: The best buildings, businesses and teams in Scotland’s commercial property sector have been crowned at the property industry’s largest celebration held in Glasgow last night.
The 3rd annual Scottish Property Awards, the independent programme which celebrates excellence in commercial property, revealed 18 winners across 16 categories with winners spanning the country.
Cove Rangers FC Building News
4 Mar 2016 – Architects Halliday Fraser Munro have designed a 312 seat main stand, pitch and associated facilities at Calder Park, Aberdeen, future home of Cove Rangers FC.
St James Centre Demolition News
4 Mar – Yes, it is finally happening at last. This will be a huge event not only for Edinburgh architecture but the whole city. The forbidding mass that clutches to the skyline in views from the north and east is at last to be demolished!
Major demolition works marking the start of the £850 million redevelopment of the St James Centre in Edinburgh are to get underway in May.
The site between Princes Street, Leith Walk and York Place will be transformed to make way for up to one million square feet of prime retail space, plus a 210-room hotel, car park, 30 restaurants, luxury apartments and a multi-screen cinema.
The five-star hotel, the design of which has been compared to a walnut whip, is at the centre of the scheme.
St James Quarter Edinburgh
Waterfront Plaza Leith Edinburgh by CALA Homes
3 Mar – CALA Homes has revealed conceptual plans for around 450 – 500 much needed homes as part of a wider residential led development proposal on a former industrial dockland site in Leith.
The housebuilder’s plans for its proposed ‘Waterfront Plaza’ project on currently disused land owned by Forth Ports, located opposite Ocean Terminal, would see the development of one to three bedroom apartments, townhouses and colonies to include 25 per cent on site provision of affordable homes
The development, which has already gained support from the shopping centre owners Resolution Property, will regenerate what is currently a vacant brownfield site while providing a substantial economic boost to the local area, as well as further contribution to encourage the expansion of the Edinburgh trams project.
Public Sector Buildings Energy Efficiency
2 Mar – A major programme to make public sector buildings more energy efficient gets underway today, reports Construction News Scotland.
Twelve suppliers have been appointed to a procurement framework to deliver energy efficiency retrofit works and services that will improve the energy performance of the public sector.
The suppliers will ensure buildings are fitted with modern, efficient technology that supports the Scottish Government’s ambition on energy demand reduction and tackling climate change.
All Scottish public sector organisations, registered social landlords and third sector will be able to access the scheme.
Craigmillar Housing Expansion News
1 Mar – A deal has been agreed between The EDI Group Ltd and housebuilder Cruden Homes to build a further 148 new homes in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, reports Construction News Scotland.
The vacant site on Niddrie Main Road is the final phase in the Wauchope Square Masterplan area which is part of EDI’s wider regeneration of Craigmillar. The agreed sale will enable Edinburgh-based Cruden Homes to submit plans for a mixture of high-quality private and affordable housing.
The site adjacent to Richmond Church will include a balanced mix of one, two and three bedroom properties.
CIH Scotland Conference 2016
Prospective delegates don’t have long left to take advantage of the 10 per cent early bird discount for the CIH Scotland Conference 2016.
For the first time the conference heads to Edinburgh’s EICC and will take place over two packed days in March 2016.
1-2 Mar 2016
Venue: EICC Edinburgh
More details on the events page.
Concrete Falls in Love
Professor Remo Pedreschi, from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, is delighted to invite you to Concrete Falls in Love, a Geddes Fellow public lecture and drinks reception with Mark West.
2nd March 5:30pm – 6:30pm (reception from 6:30pm)
Venue: Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinbrgh
Cost: Free, registration required
Dundee School Building News
1 Mar – A £28.7 million replacement for Baldragon Academy in Dundee designed by Holmes Miller Partnership has started on site, reports Construction News Scotland.
Dundee City Council is funding £10.6m towards the new secondary, with the rest being provided by the Scottish Futures Trust.
The new building is due for its first intake of pupils in early 2018. It will form part of an educational campus for the area which will include the new primary and nursery, due to open in October2016.
1 Mar – Arc Architects have drawn up tentative plans to regenerate the ‘backlands’ of Cupar, Fife, on behalf of the Cupar Development Trust ahead of a public consultation. Composed of 39 affordable housing, two live/work units and creative space for design industries the £7m development, reports Urban Realm.
Market Street Hotel Building
photo : Phil Wilkinson
29 Feb – Budget hotel chain Premier Inn has invested £35 million into Edinburgh with three new hotels and ongoing refurbishments and extensions reports Construction News Scotland.
Two of the hotels, located in the Old Town off the Royal Mile on (New) Market Street, will open at the end of this month, including the first hub in Scotland with 121-bedrooms, and adjacent, a 127-bedroom Premier Inn. Scheduled to open in late Spring will be a 127-bedroom Premier Inn hotel in the New Town in York Place taking the total number of hotels in the city to 14, with over 1500 rooms.
Old Town Closes
29 Feb – Edinburgh World Heritage has named 12 Old Town closes which are to be given a makeover as part of a programme of infrastructure and environmental improvements, reports Urban Realm.
Edinburgh Building Photos
28 Feb – new photographs taken around the city today by architect Adrian Welch:
Blackhall House Extension
photograph : Paul Zanre
26 Feb – David Blaikie Architects have completed an angular extension to a suburban Edinburgh home, doubling the size of the existing property by providing a new kitchen, dining and living space.
UNESCO Edinburgh Planning Law Demand
25 Feb – UNESCO has called on the UK government to demand changes to Edinburgh’s planning system in order to preserve the Old and New Towns, two of six UNESCO sites in Scotland.
Mechtild Rössler, director of world heritage at UNESCO, had “strong concern” about urban conservation in the capital, citing worries including the “ribbon” hotel in the St James development, reports Construction News Scotland.
In a report sent to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in November, but which has only come to public attention now, it said “current planning and approval paradigms should be revised”. Dr Rössler’s letter was described as significant by James Simpson, a member of the UK committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites.
Perth City Hall Building News
25 Feb – Plans to convert Perth City Hall into a food market collapsed yesterday after developers failed to convince councillors of the project’s financial viability.
University of Edinburgh Campuses Building News
25 Feb – Ambitious plans to transform the University of Edinburgh’s campuses have been boosted by a £200 m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The loan, together with £100m from a US investment fund, will provide £300m of new investment capacity to support a range of building and refurbishment projects over the next 10 years. The investment will strengthen Edinburgh’s reputation as a global leader in education and research.
The loan agreement, signed this morning by Edinburgh Principal Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea and EIB Vice President Jonathan Taylor, will allow the University to step up its £1.5 billion building programme.
Projects in the 10-year plan include a new home for the School of Biological Sciences, the creation of a Data Technology Institute – part of the Alan Turing Institute – and a refurbishment of the historic School of Law at Old College.
RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition 2016
24 Feb – The eighth annual RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES exhibition will take place at the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries in Edinburgh from 5th to the 30th March 2016. Showcasing 61 graduates selected from the degree shows in 2015; this carefully curated exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see the best of Scotland’s emerging talent under one roof.
• Sixty-one of Scotland’s best emerging artists & architects
• Exhibition prizes with total value of over £40,000
• £10k residency prize with Glenfiddich
• £14k Fleming-Wyfold Foundation Bursary
• Selected artists will also exhibit at New Scottish Artists exhibition in London
RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland Submission Deadline
23 Feb – Submission Deadline is Friday 26th February for the 2016 RIAS / RIBA Awards: more details on the Glasgow Architecture website news page.
Help to Buy Scheme News
24 Feb – The year-on-year growth in house purchase lending in Scotland reported today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders has been welcomed as a signal of optimism for the sector by the country’s home building industry: more news on the Glasgow Architecture website news page.
Colinton Road Homes
24 Feb – Yeoman McAllister Architects have submitted plans for 34 homes on the site of existing garages at 116 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, on behalf of Eastern Properties and Westerwood.
Fife Council Planning Issue
23 Feb – Fife Council is once again squaring up for another battle against a planning appeals system that it says is “undermining local democracy”, reports Construction News Scotland.
A proposed development at Milldeans Farm, Glenrothes, for approximately 300 houses was rejected by the local authority through the Local Development Plan process (FIFEplan) in 2014, and through a further planning application, considered by the council’s Central Planning Committee on 18 November 2015.
The objections to the non-inclusion of the site in FIFEplan and the appeal by the developer about the refusal of planning consent are currently before Scottish Government reporters.
In a further twist to the process, Scottish Ministers have ruled that the planning appeal should be taken out of the reporter’s hands and that they will decide whether the controversial development should go ahead.
In a letter received by Fife Council, the Scottish Government has stated that Scottish Ministers will now recall appeals for all proposals of 100 houses or more to monitor how national policy is being implemented.
This is the first appeal that has been recalled in Fife, and comes on the back of repeated calls from Fife Council for greater local democracy as part of the current review into the planning system in Scotland.
Website: Fife Council Planning Issue
Forth Road Bridge Full Opening News
23 + 20 Feb – The Forth Road Bridge reopened to heavy goods vehicles on 20 Feb, after complex repair works were completed as planned and monitoring showed the load-bearing capacity of the structure has been restored. New brackets and cables are now taking the load at the critical northeast, southeast and southwest main span tower legs:
Forth Road Bridge News
Gareth Hoskins’ Memorial – 19th March, Edinburgh
23 + 18 Feb – A public memorial will be held for Gareth Hoskins who died on 9th January, 2016, reports the RIAS. His family and colleagues extend this invitation to all and hope you can join this celebration of his life and outstanding achievements.
Date: Saturday 19th March 2016
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Venue: National Museum Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Please arrive by the front entrance
The family would be most grateful if you could RSVP by the 4th March to rsvp(at)hoskinsarchitects.com.
PH2O Project News
23 Feb – Plans for a £25m sports complex in Perth are still progressing although a huge funding shortfall is to be overcome if the project is to progresa. The PH2O project would have seen the current leisure pool and Dewars Centre razed and a new joint centre built in its place. But with only £10m raised in challenging financial times, the project has been significantly scaled back.
Quartermile Building News
22 Feb – Quartermile Developments has begun on delivery of the £35m final phase of office development in the mixed use master plan for the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Torpichen Street Hotel Building
19 Feb – CDA Architects have submitted plans for a 150 bedroom hotel at Torpichen Street, Edinburgh, on behalf of Axcel Hospitality.
Brechin Community Campus Building News
18 Feb – Pupils and staff have taken possession of the £26.5m Brechin Community Campus following completion of phase 1 work at the JM Architects designed school.
Union Square Aberdeen
18 Feb – Benoy have unveiled illustrative plans for a £200m expansion of Aberdeen’s Union Square shopping mall on behalf of Hammerson, with an application for planning in principle for a new hotel and expanded retail, cinema and multi-storey car park.
This envisages a 120 bed hotel tower of up to 72m over 15 storeys rising above a parking and retail deck, possibly fronting onto Market Street.
Caltongate Building Progress
photo © Adrian Welch
18 Feb – Photos of the new Market Street arches and new building at the corner of Jeffrey Street and Market Street:
Caltongate Building Photos
Broadford Works Urban Village
17 Feb – Cooper Cromar have submitted plans to transform Aberdeen’s Broadford Works into an ‘urban village’ constituting 890 homes and associated leisure, crèche/nursery, restaurant, cafe and bar.
17 Feb – Double S Events is excited to announce that “Architecture Meets Art”, better known as #AmeetsA, is back with a new exciting theme that is aimed at inspiring the Scottish community of architects, designers, artists, photographers, and in fact of the whole of the UK: more news on the Glasgow Architecture website news page.
£1 Billion Transformation Of Dundee Waterfront
17 + 15 Feb – image added – ‘Our Enterprise’ is to become Dundee City Council’s preferred development partner for a £20 million investment in the city’s remarkable waterfront regeneration project. The scheme is part of the £1 billion development of the Scottish city’s waterfront which will see it transformed into a world leading waterfront destination for visitors and businesses.
Dundee Building News
Scottish Civic Trust Six Point Action Plan
16 Feb – Action Plan for the Next Scottish Government in anticipation of the Holyrood 2016 elections. The Scottish Civic Trust is the national body for the civic movement in Scotland. It engages proactively with local civic groups across Scotland and regularly comments and campaigns for the improvement of Scotland’s individual buildings and areas of distinction:
Scottish Civic Trust Action Plan
Leith Fort Housing
16 Feb – CCG are to move on-site at a development of 94 affordable homes at Leith Fort, as part of a joint venture between Port of Leith Housing Association and City of Edinburgh Council.
Hampton by Hilton Fountainbridge Hotel
15 Feb – A deal has been signed to bring a 228-room hotel to the Fountainbridge regeneration scheme in Edinburgh, reports Construction News Scotland. Property developer Grosvenor has sold a site at the project to Queensgate Hotels, which plans to operate the hotel under the Hampton by Hilton banner. The site has an existing hotel planning consent from Edinburgh City Council. The hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2017.
Calton Hill Building News
15 Feb – Plans to transform Edinburgh’s former Royal High School into a new music school and concert venue have been endorsed by Historic Environment Scotland. The design is by Richard Murphy Architects and Simpson & Brown:
Former Royal High School Edinburgh Alternative Design
Pop-up World Cities Expo June 2016
15 Feb – As part of the 2016 Festival of Architecture and the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, cities from around the globe have been invited to design pavilions to be located in Mound Square, the very centre of Edinburgh, in early summer 2016.
The exhibition builds on the universal success of the temporary pavilions and the popularity of the present-day pop-ups. Architects will rise to the challenge of creating innovative and engaging pop-up designs that will capture the public’s imagination.
There will be up to 14 pavilions, one of these will represent Edinburgh, and the designer will be chosen from Architects within the Edinburgh Architectural Association.
In two weeks, a competition brief will be issued with the full criteria. The pavilion is to be provided on a design and build basis, to a budget. It also has to be built in place by mid-June, and time will be tight.
Source: Edinburgh Architectural Association
Toronto Primary School Building News
15 Feb – £2.5m West Lothian primary school extension designed by Collective Architecture on site – more at our Edinbrugh Schools page.
Robert Davies. Development
15 Feb – ‘Development’, Robert Davies’ photographic study of coastal Edinburgh, is moving to Interview Room 11 from 19th Feb for three weeks.
‘With this body of work I set out to explore the changing edge of a city, and in doing so found a coastal landscape in limbo. One of stalled housing developments and dislocated communities – a landscape of unfinished visions, uncertain of its future and disconnected from its past.
Interview Room 11 Edinburgh Architecture Event
Alexander Thomson Scholarship
13 Feb – Alexander Thomson Scholarship Deadline Extension: now 22nd February
The Glasgow Institute of Architects, as Trustees for the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, announce an extension to the £1200 Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson Scholarship. The deadline for entries is now the 22nd February 2016 – more on the Glasgow Architecture site’s news page.
RBS HQ Entrepreneur Suite
12 Feb – A plush office built for Fred Goodwin when he was chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland has been turned into office space for entrepreneurs. The “executive wing” at the bank’s Edinburgh headquarters has been occupied by those setting up in business.
Scottish Design Awards 2016 News
11 Feb – The deadline to enter the The Drum Scottish Design Awards 2016 is fast approaching. With just under three weeks to go, it’s time to get started on your entries.The awards reward the top architecture firms and design agencies for their contribution to the country’s historic and contemporary design. The Scottish Design Awards 2016 aim to celebrate creativity and beautiful ideas within Scotland’s design industry.
Scottish Design Awards
Edinburgh Accies Development News
11 Feb – The £16m Edinburgh Accies development faces almost certain delay after members of a nearby sports club, Grange Cricket and Sports Club, voted to assert their legal right to a strip of land just two feet wide, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
The Accies’ controversial scheme could be held to ransom for as much as £1m as a result of the legal wrangle, which centres on a thin slice of land between the south end of the Accies’ ground in Stockbridge and Comely Bank Road.
Read more: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/edinburgh-accies-and-grange-heading-for-ransom-strip-clash-1-4027479#ixzz3zrfAJFJC
Back on 25 Feb 2013 we reported that Michael Laird Architects had submitted a revised detailed planning application to redevelop Edinburgh Academicals’ Raeburn Place sports ground.
The oldest rugby club in Scotland planned to create a 2,500 seat stadium, clubhouse and museum, plus a number of retail units fronting Comely Bank Road and Stockbridge.
9 Feb – Hinterland Music Commission
The contemplative heart of Hinterland is a composition by one of Scotland’s finest composers Rory Boyle. Rory has recorded the work with St Salvator’s Chapel Choir from the University of St Andrews, trumpeter Bede Williams and percussionist Tom Lowe, then joining in the studio with Alistair MacDonald to manipulate the sounds electronically and matrix them to different parts of the building.
Arts & Crafts House in Glasgow
9 Feb – Helensburgh Drive House Extension by Ewan Cameron Architects to an existing Arts & Crafts terraced property in Jordanhill.
“Frameless glazing and an over-sailing white canopy create a light and elegant modernist internal space and a Kyoto inspired external terrace. A recessed blinds track inside the internal perimeter contributes further to the clean lines and seamlessness of the design.”
Edinburgh’s George Street Makeover
7 Feb – New spaces for festivals, events and pavement cafes will be created as one of Edinburgh’s flagship thoroughfares gets a radical overhaul, reports the Edinburgh Evening News. An ambitious vision for George Street, the centrepiece of the New Town, will see pedestrians and cyclists given much greater priority.
Read more: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/continental-makeover-planned-for-edinburgh-s-george-street-1-4023162
Museum of Childhood Renewal
6 Feb – the Museum of Childhood is set for its first transformation in 30 years, as its ground floor is completely revamped into a modern fun factory for children.
V&A Dundee Building News
6 Feb – progress photos of the V&A in Dundee as it starts to emerge from the ground.
Edinburgh Architecural Photos
6 Feb – recent photos of St Andrew Square buildings:
Glasgow University Plans
5 Feb – Glasgow University unveil their £1billion project to expand the campus over the next 10 years, reports the Glasgow Evening Times. They aim to transform the West End into a ‘museum quarter’ . The university are in the process of completing a mass planning exercise which will look at how the site – not just the Western Infirmary but the whole of Gilmorehill – will be redeveloped.
Glasgow University £1billion Plans
Forth Bridge Experience
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3 Feb – Plans to build a visitor centre and bridge walk at the Forth Bridge are on hold after Network Rail admitted “non-core railway opportunities” are now less of a priority.
The £15m Forth Bridge Visitor Centre proposal was designed by WT Architecture. It included a North Queensferry based visitor centre and lift and a South Queensferry based facility for bridge walkers.
Scottish Design Awards News
The Scottish Design Awards 2016 are now in their 19th year and are Scotland’s most prestigious awards for architecture firms and design agencies. We aim to reward creativity and beautiful ideas within Scotland’s architecture and design industry.
Deadline for entries: 5pm Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Contact Pepe Terry on +44 (0)141 559 6078 or email@example.com
Waid Academy Building News
3 Feb – BAM Construction has begun work on the new Waid Academy and community hub at Anstruther, Fife. Designed by BDP the campus will include community facilities such as a library, council offices and police station on the ground floor with primary and secondary schools arranged over two floors above, reports Urban Realm.
Aberdeen Airport Terminal Expansion
1 Feb – First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP today visited Aberdeen International Airport to unveil details of what will be the single largest investment in the airport since the current terminal opened its doors in 1977.
A total of £20 million will be invested in the airport resulting in a 50% increase in the size of the terminal building and with it, a comprehensive transformation of current passenger facilities.
For more information: Aberdeen Airport Terminal Expansion
Higgs Centre for Innovation in Edinburgh
28 Jan – Graham Construction began its work to deliver the Higgs Centre for Innovation yesterday as the final designs for the building were unveiled at Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory where the new centre will be housed.
The Higgs Centre for Innovation is named in honour of Professor Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh, who received the Nobel Prize for his prediction of the existence of the Higgs Boson which was discovered at CERN in 2012.
Raeburn Place Redevelopment
28 Jan – Robertson has been appointed to lead the redevelopment of Raeburn Place, the iconic Edinburgh sports ground which hosted the world’s first international rugby match, reports Construction News Scotland.
They were selected as principal contractor by Raeburn Place Foundation’s development arm following a competitive process.
Raeburn Place in Stockbridge, secured its place in history by hosting the first rugby international in 1871 and the first Calcutta Cup match in 1879. It is home to Edinburgh Academicals, Scotland’s oldest rugby club and the second oldest in the world.
Plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment include a covered 2,500-seater stand, a new rugby pitch, mini training pitches, changing rooms, a sprint track, purpose-built gym, medical and physiotherapy rooms. A cricket field will be reinstated along with practice nets, a sustainable surface draining system and upgraded floodlighting.
Architectural Conservation Masterclass at the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies
Thursday, 28 Jan, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by wine & nibbles reception)
Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art
Perspectives on political, legal and historical conflicts over cultural landscapes: the case of the Dresden Elbe Valley
Bénédicte Gaillard, Consultant and Political Scientist
see Events page for details
Scottish Society of Architect Artists Exhibition
“The Vital Art” – an exhibition of work by architect artists.
Special artworks by Scottish and European architect-artists will be displayed along with several items on the theme of Innovation Architecture and Design.
Free, until 6 Feb 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm at The Meffan, 20 West High Street, Forfar
New Scottish School Buildings News
25 Jan – The final phase of £1.8bn Scottish schools plan announced: Nicola Sturgeon confirms 19 new schools will be built across Scotland by March 2020.
Homes for Scotland Student Design Competition
25 Jan – Coinciding with 2016 being the year of Architecture, Design and Innovation, industry body Homes for Scotland has launched its first student competition encouraging innovative home designs suitable to meet future zero carbon requirements, reports Construction News Scotland today.
Aberdeen City Centre Buildings
22 Jan – The planning, design and development principles behind a project designed to revitalise public transport and pedestrian links in Aberdeen have been given the go-ahead by councillors.
Aberdeen City Council’s communities, housing and infrastructure committee approved a report for the Station Gateway, which aims to improve public transport, cycling and pedestrian connectivity and activity in the area around the city’s Rail Station, Union Square, Guild Street, Atholl House, and The Trinity Centre.
The development forms a crucial part of the City Masterplan, which is a 20-year blueprint for the future development of the city centre involving close collaboration between the public and private sectors.
The report asked committee members to approve the Draft Development Brief for consultation with key stakeholders over a four week period which starts on 25 January 2016.
21 Jan – Work on Edinburgh’s newest railway station is progressing well with the Tram/Train interchange on schedule to open by the end of the year, Network Rail has said.
The new Edinburgh Gateway interchange is part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) which will see the electrification of central Scotland’s railway infrastructure delivering increased capacity and faster speeds on key routes.
Work has been underway on site at Gogar since January 2015 on the new £41m station which will serve passengers from Fife and the north accessing Edinburgh airport and interchanging onto the Tram network. The station is due to open in December 2016.
Edinburgh University Data Technology Institute
20 Jan – News re The University of Edinburgh Data Technology Institute, designed by Bennetts Associates.
The £28 m building is to go on site in February. It is the third and final phase of the University’s Potterrow development, following the completion of the Informatics Forum and Dugald Stewart Building. It will complete the urban block and courtyard of the original scheme.
The new building received detailed planning consent in June 2015. It will house occupants from across the University, its start-up and spin-out companies, and industrial collaborators. The building has four to six floors of accommodation around an atrium.
Completion of the building is due in late 2017. The project team includes Faithful & Gould, Turner & Townsend, Buro Happold and Ironside Farrar.
Gareth Hoskins Tribute
20 Jan – Argyll & Bute Council is to dedicate Helensburgh’s Hermitage Park to late architect Gareth Hoskins following the award of a £2.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Grant funding will go toward a new pavilion designed by Hoskins Architects, restoration of an A-listed war memorial, Japanese garden and wishing well, plus a new sports facility and children’s play area.
Scottish Home Building
20 Jan – 40,000 Scottish jobs could be created by end of next Parliament if home building returned to pre-recession levels.
As it’s revealed that over 100,000 new jobs were created in England last year as result of a massive increase in home building, the industry here said Scots could similarly benefit if the same action to stimulate construction is taken north of the border.
This is confirmed by the findings of a major recent research report which identified that nearly 40,000 new jobs could be generated by the end of the next Scottish Parliament if home building levels in Scotland were to return to pre-recession levels.
Philip Hogg, Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland, said:
“Today’s English figures underline the positive impact which comes from the building of much needed homes. Research has also shown that every home built in Scotland supports over four jobs but the benefits go much wider than just employment and the contribution to our economy. Ensuring we have enough homes to properly house Scotland’s growing population also means improving access to fit-for-purpose and energy-efficient homes as well as supporting better health and education outcomes.
“But home building levels are still currently 40 per cent below that of 2007, exacerbating the housing pressures that are particularly affecting our young people and growing families, and which, unfortunately, show no sign of abating.
“This is why we are calling on the next Scottish Government to manage a return to at least pre-recession levels of building which would mean the delivery of at least 100,000 new homes by the end of the next parliamentary term based on an annual average growth rate of ten per cent. We believe this is an ambitious but achievable target and have already set out to politicians of all parties the action which needs to be taken to make it happen.
“Clearly, providing more ‘affordable’ homes will be a key element in tackling our country’s chronic undersupply but this alone will not address the housing crisis. With the majority of Scots still aspiring to home ownership, a balanced housing policy which places equal emphasis on having enough homes of all tenures is vital.”
Royal Highland Show Building
19 Jan – The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society has submitted plans to demolish its existing MacRobert Pavilion at Ingliston in order to develop a new multi-purpose facility.
Designed by 3DReid Architects, the proposed building will be used for a range of functions and events including the main Royal Highland Show in June and throughout the year.
The building is split over two levels with public function suites situated on both floors. All public spaces face the main arena and open out onto the public lawn or onto the first floor terrace.
Dundee National Performance Centre for Sport
19 Jan – Dundee’s plans for a National Performance Centre for Sport were rejected in favour of a facility in Edinburgh
A new £17 m regional sports facility in Dundee could come a step closer next week if a tender for preparatory works gets the go-ahead.
Councillors will be asked to approve £850,000 of works by Tayside Contracts at and around Caird Park, the site of the new Regional Performance Centre for Sport.
Village Shop and Cafe in East Lothian
19 Jan – Humbie Hub in East Lothian by Lee Boyd Designers + Architects, Edinburgh.
Residents in the village of Humbie, in East Lothian, have welcomed the recent opening of the new Humbie Hub in the heart of the village.
Sutherland Hussey Harris News
14 Jan – News this week for this project: Saughton Park and Gardens is a hidden gem in the south west of Edinburgh are plans are underway to restore and improve this historically important park:
Saughton Park and Gardens in Edinburgh.
Sutherland Hussey Harris shortlisted for 2 sites in a RIBA competition in Brighton.
Fountainbridge Housing News
14 Jan – The City of Edinburgh Council has granted planning consent for plans by The Grosvenor Group to build up to 400 new homes at Fountainbridge.
The architects on the scheme are CDA and HTA.
Consent unlocks the potential for its proposed build-to-rent scheme in the former industrial area close to the city centre.
The group has already completed the first phase of the development at Springside which comprises 250 homes, including homes for sale, affordable homes for the ‘frail and elderly,’ serviced apartments and two student residences providing accommodation for over 600 students. Grosvenor has also delivered 46 private rented homes that demonstrate an appetite for well-managed and well located rental properties.
In addition to new homes, this consent includes plans for a new public square, community spaces and commercial and retail space.
Grantown-on-Spey Visitor Centre
13 Jan – A new visitor attraction in Grantown-on-Spey has been approved by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).
The development will see the former Grantown East railway station revitalised, and the creation of a Highland Games demonstration area.
Flood Protection Plan
13 Jan – A plan to protect homes, businesses and communities from flooding has been launched by environment minister.
The Flood Risk Management plan contains 14 local strategies and proposals for 42 flood protection schemes or engineering works planned for 2016-21 and a range of other flood alleviation measures. This will be supported by investment over the first cycle of £235m on measures to protect up to 10,000 properties.
Following recent flooding as a result of Storm Frank, the minister, Aileen McLeod, said the plans show the Scottish Government is committed to helping communities recover and protecting communities against future risks.
This follows on from the £12m investment announced by first minister Nicola Sturgeon over the weekend which will be made available to help areas affected by severe weather across Scotland.
December 2015 was the wettest on record.
Through this risk-based and plan-led approach the strategies aim to improve flood management for Scotland.
Selkirk has the first major flood protection scheme to be approved under the new Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act, and the project has already proved its worth in protecting the town during storms Desmond and Frank, despite being only half completed.
RIAS/RIBA Awards 2016
13 Jan – RIAS Awards / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2016 – Call For Entries
Gareth Hoskins News
Gareth Hoskins, OBE, B. Arch (Hons), Dip Arch, M. Arch, RSA, RIBA, FRIAS died on Saturday following a heart attack aged just 48. Reports suggest he has been in a coma since the heart attack.
Straiton Film and TV Studio News
11 Jan 2016 – Developers behind an £850m development on the site of the St James shopping centre in Edinburgh are trying to block plans for a new film studio on the outskirts of the capital – amid fears it is a front for a retail development, reports The Scotsman.
Real estate giant Henderson, which has spent a decade pursuing plans for a new commercial quarter in the city’s east end, is due to finally start work on the project within months.
But it fears its plans could be undermined by the £150m studio development, which is earmarked for green belt land near to existing stores in Midlothian.
Henderson has raised fears the studio scheme will lead to a further extension of the Straiton Retail Park and undermine the “vitality and viability” of shops in Edinburgh city centre.
Royal Mile Discovery
10 Jan – Archaeologists solve the Royal Mile riddle of James VI’s feast, reports The Scotsman. Remains of a kitchen used to prepare a lavish 16th century royal banquet have been uncovered hidden by the wall of a former ladies’ toilet in one of the oldest buildings on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. They were found during an extensive survey of Riddle’s Court
Scottish National Gallery Expansion
8 Jan – Hoskins Architects have submitted a planning application for a series of extensive extensions and alterations to the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh’s Higgs Centre
8 Jan – Graham Construction has been appointed to deliver the £12m Higgs Centre for Innovation at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre’s Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, reports Urban Realm. The design by Jacobs supercedes an earlier plan by Austin Smith Lord.
Glen Coe’s Kings House Hotel
7 Jan 2016 – Edinburgh’s Benjamin Tindall Architects have submitted plans to revitalise Glencoe’s Kings House Hotel , refurbishing the historic inn whilst demolishing later additions to create a new hotel wing, reports Urban Realm.
King’s Stables Road Development
6 Jan – Peveril Securities has lodged plans drawn up by Fletcher Joseph Architects for the regeneration of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket along King’s Stables Road in the heart of the Old Town, reports Urban Realm. This updates the news posted here (scrol down this page) on 22 Dec 2015.
Botanic Cottage Restoration
5 Jan – The rebuild of the historic Botanic Cottage in Edinburgh has received an accolade from The Georgian Group. This UK charity is dedicated to the preservation of buildings dating from about 1700 to 1840 and holds annual architectural awards. The Botanic Cottage building was originally the central reception hall of the first such garden in the Scottish capital but as it faced demolition, it was painstakingly moved to a new location in the current garden.
Waverley Station Mosaic Restoration
5 Jan – A Victorian mosaic flooring hidden in Waverley train station in Edinburgh is to be returned to its former glory. The damaged decoration will be restored in a joint project by the Railway Heritage Trust and Virgin Trains East Coast. The work has been concealed under concrete and lino for years in a staff-only area of the station. Work began with a £150k joint grant from East Coast Trains and the trust in 2015, which partially restored the room. But after Virgin took over the line in March 2015, a further grant of £25k was made to finish restoration of this mosaic.
Edinburgh Marina Approval
5 Jan – Granton Central Developments has received approval from Edinburgh City Council planners for a mixed use scheme designed by Wilson Gunn Architects, reports Urban Realm.
Edinburgh Architecure Photos
3 Jan – some photos from December 2015: Princes Mall, Victoria Street, George Hotel interior, Winter Wonderland and the Royal Mile light show – Edinburgh Old Town at night:
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