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Edinburgh Building News 2017

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Edinburgh Architecture News 2017

Morningside Public Toilet Site
27 Jan – In 2016 we reported on Edinburgh Council’s sell off of various public conveniences from London Road to Joppa. Now it has been revealed that LDN Architects plan 11 flats on the site of a 1960s-public convenience. Abutting an existing tenement on Canaan Lane in the Morningside conservation area the six-storey scheme has been conceived as a ‘visual stop’ to an urban block before it reduces in scale to two storey villas. News of other proposals are welcome.

Russell Road Buildings News
27 Jan – Ardent Group and Fourward Architecture have brought forward plans to build a 266-bed student housing development at a former builder’s yard on Russell Road, Edinburgh.

Quartermile Buildings
27 Jan – Proposals for the creation of 102 flats and 302sqm of retail space designed by Foster + Partners, the final phase in this large masterplan: Quartermile news.

Campbeltown Spaceport News
27 Jan – A new milestone has been reached in the development of the UK’s first horizontal launch spaceport at the Campbeltown Airport site on the west coast of Scotland, reports The Scotsman.

Two UK space science and technology firms have agreed Memorandums of Understanding to work with Discover Space UK on investigating the potential of the former RAF Machrihanish site that incorporates Campbeltown Airport. A dynamic building design has been unveiled for this former RAF airbase.

Campbeltown Spaceport News

Museum of London Funding
27 Jan – A total of £180m has been pledged towards this £250m project designed by UK architects Stanton Williams and Asif Khan. The museum plan to move from its current location due to a lack of space at its Barbican site. A planning application will be made in 2018 and the museum hopes to open its new home to the public in 2022.

Museum of London West Smithfield

RIAS Awards 2017
27 + 17 Jan – The RIAS Awards / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2017 are now open for entry.

Submission to the RIAS Awards entitles entrants to be considered for the following awards:

RIAS Awards (including RIAS/ Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good Timber Award, RIAS/Historic Environment Scotland Conservation and Climate Change Award, the RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award, RIAS/Scottish Government Scotland’s Client of the Year Award) and RIAS/Zero Waste Scotland Resource Efficiency Award,
RIAS Andrew Doolan Award
RIBA Awards (including National Award, Client of the Year Award, RIBA House of the Year, Stephen Lawrence Prize)
RIBA Stirling Prize

To enter for an RIBA Award the entrant must be a current RIBA Chartered member or RIBA International Fellow.

The Stephen Lawrence Prize rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million and is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets. Whilst continuing to recognise the overriding importance of design, the 2016 jury will also attach high importance to the role of architects under 40 in the shortlisted projects, whether working as principals or as project leaders in a more established practice.

The RIAS Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award is open to project architects of RIAS Award submissions who were under the age of 40 on 31 December 2016.

Entries which have been previously submitted can be re-submitted but only for RIBA (National) Awards. Projects may only be re-submitted once. The full entry fee will be payable.

The submission deadline is no later than 12.00 Noon, Friday 24th February 2017.

If you wish to enter, please request the entry form by emailing riasawards@rias.org.uk.

RIAS Awards 2017

New Perth council Housing
26 Jan – Construction group CCG have been selected by Perth & Kinross Council to deliver a new wave of council housing at three sites around Perth and Scone.

EAA Annual Awards 2017
24 Jan – The EAA Annual Awards showcase and celebrate the very best architecture in the Chapter area and beyond, that enhance the built environment and people’s lives, regardless of size, form or budget.

This year the format of the awards has been changed to enable all entries built within the Chapter area, small or large, to become eligible for the highest accolade of ‘Building Of The Year’.

The awards are now also open to chartered architects working in other areas of the UK, who have completed projects within the Chapter area.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 4pm.

Dunfermline City Quarter
20 Jan – Stirling Developments have put forward plans for a mixed-use and walkable urban expansion of Dunfermline, Fife, providing 2,150 homes, commercial premises, parks, schools, surgeries and community facilities.

A design team including masterplanner Duncan Whatmore, landscape architect Julia Goodwin and urbanist Ed Taylor are collaborating on the initiative which mandates that a quarter of available homes be classed as affordable.

Aberdeen Student Housing/b>
19 Jan – Watkin Jones have obtained planning consent for two separate student housing builds in Aberdeen, offering 817 beds of student accommodation between them, reports Urban Realm.

Hilltown Flats
18 Jan – Proposals by Hillcrest Housing Association and Dundee City Council to build 163 homes at Dundee’s Hilltown have won the backing of councillors, reports Urban Realm.

University of St Andrews Music Centre
18 Jan – The University of St Andrews have previewed an £8m music centre designed by Flanagan Lawrence architects ahead of a public exhibition of the plans.

Tour a Vibrantly Styled Georgian Flat in New Town
17 Jan – ‘The flat was perfectly average when I bought it,’ says interior designer Jessica Buckley of her now decidedly unaverage two-bedroom Georgian tenement flat in Edinburgh’s New Town. ‘It was in a decent state, but looked very “early ’90s” – in other words, plain and nondescript. But that’s why I bought it – I’m a designer: I wanted something I could pull apart and redesign completely.’

Georgian Townhouse Apartment in Edinburgh

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

40th annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses starting on Thursday, 26 January and featuring leading national and international experts in conservation and connected disciplines.

This first masterclass is organised jointly with Europa Nostra UK:

Thursday, 26 January 2016, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).

Please note the new venue:
Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

More details on our events page

Speirs + Major News
16 Jan – The Lighting of Lloyd’s Register Building, Courtyard & Lobby, 71 Fenchurch Street, London

71 Fenchurch Street is an architecturally significant glass and steel medium rise office building that has recently undergone a refurbishment led by Fletcher Priest Architects (FPA). Lighting design studio Speirs + Major were commissioned to develop a new lighting approach for the exterior entrance, courtyard and main reception, the centrepiece of which is an installation of beautifully integrated bespoke pendants in the lobby atrium. The brief asked Speirs + Major to consider how lighting could contribute to a warmer and more welcoming ambience that would encourage people to dwell in these spaces.

The renowned building is set within a sensitive conservation area adjacent to a number of listed buildings. Owned by technical and business services organisation Lloyd’s Register, it was purpose designed by Richard Rogers Partnership (now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) and completed in 2000.

Home builders prepare for Mumbai Women Build
16 Jan – Two of the best known female faces in Scotland’s home building industry are in the midst of final arrangements as they prepare to fly to India later this month to help some of the country’s most marginalised communities build their own homes.

Supporting the vital work of Habitat for Humanity, Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland Nicola Barclay and colleague Gill Henry of Cruden Homes will be taking part in the charity’s “Women Build” event in Mumbai from 21-28 January. More info on the Glasgow Architecture website news page.

Dumbryden Drive Homes
16 Jan – Barton Willmore have put forward plans for delivery of 49 homes on behalf of Robertson Partnership Homes at Dumbryden Drive, in the latest installment of Edinburgh’s small sites programme, reports Urban Realm.

Dovetailing with a similar project at Royston and other schemes at Crewe Road Gardens, West Pilton Grove, Clermiston, Calder Gardens and Hailesland Place the latest scheme, like the others, targets a brownfield site to provide much needed housing alongside new public realm and through connections.

Wallyford Expansion News
16 Jan – JM Architects have filed proposals to erect a new primary school in Wallyford, East Lothian, to complement a significant planned extension of the commuter village, reports Urban Realm.

Wallyford Primary will replace an existing school with expanded facilities for 814 pupils, with scope for further expansion by 2031 to accommodate 1,194 pupils, within the approved St Clements Wells masterplan.

Inglis Green Gait Flats
16 Jan – Studio DuB Architects have brought forward plans to build a trio of duplex and single level flats on vacant ground at Inglis Green Gait, Edinburgh, reports Urban Realm.

Located adjacent to a railway embankment the four storey infill will be faced in timber cladding with glass and galvanized steel balustrades under a roof with integrated photovoltaic panels.

St James Centre Building Demolition
10 Jan – St James Centre, the massive concrete pile often branded Edinburgh’s ugliest building, is now well under way, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

Latest pictures show the once-proud edifice being turned to rubble as the shopping centre, along with the former Thistle Hotel, the New St Andrew’s House office block and the multi-storey car park, come down to make way for a £1 billion redevelopment of the area.

St James Centre Building Demolition

Perth College UHI Project
10 Jan – The £7 million Perth College UHI facility by Keppie Design not only includes a multi-purpose sports hall with bleacher seating for 400 spectators, spacious gyms, classrooms, dance and fitness studios but also facilities for hairdressing and beauty therapy students and a state-of-the-art climbing centre, the only one of its kind in the Perth and Kinross region:

Academy of Sport and Wellbeing, Perth College UHI Building

Scottish Firm Works on Spanish City Dome
10 Jan – One of the UK’s leading infrastructure firms has today ‘welcomed the robots’ to support the 10 strong team as they begin main construction works on Whitley Bay’s Spanish City Dome.

Robertson North East – a regional construction division of Robertson Construction England – is working in partnership with North Tyneside Council to bring the iconic structure back to its former glory for the benefit of families’ in North Tyneside and right across the UK.

Robertson Project Manager, Andrew Coleman said: “A lot of the work on the Spanish City has been done by hand to date due to the importance we have placed on conserving original fixtures.

University of Edinburgh Building News
10 Jan – Reiach & Hall Architects are to take the lead on the refurbishment of B-listed former geology HQ – Murchison House – at the University of Edinburgh’s Kings Buildings Campus by rejigging floorplace to provide improved office and teaching accommodation, reports Urban Realm.

This will see the B-listed brick-clad 1970’s structure remains largely untouched when viewed externally with interventions limited to fresh landscaping and new windows. Internal changes will include removal of non-load bearing partitions and suspended ceilings as well as the introduction of breakout spaces in existing corridors.

Dementia Care Home
10 Jan – Proposal for an 18-bed dementia care home in the outskirts of Kelso designed by Aitken Turnbull Architects, delivering the first specialist unit of its type for the Borders.

Murray House represents a £3m investment at the existing Queen’s House facility with construction expected to get underway in August for completion by October 2018.

£6.6 million for conservation of historic sites
9 Jan – Report sets out work required to restore and protect iconic buildings and monuments.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop today confirmed a £6.6 million capital boost to support investment in conservation work, repairs and visitor facilities at several of Scotland’s iconic heritage sites and monuments.

The announcement follows the publication today of the most comprehensive conservation assessment ever undertaken on the properties in care of Scottish Ministers.

Commissioned by Ms Hyslop, the study provides for the first time, a comprehensive picture of the condition of more than 300 properties managed by Historic Environment Scotland on behalf of Ministers, and sets out the work required to address the impacts of deterioration and climate change.

The report estimates conservation and repair work to the value of £65 million is required over ten years to restore and protect heritage sites for future generations. The additional funding announced today will enable conservation work to start at priority sites including Doune, Stirling and Edinburgh Castles during 2017 – the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

During a visit to Doune Castle near Stirling, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“From Doune Castle to Skara Brae, these iconic buildings and monuments represent more than 6,000 years of Scottish history and include a number of internationally significant sites that attract thousands of visitors every year.

“But by their nature they are often difficult to care for and require specialist expertise to repair. Adding to this challenge, it is well understood that climate change is speeding up the natural process of decay at heritage sites across the world. “Historic Environment Scotland’s new conservation study gives us a detailed understanding of the impact on our own heritage sites and tells us what is required to protect and preserve them for the future.

“The funding I have announced today underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to protecting and promoting our rich history and heritage and will enable conservation work to begin at several of our treasured heritage sites.”

Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland, said:

“This report is a milestone for Historic Environment Scotland a year on from the merger between Historic Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

“It is a significant piece of work, unprecedented for this estate, that will provide a basis for investment decisions over the next decade and determine how we will manage over 300 of Scotland’s most cherished places and associated collections for future generations.”

The £6.6 million announced today includes £2 million from the Capital Acceleration Programme announced by the First Minister as part of the Programme for Government in August 2016, and £4.6 million capital funding allocated to Historic Environment Scotland for properties in care in the 2017-18 draft Scottish Budget published in December 2016.

Historic Environment Scotland’s conservation report is available online at: http://bit.ly/2iUav7e

Historic Environment Scotland undertakes a substantial programme of conservation work on properties each year, undertaken by its own skilled staff. In addition HES spends around £3 million per annum with external contractors in support of its conservation work.

The Scottish Government will provide £45.5 million grant in aid for Historic Environment Scotland in 2017-18. Together with internally generated income this will allow for an increase in the level of investment for HES Properties in Care in 2017-18.

A report released by UNESCO in June 2016 highlighted 31 natural and cultural world heritage sites including the Statue of Liberty, the Galapagos Islands and Ouadi Quadisha (The Holy Valley) which were significantly at risk of the effects of climate change.

See: http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2016/05/world-heritage-and-tourism-in-a-changing-climate.pdf

History and heritage is a key motivator for visits to Scotland and an important part of the visitor experience with 32% of visitors citing ‘history and culture’ as a key motivator for their trip – second only to ‘The Scenery and Landscape’ (49%) – The Visitor Survey, 2015.

The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is a Scottish Government initiative led by VisitScotland and supported by a variety of partners. Throughout 2017 people from Scotland and around the world will be encouraged to delve into the past and discover Scotland’s fascinating stories through a variety of activities to boost tourism. For more information visit www.visitscotland.com/HHA2017

Happy New Year
1 Jan – We wish our readers a Happy New Year!

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