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Edinburgh Building News 2017
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24th February 2017
Edinburgh Architecture News
Marriott SVP officially opens Courtyard Edinburgh
24 Feb – A senior Marriott Vice President has travelled to Edinburgh to officially open a £30 million restoration project he initiated more than five years ago, remarking that Edinburgh is a world class destination for the international hotel business.
Tim Walton, Regional Vice President, Western Europe, International Development, opened city centre hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh, which with 240 rooms is one of the largest in the capital, on February 23.
Calton Hill Hotel Building
24 + 21 Feb – Hoskins Architects have brought forward revised hotel proposals for Edinburgh’s former Royal High School:
Royal High School Hotel building on Calton Hill.
23 Feb – Glencairn Properties have moved on-site with a development of four contemporary townhouses at Woodhall Drive in the village of Juniper Green, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, reports Urban Realm.
Designed by Lynsay Bell Architecture the three storey properties will each house five bedrooms and open plan living spaces with extensive glazing looking out onto south facing gardens.
Replacing a disused community centre on the same site the properties also boast south facing terraces on the first floor with views to the Pentland Hills and vertical strips of curtain wall glazing to visually distinguish one home from the next.
Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh HQ Renewal
21 Feb – The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh have tabled plans for a series of circulation improvements to their historic Queen Street headquarters, including the installation of a new lift.
21 Feb – A disused quarry in rural west Edinburgh could become a surfer’s paradise with the launch of a series of public consultations to establish an international surfing and leisure facility.
University of Edinburgh Sub-Atomic Research Centre
20 Feb – City of Edinburgh Council have granted permission to the University of Edinburgh to press ahead with an Institute for Regeneration and Repair at Edinburgh BioQuarter.
Portobello Flats Controversy
18 Feb – Hundreds have raised objections to housing plans set to replace the former George Cinema and bingo hall in Portobello, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
Over 400 people have objected to plans to raze the C-listed art deco building at 14 Bath Street to develop 20 residential flats. Planning for the site was initially sought by Wothesay Limited but the application was refused by council planners. Buckley Building Limited, who re-submitted plans for housing in October last year, want to restore the façade to replicate the original County Cinema and not demolish the site completely.
Read more at: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/politics/flats-plan-for-former-portobello-cinema-sparks-protests-1-4369937
Forfar Community Campus Building
18 Feb – Angus Council take possession of the £38.9m Forfar Community Campus designed by JM Architects following a formal handover by Hub East central Scotland and Robertson Tayside.
Resurrecting a Modern Ruin
15 Feb – About 20 miles west of Glasgow lies the derelict St Peter’s Seminary: plans to revitalize the building are now close to being realized, reports BBC Scotland:
Article on St Peter’s Seminary Building
Ross Bandstand Building Renewal
15 Feb – As we reported on the 9th of February, the no longer fit for purpose Ross Bandstand will be replaced by a “landmark venue capable of hosting a range of small-scale to large events. The Ross Development Trust (RDT), founded to manage the delivery of the improvements, wants the brand new venue to be of incredible architectural design which will become renowned with Edinburgh the world over”, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
Read more at: Ross Bandstand Building Renewal
Hermitage Park, Helensburgh
image courtesy of architects
15 Feb – A £3.3m restoration and redevelopment of the town centre resource will introduce new playgrounds and fountains, starts on site. A toilet block will be replaced by a Hoskins Architects designed pavilion.
Urgent Safety Checks on Scottish Public Buildings
14 Feb – Urgent inspections should be carried out on all Scottish public buildings built using private finance initiatives (PFIs), say architects, following the publication of a damning report into the safety of PFI schools, reports The Guardian.
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) said the recent report into building standards in 17 Edinburgh schools should not just be “put on the shelf” and ignored.
The investigation by the construction industry expert Prof John Cole, published last week, was prompted after the collapse of an external wall at Oxgangs primary school in Edinburgh in January 2016.
Article – https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/14/scotland-architects-urgent-inspection-pfi-buildings-cole-report-oxgangs-primary
Port Dundas Road Housing by Reiach and Hall
13 Feb – Student housing proposals by Edinburgh’s Reiach & Hall Architects for Raglan Development on Glasgow’s Port Dundas Road. The building will include 444 cluster flats alongside 156 studio rooms and have 18,100 sqm of gross internal floor area.
Broadway Cinema in Prestwick
13 Feb – Page\Park Architects have been appointed to undertake a feasibility study examining potential re-use of the disused C-listed landmark for the benefit of the local community.
Gorgie Road Building News
13 Feb – EMA Architecture and Design have brought forward proposals to convert a redundant office block off Edinburgh’s Gorgie Road to provide new flats, reports Urban Realm.
Portobello High School Building News
12 Feb – City of Edinburgh Council has taken possession of the £28.5m Portobello High School over two years after work began on the 1,400 pupil school.
Waverley Station Extension
12 Feb – Network Rail is pressing ahead with a £23m programme of platform extensions at Waverley Station to deliver on its promise of longer, faster trains.
India Quay Vision by 7N Architects
12 Feb – EDI Group and 7N Architects have put forward proposals for the office component of their £200m India Quay vision at Fountainbridge, report Urban Realm. The second phase of development at the industrial site will offer 12,171sqm of office space alongside 1,526sqm of retail and leisure fronting a new civic square at the Leamington Lift Bridge.
Granton Harbour Homes
12 Feb – Port of Leith Housing Association secure permission from planners for construction of 104 flats at Granton Harbour. The project has been conceived by Hackland + Dore for reclaimed land on the waterfront. We featured the design on our news page back in Autumn 2016.
Ross Pavilion International Design Competition
building: photo © Adrian Welch Sep 2006
10 + 9 Feb – Ross Pavilion Design Competition
• Initiative will regenerate and renew nationally-important space at the heart of West Princes Street Gardens and within the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site
• Architect-led teams asked to submit details of proposed team and experience at the competition’s first stage
• Five or more finalists who reach the second stage will create concept designs for a new landmark Pavilion, a visitor centre with café, and subtle updates and improvements to the listed Gardens
• First-stage submissions deadline March 13, 2017
Past post on this location: Ross Bandstand Design
Scotland’s 50 Post-war A-listed Buildings
7 + 4 Feb – Two blocks of flats in Edinburgh have become the 50th and 51st buildings whose construction was completed after World War Two to be given Category A listed status, reports the BBC.
Historic Environment Scotland puts important buildings into three categories.
Those in Category A are considered to be buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic.
Post-war structures to be given Category A status include the Forth Road Bridge, the Burrell Collection, numerous churches, hydroelectric power stations and two swimming pools.
Cables Wynd House and neighbouring Linksview House in Leith are the 50th and 51st post-war building to be given Category A status.
Cables Wynd House is known locally as the banana flats due to its distinctive curved shape.
Website: Scottish Post-war A-listed Buildings
Perth City Hall Cultural Venue Architecture Competition
7 + 6 Feb – Perth & Kinross Council have launched a design contest to source an architect to lead the renewal of Perth City Hall, ending years of doubt as to the buildings future.
Having initially sought to demolish the landmark the local authority now intends to transform the building into a £20m cultural attraction as part of a bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021.
Organised by the RIAS this Perth design competition invites architects to apply for the pre-qualifying stage of the competition before five qualifying architects go on to draw up more detailed proposals as part of the tender process.
Girvan Leisure Centre Building News
7 + 6 Feb – South Ayrshire Council have commenced an internal fit-out at a £5.4m leisure centre serving the communities of Girvan and South Carrick following completion of exterior works, report urban realm. The Quay Zone has been designed by Norr Architects and is due for completion in March.
3-8 St Andrew Square Building
5 Feb – CDA and Hoskins Architects mark official completion of their joint mixed-use project on St Andrew Square.
South St Andrew Square has been brought to market by Standard Life Investments and Peveril Securities.
The project is seen as a major element within the regeneration of the eastern end of the New Town, providing mixed use of 100,000 sqft Grade A office space, 70,000 sqft prime retail, and a suite of luxury apartments.
It involved close liaison with statutory bodies to agree the conversion and reuse of the Category A listed Burnett building.
Website: South St Andrew Square
4 Feb – The last section of the new Queensferry Crossing has been lifted into place, completing the 1.7-mile link across the Forth: Queensferry Crossing
1 Feb + 31 Jan – The shortlist of architect-led teams will compete for the contract to design a new multi-purpose arts centre at 36 St Andrew Square in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town.
Colander announce the shortlist for this competition, six architectural teams:
Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre
30 Jan – Energy supplier SSE has lifted on the Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre after beavering away on the attraction for two years, reports Urban Realm.
Designed by BSP Architects the centre has been conceived as an outreach facility to communicate the company’s role in developing hydro-electric power throughout the Highlands as well as informing tourists as to how salmon navigate their way up a fish ladder to upriver spawning grounds.
Scottish Design Awards
29 Jan – The Scottish Design Awards announces a 22 Feb entry deadline for practices. All buildings and projects situated in Scotland are eligible for inclusion, as are buildings and projects designed by Scottish architects, engineers and designers throughout the UK and abroad.
The architecture panel will be looking for design work that pushes the envelope while addressing issues of sustainability – all while meeting the needs of clients and individual end users.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.’
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.
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:
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.
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
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