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21 October 2017

Edinburgh Architecture News

Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Spiritual and Integral Ecology Perspectives on Art, Place and Nature
This event takes place on 21 Oct 2017
This Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration will look at issues associated with Spiritual and Integral Ecology Perspectives on Art, Place and Nature, and the evening event will celebrate writings and creativity associated with the theme.

Shaker Kitchen in Edinburgh
Shaker Kitchen in Edinburgh: Beautiful Blue - Kitchens International
photo by Kitchens International
16 Oct – The owners of this Georgian apartment in Edinburgh had lived with a compact kitchen for 20 years before they decided to renovate. They called on local architect Lorn Macneal to plan for knocking two rooms together to make one big space, and employed Kitchens International to create the kitchen of their dreams:
Shaker Kitchen in Edinburgh

Queensferry Crossing – New Forth Road Bridge
Queensferry Crossing
photo : Transport for Scotland
9 Oct – The structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span:
Queensferry Crossing

Homes for Scotland appoints Ken Gillespie as Chair
9 Oct – Homes for Scotland (HFS) today announced the appointment of Ken Gillespie as Chair on a three year term with immediate effect.

A key figure in the UK construction and home building industries with over 33 years’ experience, Gillespie has been responsible for the development and delivery of residential, commercial and infrastructure schemes both nationally and overseas. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer of FTSE 250 company Galliford Try where he oversaw revenues of more than £2 billion before he stood down from the Board in 2016.

HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:

“This is a significant appointment for us. Ken’s work consulting with a wide range of stakeholders, together with his knowledge and understanding of what is required to deliver complex projects (such as the Queensferry Crossing) within our communities, brings a new dimension and perspective to our organisation.

“Very much a facilitator and solutions-focused, his expertise will guide us forward as we look to increase our collaboration with those who can generate the change that is required to support the building of more homes, including government at all levels.”

Homes for Scotland Conference News
9 Oct – Homes for Scotland’s 6th Annual Conference will take a hard-hitting look at where the housing industry is now, where it goes next and how it gets there 10 years on from the Scottish Government’s Firm Foundations “discussion document”. Join us at this leading housing event on 1 November – click on the logo below to find out more and book your place.

Hazelwood School Building News
Hazelwood School Glasgow
photograph : Andrew Lee
4 Oct – The Hazelwood School Building, Glasgow was today included among an international list of “Inspiring Innovations in Education” 100 Global Inspiring Innovations of 2017 by HundrED.

Work begins on multimillion pound Green Infrastructure projects
4 Oct 2017 – Close to £20 million will be spent transforming urban green spaces, says Scottish Natural Heritage

Aberdeen Architecture News

Oliver Chapman Architects : 20 Years 20 Projects
Event coming up in November, by invitation only

Scottish Natural Heritage Announces Social Housing Research
2 Oct – On World Habitat Day, Scottish Natural Heritage announces recently commissioned research into the opportunities for green infrastructure within housing projects.

Everyone in Scotland should be able to access nature on their doorstep, according to new SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska. As part of a wider drive to encourage greater access to green spaces, SNH has commissioned research into the opportunities to provide social housing projects with green infrastructure.

The theme for the United Nations’ World Habitat Day, October 2 2017, is Housing Policies: Affordable Homes. SNH’s ambition is that everyone should have easy access to good quality greenspace and opportunities to experience nature close to where they live, which supports the national indicator on access to local greenspace.

More information see Scottish Architecture News in 2017

Support for Scottish Housing
28 Sep – The Scottish Housing Minister today announced £90k to support pilot projects to assist people wanting to build their own homes with a new Challenge Fund.
Speaking at the closing event of the Festival of Architecture in Edinburgh on Thursday, Mr Stewart will confirm the new fund will be open for applications by the end of October.
Kevin Stewart said:
“I am delighted to be part of this month-long celebration of Scottish Architecture, its legacy and in particular, this year’s special Festival of Architecture theme, our homes. The Festival, running alongside Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days, has shown that people across the country can be more confident about engaging with architecture and all aspects of the design of our public spaces. With more than 50 events there has been something for everyone, whether hands on experiences, participation, purely entertainment, challenging or educational.
“The new Challenge Fund I am announcing today will also help those with ambitions to create their own homes, encouraging and supporting them to make bold decisions based on their needs and circumstances. Good quality, inspirational housing can have an impact on almost every aspect of our lives, it provides security and comfort and a place to raise our families. This fund will give people greater choice in how they live.
“Today we are also publishing new guidance on Building to Rent as a result of partnership with building industries. We want to encourage this growing sector which provides high-quality, professionally-managed homes and support our local authorities to deliver for communities across the country.”

Patrick Geddes:’spirit-in-action’
Saturday 23 Sep at Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Speakers and Facilitators: Petra Biberbach, Lord Charles Bruce, Russell Clegg, Prof Bashabi Fraser, Dr Tom Kane, Roger Kelly, Prof Murdo Macdonald, Mike Small and Dr Ian Wight.
This Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration will look at issues associated with Patrick Geddes, ‘spirit-in-action’, ‘the place of spirit in his own work’. and ‘the nature’ of his ‘spirit-at-work’. What is still to be learned, from Geddes then, for our work in the world today? Framed as ‘a learning journey’ or as ‘an inspiration inquiry’… traversing ‘the world without’ and ‘the world within’…, and the evening event will celebrate writings and creativity associated with the theme. Please see our architecture events page for more information.

St Peter’s Seminary Building Tours
Sat 23 + Sun 24 Sep 2017
Walked tours of the building will take place on 23 and 24 September. This is a rare opportunity to visit Scotland’s most iconic modernist building in its raw and ruined state. More info on our events page.

Justice Centre Building News
Scottish Justice Centre Building by Reiach and Hall Edinburgh
image courtesy of architects firm
Scottish Justice Centre Building design by Edinburgh architects office Reiach and Hall.
Work set to start after Highland Council gives updated design approval. Preparations to build Scotland’s first purpose-built Justice Centre in Inverness have taken another step forward after Highland Council approved the improved design.

Port Glasgow Building
19 Sep – new 40,000 sqft Marks and Spencer store designed by LK2 Architects opened in Port Glasgow: M&S Port Glasgow Store

Port Glasgow Building
19 Sep – new 40,000 sqft Marks and Spencer store designed by LK2 Architects opened in Port Glasgow: M&S Port Glasgow Store

Scottish Government Housing Complacency?
13 Sep 2017 – Scotland’s home building industry is urging the Scottish Government to guard against complacency over housing as new statistics show a marginal increase of just 251 homes (one per cent) completed in 2016-17 compared to the year previous.

Tour a Georgian Villa Kitchen in Edinburgh
12 Sep – With a blank canvas in place, the kitchen needed to tick many boxes. It had to be both a practical and social hub for cooking, eating and relaxing. In terms of style, the owners wanted a slick, modern silhouette that would look at home against a period backdrop, surrounded by feel-good neutrals, natural textures and a sprinkling of retro furniture. The builders suggested they head to local kitchen showroom Kitchens International, where they hooked up with designer Stuart Miller.
Georgian Villa Kitchen in Edinburgh

Pennywell Living Edinburgh Regeneration Project
12 Sep – Planning permission for the next phase of regeneration at thePennywell Living development has been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council.
The application, from regeneration firm Urban Union and architects and town planners Barton Willmore, includes plans for 315 dwellings – comprising 175 flats and 140 houses.
Urban Union Lorimer Pennywell Living Development
picture courtesy of architects
Pennywell Living Edinburgh Regeneration

Housing system that works for everyone key to tackling housing crisis, say home builders
5 Sep – With the First Minister renewing her mission to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in today’s Programme for Government announcement, the country’s home building industry emphasised the fundamental importance of ensuring that Scotland has a housing system that works for everyone.

More on the Glasgow Architecture news page.

Doors Open Days Launched in Edinburgh
Doors Open Days 2017 launch on Friday 1st of September at the Botanic Cottage Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh:

Doors Open Days 2017 launch at the Botanic Cottage Edinburgh

Doors Open Days 2017 launch at the Botanic Cottage in Edinburgh

Doors Open Days 2017

Home building boss wins CEO of the Year at the Scottish Women’s Awards
1 Sep 2017 – The boss of trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS), Nicola Barclay, won CEO of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Women’s Awards in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

Approaching her second year in post as Chief Executive, Nicola is focused on addressing Scotland’s housing crisis by creating the conditions that are necessary for increasing the delivery of new homes.

More information see Scottish Architecture News in 2017

Construction Industry Outlook
1 Sep 2017 – As the population of the UK inexorably increases, the most frequently employed stock response in political circles is to promise to build more houses. In Scotland alone, the Holyrood government has a target of 50,000 new affordable homes.

More information see Glasgow Architecture News

Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Patrick Geddes:’spirit-in-action’
This Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration will look at issues associated with Patrick Geddes, ‘spirit-in-action’, ‘the place of spirit in his own work’. and ‘the nature’ of his ‘spirit-at-work’. What is still to be learned, from Geddes then, for our work in the world today? Framed as ‘a learning journey’ or as ‘an inspiration inquiry’… traversing ‘the world without’ and ‘the world within’…, and the evening event will celebrate writings and creativity associated with the theme.
Speakers and Facilitators: Petra Biberbach, Lord Charles Bruce, Russell Clegg, Prof Bashabi Fraser, Dr Tom Kane, Roger Kelly, Prof Murdo Macdonald, Mike Small and Dr Ian Wight.
Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Saturday 23 September 2017.
More info on our events page.

Doors Open Days Launch
On Friday 1st September at 11.00 am the national Doors Open Days 2017 programme will be launched at the Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

All over Scotland, over 1000 buildings will be open and free to enter, many of them not normally open to the public and some opening for the first time. Castles, churches, mosques, museums, fire stations, offices, theatres and even a distillery are just some of the buildings taken part this year. Visit a pet hospital in Dundee, a police office in Aberdeen, a camera obscura in Dumfries, a reconstructed Iron-Age roundhouse in Whithorn, a smiddy in Stirling or a television studio in Glasgow – there is something for everyone! There are talks, tours, heritage trails and plenty more events for all ages. All the programmes can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Doors Open Days 2017 in Scotland

The Mill Quarter, Perth
29 Aug 2017 – Expresso Property Ltd has announced that it has concluded missives on The Mill Quarter site, a brand new landmark mixed leisure scheme with residential apartments.

Located in the heart of City of Perth, The Mill Quarter will also offer immediate access to the City’s main transport links as well as several bus routes and is within easy walking distance from its main retail and leisure zones.

York-based Expresso Property, is funded to purchase schemes ranging from £1m to £50m, and has various UK schemes underway, comprising three major Scottish projects including The Mill Quarter, Perth. Expresso Property in conjunction with its development partner Ambassador Developments (Park Quadrant) Ltd is developing Park Quadrant Residences, a 98 apartment luxury development in Glasgow’s West End. Expresso Property has also been named as the preferred developer, by Scottish Enterprise, for a new mixed-use development at Pacific Quay.

Expresso Property is looking to acquire further commercial, residential, retail, development propositions and offices, from Bath and Bristol to Birmingham to include Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, York, Leeds and all major cities in Scotland.
CGI shows: The Mill Quarter is a new leisure hub with cinema, restaurants, parking and 58 residential apartments to be built in the heart of Perth by developer Expresso Property and will transform Perth’s visitor destination offer.

For more information see Scottish Architecture News

Mosaic acquires Glasgow’s second oldest architecture practice
28 Aug – Mosaic Architecture + Design, one of Scotland’s most experienced practices, has acquired Burnet Bell (Glasgow’s second oldest architectural practice, dating back to 1878) for an undisclosed sum, boosting its staff numbers to 20.
The acquisition adds Glasgow School of Art, St. Aloysius’ College and St. Columba’s School amongst others to Mosaic’s burgeoning client portfolio and enhances its offering of consultancy services, which includes architecture, interior design, masterplanning, to a range of sectors, such as education, residential care and hospitality.

Royal Scottish Academy Metzstein Architecture Discourse 2017
28 Aug – The RSA announce that celebrated British architect Sir David Chipperfield will present this year’s event, on the 2nd of October. In an interview, which will be published and available at the event, Sir David talks about how he started, the problems that international investment creates in cities, and how to help people like modern architecture – more info on our events page.

Springfield Properties achieves highest-ever revenue with over £100m turnover
22 Aug – Elgin, Scotland; 22 August 2017, Springfield Properties, a leading housebuilder focused on Scotland offering private and affordable housing, announces its full year results for the year ended 31 May 2017.

Financial Highlights
• Revenue increased by 22% to £111m (2015/16: £90.8m)
• Blended gross margin was 15% (2015/16: 15%)
• Profit before tax increased by 31% to £6.7m (2015/16: £5.1m)

Operational Highlights
• Significant milestone achieved with 4,000th home built
• Increased completions by 25% with 620 new homes handed over
• Added to the land bank, which stands at 9,195 plots on 1 June 2017

Private Housing
• Built 437 homes during the year, a year-on-year increase of 10%
• Strategic focus remains on developing and building five Springfield Villages with a total of 10,000 homes:
o New homes, amenities and community areas completed in Dykes of Gray near Dundee with 48 homes sold during the year, bringing total completions to 56 out of a potential 1,500
o First of potentially 800 homes at Wisp, Edinburgh are under construction
o At Bertha Park in Perth, a site for 3,000 homes, progress made on construction of access road, with sales and construction due to commence in the next financial year
o Elgin South Village will deliver 2,500 homes to the area. Post-period, plans for the first 870 new homes, two new schools and the state-of-the-art Moray Sports Centre approved by Moray Council Planning Committee
o Land secured for fifth village at Durieshill near Stirling to provide between 2,500 and 3,000 homes

Affordable Housing
• Built 183 affordable homes, a year-on-year increase of 91%
• Accounted for over 4% of market share of all affordable homes built in Scotland
• Good progress with 202 social and mid-market rental homes project at Muirhouse, Edinburgh with a further 32 homes handed over during the year. On target to complete the remaining 48 homes in 2018

Sandy Adam, Executive Chairman of Springfield Properties, said: “I am pleased to report another year of strong growth, reaching the milestone of £100m revenue for the first time in our history. This has largely been due to the tremendous work carried out by each and every one of our 500 staff who have built high-quality and desirable affordable and private homes. We are also proud to have reached the key milestone of building our 4,000th home during the year.

“Looking ahead, we continue to drive controlled expansion, particularly with the affordable side of our business. Our target is to double turnover in affordable housing over the next two years. Significant progress was made in developing the five Springfield Villages and these will be the cornerstone of our future growth as we seek to deliver increasing numbers of homes.”

Perth City Hall Competition
13 + 10 Aug – Mecanoo Architects have emerged as Perth & Kinross Council’s preferred partner to bring forward a transformation of the historic Perth City Hall following an international design competition after winning the most support during a public engagement exercise .

Seeing off four other shortlisted teams Mecanoo will now be tasked with overhauling the current attraction and surrounding public realm to create a £20m museum.

Perth City Hall Design Competition Winner

GRAS Architects in London
Edinburgh’s GRAS Architects have been awarded planning consent for a two-bedroom extension to an existing property on King Edward’s Road, Hackney, to provide an extended living space and additional bedroom.

Gayfield Square Building News
Gayfield Square building by LBA

Submission of plans for 11 flats by LBA at Edinburgh’s Gayfield Square. The design blends a contemporary design of natural stone within the New Town conservation area.

Gayfield Square building design by LBA

The ‘ordered vertical design’ will replace a row of unremarkable workshops which housed a car mechanics prior to conversion to an art gallery in 2000.

Specifi FREE Design Event in Edinburgh
Talk by Alastair Parvin, founder of WikiHouse and TED speaker followed by networking.
at The Assembly Rooms, 54 George St on Tuesday 12th September, 4.30pm–10pm
See our events page for more.

New Edinburgh Landmark Contest News
2 Aug – The L.A. design studio beat off competition from 125 teams from 22 countries to design the £25m project to revitalise West Princes Street Gardens.

Ross Pavilion Edinburgh design by BIG Architects

Ross Pavilion Design Competition Winner

Ross Pavilion Edinburgh Design Competition

Penicuik Regeneration Consultation Announced
Penicuik heritage building Midlothian
photo courtesy of architects
2 Aug – Consultants Douglas Wheeler Associates and architects Austin-Smith:Lord have been appointed by Midlothian Council to work with the people of Penicuik to draw up proposals for the heritage regeneration of the town:

Penicuik building news

Park Quadrant News
2 Aug – A multi-million pound development at the A-listed Park Quadrant in Glasgow’s west end has attracted worldwide interest after flats were offered for sale in the missing part of the street.

The Charles Wilson designed Victorian development, overlooking Kelvingrove Park, has generated more than 600 buyer inquiries since it was put on the market, including from the US and Hong Kong.

Considered one of the finest examples of town planning in Europe but was never finished after the Victorian developers ran out of money.

Pollokshaws Transformation
2 Aug – Urban Union announced its acquisition of 5.74 acres of land off Shawbridge Street to take forward the latest phase of regeneration in Pollokshaws, Glasgow. Barton Willmore have been commissioned to design 137 mixed tenure homes: more info on the Glasgow Architecture news page.

Edinburgh Architecture News for July 2017

Cardoss Building One of Twelve Recipients of Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern Grants
31 Jul – The Getty Foundation announced $1.66 million in architectural conservation grants dedicated to twelve significant 20th century buildings as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative.

Among this year’s most recognizable projects is Germany’s Bauhaus Building, the revered Dessau structure designed by architect Walter Gropius, who incorporated design features that would ultimately become synonymous with modern architecture around the world.

More info + photos added 1 Aug:

Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern 2017 Grants
The twelve projects selected to receive funding this year represent the work of innovative architects who pushed the boundaries of design and construction materials, include a project by a Scottish architect and a Scottish building:

Coventry Cathedral, Coventry (architect: Sir Basil Spence);
Coventry Cathedral building

St Peter’s Seminary, Glasgow (architects: Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia architectural practice);
St Peter’s Seminary

Ripple Retreat in The Trossachs
22 Jul – Cundall is proud to be supporting the Edinburgh based charity ‘It’s good 2 give!’ by helping build Ripple Retreat, their recently opened respite house for young people with cancer and their families.

Ripple Retreat at Loch Venachar

Cundall has supplied mechanical, electrical and sustainable engineering services in the construction of the beautifully serene £1million retreat on the southern bank of Loch Venachar, Callander.
Cundall undertook dynamic thermal modelling of the building to ascertain the potential thermal comfort performance of the spaces using natural ventilation via external window openings.

To aid the sustainability of the facility the heating and domestic hot water is provided from an Air Source Heat Pump utilising a reverse refrigeration cycle of condensation and evaporation of a liquid/gas, with an electric pump compressing the gas to create heat energy. Cold water is provided from a localised bore hole with water treatment plant within the building.

Ripple Retreat in The Trossachs

“It’s good 2 give!” is a registered charity that raises money for local young people with cancer and their families in Scotland and Ripple Retreat is their purpose-built respite house which will allow families to escape and spend a short break together in a restful, safe place.

Designed by architects the Kettle Collective, the 260m2 three bedroom house features a distinctive ripple shaped roof with large glass windows providing stunning views across the loch. Inside, elegance and luxury are combined with fun and colourful elements to create a modern space that is full of light and the reflections of the Retreat’s stunning surroundings. More than 40 families are expected to use the retreat each year for short breaks of up to a week long.

City of Glasgow College – Stirling Prize Shortlisted
21 Jul – The City of Glasgow College Building – designed by two Edinburgh architects practices – is one of six buildings on the shortlist for the 22nd annual Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.

The building is by Reiach And Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects.

Stirling Prize 2017 Shortlist

How to win work through innovative design?

26 Jul 13:45 to 17:00 – Free half day conference at RIAS HQ, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE

Often seen as an issue only for contractors, in reality early design decisions have a big impact on the volume of construction waste created within a project. This event, run by Resource Efficient Scotland in association with RIAS will outline how designers can make bids stand out through use of resource efficient design practices. The event will include guest speaker Gill Scampton from Pedder and Scampton Architects, winner of the RIAS Zero Waste Scotland Resource Efficiency Award 2017. More info on this and other Edinburgh architecture events on our events page.

RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award
24 Jul – new photos added of tow key buildings by TAP
Scottish Waterski Centre in Dunfermline
photos © David Barbour
18 Jul – The inaugural RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award recognises the crucial role architects play in delivering a better world and encourages the great architects of the future at the outset of their careers.

Neil Taylor, TAP Architecture

This year, the award went to TAP Architecture, recognising two innovative and technically challenging projects: the Aerial Adventures, East Kilbride, and the Scottish National Waterski Centre, Dunfermline.

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards 2017
18 Jul – Fifteen student projects were presented at a special event held in Edinburgh on Thursday 13 July.

The winners were announced following – a quick fire ‘Chiff-Chaff’ presentation where the students shared their projects, process and inspiration with other students, the jury and members of the public. The event was held in Café Camino in Edinburgh, and was followed by the annual Andy MacMillan memorial lecture, this year given by renowned architect Sunand Prasad PPRIBA Hon FRIAS.

The awards – now in their 15th year – recognise the talent of student architects and are awarded in a number of categories. Projects included an archive and gallery for a Edinburgh based collector through to a proposal for a development in Aberdeen harbour inspired by traditional smokehouses, a project to support veterans providing links to the rest of the community and ways to re-use the Athens Olympic’s infrastructure.

The 2017 Winners are:

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th year student:
Paschalis Kyrtsopoulis, University of Strathclyde

Architecture and Design Scotland Award for Best 3rd Year Student:
Naomi Rubbra, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award:
Hannah Cattanach, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Architecture and Design Scotland Sustainable Design Award:
Naomi Rubbra, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Andy MacMillan Drawing Award:
Robert Wightman, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards 2017

Cumbernauld Community Campus Building
Cumbernauld Community Campus Building design
image courtesy of developers
Cumbernauld Community Campus Building
12 Jul – A new £34.5m Cumbernauld Community Campus which will bring together a purpose-built high school and a new theatre and arts venue.

HM The Queen Visits Kelpie Sculptures at Helix Falkirk
8 Jul 2017 – The Queen has unveiled a plaque officially naming Scotland’s newest section of canal after her. The canal was built as part of the £43m Helix project near Falkirk, which includes the famous Kelpies sculptures:

The Queen at Kelpie Sculptures at Helix Project

Work begins on Edinburgh’s A-listed Ross Fountain Renewal
7 + 6 Jul – The statue at the top of The Ross Fountain in West Princes Street Gardens was lifted off marking the start of the £1.5M renovation. The event took place noon on Thursday. This is part of the wider £25M revitalisation of West Princes Street Gardens.

Ross Fountain Restoration News

Home builders respond to GDP figures showing 5th consecutive quarter of contraction in construction
5 Jul – Whilst today’s Scottish GDP figures show the economy growing by 0.8%, they also reveal a fifth consecutive quarter of contraction in construction.

Responding on behalf of its home builder members, David Ogilvie, Interim Director of Policy at trade body Homes for Scotland, said:

“The ongoing decline in construction is extremely concerning and reflects the view of our members that it has never been harder to open new sites and get much needed homes out of the ground.

“It is particularly frustrating for us knowing that, if a more supportive policy framework to encourage housing investment was in place, home building could make even more of a contribution to boosting Scotland’s economic growth. For example, research shows that a return to building pre-recession levels of 25,000 homes per annum could generate an extra £1.9bn in Gross Value Added each year.

“Crucially, this would help to fill the economic void that will be left by large, soon-to-be-completed infrastructure projects as well as support thousands of extra jobs and training opportunities. It also offers significant wider social benefits such as improved health and education outcomes.”

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards News
4 Jul – The Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture showcase and celebrate the best of Scotland’s emerging talent.

The event takes place on 13th July at Cafe Camino in Edinburgh, with presentations from this years nominated students.

In 2017, for the first time, judging will take place at a public event where each of the 15 students will have 5 minutes to present their own work to the judging panel and audience.

The 2017 Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture will be given by guest judge Sunand Prasad PPRIBA Hon FRIAS of Penoyre Prasad and will focus on his recent work and architectural philosophy.

Thu 13 July 2017 14:00 – 19:30 BST

Café Camino, 1 Little King Street, Edinburgh EH1 3JR

For details on our events page, plus more information and booking at:
A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards 2017

Architecture Fringe
4 Jul – Initiated by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts which explores architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives, report the RIAS.

The first ArchiFringe programme opened on Friday 1st July 2016. Hosting 37 projects from over 60 contributors the programme included new artistic work, events, exhibitions, talks, environmental installations, community self-builds and a summer school.

The Architecture Fringe is taking place from 1-23 July 2017.

Website: http://architecturefringe.com/

Park Quadrant Residences
4 Jul – Expresso Property Park Quadrant Ltd, sevelopers behind the ‘missing piece’ of Glasgow’s Park Circus district have published a pair of illustrative video fly-throughs showing a bird’s eye perspective of 98 planned apartments and penthouses.

Park Quadrant Residences takes the form of an outer ring of accommodation to the north of Park Circus, completing a masterplan concept first devised by architect Charles Wilson in 1851.

The development includes eleven apartment blocks spanning six floors and consisting of one, two and three bed, duplex and penthouse apartments.

See Park Quadrant Residences Films

RIAS Festival of Architecture 2017
4 Jul – The RIAS is “providing the opportunity for events organisers to access support finance to enhance existing or create new activity, reflecting the themes and supporting the aims of the Festival.” Applications had to be submitted by today, 4th July 2017.

A Sleek Kitchen with Coastal Views Outside Edinburgh
3 Jul – Pale colours and luxurious details give this kitchen an elegant yet understated feel that doesn’t detract from the spectacular views – As one of four flats in an Edwardian mansion overlooking a beach on the Edinburgh coast, the starting point for the design of this room was the rugged landscape. ‘The clients wanted the space to tie in with the tones of the sand and sea outside,’ explains Camilla Pringle, who was responsible for designing and supplying the kitchen.

Edinburgh Edwardian Flat Refurbishment on the Seafront

Major revamp for David Livingstone Centre
3 Jul – David Livingstone’s great, great grandchild welcomes multi-million pound funding from the National Lottery and Scottish Government to create a state-of-the-art visitor centre celebrating one of Scotland’s National heroes.
Exciting plans to transform the birthplace of influential explorer and missionary, David Livingstone, into an international tourist destination are due to be unveiled on the 4th of July.

Help to Buy provides £1bn economic boost as 10,000 households purchase a new home

2 July 2017 – The number of households that have purchased a new home through the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy shared equity scheme has topped ten thousand, according to latest figures.

The scheme, which means buyers can purchase a new home with only a five per cent deposit, saw a total of 2,370 sales during 2016/17. This takes the overall number of transactions since the introduction of Help to Buy (Scotland) in 2013 over the ten thousand mark – supporting thousands of jobs and contributing £1bn in Gross Value Added to the economy.

Read more at Scottish Architecture News for 2017

Reynobond PE Cladding Strip
2 Jul – Edinburgh Napier University has begun the process of stripping cladding from its Bainfield Halls of residence in Fountain Park, amidst fire safety fears raised in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

Removal of the ‘wood effect’ exterior cladding, Reynobond PE, is expected to take up to four weeks, in time for students arriving for the 2017-18 academic year.

UK Tower Cladding Tests – news of cladding samples from high rises in 41 England & Wales local authority areas failed fire safety tests carried out by the BRE.

Edinburgh’s most luxurious home?
1 Jul – This listed Georgian townhouse, No. 5 Carlton Terrace, was built in the 1820s. The A-listed home spans four floors in the heart of Edinburgh.

The asking price by Rettie is for offers over £2.85m, one of the highest prices for a townhouse in Scotland this year, and roughly ten times the average in Edinburgh.

The refurbished interior design was by Ian Smith Design, who also designed Martin Wishart’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Edinburgh.

Most Luxurious Home in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh Architecture News for June 2017

University of Edinburgh Student Centre
University of Edinburgh Student Centre Building
images courtesy of architects

27 Jun – Edinburgh University has unveiled plans for a radical extension to Teviot Row House, billed as the world’s oldest purpose-built student union, under a £75m modernization plan, report urban realm.

University of Edinburgh Student Centre Building

Occupying a gap site between George and Bristo Square the Student Centre would provide a one-stop shop for university services and student wellbeing; including cafes, foodhalls and a nightclub.

Indicative plans by Page\Park Architects were placed on display on 27th June, illustrating how a rear access lane could be reborn as a public square.

University of Edinburgh Student Centre Building interior design

University of Edinburgh Student Centre Building News

University of St Andrews Music Centre
27 Jun – The University of St Andrews has finalised plans for an £8m music centre at Queen’s Terrace designed by architects Flanagan Lawrence.

Scottish Tower Block Safety Review
26 Jun – The Scottish Government has launched a tower block safety review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze in London as part of a wider review of building standards in the wake of the tragedy.
UK Tower Block Safety Review.

Rare Vase Designed by William Burges is Saved for the Nation

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that an exquisite vase from a set of four, designed by the gothic revival architect and designer William Burges (1827-81) for the Summer Smoking Room at Cardiff Castle has been saved for the nation.

This cultural treasure had an export bar placed on it and its acquisition ensures that it will remain in the United Kingdom, going on display from Friday,30 June in the Design for Living gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. The acquisition has been made possible with generous funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and the NMS Charitable Trust.

This important vase was part of Burges’ concept for one of his greatest interiors; the Summer Smoking Room at Cardiff Castle, which was designed and built between 1866 and 1874; the first part of the re-building of the castle for the 3rd Marquess of Bute.

Bute was at that time one of the world’s richest men, and Burges’ most important client. A rare example of a free-standing ceramic by Burges, the vase was one of four originally designed for the room. The other three are all in public collections.

Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable, Principal Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland said:

“This exceptional vase is a key piece from one of Britain’s most remarkable 19th century interiors, and an important addition to our internationally significant collections of European art and design. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to save it for the nation with the generous support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the NMS Charitable Trust.”

The partnership between Burges and Lord Bute was one of the most imaginative and creative artist-patron relationships of the 19th century. Both men were fascinated by the art and design of the middle ages and both had a distinct vision of how the period might be translated into domestic interiors for their own time.

The double-height Summer Smoking Room is his most imaginative domestic interior now in public ownership and is one of only a handful of interiors he both conceived and completed in every detail, including the furnishings.

In each of the four corners of the room are alabaster columns with capitals taking the form of pairs of male and female figures, personifying the winds of ancient antiquity. Each one once supported a vase.

The decoration of the vase draws together the interests of both Burges and Lord Bute, incorporating elements of medieval and eastern design both in the shape and in the use of Isnik-style ‘fish scales’ decorating the base.

The body of the vase is decorated with motifs that were highly personal to Bute. The inscription, in Burges’ favoured Lombardic script, reads ‘Anno Domini 1874’ at the top, and ‘Johnes Patres, Marcio de Bute’ on the main body. The heraldic decoration of the vase commemorates the Bute family name, Crichton-Stuart, within four shield-like panels.

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of NHMF said:

“This is the second vase from William Burges’ Cardiff Castle Summer Smoking Room collection that the National Heritage Memorial Fund has been able to help to keep in the UK. It is wonderful news that, with this acquisition, the final vase of the set of four is now in public ownership and that they will all be displayed for everyone to enjoy.”


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