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Edinburgh Building News 2017

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27th April 2017

Edinburgh Architecture News

St Cecilia’s Hall Building Reopening
26 Apr – Following a £6.5m redevelopment, Scotland’s oldest concert hall and musical instrument museum will reopen to the public this May.

Page/Park Architects have taken inspiration from the shapes and intricate craftsmanship found in the collection to create a truly unique building.

St Cecilia’s Hall Building

Scottish Home Improvements Drop
25 Apr – As many households undertook a spring clean over Easter, home improvement figures within Scotland however still decreased in popularity across 2016, the only region or country to do so in Great Britain, falling by 4 per cent.

More at Scottish Architecture News 2017

St Andrew Square Bar
25 Apr – Speakeasy-style’ bar set for former RBS vault in St Andrew Square The vaults of the former RBS headquarters in St Andrew Square have been bust open after a crack squad performed a ten-day inside job to break into the bank, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

Read more at: Edinburgh New Town News

Brunstane Masterplan
25 Apr – City of Edinburgh Council has lent its support to a 1,330 home masterplan for the New Brunstane district of the city spearheaded by the EDI Group.

Including 300 affordable homes the scheme will deliver a neighbourhood with a new primary school and civic centre incorporating retail, commercial and community facilities.

St Andrew Square Bar
25 Apr – Danish ballet legend buys historic St Stephen’s Church A DANISH ballet legend has bought a historic church given a new lease of life as a community arts hub and festival venue, reports the Edinburgh Evening News. Peter Schaufuss, founder of the English National Ballet School, has taken over St Stephen’s Church in Stockbridge – three years after it was snapped up by computer games pioneer Leslie Benzies, 46.

Read more at: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/new-town/danish-ballet-legend-buys-historic-st-stephen-s-church-1-4411211

24 Apr – One of the World’s Largest Architectural Websites in UK – E-architect Becomes Idea-Tops Award Overseas Promotion Media Partner


The International Space Design Award — Idea-Tops and one of the world’s largest architectural websites of UK — e-architect reached a cooperation agreement: e-architect becomes Idea-Tops overseas promotion media partner.

Idea-Tops are promoting e-architect’s extensive Architecture Walking Tours network which now covers 80 cities globally with over 140 guides, since starting in Edinburgh back in 2000.

e-architect was founded by architect Adrian Welch who works as a Project Architect and Project Manager at the largest multi-disciplinary practice in the Middle East. As a Team Leader he is responsible for a new town centre of 93,000sqm, and a separate development of two new city centre towers.

International Space Design Award—Idea-Tops and e-architect become Media Partners

Tillydrone Community Hub
23 Apr – Work to deliver the £6m Tillydrone Community Hub for Aberdeen City Council is expected to get underway in August, replacing an existing facility on Hayton Road with an expanded range of services.

Sir Basil Spence Furniture News
21 Apr – National Museums Scotland has acquired a rare example of furniture designed by Sir Basil Spence – one of the leading British architects of the 20th century – and manufactured by Glasgow firm H. Morris and Company around 1949:

Basil Spence Architect

St Cecilia’s Hall Building Reopening
21 Apr – We are delighted to announce the forthcoming reopening of St Cecilia’s Hall, Concert Room & Music Museum.

Following a £6.5million redevelopment, Scotland’s oldest concert hall and musical instrument museum will reopen to the public this May.

Taking inspiration from the shapes and intricacy of our world-class collection of musical instruments, the historic University of Edinburgh building, with its elegant oval concert room and re-displayed galleries, has been thoughtfully restored and re-imagined.

St Cecilia’s Hall is located on Niddry Street. An event to mark the opening of this landmark museum and venue in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town takes place on the 17th May by invite only.

St Cecilia’s Hall Building News

Tour a Bright and Bold Edinburgh Victorian Terrace
Edinburgh Victorian Terrace Home Restoration living room | www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk
image courtesy of houzz
21 Apr – Filled with colour and personality, this beautiful Victorian terrace is bursting with character and style.
Emily Murray’s Edinburgh home is a confident mix of colour and pattern and a great example of how to modernise a period home without losing the character of the space.

EAA Awards 2017 Winners
19 Apr – e-architect attended this event, and posted the results tonight.

The EAA Building of the Year Award for 2017 Winner Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries by Richard Murphy Architects.

EAA Building of the Year Award for 2017
photo courtesy of architects

The EAA awards results were announced at a celebratory drinks event at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Wednesday 19th April 2017 from 6pm-9pm.

A record 57 entries were submitted this year and 11 shortlisted projects were visited by the judging panel.

EAA Building of the Year Award for 2017

Luxury Apartments in North Berwick
18 Apr – Leading Edinburgh-based architectural firm LBA has secured planning for a unique development of four luxurious apartments situated in a prime conservation area on the waterfront in North Berwick:
Luxury Apartments in North Berwick
image courtesy of architects
Luxury Apartments in North Berwick

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception)

Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

Architectural Conservation in Belgium: Henry Van de Velde’s University Library in Ghent and Victor Horta’s Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels

Luc Verpoest , Barbara Van der Wee and Paul Lievevrouw, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation – KU Leuven

More details on our events page.

Perth City Hall Building News
18 Apr – Five of the biggest names in UK architecture are vying for the right to redesign Perth City Hall with the building’s re-opening scheduled for 2021, reports The Courier.

Each has a grand vision for redeveloping the building into a cultural attraction capable of bringing visitors to the city from around the world.

The designers hoping to undertake the project, alphabetical order:

– Austin Smith Lord
– Hoskins Architects
– Mecanoo
– Richard Murphy Architects

Perth City Hall Building

Stow College Building News
14 Apr – The Glasgow School of Art (the GSA) has unveiled details of its plans for the conversion of the former Stow College building today 14 April 2017.

The design, by BDP architects, includes refurbishment of the five floors of the original 1930s building, replacement of the current rooftop extension (added in the 1960s) and glazing over the massive interior light wells to form two atria which will offer flexible spaces.

See the Glasgow Architecture website’s news page for more.

Defects found at 71 more Scottish school buildings
13 Apr – At least 71 more schools in Scotland were found to have similar defects to Edinburgh schools judged to be unsafe, a BBC investigation has found.

Concerns were raised after 17 schools in the capital were shut following a wall collapse at Oxgangs Primary in January 2016.

Since then defects have been found at dozens of schools in 15 council areas. While most of the buildings have now been repaired, work on six of them is still to be completed.

And fears have been voiced that there could be similar problems at other buildings constructed under public-private partnership (PPP) schemes like hospitals and care homes.

Problems first came to light when hundreds of bricks weighing a total of nine tonnes were blown from a wall at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh during Storm Gertrude.

Ten primaries, five secondaries and two additional support needs schools – all built or refurbished as part of the same PPP scheme – were subsequently shut due to concerns over the standard of construction, affecting about 7,600 pupils.

source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39580308

Planning Review Misses the Mark
7 Apr – Trade body Homes for Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s proposals on “Places, People and Planning”.

Director of Planning Tammy Adams said:

“With home builders telling us it has never been harder to open new sites and get much needed homes out of the ground, and having consistently relayed our concerns to the Scottish Government over some time, we are extremely disappointed with the package of proposals in the recent consultation paper. Whilst the words framing the need to deliver more homes are there, the detail required to achieve this is not.

“Homes for Scotland has engaged positively throughout the planning review process and we will continue to press for the current system to be tightened up to ensure maximum efforts are made, across all of Scotland’s planning authorities, to focus on policy and practice which actively enables the delivery of new homes.

“Despite an improving market, the number of new homes being built is in decline and, as existing sites are completed, home builders are increasingly struggling to secure planning permission for new ones. This situation will only exacerbate Scotland’s chronic housing shortfall, yet the planning review proposals contain no clear and targeted measures to address the real issues with development plans and development management processes.

“As we move towards the Planning Bill, due later this year, it is less clear than ever how the Scottish Government intends to find planning system solutions to increase the number of new homes being built.

Architectural Conservation Masterclass
Thursday, 6 April 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).
Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

Safeguarding historic structures in Iran
Mehr Azar Soheil, ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites

The lecture will include references to the building of Persepolis and its modern restoration, as well as examples of the conservation and restoration of Iranian historic cities and the development challenges at the present. More on our Events page.

Planning in Principle for Scotland’s Film Studio
Straiton Film and TV Studio

5 + 4 Apr – Further to today’s planning decision by Scottish Ministers, the developers PSL Land Ltd stated they were very pleased with the decision by Ministers to approve the grant of planning permission in principle for Scotland’s world-class Film & TV studio complex, and will be moving forward immediately with the application for planning permission in detail for the Film Studio, Academy and Energy Centre sections of the development.

We first reported on this back on 11th January 2016:

Straiton Film and TV Studio News
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.

Straiton Film and TV Studio News

3 Apr – East Lothian Council have lent their support to a 1,600-home settlement at Blindwells, near Prestonpans, as part of a landscape-led masterplan which also makes provision for business units, a school and supermarket. The new town at Blindwells was one of our first news items back in 2000, that is how long this project has been rumbling on for. The design is by EMA Architects, a ‘garden city’ with pockets of residential development surrounded by generous open space and woodland planting, allowing direct connections to landscape features and an extensive walking / cycle network.

Work could now get underway on the giant scheme early next year with the potential to deliver as many as 3,200 homes by 2022.

RIAS Council National Elections Deadline
3 Apr – There are four vacant places for nationally elected Incorporation Representatives on RIAS Council for the coming session, report the RIAS. Members of the RIAS are now 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 5pm, Thursday 6th April 2017, accompanied by the candidate’s election statement of no more than 200 words.

Nominations received after 5pm on 6th April 2017 will be invalid.

Voting papers will be issued by email on Thursday 13th April to be returned (by e-mail, fax or post) by 5pm on Friday 28th April 2017. The results will be announced at the Incorporation’s AGM in Stirling on Friday 12th May.

Half a million visitors for V&A Building in Dundee?
3 Apr – The £80 m V&A building in Dundee can attract half a million visitors in 2018 and one third of a million visitors a year after that, its director believes, reports the Glasgow Herald today.

“Philip Long, V&A Dundee’s director, which he said is “on programme and on budget”, said the business plan for the new museum of design on the banks of the Tay is robust.

Construction of the Kengo Kuma-designed museum is continuing apace, and the first of its more than 2,000 cast-stone panels have been affixed to its curving walls.”

Link: V&A Building in Dundee

RIAS Awards 2017 Shortlist
2 Apr – shortlist announced for >RIAS Awards 2017.

pentastyle comes to Inverness

1 Apr – Inverness now has a fully refurbished pentahotel, bringing the penta group’s innovative “neighbourhood-lifestyle” approach to four-star hospitality to the heart of this strikingly beautiful city.

The 90 rooms, arranged on five floors, have undergone a complete makeover in the fresh and engaging pentastyle, where mattresses specially made for penta offer an exceptional standard of sleep. Its trademark pentalounge – combining reception, 24/7 bar and lounge, with pool table, game consoles and delicious food – is designed as a gathering place where visitors, locals and the business community can relax and mingle.

Inverness Buildings News

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).
Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

The enhancement of cultural heritage remains during urban regeneration projects in Athens
Eleni Kanetaki, National Technical University of Athens.

More details on our Events page.

Ross Pavilion International Design Competition Shortlist
28 Mar – seven finalist teams selected to proceed to the second stage of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition.

Ross Pavilion Edinburgh site
photo © Malcolm Reading Consultants / David Springford

The competition is searching for an outstanding team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the new circa £25m Ross Pavilion and Gardens project in the heart of Edinburgh.

• Adjaye Associates (UK)
• BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark)
• Flanagan Lawrence (UK)
• Page \ Park Architects (UK)
• Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (Norway)
• wHY (USA)
• William Matthews Associates (UK) and Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)

Ross Pavilion International Design Competition

Specifi Edinburgh
29 Mar – Landscape architecture event at The Assembly Rooms. Specifi Landscape brought internationally renowned thought leader Gary Grant to Edinburgh. His talk – “The Water Sensitive City” – was followed by a Q&A, hosted by thought leading ecologist Dusty Gedge.

Gulf Architects
29 Mar – Junior and mid-level architects required in Kuwait, salaries a multiple of Scottish equivalents, please e-mail info@e-architect.co.uk for details.

Final say on Scotland’s planning system
27 Mar – Consultation on significant changes enters final week.
People will have a final opportunity to comment on major changes being proposed for the planning system in Scotland, as a consultation on planning draws to a close next week.

The Scottish Government has set out 20 proposals to revamp the system, which will support economic growth, delivery of houses and increase community involvement in planning decisions. The proposals build on recommendations from an independent review panel.

Planning Minister Kevin Stewart said:
“This consultation outlines major proposals for improving Scotland’s planning system, and so I’d urge everyone with an interest in planning – developers and businesses, professionals and local authorities, communities and members of the public – to use this opportunity to tell us what they think.

“Planning affects everyone’s lives, from making sure we have the right types of homes to driving forward regeneration. We need a strong system to support these aims and for long-term economic growth, and we can only achieve that system if we ensure we are taking into account the views of everyone involved.
“I firmly believe Scotland’s planners can lead the delivery of great places, empower communities and provide a stable environment for investment through the uncertain times we live in.”

One Lochrin Square Building
26 Mar – Edinburgh’s largest office building, the 64,000sq/ft One Lochrin Square by MLA, has been re-opened following an extensive overhaul to make it more appealing to tech occupiers.

New Waverley Building Images
Premier Inn on Market Street
photo courtesy of New Waverley
26 Mar – some new images added to New Waverley development page

RIAS Council Elections 2017 – Nominations
26 + 22 Mar – There are four vacant places for nationally elected Incorporation Representatives on RIAS Council for the coming session. Members of the RIAS are now 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 5pm, Thursday 6th April 2017, accompanied by the candidate’s election statement of no more than 200 words.

Nominations received after 5pm on 6th April 2017 will be invalid.

Voting papers will be issued by email on Thursday 13th April to be returned (by e-mail, fax or post) by 5pm on Friday 28th April 2017. The results will be announced at the Incorporation’s AGM in Stirling on Friday 12th May.

RIAS Elections – Letter to Members:

Bonnington Property
25 Mar – plans for the delivery of 52 flats on the former Bonnington Mills designed by for Queensberry Properties, who recently completed luxury properties on Kinnaird Road in former Edinburgh Academy buildings. Situated on the south bank of the Water of Leith off Newhaven Road this residential development will be built to a density of 146 units per hectare arranged over three blocks of up to five storeys.

Edinburgh Marina Building News
24 Mar – Wilson + Gunn Architects have designed proposals to build a new retirement community at Edinburgh Marina, comprising 104 individual flats alongside a gym and spa and communal lounge: Edinburgh Marina Building

Historic Environment Scotland News
24 Mar – Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has been awarded the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland Public Body Champion Award for the third year in a row in recognition of its work to tackle climate change, it was announced today (24th March).

The award was presented prior to the WWF’s annual ‘Earth Hour’ initiative, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 25th March). This event sees people across the globe switch off their lights for an hour between 8.30pm – 9.30 pm, raising awareness of the need to lower carbon emissions.

Scottish Architecture News

Homes for Scotland Awards
23 Mar – The shortlist for Scotland’s premier home building industry awards has been announced as Homes for Scotland prepares to acknowledge the sector’s achievements at its largest celebration to date: Homes for Scotland Awards Shortlist

Floating Boutique Hotel in Leith
22 Mar – The Royal Yacht Britannia have put forward proposals to permanently moor the ship MV Fingal at Edinburgh’s B-listed Prince of Wales dock to serve as a floating boutique hotel.

First launched in 1963 the vessel was the last to be built by the Blythswood Shipbuilding Company in Glasgow and measures some 72m in length.

New Building by Architect Gokay Deveci
22 Mar – Gokay Deveci, Professor in architecture at the Scott Sutherland School, Aberdeen, has released the first indicative visual of a proposed dolphin centre at Greyhope Bay, close to Torry, incorporating a viewing platform, classrooms, a theatre, restaurant and conference rooms. It is the brainchild of marine scientist Fiona McIntyre. She has a bid to drum up support for the £10m venture from the local authority, business and wildlife organisations.

Dundee Waterfont Building
22 Mar – Mike Galloway, director for city development at Dundee City Council, has stepped in following a poor critical reception to the latest elements of the city’s waterfront masterplan by defending the urban design approach taken.

Senior Architect Appointed by LBA

Leading Edinburgh-based independent architecture and design studio, LBA has appointed senior architectural designer Gareth Jones to further strengthen its team with a focus on private clients and commercial residential projects.

Gareth Jones appointed by LBA

With a BA Hons Interior Architecture from the University of Wales Cardiff and a career spanning over 15 years, Gareth (aged 37) has held senior positions in architectural practices including Richard Murphy Architects. He has also directed many high end domestic building projects and won national accolades for his work.

The most notable project to date, Murphy House, was awarded the 2016 RIBA House of the Year category as well as the restoration and conversion of the historic Playfair’s Donaldson’s School building and Gate Lodges in Edinburgh into 112 luxury apartments.

Commenting on the appointment, Lynsay Bell, managing director of LBA said:
“Gareth’s appointment is testament to our commitment to grow the business further. We have admired Gareth’s work for many years and delighted that he’s joined our team as he brings a wealth of design expertise and industry knowledge.”

Gareth Jones, added:
“LBA is without question paving the way when it comes to design led architecture working with some of the country’s leading independent developers and builders. It’s an exciting time to join the business.”

Founded in 2012 by Lynsay Bell, LBA is a progressive and dynamic practice based in the City’s west end in Walker Street. With a creative team of eight architectural designers and studio manager, LBA boasts local, national and international expertise gained from as far afield as Norway and China to Dubai and Australia. This international focus as well as localised knowledge brings unique insights and design solutions for private residential and commercial developments.

Specialists in listed buildings, refurbishment and conservation projects, LBA project highlights include the renovation of Well Court Hall in the city’s historic Dean Village, which showcases the Firm’s unique design approach. This former A Grade listed Church building has been sympathetically renovated into a spectacular residential property over three levels that’s sympathetic to the original architecture blended with highly contemporary and luxurious specifications.

For more information, please visit www.studiolba.co.uk or call Lynsay Bell, managing director on 0131 226 7186 or email mail@studiolba.co.uk.

Urban Union Regeneration
18 Mar – Regeneration projects in Glasgow and Edinburgh have been held up as best practice at the Scottish Parliament.

Urban Union – a joint venture between McTaggart Construction and Robertson Group – has successfully completed the initial phases of regeneration at Laurieston Living in Glasgow and Pennywell Living in Edinburgh.

Key to that success has been the inclusion of an award-winning arts strategy which has brought together current and future residents.

Holyrood’s Cross Party Group on Culture invited the organisations delivering these programmes to take part in a panel discussion titled ‘Cultural Regeneration – can planners and artists work together?’

Peter McCaughey of WAVEparticle and Kate Wimpress of North Edinburgh Arts explained how the arts has been integral to each development and showcased some of the innovative programmes they have created at Laurieston and Pennywell.

Neil McKay, managing director of Urban Union, said: “Regeneration is about much more than simply building new homes. That can only be the starting point – truly successful regeneration has to be about building communities and that is why we embed an arts and living strategy into each of our projects.

“It is fantastic that the Scottish Parliament has recognised the importance of this, and I am sure that Peter and Kate impressed upon those attending the Cross Party Group the importance of a holistic approach to regeneration.”

Pennywell Living – launched in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council’s 21st Century Homes housing division – features 700 homes, half of which are either affordable, social housing or Mid-Market Rent.

At Pennywell, the arts strategy has led to events such as ‘Bright Nights’ in 2015, an installation created by local artist Alice Betts which transformed the area around Muirhouse Shopping Centre.

The partnership is also working on a third development in the Muirton area of Perth, building 203 homes as part of the final phase of a regeneration project.

RIAS Convention

This year the annual RIAS International Convention will take place from 12 – 13 May in Stirling.

More information will be available soon on the RIAS website.

EAA Awards 2017 Shortlist

The Edinburgh Architectural Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 EAA Awards. In total 57 submissions were received, the highest number of entries to date.

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.

This year the format of the awards has been changed to enable all entries built within the chapter area, Large, Small, Regeneration & Conservation and Wood 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.

Large Project:

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries – Richard Murphy Architects
Holyrood North Student Accommodation & Outreach Centre – Oberlanders Architects / JM Architects
James Gillespie’s High School – JM Architects
The Spens Building – Page Park Architects

Small Projects:

Costa Rican Garden Shed – Chambers McMillan Architects
Ravelston Dykes Lane – Konishi Gaffney Architects
Trinity – Crew Architects

Regeneration and Conservation:

Botanic Cottage – Simpson & Brown Architects
Dalkeith Corn Exchange Regeneration – Michael Laird Architects
Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas – Buccleuch Estates in association with Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue Forest

Wood Award:

Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas – Buccleuch Estates in association with Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue Forest
Pop-up Pavilion – Konishi Gaffney Architects
Thistle Foundation Centre Of Wellbeing – 3D Reid

Ambassador Award:

Comielaw Steading – Konishi Gaffney Architects
Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum Project – Simpson & Brown Architects
Thyme Walk Houses – City Architecture Office

Website: EAA Awards 2017 Shortlist

New: RIAS Chartered Practice and Practice Services

RIAS practices may be approached to sign up to RIBA Chartered Practice. RIAS practices should note that the RIAS runs its own Chartered Practice scheme which gives practices access to information specific to practising in Scotland, Practice Services, RIAS Chartered Practice logos and site sign boards. Practices are, of course free to join the RIBA scheme however please be aware that the schemes are separate entities and the benefits unrelated. The RIBA Chartered Practice will not give access to the benefits of the RIAS scheme. There is no reciprocity in place. If you are practising in Scotland it makes sense to hold the RIAS accreditation entitling your practice to benefit from:

• access to Practice Information Notes, available on the RIAS website;
• telephone or written advice on legal, professional and contract matters by our team of advisors and experts;
• e-PI Notes, the Practice Services email bulletin, issued fortnightly informing members of upcoming events, current news, and new Practice Information Notes;
• a credit account with the RIAS bookshop;
• downloads of the RIAS suite of Standard Forms of Appointment and Contract Administration forms free of charge.

Architectural Conservation Masterclass
This took place on Thursday, 16 March, 5.30 – 7.00pm
Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

Tales from the Unwild: reviewing some management strategies in Scotland’s ‘wildland’ areas
Patricia Macdonald and Angus Macdonald
More info on our events page.

Modernist Planning Video
16 Mar – A short film reveals the post-war redevelopment plans for Edinburgh’s Leith Street and St James districts could have been drastically different, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

Named The Collingwood Plan, the radical scheme was drawn up in the 1950s by Southampton-based architectural firm W.H. Saunders and Son who envisaged a modern, large-scale redevelopment of the Leith Street and St James district where now stands the semi-demolished St James Centre.

Read more at: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/old-edinburgh-captured-in-modernist-planning-video-1-4387489

Aberdeen Shopping Centre Expansion
16 Mar – BMO Real Estate partners have pledged to lodge a formal planning application to extend Aberdeen’s Bon Accord & St Nicholas shopping centre by the end of the month.

Apartments by 7N Architects
15 Mar – 7N Architects acting on behalf of CALA Homes have tabled plans to build a pair of ‘pavilion villa’ apartment blocks and three detached houses in Thorntonhall, South Lanarkshire.

Dundee Steading Conversion
14 Mar – Peter Inglis Architects have drawn up proposals for the conversion and extension of a former farm steading at Mains of Balgay, Dundee, to form five family homes.

Dandara Aberdeen ‘Village’
14 Mar – Dandara have brought forward plans to build 116 homes spread across two apartment blocks and a retirement block, as well as 35 houses, at pinewood and Hazledene, Aberdeen.

Inverness Station Building Renewal
13 Mar – Mott MacDonald have been named as lead designer for a £6m redevelopment of Inverness railway station, ahead of its planned completion in 2018.

New figures show Scotland remains in housing decline, say builders
14 Mar – Scottish Government statistics published today show the total number of new homes being started in order to address the country’s housing crisis has fallen by five per cent to 16,870 over the last year, dragged down by a worrying private sector drop of 14 per cent, down to 11,816. In comparison, social sector housing starts increased by 24% to 5,054.

Responding, Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland, said:
“Whilst it is good to see an increase in social sector funding and consequent activity, we must recognise that this equates to only a third of homes built, and we therefore need an all-tenure approach to delivery if we are to meet the wide range of housing needs and demands of people across Scotland.

“I am deeply concerned by today’s figures which confirm the views of my members that it has never been more difficult to start sites and get much needed homes out of the ground. Obviously this continuing flat-lining of total supply is bad news in relation to the jobs and investment builders bring to our economy, but unfortunately those worst affected are the young people and growing families struggling to get on the housing ladder.

“Not only is the lack of an adequate housing supply across all tenures stifling ambition and aspiration, it is also continuing to pressurise house prices and rents as well as threatening Scotland’s future success and social well-being.”

850 New Leith Homes
13 Mar – More than 850 new homes are set to be built in Leith under plans by a housing association to invest tens of millions over the next five years, reports the Edinburgh Evening News today.

The homes are being planned to provide social housing and mid-market rent properties across various sites.

Funding from the government and a long term loan through insurance company Canada Life is allowing Port of Leith Housing Association to invest £89m into new housing and £7m into improving the quality of its existing homes such as kitchen and bathroom replacements and new windows, doors and insulation to improve energy efficiency.

Waterloo Street Hotel
13 Mar – ICA Architects have followed up a change of use application to convert the disused Douglas House office block on Glasgow’s Waterloo Street into a hotel.

Specifi Edinburgh Architectural News
13 Mar – Specifi Landscape hits Edinburgh on the 29th March 2017 at The Assembly Rooms. The event is packed full of value, including a world-class speaker, networking and expo, a complimentary bar and is all wrapped up with the Specifi dinner:

Specifi Landscape is bringing internationally renowned thought leader Gary Grant to Edinburgh. His talk – “The Water Sensitive City” – will be followed by a Q&A, hosted by thought leading ecologist Dusty Gedge.

Both Gary and Dusty will also join our “Networking and Expo” between 5.00pm and 7.30pm, where Bar Specifi, sponsored by Conrad Consulting, will serve complimentary beer and wine as you work the room. And finally, all attendees are welcome to join us for the complimentary Specifi Dinner.

Architects who have an interest in Landscape Architecture are more than welcome to attend.

More details on our Events page.

Calton Road Building News
Old Town student flats to repair historic building line
12 Mar 2017 – Buile Developments have tabled updated proposals for removal of a single storey warehouse fronting Calton Road within the Old Town conservation area for replacement by a mixed-use structure..

Aberdeen Student Flats
10 Mar – Planners have granted consent to a 374-bed student housing development by Fletcher Joseph Architects on the city’s John Street, eliminating a prominent brownfield plot.

Next Phase of Chapelton
7 Mar – Elsick Development Company have commenced excavation work on the latest phase of development at Chapelton, south of Aberdeen, the largest planned New Town in Scotland at 4,000 homes.

Justice Centre in Inverness
7 Mar – A £23m justice centre by Edinburgh architects Reiach and Hall has been approved by planners, thus allowing the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service the green light to progress the build this Spring:

Edinburgh architects Reiach and Hall

V&A Dundee News
7 Mar – A ‘topping out’ ceremony was held on March 1st to mark a significant moment in the construction of V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Local schoolchildren were involved in the event which saw a Douglas Fir tree positioned ceremonially by crane at the highest point of the building, nearly two years on from the start of construction.

V&A Dundee Building News

6 Mar – Workplace fit out specialists Haa Design have merged with property and office design specialists Space Solutions to scale up their ambitions in the commercial, public, further education and professional services sectors, reports Urban Realm.
This will see Haa’s ten strong Glasgow team relocate to Space Solutions’ Glasgow office by the end of next month while retaining the haa brand, founded in 1994 by Hugh Anderson.

Edinburgh Mews Property by StudioKap
6 Mar – Glasgow’s StudioKap Architects are renewing an application to proceed with a mews building on land to the rear of 36-40 Albany Street, Edinburgh, following completion of a residential conversion of adjoining townhouses.

University of St Andrews Satellite Campus
6 Mar – The University of St Andrews has put forward its bid for part of the £1.84bn City Deal for Tayside and North East Fife with a £24m plan to develop the site of a former paper mill at Guardbridge.
Eden Campus would see 5,500sqm of derelict buildings four miles from the university’s historic home refurbished to create an advance materials centre; an enterprise centre; ‘Living lab’ and an innovation hub marrying industry with academia.

Georgian Townhouse Gets Elegant Restoration
3 Mar – Careful planning has enabled a new kitchen to fit perfectly into the classic proportions of a Georgian house. When the owners of this Grade I-listed townhouse in Edinburgh’s New Town contacted kitchen designer Brian Minns, they were clear about their brief. “They wanted to install a kitchen that felt as if it was really part of this Georgian property, and that would last another 20 to 30 years,” he says: Edinburgh Georgian Townhouse Restoration

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