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Edinburgh Building News 2017

Scottish Architectural + Construction Updates – East of Scotland Property Design Information

23 June 2017

Edinburgh Architecture News

Royal College of Surgeons Building

Austin-Smith:Lord completes conservation project for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

21 Hill Place, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
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23 Jun – Architects Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to refurbish the four upper storeys of their category B listed property at 21 Hill Place in Edinburgh. Prominently positioned on the corner of Nicolson Street, facing Nicolson Square, 21 Hill Place is one of the key buildings on this major thoroughfare.

21 Hill Place, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh

SEDA Conference & AGM 2017 – Conservation / Restoration / Retrofit

Date: 23-24 June
Venue: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 2BY

This year SEDA will head to The Engine Shed in Stirling – Scotland’s new building conservation centre. Inspired by the venue, this year’s theme is Conservation / Restoration / Retrofit.

More details on the Edinburgh Architecture events page

Edinburgh School Building Investigation
22 + 21 Jun – CIOB announces Commission of Past Presidents to investigate build quality

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), in light of the report into the defects that led to the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh earlier this year and subsequent events, announced the formation of a Commission of Past Presidents to investigate the issue of build quality in the construction industry, and what needs to be done to address it.

The Commission will consider what steps the CIOB needs to take to address the already identified issues around management and supervision, the importance for our education framework, and whether there are further steps the industry can take to contribute to improving build quality.

Edinburgh School Buildings

New Vision for Glasgow’s Pacific Quay Unveiled
21 Jun – Public Exhibition Highlights Plans for More Homes, Offices, Restaurants and Attractions at Prime Waterfront Site

Drum Property Group is unveiling a new vision for one of Glasgow’s most high profile waterfront sites at a public exhibition on Thursday (June 22) – more news on the Glasgow Architecture news page.

Read more at Pacific Quay Development News

Seven Teams Compete to Design New Edinburgh Landmark
20 Jun – The seven diverse proposals from the teams vying to win the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition and revitalise West Princes Street Gardens now go on show to the public.

• Concept designs displayed in online gallery, and at a public exhibition from 21 June until 30 July 2017
• Public invited to comment at the exhibition or directly via email
• Winner to be announced in early August 2017

Ross Pavilion Edinburgh design by BIG Architects

Ross Pavilion Designs – images on e-architect

Ross Pavilion Competition – news from today

Technopole Science Park Expansion
Technopole Science Park Expansion
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19 Jun – Planners at Midlothian Council have lent their consent to the expansion Edinburgh Technopole Science Park in Penicuik.
This clears the way for construction of three new office and laboratory buildings designed by Edinburgh architects Oberlanders while retaining historic parkland on the site.

Inverness Justice Centre
19 Jun – The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service bring forward revised plans for a new Inverness Justice Centre, building upon the initial concept conceived by Reiach and Hall Architects.

RIAS Awards 2017 Winners
16 Jun – At its Awards Dinner in Edinburgh, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) announced 12 winners for its 2017 Awards, representing the very best of current Scottish architecture. The judging panel was Ole Wiig FRIAS, Lorraine Landels Hon FRIAS, Stuart McKnight RIAS RIBA (representing the Royal Institute of British Architects) andKaren Anderson FRIAS (Timber Award).

Read more at RIAS Awards 2017 News

Lifetime Achievement Award for Nicholas Groves-Raines
16 Jun – Nicholas Groves-Raines FRIAS Honoured with RIAS Lifetime Achievement Award

At the annual RIAS Awards Dinner in Edinburgh on Wednesday night, the Edinburgh architect Nicholas Groves-Raines was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). The Incorporation’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those architects who have made an outstanding contribution to architecture in Scotland.

The Award was presented by RIAS President, Stewart Henderson, who said:
“This Award recognises those whose life-long endeavour marks them out from their peers. This year’s winner exemplifies a crucially important strand of architectural endeavour, too often undersung or overlooked. Nick Groves-Raines has spent a lifetime rescuing, restoring and ensuring a viable future for some of our finest historic buildings. His practice has undertaken numerous award-winning new-build and restoration projects – achieving excellence in all they do.”

Perth City Hall Renewal Building
15 Jun – Architects shortlisted designs exhibition for Perth City Hall redevelopment as cultural attraction: Mecanoo, Richard Murphy Architects, Hoskins Architects, Austin Smith Lord and LDN. enabling the public to have their say on initial concept designs.

Read more at Perth City Hall Renewal Building News

Development at Southdale
14 Jun – EWP Investments and EMA architects & masterplanners have brought forward plans for the latest phase of development at Southdale, a mixed-use development to the south of Armadale Station.

This will include 270 new homes, 65 of which will be affordable, as well as a pharmacy, post office, dentist, veterinary surgery and coffee shop as well as a potential NHS health centre.

Leith Links Homes by 7N
14 Jun – 7N Architects are designing a mahor housing scheme in Leith: 199 homes for mid-market rent on behalf of Link Housing Association on brownfield land at Salamander Place.

Delivered in partnership with Cruden Homes and the Teague Group the project is located between Leith Links and the docks, forming part of a wider masterplan which could bring up to 600 homes to the industrial area.

Scottish housing output continues to flatline
13 Jun – New housing statistics published today show overall housing output in Scotland continuing to flatline with only 88 more homes (one per cent) built in 2016 than the year before. Figures also indicate that things won’t be improving any time soon with a fall in the number of homes (279 / two per cent) being started in the same period.

Responding, Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of industry body Homes for Scotland, said:

“Whilst the Scottish Government highlights a 29 per cent increase in funding approvals for ‘affordable housing’, allocating grant is very different to actually building homes.

“More concerning for the population of Scotland is the big picture in relation to total figures across all tenures for which completions are still over 36 per cent down on 2007 levels and still less than what was built in 2010.

“The private sector is the biggest housing contributor overall yet the number of homes being started on site was down eight per cent in 2016, equivalent to over 1000 homes.

“With Scottish economic growth predicted to be half that of the UK in 2017, building the homes our country needs could help fill the void that will be left by large, soon to be completed infrastructure projects such as the Queensferry Crossing.

“And the rewards on offer are much more wide-ranging than simply fiscal. In addition to skills and jobs, new homes can contribute to improved health and education outcomes for residents. With high levels of insulation, they also help address fuel poverty and climate change.

“To reap such benefits, however, we need a supportive policy framework, particularly in relation to the planning and regulatory system, which should encourage housing investment and development.”

RIAS Awards Dinner 2017
14th June – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

This prestigious, black tie, event, presented by Scottish Television’s Political Editor, Bernard Ponsonby, will include the presentation of this year’s RIAS Awards (which will become the shortlist for Doolan 2017), the announcement of the RIBA Awards for Scotland and the presentation of the Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good, Historic Environment Scotland, Saint-Gobain (Emerging Architect), Scottish Government (Client of the Year) and Zero Waste Scotland special category awards.

St Andrew Square Building News
12 Jun – Knight Property Group has awarded ISG an £8m contract to redevelop the former Edinburgh House on St Andrew Square to offer Grade A office space.

Edinburgh architects CDA have been appointed for the remodelling, which will see a new floor added to the existing building and a full refurbishment of the levels below.

Granton Waterfront Development
12 Jun – Developer Places for People has submitted plans to bring forward the next phase of development at Granton Waterfront, report urban realm. The proposals for 89 new homes is the latest phase of a planned wider residential community of around 600 homes on Waterfront Avenue.

The latest phase of development, Phase 3, is designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, with a new courtyard, landscaped to provide amenity space and a high quality living environment for the residents.

New Building Conservation Diploma in Scotland
9 Jun – Historic Environment Scotland’s Engine Shed has launched its Advanced Diploma Course in Technical Building Conservation, the first of its kind.

Postgraduate Course Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, Gordon Urquhart, said: “The introduction of this course marks a significant new chapter for Scotland and the international conservation sector. We want to raise standards in caring for our built heritage and demonstrate the continuing cultural and economic relevance of traditional buildings, materials and skills. Scotland has world class expertise in many of these topics and we will provide unique access to them. This course sits at the heart of the Engine Shed offer.”

The postgraduate level qualification is designed to provide comprehensive training for a new generation of heritage professionals, as well as enhancing expertise and skills of experienced conversation practitioners.

Read more at Scottish Architecture News, 2017

National Galleries of Scotland at Granton
8 Jun – John McAslan + Partners have won a £75m commission to build a new archive facility for the National Galleries of Scotland at Granton, Edinburgh.

Located at Madelvic House, a former car factory, the 30,000sq/m National Collections Facility will be built to Passivhaus standards to provide a low-energy home for more than 100,000 exhibits – including art, sculpture, photographs and publications.

Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh Extension Scaled Back
8 Jun – An ambitious extension programme planned for the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh has been abandoned after managers admitted that it would cost too much.

The original proposal would have created a five-metre display space in Princes Street Gardens, but in order to remain within the £16.8 million budget designs have been scaled back.

Extending the category A-listed building, which is located in a world heritage site, would prove too complex and costly, Sir John Leighton, director general of National Galleries of Scotland, said.

Dumfries Design Competition News
8 Jun – ARPL Architects have won the design competition organized by the Glasgow Institute of Architects to reimagine the historic Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries.

Charles Jencks + Daniel Libeskind in Scotland
7 Jun – Land artist Charles Jencks, creator of an arts landscape at Crawick Multiverse in the Borders, is to host architect Daniel Libeskind at Sanquhar town hall on Saturday 24 June where the pair will hold forth over a day long series of talks.

Headline act of Cosmic Collisions, Birth, Rebirth and the Universe, an exhibition exploring the nature and origin of the universe, the event will see Libeskind unveil previously unpublished drawings of spiral galaxies – inspiration for the architects £11.5m Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in Durham.

These will be displayed alongside a selection of paintings drawn by Jencks which visualize the collision and merger of galaxies – a process which spurs the formation of new stars.

Former Donaldson’s College Building
6 Jun – CALA Homes have started on site with the new build residential project called The Crescent located within the grounds of Edinburgh’s former Donaldson’s College.

Designs by Richard Murphy Architects call for full restoration of the A-listed Playfair building along with extensive landscaping works including the removal of tones of soil to allow formation of underground parking.

Exchange District Building News
6 Jun – JM Architects have submitted an application for permission in principle for the mixed-use transformation of an electricity substation in Edinburgh’s Exchange district to accommodate 4,500sqm of office space, 550 hotel rooms, retail and leisure uses.

The development is for Scottish Power Energy Networks the scheme will constitute three separate buildings stepping up in scale from the Georgian and Victorian tenements through to the Edinburgh Conference Centre.

Each of these will rise on top of a central podium on a constricted site which is also bisected by a main line railway tunnel connecting Haymarket with Waverley.

Building on an approved masterplan from PLP Architecture in 2010 this will see a row of ornate B-listed Victorian workshops along Dewar Place retained as an active frontage and hotel entrance. Behind this a series of three separate buildings will rise united by a common material and elevation treatment of perforated corten steel panels and a mix of pink, buff and silver sandstone.

Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund News
6 Jun – The Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund supports students of architecture who are interested in developing a career in architectural lighting design.

The Trustees of the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund are delighted to announce this year that there are two winners of the 2016/17 award.

The recipients are Eleanor Connolly of the Royal College of Art, London and Martyna Marciniak of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

See the full info at Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund News

Build homes to stimulate “stagnating Scottish economy”
6 Jun – Building much needed new homes could fill the economic void left by large, soon to be completed infrastructure projects such as the Queensferry Crossing.

That is the view of trade body Homes for Scotland as it responded to the EY Scottish ITEM Club Summer Update which predicts growth in the Scottish economy for 2017 to be half that of the UK.

The organisation’s Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:

“This report emphasises the importance of business and government working together to de-risk investment, build confidence and drive economic growth.

“As well as helping to deliver the biggest return in terms of skills, jobs, productivity and the other measures highlighted by the ITEM Club, building the homes of all types that are needed to meet the requirements of our growing population also offers vital social benefits such as improved health and education outcomes.

“Whilst we need tens of thousands of new homes, latest figures show that Scotland remains in housing decline with our members telling me that it has never been harder to open new sites and get homes out of the ground.

“Research shows that returning to pre-recession levels of building by the end of this Scottish Parliament would alone generate an additional £1.9bn in economic output and 38,000 jobs on an annual basis.

“What we need is a supportive policy framework which encourages housing investment and development, and which enables Scotland to reap these economic and social rewards.”

Ross Fountain Restoration Starts
1 Jun – After initial inspections, the cast-iron feature will be removed piece by piece this summer from West Princes Street Gardens before being repaired and returned in Spring 2018.

Crafted in Antione Durenne’s foundry in France in the early 1800s, the structure was gifted to the city by local gunsmith Daniel Ross. The year-long restoration project under the Ross Development Trust will see new foundations and waterworks, enabling the fountain to operate for the first time in years.

Ross Fountain Restoration

Wavegarden Scotland submits ambitious planning proposal after positive feedback
Wavegarden Scotland

30 May – Wavegarden Scotland, the company which hopes to develop Scotland’s first artificial wave park, has submitted its planning application today (30 May) after receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from public consultation events held earlier this year.

Wavegarden Scotland

The planning application proposes to redevelop Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, Edinburgh into a word-class surf and leisure facility offering a variety of water sports on its man-made loch.

read more at Wavegarden Scotland at Ratho Quarry

Scottish Design Awards Winners
28 + 26 May – e-architect’s Isabelle Lomholt attended the awards as a media sponsor and handed out some prizes. Key winners were:

Grand Prix:
ORIAM – Scotland’s Performance Centre by Reiach and Hall Architects

Chairman’s Award:
Culardoch Shieling by Moxon Architects Ltd

Practice of the Year:
Reiach and Hall Architects

See the full list at Scottish Design Awards

Newbridge Training Facility Building
26 May – Edinburgh’s Smith Scott Mullan Architects have submitted plans for a new fire and rescue training facility at Newbridge, west Edinburgh, following expiry of a previous outline approval for the same site.

Located adjacent to an existing fire service HQ within Claylands Road Industrial Estate the facility will rise on an area of scrubland to provide a range of environments to simulate hazards and disaster scenarios.

Fall in home mover lending prompts builder concern
24 May – Responding to the latest Scottish market report from the Council of Mortgage of Lenders, Chief Executive of industry body Homes for Scotland Nicola Barclay said:

“This would appear to underline our concerns regarding the impact of the Land & Buildings Transaction Tax with feedback from our members continuing to suggest that potential buyers of homes in higher bands are deferring the decision to move because of the additional sums payable compared to the old Stamp Duty system. We will continue to monitor this market activity and share any ongoing concerns with the Scottish Government.”

Liberton Building
Liberton Brae townhouses property in Edinburgh
image courtesy of architects
18 May – Glencairn Properties and LBA Architects have secured a prized planning consent to deliver three townhouses overlooking Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory and Liberton Tower at Liberton Brae.
The four-bedroom properties will take the place of a disused agricultural barn within a complex of buildings that include a B-listed 19th century farmhouse, converted in an earlier phase of work.

Liberton Brae Townhouses, Edinburgh

Canonmills Garden Property
Canonmills Garden Property by Sheppard Robson Architects
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18 May – Sheppard Robson Architects have won planning consent to build 180 flats, maisonettes and town houses on a brownfield site overlooking Edinburgh’s Water of Leith, report urban realm.
Canonmills Garden is being driven by Artisan REI to transition from the river to the New Town by way of four separate blocks of accommodation arranged around a garden square.

Portobello Community Hub Building
18 May – Community right to buy policy has been enacted for the first time to allow the transfer of ownership of an urban site following approval of the sale of Edinburgh’s Portobello Old Parish Church and halls to community group Action Porty.
Urban Animation are assisting by developing plans for building conversion and extension.

Portobello Infill
18 May – Hackland + Dore are pushing plans to build eight flats on Edinburgh’s Friggate Street, within the city’s Portobello Conservation Area.
A three-storey infill building containing three studio flats and three two bedroom properties in the existing communal courtyard and vennel.

Granton Garden Hub News
18 May – Here + Now have followed up their pop-up gallery in a disused Edinburgh railway tunnel with plans for a community garden, summer house and artists shelter at Madelvic House in the Granton Park Avenue area of the city, report urban realm.

The price of not buying new? It could be as much as £50,000!
15 May – New research carried out by the home building industry has found that the cost of upgrading an older property to the same standard as a new build home could be as much as £50,000. The publication of the data comes at the start of this year’s New Homes Week (15-21 May) which aims to highlight the many benefits for consumers of buying a new build home.

From living in an energy efficient home that could save you hundreds of pounds on your utility bills each year, to the brand-new fixtures and fittings that come as standard, buying a new build home offers many advantages when compared to buying an older property.

Read the article in full at Scottish Architecture News for 2017

Barratt Homes crowned Home Builder of the Year at premier industry awards
13 May – Barratt Homes has been crowned trade body Homes for Scotland’s Home Builder of the Year at the organisation’s largest ever ceremony, held in Edinburgh yesterday (12 May 2017) in front of an 1100-strong crowd of senior industry leaders and guests.

The awards, which were presented by comedian and actor Tim Vine, recognise the achievements of those involved in delivering the wide range of quality homes Scotland desperately needs, with judging criteria significantly strengthened over the last couple of years to ensure that they remain the most robust and credible within the industry.

Kareen Davidson, Chair of the independent judging panel for a second consecutive year and former Sales & Marketing Director at Bett Homes, said:

“With the rigorous judging process which is in place ensuring that Homes for Scotland awards are very much worth winning, I have been delighted to see the quality of entries increase year-on-year.

“All of the finalists were strong contenders in their own right and all are therefore extremely worthy of recognition. This was reinforced by the judging process involving site inspections in the development categories, the introduction of interviews in the Supporting Organisation category and the need to demonstrate how the needs of a modern day family are met in the Home of the Year category.

“Judging the awards has been a tough but rewarding job and we congratulate everyone who entered for their commitment and showcasing their achievements in helping to ensure we are building enough homes for Scotland.”

Mies van der Rohe 2017 Awards
12 May – DeFlat Kleiburg in Amsterdam wins the Mies van der Rohe Awards, a major European architectural prize.

The architects are NL Architects and XVW architectuur.

Some Scottish comparison on our Glasgow Architecture website news page.

RIAS Convention News
12-13 May 2017 – Stirling

The annual RIAS International Convention which takes place from 12 – 13 May in Stirling.

International speakers include Petter Bergerud (Fortunen AS), Karen Cook (PLP Architecture), Hugh Dutton Hon FRIAS (Hugh Dutton Associés), Cristina Garcia (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates), Ellen van Loon (OMA), Ian Ritchie CBE Hon FRIAS (Ian Ritchie Architects) and Sonia Watson (The Stephen Lawrence Trust).

RIAS AGM
The RIAS AGM took place on 12th May 2017

The agenda was:

1. Notice Calling the Meeting
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Minutes of the AGM held on Friday 13th May 2016 at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
4. Matters Arising Therefrom
5. Presentation of the Report by the President and Council for Session 2015-2016 and the Treasurer’s Accounts for the Year Ending 31 December 2016
6. Appointment of Auditors
7. RIAS Council Elections 2017
8. Installation of President 2017-18
9. Any Other Business
10. Location of Convention 2018

Industry Lane Building
9 May – A disused car showroom off Industry Lane in Leith is set to play host to a 23-home residential development after plans for such were filed by Susan Stephen Architects on behalf of Murapol SA.

Homes for Scotland Chair steps down
9 + 2 May – Trade body Homes for Scotland today announced that current Chair Jim Mather is stepping down from the organisation with effect from its Annual General Meeting on 12 May.

With the process of recruiting a successor already underway, Vice Chair (and previous past Chair Doug McLeod (Regional Director, Scotland – Barratt Homes) will act as Chair on an interim basis.

HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:
“Jim’s insight and experience has been invaluable in expanding our work in the critical area of public affairs and the Board and I wish him well for the future.”

Edinburgh Concert Hall Building News
7 + 5 May – The project to create Edinburgh’s first new performance building in 100 years is gathering pace following the appointment of an architect-led design team, David Chipperfield Architects from London:
Edinburgh Concert Hall Building

Union Terrace Gardens Design
7 May – Aberdeen City Council have finalised a £20m proposal to overhaul Union Terrace Gardens. Part of the city centre masterplan the scheme follows on from a public consultation at the tail end of last year which will see plans drawn up by LDA Design delivered in their proposed form.

Threesixty Architecture appointed for Orkney Research + Innovation Campus
Orkney Research + Innovation Campus
5 May – Threesixty Architecture have been appointed for the redevelopment of the old Academy and former Primary School of Stromness.

Surgical Building at Quartermile
1 May – The University of Edinburgh has filed a change of use and restoration application to extend the A-listed surgical building at the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to form a new educational facility and events space, reports urban realm.

Spearheaded by Bennetts Associates and Faithful & Gould the Quartermile initiative will repurpose the historic building to offer 21,300sq/m of floor space, 6,000sq/m of which will be new build.

New Brunstane Masterplan
26 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 family-oriented neighbourhood complete with a new primary school and civic centre incorporating retail, commercial and community facilities.

Langside Apartments
26 Apr – CALA Homes have commenced delivery of 101 new apartments at Mansionhouse Road, Langhside within the grounds of the former Mansionhouse hospital.

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

e-architect成为艾特奖海外推广媒体合作伙伴
24 Apr – One of the World’s Largest Architectural Websites in UK – E-architect Becomes Idea-Tops Award Overseas Promotion Media Partner

年3月,国际空间设计大奖Idea-Tops艾特奖与全球最大建筑网站之一的英国e-architect达成合作协议,e-architect成为艾特奖的海外推广媒体合作伙伴之一。

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
– LDN
– 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

Blindwells
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:
http://www.rias.org.uk/files/2017/80/58D0B184-01AD-8A85-CF41-5BA807A9CC99.pdf

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
20 Mar – LEADING ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN STUDIO APPOINTS SENIOR ARCHITECT

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.

Architects & Architectural Assistants Required in Kuwait

Architects of various levels required for architecture practice based in Kuwait.

Very competitive salary and lower living costs than Dubai / Abu Dhabi.

Please e-mail your CV to Adrian Welch at info(at)e-architect.co.uk

Website: Architects Jobs

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