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Edinburgh Building News 2018

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Edinburgh Architecture News

19 Oct 2018
Gleneagles owners to open luxury hotel in Edinburgh
Ennismore, owner of the famous Perthshire estate and golf resort, will take over two empty premises at St Andrew Square with the 33-bedroom Gleneagles Hotel, report the Edinburgh Evening News.

The hotel will be located in the former Bank of Scotland premises next to Dundas House, which closed in 2016.

A bronze-coloured rear extension called the garden pavilion will be constructed as well as a new rooftop terrace for members, subject to approval from the City of Edinburgh Council.

The developers have also applied for permission to build a full-width, recessed roof extension with an external terrace on the front section of the building – which will sit behind the building’s prominent statues:

Gleneagles hotel Edinburgh St Andrew Square

Read more at:
Gleneagles luxury hotel in Edinburgh

7 Oct 2018
Robin Webster OBE FRIAS RIBA Elected RIAS President

Robin Webster has been elected the next President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). Robin will take over from Stewart Henderson at the Incorporation’s AGM on 11th October 2018. As approved at the RIAS Council meeting on 12th September, the newly elected President will serve for 19 months.

More on our Glasgow Architecture news page

RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect award 2018

31 + 29 Aug 2018 – The 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.

This year, the award went to Eilidh Henderson of Page\Park Architects for her inspiring work on St. Cecilia’s Chapel in Edinburgh.

Assorted pictures of St. Cecilia’s Hall, Old Town, Edinburgh:
St. Cecilia’s Hall, Old Town, Edinburgh

St. Cecilia’s Hall, Old Town, Edinburgh

St. Cecilia’s Hall, Old Town, Edinburgh
photos : Jim Stephenson

One project distinguished with the Emerging Architects Award: St. Cecilia’s Hall.

St. Cecilia’s hall has been home to the University of Edinburgh’s musical instrument collection since the 1960s. An ‘L’ shaped arrangement of galleries wraps round Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert room at the centre.

Planning (Scotland) Bill News
28 Aug – Barton Willmore urge planners and developers to have their say and complete a survey to help influence the Planning (Scotland) Bill:

Architecture News Scotland for 2018

The Happenstance: The Exhibition
from 30 August at The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane

RIAS Presidential and Council Candidates
24 Aug – The RIAS announce that there are two Presidential Candidates for the upcoming election.

RIAS Presidential Candidates:

Gordon G Smith FRIAS RIBA


Online voting will open the week commencing 10th September and close on 1st October 2018.

RIAS Council Nationally Elected Candidates

• Karen Anderson FRIAS RIBA
• Gordon Duffy FRIAS RIBA
• Malcolm Fraser FRIAS RIBA
• Helen M Lucas RIAS RIBA
• Stephen Miles FRIAS RIBA
• Douglas Read PPRIAS RIBA
• Ben Scrimgeour RIAS RIBA

Alan Jones elected RIBA President 2019-21

Congratulations to Alan Jones FRIBA Hon RIAS who has been elected the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Alan will take over the two-year presidential term from Ben Derbyshire next year (1 September 2019); from 1 September 2018 he will officially become RIBA President Elect.

RIBA Brexit Survey for Non-UK Nationals

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, the RIBA would like your help to better understand the main issues facing those from outside the UK who are working in architectural practice. Please give five minutes of your time to complete this survey. All data will be recorded anonymously and kept completely confidential. Your response will only be seen by the survey team.

GIA Design Awards 2018; Call for entries

Entries to the GIA Design Awards opened on 1 August . The annual GIA Awards are recognised at local and national level and are one of the main highlights of the annual GIA programme.

The deadline for entries is 7 September 2018

This year’s categories include:
1. Conservation
2. Education/Healthcare
3. Leisure/Arts
4. Office/Commercial/Industrial/Retail
5. Residential
6. Small Works (under £250,000)

RIAS Presidential and Council Elections 2018 / 2019

Candidates for President of the RIAS and for Nationally elected positions can download the relevant forms and guidance notes.

Completed nominations must be received by the RIAS by 5.00pm on Wednesday
15 August 2018 (and will be acknowledged).

Keep an eye on the website where you can keep up to date with facts about how you can vote and find details about the election process.

Student/Associate Elections will be held in the new academic year and details for nomination will follow.

RIAS Quarterly- New Editorial Group – Volunteers Sought

Could you help with a new editorial group to deliver and evolve the RIAS Quarterly?

The RIAS President is setting up a small working group to look at improving the magazine as part of an initiative to refresh areas of the Incorporation’s endeavours.

If this is something you would like to be involved in, please contact Carol-Ann Hildersley.

BEFS Chair
As the current BEFS Chair, Dr Graeme Purves, is stepping down at the next AGM in December, BEFS are inviting expressions of interest from potential candidates for the role.

If you are interested in the position of BEFS Chair then please write to the BEFS Director, Euan Leitch in the first instance, outlining (no more than one side of A4) why you would be a suitable candidate for the post. Please also include a brief career synopsis (maximum 500 words).

Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association News
Board Recruitment – Looking for Individuals With Architecture Expertise

Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association are currently seeking new board members for their governing body and are specifically looking for a member with property and development expertise as they are a housing association that does new build developments each year.

Building Standards Compliance and Fire Safety – A Consultation on Making Scotland’s Buildings Safer for People

This consultation seeks to obtain the views and opinions of stakeholders on a review of building and fire safety regulatory frameworks in order to help ensure the safety of people in and around Scotland’s buildings.

The consultation covers two main areas, as follows:
• The first part relates to the roles and responsibilities of people verifying, inspecting and certifying building work and strengthening enforcement of and compliance with building regulations.
• The second part of the consultation covers specific fire safety standards relating to external cladding and cavities, escape, the provision of sprinklers and finally, the proposal for a “central hub” for verifying complex fire engineered solutions.

You are invited to respond to this consultation by 26 September 2018

ADP’S Charity Art Auction

ADP decided to launch a challenge to the practice, to encourage employees to take time out, and reveal their creative talent.

All the artwork has been generously donated by ADP’s employees, and the funds raised will be donated to charity: the Marudyan Society (which funds education for deprived children in India) and Macmillan.

RIBAJ Rising Stars 2018

Industry leaders and a 2017 star join RIBAJ’s hunt, in association with Origin, for construction’s Rising Stars.

To be eligible you should have completed your professional training (Part 2 for architects) 10 or fewer years ago as at Friday 7th September 2018.

We need: Your details: a short biography; why you should be a RIBAJ Rising Star; referee comment; a selection of images and your answer to two questions: What would you most like to improve about the industry? What existing building or place would you most like to tackle?

Deadline: 10 September 2018

Drum Submits Major Planning Application for Leith Walk
7 Aug – Revised Planning Proposal Set to Maintain Area’s “Distinctive Feel and Character” Following Community Feedback

Stead’s Place Leith Walk property
image courtesy of Drum

A significant section of Leith Walk, Edinburgh is set to be transformed into a vibrant residential, student and visitor quarter following a major planning application submitted by Drum Property Group.

Stead’s Place Leith Walk Property

16 Church Street
3 Aug – West Dunbartonshire Council’s flagship office building at 16 Church Street, Dumbarton, designed by Keppie, is now complete and operational:
16 Church Street Dumbarton Office Building

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Strategy
1 Aug – The RIAS Strategy Group (Chapter representatives) have agreed a timetable for adopting the new five-year strategy and as part of the drive to ensure that members are consulted as widely as possible- each Chapter is doing this in its own way. Some chapters are planning questionnaires to send to members and non members in their areas: others are holding workshops such as the Coarum series organised by the EAA.
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Strategy

Doors Open Days News
1 Aug – Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, new and old. Every September, you can explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland for free. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime.
Doors Open Days 2018 Scotland

‘Our World Heritage’ exhibition opens at the historic Tron Kirk in Edinburgh
26 Jul – A new exhibition which showcases the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, as well as Scotland’s five other World Heritage Sites, opens today at the historic Tron Kirk on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The exhibition, housed within the atmospheric 17th century former kirk, attempts to capture the essence of the World Heritage Site in Edinburgh through the voices and opinions of local people. The story is told in a series of videos, quotes, and specially commissioned portraits from award-winning Scottish photographer Alicia Bruce.

Doors Open Days News
21 Jul – Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, new and old. Every September, you can explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland for free. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime:
Doors Open Days 2018 Scotland

Chris Stewart Group sells Greenside
Greenside office building Edinburgh
photos courtesy of Chris Stewart Group (CSG)

11 Jul – Chris Stewart Group (CSG) has confirmed that the award-winning Greenside office building in the burgeoning east end of Edinburgh’s city centre, has been acquired by Leading Cities Invest (LCI), a real estate investment fund managed by Frankfurt-based KanAm Grund Group.

Greenside Edinburgh Development News

Greenside office building

Glenmorangie New Still House Building
6 Jul – Glenmorangie broke ground on a new still house, part of a multimillion pound expansion designed to position the single malt whisky for a strong, successful future. This significant investment in the Highland Distillery, which this year celebrates its 175th anniversary, will enable Glenmorangie to meet soaring global demand for its award winning single malt Scotch whisky.

Glenmorangie New Still House Building

72 percent of businesses inaccessible in Edinburgh is unacceptable

On behalf of members of the British Polio Fellowship in Scotland, we welcome calls to make councils responsible for ensuring businesses provide adequate wheelchair access. There is now a very real need to enforce the Equality Act.

This cause has been taken up by Christine Jardine MP and constituent (Shirley Todd), after finding 72 percent of businesses around Lothian Road in Edinburgh were not accessible. Our experience is this is not an isolated case but an issue for Scotland and indeed, the wider UK. 13.4 million people with a disability deserve better and proactive enforcement may be the only solution. As a former business owner myself, I understand some fear accessibility means increased costs for a high street already struggling. Reasonable adjustments to make life easier however need not cost the earth and help and understanding go a long way.

For our members, accessibility is a key concern and an ageing population means this is going to become a bigger issue as the years pass so resolving this now is in the long-term interests of us all. The British Polio Fellowship continues to support the 120,000 in the UK who now live with PPS. If you want to know what we think about accessibility or if you need our support, call us now on 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk

Yours faithfully

David Mitchell
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship

Ref. https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2018/06/jardine-backs-accessibility-campaign/

30 Jun 2018
Chris Stewart Group strikes deal with Baillie Gifford
The Registers, St Andrew Square building design
image courtesy of developer
Chris Stewart Group (CSG) has confirmed that it has pre-let the office space at 20 West Register Street, designed by Hoskins Architects, part of the award-winning property developer’s £85 million regeneration project at ‘The Registers’ in Edinburgh’s city centre, to Baillie Gifford.
The Registers, St Andrew Square

20 Jun 2018
2018 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Winners
Social Housing in Leith scoops prestigious Saltire medal and wins top housing design award
New housing at Leith Fort
photo : Gillian Hayes
The Leith Fort site is approximately 1.7 hectares and sits within the historic confines of what was once Leith Fort. The site is surrounded by an existing category B-listed stone wall, the remains of the former Leith Fort. The proposed housing consists of 94 new-build residential units and a communal green space.
2018 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards News

Glasgow School of Art Down-takings
29 Jun – Statement released by the Glasgow School of Art:

“The areas of significant concern are the east elevation, the west elevation and sections of the south elevation.

“The plan of works will involve…undertaking extensive down-takings and potential structural bracing.

“Due to the condition of the Mackintosh building, this work will be undertaken in a highly-controlled way to minimise any potential risk of failure and be sufficient to achieve structural stability of the Mackintosh building.”

Glasgow School of Art Fire News

New Social Housing Safety
20 June – Sprinkler systems to protect against fire.

Legislation to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing is to be taken forward.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart confirmed that the Scottish Government will take forward David Stewart MSP’s proposal for a Members’ Bill to make it a legal requirement for all future new build social housing properties to be fitted with sprinkler systems.

Currently all new high-rise domestic buildings, whether private or social, with a floor over 18 metres must have automatic fire suppression systems fitted.

MSP David Stewart brought forward a final proposal for a Bill to require new-build Scottish social housing to be fitted with automatic fire suppression systems 22 May 2018.

Expanding the use of sprinkler systems in Houses in Multiple Occupancies (HMOs) that are used as care facilities, or house more than 10 people, is one of the recommendations that will be consulted on as a result of work done by the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety since it was established last June. This will be consulted on in the coming weeks.

FitHome Village in the Highlands
19 June – A Saltire Award-winning concept that unites the priorities of healthcare, housing provision and tenant welfare is welcoming its first tenants in the Highlands today.

Fourteen people can now call the ‘FitHome’ village in Dalmore, Alness, their home, as the pilot development delivered by Albyn Housing Society, in partnership with Carbon Dynamic and NHS Highland, welcomes its first residents ranging in age from 18 to 90 years old.

FitHome Village in Dalmore

New Homes in Baberton Avenue, Juniper Green
Baberton Avenue Homes in Juniper Green
image courtesy of architects studio
18 Jun – Architecture firm, LBA has secured planning permission for a series of four contemporary family homes specifically designed to knit sensitively into the context on the existing sloping and elevated site at Baberton Avenue in Juniper Green

Glasgow School of Art Fire
18 + 16 Jun – The Glasgow School of Art suffers a catastrophic fire for the second time in four years, with more than 120 firefighters sent to fight the blaze on Friday night. The Scottish fire and rescue service said the fire in the Mackintosh building had spread to neighbouring buildings including the O2 ABC nightclub.

Glasgow School of Art Fire

RSA Scotland: MCICH Network – Politics of Cultural Memory in the nations of Europe

Date: 18 June 2018
Time: 17:45 – 19:30
Venue: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Galleries of Scotland on the Mound, EH2 2EL

RSA Fellows and guests, IIC Members and NGS Patrons, friends and supporters are warmly invited to attend this lecture, the second in an RSA Fellows’ Media, Creative Industries, Culture & Heritage Network (MCICH) Series to mark 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. The MCICH Network extends its thanks to the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, National Galleries of Scotland and RSA Scotland for support of this event. Early booking is advised.

Scottish Natural Heritage News
15 Jun – SNH launch a ground-breaking new approach that makes nature a key factor at the ‘idea stage’ of successful building projects.

To inspire developers on the benefits of nature from the outset, SNH is launching its innovative approach – Planning for Great Places. The aim is to help Scotland become the best place to live, work and visit, by directing development to where it is needed, and is the best fit.

Architecture News Scotland 2018

Doors Open Days News Stories in July

Doors Open Days want to share your thoughts on aspects of the past, present and future of our built heritage, if you are an architecture student or a recent graduate.

Please get in touch with the Scottish Civic Trust to be featured on the Doors Open Days website.

Contact Carmen at carmen.hesketh@scottishcivictrust.org.uk for more information. She will interview you and share your stories through a series of Doors Open Days news stories in July.

Deadline: 28 June, 12 noon

Braw Buildings Competition

Date: Various, September 2018
Venue: Various

Deadline 5 July 2018

Are you 16-25? Do you want to Explore Scotland in September? See the BRAW BUILDINGS competition and you could win accommodation in one of 6 Youth Hostels across Scotland – for Year of Young People in partnership with Hostelling Scotland and Doors Open Days.


New Scottish Home Completions Increase

12 June 2018 – Scotland’s home builders today welcomed official statistics showing a 4.8 per cent increase in the total number of housing completions in 2017 (17,739) but highlighted the tough task ahead in tackling the country’s housing crisis as the figures equated to just 806 extra new homes on 2016 (16,933).

RIAS SGM Calling Notice and Membership Update

7 June 2018 – Second Membership Update From The President

At its meeting yesterday, RIAS Council discussed significant proposals to update the constitutional arrangements of the Incorporation. Council confirmed the interim Bye-laws needed as key steps to allow Council to put in place further reform of the Incorporation to reflect the membership’s priorities and aspirations.

A Special General Meeting (SGM) is now called on 28th June 2018 to allow proposed changes to the Bye-laws to be considered by the wider membership of the RIAS.

More details on our Glasgow Architecture news page.

National Museums Scotland Acquires Rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh Wash Stand for 150th Anniversary

7 June – National Museums Scotland has acquired a rare and important wash stand by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A highly significant example of Scottish 20th century design, the piece with go on permanent display from today to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth, on 7 June 1868.

The acquisition has been made possible with generous support from Art Fund and the NMS Charitable Trust. The wash stand is now on display in the Design for Living gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

Dating from 1917, the wash stand is a rare example of Mackintosh’s later work and was made by skilled ‘enemy intern’ cabinet makers at the Knockaloe Internment Camp on the Isle of Man.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of Art Fund, said:

‘Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s fine and important washstand intriguingly brings together the world of British design with the overlooked history of the internment camps of World War I. Art Fund is proud to support National Museums Scotland in making this imaginative acquisition.’

Edinburgh Architecture Tours
Edinburgh Architecture Walking Tour 2018
Edinburgh Architecture Tourreference, from our latest guided walk through the city, for van Gemert > interieurarchitectuur, The Netherlands

Craig & Rose opens first Scottish showroom in Edinburgh
Friday 25 May 2018 – Craig & Rose, one of the oldest established paint makers in the UK, has selected Edinburgh for its first dedicated showroom in Scotland.

The showroom in Stockbridge (13 Deanhaugh Street) Edinburgh is part of a store roll-out campaign which complements the recently opened London store in Chiswick.

The new Edinburgh showroom is less than two miles from the original Craig & Rose factory in Leith, where the company was founded in 1829 by two young Edinburgh entrepreneurs James Craig & Hugh Rose. Today Craig & Rose paints continue to be produced in a purpose-built factory in Scotland.

Famed for its highly pigmented Chalky Emulsion, Craig & Rose is known for its archive-accurate colours and an intensely matt finish that gives a real depth of colour with excellent opacity levels for great coverage.

Phil White, General Manager at Craig & Rose, said: “The opening our first showroom just had to be in our home town of Edinburgh, the home of Craig & Rose and the source of all of our 1829 paint range’s rich heritage.

“Our team in Stockbridge will be offering personalised expert advice and a bespoke colour consultancy service to customers browsing in our new showroom together, where our complete range of colours is on display to both sample and buy.

“We were founded in 1829 in Edinburgh so the warmth to the memory of Craig & Rose and our local heritage has been heartening. It has been an absolute pleasure to realise the much-anticipated vision of opening our dedicated paint showroom here and to have so much interest from members of the public during the build. Producing quality paint finishes using the latest technology whilst incorporating traditional methods is at the heart of what we do and our new store will allow us the opportunity to showcase the collection to its fullest.”

The Edinburgh showroom features the full 1829 Vintage Colour Collection, a curated palette of 110 vintage colours from the Craig & Rose archive, and a wall of hundred of more mixable colours, where budding decorators and interior designers can see how the colours would look in situ and select samples. The Artisan Effects Range is also on display, featuring the unique Copper Patina and Rust Effect paints and the on-trend Concrete Effect paint and Glitter Glazes.

Craig & Rose is one of the oldest established paint makers in the UK. An establishing principle of the firm was a dedication to quality. Traditionally when paint was milled, grinding the base raw materials that came from all over the world – where competitors ground twice, Craig & Rose were known for triple grinding.

Craig & Rose won the tender to paint the iconic Forth Bridge in the 1880s and provided the paint for over 100 years. Many famous public buildings including the National Portrait Gallery, St Pauls Cathedral and Brighton Pavilion have chosen, and still choose Craig & Rose paints.

Craig & Rose is proud of its Scottish roots and its paints continue to be produced in a purpose-built factory in Scotland.

Craig & Rose Edinburgh, 13 Deanhaugh Street, EH4 1LU. 0131 357 5798

Scottish Modernist Landscape Project
18 May – Call for Sites

The Sco.Mo Project is a Landscape Institute Scotland funded project that is here to promote and implement the documentation, preservation and celebration of Scottish Modernist Landscape Architecture (1945-1999).

The project is currently in its early phase – although we aim to eventually be an online resource for projects from this period, including information, photos, articles and interviews, we first need to collate and catalogue all the important sites. This is where we need your help.

Scottish Modernist Landscape Project

RIAS Festival of Architecture 2018
18 May – Call for Interest – Opening Your Practice or Promoting a Talk or Walking Tour

This year the RIAS’s Festival of Architecture will support events through its ‘brand’ to bring a focus to Architecture during the autumn.

There has been a successful pairing of Doors Open Days and @RIASFest over the last two years and the RIAS have been invited to join the initiative this year. This is an opportunity to open the doors of your architecture practice, architect designed house or building to the public and being part of your local Doors Open Day programme.

The deadline for inclusion in the Edinburgh Doors Open Days 2018 printed programme is Sunday 10th June so if you wish to participate please contact Joseph Taylor on admin@cockburnassociation.org.uk and copy in veronica.low@rias.org.uk as soon as possible.

If you are interested in opening your architectural practice and/or conducting a tour or a ‘talk’ to promote architecture or the work of your practice during the month of September and would be interested in it being promoted as part of Doors Open Days and the Festival of Architecture please contact info@festivalofarchitecture.scot as soon as possible. The will put you in touch with your local Doors Open Day organiser.

Malmaison Hotel St Andrew Square
17 May – Buchan House – 3DReid to deliver Malmaison city centre hotel on Edinburgh’s prestigious St Andrew Square. Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group has teamed up with property developer S Harrison to transform a Grade A building on Edinburgh’s prestigious St Andrew Square into a boutique hotel, Malmaison.
Malmaison Hotel St Andrew Square

Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety
17 May – Responding to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety report published today, Minister for Local Government Kevin Stewart said:
“We welcome the engagement we have had with Dame Judith Hackitt and, while her report looks specifically at the system in England and Wales, we will look closely at the findings to ensure that any lessons or actions that may be needed are swiftly considered in Scotland.
Architectural News Scotland 2018

Drum Property Group Unveils New Music Venue for Leith Walk
New Leith Walk Music Venue
image courtesy of Drum Property Group
14 May – Drum Property Group has redesigned its proposals for Stead’s Place, Edinburgh following extensive consultation with the local community.
New Music Venue for Leith Walk

Planning approved for design led residential development on Gayfield Square
Gayfield Square Residential Development
image courtesy of architects
13 May – LBA, a leading Edinburgh-based firm of architects, have recently secured Planning approval for the eleven-apartment luxury residential development in the city centre. They are also delighted to announce their appointment to take the project forward with housing developers Mactaggart and Mickel, who purchased the site with planning approval.
Gayfield Square Residential Development

Kilmartin Museum Redevelopment Project awarded National Lottery support
11 May – Kilmartin Museum has received a confirmed grant of £3.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their Redevelopment Project.
The project aims to transform Kilmartin Museum into a landmark venue that interprets and celebrates the global significance of Kilmartin Glen, one of the most significant archaeological landscapes in Britain.

Urban Union Housing in Scotland
10 May 2018 – An award-winning regeneration company is gearing up for an ambitious year with plans to build more than 250 homes across Scotland.

Urban Union – which has sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth – is committed to creating high quality accommodation, with a significant number of its stock being affordable housing.

Scottish Architectural News in 2018

New Channel 4 Regional HQ in Scotland?

8 May – Research by leading UK planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has revealed the city of Glasgow to be a frontrunner in the race to become the new regional home for Channel 4.

Barton Willmore news

RIAS Convention
RIAS Convention 2018 takes place on 11-12 May in Aberdeen:
Booking closed 9 May

Threesixty Architecture at The Garment Factory
2 May – Leading practice Threesixty Architecture has taken occupation of its new studio in The Garment Factory, a unique and contemporary office development in Glasgow’s city centre:
Threesixty Architecture at The Garment Factory

RSA Architecture Forum – What is the new Scottish vernacular?
8 May 2018, 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: David Hume Lecture Theatre A, University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JX
Cost: £8 – £10

CIOB CPD Event on Concrete Defects, Dalkeith, Midlothian
9 May 2018, 18:00 – 20:00
Venue: Corn Exchange in Dalkeith, 200 High St, Dalkeith EH22 1AZ
Cost: This event is free to all members of the CIOB. Non-members will be charged £10.

Ross Fountain
28 Apr – The restoration of the Ross Fountain continues with the return of the structure’s four upper bowls. A crane dropped the features into place on Thursday morning, with the West Princes Street Gardens landmark’s major revamp nearing its end. The reconstruction is a delicate operation with the four sections that make up the quatrefoil-shaped bowl weighing two tons each.

CSG Greenside development wins award
27 Apr – Chris Stewart Group has added another award to its growing trophy cabinet, having won the British Council for Offices (BCO) Refurbished/Recycled Workplace category for its Greenside development at the Scotland awards ceremony.

Greenside Edinburgh, Blenheim Place Building
image courtesy of Chris Stewart Group (CSG)

Greenside Edinburgh Development News

Morningside Flats
26 Apr – LDN Architects revised design for a new block of flats in Edinburgh’s Morningside, abandoning their previous brick-fronted block in favour of a sandstone finish, with setback zinc cladding panels at high level. The property bookends a tenement on Canaan Lane, at the site of a former public toilet.

Wavegarden Scotland Planning Approval News
25 Apr – Wavegarden Scotland approved to develop Scotland’s first artificial surf park ad leisure complex, which will be nestled within a 23 hectare country park at Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, Edinburgh.

More at Wavegarden Scotland

Trip.com Edinburgh HQ
25 Apr – Online travel agency Trip.com unveils their Edinburgh HQ, a 13,000sqft office space by HK Surveying and Design, report urban realm.

The interior space seeks to bring fun and excitement to the workplace by way of ‘wacky’ interiors in an effort to attract and retain staff. This includes a ‘biophilic’ design approach complete with a set-piece overhead planting feature playing host to 600 plants, all in the aid of reducing work related stress.

25 Apr 2018
Report highlights Build-to-Rent gap between Scotland and UK Regions

New data highlights the significant gap between the number of purpose-built rental properties in Scotland and those being constructed in different English regions.

According to the Scottish Property Federation (SPF), figures at the end of Q1 2018 show that for every build-to-rent (BTR) home in Scotland, North West England has nearly 10.

The research, compiled by Savills on behalf of the British Property Federation, calculated that Scotland currently has 3,365 BTR homes complete, under construction or in planning. In comparison, the North West has 29,600, the South East (excluding London) 7,101, the West Midlands 6,378 and Yorkshire and The Humber 5,131.

More at Architecture News Scotland

One Week’s Work Placement Leads to a Year of Success for Edinburgh Architectural Student
23 Apr – Barton Willmore Helps University Students with ‘Real Life’ Experience

An Edinburgh architectural student is celebrating her first-year anniversary of working with planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, after initially joining the company for just a five-day work-placement.

Anita Bielatowicz architecture student

Anita Bielatowicz, aged 26, first joined the Edinburgh office of Barton Willmore for a week’s work experience in February 2017 as part of the company’s community benefit pledge linked to their involvement in the 21st Century Homes programme at Pennywell, one of Scotland’s largest and most successful homes-led regeneration projects led by developer Urban Union and contractor Robertson Group.

At the time, Anita was two years into her Architectural Technology course at Edinburgh College, studying at the Granton Campus which borders the wider Pennywell regeneration area. The communities benefit scheme was set up to allow professional companies like Barton Willmore to give something back to the communities they are working with, in the form of local investment or providing employment opportunities.

More at Barton Willmore

Council and home builders to work together to meet housing needs of Dundonians
23 Apr – Dundee City Council has signed an agreement with industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) aimed at ensuring the on-going delivery of the range of homes required to meet the needs of its population.
Building on the positive relationship between the Council and the home building industry, the agreement signifies a commitment to further improve the way they work together to deliver more homes and increase the social and economic benefits for the city.

Dundee City Council & Homes for Scotland News

RIAS Convention
RIAS Convention 2018 Programme now available – 11-12 May, Aberdeen

Speakers include:

– Winy Maas, MVRDV

– Caroline Bos, UNStudio

– Richard Murphy OBE FRIAS, Richard Murphy Architects

EAA Awards 2018 Shortlist
The Edinburgh Architectural Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 EAA Awards. In total 58 submissions were received, 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.

EAA Awards 2018 Shortlist News

New Home in Cairngorms National Park
20 Apr – a delightfully elegant contemporary property in Cairngorms National Park by Scottish architects Brown + Brown, located high above the River Don overlooking the ruins of Glenbuchat Castle.

Sighthill Regeneration News
19 Apr – Glasgow City Council signs an agreement with GHA and Keepmoat Homes to deliver over 800 new homes at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in the city. The £250million Sighthill TRA is one of eight regeneration programmes across the city:
Sighthill Regeneration News

Edinburgh-based architecture and design studio appoints Associate
Brian Tobin LBA Architects Edinburgh
photo courtesy of architects
LBA Architects Edinburgh
17 Apr – With a degree in Architecture from Edinburgh University, Brian has held senior positions in architectural practices including Richard Murphy Architects and Coffey Architects.

KM Central Edinburgh 3 Star Hotel
KM Central Edinburgh Hotel
photo © David Cadzow Photography
KM Central Edinburgh 3 Star Hotel
11 Apr – 3DReid has completed a £2.7m refurbishment of a former student residence to create a three star, 45 room hotel for Edinburgh First, the commercial arm of the University of Edinburgh.

Working within the confines of the existing student room structure, KM Central offers a quirky ‘left bank’ style interior concept with 3DReid’s design making use of all the available space to create comfortable and well equipped bedrooms and a breakfast room that doubles as a post graduate student common room.

RIAS Awards Dinner
7 Apr – The host of this year’s RIAS Awards Dinner will be broadcaster and author, Sally Magnusson Hon FRIAS.

This black tie event will be held at the Glasgow Hilton on 20th June 2018. It will include the presentation of this year’s RIAS Awards and the announcement of the RIBA Awards for Scotland as well as the presentation of the sub-category awards.

More on our events page.

Haddington House
7 Apr – We are selling our beautiful 4-bed extended house in The Maltings, Haddington:

The Maltings Haddington home extension

Haddington House

Masterclass by Santiago Rodríguez-Gimeno
7 Apr – a special, hors-série masterclass on Monday 23 April.

This is jointly organised by The Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies at the University of Edinburgh with the MSc in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage at the University of Strathclyde and Edinburgh World Heritage:

Preservation in Historic Areas of Spain: Panorama of a Shifting Paradigm
Santiago Rodríguez-Gimeno

Ful details on our events page

Help to Buy Scheme Extension
6 Apr – Scottish Government extend funding of its hugely successful Help to Buy shared equity scheme for two more years.

Over twelve thousand households have already used the scheme to purchase qualifying new build homes with only a five per cent deposit since Help to Buy was first introduced in Scotland in 2013. This, in turn, has supported an estimated nine thousand jobs and contributed over half a billion pounds in Gross Value Added to the economy.

More on our Architectural News for Scotland page

Waverley Station Contract
30 Mar – Story Contracting has replaced Carillion as the main contractor for £23m platform extension works at Edinburgh Waverley station.

It will include platform extensions, building refurbishments, installation of walkways and escalators.

The project for Network Rail, which is in preparation for new, longer electric trains, is expected to last for 12 months.

Waverley Station Contract News

A New Chapter Statement regarding Reform within Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)
28 Mar – aNC is greatly encouraged by recent moves within the RIAS to implement significant reform measures. These are in line with the changes aNC has been pressing for. We are supportive of the changes proposed and agreed at this week’s Council meeting and welcome the Institution’s willingness to engage and work together for the benefit of the wider membership.

Statement regarding Reform within RIAS

Architectural Conservation Masterclass – Thursday 29 March, 5.30pm
29 Mar – Eisa Esfanjari: ‘Why Not Reconstruction’ Theoretical and Practical Considerations: The case of Dih Nu Jami Mosque, Iran

BOOKINGS: e-pay £20 (£5 students – must present with a valid ID card at the door).
N.B. It is possible to add to the basket bookings for several delegates before proceeding to payment.

VENUE: Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

More info on our events page.

GIA CPD Event 6 – Timber in Construction, Glasgow

28th March 2018

A presentation by Andy Leitch of the Forestry Commission, Scotland and Peter Wilson from Wood for Good of Timber use in construction.

Annual General Meeting of the DIA, Dundee

29 March 2018

Date: 29 March 2018
Venue: Guardswell Farm, Kinnaird, Perthshire, PH14 9QZ
Time: 18:30

Homes for Scotland Awards shortlist announced
26 Mar – The shortlist for Scotland’s premier home building industry awards has been announced as Homes for Scotland prepares to celebrate the sector’s successes at the largest annual gathering of its kind: Homes for Scotland Awards shortlist

Scottish Support for self and custom build housing
26 Mar – Local projects will share £160,000 to take forward self and custom build housing initiatives.
The Self and Custom Build Challenge Fund will support seven pilot projects in Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross, Highland, Glasgow and Edinburgh that will look into the feasibility of creating more self or custom built homes.
Building News Scotland

Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018 News
23 Mar – Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018
The search is on again for the best designed new buildings in the Borders, with the launch of the Borders Building Design Awards 2018.

Urban Beach at V&A design museum
10 Mar – Proposals unveiled by Optimised Environments for parkland, café, water features and an ‘urban beach’ for Dundee City Council. The latest component of its riverfront masterplan is titled Waterfront Place. It is due to be an area of landscaped public realm planned to sit alongside the V&A design museum and Slessor Gardens, through creation of a new promenade along the River Tay.

Inverness Justice Centre Construction News
9 Mar – Construction begins of Scotland’s first justice centre, designed by Edinburgh’s Reiach and Hall, Architects

As well as providing modern court and tribunals facilities, a range of justice and support organisations will be based in the centre providing integrated facilities for victims, witnesses, litigants and other users. Specialist facilities for children and young people will be incorporated within the design.

Inverness Justice Centre Construction News

Architectural Conservation Masterclasses
15 Mar
Hiba Alkhalaf
Training in Action: From Documentation to Protection of Cultural Heritage in Libya and Tunisia

Thursday 5.30pm – 7.00pm, followed by a wine and nibbles reception in the Foyer of Adam House.

Venue: Adam House Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, 3 Chambers St

More info on our events page

Pacific Quay hotel
1 Mar / 28 Feb – Lawrence McPherson Architects have returned to Premier Inn at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay four years after checking out with a 180-room waterfront hotel.

Fountainbridge Flats
27 Feb – Updated detailed proposals released by Glencairn Properties for canalside residential and office development in Fountainbridge.

The Gilmore Place proposal creates a mix of 20 apartments together with 2,000sqft of commercial space by opening up a disused section of the Union Canal.

The design by ISA Architects reduces the scale of plans submitted in September 2017 following objections.

Jumeirah Hotel on Argyle Street
27 Feb – A stalled six-star Jumeirah hotel development site on Glasgow’s Argyle Street is back in contention after being bought by Vanguard Real Estate to accommodate a 280,000sq/ft office block.

Skyliner, Ocean Drive
27 Feb – Submission of plans to erect 237 homes arranged across four separate ‘fingers’ up to 13 storeys in height by Edinburgh architects CDA for S1 Developments.

The prime 2.6 acre waterfront residential development site has potential to develop approximately 300 units subject to planning, PRS or private sale potential.

The Skyliner development will include 54 affordable homes plus on the Eastern block a ground floor commercial unit.

More info at Leith Architecture News

Baldragon Academy Building
23 Feb – Completion of secondary school Designed by Holmes Miller on a £28.5m campus that contain already-completed Sidlaw View Primary and Jessie Porter. Facilities offered include a separate sports hall, gym, swimming pool and greenhouse.

Haymarket Masterplan Revisions
23 Feb – Reworked designs by Richard Murphy Architects prepared for The Haymarket. Previously Interserve and Tiger Developments eventually received plannign consent for this mixed-use development. The controversial proposal is for the site of a former railway goods yard off Morrison Street. The £200m brownfield development is now up for sale. Positive changes include separation of buildings fronting Morrison Crescent to form a pedestrian through route into the scheme.

Boroughmuir High School Building News
21 Feb – Boroughmuir High School by Allan Murray Architects is now complete by the canal in Fountainbridge. It has transferred from its historic B listed home which is due to be converted into 115 homes by CALA. It was built by contractors O’Hare and McGovern and can accommodate 1,165 pupils the school overlooks the Union Canal by way of a new public park and includes a rooftop games area as well as a full height atrium offering easy access to all classrooms, breakout spaces and facilities.

Edinburgh Academy Library
21 Feb – LDN Architects have filed for permission to extend an existing science centre and library at Edinburgh Academy by way of a connected teaching and learning space as well as a multi-purpose hall, report urban realm

Scottish Property Federation announces top line up for its 2018 annual conference
21 Feb – Industry leaders, policy makers and academics make up the list of speakers at the 2018 annual Scottish Property Federation (SPF) conference, which looks specifically at the value of place-making, the people-centric approach to planning and design of public spaces, and how it is funded.

Investing in Places, which takes place on March 7, 2018 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, will welcome Derek Mackay MSP Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, as its keynote speaker, to give the government’s perspective on the sector’s role in the wider economy.

To accompany this, Professor Graeme Roy of the Fraser of Allander Institute will unveil the findings of the latest in-depth report into the economic impact of the real estate sector in Scotland, highlighting the key economic drivers, opportunities and challenges for government, developers and investors.

Also taking the stage will be David Paine, Co-Head of Global Real Estate at Aberdeen Standard Investments, Peter Reekie Chief Executive of The Scottish Futures Trust and Lesley Watt, Chief Financial Officer of Miller Developments, who will join SPF Vice Chair Miller Mathieson, MD of CBRE in Scotland, to discuss sources of investment.

Delegates will also hear from Michaela Sullivan, Group Land Manager at CALA Group, Maria Francké, Partner at Cushman & Wakefield, and Mike Galloway, Director of City Development at Dundee City Council, who will lead the discussion on place-making, along with SPF Chairman Andrew Sutherland, Joint MD of Miller Developments.

Award-winning Scottish television and radio broadcaster Gavin Esler will facilitate the conference.

Andrew Sutherland said

“The role of the real estate industry to create our built environment around the needs of local communities and attract investment capital to grow our economy has never been more important. This year’s SPF conference looks at how we can harness these opportunities.

“With such a strong line-up of speakers and several interactive sessions to enable delegates to debate the issues of investment and place-making, the conference provides a platform for the industry to help shape the way forward.”

The SPF Conference is sponsored by Edinburgh-based Miller Developments and international law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.


Help to Buy could further boost First Time Buyer levels
21 Feb – Response to latest UK Finance data showing first-time buyer levels at their highest for a decade, by Karen Campbell, Director of Policy at Homes for Scotland, which represents organisations delivering the majority of the country’s homes:

Scottish Building News

Stirling Purpose Built Student Accommodation
21 Feb – Maven & IP Investment Management build Stirling’s first purpose built student accommodation
£18.2m new build development will bring 207 new beds to Stirling’s underserved and over-stretched student accommodation market.

Stirling Architecture

Springfield Properties Interim Results
20 Feb – Springfield Properties (AIM: SPR), a leading housebuilder in Scotland delivering private and affordable housing, announces its interim results for the six-month period ended 30 November 2017.

The Company announces increased sales across Private Housing and Affordable with significant contracted revenue to be delivered in H2 resulting in anticipated full year growth ahead of market expectations

Image of plans for the 3,000 home Village at Durieshill, Stirling for which Springfield submitted the planning application post period end:
Village at Durieshill, Stirling
image courtesy of architects

Community Heritage Scotland – let’s map it
17 Feb – Do you belong to a group or organisation that connects heritage with people?

A large part of Scotland’s heritage is managed by volunteers and community organisations, but we have no clear picture of this rapidly growing sector. A new project called Community Heritage Scotland has been launched which aims to map it and bring about positive change.

We want to find out who is doing what and where, and want to hear from you!

Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey which you can find here:

Community Heritage Scotland Event

The ‘Community Heritage Scotland – Going Forward’ is a discussion day for people involved with heritage in their communities.

Saturday 3rd March, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
North Muirton Hall, Argyll Road, Perth, PH1 3BZ.

You can find out more and register for this FREE event at:

RSA Open Exhibition of Architecture 2018

The RSA presents the RSA Open Exhibition of Architecture, returning this year as part of the RSA Annual Exhibition 2018.

Enter online now – deadline 28 March 2018 @ 5pm

Website: http://www.royalscottishacademy.org/artist/rsa-architecture-open-2017/

Architecture Fringe 2018; Common Senses Open Call

Interested in participating in the Architecture Fringe 2018 open programme in June? You can download the submission guidance here! Closing date for confirmed submissions 12 noon Monday 09 April 2018.

The Architecture Fringe is an independent contributor-led series of projects and events across the arts which explores architecture and its impact.

Website: Architecture Fringe 2018

Guidance on National Standards for the Validation and Determination of Planning Applications and other related consent
Date: Wednesday 21 February
Time: 18:00 – 19:00
Venue: University of Edinburgh, Room G.06, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH
Cost: £10 Members; £15 Non-Members; £5 Concession; £0 Students
Speaker: Nancy Jamieson, City of Edinburgh Council

See our events page for more details

South East Wedge Housing
15 Feb 2018 – major residential expansion designed by Edinburgh architects EMA a around Edinburgh’s Bio Quarter and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the south east of the city.

Edmonstone Estate will comprise 800 family homes within an all new neighbourhood with a landscape-led masterplan providing for the retention of mature trees and new buildings positioned to maximise their impact.

British Linen Bank Building News
15 Feb – Restoration starts on redevelopment by architects Page\Park of the A-listed British Linen Bank building in Laurieston, built in 1900 by architect James Salmon.

Govanhill, Housing
15 Feb – 45 homes for rent on Batson Street, designed by architects Cooper Cromar, located on the site of the former Victoria Primary School.

HALO Masterplan
9 Feb – by architects Keppie Design, the first phase of this ground-breaking development submitted for detailed planning permission:

HALO Masterplan Kilmarnock

Edinburgh Rugby Ground
8 Feb – Report in the Edinburgh Evening News about Edinburgh Rugby’s hopes for a home ground next to Murrayfield Stadium.


Oriam Building
5 Feb – Award-winning Sports Performance Centre, Oriam, has been shortlisted for Project of the Year at the CIBSE 2018 Building Performance Awards. It is home to the governing bodies of Scottish football and rugby union, as well as a host of other sports including volleyball, squash and basketball:

Oriam Edinburgh

Governance Update for RIAS Membership
3 + 2 Feb 2018 – Members will have been concerned by articles in the press and may be aware that ‘A New Chapter’ has published it views on RIAS and its future direction. RIAS has been silent on these matters until now as the staff and Council Members have been working hard to put in place mechanisms to ensure that governance issues and wider concerns are addressed, while at the same time ensuring the core business and Membership obligations of the RIAS continue. Below we provide background on work to date.

Governance Update for RIAS

Scottish Planning Bill News
2 Feb – As Scotland continues to wrestle with how to solve its housing crisis, Homes for Scotland, which represents the providers of the majority of the country’s new homes, has outlined its thinking on the proposals in the Planning Bill currently being scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament.

Given the planning reform agenda was instigated by the need for more homes across Scotland, Director of Planning Tammy Swift-Adams said:

“Public trust in the planning system must be improved to increase receptiveness to home building, so we welcome the emphasis being placed on better collaboration early in the plan-making stage. Accordingly, the Evidence Reports which planning authorities will be required to present will have to demonstrate genuine engagement between planning authorities, community representatives and housing providers. The introduction of Local Place Plans could also provide an opportunity for communities to show what role they can play in articulating how Scotland’s development needs should be met.

“Any changes should be fully thought through. For example, an Infrastructure Levy may prove a useful future tool for securing the necessary infrastructure (such as roads and schools) associated with new development in a more transparent way than at present, but the detailed thinking on this is not at an advanced enough stage. It would therefore be more logical to remove the Infrastructure Levy proposals from the Bill and set these aside for separate work”.

Mackintosh Building Immersive Exhibit
Mackintosh Building Immersive Exhibit 3D image
picture : 3D pointcloud image from GSA
30 Jan – The GSA has been awarded major grant to develop Mackintosh Building immersive exhibit.

The exhibit will focus on the conservation the GSA’s collection of plaster casts a number of which were badly affected by the fire.

Mackintosh Building Exhibit News

A New Chapter Position Statement on Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
26 Jan – A New Chapter’s Position Statement in relation to ongoing RIAS matters. This covers a range of issues relating to Police/OSCR investigations, proposals to form new Governance/Finance Committees and the current Council/Presidents’ position.

The Position Statement by aNC sits alongside an developing 5-point plan.

A New Chapter Position Statement on RIAS

Comments welcome at info(at)edinburgharchitecture.co.uk

Pennywell Living Edinburgh News
Pennywell Phase 3 Public Space
picture courtesy of architects
25 Jan – Planning permission for the next phase of regeneration at the award-winning Pennywell Living development has been granted by the City of Edinburgh Council:

Pennywell Living Development

Tower Blocks: History and Heritage of Social Mass-Housing
Masterclass by Hannah Garrow and Miles Glendinning

25 Jan at Adam House

The masterclass will combine a wide-ranging international overview of the evolution of mass housing during the 20th and early 21st centuries with focused explorations of local housing ‘hotspots’, including the phenomenal hyper-dense housing programmes of Hong Kong and Singapore.

You will also be able to hear about the ongoing work of an innovative University of Edinburgh project seeking to document and re-evaluate the importance of post-war multi-storey public housing projects in the UK.

Further details on our events page.

3DReid submits plans for blue-sky thinking in Glasgow’s Merchant City
23 Jan – A pioneering speculative office building, situated on a key city centre site, with extensive public realm and collaborative workspace:

Inovo2 Glasgow Building

£2.4m National Lottery funding for Scottish Great Places
23 Jan – Nine special places in Scotland are celebrating an injection of £2.4million to help shape their future development. They are the first awards to be made in Scotland through The National Lottery’s groundbreaking Great Place scheme.

Scottish Great Places Funding News

NVA Film
22 Jan – NVA are working with Hopscotch Films to co-produce Make Me Up, a new film by acclaimed Scottish artist Rachel Maclean which marks 100 years since women were first given the right to vote in the United Kingdom:

NVA News

Atlantic Quay 1 Offices News
19 Jan – Department For Work and Pensions taking 85,000 sq ft at Atlantic Quay 1 building:
Atlantic Quay 1 Offie Building

Joules at Greenock’s Custom House
19 Jan – International fashion and lifestyle brand, Joules, signs three year lease extension at Greenock’s Custom House, a Georgian architectural masterpiece in one of the most dramatic locations in Scotland, recently restored to its former glory. The building was originally designed by celebrated Scottish architect William Burns:
Custom House Greenock Building News

Architecture Fringe News
Architecture Fringe launch call for submissions to its 2018 open programme, which will explore architecture and its social impact under the broader theme of ‘common sense’.

Common / Senses is the third iteration of the umbrella grouping with submissions invited which explore shared experiences, everyday life and communal ownership alongside sensory perception, empathy and appreciation.

Future Direction : Governance Update for RIAS Membership
January Update:

The December update on governance outlined the process and programme for setting up the new interim governance arrangements. There has been a steady response with applications for committee members to assist with the governance committee. We would welcome further interest from members with experience and interest in finance and audit experience that could assist with the new committee. We are therefore extending the deadline for expressions of interest to Tuesday 16th January 2018.

Please reply to Karen Stevenson (karen.stevenson@rias.org.uk) with a supporting statement of your experience.

Karen Stevenson
Acting Secretary, Director: Policy and Development

Heinz Voigt
The Voigt Partnership has announced that Heinz Voigt, its owner and managing director, passed away on 30 December following a two-year fight against prostate cancer.

Voigt worked for 35 years at the architecture practice he founded in Arbroath. The firm operates from a B-listed converted church. It became a chartered practice with the RIAS in 2014.

Call for Entries – RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2018

This year’s Awards were launched entirely in tandem with the RIBA. Like the RIBA, the RIAS are also offering a 10% early bird discount.

All types of architectural projects are eligible, including conservation, conversions, extensions, interiors, new-build, public realm, regeneration and restoration.

Entries which have been previously submitted can be re-submitted and will be considered for both RIAS and RIBA (National) Awards. Projects may only be re-submitted once.

Please also register your interest to riasawards@rias.org.uk.

Form: http://files.constantcontact.com/bf7ade29001/65092154-5da9-45d3-92bb-78a3205fd46a.pdf

Highland residents to benefit from pioneering FitHomes thanks to £3m City-Region deal windfall

£3m funding has been agreed for a ground breaking Highland project that could transform the lives of people with complex health needs as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.

The business case for the ‘FitHome’ assisted living project was approved on 23 November 2017 with £3m funding from the Scottish Government. The project, led by Albyn Housing Society in partnership with Carbon Dynamic and NHS Highland, aims to establish a new concept for health and care delivery at home by utilising data-capture and Internet of Things capabilities to predict and prevent episodes leading to ill health. This in turn will enable people to live independently at home for as long as they want, while potentially allowing for early hospital discharge.

The FitHome concept, which will be piloted initially with the construction of 12 homes at Dalmore, Ross-shire, won the Saltire Award for innovation in housing earlier this year and recently hosted a showcase event at the Scottish Parliament.

The Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal funding will support the purchase and development of 32 additional homes across several Highland locations. It is anticipated that the first City-Region Deal project will be in Nairn. One of the clusters will be built in Inverness City to suit the needs of veterans.

Wednesday 21 February at University of Edinburgh
Nancy Jamieson, City of Edinburgh Council, to give a talk on the general principles, validation requirements and related documentation. Exploring common pit falls and confirming assured way to successful application for consents. There will be ample discussion time also for any related queries with knowledgable officer dealing with on the ground issues attending. More on our events page.

EAA Awards Now Open for Entry
The EAA awards showcase and celebrate the very best architecture in the chapter area and beyond, that enhance the built environment and people’s lives, regardless of size, form or budget.

Short-listed entries will be displayed and the winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a special presentation event in May. An exhibition of all shortlisted entries will be held in the RIAS Joyce Deans Room at 15 Rutland Square in the run up to the awards event.


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