Edinburgh Architecture News 2018, Lothian Buildings, Architects, Images, Design Scotland

Edinburgh Building News 2018

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

18 June 2018

Edinburgh Architecture News

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
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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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