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Edinburgh Building News 2018

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Ross Fountain Renewal News
2 Feb 2019 – A small but highly effective Scottish engineering and design company has been behind the recently accomplished restoration and renovation of the dramatic Ross Fountain Restoration Edinburgh

Home builders question focus of Planning Performance statistics

2 Feb – Industry body Homes for Scotland has questioned the focus of official planning performance statistics, the latest of which report an average of 37 weeks being taken to decide major housing applications in the first half of 2018/19.

Issuing a plea for a more meaningful and inclusive approach to measuring the effectiveness of the country’s planning system, Homes for Scotland Director of Planning Tammy Swift-Adams said:

“Legislation sets a target of 16 weeks for decisions to be made on planning applications for major housing developments – proposals which have the potential to ease the housing crisis. These statistics show, but the publication doesn’t openly acknowledge, that the average time taken to make those decisions is more than double what it should be.

“Taking 37 weeks rather than 40.3 weeks to make a decision that should take 16 weeks is not a meaningful improvement in, or measure of, planning performance.

“The Planning Bill was an opportunity to establish a more enlightened way of looking at performance. However, the existing ‘penalty clause’, which Scottish Ministers could use (but as yet have not) to encourage better performance, has been removed from legislation at the request of authority representatives. It hasn’t been replaced with anything new.

“The softer alternative set out in the first version of the Planning Bill, a government-appointed planning co-ordinator, could have provided a more useful and more collaborative way of working with planning authorities and their customers (both paying applicants and constituent communities). That has been removed from the Bill too, also at the request of authority representatives.

“It is no wonder, then, that Scottish home builders feel there is little prospect – with or without the Planning Bill – of achieving more support for home building from across Scotland’s planning authorities.

“We need to develop a system of measurement that encourages the delivery of new housing sites on the ground, not just on paper. Planning authorities hold the key to whether the opportunities offered by Homes for Scotland members can get out of the starting blocks.”

New Haddington Primary School Building
27 Jan – East Lothian Council appoint Morrison Construction to deliver an £8.6m school in Haddington as part of a wider development of 800 homes to the west of the town.

Letham Mains Primary delivers a total of 14 classrooms will be provided when the school opens its doors in summer 2020, with facilities including a dining hall, social space and twin court sports hall with retractable seating.

Architecture and Design Scotland: 4 New Board Members Required

25 Jan 2019 deadline

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint four new members to the Board of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS). A&DS are interested to hear from architects and other related professions, as well as those with significant experience of communications, media or marketing as we look to build a new team to drive A&DS forward.

The advert for Board Appointments went live on Friday 14 December.

The deadline for applications is 25 January 2019.

Recruitment: We are looking for four new members of our Board

EAA CPD: Ecology & Geo-Environmental in Architectural Practice

Date: 30 January 2019, 17:45 – 19:30
Venue: West Court, ECA Main Building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

Speakers: Mike Armitage and Phillip Thompson of REC (Resource & Environmental Consultants Ltd.)

Sustainable Construction Launch

Thursday, 31st of January 17:30 – 19:00
Venue: RIAS Bookshop, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE

Meet and greet with Sandy Halliday to celebrate the launch of Sustainable Construction (Second Edition). Sandy will give a short talk followed by a Q&A and book signing.

IR11 Events

Thursday, 31st of January 19:00 – 22:00
Venue: Skylight, 179 Canongate, EH8 8RN

Dai Jones: Some Day My Prints Will Come
Brian Cheeswright: Ether Ore
Manuel Minch: There Is No Alternative

Architecture and Design Scotland Board Members Required
Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint four new members to the Board of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS). A&DS are interested to hear from architects and other related professions, as well as those with significant experience of communications, media or marketing as we look to build a new team to drive A&DS forward.
The deadline for applications is 25 January 2019: https://www.ads.org.uk/board_recruitment/

Unravelling the spirit of place at Edinburgh’s Old College
The first session of the 42nd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses took place on Thursday:
Tom Addyman – Unravelling the spirit of place at Edinburgh’s Old College
This masterclass explored the history and significance of 500 years of education on the site of Edinburgh’s Old College, corroborating findings from historical sources, historical building surveys and a major archaeological programme.

16 Dec + 2 Nov 2018
The Fruitmarket Gallery Redevelopment
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh has appointed Reiach and Hall Architects to lead the refurbishment of its existing gallery building and the opening-up of the neighbouring warehouse building. The project will breathe new life into The Fruitmarket Gallery, and bring the adjacent building into active cultural use.
The Fruitmarket Gallery Redevelopment

14 Dec 2018
Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards News


The awards showcase and celebrate the very best architecture in the chapter area and beyond, which enhances the built environment and people’s lives, regardless of size, form or budget.

The awards are also open to chartered architects working in other areas of the UK, who have completed projects within the chapter area.

Short-listed entries will be displayed, and the winners announced and presented with their awards at a special reception at St Cecilia’s Hall in May 2019 (winner of the 2018 Regeneration & Conservation Award).

An exhibition of all short-listed entries will be held in the RIAS Joyce Deans Room at 15 Rutland Square in the run up to the awards event.

2018 EAA Building of the Year Winner – New Boroughmuir High School by Allan Murray Architects

Entries for the following award categories are invited:

*Large Project

*Small Project

*Regeneration & Conservation

*Wood Award

EAA Ambassador

*All entries built within the chapter area are eligible for the 

highest accolade of Building Of The Year.

To enter please complete the online submission form

or download the hard copy submission form

Full entry information please download the terms and conditions:
Terms and Conditions

Closing date for entries is 16:00 Tuesday 29th January 2019

‘Edinburgh Architectural Association’ (known as EAA) is a Scottish Charity SC001369 regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

12 Dec 2018
RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019

Entries invited for the RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019.

The deadline for entries is 21 February 2019:

RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019

11 Dec 2018
Seize huge housing opportunities builders urge Scottish Government

As the level of housing completions continues to head in the right direction according to statistics published today, the country’s home building industry urged the Scottish Government to build on this positive news to enable it to deliver more of the homes Scotland’s growing population needs.


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