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

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Edinburgh Architecture News 2020

23 Jan 2020
Scotland’s Non-Domestic Rates Bill risks significant damage to investment into student accommodation sector

23rd of January 2020 – Student accommodation, like any domestic premises, is exempt from business rates.

However, this principle is currently at risk in Scotland due to an amendment to the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill.

The amendment, introduced at Stage 2 of the parliamentary scrutiny process without consultation, would bring student accommodation into the scope of business rates.

Ahead of the Bill’s Stage 3 debate, the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has been working across political parties to urge Holyrood to consider the damage this amendment could cause to investment into the student accommodation sector.

David Melhuish, Scottish Property Federation Director comments:

“Extending business rates to what is essentially domestic property is fraught with unfairness and a fundamental departure from the principles of a tax that is aimed at non-domestic properties. Business rates are not designed for properties in which people live for any significant period of time.

“Inflicting an additional charge on student accommodation providers, who already pay business rates on their commercial spaces, will have a significant impact on the high-quality accommodation that this sector provides.

“Over the past decade, student accommodation providers have built tens of thousands of homes for students, meaning that the houses students otherwise would have been living in are available to families or young professionals.

“Business rates would strike a significant blow to this sector, deterring further investment at a time when government is seeking to support all housing tenures to alleviate growing housing pressure in Scottish university cities and towns.

“This new legislation will ultimately harm Scotland’s world-class higher education system and the students who call this accommodation their home.”

Home Builders Welcome New Infrastructure Strategy As Joined Up Approach Required To Support Future Housing Delivery

20th of January 2020 – With the cost and delays associated with delivering necessary supporting infrastructure among the biggest blockers to residential development, trade body Homes for Scotland today welcomed the 30-year blueprint published by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland.

Full details on our Glasgow Architecture news page

13 Jan
RSA Metzstein Architecture Discourse 2020

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 from 18:45 to 20:30

Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre. 32 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

The RSA is delighted to announce that Snøhetta will present this years Metzstein Architecture Discourse.

More info on our events page.

Halliday Fraser Munro new appointment supports changing landscape in masterplanning for the future

A rise in masterplanning project wins across Scotland has seen award-winning architectural design and planning practice Halliday Fraser Munro bring high-level expertise to its team, adding landscape architectural services to its portfolio.

Its new in-house landscape architecture team will be at the heart of its masterplanning process, supporting the vision of achieving successful and sustainable places to live, learn or work through excellence in design planning.

Halliday Fraser Munro has delivered significant masterplans across Scotland, like the 120-acre Queensferry One site at Rosyth, which combines manufacturing, distribution and office space and Aberdeen’s Marischal Square city centre regeneration, with new retail and leisure developments mixing with a historic building and attractive user-friendly public spaces.

Masterplans that improve peoples’ lives through the creation of healthy, viable communities requires a multi-disciplinary response, and Halliday Fraser Munro’s recently appointed landscape architect Lesley Samuel will work closely with the firm’s masterplanners, architects and town planners to deliver design frameworks that meet the aspirations of communities, developers and planning agencies in Scotland.

Lesley said: “Masterplanning shape our towns and cities and to leave a positive legacy for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Never has planning policy in Scotland placed such an emphasis on the quality and suitability of people’s living environments.

“I’ll be working closely with colleagues at Halliday Fraser Munro to deliver masterplans which meet the aspirations of all stakeholders by looking at the complete picture.

“This is an exciting time for landscape architecture. It’s important to support quality of life through providing opportunities for social interaction, to consider active travel options and to look for environmentally friendly solutions to aspects like site drainage. All this while creating a visually attractive development in keeping with the area’s natural environment.

“It’s not a case of putting down ideas for people but working with communities, clients and regulatory bodies, to get it right every time. Halliday Fraser Munro is already delivering on these priorities, and I am looking forward to being part of a multi-disciplinary team striving for excellence in every single project.”

Lesley has more than 20 years’ experience in private practices in Northern Ireland and Scotland. She has been involved in detailed design public realm works and large-scale landscape and visual assessments. These include public realm projects in Penicuik High Street, Countess Street in Saltcoats and Helensburgh’s town centre and esplanade and plans for upgrading sites within Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to maximise public enjoyment while protecting the special quality of the area.
She was part of a team that worked on landscape and visual assessment for part of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

Halliday Fraser Munro has an impressive track record of masterplanning. At Queens Quay in Clydebank, it prepared a masterplan which sets the principles to deliver a vibrant mixed-use community that extends Clydebank’s existing town centre down to the riverside, enjoying public access to, and focus on, the river frontage, historic dock and iconic Titan Crane.

Close to Bannockburn, its South Stirling Gateway masterplan was prepared for landowners to meet the need for new homes in a very sensitive setting. It is now going through the planning process with a national housebuilder.

The challenge for masterplanners is to produce a design framework which encourages the creation of desirable and attractive places for people to live, work and relax but which are also commercially viable – and a fully integrated design planning service will support the firm’s vision for urban design planning, said Stephen Barker, director at Halliday Fraser Munro.

Mr Barker said: “We’ve always provided a seamless approach by using external expertise but bringing landscape architecture in-house allows increased opportunities to tap into our very own talent stream at every aspect of the design and planning process. “Masterplanning in the 21st century takes a holistic approach and having our own landscape architecture team enhances communication and collaboration opportunities.

“This is particularly important for masterplanning as we continue to raise the bar and set new standards, creating quality places where people enjoy living, working and spending their leisure time in, in a sustainable manner.”

Halliday Fraser Munro is an award-winning firm offering architectural, urban design and masterplanning services along with a specialised planning consultancy team. It has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Belfast. Further information is available at www.hfm.co.uk

Lesley Samuel joins Halliday Fraser Munro as a landscape architect:
Lesley Samuel Halliday Fraser Munro landscape architect
photo courtesy of architects

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14 Oct 2019
Maggie’s mourns loss of co-founder
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24 Sep 2019
Address Scottish barriers to housing delivery to mitigate Brexit effects and safeguard improving build rates
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8 Sep 2019
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Scottish Design Awards 2019 Winners

6 Sep 2019
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