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Edinburgh Architecture News 2020

3 Apr 2020
Scottish Property Market Recovery?

Up until two weeks ago, the property market in Scotland was roaring, firing on all cylinders and accelerating away. The post-Brexit bounce was in full swing and people who had been sitting on their hands for years were active as puppies.

Article by Alan Gordon, DM Hall, on our Glasgow Architecture website’s news page.

27 Mar 2020
Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum News

Scottish construction bodies issue new guidance to clarify working practices during Coronavirus crisis

The newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has today (March 27) taken immediate action to provide clarity for the sector in Scotland following advice from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday (March 25) that all building sites with the exception of any hospital work should close.

Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive of SNIPEF, said: “This is a valuable response to a rapidly evolving situation. The mixed messages from government had created significant uncertainty and we hope that this new guidance will help employers, employees and customers to know where they stand.”

Vaughan Hart, Managing Director of the SBF, said: “It is of the utmost importance in these uncertain times to have the parameters clearly defined. The CICV Forum guidance makes it clear that, with the exception of sites classified by the First Minister as being essential, only repair and maintenance of an emergency nature should be undertaken in the construction industry.”

Gordon Nelson, Director of FMB Scotland, said: “The conflicting messages were leaving contractors in the dark and the most important thing we need from those in charge during this period of uncertainty is clarity.”

Grahame Barn, Chief Executive of CECA Scotland, added: “We were in danger of damaging confusion around what is regarded as safety critical infrastructure work. This new guidance puts us in a position from which we can plan and move forward.”

SELECT Managing Director Alan Wilson represented the Forum in a meeting this week with Fiona Hyslop, Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, during which he pressed for greater clarity on how the current working practices will affect tradespeople across Scotland

The Forum has also set up two working groups to deal with employment issues, led by Vaughan Hart, Managing Director of SBF, and a commercial group led by SNIPEF Chief Executive Fiona Hodgson.

“This is a valuable response to a rapidly evolving situation. The mixed messages from Governments had created significant uncertainty and we hope this new guidance will help employers, employees and customers to know where they stand.” Read more here@@LINK

– Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive, SNIPEF

“It is of the utmost importance in these uncertain times to have the parameters clearly defined and the CICV guidance makes it clear that only repair and maintenance of an emergency nature should be undertaken in the construction sector.” Read more here@@LINK

– Vaughan Hart, Managing Director, SBF

23 Mar 2020
Construction Action for Coronavirus Crisis

Scottish construction bodies call for urgent action to help firms during coronavirus crisis

A group of respected construction industry bodies, who between them represent the majority of contractor business in Scotland, has suggested a number of simple actions which the Scottish Government could introduce immediately to help with cashflow and protect jobs against the “crippling” background of coronavirus.

More on the Glasgow Architecture website news page

10 Mar 2020
Judges line up for 2020 Scottish Design Awards

The judging panels for the 2020 Scottish Design Awards have been confirmed with a mix of figures from industry and academia coming together to celebrate the nation’s best new work:

2020 Scottish Design Awards News

6 Mar 2020
Entries invited for the 23rd Scottish Design Awards

The Scottish Design Awards has resumed its search for the finest examples of architecture and design.

Organised by Urban Realm, in partnership with The Drum, the awards showcase boundary shaping work to an audience of design professionals to reward those who’ve gone above and beyond in delivering their briefs.

More info – Scottish Design Awards News – on our Glasgow Architecture website.

3 Mar 2020
Political Leadership, Resourcing And Infrastructure Key To Achieving Vision Of Housing To 2040

Political leadership, adequate resourcing and delivery of supporting infrastructure are all essential if Scotland is to have the volume and range of quality homes it requires to meet the diverse needs of its population in 20 years’ time.

That is the view of industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) in its response to the Scottish Government’s “Housing to 2040” consultation in which it calls for:

 an immediate all-tenure housing target to deliver at least 25,000 new homes per annum
 a well-resourced planning service
 centralisation of local authority building control services and the extension of this service to independent verifiers
 a national housing delivery agency
 incentivising consumer behaviour to make low carbon housing choices

29 Feb 2020
Perth’s New Creative Hub
The aim is to generate a positive environment for artists and entrepreneurs who want to live and work in the area – rather than having to seek opportunities elsewhere.
New Creative Hub Perth News

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

5 March 2020

The next session of the 43rd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses is:

How Lime Mortar Works

This masterclass is jointly offered by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and the Institute for Historic Buildings Conservation – IHBC.

Details on our events page.

19 Feb 2020
EAA Awards News

Submissions Deadline – Wed 26 February 2020 – 4pm

EAA members, and non-members, are invited to submit nominations – details on our events page

19 Feb 2020
KSLD EFLA Lighting Design Move to 100 Ocean Drive

KSLD | EFLA Lighting Design are excited to announce that our team are moving to new premises at 100 Ocean Drive, Leith on the 21st of February 2020.

We have been at our current location since 2001. The old buildings at Baltic Street are rich in history, but since becoming part of EFLA Consulting Engineers, our horizons have continued to grow, and we look forward to a bright future in our fresh new home.

100 Ocean Drive will be our new studio, next to Ocean Terminal at Leith Dock overlooking the Royal Yacht Britannia. We are situated on the first floor, above The Gate Worldwide brand and communications hub. We look forward to watching the sun rise and set across the dramatic harbour landscape and inviting you to share in our new daylit space.

Our new address is: 100 Ocean Drive | Edinburgh | EH6 6JJ | Scotland, UK
Our telephone number remains the same: 0131 555 5553

For any questions, please contact us: office@ksld.com


7 Feb 2020
Property industry welcomes rates reform

6th of February 2020 – The Scottish Property Federation welcomes a step towards reducing the large business supplement on business rates, as announced in today’s Scottish draft budget, but calls for further action to attain parity with England.

David Melhuish, Scottish Property Federation Director comments:

“The decision to reduce business rates burdens for 9,500 ratepayers in Scotland is a welcome step towards meeting the Barclay Review’s recommendation on the large business supplement.

“However, a full realignment with England is needed to reduce the current disadvantage faced by some Scottish ratepayers.

“The introduction of an additional tax rate on commercial property leases is also disappointing. This new charge will add further tax and complications to businesses for relatively little return to the Scottish Government.”

RSA Metzstein Architecture Discourse 2020

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

Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square

Architectural Conservation Masterclass – Conservation and Climate Change

43rd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses:

Dr James Simpson OBE

Time: Thursday, 30 January 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

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

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
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24 Sep 2019
Address Scottish barriers to housing delivery to mitigate Brexit effects and safeguard improving build rates

8 Sep 2019
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6 Sep 2019
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