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Edinburgh Architecture News Spring 2016

Infrastructure in Scotland Conference
CPD certified event on 7th September in central Edinburgh – see events page for details
Following publication of the independent review into planning in Scotland, and the Government’s response, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for planning and infrastructure in Scotland.

The Edinburgh Grand – St Andrew Square Development
The Edinburgh Grand
image from developer
27 Jul – Plans by developer Chris Stewart Groupfor the major renovation of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s former home on St Andrew Square into one of Edinburgh’s newest tourism developments have been announced.
Due to open in summer 2017, The Edinburgh Grand is the latest addition to luxury accommodation provider, Lateral City Apartments’ portfolio of beautifully appointed serviced accommodation.

Seven Lochs Wetland Park receives significant funding
27 Jul – Plans to create Scotland’s largest urban heritage and nature park have been given a major boost following the announcement that it is to receive £4.5m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Seven Lochs Wetland Park project is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Forest Enterprise Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and The Conservation Volunteers Scotland, working alongside local communities to bring together 16km² of lochs, parks, nature reserves and woodlands between Glasgow and Coatbridge.

Malt & Hops Pub Floating Expansion in Leith
Malt & Hops Pub Expansion on The Shore in Leith
image from architect
26 Jul – Planning application by GRAS for River Craft: a new floating platform that is as an expansion to the Malt & Hops pub on the Shore, Leith, Edinburgh. The proposal is for the installation of a new floating deck (18.5 m x 6.3 m) to the eastern edge of the Water of Leith basin, directly opposite the pub, which can accommodate additional seating, a servery, storage space and an accessible WC. The expansion will also benefit from additional sunlight for a longer period of the day.

Malt & Hops Pub Expansion on The Shore in Leith

Exhibition of Scottish Architecture
26 Jul – An exhibition of Scottish architecture held as part of a major festival in Italy is to be staged for the first time in Scotland, reports the BBC today.
Prospect North, one of three architecture exhibitions being staged in Oban, was first shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
It explores the stories of 15 Scots communities who have used design and architecture to make a difference.
It forms part of the Oban Festival of Architecture and opens on 30 July.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-36886779

BHS Building Redevelopment
BHS Princes Street Edinburgh Building
22 + 21 Jul – The B-listed BHS department store on Princes Street is set for a £50m redevelopment.
The store in Princes Street is set to be transformed into two new shops, a hotel and a rooftop restaurant, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
The current shop is scheduled for closure after the company went into administration earlier this year:
BHS Princes Street

Trump Aberdeenshire Hotel Extension
22 + 21 Jul – Aberdeenshire Council and the Trump Organisation have reached an agreement over plans to expand MacLeod House – the centrepiece of Donald Trump’s golf resort at Menie, near Balmedie:
Trump Aberdeenshire Hotel Extension

Thistle Foundation Building in Craigmillar
Thistle Foundation Building in Craigmillar
19 Jul – The Thistle Foundation have unwrapped a health and wellbeing centre geared toward assisting those with disabilities in leading independent lives at Craigmillar.
Designed by 3DReid Architects the facility sits within a model village-esque development of 103 homes built in the aftermath of the Second World War, now a designated conservation area it was one of the first schemes to be designed specifically for injured returning servicemen.

Disappearing and [Re]Imagining Glasgow
22 + 19 Jul – The Glasgow film maker Chris Leslie showed and talked about his work concerned with the recent demolition and regeneration of Glasgow’s urban fabric. Also a photographer and visual artist, he has been documenting his changing city with the award-winning, long-term multimedia project The Glasgow Renaissance, now renamed to Disappearing Glasgow.
21st July at Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place

Dunne Group enters administration
20 + 19 Jul – Hundreds of construction workers have been laid off with immediate effect following the collapse of Scottish construction firm Dunne Group. Administrators have been appointed at the group and its five subsidiaries after the business ceased trading yesterday resulting in the immediate loss of 524 of the 540 jobs employed across the group, 200 of which are in Scotland.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Bathgate, Dunne also operated from sites in Glasgow, Leeds, Dublin and London, providing a range of civil engineering, building, construction, infrastructure, contracting and plant hire services.

Improved planning performance must be built on in order to increase housing supply
20 Jul – Responding to the publication of latest Scottish Government statistics showing improvements in the time taken to decide major housing developments compared with the previous year – from 41.3 weeks to 40.0 weeks in 2015/16, industry body Homes for Scotland’s (HFS) Head of Planning Tammy Adams said:

“These statistics provide a useful barometer on the overall performance of local planning authorities in terms of how long they are taking to issue decisions on planning applications. But these headline figures can only tell us so much.

“The fact remains that our members continue to experience frustrating delays to planning decisions across Scotland and HFS therefore echoes the Minister’s view that more needs to be done on improving performance.

“It is crucial that this is looked at across the piece. Section 75 negotiations (on what developer contributions are required) can double the amount of time it takes to issue a decision. Once a decision has been issued, the delivery of much-needed new homes can be further delayed as developers await yet more decisions relating to planning conditions. And, at present, if permission is refused or decisions are not forthcoming, the appeal system is struggling to cope with the current volume of cases.

“The on-going review of the planning system provides an opportunity to address these and other key issues in order to create circumstances which better support an increase in housing delivery across all tenures. HFS remains committed to playing a positive and full part in that work.”

Clerk Street Cinema Building
19 Jul – 7N Architects have completed an 86 bedroom student build on the site of an A-listed cinema in the south side. The cinema building site has attracted plenty of controversy in recent years with proposals by make architects then 7N Architects.
The Buccleuch property sees the less significant rear of the cinema replaced by a five-storey infill intended to sit in harmony with adjoining tenements with a palette of white render and polished concrete panels referencing the white Hathenware façade of a retained entrance on Clerk Street. The project comprises a mix of studio and cluster flats. Both the auditorium and foyer of the art deco cinema have been retained for re-use as a cultural venue with key features such as a sky ceiling preserved.

Inverkeithing Regeneration
19 Jul – Fife Council planners have begun deliberations on regeneration proposals for a 7N conceived masterplan for the Fraser Avenue area of Inverkeithing, an area which is currently ranked in the lowest 15 per cent most deprived areas of the country.

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2016
Daniel Cardno Project:
Daniel Cardno Project 3

19 Jul – Daniel Cardno’s project proposing transition from skills associated with the oil and gas industry towards an economy concentrated on maritime industry and tourism won the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal, as Maelys Garreau picked up the A&DS Award for best 3rd year student with her proposed design for a “catch-up” institution for previously hospitalised children using outdoor play.

Ryan Canning Gabriella Mill Project:
Ryan Canning Gabriella Mill Project

Their projects were just some of the high quality student projects awarded at the annual Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture.

Daniel Cardno Project:
Daniel Cardno Project 1

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2016 News

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Edinburgh Floral Clock
Edinburgh Floral Clock
18 Jul – The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland is to be the focus of the design of this year’s planting scheme for Edinburgh’s floral clock, in honour of the Incorporation’s Centenary. It is positioned centre stage in Princes Street Gardens, was completed this week following extensive work by the Edinburgh Parks’ staff who have planted over 35,000 individual flowers and plants to create a display using elements from the RIAS’ crest.

Randolph House
Randolph House Edinburgh
18 Jul – Redpath Construction has been appointed as main contractor to deliver the refurbishment of Randolph House in Edinburgh’s city centre. Located off Queensferry Road, behind Charlotte Square, Randolph House is owned and managed as part of the Charlotte Square Collection, and has the advantage of being part of an estate of premium office properties with a reputation for high quality specification.
The property extends over four floors and 11,248 sqft of open, bright and energising office accommodation with a new restaurant proposed on the ground floor.

Accies Development in Stockbridge
Accies Development in Stockbridge
17 Jul – A historic sports club is poised to sue the council on the back of a growing legal row over a 2ft-wide strip of land.
The Grange Club, based in Stockbridge, has launched legal action to try to force city officials to rebuild a demolished wall along Comely Bank Road.
The move comes amid an ongoing dispute between Grange and nearby Edinburgh Accies, who want to build a new rugby pitch and 2500-seat stand at Raeburn Place – alongside bars, shops and other facilities.
The scale of the £16m plans – designed by award-winnign Michael Laird Architect – has provoked outcry in the surrounding community, and earlier this year it emerged the entire scheme could be held to ransom for as much as £1m.
Read more: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/stockbridge/legal-battle-over-stockbridge-development-1-4178050#ixzz4EeiVguFD

Pecha Kucha Edinburgh
Pecha Kucha Edinburgh event 2016
15 Jul – Event this evening, tickets from £3(conc.)….a bargain in this Festival City.
Gordon Duffy, Curator, Pecha Kucha Edinburgh

Loch Earn Cottage
15 Jul – Denizen Works have obtained planning permission for a 135sq/m extension of a cottage at Loch Earn within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Denizen Works were the architects fro House No.7 sits on the Island of Tiree. It won numerous awards including Grand Designs Home of the Year and the Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Muirton Regeneration
15 Jul – A proposal for 203 homes by Caledonia Housing Association in the Muirton district of Perth have been approved.
The £17m scheme designed by Barton Willmore and Urban Union is part of the regeneration of St Johnstone football club’s former ground. Start on site is due this autumn with completion by summer 2019.

Construction Output Comment from Robertson Group
15 Jul – today’s Statistical Bulletin from the ONS: Construction Output: May 2016

Commenting on the decrease in construction output in Great Britain: May 2016, Derek Shewan, chief operating officer of Robertson Group, said:

“While the figures reveal a decrease in output in the wider industry, Robertson Group remains resilient during this drop.

“With 19 individual and diverse businesses that encompass the entire built environment lifecycle, it is our focus on innovation, productivity and business sustainability that help us through these challenging times.”

1200 homes for West Edinburgh
14 Jul – A Proposal of Application Notice has been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council to create a brand new village on farmland to the west of the Capital.
Under the plans, more than 1200 homes, a neighbourhood centre, a primary school and new roads and infrastructure would be built at Hatton Mains, just off Dalmahoy Road and the A71.
Planning and development consultancy Clarendon said it is working with the landowner to assess the potential of the site adding that the new village will “contribute much needed new housing within the Edinburgh city boundary”.
The Proposal of Application Notice submission will initiate discussion and scoping design with the council and technical studies are being commissioned to determine the likely scale.
It is thought the overall development – which is of a similar scale to the first phase of the nearby Garden District– would cost more than £250 m.

Fraserburgh Civic Hub Building
Fraserburgh Civic Hub Building
14 Jul – Moxon Architects and conservation specialist Alan Marshall have obtained permission to proceed with the reconfiguration of two civic buildings in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, as part of a wider masterplan for the town.
Fraserburgh 2021 involves £5.7m built heritage renewal elements. It is focused on the restoration and merger of the B-listed Town House and former police station on the corner of Saltoun Square and Kirk Brae to form a new Aberdeenshire Council services hub.

Regional Performance Centre for Sport in Dundee
14 Jul – Proposed £17 m Regional Performance Centre for Sport in Dundee submitted for planning permission.
Earmarked for a site at the city’s Caird Park, the centre will provide training and competition facilities for sports clubs and provide a new training base for Dundee FC.
The site, which already caters for football, athletics and cycling, will see these facilities improved drastically along with incorporating other sports such as rugby, basketball, badminton and cricket.

Greendykes Regeneration
14 Jul – Glasgow architecture studio Anderson Bell + Christie Architects have drawn up plans for 75 new homes on 9.5 hectares of land at Greendykes Road.
A series of perimeter blocks define the streetscape and shelter an interior courtyard. The residential design emphasises four ‘pronounced corners’ in dark brick, thus connecting back to the established masterplan.

University Buildings in Scotland
14 Jul – Almost a quarter of university buildings in Scotland have been found to be in a poor condition and in need of investment at a time of “significant cost pressures”.
Audit Scotland has warned that Scottish universities were increasingly using internal funds and borrowing to pay for capital projects which was “unsustainable” in the long term

Scottish Building on Stirling Prize Shortlist
14 Jul – good news, one building out of six is from Scotland, and it is in Glasgow but by Edinburgh architects:
City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus on RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 Shortlist
by Michael Laird Architects / Reiach and Hall Architects

Scottish Oceans Institute Building
13 Jul – Designs are currently being finalised by project architects BMJ to provide a new home for the Scottish Oceans Institute as well as a suite of climatically controlled rooms to allow sensitive electrical and optical equipment to be operated in the presence of seawater.

Kirkintilloch Town Hall Extension
13 Jul – CBC has commenced excavation work for the extension to Kirkintilloch Town Hall designed by Michael Laird Architects.

South Fort Street Property
12 Jul – A detailed planning application has been submitted to build 122 homes at South Fort Street in Edinburgh. Designed by EMA Architects, the project for Barratt Homes and the Blake Group will see the redevelopment of the site within the Bonnington area which is recognised for major change in the coming years.

Meadowbank Flats
12 Jul – An £11m bid by MNM Developments to build 52 flats on Dalgety Road is being progressed with a view to complete by early 2017. The scheme is being targeted at buyers seeking larger investment opportunities as well as second time buyers and will come with its own basement car park.

Marionville Road Building
12 Jul – Property developer MNM Developments has started work on an £11m residential scheme on Marionville Road. The 51 apartment-development near Meadowbank Stadium, is scheduled for completion in early 2017 and is being supported by a £7.7m funding package from Bank of Scotland.

The Ropeworks Leith Apartment Building
Leith apartment building
11 Jul – The Teague Group have launched a new apartment complex in Leith designed by CDA Architects.

Occupying the site of the former Edinburgh Roperie and Sailcloth Co. The Ropeworks will offer 600 properties from open plan loft apartments to garden duplexes, terraces and colony houses.

The Salamander Place masterplan involves the regeneration of a large urban site to create buildings but also a new landscaped park and extensions to the allotments.

The first phase includes 163 flats with undercroft parking built on brownfield land which has lain dormant since 2007. Construction is due by April 2017.

University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences
University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences

20 + 11 Jul – London architecture office John McAslan + Partners has won an international architectural competition to design the new GeoSciences Building for the University of Edinburgh. The University’s School is ranked in the top 16 such faculties worldwide and is the largest community of GeoScientists in the UK, home to 400 academics and research students.

Visualisation showing the light-filled central atrium, the heart of the new GeoSciences building:
New School of GeoScience University of Edinburgh

A reinterpretation of the typical laboratory layout will achieve transparency throughout the building, visually connecting write-up areas, laboratories, group rooms and offices. The building will be unified by a dramatic central atrium.

John Lewis Leith Street Entrance
11 Jul – the new Leith Street entrance to the John Lewis Edinburgh store has opened. The entry design is part of major enabling works associated with the Edinburgh St. James Redevelopment Project.

Aberdeen Towers
11 Jul – A student housing development and public square outside Aberdeen railway station designed by Halliday Fraser Munro Architects. The project is for Atholl Square Developments.
The scheme – with three towers – aims to decks over the existing railway tracks to improve connectivity between the station and Union St. It replaces Atholl House which dates from the 1970s.

Boeing Aircraft Facility Building
11 Jul – Some post-Brexit good news at last! US plane maker Boeing announces a new £100m facility for a new fleet of spy planes at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.

Stanley Mills Buildings
11 Jul – New uses are being sought for historic Perthshire buildings. Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust is planning to renew the East Range at Stanley Mills.The four riverside buildings contain potentially over 2,000 sqm of floor space. They are the last part of the historically important mill complex to be regenerated since the mills closed in 1989.

India Quay Development
8 Jul – The EDI Group Ltd reveals its new India Quay development could boost the local economy by more than £30 m over the next three years.

India Quay Edinburgh development

The figures released today by alongside a set of new CGI visuals of the scheme, highlight the economic impact of building its India Quay development at the former McEwan’s brewery site in Fountainbridge.

India Quay development

The first phase of the £200m development which has now been submitted for detailed planning consent, will transform the under-used site into a modern mixed-use neighbourhood of canal side apartments, shops and businesses.
Working with Edinburgh-based 7N Architects, EDI’s detailed residential plans include a range of one, two and three bedroom hi-spec apartments as well as 112 affordable homes. The three bedroom homes will be built in the traditional colony style, a favourite of the Edinburgh family market.

University of St Andrews Marine Laboratory Building
University of St Andrews Marine Laboratory Building
8 Jul – A new marine laboratory for the University of St Andrews has been approved by Fife Council.
Set to be built at East Sands, the £10m marine biology lab will replace the internationally renowned but now outdated Gatty Marine facility.

Pop-Up Cities Expo
8 Jul – Pop-up Cities Symposium on Monday morning (09.00 for 09.30 until -13.30, The Assembly Rooms, George Street.

The symposium brings representatives from Bergen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Rotterdam and Vilnius together in one morning.

Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-cities-expo-free-cities-symposium-tickets-26324482235

Luxury Aparthotel in Former School Building
Luxury Aparthotel in Former School Building
7 Jul – A former school building next to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is to be converted into a boutique hotel and restaurant as part of the £150 m New Waverley development currently transforming the city’s Old Town.
The C-listed red sandstone Canongate Venture building, one of Edinburgh’s last remaining ‘School Board’ designs of the late-Victorian era, will become a 21-room luxury aparthotel, managed by Apple Apartments.
The transformation of the Canongate Venture building will be carried out by Edinburgh-based Staran Architects, who are also delivering the conversion of the Waverley Arches. Subject to final planning consents, it is anticipated that building work will begin in autumn 2016, aiming for completion by the second half of 2017.
Plans for the two-story building include the conversion of the original school rooms into 21 double-height serviced apartments, each with a mezzanine level providing separate sleeping and living areas. The rooms will overlook a light-filled glass atrium forming part of a spectacular central galleried hall, which has remained unchanged since the building was first designed in 1901 as an infant school by Edinburgh School Board architect Robert Wilson.
Launched in 2013, London-based Apple Apartments specialises in the conversion of small-scale period buildings into high-quality serviced apartments. The company is run by Scottish businessman Billy Cowe and his brother Peter, who have been involved in global property management and development for the past 15 years.
The restoration of the Canongate Venture forms part of the latest phase of the New Waverley development. Delivered by Artisan Real Estate Investors, the 7.5 acre site links Waverley Station to the Royal Mile and the creation of a new hotel marks another significant milestone in the evolution of New Waverley as one of Edinburgh’s most anticipated new destinations.
This year two new hotels – a Premier Inn and a Hub by Premier Inn – have opened on site and shortly to be joined by another, the Adagio Aparthotel, connecting to the Royal Mile through an exciting new public square.
The Waverley Arches, a row of 15 converted Victorian arches which sits along from the Canongate Venture, is also coming to life.
Other flagship Apple developments include Marconi House on the Strand in London.

Perth City Hall Building
7 Jul – The council plan to turn the City Hall into a visual arts centre, based on the premise of housing the Stone of Destiny there:
Perth City Hall Building News

Aberlady Houses
7 Jul – Cruden Homes has submitted plans to build 107 houses in Aberlady. The plot is located on the west side of the town, off Kirk Road on land owned by Wemyss and March Estates.

Aberdeen Conference Centre Building
6 Jul – Work has begun to construct an exhibition and conference centre in Bucksburn, Aberdeen, following a sod cutting ceremony on site. The design is by Keppie.

Bonnington Village Development
6 Jul – A 201 home residential development and two shops off Bonnington Road Lane, has won unanimous support from planners.

Kengo Kuma at the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh
6 Jul – Review in the RIBA Journal – “The first UK pavilion by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma combines the rustic randomness of a fireside log pile with precision engineered offsite prefabrication.

The Kibako pavilion, installed at the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh, is a 5m x 5m ‘wooden box’ built entirely from wind-blown trees. The different varieties of spruce were collected from Templeton Woods, a managed urban amenity woodland in Dundee.

The pavilion references traditional Japanese craft skills, and resembles a form of ‘inverted’ log cabin in which the timbers forming the walls have been cut up and laid perpendicular to the surface, instead of length ways.

Grappling with a limited budget, and a mere two-day timeframe for assembly, local designer James F Stephen Architects chose to adapt Kuma’s concept into a prefabricated panelised structure.”


Lochgelly Town Centre Regeneration
5 Jul – Revitalisation of Lochgelly town centre recognised at the Planning and Placemaking awards with two category wins. The design is by ECD Architects.

South Fort Street Homes
5 Jul – A detailed planning application has been submitted by EMA Architects to erect 122 homes at South Fort Street, Edinburgh, by Barratt Homes and the Blake Group.

World Architecture Festival 2016
4 Jul – Only Scottish project is Ranfurly & Cochrane Garden Rooms, Johnstone, by Spark Architects:
World Architecture Festival 2016

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards
4 Jul – The winners of the 2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards and the recipient of the Saltire International Travel Bursary were announced at a special ceremony in Edinburgh:
Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2016

King’s Stables Road Development Approval News
4 Jul – Proposals for this mixed-use development on a vacant King’s Stables Road site have been approved by the City of Edinburgh Council.
The project near the Grassmarket aims to create a development that breathes new life into a neglected part of the city. It received a Minded to Grant consent at Development Management Committee, subject to the necessary legal conditions.
The proposals are being taken forward by a joint venture between Peveril Securities – the development arm of the Bowmer and Kirkland Group – and Campus Development Management.
The development will include a mix of residential units, a hotel, an arts facility; student accommodation and a variety of commercial units activating the ground floor of the development. The proposals also include improved public realm integrating the existing courtyard with new routes and courtyards throughout the development, including the enhancement to the setting of King’s Bridge.
The development includes:
– 59 residential units
– 92 bedroom boutique hotel
– 167 room managed student accommodation
– Arts Facility
– Class 1,2 and 3 commercial units activating the ground floor of the development

RIBA Presidency Candidates – Edinburgh Meeting

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland hosted a discussion in Edinburgh on Monday 4th July at 4:30pm-6.00pm in the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound between the RIBA Presidency candidates.

Both Alan Jones PPRSUA Hon FRIAS and Andrew Salter were in attendance and Ben Derbyshire sent a video message.

Pop-up Cities Expo News
As part of the Pop-up Cities Expo on The Mound, each city (Bergen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Rotterdam and Vilnius) will be giving a one hour talk in the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh on 6th and 7th July: see the events page for details.

Pop-Up Cities Expo


The Pop-up Cities Expo is the most international event in this year-long, Scotland-wide, Festival of Architecture 2016, part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The five cities on show are each as varied and culturally rich as their pavilions.

Please visit each one to enjoy the architecture and the coming together in central Edinburgh of a group of Europe’s finest conurbations.


Collaboration between: The City of Bergen, Hordaland County, Bergen Academy of Art and Design and Bergen University College
Concept, design and realisation: Are-Dag Eriksen, Jonas Evensen, Frode Ljøkjell, Vidar Laksfors, Petter Bergerud

Dundee Pavilion: Dundee City Council
Design: Kengo Kuma & Associates (with local supervision by James F Stephen Architects)

Edinburgh Pavilion: The City of Edinburgh Council
Design: Konishi Gaffney Architects

Design: DoepelStrijkers, Rotterdam
Design Team: Duzan Doepel, Eline Strijkers with Mikolai Brus, Riekie Brokking, Jaap van Dijk
Social Component: Magis 010, Rotterdam

Organiser: Architects Association of Lithuania.
Authors (architects): Ausra Siaurusaityte-Nekrosiene, Egle Biretiene

Centenary Cycle News

On Sunday 14th August a RIAS team will set off from Sir Robert Rowand Anderson’s Glasgow Grand Central Hotel to cycle the 100 miles to Mount Stuart House, another of Sir Robert’s masterpieces. Please join the RIAS family day at Mount Stuart or take the opportunity to bring your own bike and cycle around the island and celebrate the Centenary in style. More details: emma.lucas@rias.org.uk.

Aberdeen Football Club Development
28 Jun – Aberdeen Football Club has started the formal process to secure planning approval for the development of a new community and sports campus, football academy and stadium.

Ross Bandstand News
27 Jun – The City of Edinburgh Council has committed to progressing proposals to rebuild the Ross Bandstand.
City hotelier Norman Springford revealed earlier this year he was willing to pay for the redevelopment of the 80-year-old venue in West Princes Street Gardens. The benefactor teamed up with City of Edinburgh Council to form a steering group to develop the plans.
The wider proposals include landscaping the adjacent gardens and new visitor facilities.
At a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday, members will discuss a report outlining the planned appointment of a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) to front the proposed redevelopment.

Woodcroft in Morningside
27 Jun – After a recent win of the coveted Homes for Scotland ‘‘Best Private Development of the Year’ award, for the Woodcroft development in Edinburgh’s Morningside area, Queensberry Properties, and partners, Telereal Trillium, have made it a double celebration, winning theScottish Homes’ ‘Show Home of the Year’ award.
Queensberry Properties is a partnership between Cruden Homes and land and property experts, Buccleuch Property. The developers triumphed over eight other finalists to win the award.

RIAS Centenary Garden Competition

Chartered RIAS members (or teams including a Chartered member) are invited to submit designs for the RIAS Centenary garden competition.

The RIAS’ sub-basement meeting room, the Garden Room, now opens directly into the enclosed (below road level) rear garden at 15 Rutland Square. A new exit stair to Canning Street has also been installed.

The RIAS garden, a pleasant sun-trap, has the potential to be a place to sit out or a venue for informal meetings and gatherings. It has been cleared, prior to a new, appropriate garden design. Key considerations would include the provision of level sitting/gathering space, low maintenance planting, screening of the metal exit stair and a sheltered area. Loose garden furniture (i.e. not built-in) may be indicated but will be purchased separately. The total budget, inclusive of fees, is £10,000 (ex VAT).

The deadline for this competition is noon on Monday 11th July. Those wishing to register and receive the brief for the competition should notify Carol-Ann Hildersley at Carol-Ann.Hildersley@rias.org.uk by the extended date of Monday 27th June 2016.

Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning Shortlist
24 Jun – Judges have shortlisted projects for this year in the four categories:

Plans – innovation in development planning ranging from strategic to settlements
Process – innovation in improving, or simplifying, any type of processes
Place – innovation in any architectural building or place (built or natural)
Partnership – innovation in working collaboratively, at any stage, within the planning process.

Applicant – Name – Category

Oberlanders Architects Holyrood North Student Accommodation Place
Glasgow City Bain Square public realm Place
LDA Design St Vincent Plaza, Glasgow Place
Dundee City Delivering Slessor Gardens Place
Loch Lomond Built Heritage Repair Grant Scheme Place
Glasgow City Abstract office development, St Vincent St, Glasgow Place
North Ayrshire Saltcoats Town Hall Place
North Ayrshire New house in the countryside at Meikle Auchengree Place
Falkirk Redevelopment of Royal Scottish National Hospital Estate, Larbert Place
Smith Scott Mullan The Nevis Forest and Resort Masterplan Place
City of Edinburgh Edinburgh Open Space Strategy Plans
South Ayrshire South Ayrshire LDP Story map Plans
Loch Lomond Bringing LLNP DP to life Plans
Renfrewshire Residential Design Guide Plans
Dumfries and Galloway Dark Skies Friendly Lighting Guidance Plans
Dumfries and Galloway Raising Design standards across the region Plans
Turnberry Chapleton Plans
City of Edinburgh Planning and Building Standards Lean Reviews Process
Cairngorms Speyside Way Extension Process
West Dunbartonshire Councillor involvement in pre-application stages of development Process
Dundee City Engaging with the Place Standard tool Process
Dundee City Developer information packs at Dundee Waterfront Process
Scottish Borders Identifying potential heat from waste water projects Process
Dumfries and Galloway Householder application Performance Improvement Project Process
Moray Creating Places in Moray Process
Orkney Islands Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters MSP Partnership
North Lanarkshire The Houldsworth Centre Partnership
Fife Forth Bridge World Heritage Partnership Project Partnership
Scottish Natural Heritage Central Scotland Regional Waking and Cycling Network Development Partnership
Moray Findrassie Masterplan Partnership
Scottish Borders Glentress masterplan – SPG Partnership
Aberdeenshire Portsoy CARS Partnership
BDP Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan and Delivery Strategy Partnership
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview / facilitate a site visit and to prepare a presentation or video that explains the story of the project.

Judges will make recommendations to the Scottish Ministers after interviews or site visits.

Awards will be given within each category as well as an Overall Winner at a ceremony in November 2016.

RIBA National Award Winners 2016
23 Jun – The UK’s best new buildings, we select the three from Scotland. Three from fourty-six awards represents 6.5% which is a little below Scotland’s population percentage of UK population which is around 8.3%.

The Scottish winners of the 2016 RIBA National Awards are:

– Murphy House Edinburgh, Scotland by Richard Murphy Architects – Edinburgh, Scotland – Single dwelling, residential

– City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus by Michael Laird Architects/Reiach and Hall Architects – Glasgow, Scotland – Further education college, education

– Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building Page Park Architects – Glasgow, Scotland – Independent private school, education

RIBA National Award-winning buildings set the standard for good architecture. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from the 46 award-winning buildings announced today.

Website: RIBA National Award Winners 2016

Meldrum House Hotel Extension
23 Jun – Lippe Architects have marked the first phase expansion of Meldrum House Hotel Country Hotel & Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, to coincide with a re-launch of the practice with new branding.

New Waverley Development
22 Jun – Topping out of the Adagio Aparthotel on the Royal Mile, part of the £150m New Waverley development. Construction of the 146-apartment aparthotel, incorporating a retained façade of the C-listed Sailor’s Ark building, has now reached its highest point. The hotel is due to open by the end of the year.

2 Semple Street Building News
2 Semple Street Edinburgh Development
22 Jun – The development of a multi-million-pound office and retail project in Edinburgh has moved a step closer with the appointment of the main contractor McLaughlin & Harvey. Designed by Michael Laird Architects, the £12 million construction phase of 2 Semple Street in the Capital’s Exchange district will start on 4 July:
2 Semple Street Edinburgh

Portobello High School Building News
22 Jun – The City of Edinburgh Council have announced that this building will open in October, three months earlier than expected. The school was originally expected to open this summer but water drainage issues meant a delay until January 2017.

Blenheim House Office Building
Blenheim House Office Building
22 Jun – The Chris Stewart Group (CSG) has unveiled plans to modernise and upgrade Blenheim House in Edinburgh after acquiring the office building on Blenheim Place, EH7. It contains 36,000 sqft of Grade A office accommodation over five floors, with 19 on-site car parking spaces. The building was built to a high specification for Scottish Equitable. It was later occupied by BNYM. Blenheim House was owned by Belgate Estates. The purchase price was over £5 million. The renewal design will be by Ian Springford Architects.

Amarone Edinburgh restaurant – photo added of interior:
Amarone Edinburgh restaurant

Dundas House Edinburgh
22 Jun – Morris & Spottiswood has completed a major refurbishment and restoration project at the historic Edinburgh headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
The fit-out contractor was tasked with refurbishing the bank at Dundas House, in the city’s St Andrew Square, which dates back to 1860.
Morris & Spottiswood project director Andrew Neill described said it had been “a privilege” to work the RBS site. Mr Neill further revealed several fascinating discoveries during the complex 28-week project – including uncovering the building’s original tiled floor.

RIAS Honorary Fellowships
22 Jun – Four eminent Scots have been presented with Honorary Fellowships of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Scottish arts, literature, music, science, the public life of Scotland or to international architects.
Those presented during the annual RIAS Centenary and Awards Dinner in Glasgow on Wednesday night were the film composer, Patrick Doyle, author, broadcaster and journalist, Muriel Gray, broadcaster and writer, Sally Magnusson and New York based fashion, celebrity and art photographer, Albert Watson.
The awards were presented by RIAS President, Willie Watt, who said: “The music of the movies is powerful and evocative. Patrick Doyle’s work on some of the most successful films of recent decades varies between emotionally charged and joyous and touches upon every human emotion. He is one of Scotland’s greatest cultural ambassadors.

Aberdeen Student Flats
21 Jun – Visage Properties and GWP Architecture have commenced delivery of a £17m student apartment scheme at Causewayend, Aberdeen, for 173 bedrooms.

Borders Distillery Building News
21 Jun – A new Borders Distillery is proposed within a Tudor-style power station in Hawick, Scottish Borders.

Abercromby Place Property
20 Jun – Warwick Stewart Architects have submitted plans for the alteration and refurbishment of a terrace at Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, as part of a conversion from office to residential.

Princes Street Office Building
Princes Street Office Building
20 Jun – 3DReid Architects have submitted plans for Hazeldene House Ltd to convert and extend the Grade B-listed 131-133 Princes Street to form new office accommodation.

RIAS Garden Centenary Competition

Chartered RIAS members (or teams including a Chartered member) are invited to submit designs for the RIAS Centenary garden competition.

The RIAS’ sub-basement meeting room, the Garden Room, now opens directly into the enclosed (below road level) rear garden at 15 Rutland Square. A new exit stair to Canning Street has also been installed, reports the RIAS.

The RIAS garden, a pleasant sun-trap, has the potential to be a place to sit out or a venue for informal meetings and gatherings. It has been cleared, prior to a new, appropriate garden design. Key considerations would include the provision of level sitting/gathering space, low maintenance planting, screening of the metal exit stair and a sheltered area. Loose garden furniture (i.e. not built-in) may be indicated but will be purchased seperately. The total budget, inclusive of fees, is £10,000 (ex VAT).

The deadline for this competition is noon on Monday 11th July. Those wishing to register and receive the brief for the competition should notify Carol-Ann Hildersley on Carol-Ann.Hildersley@rias.org.uk by Friday 24th June 2016.

LIS Competition Brief – A House and Grounds for an Art Collector

As part of their contribution to the Festival of Architecture 2016, the Landscape Institute Scotland are holding a design competition for a new house and grounds for an art collector in the Scottish countryside. Entries will be teams of landscape architects and architects and the competition promises to be an excellent chance to explore and experience the benefits of these two professions working together in collaboration. The competition is hypothetical and is based on an occupied site in Perthshire, Scotland.

Participants can register through Eventbrite. The competition went live on Wednesday, 1st June 2016.

Further information about the competition will be made available on the Competition webpage:


Barony North Church Event
Free event on 24 June at Glasgow Evangelical Church, 20 Cathedral Square, Glasgow
Pidgin Perfect would like to invite you to explore Glasgow Evangelical Church (formerly Barony North Church), designed by John Honeyman and the Cathedral District with a range of speakers, site walks and contextual explorations of the Cathedral district.

3-8 St Andrew Square Building
3-8 St Andrew Square Building
photo © Adrian Welch
18 Jun – new photos of this strong intervention in the city centre, designed by Edinburgh’s CDA with Glasgow’s Gareth Hoskins Architects.
The St Andrew Square Building development was controversial partly with those who love traditional architecture but also with those who admire good quality Modern architecture.

Circus Lane Houses
Circus Lane House
photo © Adrian Welch
18 Jun – new photos of Circus Lane Mews houses by Richard Murphy Architects

MacKenzie Place Allotments
MacKenzie Place Allotments Shed
photo © Adrian Welch
18 Jun – new photos of MacKenzie Place Allotments , Stockbridge, by Sutherland Hussey Architect

Values – AE Event
Thought-provoking afternoon of talks with some of the most interesting emerging architects in Europe.
With Angela Deuber (ADA, Switzerland), Adrien Verscheure (Baukunst, Belgium), Andrea Zanderigo (Baukuh, Italy) and Lee Ivett (Baxendale, United Kingdom) Chairs: Penny Lewis, Samuel Penn and Rowan Mackinnon-Pryde.
Saturday 2 July 2pm-5pm
Top Floor, Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art, 78 West Port
Event by The AE Foundation – see Events page for details

Longniddry Housing
Longniddry Homes in East Lothian
17 Jun – Plans have been lodged for a mixed-use development including the delivery of around 450 new homes at Longniddry, East Lothian.

Located around Longniddry Farm, to the south of the existing village, the planning application for Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) has been lodged by developer Socially Conscious Capital.

Should this be granted, detailed planning applications will come forward for various elements of the proposed development, the vision for which includes high quality and distinctive new housing, integrated with the existing settlement.

Longniddry Housing in East Lothian

The indicative masterplan for the development, included in the planning application, highlights a residential development, of around 450 homes, with associated greenspace, access, engineering works and mixed use development, including the conversion of existing buildings at Longniddry Farm. This can provide space for commercial uses, such as cafe, nursery and offices.

The site is allocated in East Lothian Council’s Draft Proposed Local Development Plan for “around 450 homes plus associated employment development, community facilities and infrastructure”. East Lothian is required to deliver 10,050 new homes by 2024.

RIAS/RIBA Awards 2016 Winners
16 Jun – The 11 winners of the 2016 awards for the best in current Scottish architecture were announced last night by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
Projects ranging from major business hubs to isolated look-out points and innovative houses were honoured at the RIAS’ Centenary and Awards Dinner held in Glasgow:
RIAS Awards 2016 Winners

Award for Murphy House on Hart Street
16 Jun – A separate RIBA Award for Scotland was made to Murphy House, Hart Street, Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects:
Murphy House
photograph : Stephen Leonard

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Shortlist
16 Jun – The shortlists for all five award categories in this year’s Saltire Society Housing Design Awards have been announced ahead of the annual awards ceremony, which will take place in Edinburgh at the end of this month.
Now in their 79th year, the awards celebrate excellence and achievement in Scottish house building and place-making and are part of a busy programme of special events and awards planned to celebrate the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary year.
Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Shortlist

The City Observatory on Calton Hill
City Observatory Building, Calton Hill
photo : Jonathon Fowler
City Observatory Building, Calton Hill
Edinburgh World Heritage announced today that it has awarded a grant of over £300,000 to Collective towards the restoration of the City Observatory complex – the ensemble of astronomical buildings by William Henry Playfair on Calton Hill.

The Edinburgh Clinic
The Edinburgh Clinic building Colinton Road
16 Jun – LSI Architects have submitted proposals to extend The Edinburgh Clinic, a private hospital on the city’s Colinton Road, to provide new operating theatres, bedrooms, chemist and staff facilities.

New Longniddry Housing
16 Jun – Socially Conscious Capital has set out its intent to build 450 homes on the site of Longniddry Farm in accordance with East Lothian Council’s draft local development plan.

Darwin Centre Redevelopment News
Darwin Centre King's Buildings Edinburgh
15 Jun – The University of Edinburgh has filed proposals to extend its school of biological sciences through redevelopment of the existing Darwin Centre, King’s Buildings Campus.

Portobello Building
Bath Street Collective
13 Jun – Bath Street Collective Custom Build, Designed by new Edinburgh archietcts studio John Kinsley Architects (John was Project Architect for RMJM on the Scottish Parliament Building)
The scheme will contain 4 flats comprising:- 1no. 75m2. 2 bedroom flat, a 102m2 3 bedroom duplex flat and 2 no. 120m2 3/4 bedroom flats. All the flats will be dual aspect.

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

Edinburgh Building News
13 Jun – Sleeperz Hotels is expanding its sister hotel Cityroomz Edinburgh with a new Princes Street wing made up of 43 rooms and suites.

The budget hotel operator has been granted planning permission to develop Princes House, a listed building and three storey office block, next door to its current 72-bed Cityroomz hotel on Shandwick Place near Princes Street in Edinburgh’s West End.

The development is being carried out in partnership with property and investment company Town Centre Securities PLC.

Edinburgh College of Art Renewal
10 Jun – Kier Construction appointed to deliver a £14m makeover of Edinburgh College of Art which will see 12,000sqm of space at its Grade A-listed main building on Lauriston Place repaired.

Edinburgh Architectural Association AGM
The Edinburgh Architectural Association AGM is being held at 6pm on Tuesday 21st June 2016, at the RIAS, 15 Rutland Square: see Events page for details

Edinburgh College of Art Refurbishment News
10 Jun – Kier Construction Scotland has been appointed by the University of Edinburgh to undertake refurbishment work on the College of Art.
Strengthening the strong start it has made within the education sector this year, the contract will see Kier carry out work over two phases so one half of the building always remains in operation. This will ensure the College can continue to deliver its curriculum during the refurbishment works.
Phase one activity is expected to take place from June 2016 to September 2017, with the second phase scheduled to take place thereafter.
This activity will improve and perform essential maintenance on the building’s fabric and internal systems bringing a major new space in the west side of the main building into use. This updated space will be equipped with the very latest in audio and visual facilities, improving the working and learning environment for students and staff.

Collective Architecture Edinburgh Office
10 Jun – Glasgow architects Collective Architecture have opened an Edinburgh office.
Situated on Grindlay Street within a former takeaway, the new studio will operate as a complimentary space to the practice’s Glasgow head office and will be responsible for overseeing work in Edinburgh, Dundee and Galashiels. Collective Architecture celebrated the launch with a party for clients, collaborators, colleagues and friends at the Collective Gallery on Calton Hill.

Bertha Park Development
Bertha Park Development10 Jun – Detailed plans of the first phase of Springfield Properties’ £1 billion Bertha Park development have been approved by Perth and Kinross Council.
First phase proposals for this major expansion of Perth include 1,061 new homes, commercial buildings and leisure and recreation areas.
As well as the new homes and buildings Springfield’s plans detail where new cycle paths and walking routes into Perth will run, and where a new network of roads will be built. The plans also show where Bertha Park’s new secondary school, scheduled to open in August 2019, will be built for Perth and Kinross Council. A primary school is planned for a later date.
Bertha Park will be built over 30 years, creating more than 2,000 new jobs and sustaining hundreds more in the local area. The first new home owners are expected to move into Bertha Park in mid-2018.

Queensferry Crossing Delay
Queensferry Crossing
The new £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing will not open until June 2017, six months later than planned, the infrastructure secretary admitted today.

Keith Brown confirmed reports the bridge would not be completed on schedule by the end of the year because of bad weather over April and May hampering construction.

Queensferry Crossing Delay

Stuart MacDonald Dies
7 Jun – Former director of The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Stuart MacDonald, has died aged 67:

Scottish Architecture News

Gullane Building News
7 Jun – International architecture practice Barton Willmore has secured planning permission in principle for up to 125 residential units on the site of Henderson House, the former Fire & Rescue Service College, in Gullane, East Lothian, subject to the signing of a planning agreement.

The training college closed in early 2015 as part of the national restructuring of the Fire and Rescue Service estate upon formation of a single national service. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) now intend to reinvest the proceeds from the sale of the site in to capital projects to enhance and add to Fire & Rescue Service facilities across Scotland.

Barton Willmore

Keppie Office News
7 Jun – architecture practice Keppie Design is to close studios in Aberdeen, Perth and Manchester. Offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness are unaffected.

The architects practice, which posted a £528k pre-tax loss to 31 July 2015, said 25 jobs were at risk of redundancy and is consulting with those affected.

Keppie Design

Queensferry Crossing News
7 Jun – Transport Scotland has refused to deny claims that work on the Queensferry Crossing is months behind schedule.

The team behind the £1.4 billion construction project have consistently claimed that it is on course to be completed in time to open to traffic in December as scheduled.

However, reports in The Scotsman suggest that the bridge is in fact running months behind schedule and will not be finished until well into 2017.

It quotes a staff source saying: “Everyone agrees there is no chance of it finishing by the end of the year. It could be months late – maybe even the middle of next year.”

Queensferry Crossing News

New Trustees for Scottish Civic Trust Board
7 Jun – The Scottish Civic Trust appoint two new trustees to the Board – architects Fiona Sinclair and Ed Taylor.

Fiona is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects, Past-President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and has particular expertise in the creative re-use, repair and restoration of historic buildings where she has many years of experience in projects across Scotland.

Ed is a chartered architect and urban designer. As The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community’s Representative in Scotland for almost 10 years, Ed represented the charity at the highest level and led a diverse programme of education, advocacy and skills, regeneration and masterplanning, typically employing a consensus-building process known as Enquiry by Design (devised by The Prince’s Foundation).

Scottish Civic Trust

West Edinburgh Garden District
West Edinburgh Garden District masterplan

3 Jun – Planning permission approved for Phase 1 plans to build up to 1,350 homes as part of a £1 billion Garden District in west Edinburgh.

Developer Murray Estates’ plans is for the first phase of a 675-acre ‘Garden District’ on a 54-hectare site next to Royal Bank of Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters at Gogar Station Road.

West Edinburgh Garden District at Gogarburn

The first phase of the project was approved by City of Edinburgh Council’s development and management committee in May, however it required full council approval, achieved yesterday with councillors voting 35 to 17 to grant planning permission.

West Edinburgh Garden District

New Hospital Building in Fife
New Hospital Building in Fife
2 Jun – Purpose-built Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital in Fife completed.

The energy-efficient IPCU will cater for those experiencing acute episodes of mental illness, providing specialist care and treatment to patients.

Facilities include eight en-suite single bedrooms, space for therapeutic and rehabilitative activities, communal lounge and dining accommodation, visiting and staff areas, consulting and meeting rooms as well as secure external grounds. The contractor was Graham Construction.

This project was part of the FS2 Framework which is delivering design, development and construction projects across Scotland for the NHS over the next five years.

Abbey Lane Housing
31 May – The City of Edinburgh Council has given planning permission for 139 flats to be constructed on brownfield land in the city.

Designed by EMA Architects, the series of four and six storey blocks at Abbey Lane seeks to maximise southerly views toward the Crags and Arthur’s Seat whilst respecting a neighbouring listed building.

A landscape buffer will be included to the south to mitigate the impact of an adjoining railway line, including a mixture of hedges, railings, walls and footpaths.

Bellway Homes hopes to begin construction later this year.

Fletcher Joseph Associates Seek Architect
28 May – Fletcher Joseph Associates are an Edinburgh based practice with expertise in a wide variety of sectors and a recognised reputation in student accommodation, residential, hotel and recreation developments.

Fletcher Joseph Associates Edinburgh architects

The practice is currently working on a number of exciting, major, developments and we are looking for an experienced Architect to join our team.
Candidates should be articulate, motivated and enthusiastic, with proven experience and good design and technical skill. Experience in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop and SketchUp is required. Experience of Revit would be beneficial but not essential.

Salary is dependent upon experience. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK. Agency applications are not accepted.
Notifications of interest and CVs including examples of work should be sent for the attention of Isla Fraser to admin@fletcherjoseph.com

Boroughmuir High School Building
27 May – The first visuals of an outline concept to sympathetically restore and revitalise the historic Boroughmuir High School building in Edinburgh have been unveiled by CALA Homes.
The designs show concept plans for an open courtyard with a series of walkways, along with a stunning conversion of a large classroom into a split level mezzanine apartment.

Boroughmuir High School building

Pupils from the school in Viewforth are to move into a £35 million purpose-built new campus and the City of Edinburgh Council agreed to sell the Category-B Listed building to CALA Homes, which has its national headquarters in the city.

Boroughmuir High School building interior

The housebuilder will be undertaking a public exhibition on Friday 17th June 3pm to 7pm and Saturday 18th June 9am to 1pm at St Oswald’s Hall, Montpelier Park, Edinburgh. The exhibition will show initial proposals to transform the building, by creating 87 mezzanine apartments, while also delivering 28 much-needed affordable homes in one of the city’s most sought after locations.

Aberdeen Nursery Building by BMJ Architects
27 May – A nursery designed by BMJ Architects in Aberdeen has become the first commercial project in Scotland to be accredited by Passivhaus.

St James Centre
St James Shopping Centre
27 May – Marco de Vita, an Edinburgh based photographer, shares with us his latest project. He has photographed the insides of St James Shopping Centre before it is demolished to pave way to a new shopping mall.
The building was initially designed in 1964 and completed in 1969.

New Hotel on Cowgate & Victoria Street
India Buildings on Victoria Street hotel

26 May – Plans approved for a £65m four-star hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town by ICA Architects, despite concerns being raised by UNESCO.

Jansons Property Cowgate hotel building

The 235-bedroom development will see a number of listed buildings bought back into use, and the space between Victoria Street and the Cowgate developed.

Jansons Property Cowgate hotel Edinburgh

The hotel for Jansons Property would be at the heart of a £65m regeneration of the A-listed India Buildings on Victoria Street and surrounded by a new entertainment destination of bars, restaurants, cafes and public space.

Jansons Property Cowgate hotel

Scottish Design Awards
26 May – Isabelle Lomholt of e-architect helped present awards at the event last night in the Radisson.

The Chairman’s Award was a surprise, given to Edinburgh-based co-design studio HERE + NOW for their month-long outdoor photography exhibition in Rodney St tunnel, Canonmills, Edinburgh. “Hold Me Dear: Four Cities, [Extra]ordinary Places” held in September 2015. The designers speech was the highlight of the evening, eloquent and inspiring.

Page Park Architects won practice of the year.

The Best Building prize went to the Riverside Campus in Glasgow by Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects.

Adrian Welch of e-architect was one of the judges.

Details at Scottish Design Awards on e-architect

UWS Hamilton Campus News
26 May – South Lanarkshire Council has approved plans for a new campus for the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) on the edge of Hamilton.

UWS Hamilton Campus building

The development at Hamilton International Technology Park (HITP) includes plans for state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students and lecturers, sports amenities and new student accommodation.

Despite being contrary to the local development plan, the planning permission in principle for the campus was deemed justified by the local authority’s planning committee because the relocation of the university would create “significant economic benefits” and there would be no adverse impact on the Green Belt.

UWS Hamilton Campus

UWS had earlier cancelled proposals to move its Hamilton campus to the Eurocentral industrial estate on the M8 east of Glasgow following extensive consultation with the local authority, stakeholders, students and staff.

The move will also see the west side of HITP become the UWS Technology and Innovation Park, housing UWS’s research and commercial activities.

Machrihanish Airbase Spaceport
Machrihanish Airbase Campbeltown Spaceport
19 May – One of the front runners to host the UK’s first spaceport has declared itself “runway-ready” to support the UK government’s ambitions following the Queen’s speech yesterday.
The base’s space credentials go back as far as 1981, when NASA approved the site as an emergency landing spot for the Space Shuttle. The 3,049m long runway, which launches straight over the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the few able to welcome a landing shuttle and get it back in the air via a Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier.
Then, in 2009, Virgin Galactic had said Machrihanish was one of its preferred sites for a UK spaceport.
Glasgow Prestwick and Stornoway airports are still in the running, as well as Newquay in England and Llanbedr in Wales.

Edinburgh ‘Garden District’ Approval
Edinburgh Garden District
17 May – Plans for a 1,350-home development on green belt land on the edge of Edinburgh have been given the green light by councillors.
Developer Murray Estates’ proposal is for the first phase of a 675-acre ‘Garden District’ on a 54-hectare site next to Royal Bank of Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters at Gogar Station Road.
The overall £1 billion development will eventually deliver up to 6,000 new homes over a 20-year cycle in a new urban district proposal which would include a school, shopping centre, sports facilities and green space.

Kelvin hall Building News
16 May – The transformation of Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall into one of the biggest museum and academic research centres in the UK is on target to complete by this summer and open in autumn.

Pop-Up Cities Expo Design News
13 May – Edinburgh based Konishi Gaffney Architects have won a competition to design a temporary pavilion as Edinburgh’s entry to the Pop-Up Cities Expo being held at the Mound in June and July this year.

Pop-Up Cities Expo Design

The Expo is a headline event for the Festival of Architecture and part of the Year of Innovation Architecture and Design.

The competition was organised by the City of Edinburgh Council in conjunction with the Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA). The winning pavilion, engineered by TALL engineers, is being fabricated locally by artist and maker Johannes Sailer and is supported by several Scottish timber companies.

The architects’ brief was for a pavilion intended to be an aspirational ‘snapshot’ of Edinburgh, inspiring future generations of architects to come.

Entrants were asked to prepare proposals that would represent Edinburgh on a world stage, showcase the city including its World Heritage status, and reflect the location of the pavilion at the Mound.

Cllr Ian Perry, convener of the planning committee, said: “Edinburgh is well known internationally for its iconic skyline and architecture. We are immensely proud of our World Heritage Status and this competition is a great example of how we can continue to raise our game and inspire local architects of the future. I would like to congratulate Konishi Gaffney on their well deserved win as they are a shining example of the quality of architects we have in the city.”

Kieran Gaffney of Konishi Gaffney Architects, said: “We are delighted to have won this competition and to represent Edinburgh at the Pop-Up Cities Expo. Our idea is based on a folded origami form developed from thinking about the brief for a pop-up pavilion. The form is made from two pyramids laid back to back with three openings pulled out: one for the door, one for a fixed window and one for an opening window for ventilation. The proposal is innovative in its design and minimised the use of materials. Using locally sourced timber means a small carbon footprint and the pavilion is intended for re-use at other events and functions. The proposal has an interesting, decorative structure and the simple form is materially and structurally efficient. We think the construction system should be quick and easy to install.”

Donald Canavan, President of the EAA, added: “The Edinburgh Architectural Association is delighted to be involved in facilitating this exciting competition, and was greatly impressed by the quality of the entries. Although such pavilions are temporary, the winning entry, by Konishi Gaffney, was agreed as a gem, offering a splendid tribute to Edinburgh, and to the architectural profession within the chapter area. We greatly look forward to the Expo and are sure the story told by the Edinburgh pavilion and its exhibits will be intriguing and memorable.”

King’s Stables Road Development
King’s Stables Road buildings

13 May – Developers behind plans for a mixed-use development on a vacant site in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh have updated their initial proposals to take account of feedback from the local community, the planning authority and statutory consultees, as well as current market conditions.

King’s Stables Road Development

A planning application was lodged in December 2015 for the proposed redevelopment of the buildings on King’s Stables Road. These are being taken forward by a joint venture between Peveril Securities – the development arm of the Bowmer and Kirkland Group – and Campus Development Management.

The development will now include:

59 residential units
92 bedroom boutique hotel
167 room managed student accommodation
650m2 of Arts Facility
Class 1,2 and 3 commercial units activating the ground floor of the development

King’s Stables Road Development Edinburgh

Kinnear Road Properties
Kinnear Road Edinburgh properties
13 May – Kinnear Road Edinburgh properties

The Ideal Hut Show in Edinburgh
The Ideal Hut Show in Edinburgh design by Eva Jiricna
12 May – info + photos of these hut designs by well known architects such as Eva Jiricna, Ian Ritchie and Malcolm Fraser:
30 Apr – 30 May 2016 – 10am-6pm – Free
Scottish Architecture News
The Ideal Hut Show in Edinburgh designs
Located at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Crafts in Architecture Exhibition
As part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 the EAA presents a sample of the range of craft skills in Lothian, Fife and the Borders, focusing on stone, metal, glass, wood, clay and lime, with demonstrations of work via artefacts and video loops, at Gayfield Creative Spaces, 14 – 24 May – more info on the Events page.

Specifi Landscape Edinburgh
On June 16th Specifi bring their landscape architecture event to Edinburgh, a talk from Dusty Gedge, a “Meet the Experts” networking expo, including a free bar, and a free Edinburgh Landscape Architecture Dinner – more info on the Events page.

Aberdeen FC Relocation
12 May – Aberdeen Football Club reveal plans for a new £40m stadium and training facility at Kingsford near Westhill with earlier plans to move to Loirston now abandoned:
Aberdeen FC Stadium Building

RIBA International Awards
11 May – Longlist of 30 buildings for the new global architecture awards and the International Emerging Architect Prize. Open to architects who’ve designed a building outside the UK, they lead on to the RIBA International Prize:
RIBA International Awards

Heathrow Airport Expansion Architects Shortlist
11 May – Heathrow names four architecture studios – including practices Zaha Hadid Architects and Benoy – on shortlist for a ’hub airport of the future’ concept as part of its expansion plans:
Heathrow Airport Expansion Architects Shortlist

Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlist
10 May – Five brilliant, innovative UK museums have been shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2016, including Jupiter Artland in West Lothian:
Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlist

Edinburgh Schools Inquiry
10 May – An independent inquiry into the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools over structural concerns is to begin after the summer break and conclude before the end of the year, the City of Edinburgh Council confirmed today.
Chief executive Andrew Kerr hopes to appoint an industry figure with experience of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) building contracts to chair the inquiry and determine its remit.

Dundee Performing Arts Centre by PagePark
Dundee Performing Arts Centre by PagePark
10 May – Plans to create a £16m centre of excellence for performing and visual arts on the site of Dundee’s former Head Post Office approved by Dundee City Council. The building will become home for the High School of Dundee’s art, music, drama and home economics departments. A range of studio, performance and practice spaces will be incorporated into the 19th century building as well as a signature spiral staircase which will be cast in-situ.


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