Balerno Eco-homes News
Four eco-homes in Balerno designed by Kenneth Reid Architects have been refused planning. The site for the homes is located in Edinburgh’s green belt and the development included felling a number of mature trees - more on the May news page. 23 May.
Glasgow Architecture Tour
We were delighted to show a group of Dutch architecture students around the city yesterday. Two weeks ago we also showed Finnish visitors around the city - Building Control board members from all over Finland, highlights were the tour around Hillside Primary School and the visit to the Italian Centre. Glasgow Walking Tours
Scottish Home Builder of the Year
Mactaggart and Mickel win Home Builder of the Year. Celebrating the success of the home building industry across a range of issues which remain key to the sector’s ongoing drive towards recovery, trade body Homes for Scotland has announced the winners of its 2013 Awards. Now in their 11th year, the Awards were focused around four themes of particular importance to the industry’s ability to deliver desperately needed housing across all tenures: people, process, product and partnership - see May news for more details
Three Glens Eco House, Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland Design: Mark Waghorn Architects
photo from architect Scottish Eco House - 14 May
With the building process completed, Three Glens, the ultra modern eco farmhouse is finally a reality. Designed by Mark Waghorn Architects, Three Glens is a 450m2 five-bedroom farmhouse situated on a working farm near the village of Moniaive, South West Scotland. Its owners Mary and Neil Gourlay, are the third generation of the Gourlay family farming in the Cairn Valley.
Tel Aviv is closer to Edinburgh than one might think. Architects in the city revere Patrick Geddes, and in turn have a soft spot for Edinburgh and Scotland. The idea to establish a cultural center in the city was originally proposed in the Geddes Plan, the first master plan of Tel Aviv planned by Patrick Geddes in the late 1920s. Geddes envisioned a kind of a modern "Acropolis", where the city's main cultural venues would be, now called Habima Square.
Glasgow School of Art Extension Glasgow School of Art New Building - 13 May
The new Glasgow School of Art, designed by Steven Holl Architects in partnership with JM Architects (Glasgow) and Arup Engineering, celebrated its topping out yesterday. The building stands across from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1909 Glasgow School of Art in complementary contrast, forging a symbiotic relation in which each structure heightens the integral qualities of the other.
Chapelton News image of Chapelton Aberdeenshire Town - 30 Apr
Aberdeenshire gives green light to Scotland’s largest new town. Outline planning permission granted for 4,045 homes ten miles south of Aberdeen with 8,000 planned in the long-term.£2bn Development will bring 8,000 new jobs to the area with work beginning in Summer 2013. Ambitious plans for Chapelton, Scotland’s largest new town, were given the go-ahead paving the way for work to begin on the first new neighbourhood, ten miles south of Aberdeen.
Scottish Planning News
Planning Minister Derek Mackay has today proposed a revamp of Scotland's planning system which he said will place more emphasis on jobs and economic benefits to help deliver sustainable economic growth.
The third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) will influence development plans across Scotland and guide future planning decisions on a range of sectors including transport, energy and infrastructure - more on the April news page. 30 Apr
EAA Awards 2013 photo from EAA EAA Awards 2013 : Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards winners. 29 Apr
Haymarket News image from architects Haymarket - design by Richard Murphy Architects
A controversial development in one of Scotland's prime city centre gap sites is to start this summer after years of protest and delay, reports the BBC today. The £200m business district is to be built on Edinburgh's Haymarket. 3 Apr
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art photo : Allison Architecture Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - foyer renewal by Allison Architecture
Allison Architecture have recently completed the refurbishment of the main foyer space in The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
Allison Architecture were invited by the Gallery to pitch for the project against two other architects practices and after a three stage pitch were picked to carry out the design for Gallery One. 28 Mar
2013 RIAS Awards Shortlist RIAS Awards - 25 buildings
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced a 25 strong shortlist for its 2013 awards. The judging panel for this year includes RIAS President Elect Iain Connelly FRIAS, Dr Joyce Deans CBE PPRIAS, Lori McElroy MBE, Kathy Li of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and Roger Stephenson OBE, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects. 25 Mar
Fort Kinnaird Multiplex image by architects
Plans for a 1200-seat multiplex at Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh has been approved. The proposed seven-screen complex - to be run by Odeon on the site of the cinema demolished in 2008 - is forecast to attract 46,000 customers per year. 14 Mar
Ratho Development Approval Ratho Climbing Centre : photo from Moidart Ratho Development
A major new country park and more than 100 homes being developed on the site of a derelict quarry near Ratho. The 26-hectare site will reshaped plus new townhouses, apartments and detached homes built. Developer Cala Homes and architects Yeoman McAllister have lodged a planning application notice for the residential development. The development is due to be completed by late 2015. 14 Mar
Anne Rowling Centre image from architect Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
Architectural practice Keppie Design has completed and handed over the new Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic on behalf of the University of Edinburgh and Consort Healthcare. 13 Mar
Housing Development in St Andrews picture from Sutherland Hussey architects Sutherland Hussey Architects have recently won an architectural competition to design a new housing development in St Andrews for Eastacre Investments. 21 Feb
Edinburgh BioQuarter Development News photo from Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Bioquarter
Three new life sciences companies move into leading research centre. 7 Feb
V&A in Dundee image from architects V&A Dundee
£4m in private donations received for the V&A museum in Dundee, which will go towards the project's fundraising target of £45m. 17 Jan
House in Cramond photo : Douglas Gibb Cramond House
The site of this house, previously occupied by a 1950’s bungalow, is right on the edge of the Edinburgh urban footprint and hard against the ‘green belt’ with expansive views to the north over open fields to the Forth Estuary. 4 Jan
Edinburgh School Building News
The City of Edinburgh Council has submitted planning applications for extensions to four of its primary schools using a modular, prefabricated building system. Edinburgh Schools - further information on the above
Bothwell Street Development image from architect Edinburgh Residential Development - design by Oberlanders Architects.
The proposal comprises a residential development and urban realm regeneration of a brownfield site within Edinburgh City Centre. The design approach consists of a contemporary interpretation of the traditional tenement form, incorporating concealed parking, highly insulated external envelope and on-site energy generation technologies. 1 Nov
House on Ravelston Dykes Road image from Oberlanders Architects LLP Ravelston Dykes Road House
‘Quaba House’ project by Oberlanders Architects LLP wins Best House in Central Scotland award plus the ‘Best Architecture, Single Residence in the UK’ at the ‘UK Property Awards 2012-2013'. 17 Oct
Sugarhouse Close photo from Oberlanders Architects LLP Sugarhouse Close - Oberlanders are proud to announce Sugarhouse Close (accommodation for 300 students) Design and Build project was successfully completed and handed over on Friday the 1st of September 2012, on programme and in time for the start of the academic year. The site lies in the historic centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town (within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site) with the development reusing all the historical Listed buildings of significance. 9 Oct
Fortress Holyrood image by architects
The controversial Scottish Parliament security extension goes on site. There has been a demonstration by architects and reports suggest a visit by Benedetta Tagliabue (of EMBT) might happen. The annexe at the front of the Scottish Parliament building is intended to prevent terrorist attacks by ensuring people go through security screening before entering the parliament building itself - Scottish Parliament security extension. 1 Oct
Walking Tour News
e-architect have expanded our architecture tours out of Edinburgh and Glasgow in the last few years. In August we have now added tours in Liverpool, Dublin and Cambridge alongside London which is now well established. Links here for Edinburgh Walking Tours and Glasgow Walking Tours