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PPP Scotland Programme
Across Scotland, 29 councils are now part of the current PPP Scottish Building programme involving total investment of over £2.2 billion. By 2009, a further 300 Scottish Schools are due to have been rebuilt or refurbished. Scottish Local authorities were invited in September 2001, to bid for a share of Scottish Executive revenue funding to support school building capital projects under PPP.

PFI Building Schemes in Scotland are failing to attract sufficient quality investors. The Scottish Executive held an ‘open day’ in Jun 2004 to publicise new projects and attract finance into Scottish PFI schemes such as hospitals and schools.

Some organisations are wary of negative publicity surrounding PFI projects such as the East Lothian Schools debacle. However, the Scottish Executive reportedly suggested reduced numbers of bidders for projects does not reflect loss of interest in Scottish PPP Building projects but relates to the quantity of work in Scotland.
Jul 2004

Scottish Buildings

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December 2002

New Images added to Tours
Scottish Building Edinburgh Edinburgh Scottish Building
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Scottish Building Projects & Built Works

29.12.02

Scottish Building: Scottish Architecture

Calton Hill
Scottish Building
photograph © Adrian Welch
Now plans to recreate what was the world’s first panoramic picture for the 21st century have been hatched by a city artist.
Stockbridge artist and architect Mark Dorrian has been shortlisted for a £30,000 prize after making his case to Scotland’s artistic elite. Edinburgh art impresario Richard Demarco, who is also on the Creative Scotland short-list for his own touring exhibition, said: "I think Calton Hill needs to be blessed as it is unloved and in a run-down state."

Scottish Architect Malcolm Fraser, of Edinburgh, also made the short-list for his vision to transform the Grassmarket.
21.12.02

Cowgate-South Bridge Fire Ideas Competition
Scottish Building
Cowgate Fire

Houses opposition
A proposed development of 400 houses on the banks of the River Tyne is to be opposed by members of Haddington and District Amenity Society (HADAS). The proposal involves houses on fields on the north-east border of Haddington, land highlighted as potential development land in East Lothian Council’s recent Draft Structure Plan. Haddington Golf Club are involved as an access road direct to Whittinghame Drive and the centre of Haddington (thus avoiding the busy A1) would run across the edge of their ground. A new Clubhouse is reported to be part of the deal. Haddington’s Nungate Bridge is reputed to be the oldest in Scotland: the proposed new bridge should be of exceptional design. Edinburgh Contemporary Architecture will demand that a Scottish Architecture Competition be held for this and encourage others to write to East Lothian Council with their views. Edinburgh Housing
12.12.02

Cockburn Comp
Dozens of Scottish Building designs are expected to feature in a new architecture competition staged by Edinburgh’s heritage watchdog, the Cockburn Association, which today unveiled details of a public vote for the finest post-war building in Edinburgh. A panel of 12 expert Scottish judges will be asked to name three of their favourite Scottish buildings, which will then form the centrepiece of an exhibition in March at a venue yet to be fixed. The public will then be asked for their favourites from the 36 choices of Scottish Building with a view to shaping the association’s views on which buildings people really want saved.
12.12.02

Scottish Building News Round-up
"it was Malcolm Fraser’s year in Edinburgh"
BD Dec.13 p.9

Allan Murray "has called for a change in the way competitions are run so that architects are paid for the "energy, enthusiasm and effort that goes into them"."

BD Dec. 13 front page
Granton’s Waterfront profiled
Prospect pp 34-39

Galleries winner
Allan Murray Architects win the Princes Street Galleries international competition.
10.12.02

Cowgate-South Bridge Fire
Old Town Competition launched
12.12.02
The old town fire ripped out the heart of the Old Town’s World Heritage site – damaging at least ten buildings. The flames have forever changed the face of the Cowgate….building under threat includes Adam House in Chambers Street. This well-known scottish building was designed by William Kininmonth and built in 1954-55 to serve as an examination centre.
09.12.02

Shed
Critics have blasted a decision approving a railway shed in West Princes Street Gardens. CEC Planning Committee approved a Railtrack plan to cut down trees and put the storage shed at the foot of the Castle Rock, close to remains of the Wellhouse Tower, near the railway line in West Princes Street Gardens. Approval by Scottish ministers is still required. Historic Scotland claimed it would ruin views of one of the world’s most stunning rail journeys into a city and spoil views of the Castle. The Cockburn Association also objected
09.12.02

No Meadows Manhattan
Andrew Brooks, development director Southside Capital Ltd, responds to comments re view of Quartermile from the Meadows: base of Quartermile page
07.12.02
Comment by Fosters: base of Quartermile page
11.12.02

University Research
£52m medical research centre proposal unveiled: next to Edinburgh’s new Royal Infirmary building
03.12.02

Barbed
Retrospective Planning Application at Caroline Park – PR
The applicant, a commercial developer expected to know the planning laws (although with a prior record of breaching those laws), was questioned as to whether it had the requisite authority to erect this fence and chose to do so without such permission – for which it now makes application in retrospect – with no evidence of contrition on the public planning record
10.10.02

Waterfront Edinburgh to appoint new Chief Executive
Chairman of Waterfront Edinburgh Limited, Councillor Lezley M Cameron announced today that Andrew Russell, Chief Executive of Waterfront Edinburgh Ltd, will step down from his role at the end of his contract. He will be leaving the company from summer 2003.
09.12.02

Queen’s Gallery
Holyrood building opened 29 Nov

RETHINKING THE ROYAL MILE
RIAS Conference re Scottish Building: The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh
03.12.02

Port of Leith
Lee Boyd’s completed Port of Leith Housing Association HQ on Constitution St, Leith
04.12.02

Blindwells
Favoured location for East Lothian New Town
Further to my editorial and piece below on TFP.
09/04.12.02

Galleries
Decision time: reportedly the day the Princes Street Galleries Shortlist of four is judged
03.12.02

Terry Farrell & Partners Exhibition
25 Nov – 24 Dec: RIAS, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh
Terry Farrell in Scotland: new book describing TFP’s last decade of Scottish building projects

Western Nominee
Next RIAS President reported to be nominated

Waverley
Waverley Station: various options to be presented by the Railtrack (SRA) to CEC around Christmas.

Donaldson’s
Donaldson’s School for the Deaf: high-profile Edinburgh architects reported to be involved at feasability stage with this famous Scottish Building.

Infirmary Comment
The World Heritage Trust is concerned that the height of some of the office blocks will ruin the city’s skyline. But does it really make that much difference if a few six-storey Quartermile buildings rise above the treeline of the Meadows? They are hardly what could be described as skyscrapers.
02.12.02

Students decamp to New Town
"Change of use from offices to student residences with alterations and refurbishment of existing building to accommodate student flats at James Craig Walk. Decision Granted 21 Nov 2002

East Lothian New Town
Scottish Building
Blindwells seems to be the favoured location for East Lothian’s housing expansion: see news from 04.12.02

Yet More Housing
A proposal by Bryant Homes Ltd and the Wemyss & March Estates to build 400 houses north of Amisfield Park emerged at the weekend when a special general meeting was called of Haddington Golf Club to discuss a possible access road being laid across part of the course. Plans included affordable housing, a new primary school and community parkland.
01.12.02

Murrayfield Ice Rink
Another Community Facility proposed to be sold off to developers
30.11.02

New Architecture Bookshop
Edinburgh Bookshop Launched
30.11.02

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