Scottish Buildings at Risk, News

Apr 29 – May 5 2002

Architecture in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish Buildings at Risk
Almost £20,000 of Scottish taxpayers’ money will have to be spent on a landmark city building because its owner cannot afford to repair it. Abdul Algader, Arab Social League of Edinburgh spokesman, said it could not afford to repair the church.

RIAS 2002 Conference
Scottish Buildings
image from RIAS
Reviews from Friday’s speakers in Inverness

BAE Images
BAE Edinburgh development at Crewe Toll completed

The Day of the Triffids
Report of Comments by Prof. Charles McKean
Monstrous architecture is being allowed to spread across the Capital like "triffids", according to one of the country’s leading design experts. In an outspoken attack, Professor Charles McKean has claimed that poor designs are being repeated all over the city and that "third-rate" buildings are being allowed to go up in the Capital’s historic heart.
Councillor Bob Cairns, planning convenor, today labelled Professor McKean a "professional moaner" and denied there was a lack of strategy in the city.

Granton Property
The Buccleuch Estates has sold or agreed to sell all the land which Waterfront Edinburgh Limited wishes to acquire from them at Granton Harbour.

Cambourne Visit
Well done to East Lothian Council for getting out and investigating New Towns:
A new village with a hi-tech business park and 3,000 homes under construction, impressed East Lothian Councillors and officials when they went to see how an English council was meeting the demand for housing.

Architect of the Year: voting closed
Malcolm Fraser
Karen Pickering
Ric Russell
Paul Stallan
Announcement: 24 May

RIBAJournal: Scottish Buildings

Edinburgh features strongly in a review of Scottish Architecture on pp 24-26.
Lee Boyd’s Greenbank Church extension, Morningside is also reviewed later on.

Waverley Gate
"The architects behind the plan are the Edinburgh-based Hugh Martin Partnership. Its portfolio already includes dozens of office buildings in the Capital, as well as Princes Square shopping centre in Glasgow and its former Edinburgh GPO building, which was converted into luxury flats. It has christened its latest project Waverley Gate, and when the building is finished it will offer 206,000sq ft of office space on eight floors – all anchored by a central landscaped atrium of glass".

Barely Adequate
CEC planners have admitted they advise councillors that buildings with "barely adequate designs" should be approved for construction in Edinburgh. The bombshell statement emerged in a planning committee report this month.

Lochend Butterfly
A group of students from Canada have beaten over 80 entries to win an international competition that invited entrants to propose ideas for sustainable development and urban regeneration at the Lochend Butterfly

Edinburgh deserved at least £5m extra funding
A derelict site in the heart of the Old Town is set to be transformed into affordable housing as part of a multi-million cash injection for the Lothians. The Candlemaker Row site is just one project within a £21m Scottish Executive package to create nearly 800 new homes across Edinburgh & Lothian.

Trust Budget Problems
Edinburgh World Heritage Trust
Bob Cairns, a director of the trust and the council’s planning convener, expressed concern at the financial situation of the trust and wished that the review go ahead to make the organisation become more efficient and effective as it has resources far in excess of any other conservation organisation in Scotland.

News in Camera
Royal High School: Edinburgh City councillors have been urged to back plans to turn this key Scottish building into a national centre of photography.

RSA 176th Annual Exhibition
Opening this weekend, including architecture section:-
For the first time in its history the Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition will be held outwith Scotland’s capital. This year’s Exhibition is being held in the McLellan Galleries, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, as the RSA Gallery in Edinburgh is currently closed as work on the £26m Playfair Project proceeds.

New Architects Award
Student architects at the RSA Exhibition competed for a new award given by the Property Division of Standard Life Investments: £500 – Mackintosh School of Architecture

Climbing Building
Ratho Building: £16m national Scottish Climbing Centre near Edinburgh has been delayed by up to four months after its roof was ripped off in a violent storm.

Calton Square
Scottish Buildings
image from Allan Murray Architects
Allan Murray Architects’ designs for £100m mixed-use buildings at Greenside Place are due for completion this summer: omni edinburgh centre

Visual Catalogue
Ten years of research and development in computer visualisation by Sandy Kinghorn, an Edinburgh architect, has summoned up buildings confined to the drawing board for more than 200 years…Kinghorn’s work has been adopted by the Scottish Cultural Resource Network (SCRAN), a learning site for culture and history on the internet. His company is also marketing visual catalogues of Robert Adam’s lost Scottish buildings

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Ocean Heights, Victoria Dock, Leith

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