Professor Charles McKean, Architecture Talk Edinburgh, Cockburn Association Annual Lecture

Edinburgh News 13 – 19 May 2002

Construction + Architectural Development in Lothian, Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Building News in May 2002

A Call to Arms
Charles McKean’s infectious and inspirational Monday talk: Charles McKean Talk
The Cockburn Association’s 5th Annual Lecture at Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Quartermile Exhibition
Redevelopment of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Site
Andrew Grant Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art

56 (Belford Road)
Developed by the Burrell Company and EDI, it is contemporary statement building. Selling agent Simon Rettie is convinced the “cutting edge” design by architect Richard Murphy must take much credit for the scheme’s popularity.
Belford Road

Galleries Mark II
New plans to build princes st galleries, an underground shopping mall, beneath Princes Street were revealed today – but with the project scaled down to about half its previous size. The previous larger version was thrown out at a public inquiry amid fears it would damage listed buildings and Princes Street Gardens. Council leader Donald Anderson remains lukewarm about the idea.

Malmaison Hotel
The Malmaison Edinburgh Grand opening was on Friday night:
London-based high-profile architects Jestico + Whiles’ appointment on this project was for Interior design, which was “extended” for the design of F+B outlets [Restaurant + Bar]. The architects of the project were Gordon Ferrier and Lauri Crawford of Ferrier Crawford. Jestico + Whiles are now working on Malmaison Glasgow refurbishment.

Old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
First we had Calton Gate, then Waverley Gate, now…Quartermile!
A £400m scheme has been unveiled to transform the old ERI site into a new quarter for the Capital, creating more than 600 homes. Flats, office blocks, a five-star hotel, a public piazza, shops, bars and restaurants are all planned for the 19-acre site off Lauriston Place.

Wheel Quiz
Police investigating the vandalism of the £17m Falkirk Wheel in Scotland are appealing for further witnesses.

Citymark, The Exchange
The Citymark building, which is currently under construction on a site between Gardner’s Crescent and Fountainbridge, will have a total of 80 flats when it is completed…Citymark is being built by Fountainbridge Developments, a joint venture company between AB Hamilton and Bank of Scotland.

The RSA Annual Show is also an opportunity for architects to display recent or proposed projects. Richard Murphy’s adventurous intervention in Stirling Tolbooth to create a new arts centre is illustrated here, along with other important architectural projects such as Allan Murray Architects’ designs for a new Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. 07.05.02

CEC Properties For Sale
Edinburgh City Council is to put 20 of its properties up for sale ahead of its move to new CEC headquarters at Waverley station in 2004. The sale of the properties – most of which occupy prime locations in the city centre – is expected to realise around £30m.

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Calton Square Building
Calton Square
image from Allan Murray Architects

Point Hotel Edinburgh
Point Hotel Edinburgh
photo : Steffen Schefer

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