Edinburgh News in April 2003, Property, Houses, Architecture

Edinburgh News April 2003

Lothian Built Environment, South East of Scotland Construction + Property

Edinburgh Building News in April 2003

Edinburgh Property: Westport, Evolution House, Edinburgh
By Reiach and Hall Architects – described in the current AJ as ‘good ordinary’ by Ken Powell and referred to in Isabel Allen’s AJ Editorial

Letter from the West
Dear Adrian,
As we know as a practice, it takes an exceptional commercial building to be credited or stand out against the most mundane lottery funded arts project or semi public building. For gm+ad, the Westport office building is such a project. Well done to Neil Gillespie and his crew at Reiach and Hall. A clever, clever building.
Yours faithfully
Alan Dunlop
Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects

Modern Property
Little House on Blackford Hill added to Modern Houses Tour
Edinburgh Property

Waterfront Property
New CEO appointed to steer Waterfront Edinburgh

RSA 177th Annual exhibition
RSA Exhibition opened 26 Apr

Building Schools for the Future
Johnny Rodger reviews Malcolm Fraser Architects’ new nursery for Cornbank St James Primary School, Penicuik for Midlothian Council

Fifth Floor on the Forth?
Proposed five-storey housing development in South Queensferry: Developer Miller Homes has submitted an application to Edinburgh City Council to build more than 100 houses on the site of the old Forth Bridges Hotel overlooking the river. The hotel, built in 1965 – a year after the opening of the Forth Road Bridge – closed in October. Demolition work began earlier this month after vandals set fire to the empty building.

Granton Property Development
The Gregor Shore project is part of Granton harbour, located to the west of Newhaven

European Central Bank
New Headquarters Building – Frankfurt, Germany
Allan Murray Architects are are the only Scottish practice invited to take part in the competition for the design of the New Head Quarters Building for European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. This 1,000,000 sq ft building has attracted attention from an international array of architects including Frank Gehry, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

Mavisbank House in Loanhead, Midlothian, has been chosen as one of 30 historic buildings from across the UK to be put to a viewers’ vote in the BBC2 series, called Restoration.

Down in the Valley
Objections to the controversial City Council Headquarters

Lamb’s Tail
Lamb’s House visitor centre proposal rejected by owners, the National Trust for Scotland

Fopp, Rose St
Edinburgh Record Shop
Edinburgh Property
Chris Stewart Architects also have three other projects due to go on site in August, in Strathclyde:
The ‘Wedge’, Pollok, for Greater Pollok Social Inclusion Partnership. New build offices and community facilities. Wedge shaped design incorporates sedum roof and natural ventilation system.
Moorpark Regeneration, for Williamsburgh Housing Association. 54 new build houses in centre of Moorpark area, design includes the provision of ‘Home Zones’ and accessible housing.
Sustainability Centre, Rothesay, Isle of Bute for Bute Waste Watchers and Fyne Homes.
Merlin Edinburgh
Chris Stewart Architects

Lady Lawson St
Edinburgh Property
Novotel Edinburgh project under construction opposite Edinburgh School of Art

Places for People
Jewitt Arschavir & Wilkie Architects are pleased to announce they started on site in Pilton with Phase 1 of their development for 220 houses/flats for Places for People

Sculptor’s Studio
“Ciao Architects have recently completed this sculptor’s studio at merchiston, edinburgh. it provides clean ‘finishing’ space adjacent to the client’s casting workshop. it is a simple cubic volume with north facing glazing and a high level south facing clerestorey & rooflight to maximise natural light. externally clad in untreated w.red cedar, internally finished with self coloured white plaster. louvres screen large glazed doors that open to a mature garden. granite chippings applied to the roof will be sculpted by the artist to form a dry zen garden visible from his house.”

South Bridge Design Exhibition at RIAS
Showing of the architect and student entries to the South Bridge design ideas competition held earlier in the year to suggest replacements for the fire damaged site. Includes displays from the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust about the history of the site and extent of the damage. Public entries encouraged – win a night for 2 at The Balmoral Hotel.
22 April – 30 May: RIAS, Edinburgh

Henk Snoek Photos
Edinburgh Property
Classic black & white photos added to Modern Houses Tour

Book Review
Argyll And The Islands
An Illustrated Architectural Guide
Edinburgh Property
I expected a stronger architectural slant but was buoyed by a vivid socio-political thread underpinning the ‘story’. The influence of the Clans, specifically the Campbell’s rise to power, and the sea are used to explain the process and product of building in Argyll and the Isles. What a delight to read not just about Inveraray’s axis but that it was largely built by sea-borne materials: architecture guides so often miss out these salient aspects.
Coming from the Kincardineshire, the west coast always had a ‘contrasting’ fascination, so for me Argyll is largely unknown though my father has carried out research at Glen Branter for three decades. Frank Arneil Walker however has a keen knowledge of the area that oozes out of the book; he also has a lyrically descriptive style that sells the region better than your typical tourist guide.
This latest hardback Illustrated Architectural Guide in the Rutland Press series has 224 pages, mostly black and white plates with the occasional dash of colour. The guide has five main sections: Cowal, Mid Argyll, Kintyre, Lorn and the Islands. The introduction is by Joan Scott, RIAS Glasgow Chapter (GIA) President and she rightly points out that the book also includes reference to Scottish social history. This interweaving is for me the key ingredient for the book’s success.
Adrian Welch

National Galleries of Scotland’s Playfair Project story:

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
Three-quarters of the public reported to support controversial plans for a £400 m transformation of the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site.

Centre for Biomedical Research
Work has begun on Edinburgh University’s Research Institute for Medical Cell Biology at Little France.

Back to the Future: Tardis
Welcome return to life for some of Edinburgh’s dull blue Police Boxes:
Unique boxes introduced to the city in the 1930s are being returned to their original use – 20 years after falling out of service. Police chiefs have begun moves to restore the two-tonne cast iron structures and re-equip them with running water, electricity and telephones.
Martin Hulse, director of the Cockburn Association, the city’s main heritage watchdog, said: “It’s great news that this police box is being brought back into action as they’re completely unique to Edinburgh and are a strong part of the city’s identity.
Police boxes were brought to Edinburgh in 1933 by the then chief constable Roderick Ross, following their introduction in the UK, in Newcastle, five years earlier. Edinburgh’s official architect Ebenezer MacRae, designed the boxes specially to complement Edinburgh’s classical architecture.

Contextualism Challenged
‘Spectrum similarly has a rhythm in the pillowed, highly-polished stainless steel, random square apertures to the stair core’s north elevation and varying bold colours behind the stridently regular gird of louvres. All combine to create poetry of reflected weather, and, with the polished solid black granite base, reflected city – cars, lights, you, me’.
Edinburgh Property
gm+ad architects book review

RIAS Award for Architecture 2003
The search is on again to find the Best Building in Scotland
Andrew Doolan, Andrew Doolan Architects, Edinburgh
Irene Barkley, President, Edinburgh Architectural Association
Professor Andy MacMillan, Mackintosh School of Architecture
Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield Architects, London
The closing date for entries to the RIAS Award for Architecture is 30 May 2003

The Loan
Coevolution have provided photorealistic visualisations for The Loan, a mixed use residential and retail development in South Queensferry, designed by Yeoman McAllister for Scotmid Miller Ltd

Hugh Martin Partnership
Recent Hugh Martin Partnership Projects

Interiors page launched today focusing on Scottish-designed and sourced products

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Architecture in Edinburgh

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Hong Kong Architecture
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Restaurants Edinburgh

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