Edinburgh Building, Construction + Architectural Development in South East Scotland

Edinburgh News – January 2003

Edinburgh Architectural News in 2003 in Lothian, Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Fire Competition
Downloadable Application Forms now online
Site Plan showing demolitions + damaged buildings at /resources
Public Prize 2nd place added: dinner for two at the Tower restaurant
Exhibition at the Matthew Gallery announced from 17 Mar

View East to South Bridge
South Bridge Edinburgh
25.01.03 © adrian welch

West Port Building
Westport by Reiach and Hall Architects is almost complete where West Port meets Lady Lawson Street: an impressive facade which viewed acutely mirrors the pattern of fenestration in adjacent tenements, but obliquely opens out into a complex mesh of angled insertions seen behind a continuous layer of panelled louvres.

This building represents a real breath of fresh air for Edinburgh, strong but simple with a restrained panelled construction and innovative palette. Due for completion end Jan/Feb. The Client was AMA Limited.

Arcade Architects
New Arcade Architects images added to site:
Commercial Quay
picture from the architect

Smith Scot Mullan Architects
New Smith Scott Mullan images added to site:
Edinburgh Building
picture from the architect

Huntly – Acheson
Architects are being sought to head an extension of the Museum of Edinburgh. The project by Edinburgh City Council will link the museum at Huntly House in the Canongate with next-door Acheson House, which is currently vacant.

Council HQ Sparks
Plans for CEC headquarters sparked complaints after computer-generated images showed the impact it will have

Landmark Bond Demo
Powerful Modern whisky warehouse set to be replaced by Sainsburys

Edinburgh Quay
Edinburgh Quay site progress shots [archived] showing the canal basin drained and the site excavated to enable the construction of the sub basement floor slab.

Images of the recently renovated Leamington Lift Bridge. The bridge, fully restored by British Waterways in Autumn 2002, dates from the beginning of last century and was originally located on Fountainbridge. The bridge was moved to its current location at Gilmore Park in the 1920’s when the Port Hopetoun (now Lothian House and Excel House) and Port Hamilton (now Scottish Widows‘ Headquarters) basins were sold and backfilled.

N0. 1 South Gyle Crescent
Office Building at South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh completed

Railtrack Building
Conservation Area Consent Granted
Proposal: Proposed Edinburgh Council HQ and demolition of first engineering offices and storage facility and british transport police station at 15 New Street
Applicant: Railtrack Plc
Committee Decision: Granted

Houses opposition
Riverside Drive Haddington

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 cut through the tree belt, across the edge of their ground, through the 10th hole and 11th tee and then straight across the Tyne. 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 national Architecture Competition be held for this and encourage others to write to East Lothian Council with their views.

The proposal is by Bryant Homes who made a presentation to the Golf Club in late 2002. The houses are due to be medium to high value. A percentage of low-cost houses by another housebuilder are reported to be threaded into the development. A school is due to be placed at the west side (closestto Riverside Drive) and the flood plain is set to become a park.

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