Haymarket Edinburgh Building, Former Donaldson’s School Redevelopment
Edinburgh News July 2003
Lothian Built Environment, South East of Scotland Construction + Property
Edinburgh Building News in July 2003
Haymarket station developmentsNMS Hoskins
Gareth Hoskins Architects, Glasgow, and the design consultancy Ralph Applebaum Associates, New York, will develop a scheme for the Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.
Martin Hulse discusses Donaldson’s et al
Restoration – Mavisbank
TV conservation show – of dubious integrity, as reported previously in may’s news, and also in my Prospect column. Mavisbank House features – Restoration starts on BBC2, Fri 8 Aug, 9pm
Frank Gehry in Dundee
Cancer Care Centre ‘shawl’ begins to emerge…
flash, signature architecture of shiny surfaces
Perfectly Frank will be screened on STV and Grampian on the 29th. The Dundee Maggie’s Centre is due to open on Sep 25. If you would like to make a donation, call 01382-496 384
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Also in Dundee, Ian Springford Architects complete Apex Hotel Dundee
Following the Glasgow site’s major exposure of An Turas in Tiree, and now the Edinburgh site’s coverage of two key Dundee projects, the two sites will continue to accept projects from up North
Harbour Road is part of the Company’s Central Development Area and is based on the Master Plan designed for the Company by Glasgow-based architects, Page and Park: Waterfront Edinburgh PR
Council HQ – Waverley Station
Delay as first reported on this site earlier in the month
photo © Adrian Welch
The city council’s new headquarters beside Waverley Station are set to be delayed over a wrangle between Network Rail and a major rail operator. GNER has not yet signed a crucial agreement with the rail company which would pave the way for the construction of the £50m CEC HQ amid concerns about access to the historic station’s car park. Rail operators must approve any significant changes to Waverley before work starts on the council HQ at the east end of the New Street car park because it is expected to affect access to the station. Network Rail expected the “Station Change” agreement to be signed almost two months ago, but city officials have already warned that if the agreement was not signed by last May they may be forced to push back the scheduled occupation of the CEC HQ.
Grassmarket Gap Site
A derelict historic building in the heart of the Old Town is to be transformed into holiday flats in a £2m scheme. The grade C listed former tenement building – empty for almost a decade – on the corner of Candlemaker Row and the Cowgate, is set to be converted into an apart-hotel with 30 holiday flats and offices
The old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site is to be transformed into a £400m housing & retail development: Quartermile
An Turas Review now online + more images
News page for both sites remodelled, highlights + archive on separate page, speeds download, limits unneccessary printing
Benson + Forsyth Architects’ project reported to have been shelved for cheaper move. Extension to Surgeons’ Hall, Nicolson Street, opposite Festival Theatre: planning permission granted 05.06.02.
photograph © Adrian Welch
Meanwhile, the remodelled Museum of Scotland entrance – originally also by Benson + Forsyth, of course – is the subject of even more ‘minor’ proposals, including a large blue banner sign on the rotunda looking down George IV Bridge.
Tron Square Housing
Tron Housing topped out mid-July, started Sep 2002, by Richard Murphy Architects for The Burrell Company
The Netherbow Theatre on the Royal Mile is set to close for up to two years for a £3.4m refurbishment
The membership of the new Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland (HEACS) has been announced.
includes Mr Martin Hulse, Professor Charles McKean, Mr Mark Hopton
Leith St Footbridge
Edinburgh bridge will finally be demolished later this month
Rundown buildings up
photo © Adrian Welch
The number of historic buildings falling into disrepair in the Capital has risen sharply, sparking fears for the future of several city centre landmarks. Heritage watchdogs today revealed there were 32 rundown buildings in Edinburgh with dozens more expected to be added to a growing “at risk” register over the next year. It marks a rise of almost 40 per cent in the number of buildings both Historic Scotland and the Scottish Civic Trust believe are in urgent need of repairs. Some examples:- Blackfriars Church; Infirmary Street Baths; Old Abbey School in Haddington; Portsburgh Church in The Vennel, off The Grassmarket”
Ted Cullinan wins
Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Gateway competition
Letter re Edinburgh Wheelie Bin proposals for the World Heritage Site, from Alison Blamire for ARCADE Architects
New Improved New Town
An additional £24.2m of Executive funding for EDinburgh approved. Initiatives include £8.7m for improving Castle Street, George Street and St Andrew Square; £3.8m to improve the quality of bus services in Edinburgh and Livingston and £3m for provision of around 250 affordable houses.
Design Tsar Star: who?
As discussed in this site’s Summer Editorial, Edinburgh Design Tsar to oversee architecture in the Capital: Edinburgh City Council has officially agreed to spend £300k over three years on the appointment of an urban design adviser.
A public consultation is being held on the proposed tram system in Edinburgh until 10 Jul
Previously: Tramline at Haymarket Station to demolish independent pub
Edinburgh Park Herms
Edinburgh Park unveiled its latest art exhibits, a series of 4 herms
News Summary additions
Usher Hall Phase 2: in for Planning again, June 2003, by LDN Architects, includes slither of extension to south (Grindlay St) containing bar, box office and offices above, and disabled access using the fall of the site to the north and using the same diameter as the extension sprung from the centre of the symmetrical building. Extension removes the symmetrical plan and pushes out further than the Lyceum’s foyer, narrowing Grindlay St, thus fairly radical. Phase 2 to cost approx. £9m, announced Aug 2002. Removal of disfiguring poster displays and disengagement of mainly glass extension to existing heavy stone would benefit Edinburgh
Haymarket [Goods Yard]: in for Planning June 2003 and affected by developments at Haymarket Station. Announced Sep 2002 – Morrison Street car park site purchased by EDI and mixed use retail-orientated scheme to be developed by EDI. Phase 1 – Reiach and Hall Architects, Phase 2 – Page & Park Architects, Phase 3 – Allan Murray Architects. Strong and dense proposals including Galleria parallel to Morrison St: it is important that the new route is open 24 hrs a day – unlike some in The Exchange – and efficiently linked to the railway station
Haymarket Station: various options being discussed, incl. demolition of the Grade A listed symmetrical stone building, also discussions with Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (TIE) re Transport Interchange – tram, train, but why not bus too – and possible demolition of stone corner pub. Whatever happens at Scotland’s third busiest train station it needs to be integrated with the proposal above via strong pedestrian routing
Waverley Station: meeting arranged by Scottish Executive took place Mon 30 June 2003 re proposed redevelopment of historic station, BDP Masterplan for Network Rail, formerly www.railtrack.co.uk see news may03; options presented by Railtrack/SRA to CEC Christmas 2002/3
CEC HQ, Waverley: BDP-designed ‘E-plan’ offices in eyesore car park – some underground – for City of Edinburgh Council: permission granted, was pending further material submitted for a list of points: see Editorial for Summer for more images and views
Edinburgh Railway Station: Scottish Gaudi?
image © adrian welch
One place to start, perhaps, would be the remodelling of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, a project which is estimated to cost £800m – more than twice the cost of Holyrood. Is there a Scottish Gaudi on hand to make this more than just a humdrum piece of redevelopment?
Old Town Wynds
Echoing my sentiments quoted in the Evening News last week:
image © adrian welch
Tourists to Edinburgh are having their visiting experience ruined by blocked Closes (as above) dumped rubbish and offensive graffiti on parts of the Old Town’s historic trail.
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