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Edinburgh News March 2003

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Edinburgh Building News in March 2003

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Interiors page launched today focusing on Scottish-designed and sourced products: sponsored by Tony Walker Interiors and Esk FurnitureDesign profile
The design profile section will bring you profiles of the best of Scottish based designers and products. Lighting, flooring, fabrics, furniture, glass and much more are all produced in Scotland. We hope that the Design Profiles will be built up over time and will become a constant source of reference for architects and designers.

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Zaha Hadid – Scotland
Images from the latest Maggie Keswick-Jencks Centre, by Zaha Hadid

Cowgate Brief
Edinburgh’s Cowgate is to reopen to traffic on Monday for the first time since December’s devastating Old Town Fire

Borders Communities
A huge housebuilding programme will herald the reopening of a rail link between Edinburgh and the Borders, officials backing the project revealed yesterday. About 1100 homes are planned for towns and villages around the six stations on the 35-mile Waverley line, which closed in 1969. About £100m of new housing would be in the Borders and £30m in Midlothian.

Tunnel Construction
Proposal for multi-million-pound pedestrian tunnel underneath The Mound has emerged.

‘Princes Street will be crowning glory once more’
“A futuristic vision of a new Princes Street, incorporating stunning new shopping malls, was unveiled today…The key elements of the new project include the demolition of ten buildings on Princes Street and three in neighbouring South St Andrew Street”.
Princes Street Vision: Malcolm Fraser Architects in conjunction with the Cockburn Association & the City of Edinburgh Council announce major reworking of Princes Street with malls through to Rose Street:
Princes Street

Retreat from the street
Fraser on the Grassmarket
Malcolm Fraser, the award-winning architect who designed Edinburgh’s Dance Base. He recently received a Creative Scotland award of £25,000 to “reconceive” the Grassmarket, the area immediately around it, into a throbbing public space. We are already half-way there, he says.

BDP – Farrell
Terry Farrell intervention on BDP’s EICC extension scheme for CEC:
“Terry Farrell has personally intervened on a £26million Building Design Partnership (BDP) scheme to extend his Edinburgh International Conference Centre, causing the practice to substantially alter the scheme”.

Presbyterian Court?
Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh
“the focal point of the interior, Hawthornden Court – labelled “Presbyterian” even in the museum’s official history – has a cloistered atmosphere and is rarely full of visitors…People find the entrance area in particular a bit confusing”

Old Town Fire Ideas Competition
Edinburgh Construction
photograph © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh Old Town Fire

Architect Prize:

picture from the architect
First: Ron Galloway Associates

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Second: Thomas Hamilton, Arcade Architects

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picture from the architect
Third: Ed Hollis, Napier University

Student Prize:

First: Mark Marshall, University of Edinburgh
Second: Jamie Ashmore, University of Edinburgh
Third: Tom Holberton & Lucy Evans

Judging took place @ Scottish Arts Club 10 Mar
Announcement took place @ Balmoral Hotel 11 Mar
Deadline for competition submissions was 7 Mar

Edinburgh Mall
New pictures received from Project Architect: full set at Ocean Terminal

Innovation Fund
Edinburgh Contemporary Architecture Construction project in Haddington, originally a town square but forced relocation to St Mary’s Primary School for a Playwall last Summer, that became a twisting snake of pillars, and has now transformed into an arc of timber posts set against an earth mound of esker proportions.

St Mary's Primary School
drawing © Adrian Welch

The project was ready to go ahead in late 2002 but, following feedback from the builder and School, is now due to go on site over Easter with help from enthusiastic parents

Edinburgh Odeon
The fight to save a historic Edinburgh cinema appeared to have failed yesterday following reports that it has already been bought by a local developer.

Tannery Site
Project by the Carl Fisher Sibbald Partnership on Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh has been granted Planning Consent as of 5 Mar 2003.
“Behind Jeffrey Street – former Tannery site – mixed development incorporating extension to Jury’s Hotel, residential and commercial accommodation”.

John Muir On Site
Project by Richard Murphy Architects takes shape
John Muir – images

Geddes Garden Site

Now the former garden of pioneering city planner Sir Patrick Geddes is to be transformed into Edinburgh’s “greenest” park…The finished park will contain a wildlife area with hedges for nesting birds, such as blue tits and green finches, and a wild flower meadow…work being carried out by SWT in the Johnston Terrace garden.

Dunbar Growth Sites
A proposal to build a further 500 houses in Dunbar provoked mixed feelings at a meeting of the community council. The houses, the latest of many, include 50 in the Brunt Court area and a further 450 in the Lochend area of Hallhill.

EAA Annual Awards for Architecture 2002
Winners Announcement 28 Feb
at EAA Annual Ball – Edinburgh Conference Centre

Silver Medal Winner: Tron Nursery by Allan Murray Architects

Silver Medal Commendations:
Queens Gallery, Holyrood by Benjamin Tindall Architects
JP Morgan Chase Building, Edinburgh Park by Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects
Holyrood Park Education Centre by Malcolm Fraser Architects
North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Muirhouse by Zoo Architects

Bronze Medal – Mansfield Traquair Centre, Edinburgh by Simpson & Brown Architects

President’s Award Winner – Falkirk Wheel by RMJM

Sustainability Award – The Glencoe Visitor Centre, Glencoe by Gaia Architects

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