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News – Aug 2004

Edinburgh Architectural News

Big Ideas in a Small Place
RIAS Festival Exhibition 2004 closes 3 Sep.
Article in recent AJ from an ‘unknown architect’ complaining that gm+ad should never have been offered the chance to do the RIAS Festival Exhibition because of Gordon Murray’s Presidency. The quality and number of Alan Dunlop’s pencil sketches together in one space made this exhibition enjoyable and publicly-accessible: the challenge of the Festival Exhibition is to get that balance right.

Dear edinburgharchitecture,

Thank you for your comments on the exhibition of our work at the RIAS and in
particular, my sketches. Unfortunately, I can’t take all the credit for the
quality of the exhibition or our recent work. Gordon Murray, I suppose
deserves just a little. Not too much mind, probably like a midgie’s wing.

As does Ed, who made all our models and Gordon who does our animations and
Stacey, Maggie and John, who designed and put together the exhibition. Well,
come to think of it, everybody involved in the practice deserves some praise I
suppose, for producing some of the most innovative work in Scotland. Which
our furtive and skulking critic would have seen had he or she come to Rutland
Square, instead of sounding off to the AJ.

Anyway, thanks again

Yours faithfully
Alan Dunlop
Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects

Wimpey concedes and walks away
Wimpey, whose option to buy Shrub Place expired at the end of August, have decided to cut their losses and walk away from the deal.

Lochrin Basin Housing Blocked
Edinburgh-based Melford Developments 4-6 storey canalside luxury flats and
social housing next to the Miller Developments and British Waterways
Edinburgh Quay project.

The plans faced strong opposition by local people supported by Scottish Secretary & Edinburgh Central MP Alistair Darling and their own independent planning expert to help their cause and depsite councillors’ approval permission was not granted.

My Architect (PG)
Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Running time: 116 minutes
Louis Kahn film at Cameo, Edinburgh, and Glasgow Film Theatre, until Sep 3
check with cinema operators.

QMUC Delay?
The future of Queen Margaret University College (QMUC) was in the balance
this week as Scottish Ministers considered whether to call in plans for the £50m campus on the outskirts of Musselburgh, East Lothian. Water and sewerage problems have not helped the college. A decision by the politicians to review outline planning permission issued for QMUC by East Lothian Council in May 2004 would almost certainly lead to a public inquiry.

Glasgow Transport Museum – 27.08.04

Eyesore Hotel, Dunbar
The fire-ravaged Bellevue Hotel could be demolished and 51 apartments for the elderly built on the site. Glasgow-based housebuilders McCarthy and Stone submitted the detailed planning application.

Basil Spence House, Cramond
This 1950s Edinburgh house designed by Basil Spence was demolished in Aug
2004 just days before a Historic Scotland inspector was due to visit with
a view to awarding listed building status.

Farrell & EICC
Again in the news as Farrell wins £60m EICC Extension contract

Gap Installation
Edinburgh Science Centre PR from EDI

Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh: images of Benson + Forsyth proposals

Skye House
rural design: first completed project
Wooden house on skye

Haymarket Gets Go Ahead
Morrison Link PR Issued by EDI 11 Aug 2004:
Haymarket gateway scheme gets the green light

Last Sunday’s controlled explosive demolition of the remaining tall gasholder at Granton: images archived onto SecondSite’s Forthquarter page – development project at Granton was the 2004 RICS International Regeneration Award winner.

Ian Wall, chair of the joint-venture development company, BUREDI, helps launch the brand new home of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival media centre and Fringe Club, at 1 Parliament Square which officially opened this week (Aug 5 2004).

The Fringe is the latest occupier of the A-listed building, refurbished by BUREDI ( a joint venture between The EDI Group Limited and The Burrell Company) to create a mixed scheme for The City of Edinburgh Council, comprising the District Court, residential and commercial elements and extending to 4,645 sq m (50,000 sq ft).

Former Foster & Partners architects – Ken Shuttleworth and John Prevc – have been appointed to create a "bold, imaginative vision" for Edinburgh Waterfront.

Welcome Back
News Summary returns as the site refurbishment nears completion

Britain’s ‘worst buildings’
BBC News – Edinburgh building featured:
"The view from Appleton Tower in Edinburgh is the best in the city – because it’s the only place you can’t see Appleton Tower. Sticking out like a sore thumb, this building should have been demolished long ago!"

Fife Leisure

Fife Leisure Park, Dunfermline, has become one of the top ten leisure parks by size in the UK.

Prestonfield House Hotel awarded coveted 5-star hotel status

Shrub Place
Shrub Place Inquiry Reporters dismiss Wimpey’s appeal

The New Mound
Playfair Project Phase II Opens

Edinburgh Property

Restaurants Edinburgh


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