East Lothian Schools, New Scottish Education Buildings, Academic Facilities Scotland
Edinburgh News February 2004
East Lothian Buildings: Construction + Architectural Development in Eastern Scotland
Edinburgh Building News in February 2004
East Lothian Schools Restart Work on the controversial £43m PPP project to refurbish six scottish secondary schools in East Lothian is set to restart this month, after more than four months of delays.
Shrub Place Inquiry
The Public Inquiry into Wimpey’s appeal against the Council’s planning decisions for Shrub Place gets underway on 9 Mar
Creative Arts & Education Centre, Leith
CiAO has won an invited competition from a shortlist of 5 practices, to design a major Creative Arts & Education Centre in Leith, for Out of The Blue Trust. The site is within a listed, former TA drill hall on Dalmeny Street.
The proposals include flexible studio accommodation, performance & exhibition spaces, creche, cafe & a sculpture court. The design is inspired by monastic & souk patterns. Phase 1 is 500K and subject to Arts lottery funding. A proposed landscaped community park links to the adjacent building. ‘It will fulfill vital cultural needs for the city’.
Revisions of the Museum of Scotland have been questioned by one of its original architects. The alterations – reportedly made for visually-impaired visitors – were delicately labelled “tacky, crude, cheap and inappropriate” by Peter Wilson, former ‘project architect’ for the museum.
by Will Tunnell Architect
Plan for mall shops rejected
CEC officials have recommended an application to extend the controversial Princes Mall shopping centre be turned down. The owners, Haslemere, commented that although Edinburgh is a historic city, in their view this should not preclude innovation.
Old Town – Allan Murray
Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) has announced plans to redevelop the five-storey Scottish Parliament offices – former Lothian Regional Council HQ [Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall & Partners, 1968] – off the Royal Mile into a £7m complex to include a four-star hotel, shops, two restaurants and a ‘flagship’ banking branch opposite its headquarters on the Mound.
HBOS plans to demolish much of the parliament’s offices leaving only the structural framework, such as steel trusses. Allan Murray Architects are to work with developers The Kilmartin Property Group. The new building should include a 700sq m retail area. The centrepiece is to be a 110-bedroom luxury hotel, to be run in partnership with a four-star hotel chain.
related information: HBOS HQ
Work on Edinburgh City Council headquarters by BDP is set to commence within the next month. The £50m office development to the East of Waverley Station should be complete by the autumn of 2006.
Fountain to close
Scottish & Newcastle is expected to reveal plans to close its flagship 150-year old Fountain Brewery in Edinburgh at a staff meeting 17.02.04. This is the last major industry in Edinburgh’s central area and will create interest for developers, especially with proximity to the Lochrin Basin – Fountainbridge development ‘Edinburgh Quay‘.
Edinburgh Architects Campbell & Arnott Monifieth Health Centre complete
Cardross Seminary Proposals
Gillespie Kidd & Coia’s, 1958-66 scandalously ruinous Cardross Seminary: planning proposal due Mar 04 – ARM architects with Keppie Planning for Classical House
As previously posted on the news Allan Murray Architects were shortlisted in the European Central Bank Competition for Frankfurt am Main: The winner was published w/c 09.01.04
BAA Framework Agreement
‘As the only non-London based practice to be included in the agreement we are absolutely delighted with this achievement.’
The Parr Partnership PR
£18m four-star Novotel Edinburgh, Lauriston Place has opened. Designed by Crerar & Partners it is French group Accor’s first new-build UK four-star hotel. It contains 180 rooms, two penthouse suites, 120 seat restaurant & bar, pool, gym, sauna & steam room.
Princes Street Galleries
Allan Murray Architects’ Galleries planning submission for EDI still due in Spring (another story in BD of 30.01.04)
Design Tsar: Chosen
Terry Farrell began his new role as Edinburgh’s “design champion” on 03.02.04 by calling for a rethink of the city’s streetscape.
Terry Farrell – architect of some major Edinburgh projects – reported to be
“figurehead for the city’s attempts to improve new architecture”:
Riccardo Marini announced as Sir Terry Farrell’s (Design Champion) officer
Architecture in Edinburgh
Scottish Architecture: best Scottish Buildings of the last three decades
Scottish Architects of the past
Comments / photos for Edinburgh Architecture News page welcome
Edinburgh Building News Feb 2004 – Building : page
Website: Edinburgh Lothian