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Edinburgh News July 2004

Lothian Architectural Developments: Construction in Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Building News in July 2004

EICC Extension
Sir Terry Farrell and the developer Cala-Morrison were selected as preferred bidders for the expansion of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Charles Rennie
John Cairney will be talking about his new book, The Quest for Charles Rennie Mackintosh – the first full-scale biography of the architect and artist – at 7pm on 10 August in Ottakars bookstore, George Street, Edinburgh. Thirty years in the making, John Cairney’s personal approach sheds unexpected light on this complex Victorian Glasgwegian, and uncovers the talent and passion that set him apart in his own time.
The Quest for Charles Rennie Mackintosh is available from all good bookshops at £16.99

ERI Extension

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary has had detailed plans granted for a £1.5m hospital extension.
Jul 2004

Briery Bank
Cala Homes has been granted permission to build 50 houses, ten flats, garages and new access for cars and pedestrians on this site within the Haddington Conservation Area on Briery Bank.
Jul 2004

Butterfly Granted
The Lochend Butterfly Project by EMA Architecture & Design has had plans granted for this £9.2m project of 120 flats and 20 town houses on Albion Road.

New Mart Rd
Edinburgh Architects, Comprehensive Design Architects, £4m development of 97 flats and workspace units at New Mart Road, Edinburgh has had detailed plans granted.

Uneventful Building – Listing
Alexander Esme Gordon controversy, Richard Murphy involved

Merchiston House Listed
Former home of the late architect Alexander Esme Gordon, Greenhill Park, Merchiston

Historic Scotland put a building preservation notice on the house and decided to list the 1960’s building: post-1945 houses have to be of an exceptional standard to be listed.

The house owners Alistair and Julia White hired architect Richard Murphy but the modern architecture lobby group Docomomo called on Historic Scotland to protect the L-shaped building. Docomomo stands for “documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the modern movement” and is convinced the house should be preserved.

In a letter to Historic Scotland this month, Docomomo claimed the Esme Gordon building was a perfect example of “functionalist” architecture in Scotland with its Japanese-influenced landscaped garden. Now the Historic Scotland has given a B-listing to the modern house in Merchiston, which was built in 1968 for the architect and his family.

Mr Murphy hit out at the building preservation notice and claimed the house was not worthy of a category B-listing. Richard Murphy said, if you look at the important post-war architects in Edinburgh, you think of Sir Basil Spence and Morris and Steedman, not Alexander Esme Gordon. The Cockburn Association, backed the protection of the Alexander Esme Gordon house.

The work of Alexander Esme Gordon, who died in 1993, consists mainly of churches and commercial buildings.

Ian Springford Architects £3m project of 72 flats and offices in Edinburgh for Bluebell Estates Ltd has had detailed plans granted.

Telford Drive
Manor Estates Housing Association has submitted detailed plans for an £860k development of 20 social housing flats on Telford Drive, Edinburgh by gm+ad Architects.
Jul 2004

BCIA Awards: Prime Minister’s Awards 2004
As one of only two projects in Scotland to win a Civic Trust Award earlier this year the Wolfson Medical School Building for the University of Glasgow has now become the only Scots architectural project to make it through to the elite shortlist for this year’s Prime Minister’s ‘Better Public Buildings Awards’ 2004.
Jul 2004

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