Edinburgh News in March 2005, RSA Exhibition, Playfair Building, Architecture

Edinburgh News March 2005

Construction + Architectural Development in Lothian, Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Building News in March 2005

The Glasgow Arts company scoops another £1m from the Scottish Executive despite the recent creation of AD+S : Lighthouse Glasgow

Glasgow Harbour
Glasgow Harbour Phase II

Magnus Linklater, columnist for Scotland on Sunday and The Times, put the case for Enric Miralles at the Blueprint Award for Architect of the Year 2004, winners announced 24 Mar

RSA Exhibition
New Architecture for Arts – Royal Scottish Academy:
Ric Russell, Malcolm Fraser and Richard Murphy – opens 25.03.05

Curious neoclassical architecture of the Weston Link fully revealed as landscaping completed

EAA Awards
EAA Awards
Centenary Medal Winner: EMBT/RMJM – Scottish Parliament
Silver Medal Winner: Malcolm Fraser Architects – housing at The Drum, Bo’ness
Bronze Medal Winner: LDN Architects – Parliament House Refurbishment
Small Projects Award: Richard Murphy Architects – 10 Regent Terrace Mews

The Scottish Architecture market appears to be short of recruits: for practices that wish to recruit Architects and Technicians in Scotland please contact mail@glasgowarchitecture.co.uk to ask for our rates: an advert can be placed on either the Edinburgh or Glasgow news pages – or both – for as many weeks as you wish until a position is filled

We have launched a new Glasgow Architect Jobs page – carrying Anders Elite positions – focusing on Glasgow but also Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen & Stirling. This will compement the existing Scottish Architect Jobs page – carrying BaR positions

Edinburgh News
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Images of Robert Adam Architects’ Western Harbour proposals + Letter from Malcolm Fraser 16.03.05 + Opinion from Adrian Welch 17.03.05

Edinburgh News
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Granton Harbour Housing designed in accordance with masterplan codes by Gilbert Associates for Hart Developments

Dundee Student Villages
Project by Smith Scott Mullan Associates

EUROPAN Architecture Competition
The registration period for Europan 8 Architecture Competition commences on 7 Mar 2005. Edinburgh Contemporary Architecture campaigned in 2003 / 2004 for UK sites to be included in this current Europan and CABE announced early 2005 that UK sites will now be included. Note, our Architecture Competitions page is regularily updated and globally high ranking.

Coalhill 2
Allan Murray gets planning permission for new Coalhill housing

Two Primary Schools
The City of Edinburgh Council is inviting tenders until 7 Apr for the following:
£2.4m upgrading & extension of Comiston Primary School
£2.0m upgrading & extension of Riccarton Primary School
Expressions of interest to Graham Milne on 0131 429 5886

CDA (with Gareth Hoskins) redevelopment of the empty Scottish Provident building: possibility of demolition by Abbey of the B-listed Kininmonth building to maximise offices, retail and top floor residential scenarios.

New Street
Also by CDA – with Allan Murray Architects – competition win for New St Bus Station redevelopment announced at last: replaces previous Gensler / Hackland & Dore Calton Gate scheme.

Interchange Competition
This year’s RIAS Sketch Design Competition (£6,000) for architects resident in Scotland, is for a dynamic structure for the Underground and Bus Station interchange, with new offices and retail opportunities in Govan, or a site for housing/mixed use between the transport hub and the Clyde ferry point.
Sketches on one A1 landscape board are to be submitted to: Liz McCaffrey, RIAS Competition (Govan), c/o Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd, Glasgow, G51 3UU, to arrive by 4pm, 27 Apr. For more info / CD, contact Gail Millar: gmillar@rias.org.uk

City Design Champion Lecture by Sir Terry Farrell took place at the Scottish Parliament on 17.03.05

House of Fraser buys Jenners, the Edinburgh institution: possibility of staged store refurbishment

Described by The Architects Journal as a ‘rare example of innovation in business park design in both layout and working environment” Pentad 1 at Edinburgh Park

Palm House
Prince Charles opens the refurbished Palm House at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Make v Keppie
Forth Valley £250m PFI Hospital at Larbert: Make Architects / Skanska and Keppie Design / Laing O’Rourke compete for major building at Royal Scottish National Hospital site. Ken Shuttleworth’s Make are already working in Scotland at Granton Harbour

Much of the Babylon nightclub on Great Junction St is to be demolished: flats and a restaurant designed by Smith Scott Mullan Associates.

North Holyrood Award
The North Holyrood regeneration by John Hope received top prize in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning run by The Scottish Executive with the Royal Town Planning Institute

Architecture Award
Children in Scotland, in association with RIAS, OECD, Children in Europe announced an international award with the theme of Architecture and design for young children

Applecross: Meggetland
Plans approved: 78 flats + underground car park on controversial Edinburgh site – former playing fields

25% Affordable
The house building industry has condemned planning advice on “affordable housing” issued this week by the Scottish Executive – 25% across alll wards

Abercromby Place
Edinburgh News
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Double Upper…with rooftop hot tub

Edinburgh Docks
New image of Leith Docks from RMJM – Ocean Terminal extension reaching into Western Harbour; Robert Adam’s plans left of the harbour adjacent to Platinum Point by Gilberts Architects; feature tower at east end of Ocean Terminal, various quarters, mostly housing

More projects added to unbuilt architecture, by Duffy & Batt: we welcome images of Scottish projects that ‘never got built’ at mail@edinburgharchitecture.co.uk

Enclosed Chimps
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is inviting tenders for a £6m chimpanzee enclosure in Edinburgh, to start on site Jun 2005

Dunbar Eyesore
Derelict (former) Bellevue Hotel: Community Council back McCarthy & Stone demolition plans, Historic Scotland objection to this lodged

Dundee Student Villages
Plans approved for £9m student accommodation on Dundee University Campus: Smith Scott Mullan Associates with the Stewart Milne Group

Leamington Wharf
Edinburgh Quay Ltd has announced the sale of its Leamington Wharf site
to Southglen Developments Ltd to be developed into ten town houses

Scottish Forestry Minister Lewis Macdonald launched an environmentally friendly building project in Fife: turf roof, straw bales + lots of Scottish timber. The building is being created by Community Self-Build Scotland (CSBS) and will house offices for CSBS and local community organisations or small businesses

On a personal note
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We’re moving to another architect-designed house: three bedroom Campbell & Arnott house, Haddington – sold

David Douglas Centre
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Aberlady Birds
Simpson & Brown Architects project – Aberlady Bird Centre – on site images, with structural timber by Carpenter Oak & Woodland Co. Ltd

Maggie’s Centre – Inverness
by Page & Park Architects Images from late Feb 2005

Scottish TV No Less
Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects was the only firm of architects to receive an award in 2004 from the National Home Improvement Council. Their project for the Port of Leith Housing Association at Ronaldson’s Wharf (with Dignan Read Dewar) won a commendation in the Best Brownfield/Recycled Building category. ‘The waterfront block of this three-phase development recently featured on Scottish Television’

Appleton Tower – Demolition
Channel 4 show Demolition – supported by George Fergusion of the RIBA, fronted by Kevin McCloud – are asking for nominations to demolish ugly UK buildings: The Cockburn Association has named the Appleton Tower, the St James Centre, the Jury’s Inn on Jeffrey St, and Clifton Terrace at Haymarket

Napier + Applecross
Napier University announce £1.8m sale of 10,000 sq m from its Redwood Campus on Spylaw Rd to Applecross for residential development with the former House converted into luxury apartments

Sebastian Tombs: A+DS
RIAS Chief Exec / Secretary appointed as Chief Executive of
Architecture and Design Scotland


Eastfield Medical Centre
Penicuik Medical Centre by Campbell and Arnott

Edinburgh Castle
Gareth Hoskins Architects win Edinburgh Castle Visitor’s Reception project

Charles Jencks
Scottish Appearances:
Prospect Debate on Iconic Architecture – 21 Apr
Speakers: Charles Jencks, Miles Glendinning, Will Alsop, Austin Williams

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