Edinburgh News May 2005, Buildings

Edinburgh News, Building, Architecture News

May 2005

N E W S

Eyre Place
Images unveiled of CDA project for Applecross: Eyre Place

Scottish Design Awards
Scottish Parliament wins Scottish Design Awards
Regeneration Awards Joint Winner – Tron Housing + Edinburgh Quay

Jobs
Architect Jobs + 23 Scottish Architectural Jobs

Control Tower
Edinburgh Airport Control Tower

Upper Strand
Burrell Company Upper Strand housing, Granton: new images

UK Timber
A new system of grading the appearance of UK hardwood timber unveiled

Waverley Steps
Proposal for glass canopies and escalators up the windy funnel between the Balmoral and Princes Mall: Waverley Steps


Corridor View
First UNESCO say they’ll get tough on World Heritage cities – like Edinburgh – insisting on view corridors, and stopping towers appear where they don’t want them; now CEC have appointed some London people to tell us up here how to position our towers. With UNESCO joining the list of groups who often stop buildings of quality going ahead if they aren’t ‘just how they want it’ the strategy for Edinburgh’s tall buildings must deal with support for getting good quality buildings on site with minimum delay.
The appointees are the London-based architectural company Colvin & Moggridge: it is the first overhaul of Edinburgh’s ‘skyline policy’ since William Holford’s 1968 survey. They are tasked with drawing up a strategy to assist planning officers assess new building proposals.
But how many bodies do architects need to tell them how to build? From Design Briefs to Design Crits, not to mention obligatory planning submission referrals to bodies such as AHSS, the architect’s role is increasingly being squeezed.
More positively, the study could encourage the development of well-sited, well-designed tall buildings: a number are already in the pipeline notably in Leith and Granton. The Convener of the Edinburgh Council’s planning committee, Trevor Davies is quoted as saying it is time to look at where it might be possible to site
these tall buildings

Saltire Housing Design Awards
Architecture Competition: Deadline was 20 May

Sutherland Hussey
Garden pavilion / studio & terrace: planning permission received, in the West End of Glasgow, £80-100k, stone & timber with lead roof – on site shortly

Donaldson’s
Richard Murphy Architects’ Donaldson’s proposals for Cala Homes set to meet approval 18 May

Page & Park School
£2m Extension to Edinburgh school: detailed plans granted

More Books in Dundee
University of Dundee Library Extension by Austin-Smith:Lord

Waverley Steps
Designs unveiled in leaflets and 2-day exhibition at Waverley Station re new canopy and escalators to the windy steps up to Princes Street

Rubbish Bins
Some of Edinburgh’s key central streets are to escape the giant wheelie bins – generally in the New Town Phase Two & Royal Terrace areas. Edinburgh City Council’s containerisation policy has faced huge opposition since inception
17.05.05

City Design Champion Lectures
Royal Museum of Scotland Lecture Theatre: Benedetta Tagliabue on 26 May – see Edinburgh Events

RMJM
Page 2 of the current BD carries a story of frustration by Cala Homes regional director with RMJM on the Glasgow Harbour project.
Also quoted is Tony Kettle re company direction: ‘It is the same as it has always been. We are interested in high-quality design…we are not interested in commercial tat which won’t win awards.’

UK’s Largest Architects
Building magazine’s latest survey of the largest UK architects places the
Scottish architects Holmes Partnership at 11th. Top place goes to Building
Design Partnership
, followed by Dyer – the architects of QMUC – and HOK
international – architects of the new Telford College. Meanwhile BD and AJ both published ‘top 100′ surveys, the former with Michael Laird Architects top of the Scots at 41st, followed by Keppie and Cooper Cromar. BDP came top in the AJ100 survey – by employing the greatest number of UK qualified architects, and second in the BD Impact 100 survey to Foster & Partners

RIAS Sketch Comp
1st: Kelly MacKinnon of Anderson Bell + Christie – Govan Sketch Competition

Castle Double Bill
Letter in 29 Apr BD from Gareth Hoskins (winner of Edinburgh Castle visitor centre) re Allan Murray’s appearance in BD the previous week, with his Castle visitor centre entry

Culloden
Gareth Hoskins Architects receives planning permission for the new visitor attraction and interpretive landscaping at Culloden

North Glasgow College
RMJM appointed for £20m North Glasgow College facility in Springburn

Brian Stewart’s so-called ‘departure’ from leading RMJM is splashed across the front cover of BD (and AJ, etc.) with reference to the impact of Holyrood. We understand that a differance of opinion over the direction of RMJM may have led to the stories but RMJM state ‘Brian Stewart is on extended leave’. Brian was shown on the Gathering Place programme to be totally committed to the Scottish Parliament project, and was heavily instrumental in ensuring quality was not lost in the rush to complete the job: we wish him well

QMUC Leith
Pentagonal-plan landmark Leith Campus building for sale, at bottom of Easter Road, facing Leith Links: possible approx. 70 flats or hotel

Edinburgh Quay 2
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh – Michael Laird Architects

Portrait
Scottish National Portrait Gallery to close for around 18 months for refurbishment, to reopen late 2008

Facelift
Bush House £1.3m refurbishment – Edinburgh Technopole

RIAS Chief Exec
Mary Wrenn has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the RIAS: Mary has been Director of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales since 1993

Wardie Apartments
Clachan Developments has submitted plans to transform Wardie Hotel in
Edinburgh to eight apartments by David Boyle, Architect

Ocean Point
Ocean Points Development has submitted plans for Ocean Point Edinburgh residential development in Edinburgh by Gilberts

RIAS Award
Entries sought for annual architecture award, now known as the Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture

Jobs
Technician / Senior Landscape Architect / Architect min. 10yrs exp:
Three Edinburgh jobs added on the new Architect Jobs page

Shrub Place Plans
£35m plan unveiled by BL Developments for former LRT Depot
29.04.05

 

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