Edinburgh News Nov 2005, Buildings

West Port House, Edinburgh, Scottish Building, Architecture, Architect, Photos

November 2005

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West Port House
Kenmore proposal to replace the concrete West Port House submitted for planning 281105

George IV – Allan Murray Building
Recommended for Approval 301105. Historic Scotland call for this A-listed Robert Matthew building to be retained and the Cockburn Association call for a design competition. Allan Murray Architects’ scheme also a concern for AHSS, EWHT and EOTA

Princes Street Again
Former owner of Jenners warns £200m bid to transform Princes Street faces failure as it doesn’t have support of major property owners. Apparently the Council has yet to approach all the owners and would struggle to finance buy-outs where demolitions proposed

Edinburgh Architects
Garden Pavilion, Larbert by Graeme Massie Architects

Dynamic Awards
Dynamic Place Awards 2005 Built Environment category winner is Michael Laird Architects’ Edinburgh Quay

Photo Finish
£21m project to redevelop A-listed former Royal High School into Scottish National Photographic Centre weakened as First Minister refuses to fully support the scheme. An alternative site in Leith using a redundant engineering plant still an option. Decision due by end of 2005

Cameo News
Concerns re City Screen’s proposals by Kerr Blyth have prompted discussions re the International Film Festival and CEC collaborating to somehow retain the Cameo Cinema broadly as it is
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Quartermile
Revised plans unveiled showing new square, more houses – from around 650 to approx. 1000 – and reduced hotel & office accommodation. New Quartermile sketch images also released by Foster & Partners. The Surgical Hospital will now be used for residential rather than a five-star hotel. Controversially Sydney Mitchell’s Red Home is set to be demolished which will surely reignite negative reaction
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Calton Gate
Canongate Community Forum formed to lobby residents to block developer Mountgrange’s plans to flatten listed flats to make way for offices, modern apartments and a five-star hotel: New Street Edinburgh

Nursery Role Model
Cowgate Under 5’s nursery by Allan Murray Architects for Buredi one of only 65 globally to be included in an OECD compendium of best practice school designs

Centotre
Happy customers’ reviews of Edinburgh Restaurant: Centotre

Scottish Castle
Recent images added – Castle Tioram

Sutherland Hussey – Leith

Assembly Street building – images released

Edinburgh Control Tower
Edinburgh Airport Air Traffic Control Tower opened 7Nov

Bell Street
Images upon completion – Bell Street

Edinburgh Listings
Reportedly proposed for Listing:
A:
Edinburgh University Library
B / C:
Pollock Halls
David Hume Tower
Edinburgh University Sports Centre
Adam Ferguson Building
William Robertson Building

Playhouse Refurb
Frontage of Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre to receive £100k refresh by lightfolio, Midlothian lighting designers

Recent Images
James Stirling – St Andrews Building

GIA News
Winners of GIA Awards

New House
Paterson Architects: East Lothian House

Glasgow Sheriff Court
Parr Architects: Scottish Youth Theatre / Rialto Court

Edinburgh Award
RMJM Award for Art and Architecture – Edinburgh College of Art

Royal Museum Masterplan News
Gareth Hoskins Architect’s to lead Royal Museum of Scotland transformation

Upper Strand
Research and Development Centre unveiled for Granton Strand

St James Centre: For Sale
Attractive city property, good views, may need demolition, many extras

The 1973 shopping centre incl. John Lewis + office block + 147-bed Thistle Hotel all on sale at approx. £160m as a "redevelopment opportunity". LaSalle Investment Management, acting for owner Coal Pension Properties, owner of St James Centre since it was built, is selling up as part of CPP plans to reduce its property portfolio

Medical School Extension
£8m three-storey expansion to Edinburgh University Medical School buildings on the Meadows approved: new home for School of Social & Political Studies

Coming & Going
Architecture + Design Scotland appoints four, incl. Head of Design Review; Meanwhile the RIAS says goodbye to a key member – more soon

Waverley Entry
Waverley Steps proposal in front of Balmoral receives planning permission

Jellyfish
SECC Arena by Foster & Partners unveiled
Fosters currently working in Edinburgh on Quartermile

Tattoo Arena
Idea mooted to redesign Edinburgh Tattoo stadium, for intermittent use all year – and therefore fast erection potential – unlike current structure, which many visitors to the city find ugly with its curious blue pods (prominently placed in the middle of the world heritage site it’s hard to comprehend). Surely like the proposed new Forth Road Bridge a suitable candidate to a well-run architecture competition?

Basil Spence Workshop
Encouraging people of all ages to learn more about the life and work of Sir Basil Spence – see Edinburgh Events

 

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