Waverley Station Renovation + New Forth Crossing: Edinburgh News

December 2006


Waverley Upgrade
Redeveloped station unveiled 281206 – new walkways, escalators, platforms

New Forth Crossing: Tunnel or Bridge?
Late December push for tunnel but either way this is a golden opportunity for Scotland to show it can handle a major project, ie in the wake of the Scottish Parliament create a strong, positive project in a fully coordinated way 291206

Edinburgh housing – Caer Amon

Edinburgh News
photo © Adrian Welch
Caer Amon – photos 161206
"courtyard houses…represent a considered break from typical new Scottish houses ….hoppers that look like small bathtubs crashing through the render"

Contemporary Scottish housing
Granton Strand
photo © Adrian Welch
Upper Strandphotos 161206
"Criticised for being too stark this mass of white and grey sticks out a mile in this windswept landscape….the impression externally is of a clever building that is in need of some fairly dense neighbours!"

Corinthian Quay

Granton Apartments
photo © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh apartments by the Forth – photo 161206

aj article
Scottish Architecture News
View from Sutherland Lyall at the Architects Journal: part 1 / part 2

Collieston community centre

Can you guess the architects for each scheme? Here’s our shot:
Studio KAP/Reiach and Hall/Graeme Massie/Sutherland Hussey/Sarah Hare
Anonymous Scottish architecture competition, shortlisted entries unveiled Dec 2006
Winners, 15 Dec 2006: Sarah Hare Architects + Reiach and Hall Architects

Bandstand Again
Ross Bandstand
photo © Adrian Welch
Design Contest announced by CEC for the Ross Bandstand site again, 3-5 to be shortlisted, 8 Jan 2007 registration deadline – previously designs by make

Ikea for Scotland
Ikea Boklok homes planned for Scotland: Boklok images from Gateshead

Flora Stevenson extension
£1.5m extension proposed for Flora Stevenson Primary School

Assembly Rooms
Controversy as £10m proposed redevelopment of Festival stalwart is unveiled: Assembly Rooms

Napier Expansion at Sighthill
Napier University site at Sighthill is to be redeveloped with a desire for an ‘iconic building’ replacing their out-of-favour sixties towers and slab blocks 121206

Fairydean Stadium

Galashiels FC stand by Peter Womersley controversially listed by Historic Scotland

Import – Export
Following major incursions in the last decade into the Scottish market by non-Scottish architects, such as Foster & Partners, Schmidt Hammer & Lassen and HOK, Scottish-based architects are fighting back with work overseas: Richard Murphy Architects with buildings in Sri Lanka, Macedonia, England and Wales, plus shortlisting in English & Danish competitions, Gross.Max with work for Hadid in Germany, Allan Murray’s Norwegian & German competition entries, gm+ad in Ireland, various buildings by Sutherland Hussey in England and Ireland, PagePark in Liverpool, Gareth Hoskins competition entries in Warsaw and Riga, and RMJM expanding fast in Russia with six projects reported. If we’ve missed someone please let us know – info@edinburgharchitecture.co.uk 131206

10% Recycled
The Scottish Executive has called on institutions, from council to colleges, to ensure that at least 10% of the total value of materials used on projects over £1m should be derived from recycled and reused content. Apparently Glasgow, Dundee, South Ayrshire and Aberdeen City Councils already specify at least 10% recycled content in construction projects. This follows a Scottish Executive announcement in July that new housing and other developments should generate at least 10% of their energy on site from renewable sources. Meanwhile Gordon Brown has made significant pledges re carbon neutral housing in the UK: Sustainable architecture

Brewery Demo
Former Scottish + Newcastle brewery in Fountainbridge under demolition to facilitate Fountain North, joining the Gorgie Whisky Bond and the George IV Bridge building in being razed to the ground

MJM, the holding company of RMJM, has posted a 15-fold increase in pre-tax profits for the last financial year to £2.1m against just £142k the previous year, and a loss of £204k for the year befiore that. However controversy rumbles on re the Gazprom HQ, notably over the 3 famous architects resigning from the jury, see news item 041206

Aberdeen Building News
First Group propose new £10m Aberdeen headquarters 111206

Usher Hall Phase II
Enabling works start for £20m Usher Hall extension but approval not yet in place

Edinburgh Park Expansion
Long-delayed Southern Phase expansion seems closer as a crane appears on site

The Test of Time

Scotland’s prize-winning housing 1937-2007 – Saltire Society Exhibition

Lightning Park – EHQ
Lightning Park, South Gyle – new images 081206

Edinburgh Architects win in Russia
RMJM win Gazprom headquarters in St Petersburg: 300m high tower over 75 floors. The shortlist was a who’s who of international architecture: Massimiliano Fuksas, Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Jean Nouvel, RMJM 041206

Building Design Regeneration Awards
Oberlanders Architects & Reiach and Hall Architects won ‘Challenging Regeneration Project of the Year’ Award for their joint development at St Vincent Place 041206

Edinburgh Quay 2
New photos of Edinburgh Quay 2 by Michael Laird Architects

Glasgow School of Art
GSA awarded £4.5m for refurb of Glasgow School of Art

West Edinburgh Planning Framework
Draft CEC West Edinburgh Planning Framework 2006 released for 12-week public consultation period. Included are Edinburgh Airport Master Plan – involving HQ-type development by multi-nationals adj. the airport, relocation of the Royal Highland Centre south of the A8, and a new road, rail line and tram route to the Airport

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