| Edinburgh News Summary
New website with pages on key architecture and architects around the globe:
World Architecture – latest building additions:
Sage building : Foster & Partners
Scottish House : NORD
Frankfurt Architecture – photos of key buildings jul 2006
Frank Lloyd Wright house – photos jul 2006
Exclusive: Zaha Hadid’s first UK building
Maggies Centre shell is virtually complete in Kirkcaldy: Zaha Hadid building 260706
Exclusive: Richard Murphy Architects building
Cowgate housing images: Edinburgh housing 260706
Edinburgh Development – Chalmers St
NHS Lothian site adj. Quartermile – development for Sale at 22-38 Chalmers St by Rydens, 0.85 acres onto The Meadows
Majority of structural frame complete on this massive development neat Fort Kinnaird on entry to Edinburgh from southeast – QMUC progress shots online soon
Telford Drive Granton
Images from gm+ad architects – contemporary Edinburgh housing complete 260706
Quartermile: Offices to Housing
Site images online late 270706
Homes and shops to replace an eight-storey office block proposal. Edinburgh City Council unanimously approved plans to create three apartment blocks on the site – 125 flats & two commercial units. Planners noted proposals were "a vast improvement" on the original Quartermile plans: Edinburgh Quartermile News
Meadowbank Stadium: Any Future?
Unlike the Edinburgh Baths featured below, this expressive (but rather leaden) building’s future looks bleak as Edinburgh Council look to a new £49m sports facility at Sighthill in the west of the city, part-funded by sportscotland, due to go on site in 2009. The Council aim to make Edinburgh the most physically active city in Europe by 2020, quite a target. Meanwhile the Royal Commonwealth Pool by Robert Matthew looks more likely to be saved, and the Ratho Adveture Centre similarly looks set to thrive within the total £100m investment for sports up to 2020. Edinburgh Stadium
73 Logie Green Road, Edinburgh
Mixed development comprising part refurbishment of existing building for 25 dwellings. The Project Managment Partnership for AMA (New Town) Ltd: Listed Building Consent Application – Granted 18/07/2006
Infirmary Street Baths
Malcolm Fraser Architects – proposal to convert down-at-heel (disused) Victorian baths to weaving room, gallery, offices and residential for Dovecot Studios. Previously Infirmary Street Baths subject to proposals for EDI by Gareth Hoskins Architects and rightly the focus of a campaign to save this public building for public use
Forth Bridge Toll
Images of completed Reiach and Hall Architects Forth Bridge building
Borders Architect removed from arb register
Architect Peter White of Castle Douglas removed from Register of Architects, having being found guilty of a criminal offence relevant to his fitness to practise as an architect: 210706. He had previously been convicted on 1 Aug 2005 of theft from an elderly woman’s estate in 2003 and jailed Mr White for 12 months
AHSS land Prince Charles as Patron
Prince Charles has accepted Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland council’s invitation to become the Society’s patron
Scottish Exec sets Green Standards
Micro Renewables: New housing and other developments should generate at least 10% of their energy on site from renewable sources, according to new Scottish Executive standards. This follows on from London standards set by Ken Livingstone.
Scotland is the first UK country to consider such a standard. The draft Planning Policy on Renewable Energy proposes local authorities designate areas suitable for wind farm applications and those that are not; greater account is taken of issues like natural heritage and cumulative impacts of wind farms on communities and local authorities support a diverse range of renewable energy technologies including encouraging the development of growing and new technologies.
The target is to generate 40% of Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and reduce harmful carbon emissions
Restoration – Again
This year’s BBC2 Restoration Village series involves 21 UK buildings.
Cromarty East Church, Black Isle
Dennis Head Old Beacon, Orkney
Greenlaw Town Hall, Berwickshire
East Lothian Culture & Heritage Centre – Winner
East Lothian Council selected Gray, Marshall & Associates of Edinburgh to design a new Culture and Heritage Centre in Haddington.
In consultation with the RIAS, the winning firm was chosen from a shortlist of six architects based on design quality & cost. Architects submitting for the competition included Richard Murphy and Malcolm Fraser Architects.
Usher Hall Restoration
Contractors began £12m enabling utility works around the Usher Hall in Edinburgh mid July, in advance of planned building work for Phase II of the redevelopment.
Phase II involves a glass wing on Grindlay St – housing a new box office area, café bar and office accommodation; upgrading backstage areas for performers; dedicated education space; rerouting underground utilities
£15m health centre + supermarket + care home to be built in Musselburgh at derelict Brunton Wireworks adj. River Esk following sale
Scottish Sustainable Development Indicators
The progress of the Scottish Executive’s achievements in sustainable development, along with a new set of indicators that will be used to measure further progress, have been published. The indicators have been refreshed and strengthened to reflect the key outcomes in the sustainable development strategy Choosing our Future, including new measures on carbon emissions and the uptake of eco-schools.
Forest Amphitheatre Competition
Dornoch project for Forestry Commission: Rural Design, locate architects and Neil Sutherland Architects: Dornoch Building – 130706
Shetland Building News
Gareth Hoskins wins £7m Cinema & Music Venue in Lerwick for same Client
Gareth Hoskins wins £7m Mid Yell Junior High School for Shetland Islands Council
Glasgow News: Kelvingrove Opens
Major Scottish Gallery & Museum refurbished by BDP Architects – opened 110706: Glasgow Museum – images
39b Watson Crescent, Edinburgh
Consent granted by Scottish Executive further to Planning Appeal for this canal side house in Polworth, Edinburgh by Duffy & Batt Architects – previously see 240506
Edinburgh Airport Redevelopment Unveiled
25-year master plan for £300m Edinburgh Airport redevelopment unveiled by BAA
Sagrada Familia to use Scottish Stone
Stone from Clashach Quarry, Moray, is being used to complete parts of Sagrada Familia by Gaudi in Barcelona: a ceiling and a main staircase.
Sandstone from the quarry of Moray Stone Cutters has already been used in the construction of the National Museum of Scotland and the extension to the National Gallery in Edinburgh, as well as the 9/11 memorial in New York.
The contract will involve up to five tonnes of sandstone, with blocks as large as one metre cubed, being transported to Spain each month for the next two years to the temple site where construction work first began in 1882.
The quarry secured the contact after Moray Stone Cutters supplied sandstone for work on the nearby Barcelona Cathedral in 2005
Aberdeen Regional Sports Centre News
Drivers Jonas appointed as project managers for new £23m Regional Sports Centre in Aberdeen designed by Reiach & Hall Architects.
The regional sports centre is one of six regional centres planned for Scotland and is being funded by the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland
In the last week a proposal for a visitor centre in Leith modelled on Will Alsop’s Cardiff ‘Tube’ has been announced by Forth Ports, an escalator proposed for the Castle Esplanade from Johnston Terrace and a threat to enclose the Scottish Parliament ponds in case anyone else foolishly falls in
Scottish Eyesore to Go
St James Centre £200m proposals unveiled – doubling in size, incl. demolition of St James House, plus new Department Store: ugly Edinburgh building – 050706. "This is of course a golden opportunity to salvage the damaged end of Edinburgh’s world-famous New Town."
Also in the New Town, as stated on this page in April the Burton building by JJ Burnet is to be developed: by Bhs with restaurant on top. Next door the lower floors of the remaining section of the 3D Architects’ building, is now on site for Mexx.