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May 2006


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In the last week Prince Charles has come to Edinburgh and declared Edinburgh’s architecture is at risk and that we should all work together to protect it. On visiting the Scottish Parliament with Camilla he reportedly said it was ‘fascinating’ and ‘intriguing’, no mention of ‘Carbuncle’. Meanwhile The Scotsman devoted a whole page to Richard Murphy’s many wins at the Scottish Design Awards, featuring a large photo of the architect. Finally BBC4 showed a programme – Living with Modernism – on a Morris and Steedman house at Lasswade, complete with a visit from Bob Steedman

Outrage – Back to the Past
A few weeks’ after world-famous architect Fuksas claimed Scottish architecture had progressed massively in recent years here’s a bleak reminder of where we are at:
"Unfortunately" says Gordon Murray "local planners have very conservative tastes and find it hard to appreciate buildings that are not presented with the regulation white render and slate roof": Dunderave Castle : Artists Retreat 260506

RIAS News – Controversy
Move of RIAS to Evolution House defeated by large majority, a blow to Mary Wrenn in her first year in charge and to President Douglas Read. The move has been discussed for years and has taken up a lot of RIAS (members’) time and money. Richard Murphy has proposed that a competition be held and a new building be specifically designed, whereas a significant camp believe the original building – gifted by architect Rowand Anderson – should be made DDA compliant and renovated – more details on this soon

Scottish Design Awards 2006 – Winners
Best Publicly Funded Building
Queen Mother Building, Dundee: PagePark Architects
Best Regeneration Project
JKS Workshops: Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop
Best Commercial Project
Royal Bank of Scotland World Headquarters: Michael Laird Architects
Best Residential Project
Dean Bank Lane: Richard Murphy Architects
Best Interior
Commendation: Royal Bank of Scotland World HQ: Michael Laird Architects
Best Building for Public Use
Galeri Caernarfon: Richard Murphy Architects
Best Affordable Housing Project
Wellfield: Oliver Chapman Architects
Architect of the Year
Richard Murphy
Northern Exposure
Maggies Inverness: PagePark Architects
Clydebank Public Realm Phase 1: JM Architects
Place Making Award
St Vincent Place: Reiach and Hall Architects/Oberlanders Architects
Proposed Place Making Award
Commendation: Vision Akureyri: Graeme Massie Architects
Commendation: Upper Strand: Reiach and Hall / Elder & Cannon
Commendation: Whiteness: Terry Farrell & Partners
Young Architect of the Year Award
Gillian Hanley
Student Place Making Prize
Designs for Dumfries: Graham Ross
Scottish Design Awards

Inglis Green Gait, Edinburgh
Planning Consent has been granted for Inglis Green Gait new build housing proposal for single mothers in Edinburgh designed by Duffy & Batt Architects

39b Watson Crescent, Edinburgh
Outcome of appeal awaited on this proposal for a new canalside house in Polwarth, well received generally-including by Planning and turned down by one vote at Planning Committee. Client: N.Rowan. Architect: Duffy&Batt; Gordon Duffy, David Dejous

St Giles Cathedral – final phase
Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
New stone entry by Campbell & Arnott Architects: St Giles Kirk News

Gareth Hoskins – Latvian Comp
International architecture masterplan competition: Glasgow News

Old Town Fire Site
Images requested of announced Whiteburn proposals by Allan Murray Architects: still at an outline stage with likely uses still to be confirmed. Edinburgh Old Town Fire

New Urbanism – in the Highlands
Moray Estates plan to build a new community – called Castle Stuart – in the Highlands using a founder of the Congress for New Urbanism movement who influenced Poundbury & advised on rebuilding of hurricane damage in Louisiana and Mississippi; 5,000 houses are planned – to become largest Highlands community after Inverness

Cumbernauld News
Images of Cumbernauld town centre showing new works – online late 230506
Original centre area: "The spaces and forms are generally poor. Read the Copcutt building on an architectural level and it is illegible, blithering confusion".

Niddrie Mill & St Francis Primary Schools
For PARC Craigmillar Developments Ltd by Elder & Cannon architects
PARC Craigmillar
picture from the architect
Craigmillar School 220506

St Mary’s Cathedral Courtyard Development
St Mary's Cathedral
picture © Keith Hunter
St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh: LDN Architects, Photos by Keith Hunter 220506

Creative Hive
Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
Berwick Townspace by Malcolm Fraser Architects 170506

HBoS Mound – latest image
HBoS Mound
photo © Adrian Welch
Malcolm Fraser Architects’ project in centre of Edinburgh: HBoS Edinburgh 170506

Forth Valley Hospital – Diagnosis Made
Forth Valley Hospital
picture from the architect
Keppie win Forth Valley doubleheader against Ken Shuttleworth’s make. This could’ve been the making of make in Scotland, but maybe they’ll make it another time 160506

Sutherland Hussey Architects – Require architect
Sutherland Hussey Architects, based in Edinburgh, are looking for a qualified Architect to work on a 40 million Euro mixed use development in Ireland.
All candidates must have good technical knowledge and design ability with 10 years post part III job running experience. An efficient grasp of CAD is preferred and good communication skills essential.
We are a young and ambitious team, working in a studio environment on many varied projects – all candidates must be friendly and happy to play a significant role within the design team which will regularly meet in Ireland.
Please send CV with examples of work to or post to 122 Giles Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6BZ – tel: 0131 553 4321

Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
Edinburgh Offices by Premier Property Group 150506

Ocean Terminal Delay?
Leith Masterplan
picture from the architect
Trevor Davies reported in Edinburgh Evening News as suggesting Ocean Terminal expansion may be delayed by 5 years, or until the tram system reaches Leith – in order to encourage city centre retail development, notably in the St James Centre / Princes Street areas. Forth Ports’ expansion plans could allow Selfridges create a Scottish store, following the knock back for the Toyo Ito project in Glasgow 150506

Old News – Calyx Competition
Architecture Competition facilitated by The Calyx, Dundee Institute of Architects and RIAS: Calyx Centre

Telford Road Housing
Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
Planning permission received for 364 units on old Telford College site: Telford Road

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32 Calton Road project, previously subject to proposals by Malcolm Fraser

Brunton Hotel
jm architects housing planning permission for this controversial site – key western entry to Edinburgh – reportedly rejected for 3rd time, more news soon

Edinburgh Planning News
1 Lanark Road: 54 flats by McLaren Murdoch Hamilton Architects – refused
Redevelopment of Mecca Bingo Fountainbridge – continued
Plot 29, West Shore Rd: 38 units by jm architects – withdrawn
George IV Hotel site: Conservation Area Consent – granted for demolition – Allan Murray Architects

New Edinburgh Offices
Opening of Edinburgh offices this month for jm architects in Queen Street, Buro Happold in Morrison St; (last month as reported, Faithful+Gould in Canning Exchange)

Refreshed Architecture Policy
Scottish Architecture Policy Consultation 050506

New Town Housing – latest images
Fettes Row Edinburgh
photo © Adrian Welch
Reiach and Hall Architects + Oberlanders Architects: Fettes Row Apartments 040506

RIAS Exhibition
Graeme Massie Architects – high quality exhibition, a strong consistency though the models, chairs, images and simple beech wall backing (well you have to cover the grey pinboard don’t you): open from 4 May – see Edinburgh Events 030506

Glasgow News
Mondriaan development by Holmes Partnership, borrowing influences from Borneo Island in Amsterdam, for Bellway Homes: Mondriaan Housing 030506

Saltire Centre – Exclusive Photos
New Glasgow Caledonian University campus building 030506

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The ink had hardly dried on the last one…but bigger + better, with a foreword by the great Hugh Pearman and edited again by Penny Lewis this luxuriously-covered 152 page hardback, complete with excellent photography, catches up from the 2003 book ‘challenging contextualism’: review online Thursday evening 9pm – gm+ad book

East Ayrshire Schools
£70m schools project for East Ayrshire Council granted planning permission – by Parr Architects

Usher Hall Revision
Phase 2 Revision to Usher Hall by LDN considered at Planning Committee, 030506; JM Architects’ Barnton Hotel housing also up

Netherbow Edinburgh
Netherbow Edinburgh
photo © Adrian Welch
Malcolm Fraser Architects: Scottish Storytelling Centre – new photos

City Council HQ
Edinburgh News
photo © Adrian Welch
Progress photos of Edinburgh City Council HQ by BDP

Edinburgh Microlofts
Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
Work to commence on site soon of Duffy & Batt’s largest new-build yet of 34 ‘microlofts’ at 30 Peffermill Road: Edinburgh Microlofts

Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
Also by Duffy & Batt: new-build flats at Inglis Green Gait, going to Planning Committee on Wed 3 May, recommended for approval: Inglis Green Edinburgh

Child-Free Village
Firhall, near Nairn, by Caledonian Retreats – director Architect Alistair Kerr – is apparently the first village in Britain from which children are banned: only 45’s only are allowed to stay and children will not be allowed to live there permanently.

Plans for pedestrianisation of Grassmarket unveiled – flattened surfaces with paviors / setts, market stalls, better lighting, water rill – not dissimilar in overall feel to recent changes at South Castle Street; previously Malcolm Fraser had come up with ideas for the revitalisation of this popular space but these were controversially never taken up.

Zaha in Kirkcaldy
Maggies Centre Fife by Zaha Hadid added to Scottish Architecture Tour


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