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November 2006


Scottish Family History Centre
Two of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh to be refurbished in 2007 to create an integrated Scottish Family History Centre – Register House + New Register House

Royal Bank of Scotland World headquarters
Gogarburn building by Michael Laird Architects wins Natural Stone Awards 2006: best new building with non-load bearing stone – RBS Edinburgh 281106

Edinburgh Architects – in Russia
RMJM’s Gazprom headquarters in St Petersburg – decision due on 1 Dec:
300m high tower over 75 floors. The shortlist is a who’s who of international architecture: Massimiliano Fuksas, Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Jean Nouvel, RMJM

Forth Bridge – New Crossing
Riccardo Marini, Malcolm Fraser & Allan Murray all quoted in Scotsman article re what kind of bridge should be built

Ardersier – New Town
Highland Council planners have recommended approval for outline permission for almost 2,000 homes, a hotel, marina and other facilities by Farrells at Ardersier: views welcome on sending in bulldozers to one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of Highland coastline – within the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation & the Inner Moray Firth Special Protection Area

Craigsbank Church – Refurbishment
Edinburgh News
photo © adrian welch
As Kininmonth’s Whisky Bond is demolished and his accomplished Scottish Provident building deteriorates there is happier news for another piece of Scottish Modern architecture: the articulate A-listed Corstorphine Craigsbank Parish Church – 1967, Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & Paul – is under scaffolding with financial input from the Lottery + Historic Scotland. Well done to them & Rev Stewart McPherson

AMA – Logie Green
AMA (New Town) Ltd plans granted for refurbishment of existing listed building into dwellings + new office building: 73 Logie Green Rd

Craiglockhart house
Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
Edinburgh property by Duffy & Batt Architects: Craiglockhart house 231106

SMC Parr – News
Neil Davidson & Derek Reid promoted to join Board of SMC Parr. Stephen McPhail promoted to Associate. Hugh Dykes to retire early at end of 2006. 231106

SMC Jenkins & Marr
Former partners George Massie, Graham Montgomery, David Nicol, Charles Smith appointed as executive directors, ten others appointed as directors

SMC Scotland
Stewart McColl quoted as saying he’s ‘not finished with Scotland yet’

Whisky Bond Demo
Gorgie Whisky Bond more than half demolished, Forrest Group site

Ikea for Scotland
Dull Ikea Boklok mass-produced homes planned for Scotland, more info online soon

RIAS Talkshop
Members invited to “Talkshop” 11 Dec to meet new faces in RIAS staff team and contribute thoughts to strategic development of RIAS: Edinburgh Events 231106

Lochrin Place
Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
Urban canalside apartments get planning permission: Lochrin Place 221106

New Arts Faculty
St Andrews University building by Reiach and Hall Architects: two more images

Another letter in aj 23Nov from Alan Dunlop, re Andy Doolan Award. Recent letters to AJ from Malcolm Fraser, Alan Dunlop & re coverage of Reiach and Hall Architects’ St Andrews building. Criticism of Richard Horden and Jan Kaplicky by Glasgow’s Alan Dunlop and of Alan Dunlop by Edinburgh’s Malcolm Fraser. Plus an angry letter from one of former Scottish architect Peter White’s (imprisoned 2005) old Clients, upset at lack of help from arb and RIAS re problems building a house when the architect exits stage left.

David Stamp
The Edinburgh architect David Stamp, of Gilmour & Stamp, has sadly passed away

Velodrome to go
£70m Velodrome set to be approved – Scottish National Indoor Arena 201106

Museum of Transport – new images
Glasgow Museum of Transport by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Bridge – complete
The Bridge Easterhouse by Gareth Hoskins Architects

Best Building in Scotland – Winner:
Scottish Building News
picture from the architect
Maggie’s Highland Cancer Care Centre: PagePark Architects – Maggies Inverness

Point Hotel
Edinburgh Building
picture from the architect
Images of Point Hotel "radical refurbishment" by KBA 181106

EDI Top 20 architecture client in UK
EDI : only Scottish company listed in RIBA “Top 50 Clients” 2006 Survey

Sustainability Awards
Edinburgh News
picture © Keith Hunter
Scottish Architects shortlisted
: Sustainable Building of the Year: Scottish Natural Heritage, Inverness – Keppie Design; Sustainable Development of the Year: Royal Bank of Scotland World HQ – Michael Laird Architects : Sustainability Awards

New Edinburgh Architectural Association Administrator: Isabelle Lomholt 101106

Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
Sheppard Robson appointed to design Centre for Regenerative Medicine for the University of Edinburgh, £35m centre at the Little France campus 101106

Pay Planners More?
Andrew Mickel, director of housebuilders Mactaggart & Mickel, has called on planners to be paid more and given performance-related bonuses: Scottish Planning

Ten Hill Place
Royal College of Surgeons – new hotel opened 10 Nov: Ten Hill Place by Ferrier Crawford, based in Falkirk

Scottish Ballet – Tramway
Planning permission for £11m Scottish Ballet building by Malcolm Fraser Architects

Haymarket Architects
CDA & Sutherland Hussey Architects join Haymarket masterplanner Richard Murphy Architects following a series of recent interviews with local architects 091106

Fettes Row – new photos
Edinburgh News St Vincent Place
photographs : Michael Wolchover
More images of St Vincent Place by Michael Wolchover, from Oberlanders Architects

Recent Planning Approvals
Granton Harbour – Plot 30: 73 flats
Halliday Fraser Munro Architects for FM Developments
Approval of Reserved Matters 061106

Best Building in Scotland
RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture 2006 – shortlist announced 061106
Maggie’s Highland Cancer Care Centre, Inverness (PagePark)
The Scottish Storytelling centre, Edinburgh (Malcolm Fraser Architects)
Perth Concert Hall, Perth (Building Design Partnership Ltd)
St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral redevelopment, Edinburgh (LDN Architects)
The Bridge Arts Centre, Easterhouse, Glasgow (Gareth Hoskins)
JKS Workshops, Clydebank (Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects)
The Saltire Centre, Glasgow (Building Design Partnership Ltd)
Kelvingrove New Century Project, (Building Design Partnership Ltd)
Three Seton Mains, Longniddry (Paterson Architects)
Royal Bank of Scotland HQ, Gogarburn, Edinburgh (Michael Laird Architects)

NORD win
Glasgow architects NORD win UK’s Young Architect of the Year + Gareth Hoskins architects win Health Architect of the Year

Bankhead Workspace project
Office development by PMP Architects gains planning permission: 2000sqm conversion of inudstrial building for Bankhead Estates, New Land Assets & Plum Developments

Edinburgh Tall buildings
CBRE Development Seminar – 2 Nov, Edinburgh Events
Edinburgh Tall buildings policy: Report by Colvin & Moggridge – delayed until late Nov

Lighthouse Head
Following the not-so-recent relieving departure of former Lighthouse director Stuart Macdonald we have Nick Barley from The List magazine taking over at the curiously titled ‘The Lighthouse, Scotland’s National Architecture and Design Centre’, also known as ‘The Lighthouse, Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture, Design and the City’ (City? does this not overlap with architecture? What about the Country, does that not matter?). We wish Nick all the best in transforming The Lighthouse into a body that works with all those who promote architecture in Scotland, including our two websites. We have done much to promote Scottish architecture with countless foreign tours and much international contact, not to mention a robust resource; yet the websites have never received a penny from the Scottish Executive as The Lighthouse is the sole beneficiary. This concentration of power and finance into one body based solely in one city (Glasgow) must stop. The concept put about by The Lighthouse for ‘satellite architecture centres’ has never materialised – why?

Nick will take over from acting director Julia Fenby in Jan 2007. Stuart McDonald left in May to become Head of Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen.

Saltire Awards
2 Nov – Lighthouse
Saltire Awards presented by Rhona Brankin
Talk by Miles Glendinning
Convenor of the Saltire Housing Design Awards panel: Karen Anderson
No results on Saltire Awards website, no PR received, so no results!


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