RIAS President News + Edinburgh City Council HQ Photos

January 2007


RIAS President
Arnie Dunn of Campbell + Arnott Architects elected as next President, beating Jack Hugh : RIAS President review by architect Mark Cousins 250107

New Street Edinburgh
New Street Edinburgh
image © Adrian Welch
New Street Edinburgh – photos 300107

Edinburgh City Council HQ
image © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh Council HQ complete – photos 300107

Annual RSA Student Exhibition
10 – 21 Feb, RSA: Edinburgh Events

Heriot-Watt Building
Heriot-Watt University Post Graduate Centre by Hypostyle Architects 290107

Southside housing by gm+ad
The expressed copper box from the Radisson reappears here on top of warm brickwork a la Aalto – 67 apartments by gm+ad architects – Glasgow housing 250107

Kenmore property expansion to over £1bn
Edinburgh property group expands property portfolio to over £1bn with profits up by 124%: Kenmore 270107

Gullane Eyesore
Premier Burrell submit housing development for former Templar Lodge Hotel 260107

Museum of Scotland Redevelopment
Heritage Lottery Fund final approval its largest ever capital grant in Scotland of £16.7m

Coalhill 2
Allan Murray Architects’ Coalhill housing for Buredi due to launch 3 Feb

Neil McLean wins Canopy Comp
Clydebank Re-Built / ROAS competition for Clydebank canopy – winner 250107

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens
Palm House Edinburgh
image © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh Botanic Gardens – new photos 280107

Freer Street
Allan Murray Architects’ Fountainbridge housing to go on site Feb

Inverness Airport Project
make architects unveil Inverness airport business park proposal 250107

Canniesburn housing
Art Deco Hospital redevelopment: CALA Homes / Miller joint venture 250107

Scottish Biomass CHP
Planning approval sought by HTA (masterplanners and architects) for large Biomass plant in Perthshire, to provide heat & power to 330 new homes 230107

Edinburgh News
image © Adrian Welch
No cranes in this famous view (above) but cranes spotted around Edinburgh’s centre at Quartermile (1 – Foster & Partners), George IV Bridge (1 – demolition for Allan Murray building), Informatics (3 – Bennetts Associates’ building for EU), Fettes College (1 – new blocks) and Fettes Row (1 – link building by Michael Laird Architects) 230107
Fettes College Fettes College Edinburgh
images © Adrian Welch
Fettes Row link ; Fettes College

Scottish Landscape Architects win European Award
Gross.Max win European Landscape Award 2006

Zaha Hadid – Scottish Building
Glasgow Museum of Transport – latest images 180107

Richard Murphy Architects – Cowgate
Cowgate Housing
picture from the architect
Final images released for Cowgate housing 180107

Twechar – jmarchitects
Twechar HL&E Centre by jmarchitects 160107

Job Vacancies, Ian Springford Architects
Ian Springford Architects are currently looking for Part 3 graduates and a Project Architect with 3-5 years post part 3 experience to work on a range of new residential and commercial projects in Edinburgh and London. Strong design skills essential. Microstation experience useful but not essential.
Please send CV’s and examples of previous work/ projects for the attention of Ian Springford at the following address or by e-mail to vacancies@isarchitects.co.uk
Ian Springford Architects, 2a Kings Stables Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2JY

Job Vacancy, morgan mcdonnell architecture
morgan mcdonnell architecture ltd are currently recruiting for a post part iii project architect to join our busy practice. working on a wide variety of projects, from new build to world heritage site regeneration, you’ll have experience of architectural desktop and a flair for concise and innovative design.
if you think you’ve got what it takes to join us here at morgan mcdonnell architecture ltd, please call rachel on 0131 332 4200 for an informal chat, or email your c.v. to rachel@morganmcdonnell.co.uk

New Scottish Executive Architecture Policy
An update makes sense but will the contents? Iain Gilzean as new Chief Architect for Scotland and former head of the Architecture Policy Unit is a safe pair of hands so I am confident the Policy update will be logical and well-structured. But how will it tackle issues that damage our built environment such as identikit housing, standard shop sheds, etc.? Scottish Architecture Policy, views welcome 180107

EAA Awards
Forms online, deadline: 12noon 26 Jan
EAA Ball: 23 Mar, The Hub

Edinburgh Waterfront Walkway
Following ‘blue sky’ designs by practices such as Sutherland Hussey Architects for stretches of Edinburgh’s mostly appalling shoreline CEC now have a definite proposal for a 15km waterfront walkway/cycleway as part of the Forthway Project. Ideas for a boardwalk have been floating around for years and reached a fairly detailed level back at the start of the Ocean Terminal project 180107

City Chambers Refurb
City Chambers Edinburgh
image © Adrian Welch
Phased refurbishment proposed for the Main Council Chambers, the Main Stair and several ancillary areas within the City Chambers at 253 High Street, Edinburgh. Meanwhile various former CEC buildings in the Old Town – such as 1 Cockburn Street are now empty with many being refurbished or redeveloped 170107

Pentland Hills Visitor Centre
The Pentland Hills Regional Park Partnership propose a new visitor centre at Flotterstone. The original Ranger Service visitor facility at Flotterstone dates from 1987. Architects for the ‘Flotterstone Gateway Project’ are on board with designs already produced 170107

Hydrogen Office – Fife
£2.8m energy-efficient office & demonstration centre unveiled for the Energy Park in Methil: powered by renewable energy / hydrogen fuel cell energy: funded by Scottish Enterprise, Alsherra Investments + European Regional Development Fund 160107

Quartermile Decision Delay
Edinburgh City Council’s Planning Sub Committee has deferred for one week the planning amendment by Southside Capital Ltd for Quartermile : problems include the listed Red Home demolition + concern over amount & density of affordable housing by Richard Murphy Architects. A commuted sum for 21 units would be payable by the developer; the agreed % of affordable housing on the site is just 18%. 110107

Scottish Widows – Development Approved
Fat Sams
image © Adrian Welch
Revised plans by jm architects for Fat Sams site, land to rear Of Port Hamilton & The Chalmers Building, Fountainbridge Edinburgh: Erection of an office development Application Granted for Scottish Widows PLc. Two new public routes run perpendicular off Semple Street and Fountainbridge to join the circular landscape feature to the southwest of the BDP Architects’ building. 100107

Lincrusta Cast Plinth
Granton Strand
image © Adrian Welch
Upper Strand – decoration came back in with a bang in 2005, flooding magazines such as Wallpaper (eg Hotel Fox) and extolled by archimeisters such as Herzog & De Meuron (who had in fact been experimenting with pattern for years) and the likes of Caruso St John, used here in the discreet street-edge plinth by the lower blocks:
"I like the lower four storey ‘affordable’ housing element. The stark aesthetic works well here unlike the taller block which really needs the irregular form to be palatable. It contrasts dramatically with the lower block which is redolent of early modernism with the touchy feely romantic twist of the lincrusta cast plinth." Gordon Duffy, Studio DuB

Exclusive – Sutherland Hussey
Sutherland Hussey : Grizedale Forest – Education Centre 100107

Edinburgh Building – Sutherland Hussey
Edinburgh News
picture from the architect
New images of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 090107

Edinburgh Tall Buildings Report
With the Colvin & Moggridge Skyline Study delayed many months in 2006, CEC are now to mount a public consultation exhibition using images of Edinburgh views defined by Colvin & Moggridge as significant, to find out which vistas are key. But surely there is not the demand in the property market for a significant amount of tall towers given the slowdown in developments, such as Western Harbour and Edinburgh Park in 2006. Also, unlike London, most of Edinburgh’s revered physical assets – Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, Arthur’s Seat – rise above the general townscape and are less likely to be lost than the Tower of London or St Paul’s Cathedral. Is public consultation integral or merely a skin-deep exercise? More details soon. 090107

New Planning Act
Dubbed the most fundamental reform of Scottish Planning in 60 years the Planning etc (Scotland) Act is due early 2007, but what does it entail? One-day conference takes place on 9 Mar incl speaker Des McNulty MSP.

West Lothian Civic Centre
£50m centre goes on site, due to complete 2008: new headquarters for West Lothian Council; Sheriff & District Court complex; divisional police headquarters 080107

Thomas Tait hospital – redevelopment
Renfrewshire Houses – Hawkhead Hospital 050107

Scottish Architects – Sussex project
Hove Railway Station : DO-Architecture 030107

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