Edinburgh News in June 2007, Advocate’s Close Buildings

Edinburgh News June 2007

Lothian Building Developments, Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Building News in June 2007

RIBA Awards
Debate rumbles on re inclusion of a ‘Singing Ringing Tree’ in Burnley but exclusion of Zaha Hadid’s first UK building. Gareth Hoskins wins but shortlisted Richard Murphy and Malcolm Fraser Architects don’t make RIBA Awards short shortlistPier Arts Centre Opens
Reaich and Hall Architects’ Stromness building complete

Advocate’s Close approval
Advocate’s Close
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morgan mcdonnell’s development proposal for Advocate’s Close receives planning

Edinburgh Architect Jobs
CP Recruitment
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RIAS departure
Mary Wrenn to leave her post as RIAS Chief Executive

Greyfriars Approved
Candlemaker Row project by Gareth Hoskins Architects gains planning

RMJM Hillier
Sir Fraser Morrison to move to New York as chairman & chief exec of RMJM Hillier

National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
image © Adrian Welch
National Galleries of Scotland inviting tenders until 20 Aug for consultants incl architect, structural engineer and lighting designer re National Portrait Gallery Project. Estimated value, excl VAT, £12.5m

Edinburgh Planning News
Assembly St Leith
Assembly St Leith
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15 apartments & commercial block at 31 Assembly St by Sutherland Hussey Architects for The Burrell Company
Full Planning Application Minded to Grant 280607

Granton School
Two-storey primary school + single storey nursery by Anderson Bell Christie Architects. Approval of Reserved Matters Continued 280607

Napier University arts facility
New arts facility building by BDP
Full Planning Application Approved 260607

1 – 3 Lauriston Park
Change of use from nursery to hotel by SMC Jenkins + Marr for Lauriston Hotel
Full Planning Application Minded to Grant 220607

300 Colinton Road
10 ‘green’ cottages & new public toilet in Colinton Village with demolition of car showroom, garage & public toilet for Eco-Logical Developments
Full Planning Application Minded to Grant 210607

Palmerston Place hotel
Change of use from 90-person hostel & offices to 35-bed town house hotel by Planning + Building Design for Whitechester
Full Planning Application Minded to Grant 210607

Telford College Project
Extension & new-build residential + residential conversion of B-listed building by Comprehensive Design for Miller Homes at Crewe Road North, Telford College North Campus
Full Planning Application Minded to Grant 210607

St Georges School For Girls Project
New classroom & office accommodation by Reiach And Hall Architects
Full Planning Application Minded to Grant 180607

Waverley Station – Refurb
Internal refurbishment with new concourse entrance + replacement signage by Proteus Architects, London, for Select Service Partner Uk Rail
Listed Building Consent Application Minded to Grant 180607

Gleneagles Hotel Proposal
Ochil unveil golfing hotel, course & resort next door to Gleneagles

Hope Terrace building
Hope Terrace Edinburgh
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Oberlanders Architects gain planning consent for 17 flats in The Grange

PM Awards – Single Scottish Nomination
Bridge Arts Centre shortlisted for Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award

Lochend Care Home
Meadowbank project completed by Gareth Hoskins Architects

Craigton Road
Latest gm+ad Glasgow project

Dublin Meuse
Pair of contemporary New Town mews houses by Michael Laird Architects for Mactaggart & Mickel win planning approval. Not to be confused with Dublin Mews houses by Richard Murphy Architects!

Playfair Building Refurb
Royal Terrace Hotel £5.2m redevelopment of William Playfair building complete

Aberdeen News
Former Richard’s textile factory £50m conversion approved in principal by Aberdeen City Council + Approval recommended for First Group HQ: Aberdeen Building News

Prince’s Foundation : Ellon
Prince Charles’s troops have even made it up to a sleepy commuter town in Aberdeenshire. Ellon is apparently not made of “proper neighbourhoods”. Comments courtesy of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment chief executive Hank Dittmar, and American architect Ray Gindroz

North British Distillery
Keppie Design submit plans for retail development at Gorgie Whisky Bond site

Royal Dimbleby
More Carbuncle attacks as David Dimbleby has a bash at that favourite target the Scottish Parliament. Apparently it looks to him like a ‘spanish airport’ (now who said that previously?). He also mocked it for not looking “Scottish”, easy to say, but David what exactly is an appropriate contemporary Scottish architectural language and how can you define this?

Honoured Ma’am
Queen’s Birthday Honours to Eleanor McAllister (well done) at clydeside rebuilt and A+DS Chair Raymond Young

RMJM Hillier
RMJM merge with USA’s 5th largest practice, Hillier of New Jersey. Hillier Architecture formed in 1966 and have around 350 employees. Most of their buildings are in the US but they designed the GlaxoSmithKline HQ, just west of London

Mavisbank jewellery box
Architectural jewellery box inspired by Mavisbank unveiled by furniture maker David Linley: mostly made from sycamore, with inlays of holly, boxwood, anegre and Madrona burr, nickel plate

Jenny Dawe Diatribe
First the pre-election statements, then the outbursts, followed by an aj article and then a letter in the aj from Robert Adam attacking ‘nonsensical Modernist dogma’. The apparent movement driven by the new political set-up in Edinburgh development is rather more complicated than the old context/non-context chestnut. Some may be heartened by the safeguarding of Meadowbank Stadium and attacks on the Caltongate proposals but others will worry that major schemes such as the Haymarket Interchange are now under the spotlight and that could create jitters. Also, with the Sighthill stadium and a proper velodrome seemingly abandoned can the decrepit Meadowbank (shorn of various adjacent facilities) really provide an appropriate focus for track and field in the 21st century?

Cowgate hotel
St Partick's Edinburgh
image © Adrian Welch
Designs unveiled for five-storey Holiday Express on Cowgate, located in front of St Patrick’s Church (above)

Edinburgh Waterfront Symposium
22 Jun : Edinburgh News

Rocks + Centotre Reviews
Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews

Saltire Society
Scottish Housing Awards – New Deadline: 25 Jun

3D Architects & Reid Architecture merged this week to form 3Dreid

SMC Scotland
Various news reports suggesting problems at SMC Group

Scottish Architects Shortage
Due partly to the London Olympics Scottish around 40% of Scottish architecture graduates are apparently deserting the country leading to recruitment problems

Lochend Butterfly
Places for People £70m project at Lochend Butterfly ready to proceed

Highland Housing Fair
Richard Murphy house
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Winning architects – images: Building News

Glasgow Waterfront
Programme on Monday with Muriel Gray interviewing Alan Dunlop: Glasgow News

End of Year Shows
Napier University Degree Show
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This week sees end of year show openings at Glasgow School of Art (Thu/Fri), Edinburgh College of Art (Thu/Fri) and Napier University (Wed) to name a few. The Napier show was probably the slickest architecture degree show I’ve experienced

Edinburgh Architect missing – update 150607
David Hopps, a self-employed architect from Leith, has apparently died with his body found in the Water of Leith, in Leith. He had not been seen since May, following a break-up with his girlfriend, and a campaign was underway to locate him. Formerly based in London he worked briefly for Norman Gray & Partners in Edinburgh

Sust Scandinavia
Sust study tour of sustainable design in Denmark, Finland & Sweden, focused on visit to Finnish Housing Fair at Haameenlinna, Finland

XXIII Ravelston Terrace
First phase apartments selling at former Croythorn House : 23 Ravelston Terrace

Haymarket Images
Haymarket Station redevelopment
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Haymarket Edinburgh

Meadowbank Stadium: News
Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh
image © Adrian Welch
Reports suggest Meadowbank Stadium will be reprieved and adjoining facilties sold off for development. The Sighthill sports facility proposal looks set to be abandoned

Edinburgh Waterfront Symposium 2007
Relaunched as just one-day event with not such a long list of major names now: Dennis Crompton, Pete Barbour, Kathryn Findlay, Terry Farrell: Edinburgh News

Revolution Club
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Two-storey bar, restaurant & nightclub overhauled by KBA: Revolution Edinburgh

Endangered Scottish Buildings
World Monument Fund list of the 100 most endangered sites for 2008 includes Mavisbank. It also includes St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross

Highland Housing Fair
Winning architects – full list: Building News

Malcolm Fraser proposals
Caltongate proposals
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Caltongate – images

Dalkeith Townscape Study
Gray Marshall Associates appointed for Dalkeith town centre feasibility study. Consultation will be part of the Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative development to improve historic buildings through façade and public realm improvements

Phoenix Youth Club redevelopment
Phoenix Youth Club on Harrison Place, Merchiston, to be demolished & replaced by 24 flats for developer EDI

Haymarket Station
Haymarket Redevelopment: Public exhibition at Haymarket Station

Coalhill Leith
Coalhill Leith
image © Adrian Welch
Photos of Leith housing as it nears completion

Justice Approved in Aberdeen
Richard Murphy Architects gain £60m Justice Mill Lane planning approval. Richard Murphy Architects also progressing Murray’s Mills, Manchester for The Burrell Company & Inpartnership

Scottish Building Study
Glencoe Visitors
image © Adrian Welch
Glencoe Visitors Centre by Gaia Architects

Dawyck Botanic Gardens
Visitor centre at Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Peebles, Scottish Borders by Simpson & Brown Architects: planning submitted for Royal Botanic Gardens: visitor centre, cafe, shop, offices, workshops

Langlands & Bell Workshop
Langlands & Bell sculpture
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Held at Reiach and Hall’s offices this was a stimulating informal discussion of Langlands & Bell’s work. Workshop discussion following showing of films and interview

Langlands & Bell Lecture
Langlands & Bell
image © Adrian Welch
Their work is often architectural with the most architectonic works being reliefs of building plans ‘ ‘Logoworks’ series – where the base plane is generally a storey below the surrounding coloured ground. These are strong pieces which subtly emphasise company’s power, globalization and branding. The selection of buildings ranged from those with strong branded plans, eg the BMW Tower in Munich, to those simply with interesting plans, such as Millbank Penitentiary shaped like a flower or ‘The Serpent’ housing state on the edge of Paris.

Edinburgh Pecha Kucha
Featured Richard Murphy and Malcolm Fraser, reviews welcome

The Causey
The Causey
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Six Cities Design Festival Event: Arcade Architects / Shaeron Averbuch 230507

RSA Medal
Graeme Massie Architects awarded the Royal Scottish Academy Medal for Architecture for Collieston Community Centre proposal

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