Edinburgh News in November 2007, Lochrin Square Property, Architects

Edinburgh News November 2007

Construction + Architectural Development in Lothian, Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Building News in November 2007

Lochrin Square
Lochrin Square
photo © McAteer Photograph
Fountainbridge office development completed by Michael Laird Architects

Scottish & Newcastle Offices
Scottish & Newcastle Offices
photo © Alastair Cook
Controversial move to demolish brilliant RMJM-designed former S+N Headquarters
Letter from Alan Dunlop: “The RMJM Distillers Building is the finest “recent” work in Edinburgh, in my view. An outstanding piece of modern architecture

Terrapin building to go
Demolition of Edinburgh University’s existing terrapin building, Research Avenue South, erection of six new research units by RMJM: Minded to Grant 22/11/2007

Grove Street development
55 Grove Street Mix use development by Fletcher Joseph of primarily commercially managed student housing that will run as an apart-hotel in non term-time, with leisure facility including cafe: Minded to Grant 22/11/07

East Fettes Avenue On Site
East Fettes Avenue
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Luxury apartments and townhouses near Fettes College: East Fettes Avenue

G4 Granted
Latest Edinburgh Park building approved: Erection of office development at 1 Lochside Way, Site G4, by Campbell & Arnott granted 22/11/2007 for New Edinburgh Limited

Ellersly Hotel redevelopment
Retention of existing core building and removal of existing hotel bedroom wing & ancillary buildings, alterations to retain building to create residential accommodation + erection of new residential wings & new townhouses, West Murrayfield: Full Planning Application Granted 19/11/2007 for CALA by Michael Laird Architects

Vet School Approved
University of Edinburgh £25m Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies by BDG McColl approved

Macdonald Hotel Expansion
Plans submitted by Macdonald Hotels for five-storey bedroom extension to form 30 new rooms at 81 Holyrood Rd

Crewe Toll Townhouses
Plans submitted by Miller Homes for 5No. three-storey townhouses by Michael Laird Architects on land adjacent to Crewe Road South

Falkirk ‘Canalside Capital’
Tamfourhill masterplan by Falkirk Council & British Waterways revealed: residential-led development includes new housing, a 60-berth marina, new leisure & commercial business opportunities

Highland Housing Fair
Organisers of the UK’s very first Housing Fair have announced it will take place in the throughout the whole of August 2009

Massive ‘Kelpie’ heads set to be built near Falkirk as The HELIX receives £25m lottery funding: canal link reconnecting Forth & Clyde Canal to the Forth Estuary plus creation of two 30m high ‘Kelpie’ heads based on the mythical Scots creatures

CALA Awards
CALA Homes won 3 awards at the What House? 2 Silvers + 1 Bronze

Scottish ‘Eco Evangelist‘
Scotland on Sunday article re professor of architectural engineering at Heriot Watt University. Apparently her former home near Oxford with the first solar electric roof in the UK has an electricity bill of just £5. Sue Roaf is now developing designing for a new ‘eco-house’ near Edinburgh to “create Scotland’s first eco-community” (Findhorn? Fife Eco Village? Peshwanton?). 251107

Housing Shortfall
Increase from existing 25,000 new houses per year to 35,000 demanded for Scotland. Communities & Sport Minister said the “current rate of new house building – almost 25,000 new houses last year – is simply inadequate. This is why we have proposed a national goal to increase new housing supply to 35,000 a year by the middle of the next decade”. It’s essential the majority of this supply is located in dense developments on brownfield land; the planning system also requires immediate root & branch reform: Scottish housing

RIBA Carbon Tracker
RIBA launch carbon emissions online forum for practices to track building emissions from design to operation. Eventually accreditation of practices committed to carbon management will be implemented. Proposals being developed for a RIBA ‘Carbon Conscious Practice’ scheme – RIBA CarbonBuzz – will recognise design performance, but will also require participating practices to publish annual project sheets on design & operational energy use. Data will inform benchmarking, policy & research, particularly in aligning design predictions with operational emissions. Practices involved at the launch stage include Aedas, BDP, dRMM, Hamilton Architects, HOK and make.

BRE Approved Certifiers
BRE Scotland launch 2 certification schemes: homes and non-domestic buildings

Scottish Widows 2
Scottish Widows 2
image © Adrian Welch
Site photos of cre8architecture’s £45m Exchange Place

Commonwealth Games Organisation
Chief Exec & operating body similar to London’s ODA to be created by Glasgow Council: Commonwealth Games

Carbuncle Awards
Voting closes this Sunday. Organiser Penny Lewis said: “We are not having a laugh at the expense of the frustrated residents, but trying to provoke a debate about how we move forward. Some politicians are very complacent”: Carbuncle Awards

Donald Trump’s £1bn golf resort approved 7 votes to 4 by Aberdeenshire Council

Monumental Project
Three-year £0.5m EWHT project to restore key statues & monuments: starting with the Melville Monument (St Andrew Square), the Bow Well (Grassmarket), then The Black Watch War Memorial (the Mound). The second year will focus on Calton Hill’s National Monument, Burns Monument and Nelson Monument. The final year focuses on St Bernard’s Well and statues of George IV and William Pitt (George St), David Livingstone and Allan Ramsay (Princes St Gardens), and the equestrian statue of Charles II statue (Parliament Close)

101 Ocean Drive
Kenmore Investments Ltd plans submitted by Covell Matthews Architects for demolition of existing structures and formation of 387 student bed spaces, 11 private flats, 1224 sqm retail space at 101 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh

Waverley Station Refurb
£150m upgrade of Waverley Station tracks & platforms complete

Designing Places Awards
Homes for Scotland launches new award scheme: Designing Places Awards

Malcolm on Basil
Malcolm Fraser reviews Basil Spence’s oeuvre:

Applecross Awards
Scottish house builder wins at UK house building ‘Oscars’: What House? Awards

St Peter’s Seminary
ACAVA join Urban Splash & the Marquess of Bute as potential developers of the crumbling Cardross Seminary

Waddington building
Waddington building
picture from the architect
University of Edinburgh : New research facility for the School of Biological Sciences, King’s Buildings

SEPA Offices Aberdeen
Waterfront Offices & Labs by Keppie : Aberdeen News

New Dining Reviews
Latest Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews : Chubara + Fishers in the City

GIA Awards Winner
GIA Awards Results
Castlemilk House Stables
picture © Keith Hunter
Castlemilk building : restoration of Castlemilk House Stables by Elder & Cannon

picture from the architect
Images of this major Edinburgh development by Foster & Partners

Pollock Halls Approved
Pollock Halls
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Planning approval for Pollock Halls residence by Oberlanders

Commonwealth Games Stadium
Commonwealth Games Stadium
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Commonwealth Games Stadium : Sports Concepts / 3DReid

East Lothian Building
East Lothian Office Building
photo © Paul Zanre
Rural offices by Michael Laird Architects

Craighall Gardens
23,035 sqft development at Craighall Gardens, Trinity – 17 luxury apartments by Applecross & Premier Property Group in joint £7.3m residential development

Too Much Work?
Looking around the city it’s obvious Edinburgh’s construction sector is thriving: major projects on site include Scottish Widows 2, George IV Hotel, Caltongate, Potterrow, Quartermile, Fountain Park, various projects in Granton/Leith, Craigmillar and Edinburgh Park with EHQ and Lochrin Square just completed. The construction market in Edinburgh is apparently so busy that Edinburgh City Council is struggling to attract workers to carry out building work, according to Kenneth MacKinnon (CEC’s contract procurement group leader). CEC have been forced to cancel and resubmit an OJEU tender advertising the £36m Royal Commonwealth pool redevelopment. According to MacKinnon “there’s just too much work about”.

Holyrood Abbey Church
Holyrood Abbey Church
picture © Keith Hunter
Latest Malcolm Fraser building completed in Edinburgh

Ian Simpson Hotel Approved
Ian Simpson Architects’ six-star Glasgow hotel approved

Craigton Road Approved
Craigton Road
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gm+ad architects’ Craigton Road Social Services Building approved

Context Interiors
Context Interiors
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Edinburgh Architect opens Context Interiors – a new home interiors shop in Morningside. Special introductory offer for readers of this website

Carbuncle Awards
Nominations closed. Towns put forward included Paisley, Coatbridge and Wishaw. Controversially recent developments such as Springfield Quay’s casino, Glasgow Harbour, The Metropole and Edinburgh’s Upper Strand come in for a bashing. Oh, and the Scottish Parliament of course: www.thecarbuncles.co.uk
The shortlist for the Most Dismal Town, Most Disappointing Building and Worst Planning Decision were announced on 15 Nov at which point voting opened again. The shortlist was drawn up by a panel of judges based on nominations made by the general public. The last votes will be counted on 25 Nov and the Plook on the Plinth will be handed over 26 Nov

Saltire Housing Awards 2007
Saltire Awards presented by Linda Fabiani, with lecture by Professor Isi Metzstein

The Modernist – Haymarket
The Modernist Haymarket
picture from the architect
1 Osborne Terrace by Morris & Steedman to be redeveloped by Broadway Malyan

Craigleith House
Craigleith House
picture © Keith Hunter
PagePark Architects’ Fettes College building officially opened – brief review

Marischal College redevelopment
Marischal College
image © Aberdeen City Council
Contract for Aberdeen Council HQ awarded to Holmes Partnership

Richard Murphy School
Richard Murphy Architects submitted plans for nursery school & after school club at 10 Arboretum Rd, for Ediston Properties

Glasgow Won
Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow

University of Paisley
University of Paisley’s Ayr campus by RMJM

St Andrew Square
St Andrew Square
image © Adrian Welch
New building in St Andrew Square

picture from the architect
Westport building interior images by Shake Digital

Buchanan St Galleries
Planning submission approved for Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries expansion by 66%

2 West Regent Street
£15m Glasgow office development by RMJM

South Gyle Broadway
South Gyle Broadway
picture from the architect
South Gyle building in for planning by Michael Laird Architects

New Biomass-heated School
Seaview Primary School in Monifieth to use biomass heating under Angus Council’s strategy to reduce CO2 emissions + rainwater recycling for toilet flushing and solar panels to aid water heating

Andy Doolan Awards
And the winner is….Pier Arts Centre Orkney : Reiach and Hall Architects
Pier Arts Centre
photo © Gavin Fraser, Alastair Peebles
Andrew Doolan Award

Lightning Park
picture © Jason Baxter
Michael Laird Architects’ EHQ project at Lightning Park, South Gyle: photographs by Jason Baxter

Gillespie, Kidd & Coia Exhibition
cardross seminary
picture from St Peter’s College Trust
now on – The Lighthouse: Gillespie, Kidd & Coia

RIAS Positions
RIAS seeking dynamic individuals to deliver range of policy & support services

Progress shots of Grassmarket redevelopment on site

Scottish Widows
Exchange Place
picture from the architect
Work starts on cre8architecture’s £45m Exchange Place at former Fat Sams site

New Scottish housing
Glasgow housing
Glasgow housing : Page / Park

Edinburgh News – Oct 2007

News Highlights from Sep 2007

New Edinburgh House
New Edinburgh House
image © Paul Zanre
Private Edinburgh house extension by Michael Laird Architects

National Library of Scotland visitor centre
National Library of Scotland
image © Adrian Welch
National Library Of Scotland visitor centre by Gray, Marshall + Associates

The Haymarket
The Haymarket
picture from the architect
The Haymarket : sensational new images released from Richard Murphy Architects

Potterrow Latest images of Bennetts / Reiach and Hall building

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