Edinburgh News – April 2008: Buildings in Scotland

Edinburgh News April 2008

Construction + Architectural Development in Lothian, Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Building News in April 2008

Cambridge College
Jesus College Cambridge by Edinburgh’s Richard Murphy Architects – 30 AprBoilerhouse Flats
Melrose flats in Peter Womersley building by Edinburgh architects Studio DuB

Haymarket Green
Bennetts Associates’ 40,000 sqft office redevelopment for Duddingston House Properties gets planning approval. Haymarket Green designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating, located in former 1960’s Job Centre at 24-26 Torphichen Street

Swan Bridge
Clydebank bridge canopy by RMJM – new image

No. 42
Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov puts 42 St Andrew Square up for lease

Donside urban village
Planning approval for largest affordable home development in North East Scotland at former Donside Paper Mill, Tillydrone, Aberdeen: 25-acre brownfield site, 278 new homes

Anderston Compulsory Purchase?
Glasgow City Council could use compulsory purchase to progress £40m regeneration by Sanctuary Scotland HA of Anderston site with 495 houses

Major New Scottish Hospital
New Southern General Hospital Glasgow – images 230408

Budongo Primate Experience
Budongo Trail at Edinburgh Zoo

Lindifferon Court
Conversion of Category B steading in Fife to form four houses, by Elizabeth Roxburgh Architects

New Council Housing
Deputy First Minister announces Scottish local authorities to receive £25m package to build new council houses over next three years: target of 35,000 new houses per year by 2015. Legislation to end the right to buy for new build social houses due soon

Highland Housing : Fair
Reports suggest the Highland Housing Fair – investigated by the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman re possible contravention of local development plan – will be reprieved. With only 4 months before the launch the organisers, Highland Housing Alliance, and the 25 architects will need a fair wind

Hearts Stand Stumble
Update due 22 April on slow progress of land deals to facilitate new Hearts FC stand

Richard Murphy in Essex
Housing Feature in BD praises Richard Murphy Architects’ sensitive housing at New Hall in Harlow, influenced by Peter Aldington’s courtyard home and Jørn Utzon’s Fredensborg housing

Triple Kirks News
Stewart Milne Developments acquires derelict Triple Kirks in Aberdeen

‘It’s the Economy Stupid’
Improved demand in Edinburgh office market has been accompanied by reduction in supply according to property agents Cushman & Wakefield. Take up in the first quarter of 2008 is over 200,000 sqft with 700,000 sqft. Headline rents due to increase to £30/sqft in 2008. Four major Grade A developments – The Cube, Exchange Place, Quartermile 6 & Westport – only scheduled for completion in 2009

Venice Result
Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibition Result – due 21 Apr

New HQ for SNP?
The Scottish National Party and News International, publishers of The Sun, are both vying to take space at Gordon Lamb House, by 3DReid

Oslo Opera House
How the Norwegians deal with their capital’s docklands – Snøhetta building

Design At The Heart Of House Building
Culture Minister, Linda Fabiani launched the report, Design At The Heart Of House Building, as a starting point for architects, developers and local authorities to work together to deliver higher quality, design-led, sustainable housing and communities – a key ambition of the Scottish Government.
Ms Fabiani stressed how the government is striving to be more ‘user friendly’ to developers and others involved in the building process, citing the move to bring architecture policy, building standards and planning together in a new Directorate for the Built Environment.

Design Tsar
Prospect magazine’s special edition is out, with the Design Champion explaining his initiatives for Edinburgh

Edinburgh University Tender
Waddington Complex – £8.3m phase 2 appointment of a design team, submissions by May 12: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/edinburghuni

Scottish Huf Haus
Macfarlane Homes launch first Huf Haus development in Scotland at Rutherford Gardens, West Linton. Two Huf Hauses and a pair of Huf extensions will complement the restored Rutherford House

New Edinburgh building by gm+ad architects : Potterrow Student Apartments

GSA Honour Andy + Isi
Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein to be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Glasgow on behalf of The Glasgow School of Art

RIBA Awards shortlist for Scotland 2008 – 6 out of 8 in Glasgow, 0 in Edinburgh:
BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay, Glasgow
Castlemilk Stables, Glasgow
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Culloden Moor
G20 (phase1), 51-353 Glasgow Harbour Terraces
Hazlewood School, Glasgow
Lochside View, Cumbernauld Road, Glasgow
New Arts Faculty Building for the University of St Andrews
Piers Arts Centre, Victoria Street, Stromness
Todlaw Supported Housing, Duns, Scottish Borders
St Aloysius Residence and Spirituality Centre, 70 Hill Street, Glasgow

Prospect magazine
Special edition outlining Terry Farrell’s Edinburgh challenge, out 14 Apr. Meanwhile, Editor Penny Lewis is leaving the publication to teach architecture at RGU

Farrell: Edinburgh Underground Cinema
Sir Terry Farrell proposes £20m underground Filmhouse in Festival Square, accessed via a Louvre-style entry

Mull Theatre
Progress photographs of CiAO’s new Mull Theatre

Scottish Castles
Photos added : Scottish CastlesDunstaffnage Castle + Kilchurn Castle

Scottish Home Awards
Award News : Results

More Microgeneration Money
Scotland to triple its budget for microgeneration projects to £13.5m a year. In a separate development, there’s a new UK-wide pot of Lottery funding for Low Carbon Buildings – up to £2500 for a domestic application: Sustainable Architecture News

Scottish Design Awards
Nominations for architectural categories of Scottish Design Awards 2008

Bush Building
The University of Edinburgh is planning a £58.5m building as part of a £100m investment in the Roslin Institute. The Roslin Institute will join the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies within the University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The institute will move to the new building next to the new Vet School development at Easter Bush, Midlothian, planned for completion in 2010.

Helensburgh Student Competition
RIAS Competition : winner, 9 Apr

Thatched House
Unusual & luxurious East Lothian House nr Pencaitland

Usher Hall News
Despite ongoing delays to the extension & redevelopment project CEC’s Deputy Leader Steve Cardownie confirmed the Usher Hall will be available at full capacity for the Edinburgh Festival. Due to complete this October

Dawyck Botanic Gardens
Simpson & Brown’s visitor centre, Peeblesshire, to open 16 April

Lerwick Cinema + Music Venue
Shetland arts venue by Glasgow’s Gareth Hoskins Architects receives £2.1m from SAC Capital Lottery Fund, kickstarting the project 2 years after the competition win

Exhibition of propositions for central belt – Edinburgh Events

Easter Road Fire
Photos by Frazer Hay, linked below:
Easter Road Fire Photo Easter Road Fire Albion Place fire
50 firefighters tackled Albion Place fire (Bellway Homes construction site) as Hibs played St Mirren next door, Albion Gardens residents evacuated as 60ft crane became unstable

St Andrew Square
Famous New Town square goes public at last: St Andrew Square

Photos of the demise of the old Craigmillar

Budongo Trail
Edinburgh Zoo Primate enclosure by Cooper Cromar Architects complete

Leith Docks Masterplan – AiA News

David Hume’s Mausoleum
Proposals by Simpson & Brown for David Hume’s Mausoleum

George IV Hotel
Progress shots of Allan Murray Architects’ George IV Bridge building

Sixth Form College
Newcastle College by Edinburgh architects RMJM

Greenlaw Town Hall
Berwickshire building that lost out in the BBC Restoration programme finally gets a grant, £500k from Historic Scotland’s Building Repair Grant Scheme

Paisley Museum
Renfrewshire Council pre-feasibility study by Page/Park architects – theatre in redeveloped museum

Informatics Building
Latest Potterrow images : Bennetts Associates

RMJM Again
Peter Morrison speaks out again, criticising the cult of the “starchitect” for diminishing the role of architects

Strathclyde Faculty
£60m Faculty of Education building proposed by Strathclyde University on George Street and will see the Faculty relocate from Jordanhill to unite the University on one campus. Other new buildings incl. an Institute for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences and a Sports & Health Centre

PMP Inverness
PMP Architecture is opening an office in Inverness

Domestic Wind Turbines Axed
Planning relaxations will come into force from 6 Apr: Sustainable Building News

Acharacle School
Flat-pack ‘mass timber’ Ardnamurchan school by Edinburgh’s Gaia Architects. The £5.8m ‘airtight’ building’s classrooms have a heating requirement of just 1 kilowatt

Architecture in Edinburgh

Donald Trump Golf Resort Proposals
Meadowbank Stadium
Scottish Schools
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
St James Centre
Tynecastle Stadium

Edinburgh Restaurant

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