Edinburgh News – August 2008 : Architecture, Building

Edinburgh News – August 2008: Buildings in Scotland

August 2008

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Briggait Centre Start
Redevelopment of Briggait Centre starts, by Dundee’s Nicoll Russell Studios

Aberdeen Development
Miller Cromdale 222,000 sqft office development application approved : Ardent House

Leith Docks Masterplan Approval
Leith Docks
picture from the architect
Major 350-acre redevelopment approved by councillors 270808: Leith Docks

Terry Farrell on Edinburgh
Sir Terry Farrell told BBC Scotland: "Edinburgh is changing…changes aren’t being welded together, the resources aren’t there to do it, it’s reactive, we are looking at each of the piecemeal bits and saying whether we like them or not. My view is this investment should partly come from central government, I don’t think it is putting enough into what is Scotland’s greatest city."

Edinburgh World Heritage
Caltongate
photo © Adrian Welch
UNESCO / Caltongate – Opinion Piece by Adrian Welch: Edinburgh World Heritage Site
Opinion Piece in response by EWH: Edinburgh World Heritage

Fife Sport Facilities
California’s B3Architects + Edinburgh’s cre8architecture appointed joint architects by Fife Council for £33m development of two new sports & leisure facilities to replace the Fife Sports Institute in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy Swimming Pool. cre8architecture are currently on site with England’s RHWL at £50m Exchange Place development

NORD Olympics Substation
Olympics Substation
picture from the architect
Progress on London Olympics Substation by Glasgow’s NORD architects

Speirs and Major Awards
Lighting Awards for Edinburgh’s Speirs and Major Associates

Ian Wall Award
Former CEO of The EDI Group, awarded 2008 Lighthouse Achievement Award

Edinburgh Restaurant Reviews
Three separate reviews in 2 months, all for Centotre eg "the worst service I have ever received"

Sean Connery – 007 Hits Out

photo © Adrian Welch
Sir Sean in his book ‘Being a Scot’, out today, praises the "imaginative" work of Edinburgh architects Allan Murray, Malcolm Fraser, Richard Murphy, Charlie Sutherland and Charlie Hussey, & approves of the Scottish Parliament building (above) + Oloroso restaurant (below).
Edinburgh Restaurants
photo © Adrian Welch
Vigourous attacks on modern Edinburgh include despair at the threat of the city losing UNESCO world heritage status, possibly due to the proposed Caltongate (below).
Caltongate Edinburgh
picture from the architect
He suggests we should learn from Copenhagen (Ed. a view I’ve expressed on this site a number of times in the past). Unusually praise for Allan Murray and Malcolm Fraser sits alongside concerns re Caltongate, in which both are involved to varying extents.
Sean Connery Filmhouse
picture from the architect
He also praised Richard Murphy’s "beautiful" designs for the Sean Connery Filmhouse proposed for Festival Square (above).

Commonwealth Games Village Land
Plans approved by GCC Executive Committee to acquire key piece of land at Athletes’ Village site: 2014 Commonwealth Games. 210808

More Delays
fountainbridge brewery
photo © Adrian Welch
Despite hopes of an upturn in the market within the coming year more major capital projects appear to be stalled by the credit crunch, as reported by the Evening News today:

– 224-home Granton Waterfront development by Taylor Wimpey
– 171-home former Tartan Club development, Fountainbridge by Buredi (site photo above)
– 100-home Ocean Drive development at Albert Dock, Leith by CALA
– 73-home Madelvic car factory development at Granton Park Avenue by Buredi
– 75-home Pitsligo Road development, Morningside by Telereal Services

The ‘credit crunch’ has deepened Edinburgh’s housing crisis with little progress on the 12,000 new affordable homes apparently needed in the next decade. Many schemes with planning permission are on hold, but if and when developers restart projects they will be hit by new planning legislation, adding to losses. 190808

Assembly Rooms
Assembly Rooms
photo © Adrian Welch
Programme for redeveloping this popular Fringe venue slips according to The Scotsman: not expected to be finished until Jul 2012 – weeks before the festival starts: Assembly Rooms

Kielder Observatory
Kielder Observatory
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Kielder Observatory completed by Charles Barclay Architects

BioQuarter Building Approved
Sheppard Robson building
picture from the architect
Sheppard Robson’s £59m Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine gains planning

GIA Awards
GIA Awards 2008 open to entries

RMJM Appointment
RMJM Appoints Marketing Director to Support European Growth

gm+ad Accreditation
gm+ad : Investors in People Scotland

Sutherland Hussey
Yingxiu
picture from the architect
Feature on this Edinburgh-based practice – new images of projects at Haymarket, and in China at Xiling & the Yingxiu Memorial Museum (image above):
Sutherland Hussey Architects

South Dennistoun Building
South Dennistoun Building
photo : Andrew Lee
South Dennistoun Neighbourhood Centre : jmarchitects

Bland & Undistinguished
Leith Street
photo © Adrian Welch
Magnus Linklater considers Allan Murray Architects’ masterplans and big developments to be "bland and undistinguished".

But the architect has refuted claims that he puts "mediocrity before imagination or beauty" to win favour with Edinburgh planners saying the practice’s designs are subjected to "intense scrutiny by the prospective clients, judging panels or our peers".

Former Scottish Arts Council chairman and Times columnist Magnus Linklater accused Allan Murray of producing architecture which is out of step with the "elegance of older-style Edinburgh".

AMA are masterplanners for the controversial Caltongate project but also the St James Quarter and SoCo at the Edinburgh Old Town fire site.

Allan Murray is quoted as saying: "These same projects are also closely scrutinised by the City of Edinburgh planning officials and councillors, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Government’s design advisor group Architecture & Design Scotland and in many cases through detailed public consultation. A number of our high-profile projects also have the benefit of being collaborative efforts."

The Times has a massive international readership and this story has already been picked up abroad by the likes of archnewsnow.com, not to mention the world’s largest architecture website, www.e-architect.co.uk

Ref. www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/magnus_linklater/article4517781.ece

Craigmillar Regen Stalls
Craigmillar
photo © Adrian Welch
£200m Craigmillar regeneration under review due to the credit crunch. Some elements delayed by over a year. Architects involved include Elder & Cannon and John McAslan Architects

Waterfront Edinburgh Challenge
Massive land asset reductions are threatening the Council’s Granton development plans

Stromness Pierhead – Winner
Stromness Pierhead
picture from the architect
Malcolm Fraser Architects win Stromness Pierhead Design Competition 130808

Napier Plans Approved
Sighthill Campus
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Sighthill Campus Napier University : RMJM

Palladian Mansion Renovation
Gutted by fire in 1899 A-listed Penicuik House is set for a £6m refurbishment. Trustees of Penicuik House are seeking £2m funding for the work, and Culture minister Linda Fabiani plans to attend the launch party for their appeal on 1 Sep. A traditional skills centre in partnership with the Scottish Lime Centre will be located at the site.

Dovecot Studios
Dovecot Studios
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Former Infirmary Street Baths redeveloped by Malcolm Fraser Architects due for completion Aug 2008: the building will provide workshop and gallery space for Dovecot Studios

New Hotel Resort
Designed to rival Gleneagles Hotel a £50m "world-class hotel resort" at West Linton has been unveiled by Manor Kingdom Estates. The Rutherford Castle Hotel would be set in 18 acres with the Rutherford Castle Golf Club upgraded to championship standard.
Hotel operator De Vere, which already runs the five-star Cameron House by Loch Lomond, has signed up to operate Rutherford Castle Hotel.

Caltongate Problems
Caltongate
picture from the architect
As developments in the capital grind to a halt and architects lay off staff the latest casualty is the major Caltongate scheme: a "procedural mistake" has been made by the planners

saltcity
Cádiz field+work
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Cádiz field+work exhibition now on at Matthew Architecture Gallery

Scottish Interiors Forum
8-31 Aug – Interiors Forum Scotland

Lauriston United Presbyterian Church
CEC propose to enter ruinous C-listed Victorian building to assess decay: repairs notice or compulsory purchase would follow. Owned by the Arab Social League of Edinburgh since 1982 it’s on Scottish Buildings at Risk Register

Major Office Redevelopments Postponed
Osborne House
picture from the architect
Projects at the Former Job Centre (Torphichen Street – ‘Haymarket Green’ by Bennetts Associates), Osborne House (Osborne Terrace, see image above – ‘The Modernist‘ by Broadway Malyan) and Rosebery House (Haymarket Terrace) are all reportedly on hold despite having planning permission.
Offices at Fountainbridge have been stopped, on the site of the former Scottish & Newcastle brewery, again despite having planning permission. Lack of liquidity from the banks and rising material costs have combined to lower developers’ yields developers.

Refurb
In the quieter Summer period we have updated and done cursory checks on every single one of our 1017 Edinburgh pages, to try and ensure as much as possible consistent page colours, link colours, layouts, correct linking & speeding up pages. Suggestions welcome: info@edinburgharchitecture.co.uk

 

Stirling Prize Shortlist
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Egyptian Halls now under one ownership
Venice Biennale entries
Scottish schools suffer from sick building syndrome
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Hearts Stadium
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