Edinburgh Building News in February 2008, Charlotte Square Buildings, Architects

Edinburgh News February 2008

Construction + Architectural Development in Lothian, Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Building News in February 2008

Trump Inquiry
Donald Trump’s housing estate with golf courses & hotel – partly located on a key piece of Scotland’s protected natural heritage – goes to Public InquiryWestern Harbour Housing
Plots A2, B1 And B2, Western Harbour: 258 residential units for A B Leith Ltd: Approval of Reserved Matters 290208

Glasgow Lighthouse News
Kathryn Findlay, Marquess of Bute, Neil Gillespie + Riccardo Marini join Lighthouse Board. The Lighthouse chairwoman, Janice Kirkpatrick, will be succeeded by Eleanor McAllister

Charlotte Square
Charlotte Square
image © Adrian Welch
EWHT launch study into possible makeover, as St Andrew Square completion nears

Basil Spence
British Embassy Rome
image © Adrian Welch
Photos of his British Embassy in Rome

Scottish Eco-Town
Scotland’s first ‘zero-carbon settlement’ – 5,000 home eco-town by Arkitema in Cardenden, Fife. Cardenden Eco-town ‘Vision and Delivery Statement’ unveiled by Banks Developments on 28 Feb, attended by MSPs. Planning submission not due until Autumn. Eco-Towns currently subject to vigorous debate down south

494 Ferry Road
Plans submitted by Broadway Malyan for demolition of existing buildings and new 52-unit BL Developments scheme with retail

Housing Slowdown
New build homes starts in Scotland dropped for the first time in four years:
Approx. 5,720 in Jul-Sep 2006 to 5,280 in Jul-Sep 2007

Castle Gogar
Just one property left to sell at Dennis Developments’ Modern-style luxury Castle Gogar Estate by Yeoman McAllister Architects

Carbon Trust Masterclasses
Speakers: Greg Franta & Rab Bennetts – Edinburgh Events

Sighthill Campus
Sighthill Campus
picture from the architect
Napier University application by RMJM

A+DS School Programme
Architecture and Design Scotland + Scottish Government launch three-year school design programme to give councils access to specialist advice on their building projects. A+DS to appoint a design advisor (architect) and programme officer

St Andrews Medical School
New £45m University of St Andrews School of Medicine and the Sciences proposed on the North Haugh, by Edinburgh-based Reiach and Hall Architects: images online at the weekend

20% Renewables by 2020
Scottish Government to match / exceed European Union target of 20% all energy from renewables by 2020

United Distillers Saved?
United Distillers
image © Alastair Cook
Refusal recommended : United Distillers

Haddington Place hotel
Approval for £150m Leith Walk Developments’ 175-bed scheme, despite only scoring minimum 41 out of 80 CEC sustainable building points. 210208

Upper Forth Crossing
Final span of 26 launched for new £120m 1.2km Upper Forth Crossing at Kincardine

Appleton Tower
Refurbishment starting on controversial tower block – recladding

Haymarket Development
Proposals attacked by Gina Davidson in the Evening News as taking the ‘whole issue to new heights of architectural vandalism’…she hopes ‘the groundswell of public opinion will see this proposal thrown out’…and questions ‘destroying the character of a place’. Haymarket as it stands though has very little character at present, certainly it isn’t very urban or indeed fitting for a major entry to a capital city. Richard Murphy’s proposals create a strong and appropriate sense of place. If you look at old photographs of the city’s edge, such as Leith Street, there is a density married to bustling life. Edinburgh needs to regain this. Allan Murray and Malcolm Fraser are quoted with warmth.

CEC Budget
Commonwealth Pool
image © Adrian Welch
Money for refurbishment of Royal Commonwealth Pool, King’s Theatre, Glenogle Baths, schools & sports pavilions, and for new Military Tattoo Stands, Drumbrae Library, National Photographic Centre & various school buildings

Grand Designs
Pathhead house by Icosis Architects featured

Varsity Edinburgh
image © Paul Zanre
Telford Road Housing by Michael Laird Architects: Photos by Paul Zanre

Living Roofs & Walls
Living Roof
image © Adrian Welch
Recently Scottish sustainability policy seems to have been following London’s lead – eg the Merton Rule, issues of on-site energy generation and carbon reduction. Ken Livingstone has now announced a requirement for ‘living roofs and walls’ on all major developments where feasible. An example would be DSDHA’s Paradise Park School’s ‘vertical garden’

South Gyle offices
image © Paul Zanre
Images by Paul Zanre of South Gyle offices

Edinburgh Architects Win in Iceland
Vatnsmýri Urban Plan
picture from the architect
Vatnsmýri Urban Plan : Graeme Massie Architects – 20 Feb

Royal Botanic Garden
picture from the architect
Chinese Spring Lantern Festival within Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Glasshouses

Lamb’s House
Lamb’s House restoration proposals by Cadell Wiszniewski Thomson

Low Carbon Building Award
Carbon Trust Low Carbon Building Award 2008 went to East Lothian Council for the new Windygoul Primary School, Tranent by their Projects Design team. Jim Mather, Minister of Enterprise, Energy & Tourism presented the award. Windygoul School uses natural ventilation, highly-insulated envelope, sedum roof & solar panels

HSE Spot Checks
10 out of 11 Aberdeen construction sites visited by HSE were shut after ‘bad’ & ‘dangerous’ working practices witnessed. HSE now to do random checks in Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh + other Scottish areas. Ten construction workers from Scotland died in 2007 – deaths rose by 61% across the UK

Bonfire of the Quangos
Scottish Government to cut number of quangos in Scotland by around a quarter. The Building Standards Advisory Committee is due to be abolished following legislation. Historic Scotland & RCAHMS are still under review, while SNH faces a merger

RTPI Planning Awards
Winner: The Isle of Gigha Masterplan and Design Guides by anderson bell + christie

Carnegie HQ
Dunfermline HQ building : Page Park

ZED Hotel
ZED Hotel
picture © Make Architects
Southside arts hotel by make at former Odeon Cinema

EAA Exhibition
Shortlisted EAA Awards projects

Todlaw Supported Housing
Todlaw Supported Housing
picture from the architect
Scottish housing by Oliver Chapman Architects

The Riverside House
Riverside House
picture from the architect
CiAO’s Cramond house

Heart of Hawick
Heart of Hawick
picture from the architect
Scottish Borders building by Gray, Marshall & Associates

RSA Student Exhibition 2008
RSA Exhibition open

Highland Archive Building
LDN Architects’ building for Highland Council incl. registration service, archive conservation unit, family history centre and offices. Completion will allow the return of archives to the Highlands presently stored in Edinburgh. On site 2008-09

Irvine Competition
Urban Splash + Reiach and Hall win Irvine Harbourside waterfront competition

Lothian Chambers
Lothian Chambers
picture from the architect
Smith Scott Mullan’s Lothian Chambers

36 Marionville
Marionville Road
picture from the architect
Craig Amy Architects’ 36 Marionville Road

Coal Bunker
Pittville St house
picture from the architect
Crichton Wood’s Pittville St house

Stewart’s Melville College
Stewart’s Melville College
picture from the architect
Simpson & Brown’s Performing Arts Centre

Garden Room
Garden Room
picture from the architect
Scottish house extension by Oliver Chapman Architects

Sylvan House
Sylvan House
picture from the architect
CiAO’s Edinburgh House & Studio

Aberdeenshire Resort
Scottish golf resort using listed former catholic seminary: Blairs College Resort

Tollbooths To Go
Forth Bridge Tollbooth
photo : Paul Zanre
But hopefully not the Canopy…Forth Bridge Tollbooth

Caltongate Approved
image © Adrian Welch
Caltongate proposals approved, but to be referred to Scottish ministers + demolition of Canongate tenements unapproved. Controversial meeting lasted until after 7pm

Scottish Parliament Refurb
Approx. £115k repairs to Scottish Parliament during February recess incl. public stairs and foyer plus installment of energy-efficient light bulbs

Leith Docks News
Leith Docks
picture from the architect
JUMP Group Leith Docks Contra Proposal

Ardrossan Building
Ardrossan health centre by Reiach and Hall

Prep School
Fettes College building
image © Adrian Welch
Next Fettes College building by Page / Park on site

National Showground
make beat BDP, Foster & Partners, HOK: Scottish National Showground

BDP Edinburgh
BDP actively recruiting architects for new office on Multrees Walk, opening in March

Glasgow Hotel
Plans submitted by Edinburgh’s Allan Murray Architects for Ingram St hotel

Forth Road Bridge
Background behind cable-stayed bridge team

Trinity Gardens
246 apartments by Richard Murphy Architects, Comprehensive Design Architects + Conran & Partners: Trinity Gardens

NORD in Perth
Planning approval for NORD’s residential / leisure building in centre of Perth

Edinburgh Recruitment
Edinburgh Architects Jobs

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