Edinburgh News in July 2008, Buildings in Scotland

Edinburgh News July 2008

Construction + Architectural Development in Lothian, Eastern Scotland

Edinburgh Building News in July 2008

Scottish Buildings Shortlisted
Four buildings in Scotland shortlisted for World Architecture Festival AwardsRIAS Honours
Robin Harper MSP & Dame Barbara Kelly CBE : RIAS Honorary Fellows 28 JulScottish Interiors Forum
8-31 Aug – Interiors Forum Scotland : Edinburgh event

Scottish Architects
Major Beijing Olympic Building complete : RMJM Architects

Housing Crisis
With new build starts in Scotland down by almost 50% in the last quarter and around 15,000 redundancies, Homes for Scotland has called for the Government’s Housing Supply Task Force to meet and address the critical situation in Scottish housebuilding

Edinburgh Office Supply
Despite the housing slump & global credit crunch apparently construction is increasing in the capital: a Drivers Jonas Survey confirms limited developments completing in 2008 means Edinburgh office space demand will outstrip supply. Amazingly it also outlines a significant increase in construction activity across the city. Availability of office space is “very low in comparison to many other UK cities”

Stewart Milne Group
About 289 jobs could be lost, around 20% of its UK workforce, due to housing downturn

Fife Biomass Plant
£100m 45MW biomass heat & electricity power station to be built at Tullis Russell paper-making factory, Markinch. It will generate enough electricity to light a city the size of Dundee once complete in 2011. Importantly the Scottish Government will contribute £8.1m to the facility construction costs, ensuring they get closer to their alternative energy targets (31% electricity demand from renewable sources by 2011). This site fully supports this firm government action. Meanwhile Europe’s largest onshore windfarm – the 152-turbine 548MW Clyde windfarm – has been approved by the Scottish Government.

Housing Slowdown
During the three months from April to June 2008 the number of new private homes started in Scotland down by 46%: 3,043, down from 5,590 in 2007

Union Square
Miller Construction completes Phase 1 of £250m Union Square development, Aberdeen. 700,000sqft retail-led regeneration, Phase one for Hammerson incl. new bus station. Phase two incl. retail + 203-bed hotel underway, to complete next Autumn

Shawbridge Blocks Down
Two multi-storey tower blocks demolished at 12 Riverford Road & 21 Riverbank Street for Glasgow Housing Association. Two more multi-storeys at 124 & 142 Shawbridge Street are due for demolition soon

No Scottish Winners
Stirling Prize Shortlist: BBC Scotland & Pier Arts Centre don’t make the cut – 17 Jul

Not So Fair
News that the Highland Housing Fair will not go ahead this year, unsurprising given the state of the housing / property sectors

New Housing
Royston Wardieburn Housing : Smith Scott Mullan Associates

Informatics Photos
Progress on Edinburgh Informatics : Bennetts Associates – 14 Jul

Ratho Roof
Edinburgh International Climbing Centre‘s problems have apparently reached “crisis point”: the roof needs fixing, possibly closing the centre for 6 months

Perthshire Estate
Broomfield Estate : Zebrano

Speirs Locks
Speirs Locks : make

UNESCO / Caltongate
Like the IOC and the European Commission, UNESCO is an undemocratic body that wields immense power. Apparently the Government’s decision not to call the Caltongate plans in has made Unesco want to review the city’s world heritage status: they will send a mission to Edinburgh, in particular to the Caltongate development

Grand Designs
Hope, Pathhead by ICOSIS Architects

Aberdeen – Bastion for Quality Architecture?
Aberdeen aims to be first local authority in Scotland to produce a “Policy on Architecture” to pick up on key themes in national design policy: Aberdeen News

Forth Riviera Tweak for Terns
Forht Ports’ Leith Docks development revisions demanded to satisfy Imperial Dock Lock special protection area. Britain’s biggest tern colony with 900 breeding pairs of the birds on an island has meant a new cultural centre, walkways & bridges have been relocated, and heights of apartment blocks halved. Scottish Natural Heritage warned the developers that the island is home to about 5% of the British common tern population

Meadowbank Objection
Over 1200 objections to sale of Meadowbank Stadium land, ahead of a public inquiry into the city local plan, due to start in late September. CEC plan more than
30,000 new homes to be built in the capital by 2015 – but given shut down’s across the city this looks highly ambitious

Greenbelt Future up for Grabs
Edinburgh’s greenbelt is due to be one of the main issues at this autumn’s public inquiry into the city local plan. Housebuilders are targeting particular sites on the edge of Edinburgh and hope to persuade the two Government reporters that their sites are suitable for development. The council has agreed in principle to building 400 homes on greenbelt land, but at stake is the argument over where the best place is to build them. Other key discussions will include greenbelt housing adjacent to Edinburgh Zoo and the development of Portobello Park for a replacement high school.

Lake District Building
Grizedale Resource Centre by Edinburgh architects Sutherland Hussey

Queen Opens QMUC
Queen Margaret University News

A Holiday in Glenrothes
Photographic Exhibition celebrating Glenrothes by artist Sylvia Grace Borda

Leith Street Offices
The Cube : Allan Murray Architects

Restaurant Review
Centotre…again: “the waitress was extremely rude and did not apologise”

Historic Old Town Building
Riddle’s Court – EWH project

Forthside Stirling
Forthside Offices : RMJM

RIBA Awards
RIBA Awards : Shortlist, two in Scotland – Pier Arts Centre & BBC Scotland

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