Edinburgh News in March 2008: Informatics Building in Scotland

Edinburgh News March 2008

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Edinburgh Building News in March 2008

Informatics Building
Informatics Building
photo © Adrian Welch
Latest Potterrow images : Bennetts Associates – 31 MarPollock Halls
Pollock Halls
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Student residence by Oberlanders Architects get approval : Pollock Halls

Helensburgh Student Competition
RIAS Competition announcement due 31 Mar

National Showground
ttish National Showground
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Scottish National Showground : Make – 28 Mar

Titan Enterprise Centre
Titan Enterprise Centre
photo © Keith Hunter
Titan Enterprise Centre : Page Park – 28 Mar

Ian Wall
Ian is to step down after seven years in charge of The EDI Group – Edinburgh City Council development company

Trump Inquiry
Set for 10 June until 4 July – Aberdeenshire Golf Resort Proposals

Errol Airfield development
Village of around 240 homes for Carse of Gowrie approved by Perth & Kinross Council, against the advice of the council’s planning chief. The proposal by Morris Leslie Ltd was called in by the Scottish Government late 2007

Building Performance Awards 2008
Award for Client Satisfaction – winner: Michael Laird Architects – RBS World HQ
Placemaking Award – winner: Cooper Cromar Architects – City Park Glasgow
Productivity Award – runner-up: Michael Laird Architects – RBS World HQ
Building Performance Awards

Arts & Crafts House – Burrell Company
Ault Wharrie, in Dunblane acquired by Burrell Company. Grade A listed Arts & Crafts mansion in 14 acres to be split into four by Edinburgh’s Simpson & Brown Architects.
Dunblane house by George Walton empty since 2000

Scottish Home Awards
Scottish Home Awards + Dinner 2008 10 Apr

1073 Argyle Street
Argyle Street
photo © Keith Hunter
Glasgow Projects : Elder & Cannon Architects

Boroughmuir High
Malcolm Fraser proposals to retain Boroughmuir High School on its current site with designs for extending and refurbishing the B-listed school attended by one his children. Previously a move to the former S+N brewery site at Fountainbridge was proposed for the school, now abandonded due to the HBoS proposal

Ellersly House
Murrayfield hotel on the market, with planning permission for 13 luxury apartments for owner Ellersly Developments. Strutt & Parker are selling the 57-bedroom former hotel

Meadowbank Opposition
photo © Adrian Welch
A repeat of ‘Caltongate’ is muted by opponents with thousands of objections threatened and calls for a public inquiry: Meadowbank Stadium

Domestic Wind Turbines Axed
U-turn as proposed exclusion of wind turbines dropped from new permitted development rights for homeowners wishing to install microgeneration installations. Planning relaxations will come into force in less than a month’s time, from 6 April. The domestic relaxation will now apply only to solar photovoltaics, solar thermal water heating, heat pumps, biomass heating & CHP: Sustainable Building News

Garrison House
Garrison House
photo © Keith Hunter
Isle of Cumbrae building refurbishment by Edinburgh architects Lee Boyd

Applecross at Western Harbour
Applecross / Forth Ports £50m joint venture to develop four sites at Western Harbour: 144 flats + 36 townhouses

Scottish Schools ‘Sick’
Paul Stallan, appointed to champion intelligent design in Scotland’s schools claims most Scottish schools suffer from sick building syndrome and are unfit for purpose. Paul Stallan said local authorities lack “vision” and “innovation” with bad design resulting from “miserable” and “short-term” briefs from authorities seeking to cut costs.

Venice Biennale
Scotland is to get their own Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition, organised by The Lighthouse, titled the ‘Gathering Space’, created by a Scottish-based practice. Nick Barley and the government are to be congratulated for this bold decision – this site wishes the venture great success

Design Tsar
Terry Farrell to stay on as CEC’s design champion, possibly with more power. Four years into the job you might be forgiven for wondering what has been achieved. If Terry’s emphasis on ‘place’ could be more quickly actioned then this will become a welcome announcement. It is time for CEC to deliver some physical change – why not employ a range of architects to transform tawdry entries to the city and dull leftover spaces into welcome ‘places’ for the community and visitors alike?

Inverness Business Park
Inverness Business Park
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Inverness Airport Business Park by Make – 18 Mar

Cardross – Gareth Hoskins
In the latest announcement re this elusive project Gareth Hoskins Architects are named as collaborators with Urban Splash on a study for development possibilities

EAA Awards winner
Princess Gate
photo © Keith Hunter
Building of the Year: Princess Gate – Malcolm Fraser Architects

Civic Trust Award
Hazelwood School
photo © Andrew Lee
Hazelwood School by gm+ad wins Award 12 Mar 2008

Pledge to add 70,000 to existing 40,000 planned homes by UK government. All non-domestic buildings to be zero-carbon by 2019

Scottish Slate
ballachulish quarry
photo © Muriel Welch
Ballachulish slate quarries could be reopened: Historic Scotland is to publish a study into the viability of resuming mine operations. Apparently there is also commercial interest in this Argyll quarry with a huge demand across Scotland.

RIAS Convention
Speakers lined up so far incl. Peter Eisenman, Charles Jencks, Alain de Botton, Dominic Papa, Jonathan Speirs, Adrian Wiszniewski, George Wyllie, Eelco Hooftman & Professor Kathryn Moore

Highlands Hospital
Highlands Hospital
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Pitlochry Community Hospital by Campbell and Arnott Architects

Helensburgh Student Competition
Judging commenced on this RIAS Competition, announcement due 31 March. Jury includes David Page, Douglas Read & Terry Levinthal

Berwick Housing
Berwick Flats
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Malcolm Fraser Architects’ Berwick upon Tweed Flats

Edinburgh sports facilities
Reports of proposed Meadowbank Stadium demolition to be replaced with housing, and new stadium built at the east end of the site, more soon

Chinese Work
Olympic Green building
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RMJM’s Peter Morrison defends working in China – principally the Olympic Green building – better to engage than walk away. This follows recent announcements by Steven Spielberg, Daniel Libeskind, Prince Charles, etc. re China’s policies in Tibet and to Darfur

Caledonian Revamp
Caledonian Hotel
photo © Adrian Welch
Infill of Caledonian Hotel courtyard + extension by Crerar & Partners: Granted

55 London Road
Plans submitted by Broadway Malyan for demolition of existing buildings and new build BL Developments scheme incl 52 apartments & 210sqm retail at 55 London Rd

Peacock Visual Arts
Peacock Visual Arts
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Scottish Government approve Aberdeen Contemporary Arts Centre

Freespace – Tardis Technology
Premier Property Group / Applecross launch £40m joint venture company to build next generation of design-led houses. Freespace will create 100 houses in 2008

Planning Change
Overdue change proposed to remove domestic renewables from planning system, ie solar panels, wind turbines, etc. provided certain size and not in Conservation Area or World Heritage site – to go out for consultation

Civic Trust
Shortlist for Civic Trust Awards

St Andrews Medical School
St Andrews Medical School
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School of Medicine and the Sciences by Edinburgh architects Reiach and Hall

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