Edinburgh News – November 2008 : Architecture, Building

Edinburgh News – November 2008: Buildings in Scotland

November 2008

N E W S

Spirit of Scotland
Gareth Hoskins wins Spirit of Scotland Art Prize

Princes Street Hotels
Princes Street Hotel
photo © Adrian Welch
CEC unveil details of ‘String of Pearls’ proposals. Apparently the tram line has helped attract interest of 3 hotel operators, jewellery & fashion stores in Princes Street

Housesteads Roman Fort
Housesteads Roman Fort
photo © English Heritage Photo Library
Scotland’s Gareth Hoskins Architects selected by National Trust + English Heritage to deliver major reworking of visitor experience & facilities at Hadrian’s Wall: Housesteads Roman Fort

Berwick Townspace
Berwick Townspace
image © Keith Hunter
Latest Malcolm Fraser Architects’ building: Berwick Townspace

St Andrew’s Day
Linda Fabiani MSP announces free entry to 45 Historic Scotland visitor attractions on the last weekend of November, up from one day when initiated in 2007

Burns Monument Appeal
Burns Monument
photo © Adrian Welch
Appeal launched to raise funds for restoration of the Burns Monument in Edinburgh

Potterrow
Potterrow
picture © Keith Hunter
Edinburgh Informatics images by Keith Hunter, 261108

Historic Scotland Conference
26 Nov at The Hub, Edinburgh: Traditional Buildings Energy Efficiency

Quartermile
Quartermile
Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
Recent Quartermile Photographs

Sir Terry Farrell
Sir Terry Farrell
photo © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh’s Design Tsar heads south: appointed by London Mayor: Terry Farrell 201108

SCHOP
Exhibition to launch new gallery in Edinburgh’s Old Town by Oliver Chapman Architects: SCHOP

Meadowbank Stadium
Meadowbank Stadium Edinburgh
photo © Adrian Welch
The wheels have truly fallen off the cart: keeping Meadowbank Stadium running (while the controversial redevelopment is put on hold) is costed at a whacking £12m. Building the smaller £25m sports centre required the existing stadium land to be sold. But that land costed at £17m, in today’s depressed market is priced at… just £5m: Meadowbank Stadium

Velodrome Options
Velodrome
picture from architect
Two possible sites for a covered £3m 200 metre cycling track emerge:
Sighthill or next to the Jack Kane Centre. CEC in talks with sportscotland over funding for the Meadowbank velodrome replacement. 181108

GIA Winner : Beatson Institute
Beatson Institute
photo : Paul Zanre
Edinburgh’s Reiach and Hall Architects win Glasgow Institute of Architects ‘Supreme Award’ & ‘Best Healthcare Building’ for Beatson Institute Cancer Research Facility
Also, their Sir Alwyn Williams Dept. Computing Science building won the GIA ‘Best Education Building’ commendation and up north in Inverness the Pier Arts Centre continued it’s medal tally by winning the IAA ‘Best New Building in the Highlands and Islands’ 2008.

World Heritage Status Red Herring
Caltongate
picture from architect
As predicted on this site, Edinburgh’s WHS is not threatened (if it was lost UNESCO would lose its leverage, simple). Unesco delegates announced this weekend that the capital’s status was safe: Edinburgh World Heritage Status

The Haymarket : Public Enquiry
The Haymarket
picture from architect
It looks like a crafty plan to both get through the economic downturn and try and appease the many detractors: the major Haymarket development faces severe delays and could be scrapped altogether after a public inquiry was ordered, despite planning being in place. However, whatever people might think about the style, density and height, this is more disastrous news for an already heavily depressed construction market.

‘Imprisoned’ : Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Debate
St James Quarter
picture from architect
Dubbed ‘crisis talks’ by The Scotsman, a summit of council officials, development bodies and heritage groups is proposed to try to prevent major Edinburgh construction projects being derailed. Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Deputy chief executive Graham Birse warned Edinburgh faces being effectively "imprisoned" by its World Heritage status unless a major schism between conservation groups in the capital and developers can be resolved.

Cockburn Association
Office Manager required for Cockburn Association, deadline 15 Dec 2008

Princes Street Hotel
Princes Street Hotel
picture from architect
The first new hotel on Princes Street for 50 years looks set for redesign due to mounting opposition from heritage groups. Historic Scotland, Edinburgh World Heritage and the Cockburn Association all objected to the proposal to demolish two B-listed buildings on Princes Street to make way for £40m glass-fronted hotel & department store. Princes Street Hotel : SMC Hugh Martin Architects

Prospect Power 100
St Andrew Square
picture from architect
Congratulations to Gareth Hoskins who won Prospect magazine’s Power 100 vote. The practice has had a very successful 2008 with the Gathering Space in Venice and Culloden Visitor Centre being shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards. We hope Gareth’s sophisticated St Andrew Square building (above) will soon see the light of day.

Peacock Centre News
Northeast Scotland’s main centre of contemporary visual arts under threat not by credit crunch but by North Sea oil millionaire Sir Ian Wood’s plans to flatten Union Terrace Gardens: Peacock Visual Arts

Former Odeon Cinema
Former Odeon Cinema Edinburgh
picture from architect
Planning Approval gained for Make Architects’ controversial conversion: ZED Hotel

Hazelwood
gm+ad’s Hazelwood School win Architecture in Scotland Annual poll to identify Scotland’s best new building of 2008

Irish Competition Entry
Bord Gais Networks by Edinburgh’s Oliver Chapman Architects

Saltire Awards
Saltire Housing Design Awards results

Bugatti
Context Interiors take delivery of stunning 1928 Baby Bugatti 35B Racer
+ exclusive offer to users of edinburgharchitecture.co.uk

Andrew Doolan Award
Best Building in Scotland joint winners: Potterrow + Castlemilk Stables
Potterrow : Bennetts Associates
Castlemilk House : Elder & Cannon Architects
Special Mention:
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre : Gareth Hoskins Architects

Vaulting Ambition
The Adam Brothers exhibition at Talbot Rice Gallery

Trump Resort Approval
Permission minded to grant by Scottish government: Donald Trump Golf Resort

 

Caltongate
Donaldsons College
New Campus Glasgow
Oloroso restaurant
WAF Awards
The Elements shopping centre
Jumeirah Glasgow Hotel
Stirling Prize
Libyan university campuses

Edinburgh News – Oct 2008

Herzog & De Meuron
Palm Island Dubai

Commonwealth Games Village Shortlist
St Marys Cathedral Refurbishment
St James Quarter Tower proposal shelved
Sighthill Housing Demolished
Hazelwood School wins at International Architecture Awards
Royal Museum of Scotland Contractor appointed
Ocean Terminal Revisions
Leith Docks
Edinburgh World Heritage
Best Building in Scotland Award
Haymarket Station – new images
Scottish schools suffer from sick building syndrome
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
St James Centre
Hearts Stadium
Quartermile Edinburgh

Scottish Architecture News

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