Edinburgh News – September 2008 : Architecture, Building

Edinburgh News – September 2008: Buildings in Scotland

September 2008

N E W S

Caltongate – No Public Enquiry
Caltongate
image © Adrian Welch
Ministers approve Caltongate, ending this controversial saga

Commonwealth Games Teams
Four consortia shortlisted to develop £245m Commonwealth Games Village
– Broadway Malyan Consortium
– City Legacy Consortium
– Gladedale Consortium
– PPD Consortium

Modernism & Caracas Exhibition
Club Tachira
photo Felipe di Ludovico, Courtesy of Fruto Vivas
Opens 30 Sept at Matthew Gallery, University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh Talks

OCA
Oliver Chapman Architects move to 26 St Mary’s Street on 29 Sep

Parc
Craigmillar
image © Adrian Welch
First block off Niddrie Mains Road complete : Craigmillar

St Mary’s Refurbishment
St Marys Cathedral
image © Adrian Welch
Refurbishment of St Marys Cathedral west facade

Scottish Pavilion
Scottish Pavilion Venice
picture from the architect
Photos of Gareth Hoskins Architects’ Gathering Space, Venice Architecture Biennale 250908

Cairngorms Housing
On site in Cairngorms National Park : Glenmore Housing

New Dundee Building
Armitstead Child Development Centre
picture from the architect
Armitstead Child Development Centre by Edinburgh’s Campbell and Arnott

St James Quarter Tower Dropped
St James Quarter Tower
picture from the architect
Proposed tower – as high as Balmoral Hotel – abandoned : St James Quarter

Sighthill Housing
Sighthill Housing
image © Adrian Welch
Broomview Court demolished on Sunday : Sighthill Housing

Page Park Win Competition
Warwick University Building
picture from the architect
Warwick University Building : Glasgow’s Page Park win

Scottish Architects Win Major Award
Hazelwood School
picture © Keith Hunter
Yet another award for gm+ad’s Hazelwood School : International Architecture Awards

Home Report Cost
RICS Scotland advise typical Home Report will cost the seller between £500 & £700 after 1 Dec 2008, incl. energy report and EPC to comply with European legislation

RMJM Appointment
RMJM appoint Mike McEwan as finance director for Europe, formerly at Miller Construction. 190908

Donaldson’s School
Donaldsons College
picture from the architect
First Minister, Alex Salmond officially opens Donaldson’s School, Linlithgow

Reston Housing
Simpson & Brown Architects proposal for BL Developments at Reston, Scottish Borders: 111 houses with district heating building, on former Auction Mart

Grassmarket Sports Centre
Planning approval for £4m two-storey development designed by LDN Architects for George Heriots Trust, on behalf of George Heriot School, located behind the school – between Lauriston Place and the Grassmarket: fitness suite, five-court sports hall, changing rooms, training room, multi-purpose studio space & viewing area.

Morningside House
Morningside House
picture from the architect
Sutherland Hussey Architects’ Morningside House

Lighthouse Exhibition
Gareth Hoskins Architects exhibition opened 12 Sep at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, curated by Hugh Pearman, accompanied by a book on the practice

Edinburgh Airport hotel
Newbridge Premier Inn
picture from the architect
Planning permission granted for £6m 119-bed Premier Inn at Forth Park Business Park in Newbridge by architects Lawrence McPherson Associates

Venice Biennale
Alan Dunlop on the Venice Biennale British Pavilion‘s London bias

Princes Street hotel
Princes Street hotel
picture from the architect
Princes St Hotel by SMC Hugh Martin Architects

PPP Replacement
Scottish Futures Trust News 100908

Ardeer Peninsula Masterplan
Keppie Design masterplan submitted for Scotland’s largest brownfield regeneration project

Justice Mill Lane
Richard Murphy’s £75m Justice Mill Lane development in Aberdeen goes on site: First Minister, Alex Salmond, broke the turf

Royal Museum of Scotland
Royal Museum of Scotland
picture from the architect
Balfour Beatty Construction appointed contractor on Royal Museum of Scotland Project

Edinburgh Pools
Glenogle Baths
photograph © adrian welch
Refurb of Glenogle Baths launched, and Northern Irish contractor John Graham (Dromore) Ltd appointed for £37m Royal Commonwealth Pool project 080908

Ocean Terminal
Conran & Partners
image © Adrian Welch
Revisions to Ocean Terminal shopping centre – plans submitted: new entry, two new shops, lobby area extension, new front canopy and pavement improvements. 050908

Edinburgh World Heritage
UNESCO / Caltongate debate
Following the visit of UNESCO’s director-general, Ko├»chiro Matsuura, to the capital debate has hotted up – he criticised Caltongate and Haymarket.
Richard Murphy (rightly) describes UNESCO as a “conservation mafia” and questioned Matsuura’s statements re Caltongate. “I suspect that this whole Unesco relationship is a cosy little club” and of course our design champion Terry Farrell aired his views (27 Aug) on BBC Radio. Joanna Blythman has waded in with some traditionalist reaction. Malcolm Fraser accused the Cockburn Association of leading a "toxic" wing of the heritage lobby in the city. And bizarre calls have been made to halt developments until UNESCO has made a decision in the Spring – as if the credit crunch were not already damaging the city enough.
Opinion Piece 4 Sep by Adrian Welch: Edinburgh World Heritage Site + links
Opinion Piece 1 Sep by Paul Tanner: Edinburgh World Heritage Status
+ Alan Dunlop’s "Embracing the past, Endangering the future’ AJ Opinion Piece
Opinion Piece in response by EWH: Edinburgh World Heritage

Building Design Architect of the Year Award
Gareth Hoskins Architects have been shortlisted for the Building Design 2008 Architect of the Year Award in the Public Buildings Architect of the Year category. The winners will be announced on 30th October 2008 at the Hilton Park Lane in London. The public buildings put forward by Gareth Hoskins Architects for the awards submission include the Culloden Battlefield Memorial Centre in Inverness, ‘The Bridge’ Arts Centre in Easterhouse, Glasgow, and the Royal Museum in Edinburgh. 050908

Lamb’s House Leith
Lamb’s House conversion into six flats by Cadell Wiszniewski Thomson approved 030908

Best Building in Scotland
RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2008 entry form available

Highlights from August:

Leith Docks Masterplan Approval
Leith Docks Masterplan
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 News – Aug 2008

Donald Trump‘s houses & hotel
Haymarket Station – new images
Haymarket Amended submission
Jewel and Esk Valley College
Madelvic possible demolition
Scottish schools suffer from sick building syndrome
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
St James Centre
Hearts Stadium
Quartermile Edinburgh

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