Edinburgh Architectural Developments News – Mar 2012
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Linlithgow Buildings, West Lothian, Scotland : new photos. 30 Mar
Scottish Distillery News
A new distillery and visitor centre by the Glenmore River in Lochaber, is being recommended for approval by Highland Council, design by Organic Architects LLP for Adelphi Distillery.
Reports suggest Peter Zumthor is to design a distillery in Scotland – we hope to post more details online soon. 29 Mar
The Kelpies Design Competition News
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The Kelpies Design Competition, Scotland : Nicoll Russell Studios win. 23 Mar
National Marine Centre
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The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick could be renamed under plans for a major expansion. It could now be renamed the National Marine Centre to highlight its role in raising awareness of Scotland’s marine environment and wildlife. The expansion plans would create additional facilities for visitors, particularly school groups. The centre’s original architects, Simpson & Brown, are working on the design. 22 Mar
Haddington Town House
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Haddington Town House, East Lothian : wylieshanks architects have recently been appointed as conservation architects. 21 Mar
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Aberdeenshire Town – 21 Mar
Plans for Scotland’s new £1billion town given green light by a Public Inquiry examining the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan, which was carried out by the Government’s Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals. 21 Mar
Princes Street Development
Work has started on an upmarket hotel and shopping development at the east end of Princes Street in Edinburgh, The Scotsman reports.
The £12 m project will see German hotel chain Motel One open a 140-bedroom venture directly opposite the Balmoral Hotel. And Apple is expected to open a store in the row of shops underneath. The work is scheduled to take 18 months to complete.
The block has been standing empty for about a year with Burger King and Waterstone’s leaving.
Although Motel One is classed as a budget hotel, it is well-known for its high-quality design and is being seen as different from other budget chains with hotels in the Capital.
The Princes Street hotel will be the firm’s second project in Edinburgh. The Evening News revealed last year that Motel One, which has 19 hotels in Germany and Austria, was to convert former council offices in Advocate’s Close, off the Royal Mile, into a 200-bedroom hotel. 21 Mar
New Fife Hospital Buildig
Ogilvie Construction completes £10 m health project – a revitalised hospital in north east Fife. Adamson hospital – and the adjoining Cupar Health Centre – were extended and refurbished in a project for NHS Fife. The team included jmarchitects in Edinburgh; Turner and Townsend as project managers/lead consultant/cost managers); RSP Consulting Engineers; Grontmij as structural engineers. 20 Mar
Saltire Awards Chair
Glasgow architect Dick Cannon to guest chair the 2012 Saltire Awards, taking over from architect John McAslan. 20 Mar
Commonwealth Pool News
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Commonwealth Pool reopens following a two-year £37m refurbishment. 20 Mar
Cadell2 have changed their practice title to AREA Urban Design & Architecture LLP, new details on the Edinburgh Architects page: they work throughout Scotland as Urban Designers and Architects helping to make architecture and re-establish communities that resonate with cultural values, the structure of places and the natural environment. 20 Mar
Scottish ‘Alvar Aalto House’
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‘Rockfield’, Skipness, Tarbert, south west Scotland – property for sale
"Its striking design was inspired by the work of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and contains several of his signature features". 20 + 19 Mar
David Skinner Memorial Lecture
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The 2012 David Skinner Memorial Lecture will be given by Bridget Baines the co-founder of Gross.Max, at Edinburgh College of Art – see Events for details.
St Paul’s Church Glenrothes
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St Paul’s Church Glenrothes, Fife, by Gillespie Kidd & Coia – new photos. 19 Mar
Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition
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17 Mar – 11 Apr
Showcasing the best emerging artists and architects in Scotland – the fourth annual RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES exhibition: Royal Scottish Academy
Apex Temple Court
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Apex Temple Court, a 184 bedroom, 4 star hotel in London by Edinburgh’s Ian Springford Architects. 17 Mar
Science and the City Talks
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Schop Institute in partnership with Summerhall have curated a programme of illustrated talks and an expert guided building visit that explore the subject ‘Science in the City, past, present & future’ as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival 2012. Schop Institute exists to widen the debate about the future of cities and architecture. www.schopinstitute.com
Science, Technology and the City in the Past | lllustrated Talk | Wed 11 Apr 6pm
Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic and Social History at Edinburgh University.
The Present | Expert Guided Visit | Thu 12 Apr 1pm
Colin Hamilton, the building’s engineer, from Max Fordham engineering consultancy.
The Future of Things | Illustrated Talk | Fri 13th Apr 6pm
Dr Chris Speed, Reader in Digital Spaces, University of Edinburgh.
Development by Reiach and Hall
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The Arena Retail & Leisure Park Development in Glasgow by Edinburgh architects Reiach and Hall – images + information added. 16 Mar
Cockenzie Power Station
Operations at Cockenzie Power Station are to be shut down at the end of March 2013. The large rectilinear building was designed by Edinburgh architects Robert Matthew and Johnson-Marshall and built between 1959 and 1968. Although severe in parts it does have a certain elegance, especially the translucent sections which allow the building to ‘glow’ and therefore be visible from much of the Lothian area. Scottish Power already has planning permission for a new gas plant and the company said it was continuing to evaluate its options for Cockenzie. The main architectural change if it were to transfer to gas would be shorter chimneys, estimated at being around a third shorter. 16 Mar
Woodcroft Telephone Exchange Building
Planning submission approved for redevelopment of Woodcroft Telephone Exchange site on Pitsligo Road into 60 luxury apartments and 24 townhouses. Developer Telereal Trillium plans to demolish the old C-listed exchange so no work can begin until the Scottish Executive approve the removal of the listed building. 15 Mar
Cambridge Architecture Competition
Scottish architects shortlisted in English competition:
North West Cambridge Extension Competition
Lot 5: student housing
Richard Murphy Architects with NRAP and Richard MacCormac
Page Park Architects. 15 Mar
The Miller Group
The Miller Group has recorded a pre-tax loss for 2011 of £93m. This was an improvement on the £158.8m deficit for 2010. The Royal Bank of Scotland has taken a 23% stake in the Edinburgh-based housebuilder. 15 Mar
Aberdeen Architecture Awards
Isis Architecture won overall Building of the Year award at the Aberdeen Society of Architects annual awards. Edinburgh’s LDN Architects won the Conservation award for 2-4 Threadneedle St, Peterhead. 14 Mar
EICC Extension Building
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New photos of EICC Extension, by BDP architects. 13 Mar
National Museum of Scotland
In the same week as it became the “most visited attraction outside London, with 1.5 million visitors”, the National Museum of Scotland was announced as winner of a Civic Trust Award. The Museum was one of only six entries, from over three hundred, to receive a Special Award at the annual ceremony on 2nd of March.
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In their citation the judges note: “The quality of the interior and exhibition give the building an international standing which one would expect to visit in any European capital city”.
The Royal Museum of Scotland has also recently been shortlisted for the Art Fund prize and the RIAS Architecture Award both of which will be announced later this year. 13 Mar
Donaldson’s School Edinburgh
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New photos of Donaldson’s School for the Deaf, Haymarket, west Edinburgh. 13 Mar
Haddington Museum + Library News
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John Gray Centre : building now open. 30 Jan
Scottish Construction News
Kier Group is in talks to take over the construction division of Stewart Milne Group.
The two companies have confirmed that talks are taking place and that a deal could be completed by as soon as the end of this month. 13 Mar
House at Wester Coates
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House at Wester Coates designed by Zone Architects:
The Old Schoolyard is a new villa in a conservation area just west of Edinburgh’s city centre. The site is an undeveloped plot within an area of grand villas laid out in the early 1900s. The plot had previously been a garden and tennis court before becoming a playground attached to the neighbouring house which had been used as a private school. Zone Architects converted this to three flats in 2009.12 Mar
RIAS Awards 2012
RIAS Announces Strong Scottish Shortlist for Inaugural RIAS Awards
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced a 23 strong shortlist for the inaugural RIAS Awards. The judging panel for this year included RIAS President Sholto Humphries, Dr Anne Lorne Gillies, Scottish singer, songwriter, broadcaster, author and academic, Robert Dye of Robert Dye Associates, London and Peter Wilson, Director of the Wood Studio at Napier University.
The Scotland on Sunday reported that Neil Baxter, secretary of the RIAS, said: “I think we’ve got a renaissance in architecture in Scotland right now. It’s particularly amazing given that we are in such difficult times and the commissioning environment has never been tougher. My view is that cost cutting can be short-sighted. You build in durability and you gain better long-term benefits if you build quality. The work we’re seeing in Scotland is some of the very best in Europe.”
The new awards scheme is separate from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards, which have long acted as a benchmark of architectural quality in Scotland, and signify a move away from RIBA’s awards ceremonies. The buildings shortlisted for the RIAS award may be shortlisted for the Andrew Doolan Award, which is also run by RIAS and awards a cash prize in November for what is judged to be Scotland’s best building.
“What we’ve previously done is managed the RIBA awards in Scotland,’’ said Baxter. “It wasn’t appropriate any more to manage those awards in Scotland so we said we would fund the show as the Scottish awards for Scottish architecture.”
The new awards follow concern among architects in Scotland in recent years that Scottish buildings were being repeatedly overlooked for the RIBA’s Stirling Prize, Britain’s biggest architectural award, which has not been won by a Scottish building since the Scottish parliament took the prize in 2005.
“We long ago accepted that the RIBA’s Stirling Prize is mainly for London-based architects,” said Baxter. “We know the quality in Scotland is of international quality. They [the judges] need to get out more in terms of the Stirling Prize. It is not a completely fair and transparent process and it is very much a London love-in. They are looking for big name architect projects and we’re not looking for that at all. We’re looking for something a bit more subtle and architectural.” 12 + 11 Mar
Singapore Institute of Technology + Glasgow School of Art
New collaboration between two centres of excellence, SIT [Singapore Institute of Technology] and GSA [Glasgow School of Art].
From September 2012, the GSA will deliver years 3 and 4 of its Bachelor of Art (Hons) Programmes in Communication Design and Interior Design in Singapore, in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP). The programmes enable Diploma students from one of Singapore’s Polytechnics to ‘top-up’ their Diploma to a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree.
Every student studying in Singapore will also have the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in Scotland at the GSA, working directly with their counterparts in the same programmes based in Glasgow. This extra credit-bearing component will provide a chance to see the graduation exhibition, experience the history of Glasgow and the GSA, of the local cultural and industrial context, and location-specific projects drawing on all of these".
Architecture Jobs. 12 Mar
Open House in Prestonpans
Hamilton House, an early seventeenth century merchant’s villa in Prestonpans, to be opened to the public on Saturday, 24 March. Hamilton House was saved from demolition by the The National Trust for Scotland in 1937 and has been a private residence for the past 75 years. The future of Hamilton House as a private residence is currently being re-examined – see Edinbugrh Events for further details. 8 Mar
New flagpole for Edinburgh Castle
Historic Scotland has applied to City of Edinburgh Council for permission to install a new flagpole at Edinburgh Castle that will be seen from Princes Street. The new flagpole will fly the Saltire and is to be located close to St Margaret’s Chapel. 8 Mar
The gWest development five miles west of Gleneagles has been approved. 26 mansions wil be built by Ochil Developments around a 18-hole championship golf course in a 600 acre development. The location is Blackford, Perthshire and plot sizes vary from one to two acres. 8 Mar
West Granton Road housing
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West Granton Road housing – design by LeeBoyd : photos added. 7 Mar
Civic Trust Awards
Civic Trust Awards 2012, UK : Winners news – none in Edinburgh, though Gareth Hoskins Architects’ redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland won the ‘Special Award for Scotland’.
The Scotsman Steps by Haworth Tompkins won one of the 27 awards. 5 Mar
The Miller Group
The Miller Group is ready to expand after completing a £160m refinancing deal to help clear debts which have held the company back. The funding comes from GSO Capital Partners (a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group), Royal Bank of Scotland and Scottish merchant bank Noble Grossart, as well as from senior executives of the Miller Group. 1 Mar
Edinburgh News – news in full from February 2012