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St Cecilia’s Hall
3 Dec – Page\Park’s redevelopment of St Cecilia’s Hall on behalf of the University of Edinburgh is to get underway this spring following the award of planning and listed building consent, reports Urban Realm.
3 Dec – One of the world’s top young cyclists has warned that a failure by city chiefs to consider an indoor cycle track risks making the same mistake that has ruined the Meadowbank velodrome, reports the Edinburgh Evwening News. Public response to the proposals for the £1.2 million cycling hub at Hunters Hall Park in Niddrie has been “overwhelmingly” positive, with 91.2% in favour. Options due to be considered include track cycling, and BMX and cycle speedway tracks and an open-air velodrome like the crumbling track at Meadowbank. But Callum Skinner, who recently clinched his first gold medal at world cup level in the team sprint event, wants to see an indoor facility which could be used all year round.
Festival of Architecture 2016
3 Dec – The RIAS has begun a fundraising drive to help deliver a series of events, commissions and exhibitions to be held during its 2016 Festival of Architecture by tapping every architecture practice in Scotland for £1,000 to help deliver the initiative., reports Urban Realm.
Xcite Leisure Centre
3 Dec – A bid to extend Linlithgow’s Xcite Leisure Centre has been approved by West Lothian Council, clearing the way for work to begin on a 500sqm gym and 200sqm multi-purpose studio space, reports Urban Realm.
Stirling Conservation Centre
3 Dec – Historic Scotland is to go ahead with the construction of a conservation centre in Stirling after securing a £3.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, reports Urban Realm.
University of Aberdeen Energy Centre
2 Dec – A new £100m energy research centre for the University of Aberdeen: the 19,000sqm purpose-built Energy Building will contain world class, sustainable facilities to build on the University’s and Aberdeen’s reputation for ground-breaking research and innovation, and create a modern, engaging learning environment for students.
Dundee UNESCO City of Design
2 Dec – Dundee has become the first UNESCO City of Design in the UK, a prestigious award that recognises the huge contribution the city has made to design worldwide.
Stirling Town Centre Expansion
28 Nov – CCG have broken ground on a development of 53 new homes for affordable let on Goosecroft Road, Stirling, designed by Michael Laird Architects to help reconnect the town centre with its railway, reports Urban Realm.
Probably the Best Maggie’s Centre in the World
27 Nov – Yesterday evening e-architect directors had the pleasure of visiting the latest Maggie’s Centre, at Monklands Hospital – see Maggie’s Lanarkshire
Scottish Government Stimulus
27 Nov – First minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled plans for a major crackdown on Scotland’s leading landowners and £30m of funding for the Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme as she set out her first programme for government.
New Glasgow Homes
26 Nov – Holmbank Avenue, a £5m housing project in Glasgow’s south side has created 39 affordable riverside homes. The Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association-built properties in Holmbank Avenue, Shawlands, are proving a hit with residents.
Glasgow Art School Fire Update
26 Nov – The fire that gutted Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building was started by gases from a canister of expanding foam used in a student project, a fire investigation has confirmed.
Dundee shipping container offices
26 Nov – Dundee shipping container offices by Aim Design Architects wins awards: the first commercial building constructed from shipping containers in Scotland has achieved a clean sweep of the Dundee Institute of Architects Awards.
The District 10 container office building, designed by Ged Young of Aim Design Architects, received several awards including Best Commercial Building, an award for Interior Design as well as picking up the award for Best Client, Scottish Enterprise. The project received the top award of the evening, the Supreme Award for best overall project.
24 Nov – Napier University is to over-clad and refurbish the primary elevation of its Colinton Road entrance as part of an ongoing programme of campus improvements, reports Urban Realm. Proposals submitted by Smith Scott Mullan Associates.
Hampton by Hilton hotel
24 Nov – Edinburgh Airport is in line for its third passenger hotel with plans being drawn up for a £16m 175 room Hampton by Hilton close to the newly expanded terminal, reports Urban Realm.
Edinburgh University Student Housing
21 Nov – Edinburgh University has unveiled its latest student housing build, a conversion and extension of the historic Deaconess House to form 318 flats. The building was designed by the Kalyvides Partnership the and built by Graham Construction.
Scottish Parliament Foyer Lighting
20 Nov – The foyer of the Scottish Parliament is set for a £550k lighting upgrade – even though it was deliberately designed to have a “subterranean” feel, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. Late Holyrood architect Enric Miralles wanted visitors to enter a slightly darkened space and experience increasing light as they made their way up to the debating chamber. But a decade after the £414m building was opened, Holyrood management (SPCB) have decided the entrance hall is just too dark and have appointed a lighting expert to install a new system. This is a concern, any lighting strategy needs to be sensitively installed, perhaps the original lighting was too extreme but nevertheless it is a shame the poetry of the original design might be eroded.
Stirling University Residences
18 Nov – Work has started on the third phase of a £38 m project to provide new student accommodation at the University of Stirling.
Graham Construction has completed the first two phases and has now begun work on the third stage of development. Demolition of AK Davison Hall is complete and in its place, Graham will create the 251 bedroom Juniper Court.
The seven storey facility will consist of self-contained flats with ensuite bedrooms and extensive and well equipped shared kitchen and living space.
Energy Efficient Homes
17 Nov 2014 -Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy and energy committee, has secured agreement from finance secretary John Swinney that energy efficient homes should be a national infrastructure priority. Alison Johnstone MSP said: “I welcome the finance secretary’s agreement that stopping heat leaking from our housing stock should be a national infrastructure priority. He clearly recognised the economic impact, not just in terms of cutting people’s bills but also in terms of creating thousands of high quality jobs and apprenticeships.
Edinburgh Walking Tour
Our most recent Edinburgh Walking Tour, 16 + 17 Oct 2014, was for a group of Swedish developers + architects, photos + reference now online
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Edinburgh Walking Tours – running since 2001.
EAA Event Evening
EAA Event Evening – 26 November 2014
Three CPD Sessions at Scottish Storytelling Centre:
– An Industrial Tour of Leith and Granton
Dr Mike Cressey BA MSc PhD FSA Scot MIfA
– Energy Efficiency and the 2015 Technical Regulations
Richard Atkins FRIAS RIBA
– Infrastructure in Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing
Alistair Chisholm, Associate Arup (JV)
see Edinbugrh events for details.
Scotland’s ‘best building’ in Edinburgh
7 Nov 2014 – Advocate’s Close, the £30m Old Town development in Edinburgh has been named the best building in Scotland for 2014.
Boroughmuir High School
7 Nov 2014 – A sod cutting event took place yesterday to mark the start of construction work at the new Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh.
New Hotel in Edinburgh’s West End
4 Nov 2014 – Interserve has announced a hotel deal with Whitbread PLC for a new Premier Inn hotel in Torphichen Street.
The 150-bedroom hub by Premier Inn hotel will be developed and built by Interserve on a site in the West End of Edinburgh. This will be the third major city-centre development scheme involving Whitbread’s Premier Inn which Interserve has secured over the last 12 months. Whitbread’s Premier Inn is the UK’s biggest hotel brand.
Shelter Scotland News
4 Nov 2014 – Shelter Scotland has urged the Smith Commission to ensure that further devolved powers could be used to tackle and address poverty and inequality with specific attention given to poor housing and homelessness.
In its submission to the Smith Commission, the panel set up to oversee the process of further devolution for the Scottish Parliament, the charity said further powers on social security spending should be devolved in a comprehensive and holistic way (with the exception of issues relating to pensions).
Dundee School Building News
3 Nov 2014 – £28.7m replacement of a Dundee secondary school designed by Holmes Miller Partnership: Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee is being asked to approve advance payments so that preparation work can be started on the replacement for Baldragon Academy.
The new building is to be built by Robertson Construction, was approved in September after councillors unanimously agreed to add extra conditions on to the application.
National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh
29 Oct 2014 – The Wellcome Trust is giving £1.3m to the National Museum of Scotland to help fund six new science and technology galleries, to open in 2016.
The development is the third stage of an £80m plan to restore the Victorian building in Edinburgh. The Wellcome Trust support will focus on biomedical science, including genetics and prosthetics. The six galleries are part of a £14.1m project to display National Museums Scotland’s various collections.
The aim is to make the museum an international hub for science communication and dialogue. The project will be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government and other grants and donations. National Museums Scotland is working to secure remaining funds for the galleries’ 2016 opening.
The second phase of the £80m plan to restore the National Museum of Scotland was completed in 2011, when 16 new natural world and world cultures galleries were opened.
Pilot scheme to prevent homelessness in Edinburgh
24 Oct 2014 – An innovative new pilot scheme to reduce homelessness has been launched by the City of Edinburgh Council, reports Today’s Scottish Housing News.
Focusing on resolving and preventing homelessness, a range of specialist services will be delivered through a partnership with third sector organisations the Bethany Christian Trust, Edinburgh Cyrenian Trust, Foursquare and CHAI (Community Help and Advice Initiative).
The partnership has hailed the beginning of a new collaborative approach to supporting people in the Capital who are at risk of losing their homes.
Danny Alexander Shelter Scotland Lecture
24 Oct 2014 – Chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander MP is to give the 2014 Shelter Scotland lecture – ‘Housing and the health of the UK economy’, reports www.housingnews.co.uk.
The lecture will consider the critical role housing plays in the UK and Scottish economies and what the priorities are for the Coalition Government ahead of the 2015 General Election.
Mr Alexander, who represents the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency at Westminster, will give his lecture today in Edinburgh in front of an invited audience of housing professionals, public and private organisations and opinion formers from across Scotland. The lecture will be chaired by Richard Holloway, the former Bishop of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Architecture Tour
Our most recent Edinburgh Walking Tour, 16 + 17 Oct, was for a group of Swedish developers + architects, photos online soon.
Scottish Civil Engineering Award
23 Oct 2014 – The Helix Development in Falkirk won the Saltire Society 2014 Civil Engineering Award, reports www.scottishconstructionnow.com. Presented in association with Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland at a special ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland, the award saw The Helix Development beat off competition from projects such as the SSE Hydro.
Modular Housing Association Development
17 Oct 2014 – Architects Anderson Bell Christie design Scotland’s first modular Housing Association development
Architects Anderson Bell Christie and Adston Construction Group recently introduced their innovative new housing development in Eyemouth, Berwickshire to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA). The development is the first major application of pre-assembled modular SIPs (structural insulated panel) construction for social housing in Scotland. All 32 homes were pre-assembled in the factory and transported to site with 2 pre-built modules per house. The trusses were then added on site allowing all properties to be wind-and-water-tight in just 22 days. The homes comprise two and three storey family homes, as well as cottage flats.
The bulk of the pre-fabrication work was carried out in a pop-up factory in Livingston, Central Scotland, where the homes were assembled into an entire module per floor, complete with windows, doors, finishing joinery and undercoat of paint. These were then transported to site, where they were lifted into place by a crane.
This method of construction ensures that the build is not delayed by weather and that quality control can be more strictly managed with reduced wastage. All homes are built to achieve full Silver Active Standard under Section 7 (Sustainability) of Scottish Building Standards.
Anderson Bell Christie and Adston are also working together on 46 homes on a second site in Duns using the same modular system.
Last week, Adston joined forces with SFHA for a visit to the factory and to Berwickshire Housing Association’s site for its members.
Helen Forsyth, BHA Chief Executive, said, “With the bulk of the work conducted off-site at the Adston factory in Livingston the construction period is greatly reduced, with less disruption to nearby residents. Delays due to poor weather are largely avoided and the quality control is second to none.”
Speyside Distillery Building
14 Oct 2014 – Chivas Brothers have begun production at its new Archial Norr designed Speyside malt whisky distillery on the site of the former Imperial distillery, incorporating the latest heat recovery technology, reports Urban Realm.
Dalmunach is part of a wave of new distilleries commissioned to meet rising global demand for Scotch whisky it will be capable of producing up to 10m litres of spirit per year.
Located on the River Spey the distillery design has been inspired by the shape of a leaf of barley and houses eight tulip and onion-shaped copper pot stills which break with tradition in their circular arrangement.
Glasgow School of Art Restoration
13 Oct 2014 – A multi-disciplinary team comprising of an architect, structural engineer and mechanical and engineering consultants is being sought as a minimum to bring the building back into business as a fully functioning art, architecture and design school, reports Urban Realm.
Expressions of interest should be received by 12:00 on 10 November via Public Contracts Scotland. Shortlisted teams will then be invited to submit a full tender with a design team being chosen by spring 2015.
13 Oct 2014 – 7N Architects have submitted an application for planning in principle for the creation of a mixed use neighbourhood on a 3.45 ha brownfield site in Baileyfield, Portobello, on behalf of Cruden Property Developments, reports Urban Realm.The proposals include 219 new homes, including 42 earmarked for retirement living, arranged in tenement blocks and colonies style housing around a central park, together with an Aldi supermarket fronting Portobello High Street. New pedestrian routes will also be driven through to improve connectivity between the beach and High Street.
Aberdeen Art Gallery Building
10 Oct 2014 – Aberdeen Art Gallery has confirmed a £10m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, one third of the total cost of redeveloping the city landmark, clearing the way for work to begin potentially by the first half of 2015, reports Urban Realm.
The cash will help pay for delivery of a Gareth Hoskins Architects design for 21 new gallery spaces to replace the existing 11; alongside a new outdoor exhibition space and community gallery. External works will see an existing pitched roof removed and skylights moved behind existing parapets to make way for a single storey rooftop extension. Refurbishment work will also be undertaken at the War Memorial and Cowdray Hall.
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop News
9 Oct 2014 – Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) is readying its Sutherland Hussey designed creative laboratories for an official unveiling on 20 Nov, reports Urban Realm. The Newhaven cultural hub is situated within old railway sidings and will provide a home for sculptors dedicated to the research and production of contemporary visual art.Dominated by a 22.5m triangular tower the studio takes the form of a single storey pavilion surrounding an outdoor courtyard housing spaces for events and the production and exhibition of work. The tower itself was conceived as a ‘visual and cultural beacon’ and will play host to a new sound commission by Tommy Perman, Simon Kirby and Rob St John. The new facilities are designed to complement ESW’s Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, also designed by Sutherland Hussey, which opened its doors in July 2012.
This event will provide a definitive guide to the latest developments in building contracts and construction law in Scotland. It is suited to Architects, Engineers, Solicitors, Chartered Surveyors and Contractors.
Venue: The Jeffrey Room, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow
Date: 27 Nov 9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: Early bird fee (until 31 Oct) – £135 / Full delegate fee – £180 / Student/retired – £48
More details on the Edinburgh events page
Housing for former Edinburgh Sorting Office
7 Oct 2014 – Housing plans emerge for former Edinburgh sorting office CALA Homes have submitted plans for 175 homes and 2,000sq/ft of commercial space on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office at Brunswick Road, Edinburgh, reports Urban Realm. Designed by Ian Springford Architects and Harrison Stevens Landscape Architects the scheme will place apartment blocks in parallel with Brunswick Road to reinforce the street edge. These will be clad in blonde brick with pre cast concrete string courses topped by simple glass pavilions on the roof. In their design statement Ian Springford say: “The apartment blocks are entered from the car park level at the north of the site and Brunswick Road to the south. Depending on the road level, this is at first floor level for a number of apartment blocks.
Infrastructure Photography Competition
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a new nationwide photography competition for members of the British public to capture images of major infrastructure projects.
Entrants are invited to photograph any man-made physical structure which benefits society, including roads, bridges, water supply systems, telecommunications and energy generating facilities, such as power stations or renewable sources of energy generation.
The competition is open for entries until the end of the year, and the winner and shortlisted entries will be celebrated in an exhibition which will open in February 2015. The winner of the competition will win a £3,000 prize for new camera equipment.
The deadline for entries is midnight on 19 Dec 2014.
New Town Youth Hostel
6 Oct 2014 – Blackhall Developments has unveiled a 30 bed youth hostel on Rose Street Lane in Edinburgh’s New Town world heritage site, reports Urban Realm. The £400k scheme involved the Staran Architects led conversion of a red brick 19th century warehouse which had lain derelict for over 20 years prior to being purchased by Dundee-based developer DS Landsburgh.
Springburn Winter Gardens
In the GIA Springburn Winter Gardens Contest five finalists have been selected from twenty five entries.
St Andrew Square Building News
building photo © Adrian Welch
St Andrew Square Building – 30 Sep 2014
Photos of the demolition progress for this major New Town redevelopment
Caltongate Building News
building photo © Adrian Welch
Market Street Building at Caltongate – 30 Sep 2014
Photos of the demolition progress for this major Old Town redevelopment
Edinburgh Walking Tours
Photo of our latest walking tour in the Scottish capital, 25 Sep 2014, for a Danish engineering + architectural group – Scottish Parliament:
picture © Adrian Welch
We have been running Edinburgh Architecture Walking Tours since 2001.
Our most popular walks are in the Old Town. We look at contemporary architecture within the context of the historic environment, with information on buildings + architects. The Old Town tour typically takes 3 hours and takes in buildings such as the Scottish Parliament and the Museum of Scotland. Contemporary buildings such as Dance Base and the Scottish Storytelling Centre are also popular with visitors. On 12 Sep we led a tour for a Norwegian architectural group and in October we will show a large Swedish architecture groupo around the city. We also do architecure tours in 71 cities globally and are the worldwide leaders in this field. All tours are led by architects or in a few cases architecture professionals such as architectural tutors or historians.
Alvaro Siza in Edinburgh!
aefoundation are extending an invitation to their next event to be held at Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and are very excited to be able to welcome Alvaro Siza and a number of his friends and colleagues to an intimate discussion about the architectural and political culture of Portugal just before the Carnation Revolution in 1974.
The discussion will take place at the Matthew Gallery at Chamber Street (ESALA) on the 9th of October. It has been organised as a collateral event to the headlining RSA Isi Metzstein Discourse in the evening of the same day. For those of you that haven’t managed to secure a ticket for the keynote lecture, this event could still provide the opportunity to see Alvaro Siza and friends in the flesh.
This architectural event is free but you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place. See www.aefoundation.co.uk for details.
Construction Industry News
29 Sep 2014 – A new survey shows ‘optimism’ over construction industry’s future: The SBF said the survey results pointed to growing expectations that employment would begin to recover over the next three years, reports the BBC today. The construction industry is “cautiously optimistic” about future prospects.
The survey of the Scottish Building Federation’s membership showed industry confidence remained positive overall, but had fallen in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the second quarter. This was ascribed to possible uncertainty over the referendum. However, about 42% of employers said they expected to take on more workers over the next three years.
Allen (‘Mick’) Matheson PPRIAS
23 Sep 2014 – The RIAS announced the death of its former President, Allen (Mick) Matheson. Mick served as RIAS President from 1981-1983.
Mick was educated at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1948 to 1953. He worked on many notable projects through his career, mainly with Dorward Matheson Gleave and Partners, including The Queen Mother’s Hospital, Glasgow (1964), the University of Glasgow, Mathematics Building (1969) and Monklands Leisure Centre, Coatbridge (1978).
RIAS President, Iain Connelly, said:
“Mick Matheson was a highly regarded figure in Scottish architecture and a fondly remembered RIAS President. His contribution to our built environment, both through his buildings and his tremendous work for the GIA, the Incorporation and SBCC will long be remembered.”
#DesignPopUp – Edinburgh 2014
#DesignPopUp – Edinburgh 2014, starting on 24th September at the Dovecot Studios:
#DesignPopUp Edinburgh will also preview a selection of the artwork donated to the Architecture Meets Art (#AmeetsA) event, created by Double S Events in support of Enable Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art. Paul Stallan, Alan Dunlop, Contagious Design, Clara and Isabel Garriga, David Mach, Anna Gibb, Tom Manley and Narinder Sagoo are just a few of the architects, artists and photographers that have offered their help and very generously donated some extraordinary pieces of art to be auctioned at the end of October.
There are also many CPDs on offer: waterproofing, use of fabrics for interiors, water saving, sustainability and the environment, acoustics and much more.
Parmesan and Prosecco party (24th September – 6pm to 9pm) – booking required to ensure your name is on the guest list.
RSA Call to Architects
RSA OPEN EXHIBITIONS 2014
Art & Architecture
New online submission!
Please note all submissions must be registered online
Please check website for further details: www.royalscottishacademy.org
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. Tel: 0131 624 6110 E: email@example.com #RSAOpen
Portobello High to Start
21 Sep 2014 – Builders will move into Portobello Park this month as work on the long-awaited new high school – designed by jmarchitects – gets under way, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
A perimeter fence will be erected around the site, with plans in place to construct the school’s steel structure by the end of the year. Pupils will also play their part in the £41m project, making regular visits to the site, taking part in design sessions and keeping a watchful eye on the progress via webcams from their classrooms. Around 1400 pupils are currently being taught in a crumbling 1960s tower block, now in such poor condition that parts of the roof are reported to have blown off in strong winds.
Portobello Park Action Group (PPAG), which campaigned against the council’s plans, said it was a “pity” that the area was about to lose a valued green space.
Edinburgh Primary School Buildings
21 Sep 2014 – Designs for two new Edinburgh primary schools – with a combined £14m cost – have been revealed to their communities, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
Applications for the state-of-the-art buildings have now been submitted to Midlothian Council, drawn up by AHR Architects.
If planning consent is granted next month, the schools are set to be completed by autumn 2016. One of the schools is due to be built in the public park in Bilston and the other on land east of Whitehouse Way in Gorebridge, both in response to hundreds of new homes earmarked for nearby.
Queensferry High School Building News
21 Sep 2014 – A crumbling school could be torn down and replaced with state-of-the-art facilities costing £29 million as part of a new bid for government funding, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
Proposals will be submitted by the city council for a £30m replacement Queensferry High School to be built as part of the Schools for the Future programme. The school has a capacity for 1000 pupils, with 751 pupils on the school roll for 2014-15.
In favour of the Union:
Here is a comment by Scottish architect Alan Dickson (based in Skye), on Scottish architecture issues.
“Scottish architecture has never been defined by identity alone. Mackintosh, Thomson, Playfair, Adam, Macmillan and Metzstein were architects with expansive views. It is an architecture uniquely of place, yet curiously influenced by many cultures.
This rich architectural legacy has been undertaken for three centuries within an outward looking, enterprising and diverse United Kingdom, and I would argue largely because of it.
Post referendum I will be no more, or no less Scottish than I am already. However if it is a yes vote I will feel that I have lost part of my identity, which defines me as much as my home nation.
Nationalism is a backward step. It is erecting barriers, physical, cultural and economic, both visible and invisible, that have not existed before. It risks our economic prosperity and will destroy all that is good and essentially optimistic about the UK.
Architecture should be defined by landscape, and climate, and culture which will not change post referendum. However it is also defined by prosperity, our ongoing economic recovery will inevitably be stalled, major decisions put on hold, while the politicians scrap over the pieces. I have no doubt that one day, Scotland could and would stand on its own two feet economically, but at what price, and for how much pain and damage over 5, 10 or 20 years.
This is not to say things are perfect, and steps must be taken to address the issues that affect the whole of the UK. A “no” vote will still bring change, and we can gradually continue to work our way to a more federal UK, that acknowledges the best of all our nations whilst still retaining our essential whole.”
Alan Dickson, Rural Design Architects
Scottish Architecture Referendum
In favour of Independence:
Here is a comment by Scottish architect Alan Dunlop (based in Glasgow), on Scottish architecture issues.
“At present we have a Scottish architecture policy built on a failing public procurement system, in desperate need of reform. Scottish architects have always needed to look outwards and a more unique and distinct identity might assist this effort. A Yes vote could bring with it a surge of confidence in Scottish identity and culture, which might lead to a renewal in the arts in general and architecture in particular.
This referendum, however is not about architecture, nor Scottish Nationalism nor any perceived dislike of England. It is about self-determination.
If the answer is Yes on September 19th then we can expect a massive change to be made in almost every aspect of life which will require that Scots and all the people who live and work in Scotland can take control of their own political system and finances and choose how we are to be governed. A No, will mean that many bridges have been burned but there is no way to return to the status quo ante. A close outcome will mean that the question will not go away. People in all sectors have seen the outline of a different future and understand that they can change.
The economy will not collapse if Scotland goes it alone, although there may be shaky times in the London money markets-but they will get over that. There will be currency union because that is the rational, pragmatic outcome required and decisions on projects pending will go ahead. Oil revenues will continue with further development likely off the West Coast once Trident goes, but the value will go to a Scottish purse and for common benefit with the promise of an oil fund.
If No, there is likely to be a backlash from a Westminster Government that will ditch the Barnett Formula in favour of a “needs based approach” defined by a Treasury that is charged with delivering billions more of austerity cuts.”
Comment from Alan Dunlop architect, 15 Sep 2014
Edinburgh University Building Photos
picture © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh University Buildings: images of key architecture around George Square, taken on 14 Sep 2014
Edinburgh Quartermile Photos
picture © Adrian Welch
Quartermile buildings + spaces: images of key architecture around this developing site, taken on 14 Sep 2014
St Giles Kirk Building Photos
image © Adrian Welch
St Giles Kirk: images of key religious architecture in Edinburgh Old Town, taken on 14 Sep 2014
Edinburgh Old Town Building Photos
image © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh Old Town buildings: images of key religious architecture in Edinburgh Old Town, taken on 14 Sep 2014
RMJM bosses face three years in prison over unpaid wages, reports the Architects Journal.
RMJM directors Peter Morrison and Declan Thompson could face up to three years in prison after Hong Kong’s Labour Department launched proceedings against them. How could a once great architecture practice fall so low? The too fast expansion of companies such as RBS probably had an influence, I was an architect at RMJM at the time of the take over and recall the apprehensive mood permeating the studio, post Scottish Parliament. 13 Sep
Scottish architects favour independence reports the AJ
59 per cent of the nearly 160 architects who voted in AJ’s recent online survey said they were in favour of the country cutting its ties with the UK.
The Architects for Yes (who have set out case for Scots independence) group recently came under fire from Edinburgh-based architect Richard Murphy.
e-architect, though headquartered in Scotland, employ over a hundred architect guides in 71 cities across the globe (yesterday for example we ran different tours in 3 European cities including Edinburgh) with a wide variety of views, we remain neutral but are encouraged by the vigourous debate and support the levels of engagement.
Professor Andy MacMillan OBE FRIAS 1928-2014
18 Aug 2014 – Professor Andy MacMillan OBE FRIAS has died, reports the RIAS today:
“It is with very great sadness that the Royal Incorporation notifies its members and friends of the death of Professor Andrew (Andy) MacMillan.
Andy died suddenly on Saturday 16th August in Inverness, during this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Awards visits, which he was chairing. RIAS President, Iain Connelly, also one of the Awards judges, commented,
“Andy’s contribution to Scotland was among the most significant of any architect in the post World War II era. He will be remembered as someone who lived life to the full, who inspired all those he taught and all those who encountered him, as an individual of enormous talent, tremendous enthusiasm and irrepressible fun. Andy’s legacy is the hugely improved built environment of Scotland wrought by his own hand and those of successive generations of his students. He will forever be missed.”
Springburn Winter Gardens Competition
The Glasgow Institute of Architects is pleased to announce an architectural design competition in partnership with Springburn Winter Gardens Trust. The competition is titled, “An intervention at Springburn Winter Gardens; to provide a place where people can gather and share collective memories.” The competition is now live on the GIA website.
This competition is in partnership with MAKlab. In an innovative twist, all intervention designs will be 3D digitally printed. The GIA hopes that this competition will provide an opportunity for architects to experiment and trial contemporary digital media with a Glasgow based company.
The submission date has been moved from Thursday 21st August to Thursday 28th August at midday.
Stirling Society of Architects Design Awards 2014 Deadline
Projects should have been completed between 31 March 2013 and 1 August 2104 within the SSA Chapter Area (Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire).
The winning designers and client will receive a certificate confirming the award.
Submission to be in the form of artwork for an A1 landscape format presentation board (.pdf format). File size not to exceed 10Mb and be submitted by email to the address below. Submissions to include information on design team members and construction cost, location plan and scheme design/planning drawings.
Submissions to be returned by email to the Secretary, Louise Fields: info(at)s-s-a.co.uk
Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2014
Architect in the Hoose 2014
Following the success of the Architect in the House scheme, which has now come to an end, the RIAS has decided to launch a similar Scottish based scheme to raise money for the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS).
The ABS cares for architects, assistants, technologists and landscape architects and their dependants providing practical and financial help to people of all ages who have experienced redundancy, illness, accident or bereavement.
RIAS chartered architects can help the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS) make a lasting difference to the lives of architects and their families in need by giving an hour of their time by signing up to Architect in the Hoose. You might even get a job out of it.
The mechanics are simple – you get matched with a homeowner in your area looking to improve or expand. You give them a free 60 minute consultation and they make a suggested donation of £25 to ABS. Your Architect in the Hoose consultation could of course lead to a paid commission.
Registration opens on 4th August and matching will take place continuously until the end of September. Consultations should take place by the 30th November 2014.
If you would like to sign up – please go to www.rias.org.uk/architectinthehoose and download a registration form. Alternatively, email Charlene Rankin crankin(at)rias.org.uk for more information.
GIA ‘RIAS to RIBA’ Charity Bike Ride
On the 19th September the GIA’s team of 10 architect cyclists will attempt to complete a journey of 440 miles in just four days. They will set off from RIAS HQ in Edinburgh and tackle the challenging route to the RIBA building in London, according to the RIAS – more details on the Glasgow news page
Susan Stephen Architects Jobs
29 Jun 2014 – Susan Stephen Architects are looking for additional architectural staff – see PDF: Susan Stephen Architects Jobs
RIAS Awards 2014 Winners
RIAS Winners 2014
19 Jun 2014 – RIAS Announces 13 Winners in Awards
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced 13 winners, representing the very best of current Scottish architecture, at its annual Awards Dinner held in Glasgow last night.
The judging panel included Marjorie Appleton FRIAS, Doug Read PPRIAS, Liz Davidson OBE Hon FRIAS, Craig White RIBA and George Oldham RIAS RIBA, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Iain Connelly, President of the RIAS, commented:
“83 submissions from throughout Scotland, ranging in cost from £26,000 to £125m, is a tremendous vote of confidence. It absolutely confirms that this award, in only its third year, is now the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.”
In the third year of the restyled awards the RIAS has again teamed up with Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good and Historic Scotland but also this year with the Scottish Government for our three prestigious sub-category awards.
RIAS Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
Outstanding Achievment Award 2014
19 Jun 2014 – At the annual RIAS Awards Dinner in Glasgow last night, Margaret Richards FRIAS was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). The Incorporation’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those architects who, in the view of the Council of the RIAS, have made an outstanding contribution to architecture in Scotland.
RIAS Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Honoured
Fire Service Praised after GSA Fire
19 Jun 2014 – At the annual RIAS Awards Dinner in Glasgow last night, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, made a special presentation from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in recognition of their outstanding work at the Glasgow School of Art fire on Friday 23rd May this year.
3-8 St Andrew Square
9 Jun 2014 – Work is now underway on a £75m speculative office, retail and residential development in Edinburgh city centre.
Standard Life Investments Pooled Pension Property Fund and joint venture partner Peveril Securities started work on 3-8 St Andrew Square in Edinburgh.
The development of the site in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic New Town will commence with the demolition phase, which is expected to last for six months with overall completion planned for Q4 2016.
Modern Edinburgh House Sale
17 Essex Road, Cramond, Edinburgh
Offers around £495,000
9 Jun 2014 – Fantastic development opportunity to transform into a unique family home located within a prestigious location: Modern Edinburgh House
Perth City Hall Seminar
9 Jun 2014 – This seminar on the future of Perth City Hall will be held at the Royal George Hotel, Perth on Monday 23rd June 2014 from 10am – 2pm, states Barry Pringle of the City Hall Supporters’ Group. This very interesting and important event will be chaired by Neil Baxter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and will include three eminent speakers, Vivian Linacre, James Simpson and Gavin Stamp, each a highly-acclaimed figure in architecture in Scotland.
The cost is £15 per person which includes a light lunch. The address of the hotel is The Royal George Hotel, Tay Street (also George Street), Perth PH1 5LD tel. 01738 624455. An attendance of around a hundred is expected.
To book your place, please contact Sophie Birch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 229 7545 by Thursday 19th June.
Cairngorms Visitor Centre Building
9 Jun 2014 – Cairngorms National Park Authority approves new visitor centre plans
A new grandstand and visitor centre for the Braemar Highland Games and eight affordable homes for Ballater were among the applications approved by Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) last week.
The Braemar Royal Highland Charity is behind the plans to demolish the existing West Stand overlooking the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, which will be replaced by a new grandstand, incorporating a visitor centre, exhibition space, office, retail area and cafe.
Edinburgh University Testing Tank News
9 Jun 2014 – Graham Construction has delivered the world class £9.5 million wave and current testing facility for the University of Edinburgh.
The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility is a national facility for marine renewables and has been funded jointly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University of Edinburgh.
Perth City Hall : An International Perspective
Perth City Hall Seminar
7 Jun 2014 – A seminar jointly promoted by The Dundee Institute of Architects and the RIAS, exploring the Scottish, UK and international standing of this unique and threatened Edwardian building. Chaired by Neil Baxter, speakers are Gavin Stamp Hon FRIAS, Vivian Linacre and James Simpson FRIAS.
This event counts for 2 CPD Hours/Points
23 June 2014, 10am-2pm
£15 (£12.50 + VAT), includes light lunch
Market Street Building
3 Jun 2014 – New photos of the empty Market Street building opposite the Fruitmarket Gallery, an eyesore close to the heart of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site:
National Museum of Scotland News
3 Jun 2014 – The National Museum of Scotland is to receive a £4.85m lottery grant to help create 10 new galleries.
The galleries – due to open in 2016 – will house collections of Science & Technology and Art & Design.
More than £10m has now been secured for the £14.1m project.
This includes £900,000 from the Scottish government to renew the roof of the west wing of the Victorian building, where some of the new galleries will be located.
A fundraising campaign is under way to raise the remainder from private sources.
Museum bosses said the latest grant would help showcase more than 3,500 objects and “explore the excitement and impact of scientific discovery and invention”.
The development is the third stage of an ambitious £80m masterplan to restore the much-loved Edinburgh building to its former glory.
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Scottish Design Awards News
Tickets and tables are available to book for the Scottish Design Awards 2014. Winners and commendations will be revealed at this black tie dinner 5th June Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. Why not come along and support your fellow agencies and architects and see what the Industry has to offer?
For further information contact Nikki.Gillies(at)thedrum.com / 0141 559 6076
Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children
14 May – Plans for the co-location of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences (RHSC + DCN) at Little France have been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council.
The major development will create a new home for services from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
A decision on the plans is expected to be received later this summer with work on the new hospital due to start before the end of 2014.
Earlier this year consortia, Integrated Health Solutions Lothian, were chosen as the preferred bidder to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospital.
Susan Goldsmith, finance director, NHS Lothian, said: “Integrated Health Solution Lothian’s submission of their planning proposals represents another important milestone for this project to provide a purpose built healthcare facility for neurosciences and child and adolescent acute and mental health care. We have worked closely with Integrated Health Solutions Lothian and our colleagues at the City of Edinburgh Council to ensure that the proposals have met and, where possible, tried to exceed the planning in principle requirements approved in April 2012. This development is vital in creating a major trauma centre, reducing the need for emergency transfers between hospitals and bringing age appropriate and modern settings for patients, visitors and staff onto one site.”
The new, six-floor development (including basement), will be linked to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh via the separate children and adult Emergency Departments.
The facility will have an atrium with a shop and café, a stunning skylight linking both the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences entrances, a high percentage of single en-suite rooms with good natural light and a helipad on the roof.
RIAS Welcomes Scottish Government’s Undertaking to Implement Procurement Review
Wednesday 14th May 2014 – At a Ministerial Construction Summit this morning, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP announced that the Scottish Government will implement the recommendations of the review of procurement in construction, carried out by Robin Crawford and Ken Lewandowski and published last October.
The Royal Incorporation has continuously lobbied for changes to the, previously cumbersome, construction procurement regime in Scotland. In particular, the publication, Building a Better Future, from December 2011, which recorded the findings of the RIAS President’s Commission on Procurement (David Dunbar PPRIAS, Roy Martin QC Hon FRIAS, Linda Fabiani MSP Hon FRIAS, Prof. Malcolm Horner Hon FRIAS, Dame Barbara Kelly Hon FRIAS, Lord Maclennan of Rogart Hon FRIAS and Brian Stewart Hon FRIAS) highlights the many issues affecting potential employment of Scottish SMEs throughout the industry.
Willie Watt FRIAS, who led for the RIAS in the construction procurement review, stated:
“We are absolutely delighted that the Scottish Government has listened to and agrees with the findings of this important review. This will greatly improve access to construction jobs across the sector.”
RIAS President, Iain Connelly, stated:
“This is among the most positive announcements that this proactive government has made on construction procurement. We are delighted with the level of engagement from the Scottish Government and look forward to a much fairer procurement landscape for Scotland.”
Marischal Square Building News
14 May – Muse Developments has lodged a detailed planning application with Aberdeen City Council for the £107m Marischal Square development to transform one of the key locations in Aberdeen city centre.
University of Dundee School of Medicine Building
14 May – The University of Dundee has completed work on a new Archial Norr designed extension to its School of Medicine within the grounds of Ninewells Hospital.
Delivered by ISG this saw an existing building extended to provide additional teaching accommodation, library, IT suite and study areas together with refurbishment of an existing lecture theatre.
14 May – An iconic cow sculpture will have to be removed from the outside of a restaurant after retrospective planning permission and listed building consent was refused today.
Kyloe Restaurant and Grill put the brown and white cow on the front of their eatery on Rutland Place in Edinburgh when they opened two years ago. It protrudes from their window and looks over the west end of Princes Street.
In December 2013, owners Signature Pub Group received a letter from the council giving them 21 days to take down the cow. The City of Edinburgh Council said they had received a number of complaints about the sculpture.
Darwin Laboratory Building News
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has won a high-profile competition to regenerate the University of Edinburgh’s 10-storey Darwin Laboratory building, reports the AJ today. 7 May
Scottish Cities Alliance
The Scottish Cities Alliance has announced that Stirling is to benefit from new housing, sports facilities, motorway access and business premises as part of a major investment scheme.
A detailed development plan has been put together to decide the city’s part in a national investment project, a £6bn blueprint for infrastructure improvement in Scotland’s seven cities. 2 May
Scottish National Gallery Redevelopment
National Gallery of Scotland
Gareth Hoskins Architects have been chosen ahead of Malcolm Fraser, John McAslan + Partners, LDN, MUMA and Page\Park to win the head-profile competition to redevelop the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.
The practice will now carryout a full remodelling of the neoclassical building, rationalising interiors and opening up new gallery spaces, double the amount of display space available for Scottish art in the process.
Improvements to visitor facilities, circulation and energy usage will be incorporated within that work together with more speculative ideas to rethink the neighbouring Princes Street Gardens, illustrate the transformative potential of the scheme.
Gareth Hoskins has already designed a new home for the National Theatre of Scotland and completed a £4.7 million redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland.
Exact details of the latest commission have yet to be announced however it is understood the project will double the display area for Scottish art inside the prestigious galley.
Improved visitor facilities, circulation and energy efficiency are also expected to be on the cards.
Designed by William Henry Playfair, the 1859 structure occupies a prominent plot in the Scottish capital on the Mound. 2 May
Gateway Apartments Edinburgh
Gateway Apartments Student Accommodation, Edinburgh has been announced as the winner of the Residential Property category of the RICS Scotland Awards 2014.
The awards, organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland, recognise the achievements of land, property and construction projects across eight categories – Design through Innovation, Building Conservation,