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This page contains a selection of major Scottish Architecture News, with projects arranged chronologically, latest first. Each architecture news item links to an individual project page. We’ve selected what we feel are the key Scottish Building News stories.
The focus is on contemporary Scottish buildings but we do ppost on changes to major traditional buildings in Scotland.
Scottish Architecture News – 2013
Scotland Architecture News
Harris Academy, Dundee, Tayside, eastern Scotland
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Harris Academy Dundee - 29 Nov 2013
Work to create a modern school for the next generation of pupils at Harris Academy in Dundee is now underway. Dundee City Council appointed hub East Central Scotland Company (hubCo) to replace the existing Harris Academy in the South West of the city. hubCo works with its development partner, Amber Blue, which is led on a daily basis by Robertson Capital Projects.
Best Building in Scotland – 8 Nov 2013
WASPS South Block, Glasgow Scoops UK’s Richest Architecture Prize
photograph : Dapple Photography
At a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament, WASPS South Block in Glasgow by NORD Architecture has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2013. From a shortlist of twelve projects, all winners of RIAS Awards for 2013 (presented in June 2013), the judges selected WASPS South Block as a clear winner. The award was presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP with Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS (the late Andrew Doolan’s mother).
A Commitment to Kisimul – an Icon of the Isles
Kisimul Castle Isle of Barra – 1 Nov 2013
photo © Donald MacLeod
Location: Isle of Barra, Western Isles, north west Scotland
One of Scotland’s most iconic castles is to undergo major conservation, archaeological and interpretation work as part of a plan agreed between Historic Scotland and Macneil of Barra. Kisimul Castle of the Isle of Barra is regarded as the most significant medieval castle in the Western Isles. It sits spectacularly on a rock in the bay and is the seat of the Chief of the Clan Macneil and the symbolic home of the Clan around the world. It is of local, national and international significance and one of the most recognised sites in Scotland.
Fife Sports Facilities, east Scotland – building news – 23 Oct 2013
Design: B3/Cre8 Architects
photo © Paul Zanre
Built by Graham Construction the facility includes a 25m main pool, 17m training pool, a health suite with steam room and sauna, a sports hall, aerobics studio, play centre, gym and a café.
There are three buildings: Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre, Carnegie Leisure Centre and the Michael Woods Sport and Leisure centre in Glenrothes.
photo © Adrian Welch
Stirling Architecture – 15 Oct 2013
Photos of key buildings in the city and surrounding area
Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre Photos
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre – 14 Oct 2013
This new building on the south side of Stirling is nearing completion. The design is by Edinburgh architects Reiach and Hall.
Maggie’s Aberdeen – Building News
Design: Snøhetta, Architects
photo : Philip Vile
Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen – 24 + 23 Sep 2013
The new Aberdeen building opens today at Forester Hospital in Aberdeen, designed by this world-famous Norwegian architecture studio. The contemporary building was designed by Snohetta, the Norwegian architects behind the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavillion in New York, alongside Aberdeen-based firm Halliday Fraser Munro.
Chapelton New Town News
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Aberdeenshire Town – 22 Sep 2013
W M Donald has been named as the civil infrastructure works provider for the first phase of Chapelton, Scotland’s largest planned new town. The Aberdeenshire-based civil engineering construction firm was selected after a competitive and lengthy tender process, beating off a number of other local and national firms. Six companies were invited to tender for the £8m contract, which will include roads, drainage, services and landscaping to support the first stage of 255 homes in the first Chapelton neighbourhood, Cairnhill.
2016 : Scottish Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
RIAS Delight as First Minister Announces 2016 as Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
Thursday 12th September – Included in First Minister Alex Salmond’s announcement of Scotland’s focus years up to 2018, is the Government’s official designation of 2016 as the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
RIAS President, Iain Connelly, said:
“This is a very welcome announcement. It further emphasises the Scottish Government’s commitment to architecture as both a key driver of Scotland’s economy and an art form in which Scotland has excelled throughout history, right up to the present day.”
While 2016 marks the centenary of the RIAS, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design will be much more than just a 100th birthday party. The RIAS centenary is really no more than a stepping off point. The Scottish Government’s designation of the year is a tremendous vote of confidence for an event designed to enhance participation in and understanding of our built environment.
2016 will raise awareness of the importance of a well-built environment and help inform communities throughout Scotland of the economic and social benefits of good architecture. The year will provide an opportunity to emphasise and celebrate the quality of our architectural heritage and contemporary design. It will also support Scotland’s ambitions as a player on the world stage.
The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design will be celebrated throughout Scotland in events, creative commissions, school/community educational programmes, new online resources, touring exhibitions, pop-up architecture and competitions.
The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, George Square, Edinburgh
Design: Simpson and Brown, Architects
photograph © Chris Humphreys
Chapel of Saint Albert the Great in Edinburgh – 10 Sep 2013 + 14 Jun 2013
Stephen Lawrence Prize shortlisted
The new Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, built for the University Chaplaincy and Friary for The Order of Preachers, the Dominican Order, was completed in late 2012. This new chapel is situated in the garden of one of the original townhouses on the west side of George Square and replaces the previous chapel which was located on the upper floor of one of the adjoining properties.
A new marina complex by Crieff-based owners Eric and Naomi Strickland, partners in architects McKenzie Strickland Associates.
Taymouth Marina, which opens this week at Kenmore on the banks of Loch Tay incorporates 40 berths sheltered by a breakwater extending 70 metres onto the loch. 27 Aug 2013
A derelict farmhouse within the spectacular setting of the Cairngorms National Park has won a prized planning permission for its restoration and extension.
Coldrach is located north of the River Dee at Crathie. The building will be sensitively restored by Moxon Architects with original windows and fireplaces reinstated. An extension to the rear of this building will follow the topography of the site, impacting only upon the northern aspect which will be levelled to allow construction of a timber and red-oxide finished metal structure.
Replicating the form and scale of the existing farmhouse in a contemporary manner the extension forms a sheltered west facing courtyard garden, stepping down below ground level to increase floor to ceiling heights. The south west corner will be fully glazed to maximise views out to the summit of Lochnagar. 28 Aug 2013
Scottish Scenic Routes Project – 23 Aug 2013
New competitions for young architects
photo : Jensen & Skodvin Architects
The Scottish Scenic Routes project is a new £500k initiative backed by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Canals and Edinburgh Napier University. Taking its lead from the National Tourist Routes programme in Norway, the project seeks to involve young architects in the development of a series of interventions along Scotland’s most scenic roads.
Dalmarnock Station Building
photo © Andrew Lee
Dalmarnock Station, east Glasgow, by Atkins – 16 Aug 2013
In the summer of 1896, three new railway stations at Glasgow Green, Bridgeton Cross and Dalmarnock were constructed by the Glasgow Central Railway Company (later to become the Caledonian Railway Company). Dalmarnock station (originally formed as Bridgeton Station) became part of a route connecting Maryhill, in the North West, to Newton in the South East of central Scotland.
Jacobite Discovery Project Building News
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Loch Ness Visitor Centre – 12 Aug 2013
Jacobite Cruises’ Loch Ness visitor centre project designed by cameronwebsterarchitects (Glasgow) has been suspended. Jacobite Cruises was given full planning permission in 2011 for the £2.5m visitor centre building at Brackla.
Abbotsford House Visitor Centre, Melrose, southern Scotland – winner of a RIBA National Award
Design: LDN Architects
photograph © Paul Zanre
Abbotsford House Visitor Centre – 13 Jun 2013
Elegant timber-clad building in the Scottihs countryside, easy to read the form.
Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, western Scotland – winner of a RIBA National Award
Design: LDN Architects
photograph © Paul Zanre
Beacon Arts Centre Greenock – 13 Jun 2013
“This building seems wholly appropriate for its superb waterside setting. It is elegantly contemporary in its materials and form, both open and welcoming.”
Jamie’s Italian Aberdeen, North East Scotland
Design: Stiff & Trevillion Architects
photo © Keith Hunter
Jamie’s Italian Aberdeen – 20 May 2013
The restaurant occupies the first and second floors of the Union Street frontage of the old Esslemont and Macintosh department store. This was a retail landmark in the city and is a listed building. The design respects the original building, and restores the windows, cast iron structure and wooden floors. The exterior will be repaired and cleaned and the original mosaic signage retained.
Three Glens Eco House, Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland
Design: Mark Waghorn Architects
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Scottish Eco House – 14 May 2013
With the building process completed, Three Glens, the ultra modern eco farmhouse is finally a reality. Designed by Mark Waghorn Architects, Three Glens is a 450m2 five-bedroom farmhouse situated on a working farm near the village of Moniaive, South West Scotland. Its owners Mary and Neil Gourlay, are the third generation of the Gourlay family farming in the Cairn Valley.
New School Building in Orkney
Design: Keppie, Architects
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Stromness School Building – 2 May 2013
Leading architectural practice Keppie Design and Morrison Construction have completed and handed over Stromness Primary School in Orkney as part of the Orkney Islands Schools Investment Programme. Designed by Keppie and built by Morrison Construction, Stromness Primary School will provide modern and sustainable learning facilities for 200 pupils and also includes a 30-pupil nursery and community resource.
St Vincent Plaza, Glasgow, Scotland
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St Vincent Plaza – 26 Apr 2013
Abstract (Glasgow) Ltd – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mark Glatman’s Abstract Securities Ltd – has announced that it has completed its purchase of 303 St Vincent Street and on site construction works are due to commence in a matter of days for its speculative high quality office scheme, ‘St Vincent Plaza’ in Glasgow City Centre, by Keppie Design, located at the gateway to Glasgow’s International Financial Services District (IFSD).
Birks Cinema, Perthshire
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Birks Cinema – 17 Apr 2013
Design: Robin Baker Architects
Excitement is mounting in the Highland Perthshire town of Aberfeldy as the launch of the restored Birks Cinema approaches on 19th April with a Willy Wonka type golden ticket event.
Homes for Scotland Awards 2013
Homes for Scotland Awards : Shortlist
Following another record number of entries, the shortlist for trade body Homes for Scotland’s 2013 awards has been announced. Developed to recognise best practice and help to further raise standards across the home building industry, categories focus on the four highly relevant “P’s” of: people, process, product and partnership, encompassing a range of important policy issues impacting the industry’s success. 3 Apr
Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards
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Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards – 28 Mar 2013
Winner: An Cridhe – the Isle of Coll’s new community centre, designed by Anderson Bell Christie.
This building in the Western Isles has won the top prize in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards. The Awards were presented by the Planning Minister for Scotland.
RIAS Awards News
photograph © Icosis Architects
RIAS Awards, Scotland : Shortlist News – 25 Mar
SHS BURRIDGE Architects News
photograph : Zoë Maxwell
SHS BURRIDGE Architects – 11 Mar 2013
The first year as SHS BURRIDGE Architects, Edinburgh, has been very busy. Clearly the skills and quality of service which the small architecture practice can offer is in demand.
St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, Scotland
Architects: Gillespie Kidd & Coia
photo © Niels Lomholt
St Peter’s Seminary Cardross – 28 Feb 2013
The planning application has gone in for the landscape-led regeneration of the ruined St Peter’s Seminary at Kilmahew in Cardross.
Led by landscape architect erz, working with architect Avanti, the proposal won the Neighbourhood Planning category in the 2012 Landscape Institute Awards. It is the latest attempt to find a use for the former seminary. Designed by Gillespie Kidd & Coia in 1966 and Grade A-listed, the building is internationally renowned but has failed to find a viable use and has fallen into disrepair.
St Andrews Housing, Fife, eastern Scotland
Design: Sutherland Hussey Architects
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St Andrews Housing – 21 Feb 2013
Architectural competition to design a new housing development in this historic Scottish town. By inviting several firms to develop proposals, the Client’s ambition was to select a design that can provide high quality contemporary houses and apartments in the rich and complex conservation area.
Tog 2013 Live-Build Summer School
22-29 Jun 2013
photo © Tog Studio
Tog 2013 – second Scottish live-build summer school, on the Isle of Tiree.
“Following the success of our award-winning lighthouse project last year we’re gearing up to do a bigger and better project – a boathouse on the Isle of Tiree. We’re looking for participants who don’t mind getting their hands dirty as part of a multi-disciplinary team working on an exciting project in a remote location. This is a particularly good opportunity for architects, engineers and students to learn practical construction skills and gain unique on-site experience”.
The application process is open until 4th March – see Glasgow architecture events for details. 21 Feb
Historic Scottish Architecture
Historic Scottish Buildings – 15 Feb 2013
Scotland’s oldest work theatre, a suspension bridge and two mills are among the recipients in the latest round of Historic Scotland’s Building Repair Grants worth almost £600,000.
In total six historic sites across Scotland will receive funding totalling £587,049 through this grants scheme.
V&A at Dundee
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V&A Dundee – revised proposals
Maxim Office Park, Motherwell
photo © Neale Smith
Maxim Office Park – 5 Feb 2013
Contractors start work on the fit-out for The Scottish Environment Protection Agency office and laboratory facility.
Dundee Railway Station Building
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Dundee Station Building – 31 Jan 2013
Planning application approved for £14m railway station building. The six-storey complex, over an archway and featuring ticketing facilities, a hotel, shops and cafe, is to be built before the V&A opens in 2015.
The Sheiling, Ardrishaig, Argyll, Western Scotland
Design: APD Architecture
photo : Jenni Browne Photography
New House in Western Scotland – 31 Jan 2013
The Sheiling is a Victorian villa sitting between two waterways; Loch Fyne on one side and the Crinan Canal on the other, with views of the loch and Arran in the distance beyond. The new and old buildings are recognisably related.
Scottish Architecture News 2012
photo © Keith Hunter
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