Scottish Buildings News
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, but additions are always welcome.
The focus is on contemporary Scottish buildings but information on traditional buildings in Scotland is also welcome.
Scottish Architecture News - 2013
Scotland Architecture News arranged chronologically:
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
photo from architect
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
image from Keppie
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
image from developer
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
photo from architect
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
image from the Scottish Civic Trust
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
Harris Academy, Dundee, Tayside, eastern Scotland
image from architects
Harris Academy Dundee - 12 Mar 2013
Holmes Miller have submitted a detailed planning application for the redevelopment of Harris Academy in Dundee. A state of the art, new build school is proposed which will deliver a variety of teaching, social and community facilities on a challenging site in Dundee's West Conservation Area. The new build proposal replaces the existing B-Listed school building, which was constructed on site in 1926 and designed by architects Thoms and Wilkie.
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
picture from Sutherland Hussey architects
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
image from architects
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
image from architects
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 (Highlights below)
photo © Keith Hunter
Scottish Architecture News - Highlights from 2012
The Hydro, Glasgow - building news
Foster + Partners
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
The Hydro - 31 Oct
The main structure of Glasgow's newest entertainment venue complete.
Forth Valley College, Stirling
Design: Reiach and Hall
photograph © Keith Hunter
Forth Valley College - 31 Oct
BCI Award Dundee House
Design: Reiach and Hall Architects
image © Dave Morris
Dundee Council Offices Building - 12 Oct
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have won a British Construction Industry Award for their design of Dundee House.
Saltire Awards News
Saltire Awards - winners news - 4 Sep
Dualchas Architects picked up the coveted Saltire Medal.
Scottish Housing Market
Home building industry responds to latest Scottish housing market stats from Council of Mortgage Lenders and Bank of Scotland. The latest Scottish statistics published by the CML and Bank of Scotland both highlight the main obstacle to recovery in the housing market according to home building industry body Homes for Scotland.
Scottish Housebuilding - 25 Aug
Aberdeen City Garden News
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Keppie Design and landscape architects OLIN
image of winning design
Aberdeen City Garden
This major new Aberdeen architecture development is to be abandoned. The council rejected the £140m development - the most divisive project in the city for a generation - by two votes. 23 Aug
Trump International Golf Links Scotland
Three of the top golfers from Scotland joined Donald Trump at the opening of his £750m golf resort development in Aberdeenshire. The First Minister for Scotland wasn't invited to the opening following his fall-out over the siting of an offshore wind farm close to the development.
Trump International Golf Links Scotland. 10 + 8 Jul
Scottish Architecture Policy Consultation
picture from A+DS
Architecture Design Scotland News - 29 May
A consultation on Scotland’s new architecture and placemaking policy is an opportunity to build a better world, the Culture Secretary said.
Scottish Borders Buildings
photograph copyright Adrian Welch
Scottish Borders Buildings - photos. 17 Jan
Photographs of some key architecture in southern Scotland
Scottish Design Awards 2012
The Scottish Design Awards have issued a call for entries for their 2012 awards program, a highlight in the architectural and design calendar.
As ever the event aims to recognize the best graphic and architectural design in Scotland.
Scottish Buildings News : 2011 (Highlights below)
Scottish Architecture News - Selection from 2011
Project Scotland headline 'The showpiece that became an eyesore' about the Highland Expo in Inverness, with MSP Mary Scanlon claiming it was a "fiasco": Scotland's Housing Expo. 15 Dec
Scottish Parliament Entry
Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh : new Security Entry Proposal. 15 Dec
Scottish Design Awards News
The Scottish Design Awards have issued a call for entries for their 2012 awards program, a highlight in the architectural and design calendar. The event aims to recognize the best graphic and architectural design in Scotland.
Best Building in Scotland News
photo copyright Adrian Welch
Best Building in Scotland Award 2011 : National Museum of Scotland. 18 Nov
Andrew Doolan Award
Andrew Doolan Award : Best Building in Scotland 2011 Shortlist. 21 Oct
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