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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.

The focus is on contemporary Scottish buildings but we do post on changes to major traditional buildings in Scotland.

Scottish Architecture News 2017

Scottish Architecture Designs – chronological list

6 April 2018
Help to Buy scheme set to benefit even more Scots

News of the Scottish Government’s decision to extend funding of its hugely successful Help to Buy shared equity scheme for two more years has been applauded by home builders who described it as good news for buyers and Scotland as a whole.

Over twelve thousand households have already used the scheme to purchase qualifying new build homes with only a five per cent deposit since Help to Buy was first introduced in Scotland in 2013. This, in turn, has supported an estimated nine thousand jobs and contributed over half a billion pounds in Gross Value Added to the economy.

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland which represents those organisations building the majority of the country’s homes, said:

“This is great news on a number of different fronts as the Scottish Government clearly recognises the value and wide-ranging benefits that its Help to Buy initiative provides.

“By allocating further targeted funding until 2021, it is not only extending the opportunity of home ownership to more Scots who are currently saving to buy their own home but will also provide the much-needed confidence and certainty that housebuilding companies need to continue to invest and grow their businesses in Scotland. This positive message is fundamental to helping us work together to increase the supply of new housing.

“It is essential to remember that, as well as being directly responsible for additional new homes being built, Help to Buy is also relieving pressure on the public sector with earlier figures showing that around five per cent of purchasers have moved from social rented housing and a further five per cent were on a social housing waiting list.

“With Help to Buy providing an equity stake that is repayable to the Scottish Government, and with receipts received to date higher than projected, the scheme is already demonstrating its value as an effective housing policy driver for the delivery of new homes, enabling Scots to purchase a new-build home without the need for a large deposit, and with very little impact on the public purse.”

A New Chapter Statement on RIAS Reform
28 Mar 2018 – aNC is greatly encouraged by recent moves within the RIAS to implement significant reform measures. These are in line with the changes aNC has been pressing for. We are supportive of the changes proposed and agreed at this week’s Council meeting and welcome the Institution’s willingness to engage and work together for the benefit of the wider membership.

RIAS Reform Statement

Shortlist for Homes for Scotland Awards 2018
26 Mar 2018 – The shortlist for Scotland’s premier home building industry awards has been announced as Homes for Scotland prepares to celebrate the sector’s successes at the largest annual gathering of its kind.
Homes for Scotland Awards shortlist

26 Mar 2018
Scottish Support for self and custom build housing

Local projects to benefit from national fund.

Local projects will share £160,000 to take forward self and custom build housing initiatives.
The Self and Custom Build Challenge Fund will support seven pilot projects in Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross, Highland, Glasgow and Edinburgh that will look into the feasibility of creating more self or custom built homes.

The projects will consider how the delivery of homes through custom building projects can be expanded; the provision of information and support to those leading their own build, and also explore how more plots can be made available.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:
“Self and custom build properties are an innovative alternative in housing and I am delighted we have been able to fund these projects, going above and beyond our original aims.
“As the successful projects show, self and custom builds can provide new ways to deliver affordable housing, ensure homes are tailored to individual needs, and regenerate previously disused sites to breathe new life into communities – particularly in remote and rural areas.

“Support for self and custom builds is just one step we are taking to boost the availability of housing, and ensuring that it meets the needs of people and communities across Scotland.”
Background
Applications to the fund opened in December 2017. Originally set at £90,000, a further £70,000 has been made available as a result of the number and strength of applications.
More information on the self and custom build challenge fund is available online.
The successful projects include:

Project Organisation Funding

– Former Primary School site, Lochgilphead
Creation of a brochure of house types that would comply with the simplified planning zone (SPZ) scheme and promotional marketing campaign involving a video and community engagement.
Argyll & Bute Council
£16,225

– Perth West
Produce a development strategy to look at the feasibility and funding options to offer affordable self/ custom build home plots.
Fergus Purdie Architects, with Perth & Kinross Council
£12,750

– Scotland-wide
Planning and delivery of sites and a marketing strategy to support self and custom built homes. Highland Small Communities Housing Trust
£30,000

– Scotland-wide
Guidance on self and custom build planning and delivery.
Assemble Collective Self Build CIC
£14,800

– Dundashill, Glasgow
Creation of marketing strategy for custom build development and engagement with off-site manufacturing sector to consider opportunities for on-site custom build.
Scottish Canals and Igloo Regeneration
£24,845

– Perth West housing allocation
Research to explore how custom build can be improved for wider use.
Ristol Consulting
£22,000

– Edinburgh/Midlothian
Establish a delivery model to facilitate custom build at scale, with emphasis on low carbon homes. University of Edinburgh and Boydell Architecture
£26,080

23 Mar 2018
Scottish Borders Building News
Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018
Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018
The search is on again for the best designed new buildings in the Borders, with the launch of the Borders Building Design Awards 2018.
The awards intend to promote good building design in the Borders and to strengthen links between builders, architects, Council plannes and other professionals in the industry.

20 Mar 2018
Pennywell All Care Centre, Edinburgh
HolmesMiller, Architects
Pennywell All Care Centre in Edinburgh
photo : Keith Hunter

Pennywell All Care Centre Building
This new building enables NHS Lothian and The City of Edinburgh Council to develop an integrated and efficient model of service delivery as part of the wider Pennywell and Muirhouse Regeneration project.

19 Mar 2018
Hawkhead Centre, Paisley, South West Scotland
Design: Page \ Park Architects
Hawkhead Centre in Paisley
photo : Keith Hunter

Hawkhead Centre in Paisley
This new activity and support centre is for the charity Scottish War Blinded, who provide free support to ex-service men and women who have lost their sight during or after military service. Scottish War Blinded is a sister charity to Royal Blind, Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation. It has been delivered in tandem with a new Royal Blind 54-room care home on the same site, and is Scottish War Blinded’s flagship facility on the west side of Scotland, building upon the success of their existing facility, the Linburn Centre, in the east.

9 Mar 2018
Inverness Justice Centre Construction News
Design: Reiach and Hall, Architects
Inverness Justice Centre Building
image courtesy of architects

Scotland’s first purpose-built Justice Centre
Construction has begun on Scotland’s first purpose-built Justice Centre. The new building is due to be completed late 2019. Specialist facilities for children and young people will be incorporated within the design.

1 Mar 2018

Muirton Living Development in Perth

Urban Union is launching a new showhome at its Muirton Living development in Perth.

The new showhome is a Coburn-style property, named after St Johnstone legend Willie Coburn, which is a two-storey, three bedroom villa. The show home reflects the high quality of homes available at the development and prices for this property type currently start from £182,000.

Muirton Living is being delivered in partnership with Caledonia Housing Association and Fairfield Housing Co-operative.

The development offers a selection of one to four-bedroom homes.

Prices currently start from £105,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and the sales office is open 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm. For more information visit www.urbanunionltd.co.uk or call 0131 343 3391.

21 Feb 2018
Stirling Purpose Built Student Accommodation
Maven & IP Investment Management build Stirling’s first purpose built student accommodation
£18.2m new build development will bring 207 new beds to Stirling’s underserved and over-stretched student accommodation market.

Stirling Architecture

21 Feb 2018
Scottish Property Federation 2018 Annual Conference
Industry leaders, policy makers and academics make up the list of speakers at the 2018 annual Scottish Property Federation (SPF) conference, which looks specifically at the value of place-making, the people-centric approach to planning and design of public spaces, and how it is funded.

More info at Edinburgh Architecture News

Help to Buy could further boost First Time Buyer levels
21 Feb – Responding to latest UK Finance data showing first-time buyer levels at their highest for a decade, Karen Campbell, Director of Policy at Homes for Scotland, which represents organisations delivering the majority of the country’s homes, said:

“First Time Buyers are the lifeblood of the housing market, triggering as they do a number of other transactions further up the property ladder so it is encouraging to see their numbers increasing. However, they still face a huge challenge in terms of the size of deposit they have to find. And this is where the new build sector can provide vital help since those eligible for the Scottish Government’s hugely successful Help to Buy scheme could purchase a new home up to £200,000 with just a five per cent deposit.

“With the majority of Scots aspiring to own their own home and increasing housing supply the single most effective way to address affordability concerns, we hope the Scottish Government will listen to our call to extend the Help to Buy Scheme beyond 2018/19. Not only will this allow more people to benefit from this support, relieving pressure on other sectors, it will provide builders with the confidence and certainty they need to invest in delivering more of the homes our country needs.”

20 Feb 2018
Barton Willmore appointed to support major harbour regeneration projects in Stornoway

Planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has been appointed to support the development of two new harbour facilities in Stornoway, which will bring major economic benefits to the Isle of Lewis.

Stornoway harbour facilities Isle of Lewis Scotland
image courtesy of architects

Planning Director for Barton Willmore in Scotland, Colin Lavety, said: “We are thrilled to be playing a key role in regeneration projects of this scale, which are vital to growing Stornoway’s economy and will have a significant positive impact on the Hebrides.

“We have extensive ports and harbour experience, including securing the necessary planning consent for the new Aberdeen Harbour Expansion at Bay of Nigg.

“Our appointment to work for Stornoway Port Authority is a natural progression from this work and demonstrates the diversity of our service offer.”

Stornoway Port Authority chief executive, Alex MacLeod, said: “The appointment of Barton Willmore will help to realise these bold and ambitious developments. We’re extremely excited to work alongside their expert team who can help us plan these projects further, and manage a thorough engagement programme with the local community who will ultimately benefit from the projects for decades to come.”

Springfield Properties Interim Results
20 Feb 2018

Financial Highlights

H1 2017/18
£m H1 2016/17
£m Change
Revenue 54.8 49.6 +10.5%
Gross profit margin 15.4% 14.5% +90bps
Operating profit 3.6 3.1 +16.9%
Adjusted profit before tax* 3.1 2.6 +19.6%
Net debt 13.7 31.1 -55.9%
* Profit before tax adjusted for IPO-related costs of £0.3m

The Directors of Springfield have decided to declare an interim dividend of 1p per share.

Operational Highlights
• Sales grew across both Private Housing and Affordable divisions in H1 2017/18
• Completions increased by 6% to 280 new homes (H1 2016/17: 264 completions)
• Expanded 17+ year land bank: 10,605 plots (31 May 2017: 9,195), 41.6% with planning
• GDV of land bank: £1.8bn (31 May 2017: £1.6bn)
Private Housing
• Sales increased by 6% to £43.0m (H1 2016/17: £40.7m)
• Completions: 184 homes (H1 2016/17: 196)
• Average selling price: £234k (H1 2016/17: £208k)
• Planning consent secured during the period for 816 private plots
• Land bank: 6,895 plots (31 May 2017: 6,372)
• Significant progress on Village sites during the period with:
o strong sales at Dykes of Gray, Dundee, with sales of £17.2m to date;
o construction commencing at Bertha Park Perth and first phase of houses being released for sale; and
o planning approval received (subject to Section 75 agreement) for 870 homes to be built at Elgin South, Elgin.
• Expanded geographically for private homes with completion, post period end, of land swap with Persimmon of 62 plots in Dykes of Gray for land in Kinross with a GDV of £14m
• Post period end, submitted planning application for 3,000-home site at Durieshill, Stirling
Affordable
• Sales increased by 40% to £11.7m (H1 2016/17: £8.4m)
• Completions: 96 homes (H1 2016/17: 68)
• Average selling price: £122k (H1 2016/17: £123k)
• Planning consent secured during the period for 518 affordable plots
• Land bank: 3,710 plots (31 May 2017: 2,823)
• Receiving increasing demand from potential development partners, including local authorities and housing associations for provision of affordable housing to meet Scottish government targets of building 50,000 affordable homes by 2021
• Springfield is currently working on affordable housing proposals worth a total of £70m-£80m for delivery over the next 1-3 years

Sandy Adam, Executive Chairman of Springfield Properties, said: “I am delighted to be announcing our first set of interim results as a quoted company and reporting another period of strong growth for Springfield. We have increased our revenue from existing sites in both our Private Housing and Affordable divisions while progressing the development of our pipeline of projects. In particular, we have invested in the development of our new Villages that will accelerate our building of new homes, private and affordable, in new communities across Scotland. We now employ over 500 people and I would like to thank them for their continued support and hard work during this period where we have transitioned to becoming a public company and are about to deliver our 5,000th home since we started the Company.

“Looking ahead, we have entered the second half of our financial year with a strong order book of contracted revenues and, together with sustained market drivers including a supportive Scottish Government policy, Springfield is poised to play a significant part in the delivery of the many new private and affordable homes needed across Scotland. As a result, the Company anticipates revenue and profit for full year 2017/18 to be 5-10% ahead of market expectations.”

9 Feb 2018
HALO Masterplan in Kilmarnock, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, South West Scotland
Architects: Keppie Design
HALO Kilmarnock building model
image courtesy of architects

HALO Masterplan Kilmarnock
Following the recent approval of Planning Permission in Principle for the HALO masterplan in Kilmarnock, the first phase of this ground-breaking development has now been submitted to East Ayrshire Council for detailed planning permission.

6 Feb 2018
Anderson High School, Shetland Building

St Andrews Housing
2 Feb 2018 – Eight new build apartments are proposed by Muir Walker and Pride Architects for the St Andrews conservation area. A 1960s home at 22 Lade Braes is to be demolished and replaced with properties clad in Ashlar sandstone with areas of zinc and render more contextual with adjacent ashlar stone Victorian properties.

Oriam Sports Performance Centre Building
5 Feb 2018 – Award-winning Oriam has been shortlisted for Project of the Year at the CIBSE 2018 Building Performance Awards. It is home to the governing bodies of Scottish football and rugby union, as well as a host of other sports including volleyball, squash and basketball:

Oriam Sports Performance Centre

News from Max Fordham

Mackintosh Building Immersive Exhibit
Mackintosh Building Immersive Exhibit 3D image
picture : 3D pointcloud image from GSA
30 Jan – The GSA has been awarded major grant by AHRC to develop Mackintosh Building immersive exhibit.

The project is one of a number of initiatives funded by the AHRC to demonstrate how collaboration between researchers and businesses can help the Creative Economy get maximum benefit from new Virtual Reality (VR)/Augmented Reality (AR) technologies:

Mackintosh Building Immersive Exhibit

Paton’s Mill Site in Johnstone
30 Jan – The owners of the former Paton’s Mill site in Johnstone, Renfrewshire have today announced the appointment of Bell Building Projects Limited as the main contractor to develop Paton’s Mill Retail Park.

Announcing the appointment of the contractor, Claire Donaldson of 4th Consulting, Project and Asset Managers for the development said:

“The redevelopment of the Paton’s Mill site offers an exciting new gateway for Johnstone’s high street. As such it will offer a prime location for shoppers and we are delighted with the progress we are making to transform this site into a thriving destination.

“We’re pleased to announce Bell Building Projects Limited as the main contractors. As a local, experienced team, they offer an extremely high quality of service and a strong track record in retail park construction.

“The contractor has been on site since mid-December and is working towards completion of Phase 1 of the development masterplan in Summer 2018.”

Background:

4th Developments
4th Developments is a private asset, project management and development company. The company specialises in improving asset performance, transforming tired buildings and sites into destination retail and leisure, managed office and workspace for existing clients and within their portfolio.

The company has a young and dynamic team with over 40 years’ combined experience and is focused on achieving high quality, creation and delivery of value and managed solutions within its managed and directly owned portfolio. The company’s strong performance is achieved through close, efficient team working to the highest standards with all project partners.

Bell Building Projects Limited
Bell Building Projects was established in 1982 and has grown to become a UK market leader in project delivery within this sector, delivering high quality industrial and commercial building projects. The company undertakes new build, extension and refurbishment projects in key market sectors and deliver them through a wide range of procurement routes from traditional to turnkey design and build.

Bell Building Projects retain an internal workforce for all key aspects of the buildings constructed including steel fabrication at the workshop in Glasgow. All of the key components of steelwork, cladding and civils can be undertaken by BBP to ensure closer control on quality and time with reduced base line costs. These benefits are transferrable to our clients. The company also retains an in-house design capability to lead (where applicable) or supplement an existing design team. This has added benefit in value engineering cost pressurised projects and ensures best value is provided at all times.

More info at Glasgow Architecture News

26 Jan 2018
A New Chapter Position Statement – RIAS

23 Jan 2018
£2.4m National Lottery funding for Scottish Great Places

Nine special places in Scotland are celebrating an injection of £2.4million to help shape their future development. They are the first awards to be made in Scotland through The National Lottery’s groundbreaking Great Place scheme.

Carloway Broch on the Isle of Lewis:
Carloway Broch on the Isle of Lewis
photo courtesy of Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland (HLF)
Scottish Great Places Funding News

19 Jan 2018
Greenock’s Custom House News

Riverside Inverclyde (ri), the organisation charged with delivering the economic redevelopment of Inverclyde in the west of Scotland, has concluded an agreement with international fashion and lifestyle brand, Joules on a three year lease at Greenock’s recently refurbished Custom House building:

Custom House Greenock Building

8 Jan 2018
Pioneering FitHomes in The Highlands

£3m funding has been agreed for a ground breaking Highland project that could transform the lives of people with complex health needs as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.

“The £135 million invested by the Scottish Government as part of the £315 million City Deal for the Inverness and Highland region, will continue to deliver significant long-term benefits for the city, region and Scotland as a whole.

“The Scottish Government recognises the value of this type of partnership which is why we have doubled our overall investment in city region deals in our draft budget for 2018-19.”

The £315m Deal Document sets out the projects and programmes where the Scottish and UK Governments will commit investment of up to £188m, together with £127m of further investment by the Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Led by The Highland Council, the Inverness and Highland city-region deal is a joint initiative supported by up to £315M investment, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.

As part of the agreed programme governance, the Council is the accountable body for the majority of the City Region Deal projects. This means the Council distributes funding and monitors progress for council led projects and partner projects.

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Update
16 Dec 2017 – At their meeting last week, RIAS Council discussed the findings of the review of the RIAS governance, the vacancy resulting from the Secretary and Treasurer’s departure last month, the election of the President and the next steps toward establishing a new RIAS Strategy (2018-23).

As a matter of priority for the Incorporation, RIAS Council has agreed to advertise for a new Chief Executive and has appointed Karen Stevenson, current Director of Policy and Development, in an acting role. Neil Baxter is working his notice period and has agreed the terms of his departure at the end of January. He no longer has any involvement in the day to day running of the Incorporation.

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland News

Scottish War Blinded Hawkhead Building
11 Dec – This building is primarily for veterans who have visual impairments. The design is by architects Page and Park. Around 100 military veterans have already signed up to use the £17 million facility, along with residents of the nearby Royal Blind facility, Jenny’s Well:
Scottish War Blinded Hawkhead Building

Advance Construction submit plans for major Glenrothes regeneration
5 Dec – Advance Construction has submitted plans for a major regeneration project, which will transform the historic Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Fife.

The Bellshill-based company, who specialise in large-scale groundworks and civil engineering, is proposing circa 850 much-needed homes as well as retail and leisure facilities, employment, business space, industrial units and a new care home.

Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Fife:
Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Fife
image courtesy of WS

The Proposal of Application Notice to Fife Council also outlines plans for two public consultation events in December to give members of the public a first look at the plans.

At the heart of the 58-hectare site between Glenrothes and Markinch is an extension to Riverside Park, which will see the reclamation of an unused brownfield site to create another park that connects the new district to the town centre.

Lynsey Breen, development manager for Advance Construction, said the plans will spark regeneration of the town of Glenrothes.

She said: “Advance Construction’s plans to deliver a significant number of new homes, together with creating new jobs will signal a major transformation of the area over the coming years.

“It’s an exciting regeneration project that will give Glenrothes the substantial economic boost it deserves, allowing it to continue to grow in the future.”

Lead consultants Barton Willmore will work closely with Advance Construction to provide Town Planning, Masterplanning, Landscape, EIA and Socio-Economic Assessment services during the project.

Planning Director for Barton Willmore in Scotland, Colin Lavety, said: “The former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site is an important landmark historically for the town of Glenrothes. Plans to regenerate the area by delivering much needed housing together with new jobs will be a major transformation of the community over the next few years. We are delighted to be playing a part in helping give the area a new lease of life and make it an exciting place to live, work, play and visit.”

Two informal drop-in events have been organised with lead consultants Barton Willmore and design partner Fairhurst at the Rothes Halls this week.

Representatives from Advance Construction, Barton Willmore and Fairhurst will be in attendance from 1pm to 8pm on December 7 and 8 to explain the plans, discuss the project with the community and respond to any questions raised.

Lynsey added: “We would encourage members of the local community to come along to the drop-in events to find out more information and talk to members of our project team.”

Background

Tullis Russell went into administration in April 2015, with a total of 374 employees made redundant in the process so it’s an important site historically for the town of Glenrothes.

About Advance Construction

Advance Construction is a groundworks and civil engineering firm with roofing, cladding, concrete and screed flooring divisions.
It first started trading with one digger and a few site personnel in 1993. By 2004 the company was turning over £8 million and this year, 2017, it is projected to hit the £200 million mark.
The growth is a direct result of the strong work ethic embedded in the company by its founder and the committed focus on quality workmanship and excellent customer service.
www.acscotland.com / @LtdAdvance

Transforming Planning in Scotland
5 Dec – Legislation to encourage development and improve community engagement.
New legislation to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart. He described how the Planning (Scotland) Bill, will create a new structure for a more proactive and enabling system with clearer development plans, earlier engagement with communities, streamlined procedures and smarter resourcing.
Read in full on the Glasgow Architecture news page.

Scottish Planning Bill
5 Dec – Sarah Baillie, Planning Partner at international law firm, Addleshaw Goddard, shares her views on the introduction of the Planning Bill into the Scottish Parliament today. Sarah Baillie is Partner with international law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP.
Read in full on the Edinburgh Building news page.

4 Dec 2017
Second Year Student Projects at Dundee School of Architecture
e-architect follow architectural student Sean Noon through his latest project designs:
Bathing Centre
Student Projects at Dundee School of Architecture

24 + 22 Nov
Builders vow to ensure Scots not left behind following Budget for housing

With the Chancellor today announcing a raft of measures aimed at significantly increasing levels of home building and “reviving the British dream of home ownership”, Scotland’s home building industry vowed to continue to hold the Scottish Government to account to ensure those living north of the border were not left behind.

Key amongst the Chancellor’s statements were the abolition of Stamp Duty Land Tax on homes under £300k for First Time Buyers, £15.3 billion of new financial support for house building over the next five years (which includes money for the government to buy land as well as delivering supporting infrastructure) and more money to help SME builders. This is in addition to the £10bn extra funding already announced for the English version of the Help to Buy shared equity scheme.

Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland Nicola Barclay said:

“The Chancellor correctly identifies that not only have successive governments, over decades, simply failed to build enough homes to enable people’s home ownership aspirations to be achieved, solving the housing challenge also requires money, planning reform and intervention.

“The case is similar in Scotland, where we also face the same barriers that have resulted in the number of new homes being built each year flatlining at levels still 36 per cent below the pre-recession levels of 2007. If we are going to effectively tackle Scotland’s chronic undersupply of housing and address affordability, it is imperative that we have an all-tenure target that identifies the large number of homes that are required. This would focus all our minds on ensuring that the system is geared up to enable all parties to deliver the homes needed.

“With Homes for Scotland and its member companies standing ready to work with Ministers and officials to make this happen, we will be watching the Scottish budget closely to ensure that any consequentials received from the housing announcements are similarly allocated, particularly in relation to unblocking the infrastructure constraints that impact those developers who are trying to build new communities.”

Barclay also considered the Chancellor’s review into the gap between planning permissions and housing starts, saying:

“The main constraints on the use of land for housing are related to obtaining all of the necessary approvals and agreements, a process which is lengthy, complex and unpredictable. So any action taken to address such blockers, or that identifies others, is positive.”

22 Nov
Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr
Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr
image courtesy of architects
Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr
Plans to build a new Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr are a step closer with the official contracts now signed after reaching financial close.

Neil Baxter Stands Down from RIAS
17 Nov – The Royal Incorporation has agreed to the request from the Secretary, Neil Baxter Hon FRIAS Hon FRIBA, to leave the organisation after ten years of service.

Neil will be standing down as of today and the senior management team at the RIAS will continue to deal with all matters relating to the business of the Incorporation.

18 Nov – Comment added by architect Alan Dunlop.

RIAS Secretary News

Comments welcome, send to info(at)e-architect.co.uk

SELECT welcomes building standards review and calls for mandatory use of approved certifier schemes
15 Nov – The Scottish Government should seize the chance of a new review into building standards to make sure that its own approved certifier schemes become mandatory across the construction industry.

That was the view last night (Nov 14, 2017) of SELECT, the campaigning body for the electrotechnical trade in Scotland as it responded to the Review Panel on Building Standards (Compliance and Enforcement).

The review was prompted by an independent report into the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools last year after the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary, and the subsequent tragic events this year at Grenfell Tower in London.

SELECT welcomed the review panel and said that it looked forward to working with the relevant bodies with a view to helping to introduce real change into the Scottish building standards system.

Dave Forrester, Head of Technical Services at SELECT, said: “Parts of the building standards regime work very well at the moment. Technical standards, for instance, are flexible enough to accommodate change and innovation.

“However, there are a number of issues surrounding approved certification which we think the review could profitably address in order to remove anomalies and build confidence in the certification process.”

Mr Forrester pointed out that approved certifiers are directly responsible for the work that is certified under a building warrant. Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS), the membership organisation representing verifiers, has issued guidelines regarding certification services.

Some local authorities, however, are still either unaware of or ignoring the LABSS guidance and accepting forms of certification without detailed scrutiny.

Mr Forrester said: “The review is an excellent and thoughtful response to the issues raised by recent tragic events. It is an opportunity to really consider the regime of compliance and enforcement and to embrace meaningful change.

“This is the ideal moment to make it a mandatory requirement to use the existing approved certifier schemes, particularly for Government-funded work, and to extend the process to all Schedule 3 work [work subject to building regulations but not requiring a warrant].”

SELECT, Scotland’s largest trade association has over 1250 member companies who account for around 90% of all electrical installation work carried out in Scotland. They have a collective turnover of around £1 billion and provide employment for 15,000 people.

The New Tenement – Residences in the Inner City Since 1970 by Florian Urban
14 Nov – A publication on the new tenement by Florian Urban, Professor and Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA, has been issued by Routledge:
The New Tenement – Residences in the Inner City Since 1970

10 Nov
A New Chapter – Scottish Architects

Open letter, from A New Chapter to President Stewart Henderson of the RIAS

“A New Chapter is a loose (and growing) association of over 150 Scottish architects: many RIAS members, but all concerned at what they see as a lack of effectiveness, poor governance and insufficient financial accountability in Scottish architecture’s professional body.”

Dalbeattie Learning Campus Building
1 Nov – A £24 million state-of-the-art learning campus in Dalbeattie has been officially handed over to Dumfries and Galloway Council

The Dalbeattie Learning Campus will replace the town’s primary and secondary schools and council nursery schools, which have operated in a number of buildings on separate sites.

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of development partner hub South West added: “The new Dalbeattie Learning Campus will be a fantastic asset to Dalbeattie and the wider Dumfries and Galloway area. Developed with the region in mind, the new contemporary campus will offer the very best amenities, tailored to this communities’ rural heritage.

“This is the first project we have completed on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway council, and through this partnership we look forward to delivering more fantastic facilities that can be enjoyed throughout the region for generations to come.”

More info on the Glasgow Architecture news page

31 Oct 2017
132 Princes Street Offices, Edinburgh, South East Scotland
Design: 3DReid
132 Princes St Office Building by 3DReid
photograph : David Cadzow, Cadzow / Pelosi

132 Princes Street Offices Edinburgh
Architecture practice 3DReid has completed a sensitive £2.0 million conversion of three of the few remaining original Princes Street townhouses to office use. By converting the vacant upper storeys of the B-listed buildings and adding a contemporary extension, 3DReid has created 15,810sqft of light and practical quality office space for client and developer Hazledene House Limited.

GSA large-scale artwork by Louise Hopkins
Mackintosh Building Artwork by Louise Hopkins in Glasgow
photograph © Alan Dimmick
25 Oct – Glasgow School of Art Artwork by the leading artist Louise Hopkins unveiled on the central wall in front of the Mackintosh Building. A 2.5m high and 12.2m long digital print on metal, Dance Number, was specially commissioned by the GSA and is the artist’s largest work to date.

Queensferry Crossing – New Forth Road Bridge
Queensferry Crossing cables
photo © Ruth Asher
9 Oct – The structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span:
Queensferry Crossing

Work begins on multimillion pound Green Infrastructure projects
4 Oct 2017 – Close to £20 million will be spent transforming urban green spaces, says Scottish Natural Heritage

Aberdeen Building News

Scottish Natural Heritage – Social Housing Research
2 Oct 2017 – On World Habitat Day, Scottish Natural Heritage announces recently commissioned research into the opportunities for green infrastructure within housing projects.

Everyone in Scotland should be able to access nature on their doorstep, according to new SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska. As part of a wider drive to encourage greater access to green spaces, SNH has commissioned research into the opportunities to provide social housing projects with green infrastructure.

The theme for the United Nations’ World Habitat Day, October 2 2017, is Housing Policies: Affordable Homes. SNH’s ambition is that everyone should have easy access to good quality greenspace and opportunities to experience nature close to where they live, which supports the national indicator on access to local greenspace.

Green space and access to nature is beneficial for individuals, communities and society at large. There is also a growing recognition that access to nature can bring a range of health benefits.
The research, which will be published in April 2018, will review existing practice and research opportunities for green infrastructure to the residents of social housing and the wider community.

Francesca Osowska said, “Social housing providers account for around a quarter of new build homes in Scotland each year, and the Scottish Government has committed £3 billion over the lifetime of this parliament to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, including 35,000 social homes.

“Much of SNH’s work is focused on ensuring that everyone is able to participate in and engage with nature in ways that enrich our lives. The recommendations in the report will be used to inform and support future work.

“It is our vision that nature should be accessible to all, and by continuing our work with a wide variety of individuals, businesses, the voluntary and other public sector bodies, we will continue to achieve results for Scotland’s nature and people.”

Background

The Steering Group for the Social Housing and Green Infrastructure research project includes representatives from Scottish Government, the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and Architecture and Design Scotland.
Francesca Osowska joins Scottish Natural Heritage on October 2 2017. She was educated in Cumbria and at Cambridge University where she obtained an MA in economics. She also received and MA in European economics from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Francesca joined the civil service as an economist in 1993. Her first posting was in the Employment Department in Sheffield. After brief stints in London and Brussels, Francesca moved to Edinburgh in 1997 as a government economist with the then Scottish Office. In 1998 Francesca moved to the policy stream of the Scottish Office in the education department. Francesca then held posts in the education and justice departments of the Scottish Executive and was Head of Sport at the Scottish Executive / Government.
Between 2007 and 2009, Francesca was Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister, the Right Honourable Alex Salmond MSP, MP and moved in December 2009 to be Director for Culture, External Affairs and Tourism.

Francesca was appointed Director for Housing, Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games in the Scottish Government in January 2010 and subsequently moved to the post of Director for the Commonwealth Games and Sport in January 2013. And she was appointed as Director for the Scotland Office in the UK Government in January 2015. Francesca was awarded an OBE for services to Government and the Commonwealth Games in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2015.
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.
The theme for World Habitat Day 2 October 2017 is Housing Policies: Affordable Homes.

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986.

19 Sep 2017
Quarry Studios in the Scottish Highlands

19 Sep 2017
Inverness Justice Centre Building News
Design: Reiach and Hall, Architects
Inverness Justice Centre Building
image courtesy of architects

Scottish Justice Centre Building News
Work set to start after Highland Council gives updated design approval. Preparations to build Scotland’s first purpose-built Justice Centre in Inverness have taken another step forward after Highland Council approved the improved design.

Builders urge Scottish Government to guard against housing complacency
13 Sep 2017 – Scotland’s home building industry is urging the Scottish Government to guard against complacency over housing as new statistics show a marginal increase of just 251 homes (one per cent) completed in 2016-17 compared to the year previous.

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland, said:

“Given the chronic undersupply of housing in Scotland, any form of increase is obviously welcome but closer scrutiny of the figures shows serious systemic issues which appear to be being downplayed.

“The fact of the matter is that an additional 251 new homes doesn’t even begin to address the scale of Scotland’s housing crisis, and whilst affordable housing starts might be up, private sector numbers are down by nine per cent at their lowest level in three years. This is extremely worrying, not just in terms of its impact on the majority of Scots who aspire to own their homes but also in terms of the consequences for jobs, investment and economic growth.

“Unless there is a considered look at the big picture, the inter-dependences between sectors fully recognised and a whole system approach adopted, there must be serious doubt about the achievability of any party’s housing targets.

“The Housing Minister states that he stands ready to discuss solutions to stimulate private sector growth. These latest figures underline that now is the time for action if we are to safeguard our country’s social well-being and future prosperity.”

9 Sep 2017
Cumbernauld Community Campus Building

Home building boss wins CEO of the Year at the Scottish Women’s Awards
1 Sep 2017 – The boss of trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS), Nicola Barclay, won CEO of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Women’s Awards in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

Approaching her second year in post as Chief Executive, Nicola is focused on addressing Scotland’s housing crisis by creating the conditions that are necessary for increasing the delivery of new homes. With direct responsibility for managing the HFS secretariat, delivering business strategy and meeting the wide-ranging needs of some 200 member companies, she said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised by the Scottish Women’s Awards. As a female leader in what is still very much a male-dominated industry, it is essential other women, particularly those of the younger generation, know that they can achieve in any field they choose.

“However, it remains a juggling act for many of us and that is why it is so important that we support each other and create the platform for even more brilliant women to shine.”

Previously Principal Planning Advisor and Director of Planning at HFS before becoming Chief Executive, Nicola’s 20 years’ experience also includes periods working with Scottish Futures Trust as well as a number of HFS member companies.

A Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Nicola is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and an active member of Women in Property. She also currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Financial Innovation Advisory and Joint Housing Policy & Delivery Groups, the CITB Scotland Committee, NHBC Scottish committee and the Consumer Code for Home Builders’ Board.

In addition, Nicola has formed a charity partnership between HFS and Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, travelling to India in January 2017 to work on a build for a family within a rural tribal community – an experience she says will stay with her forever.

30 Aug 2017
Arisaig House by Philip Webb in Scotland

Doors Open Days in Scotland – Favourite Buildings
29 Aug 2017 – To celebrate the launch of Doors Open Days 2017 and its own 50th anniversary, the Scottish Civic Trust has invited writers, artists, architects, academics and members of the public to nominate their favourite Scottish door:
Doors Open Days in Scotland

The Mill Quarter, Perth
29 Aug 2017 – Expresso Property Ltd has announced that it has concluded missives on The Mill Quarter site, a brand new landmark mixed leisure scheme with residential apartments. The scheme will be a catalyst for economic change in Perth and will significantly transform the City’s visitor destination offer on completion. Construction works are due to commence in 2018 with works due for completion in summer 2019.

The Mill Quarter Perth Building
image from architect

Mill Quarter is a new leisure hub at the heart of the City, comprising a state of the art multi-screen cinema: a mix of bars; restaurants and speciality shops, a 205 space multi-storey car park and 58 new apartments.
During the construction phase, the scheme will support 200 jobs, (107 direct construction jobs and 93 indirect supplier jobs), and will have an end investment value of £30m, creating around 126 new jobs in Perth on completion. The scheme has been designed by Holmes Miller Architects.

Nick Robinson of Expresso Property the developer of The Mill Quarter commented, “We are delighted to announce we have concluded missives for The Mill Quarter site from Perth and Kinross Council. The next stage is to obtain planning and we hope to apply shortly in the hope that construction works will begin in the first half of 2018.”

Stephen Hampshire of Expresso Property said, “With the support of Perth and Kinross Council, Invest in Perth and designers of the scheme Holmes Miller Architects, we are pleased to be providing this new landmark leisure hub and also to play our part in creating over 300 jobs. The Mill Quarter development is a catalyst for change that will drive Perth’s economic growth and give the City’s residents a brand new leisure destination to be proud of”.

Councillor Ian Campbell, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The Mill Quarter development is an exciting opportunity to develop and enhance Perth’s leisure offering for residents and visitors, and I’m pleased to see the project reach this milestone. Expresso Property has identified the city as a positive location for growth and investment, and this sends out an important signal to existing and potential investors that Perth is the place to be.”

For more information on developments by Expresso Property, please visit www.expressoproperty.co.uk

Mosaic Architecture + Design News
Mosaic Architecture + Design news
photo from architects office
28 Aug 2017 – Mosaic Architecture + Design, one of Scotland’s most experienced practices, has acquired Burnet Bell (Glasgow’s second oldest architectural practice, dating back to 1878) for an undisclosed sum, boosting its staff numbers to 20.

The acquisition adds Glasgow School of Art, St. Aloysius’ College and St. Columba’s School amongst others to Mosaic’s burgeoning client portfolio and enhances its offering of consultancy services, which includes architecture, interior design, masterplanning, to a range of sectors, such as education, residential care and hospitality.

Perth City Hall Building Renovation
Perth City Hall interior renovation by Mecanoo
image courtesy of architects office
Perth City Hall Building Renovation
27 Aug 2017 – The category B-listed building will be transformed into a cultural facility with exhibition spaces, learning suite, café and retail space.

Springfield Properties News
22 Aug 2017 – Springfield Properties, a leading housebuilder focused on Scotland offering private and affordable housing, announces its full year results for the year ended 31 May 2017.

Affordable Housing

Springfield has achieved a solid track record since entering the affordable housing market in 2002. This part of the Group’s business has contracted revenues and low capital exposure.

Over the years the group have increasingly become a trusted partner of local authorities as they steadily increase the number of affordable homes built and handed over. One of the main aims of the company over the past two years has been to increase the size of the affordable housing business. This year the group have built 183 affordable homes, up 91% from 2015/2016. This brings the number of affordable homes built to date to over 1,500 homes, and gives the firm approximately 4% share of the affordable housing market in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has allocated £3.2 billion to build 50,000 affordable homes over the course of this parliament. This is a massive increase from the 30,000 target of the last five years. The firm’s land buying and planning team have been busy securing land to help meet this target and expect to see positive results from this activity start to feed through into the accounts next year. The company have strong relationships with 12 local authorities and housing associations and are negotiating with seven more. These relationships will be instrumental in reaching the firm’s target to double turnover in affordable housing over the next two years.

In the 2017/2018 year, the focus will continue to be to progress five villages and bring those most advanced towards completion.

Perth City Hall Competition
13 + 10 Aug 2017 – Mecanoo Architects become Perth & Kinross Council’s preferred partner to bring forward a transformation of the historic Perth City Hall following an international design competition after winning the most support during a public engagement exercise.

Seeing off four other shortlisted teams Mecanoo will now be tasked with overhauling the current attraction and surrounding public realm to create a £20m museum.

Perth City Hall Competition Winner

Buildings to Help Power Offishore Wind Faerm for SSE
Wick Harbour Buildings
image courtesy of architects
7 Aug 2017 – Historical maritime buildings in the harbour of Wick in Caithness, Scotland, will be brought back into operation when renovated to act as the hub for one of the largest new offshore wind farms in the UK.
Work is well underway to build the £2.6 billion, 84 turbine offshore wind farm in the outer Moray Firth. Designed by world famous Scottish engineer Thomas Telford in 1807, the conservation of the onshore maritime buildings will play a key part in generating 588MW of sustainable energy from the wind farm to go into the grid.

More info at Pick Everard Architects

Ayr Academy Building
Ayr Academy Building
photo courtesy of developer
7 Aug – The new £25m Ayr Academy secondary school, built by Keir Construction and delivered by construction and infrastructure-focused partnership hub South West on behalf of South Ayrshire Council, is set to open when the school summer holidays end later in August.

Edinburgh’s Ross Pavilion Competition Winner
Ross Pavilion wHY
image courtesy of architects
2 Aug – An architects office based in Los Angeles wins this important international architecture competition in the heart of the Scottish capital city.

The L.A. architecture studio beat off competition from 125 teams from 22 countries to design the £25m project to revitalise West Princes Street Gardens.

Full design team: wHY, GRAS, Groves-Raines Architects, Arup, Studio Yann Kersalé, O Street, Stuco, Creative Concern, Noel Kingsbury, Atelier Ten and Lawrence Barth with Alan Cumming, Aaron Hicklin, Beatrice Colin, Peter Ross, Alison Watson and Adrian Turpin:

wHY architecture – Ross Pavilion Competition Winner

Rest and Be Thankful Motorsport Centre
22 Jul – 17 Sep 2017 Level Two, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

The Rest and be Thankful is known throughout the motorsport world as a venue of international significance. This famous road in the south of Argyll and Bute, connecting the western shore of Loch Lomond to the Kintyre peninsula.
KennedyTwaddle Architects has designed a multi-purpose building that will celebrate Scottish motorsports heritage:
Rest and Be Thankful Motorsport Centre
image courtesy of architects

Pair of Glasgow’s iconic buildings to get new uses
Glasgow Colleges of Building & Printing
photo from wylie shanks architects
26 Jul – Plans for the Metropolitan Tower, known to generations as the College of Building and Printing and which can been seen from all of the city, will be on public display on Saturday 29 July. The exhibition will be open between 10.30am and 4pm that day in the foyer of the Metropolitan Tower.

Also on display at that exhibition will be the plans for the sister building on Cathedral Street – the Charles Oakley Building.

Metropolitan Tower Glasgow

Ripple Retreat Building
22 Jul – Ripple Retreat designed by Edinburgh architects Kettle Collective has recently opened. The respite house located in The Trossachs is for young people with cancer and their families.

Ripple Retreat Scotland by Kettle Collective

The serene £1million retreat is placed on the southern bank of Loch Venachar, Callander.

Engineers Cundall undertook dynamic thermal modelling of the building to ascertain the potential thermal comfort performance of the spaces using natural ventilation via external window openings.

Ayr Riverside Development, South West Scotland
Architects: Keppie Design ; Masterplan by Niall McLaughlin Architects
Ayr Riverside Office Development | www.e-architect.co.uk
image courtesy of architects

Ayr Riverside Office Buildings
21 Jul – Construction work is due to start early in 2018 on a new £10m Ayr Riverside Office Development following an agreement to award the construction contract to Tier 1 contractor, Morgan Sindall.

RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award
Scottish Waterski Centre Dunfermline Buildng | www.e-architect.co.uk
photos © David Barbour
24 + 18 Jul – The inaugural RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award recognises the crucial role architects play in delivering a better world and encourages the great architects of the future at the outset of their careers.

This year, the award went to TAP Architecture, recognising two innovative and technically challenging projects: the Aerial Adventures, East Kilbride, and the Scottish National Waterski Centre, Dunfermline.

21 Jul
Engine Shed Project Forthside, Stirling

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards 2017
18 Jul – Fifteen student projects were presented at a special event held in Edinburgh on Thursday 13 July.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th year student:
Paschalis Kyrtsopoulis, University of Strathclyde

Architecture and Design Scotland Award for Best 3rd Year Student:
Naomi Rubbra, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award:
Hannah Cattanach, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Architecture and Design Scotland Sustainable Design Award:
Naomi Rubbra, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Andy MacMillan Drawing Award:
Robert Wightman, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards 2017

Cumbernauld Community Campus
Cumbernauld Community Campus Building Theatre Wing
image courtesy of developers
Cumbernauld Community Campus Building
12 Jul – An agreement to build a new £34.5m Cumbernauld Community Campus which will bring together a purpose-built high school and a new theatre and arts venue was reached on Thursday 29th June.

The camous will be home to a purpose-built secondary education facility accommodating 950 students following the amalgamation during the 2014/15 school session of Cumbernauld and Abronhill High Schools.

HM The Queen Visits Kelpie Sculptures at Helix Falkirk
8 Jul – The Queen has unveiled a plaque officially naming Scotland’s newest section of canal after her. The canal was built as part of the £43m Helix project near Falkirk, which includes the famous Kelpies sculptures:

The Queen Visits Kelpie Sculptures at Helix Falkirk

The Custom House, Greenock’s Jewel in the Crown, opens its doors to global business
7 Jul – A Georgian architectural masterpiece in one of the most dramatic locations in Scotland has been restored to its former glory. The building was originally designed by celebrated Scottish architect William Burns.
Custom House Greenock Building | www.e-architect.co.uk
photo © mcateer photograph
Custom House Greenock Building

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards 2017
4 Jul 2017 – The Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture showcase and celebrate the best of Scotland’s emerging talent. This event takes place on 13th July at Cafe Camino in Edinburgh to see presentations from this years nominated students.

In 2017, for the first time, judging will take place at a public event which has been coined ‘Chiff-Chaff’ after the little bird whose song is a short series of repeated notes. During the Chiff-Chaff each of the 15 students will have 5 minutes to present their own work to the judging panel and audience. Awards will be given for the following categories:

RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for Best 5th Year Student
A&DS Award for Best 3rd Year Student
A&DS Urban Design Award
A&DS Sustainable Design Award
RIAS Andy MacMillan Drawing Award

The awards give an opportunity to see the creativity and vision of Scotland’s future architects and emphasises current trends in architectural education. If you are looking for a Part I or Part II graduate to join your office this is an ideal opportunity to see some of the best graduates from all 5 Scottish schools of architecture in one place.

The 2017 Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture will be given by our guest judge Sunand Prasad of Penoyre Prasad Architects and will focus on his recent work and architectural philosophy.

The Prize Giving Ceremony will follow the lecture and conclude the evening at 7.30pm.

For more information and booking:
A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards 2017

Help to Buy provides £1bn economic boost as 10,000 households purchase a new home

2 July 2017 – The number of households that have purchased a new home through the Scottish Government’s Help to Buy shared equity scheme has topped ten thousand, according to latest figures.

The scheme, which means buyers can purchase a new home with only a five per cent deposit, saw a total of 2,370 sales during 2016/17. This takes the overall number of transactions since the introduction of Help to Buy (Scotland) in 2013 over the ten thousand mark – supporting thousands of jobs and contributing £1bn in Gross Value Added to the economy.

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland, said:

“The fact that over 10,000 households have benefited from Help to Buy is a clear demonstration of both the scheme’s success and the aspiration of Scots to own their own home. The scheme is also helping to relieve pressure on the public sector with around five per cent of purchasers having moved from social rented housing and five per cent having been on a social housing waiting list.

“With current housing completions still over 36 per cent down on pre-recession levels, Help to Buy (Scotland) has been absolutely crucial in providing confidence and certainty for customers as well as builders in terms of planning and investment decisions.

“Above all, however, these figures illustrate the vital role home building has to play not only in terms of Scotland’s social wellbeing but also its economic success.”

Housing and Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“I am pleased that, along with our scheme partners, the Scottish Government has so far been able to help over 10,000 households to access an affordable new build home through Help to Buy (Scotland).

“This has helped boost the economy and it’s great to see that we’ve managed to help younger people, with half of purchasers under aged 30 or under, to support so many first time buyers and enable people to move from social housing and from waiting lists into sustainable home ownership.”

University of Edinburgh Student Centre
University of Edinburgh Student Centre Building
image courtesy of architects

27 Jun – Edinburgh University has unveiled plans designed by Glasgow’s Page\Park Architects for a radical extension to Teviot Row House, billed as the world’s oldest purpose-built student union, under a £75m modernization plan, report urban realm.

University of Edinburgh Student Centre Building

University of St Andrews Music Centre Building News
27 Jun – The University of St Andrews has finalised plans for an £8m music centre designed by architects Flanagan Lawrence. It is located at Queen’s Terrace and work could begin by the end of the year.

University of St Andrews Music Centre building design
images courtesy of architects

Conceived to complete the historic St Mary’s Quadrangle, replacing an area given over to temporary buildings and a car park, the new school will include rehearsal and teaching spaces as well as a studio, recording suite and library.

University of St Andrews Music Centre building design

Edinburgh School Building Investigation
22 + 21 Jun – CIOB announces Commission of Past Presidents to investigate build quality

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), in light of the report into the defects that led to the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh earlier this year and subsequent events, announced the formation of a Commission of Past Presidents to investigate the issue of build quality in the construction industry, and what needs to be done to address it.

The Commission will consider what steps the CIOB needs to take to address the already identified issues around management and supervision, the importance for our education framework, and whether there are further steps the industry can take to contribute to improving build quality.

Edinburgh School Buildings

Inverness Justice Centre
Inverness Justice Centre Building design
image courtesy of architects
19 Jun – The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have brought forward revised plans for a new Inverness Justice Centre, building upon the initial concept conceived by Reiach and Hall Architects, Edinburgh.

The updated design rationalizes accommodation and provides a new public space as well as improving access by car and will be placed on public display in the magnus Room of the Royal Highland Hotel between 15:00 and 19:00 on 22 June.

RIAS Awards 2017 Winners
16 Jun – At its Awards Dinner in Edinburgh, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) announced 12 winners for its 2017 Awards, representing the very best of current Scottish architecture. The judging panel was Ole Wiig FRIAS, Lorraine Landels Hon FRIAS, Stuart McKnight RIAS RIBA (representing the Royal Institute of British Architects) andKaren Anderson FRIAS (Timber Award).

Read more at RIAS Awards 2017 News

Perth City Hall Building Designs
15 Jun – Architects shortlisted designs exhibition for Perth City Hall redevelopment as cultural attraction: Mecanoo, Richard Murphy Architects, Hoskins Architects, Austin Smith Lord and LDN. enabling the public to have their say on initial concept designs.

Read more at Perth City Hall Shortlisted Design News

The Engine Shed Announces New Building Conservation Diploma
9 Jun – Historic Environment Scotland’s Engine Shed has launched its Advanced Diploma Course in Technical Building Conservation, the first of its kind.

Aimed at those with experience in the built heritage sector and interested in developing their career within building conservation, the new postgraduate course will be taught at the Engine Shed by in-house experts from Historic Environment Scotland and other leading professionals from around the UK and abroad.

The 10-month programme will begin in August 2017 and offers a unique proposition to students due to the high number of teaching hours they will receive from course leaders and lecturers. This will be enhanced with hands-on craft demonstrations, laboratory work, studio exercises in 3D digital documentation techniques and regular field trips to active projects around the HES estate.

The course seeks to raise standards in the sector by focusing on technical aspects of traditional materials which has become less of a focus in other training programmes and combining this with learning around conservation science and the latest digital documentation techniques and technologies.

Postgraduate Course Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, Gordon Urquhart, said: “The introduction of this course marks a significant new chapter for Scotland and the international conservation sector. We want to raise standards in caring for our built heritage and demonstrate the continuing cultural and economic relevance of traditional buildings, materials and skills. Scotland has world class expertise in many of these topics and we will provide unique access to them. This course sits at the heart of the Engine Shed offer.”

The postgraduate level qualification is designed to provide comprehensive training for a new generation of heritage professionals, as well as enhancing expertise and skills of experienced conversation practitioners.

Deadline for applications to the course is 31st July 2017 with only 15 places available in its first-year applicants are encouraged to apply early. On completion of the four Units, students will receive a diploma certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and issued by Forth Valley College. The course is designed to allow practising professionals to attend classes on a part-time basis and / or select modules they wish to complete as part of their continuing professional development.

In addition to the new Advanced Diploma, the Engine Shed will also run a week-long Conservation Summer School beginning Monday 12th June. The course will provide an introduction to building conservation and traditional building materials and skills through a mix of talks, workshops, field trips and hands-on activities. Targeted at home owners and professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge, tickets are priced at £150 for the day or £550 for the full week of tuition.

Opening in 2017, the Engine Shed will create and deliver educational resources and training on traditional building skills and materials for those in the industry as well as a fun and inspiring space for schools, local people, and visitors to get involved with building conservation through activities, exhibitions, and a jam-packed events programme.

For more information on the summer school, please visit www.engineshed.org or to register your interest in the advanced diploma contact Gordon Urquhart at Gordon.urquhart@hes.scot or visit the Engine Shed website.

Scottish Design Awards Winners
28 + 26 May – e-architect attended this event.

Key winners on the night were:

Grand Prix:
ORIAM – Scotland’s Performance Centre by Reiach and Hall Architects

Chairman’s Award:
Culardoch Shieling by Moxon Architects Ltd

Practice of the Year:
Reiach and Hall Architects

See the full list at Scottish Design Awards News

The price of not buying new? It could be as much as £50,000!

15 May 2017 – New research carried out by the home building industry has found that the cost of upgrading an older property to the same standard as a new build home could be as much as £50,000. The publication of the data comes at the start of this year’s New Homes Week (15-21 May) which aims to highlight the many benefits for consumers of buying a new build home.

From living in an energy efficient home that could save you hundreds of pounds on your utility bills each year, to the brand-new fixtures and fittings that come as standard, buying a new build home offers many advantages when compared to buying an older property.

The research looked at the work that might have to be carried out when people move into an older home, and what would have to be done to a home to bring it up to the standards of a new property which also comes with a warranty protecting the buyer from liability on structural problems within the first 10 years.  Whether it’s the price of buying and fitting a new kitchen (£7,900) or having a house rewired (£8,850), the costs for people moving into an older home can quickly mount up.

For a homeowner who wants to get the same standard of finish and functionality they could expect from a new build home, the cost could be up to £51,643. This includes paying out for:

  • Kitchen – £7,900
  • Bathroom – £3,800
  • Central heating – £6,185
  • Wiring – £8,850
  • Plastering – £5,240
  • Decorating – £2,500
  • Flooring – £2,628
  • Insulation – £775
  • Windows and doors – £4,900
  • Roofing – £4,000
  • Guttering – £690
  • External rendering – £4,175

And the savings continue: while just 26% of second hand homes achieve an energy efficiency rating of A to C, 94% of homes built in 2016 could boast such standards.

Commenting on the figures, Nicola Barclay,  Chief Executive  of Homes for Scotland, said:

“Whether you are starting out on the housing ladder, upgrading with a growing family or downsizing after children have left the nest, the new build market offers the widest possible range of options to suit every stage of your housing journey.

“New homes also offer important benefits second-hand homes simply can’t match.  As well as being built to suit modern lifestyle requirements and providing the peace of mind of a ten year warranty and protection of the Consumer Code for Home Builders, they can also help save buyers a lot of money and stressful upgrading as today’s report shows.”

Download report “Avoid the Money pit – the cost of upgrading old to new”

31 May
Culardoch Shieling in the Cairngorms National Park

30 May
Wavegarden Scotland

Orkney Research + Innovation Campus
Orkney Research + Innovation Campus Building
image courtesy of architects
Orkney Research + Innovation Campus Building
5 May – Threesixty Architecture have been appointed for the redevelopment of the old Academy and former Primary School of Stromness.

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