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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 post on changes to major traditional buildings in Scotland.

Scottish Architecture News 2017

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”

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.

Scottish Home Improvement figures fall further behind the rest of Great Britain
25 Apr – As many households undertook a spring clean over Easter, home improvement figures within Scotland however still decreased in popularity across 2016, the only region or country to do so in Great Britain, falling by 4 per cent.

Published today, the ‘Home Improvers of Great Britain 2017’ report, compiled by construction industry analysts Barbour ABI in collaboration with the Federation of Master Builders, shows that for every one-hundred private homes, Scotland had on average 1.1 home improvement applications in 2016. East Lothian was the leading district in the region with 2.0, resulting in a 6 per cent increase.

East Lothian, even as the leading district for home improvement in Scotland, is only just on par with the proportion of homeowners submitting planning applications for home improvements in Great Britain. There are of course bright spots in the figures, with solid rises in home improvement applications for Fife and Perth & Kinross, both now in the top five of the 2016 league table.

At the other end of the spectrum of the Barbour ABI league table, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire remaining stuck at the bottom of the home improvement table in Scotland, despite a moderately strong rise in applications in Glasgow over the past two years.

However the Office of National Statistics Family Spending survey does suggest that overall spending on home improvements in Scotland is improving. Households spent on average about £920 annually across 2015 and 2016. The means the total annual spend across the nation on home improvements comes in at £1.9 billion, suggesting there may be fewer but more ambitious home improvement projects.

Gordon Nelson, Director of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland, said: “The report shows that demand for home improvement work contracted by 4% in Scotland in 2016 compared with 2015 and the country sits at the very bottom of the league table of home improvers. However, not all home improvement projects need planning permission – the figures may be masking the many smaller refurbishment projects being delivered in Scotland that do not require this. That said, the larger projects provide a significant wider economic kick and as such, these results do not paint a very rosy picture for Scotland. In more positive news, Fife enjoyed a significant 14% increase compared with the previous year and East Lothian topped the table for a second year in a row in terms of overall number of planning permissions for home improvement. However, looking at the broader picture and comparing these results to that of Wales, it’s clear that Scotland is lagging behind.”

Michael Dall, Lead Economist at Barbour ABI, said: “The overall number of home improvement applications in Scotland was more than 21,000 in 2016, still below the 22,000 level in 2014. However, over the past year the fall can be more than accounted for in the decline in applications within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire and the continued fall away in applications in Dumfries and Galloway. Subtract these three local authorities and the picture of Scottish home improvement is one of a very gentle rise over the past five years.”

About Barbour ABI:
Barbour ABI is a leading provider of construction intelligence services. With a team of in-house research specialists and a dedicated economics team, it provides commercially relevant insight and unique analysis of trends and developments within the building and construction industry.

Perth City Hall Building News
18 Apr – Five of the biggest names in UK architecture are vying for the right to redesign Perth City Hall with the building’s re-opening scheduled for 2021, reports The Courier.

Each has a grand vision for redeveloping the building into a cultural attraction capable of bringing visitors to the city from around the world. Shortlisted architects, alphabetical order:

– Austin Smith Lord
– Hoskins Architects
– LDN
– Mecanoo
– Richard Murphy Architects

Perth City Hall Building Renewal

The Bridge, Dumfries
7 Apr – First turf cut at The Bridge as hub South West’s latest initiative gets under way

The evolution of Dumfries as a Learning Town took another step forward this week with a ground breaking ceremony for The Bridge, an innovative educational building which will bring new opportunities and benefits for the entire community. The architects are Holmes Miller.

The Bridge Dumfries building

The Bridge, a stylish and modern facility, will be built next to the King George V Sports Complex on Glasgow Road and will help people develop specialist skills and knowledge that they need for further education and work.

It is the latest initiative to be facilitated by hub South West, the construction and infrastructure-focused partnership which works with forward-looking companies in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

And it is the newest project for Dumfries Learning Town which aims to deliver education on a “whole town” basis, to ensure education of the highest quality with students benefitting from common timetables, shared resources, improved facilities and increased aspiration.

The Bridge ceremony was attended by key officials from Dumfries and Galloway Council, hub South West and Graham Construction, which will build The Bridge with an expected completion date of winter next year.

The Bridge building

Jeff Leaver, chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education Committee, said: “Dumfries Learning Town is vital to the future of children in and around the Dumfries area as we strive to deliver first class educational facilities which are fit for the future.

“We are making excellent progress on all our projects, but The Bridge is a key component of the DLT development. This ground breaking ceremony marks the start something special. The young people of tomorrow will be able to take advantage of this fabulous undertaking.”

Michael McBrearty, hub South West Chief Executive, said: “Dumfries Learning Town an exciting and ambitious project of which hub South West is thrilled to be a part. With work on the St. Joseph’s modernisation and development of the new NorthWest Campus well underway, Phase 1 of the whole-town learning initiative is progressing well.

“The Bridge will be a modern and innovative approach to supporting the additional learning and further education of youngsters in the Dumfries area so it is fantastic that plans have now moved forward. We will be on site in the coming weeks.”

hub South West partnership enables cost-efficient design and construction of community facilities within South West Scotland. It aims to provide value for money and generate growth in the local economy through a new method of partnership working and procurement.

Drum Completes Sale at Prime Four

7 Apr – Lloyd’s Register Office sold for £43.2 million

Prime Four Business Park Kingswells building

Drum Property Group has completed the construction of a 102,000 square foot office at Prime Four Business Park, Kingswells, Aberdeen which LCN Capital Partners has acquired as part of a build-to-suit transaction for £43.2m.

More at Aberdeen Architecture News

pentastyle comes to Inverness

Frankfurt am Main, 29 March 2017 – Inverness, capital of the Highlands of Scotland, now has a fully refurbished pentahotel, bringing the penta group’s innovative “neighbourhood-lifestyle” approach to four-star hospitality to the heart of this strikingly beautiful city.

The 90 rooms, arranged on five floors, have undergone a complete makeover in the fresh and engaging pentastyle, where mattresses specially made for penta offer an exceptional standard of sleep. Its trademark pentalounge – combining reception, 24/7 bar and lounge, with pool table, game consoles and delicious food – is designed as a gathering place where visitors, locals and the business community can relax and mingle.

Set on Academy Street, just 100 yards from the station and 8 miles from the international airport, pentahotel Inverness is perfectly placed to serve all participants in the life of this city. Inverness is the fourth most popular tourist destination in the UK: gateway to the Highlands, close to Loch Ness and Culloden, and with plenty to see in the city itself. It is also a burgeoning centre for academic and medical research and education, and associated businesses and start-ups.

Inverness Buildings News

Ross Pavilion Competition Shortlist

Ross Pavilion International Design Competition
photo © Malcolm Reading Consultants / David Springford

28 Mar – seven finalist teams selected to proceed to the second stage of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition over in Edinburgh:

• Adjaye Associates (UK)
• BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark)
• Flanagan Lawrence (UK)
• Page \ Park Architects (UK)
• Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (Norway)
• wHY (USA)
• William Matthews Associates (UK) and Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)

Ross Pavilion International Design Competition

hub South West News

27 Mar – hub South West zones into new Girvan leisure centre

hub South West, the construction and infrastructure-focused partnership, has handed over a purpose built Community Leisure Centre to South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL), in Girvan, South Ayrshire.

hub South West Girvan leisure centre

The Quay Zone, a £5.4 million sports and leisure facility looking out over the much-loved Girvan seafront, was completed ahead of schedule, and is to be operated by SCCL on behalf of South Ayrshire Council. SCCL is currently recruiting and training staff for an anticipated April opening.

The new facility will provide much-needed leisure and community facilities across the area, including a gym, flexible multipurpose studio spaces, a 25m swimming pool, soft play area, community space and a café.

Girvan leisure centre building

The Quay Zone’s name and logo were chosen by way of competition, which was won by Ballantrae resident, Robert Whittington (35). Robert, a gardener at Glennapp Castle Hotel, won a free year’s membership at the flagship facility.

hub South West at Girvan leisure centre

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South West said: “The handover of this long-awaited leisure centre is a momentous occasion for the communities of Girvan and South Carrick.

“As a multi-purpose development, enhanced wonderfully by stunning views of the Ailsa Craig, the Quay Zone will offer members and families a warm and welcoming atmosphere as well as access to the very best leisure facilities.

“It will be fantastic to see local residents enjoying all the Quay Zone has to offer once it opens its doors this spring.”

Girvan leisure centre swimming pool

Ken Johnstone, Chair of SCCL said; “We are very excited about taking on our new role as the operators of the Quay Zone and are gearing up to get everything going now we have the keys.

“We’ve come this far together and I know we can really make this work, so be sure to get on board and help us put Girvan, South Carrick and the Quay Zone well and truly on the map.”

hub South West Girvan

Additional funding for the facility has come from a variety of sources, including SportScotland and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, the William Grant Foundation and the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund.

W: hubsouthwestscotland.co.uk

Climate Change Hat Trick for HES

24 Mar – WWF recognises Scotland’s lead public body for the historic environment for the third year in a row

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has been awarded the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland Public Body Champion Award for the third year in a row in recognition of its work to tackle climate change, it was announced today (24th March).

The award was presented prior to the WWF’s annual ‘Earth Hour’ initiative, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 25th March). This event sees people across the globe switch off their lights for an hour between 8.30pm – 9.30 pm, raising awareness of the need to lower carbon emissions.

HES is working with partners across Scotland to switch off the lights at 15 historic castles and abbeys in recognition of Earth Hour tomorrow. The organisation’s Climate Change team have also been working hard to create real change across the organisation, cutting emissions and creating a greener workplace by supporting events like Pass it On Week and The Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge as well as carrying out research into the impact of climate change on historic buildings in an effort to combat it.

WWF Scotland Director, Lang Banks, said: “I’m delighted to announce Historic Environment Scotland as our Public Body Champion for all their efforts in support of our annual Earth Hour initiative. This award clearly demonstrates the commitment of the organisation to tackling climate change and protecting our brilliant planet. We look forward to working with our newly crowned Champions for Earth Hour 2017.”

The historic sites switching off the lights in 2017 are:

• Arbroath Abbey
• Castle Campbell
• Clickimin Broch
• Dundonald Castle
• Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
• Dunkeld Cathedral
• Edinburgh Castle
• Glasgow Cathedral
• Jedburgh Abbey
• Kelso Abbey
• Linlithgow Palace
• Melrose Abbey
• Stirling Castle
• Sueno’s Stone
• Urquhart Castle

Homes for Scotland

23 Mar – The shortlist for Scotland’s premier home building industry awards has been announced as trade body Homes for Scotland prepares to acknowledge the sector’s achievements at its largest celebration to date:

Homes for Scotland Awards

New Neighbour for Glasgow School of Art Building

9 Mar – Councillors in Glasgow have deferred a decision on controversial plans by HAUS Architects for a student accommodation block next to Rennie Mackintosh’s Grade A-listed Glasgow School of Art.

e-architect first reported on this student residential development had been proposed for a key Sauchiehall St plot in August 2016 (lower down this page).

looking south down Dalhousie Street, the Glasgow School of Art on right
Dalhousie Street Building in Glasgow

Earlier this week it was reported that proposals to build a student housing development adjoining the world-renowned Glasgow School of Art (GSA) campus have been recommended for approval by planning officials after the project was reduced by one floor.

GSA said they are “significantly concerned” about design’s impact on the Mackintosh Building.

The world-famous school is two years into a meticulous restoration project – overseen by respected architect David Page of Page \ Park Architects – which aims to revive this iconic building.

It would be a “tragedy” if a decision were taken to support a development that will block light into over half the south elevation of the building.

looking north across Sauchiehall Street, the Glasgow School of Art visible up Dalhousie Street on right:
Dalhousie Street Building in Glasgow

The developers Urban Pulse plan to demolish the former Jumpin’ Jaks nightclub on Sauchiehall Street and include roof gardens, study rooms, common areas and a cinema room.

At street level it is also proposed to reinstate the retail and leisure units currently located on the popular thoroughfare into the city, as well as providing improvements to the public realm along Dalhousie Street.

Revised plans submitted by Haus Architects show the development will be seven-storeys high, one storey shorter than the original design which was unveiled in August last year.

The building is immediately adjacent to the Glasgow School of Art by architect Rennie Mackintosh, which is located up the hill to the north.

New building on site of former Jumpin Jaks Glasgow

185 studio flats will be housed in a single building extending from three to eight storeys as it rises from Sauchiehall Street up Dalhousie Street, with ground floor retail provision stretching along the former and a central lightwell drawing daylight to the interior.

New building on site of Jumpin Jaks Glasgow

The number of flats have been reduced from 185 to 181 while the alterations will also increase visibility of the Mack’s southern gable, increasing the amount of light able to reach the school in the process.

view from from Sauchiehall Street, looking north east, the GSA is not visible
Dalhousie Street Building in Glasgow

The building is faced with smooth pre-cast concrete with copper rainscreen panels.

A report to Glasgow City Council’s councillors states the proposal “is acceptable in land use planning terms” and that the council “has given due care to the potential for the proposal to impact upon the character and appearance of the surrounding conservation area and setting of adjacent listed buildings. The planning authority is satisfied that the design enhances the character and appearance of the Central Conservation Area and preserves the special interest of adjacent listed buildings. On the basis of the foregoing, it is recommended that planning permission be granted subject to conditions.”

New Sauchiehall Street building on Jumpin Jaks Glasgow site

Justice Centre in Inverness
7 Mar – A £23m justice centre in the Highland capital has been approved by planners, thus allowing it to progress the build this Spring.
Inverness Justice Centre Building
image courtesy of architects
Justice Centre Building in Inverness

Juniper Green Townhouses

24 Feb 2017 – Glencairn Properties have moved on-site with a development of four contemporary townhouses at Woodhall Drive in the village of Juniper Green, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, reports Urban Realm.

Juniper Green townhouse

Designed by Lynsay Bell Architecture the three-storey properties will each house five bedrooms and open plan living spaces with extensive glazing looking out onto south facing gardens.

Juniper Green townhouse

Replacing a disused community centre on the same site the properties also boast south facing terraces on the first floor with views to the Pentland Hills and vertical strips of curtain wall glazing to visually distinguish one home from the next.

Juniper Green townhouse

Lynsay Bell commented: “The vision was to create contemporary and desirable family homes hallmarked by the quality of their design. We also needed to consider the fact that the surrounding residential properties vary vastly in terms of their design and aesthetic. We strive to take architectural design to new levels and have ensured that Woodhall Drive has its own character that’s progressive and reflective of our design ethos and Glencairn’s vision for the development.”

A materials specification places dark bronze matt finished aluminium and buff coloured facing brickwork to the fore, with vertical timber fin screens employed for privacy.

The architects are based at 18 Walker Street in Edinburgh:
Lynsay Bell Architecture

Courtyard Edinburgh
24 Feb – A senior Marriott Vice President has travelled to Edinburgh to officially open a £30 million restoration project he initiated more than five years ago, remarking that Edinburgh is a world class destination for the international hotel business.

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh Building News

Tim Walton, Regional Vice President, Western Europe, International Development, opened city centre hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh, which with 240 rooms is one of the largest in the capital, on February 23.

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh Building News

Studioshaw win competition for new Interactive Hub for RIAS Dundee
Interactive Hub for RIAS
20 Feb – London based architects Studioshaw’s Interactive Hub proposal has won the Dundee Institute of Architects and Scottish Enterprise competition for a new facility for children and young people at the Digital Media Park in Seabraes Yards.

Interactive Hub for RIAS Dundee

Post-war A-listed Buildings News
7 Feb 2017 – Two blocks of flats in Edinburgh have become the 50th and 51st buildings whose construction was completed after World War Two to be given Category A listed status, reports the BBC.

Historic Environment Scotland puts important buildings into three categories. Those in Category A are considered to be buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic.

Cables Wynd House and neighbouring Linksview House in Leith are the 50th and 51st post-war building to be given Category A status.

Cables Wynd House – known locally as the banana flats due to its distinctive curved shape – was made famous for its part in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting where it featured as the childhood home of the character, Sick Boy.

Professor Miles Glendinning, director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, claimed the Post-War blocks combined “international excellence in modernist urban design with an attention to the spirit of place”.

Leith Architecture

Perth City Hall Cultural Venue Architecture Competition
7 2017 – Perth & Kinross Council have launched a design contest to source an architect to lead the renewal of Perth City Hall, ending years of doubt as to the buildings future.

Having initially sought to demolish the landmark the local authority now intends to transform the building into a £20m cultural attraction as part of a bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021.

Organised by the RIAS this Perth design competition invites architects to apply for the pre-qualifying stage of the competition before five qualifying architects go on to draw up more detailed proposals as part of the tender process.

City hall, which has stood empty since 2005, is being revived as part of a £36 million revamp of the city’s cultural offerings, reports The Courier.

The plan is to use the venue to host nationally significant pieces from the local authority’s own collection, as well as touring exhibitions and loans from across the UK and elsewhere.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery is also being revamped at a cost of £10 million. The idea is to have the two venues tell the story of Perth’s place at the heart of Scotland.

It is hoped that the Stone of Destiny, the crowning seat of Scottish kings, will eventually be housed at one of the venues.

The redevelopment project is a key part of the Fair City’s bid for City of Culture status in 2021.

The successful architect is likely to be confirmed by the end of the year and work could start on the hall in early 2019.

Edinburgh Arts Complex Shortlist

30 Jan 2017

The shortlist of architect-led teams will compete for the contract to design a new multi-purpose arts centre at 36 St Andrew Square in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town.

Impact Scotland architecture ompetition

Colander announce the shortlist for this competition, six architectural teams:

Adjaye Associates (London) with Sandy Brown, Buro Happold and DHA Designs

Allies & Morrison (London) with Charcoalblue, Speirs & Major, Harrison Stevens and Buro Happold

Barozzi Veiga (Switzerland) with Alan Baxter, Max Fordham, KahleAcoustics, 3DReid and Ian White Associates

David Chipperfield Architects (London) with Arup, Whitby Mohajer Engineers, GROSS MAX and Theatre Projects

KPMB Architects (Toronto) with Simpson & Brown Architects, David Narro Associates, Arup, Sound Space Vision, rankinfraser landscape architecture and Transsolar Energietechnik

Richard Murphy Architects (Edinburgh) with Arup, Graven Images, GROSS MAX and Montagu Evans

This design competition aims to find a design-led team that can conceive and deliver a stunning design for a new, world-class concert venue in the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. The aspiration is acoustic perfection and an open, inclusive welcome that focuses on people.

IMPACT Scotland is delighted to announce the shortlist of architect-led teams that will compete for the contract to design a new multi-purpose arts centre behind Dundas House at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The centrepiece will be a 1,000 seat auditorium, as well as a studio providing rehearsal, recital and recording space to rival the best in Europe. The auditorium will meet the long-recognised need for a purpose-built, mid-sized performance venue, combining excellent acoustics with access for all forms of popular music, jazz, folk, chamber and other small classical music groups as well as solo and song recitals and small dance ensembles.

The open competition announced in December 2016, attracted 69 expressions of interest from all round the world, confirming the importance attached to such an exciting project on a sensitive heritage site.

The six teams to be taken forward are led by architects from Edinburgh, London, Switzerland and Canada. They were selected using the OJEU scoring system.

Sir Ewan Brown, who is the Chair of IMPACT Scotland’s judging panel said, “We have an extremely strong shortlist to choose from. The submissions we received show that this project will transform the resource available to Edinburgh’s Festivals and provide new opportunities for music groups across Scotland by building for greater inclusivity and access.”

A decision on the winning team is expected to be taken in early April 2017.

Released on IMPACT Scotland’s behalf by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra which, along with RBS, Dunard Fund and the Edinburgh International Festival, are represented on the IMPACT Scotland project board.

The proposed new complex will:

• provide an excellent opportunity to build new audiences across the age groups by programming a wide range of music as well as other art-forms;
• provide community arts companies from across Scotland and further afield with improved performance space;

It is being located, conceived and designed so as to complement, rather than compete with, the city-owned and operated Usher Hall; to provide Edinburgh with additional possibilities for cultural expansion; and to launch the next stage in the city’s artistic growth.

Together with the Usher Hall and Edinburgh’s other range of venues, Edinburgh will be in a much stronger position to retain its position as a leading international city of music and performing arts. Its Festivals generate £313m for the Scottish economy and create the equivalent of over 5,000 full-time jobs;

There will be major benefits to the wider community of Edinburgh and the surrounding regions by providing access for all forms of popular music, jazz, folk, chamber and other small classical music and dance groups as well as solo and song recitals, traditional and Celtic music, and high-end experimental rock, pop and electronica.

IMPACT Scotland Architecture Competition

Perth College UHI Project
Academy of Sport and Wellbeing, Perth College UHI Building
picture from architects
Perth College UHI Project
10 Jan 2017 – Scotland-based design and architecture firm, Keppie Design worked in partnership with leading construction company, Dixons Contractors, to complete the multi-million pound Academy of Sport and Wellbeing at Perth College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, in time for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Scottish Architecture News 2016

Ayr Riverside Masterplan
23 Nov – Ayr Renaissance, a body formed by South Ayrshire Council to lead the regeneration of Ayr town centre has submitted an ambitious waterfront masterplan, report Urban Realm.

Ayr Riverside Masterplan by Niall McLaughlin Architects
picture from architects

The Riverside Block has been devised by Niall McLaughlin Architects to sit between the medieval ‘Auld Brig’ and Victorian ‘New Bridge’, removing a number of large retail sheds which block access to the river with a new area of public realm and a festival building.

The masterplan makes provision for a range of uses including office space, retail, cafes, restaurants and open space using quality materials, which marry with historic buildings – including new vistas of the town hall from new vennels.

Chairman of Ayr Renaissance, James Knox, said, “The balance of the development depends on the added value created by the quality of the architecture, the welcome to the public afforded by the originality and openness of the plan and the content of the public realm. Getting these right is the key to unlocking long-term regeneration of the town centre for generations to come.”

4 Nov 2016

Carnegie Museum and Arts Centre Dunfermline
Design: Richard Murphy Architects
Carnegie Museum and Arts Centre Dunfermline Building
photo from architects

Carnegie Museum and Arts Centre Dunfermline Building
First pictures of this project handed over by the contractor last week.

4 Nov 2016

Scottish Civic Trust Annual Conference, 15th November, Celebrating Civic Pride

The next Scottish Civic Trust annual conference will showcase and celebrate the work of local civic trusts, amenity societies and heritage volunteers. The people that make up these groups work tirelessly to promote and protect local heritage, places and spaces. The conference will provide them with a platform to show what they have achieved, explain why they do it and set out the challenges and difficulties they face.

Along with local groups affiliated to the Scottish Civic Trust the conference will feature representatives from voluntary organisations and practitioners behind some of the projects recognised in the annual Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards and Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.

Scottish Civic Trust Annual Conference

3 Nov 2016
The Saunders Centre wins RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture 2016

Saunders Centre Glasgow
photo : Andrew Lee

The Saunders Centre, Glasgow by Page\Park Architects has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2016.

RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2016

14 Oct 2016

“Building Our Islands” – Outer Hebrides’ Favourite Buildings to Mark Festival of Architecture 2016

Friday 14th October 2016 – An Lanntair and The Western Isles Architects Group have been celebrating architecture in all its forms in the Outer Hebrides. From modern architecture to 17th Century ruins, the project asked people to take a look at the architecture that surrounds them. Photographer (and former Buzzcocks drummer) John Maher has been documenting the shortlisted buildings and other architectural gems for the project. Over 500 people voted for their favourite building in the islands. The ‘winners’ are:

– The Boatman’s Tower, Stornoway Isle of Lewis – Built in the grounds of Charles Wilson’s Tudor Gothic Lews Castle (1847-51). The boatman ferried people to Stornoway and the boatman’s tower housed his family.
Boatman's House, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

– Nicolson Institute Clock Tower, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (1873). An Italianate tower is all that survives of the elementary and infant schools on Sandwick Road, demolished amidst much controversy and replaced by a Sports Centre in 1975.
Clock Tower, Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

– Store Girnal, Rodel, Isle of Harris (18th century) tin roofed structure perched above the harbour. The rear enclosure, with thick, buttressed walls, suggests an earlier building, possibly that for which local blacksmith John Morrison was paid for ‘dressing the locks and bonds of Macleod’s keeping house and girnels at Roudill’ in 1708.
Girnal, Rodel, Isle of Harris

A schools projects with workshops and talks is planned and lighting installations and a series of community events will take place in March 2017.

Neil Baxter of the RIAS said: “Scotland’s remarkable geography is matched by a rich heritage of superb historic buildings which strongly resonate a sense of place. The fact that local people have been so much involved in this brilliant initiative demonstrates the keen interest in our built environment. The Festival of Architecture 2016 has been truly Scotland wide – it has galvanised communities the length and breadth of the land. John Maher, truly a ‘man o’pairts’ has produced a series of powerfully evocative images.”

Project Manager and Head of Marketing for An Lanntair, Kathryn Lamont Smith said: “We were completely overwhelmed by the response to the vote. It is wonderful to see so many people engaging with the project and learning about the wide range of architectural heritage throughout the Outer Hebrides. We are now looking forward to the next stage when we will be working with local schools and producing very special community events where we will light up the chosen buildings in a spectacular way.
Building our Islands will provide the opportunity for everyone in the Outer Hebrides to learn more about buildings and heritage and create a legacy that will support and promote our unique architecture.”

The project highlights the importance of architecture and its impact on everyday life, on health and wellbeing and on the local economy. Educational booklets, in both English and Gaelic will be delivered throughout the Outer Hebrides.

The project is supported by HIE and CNES along a number of other funders, including Tighean Innse Gall, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and The Big Lottery Fund Awards for All.

For more information please visit the website at http://lanntair.com/creative-programme/building-our-islands/

or contact: kathryn@lanntair.com or on 01851708488

4 Oct 2016

Taigh Sonas, Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway, southwest Scotland
Design: Simon Winstanley Architects
Taigh Sonas Kippford House
photo © Andrew Lee Photographer

Taigh Sonas, Kippford
This house is sited in a rectangular natural hillside plot accessed off the main road into Kippford on the Solway Coast. Principal views range between the south-west and north-east enjoying a spectacular landscape setting of the River Urr valley and hills beyond.

New Neighbour for Glasgow School of Art Building

24 + 23 Aug – a student residential development has been proposed for a key Sauchiehall St plot, following submission of plans by Haus Architects.

looking north across Sauchiehall Street, the Glasgow School of Art visible up Dalhousie Street on right:
Dalhousie Street Building in Glasgow

The building is immediately adjacent to the Glasgow School of Art by architect Rennie Mackintosh, which is located up the hill to the north.

The site used to contain Jumpin’ Jaks nightclub and Yates pub.

New building on site of former Jumpin Jaks Glasgow

185 studio flats will be housed in a single building extending from three to eight storeys as it rises from Sauchiehall Street up Dalhousie Street, with ground floor retail provision stretching along the former and a central lightwell drawing daylight to the interior.

looking south down Dalhousie Street, the Glasgow School of Art on right
Dalhousie Street Building in Glasgow

The scheme also adopts a structural solution allowing for apartments to be combined post construction to allow the applicant maximum flexibility in configuring layouts to meet greatest need.

New building on site of Jumpin Jaks Glasgow

Haus Architects stated, “Adopting the simple rule of three – stylobate/base, portico/middle, entablature/roofline we have developed the elevations to address how each building touches the ground to engage with the city streetscape; the main body of the composition and how it creates visual interest that is legible from eye level; before finally addressing the composition to the top of each building as it engages the skyline.”

view from from Sauchiehall Street, looking north east, the GSA is not visible
Dalhousie Street Building in Glasgow

The building is faced with smooth pre-cast concrete with copper rainscreen panels.

The planning submission is on behalf of GRS, owners of ABC 1 and 2.

Jumpin Jaks closed some years ago, it was located at 292 Sauchiehall Street.

The owners of the site, who also own the adjacent O2 ABC which is being fully retained, say their plans to create bespoke student residences may also lead to improvements to the popular neighbouring concert venue.

James Patterson from development partner Urban Pulse said: “We’ve taken a lot of time to look at how the two distinct buildings have shared spaces, corridors and exits. Great consideration has been given to ensure how such a core asset to the city can be improved and retained, but also sit separately from a new, high quality student residence.”

New Sauchiehall Street building on Jumpin Jaks Glasgow site

The ABC building is a nightclub and music venue run by the O2 Academy.

The adjacent site to the west used to contain a Glasgow picture house, and before that a zoo! The ABC club in Glasgow was completed eleven years ago by Edinburgh’s Michael Laird Architects back in 2005.

Regular Music is Scotland’s longest-established live music promoter and the club was their first venue. It contained possibly the world’s largest glitterball.

eBuildingStandards.scot
23 Aug – A new system for submitting building standards applications will go live on the 24th of August.

The eBuildingStandards.scot service enables electronic submission of applications for building warrants and other related forms.

It will also allow multiple site users to produce a single application online and should make all submissions simpler and quicker.

eBuildingStandards.scot will be accessed through the eDevelopment.scot home page which was was launched on 3rd August 2016.

Wick School Campus Building
Wick Community Campus Building Design
18 Aug – The opening of a new £48.5m school campus in the Highlands is likely to be delayed from agreed October date. The campus is designed by Ryder Architecture. It is being delivered by hub North Scotland to replace Wick High School and Pulteneytown and South primaries. It will also have community facilities which will be available to the public. The main contractor for the build is Morrison Construction. Highland Council said it has been informed by contractors of delays affecting the completion of the campus.

New Homes at Edinburgh Marina
Edinburgh Marina Building Design
18 Aug – The City of Edinburgh Council has approved to a £500m masterplan which proposes the construction of over 2,000 new homes at Edinburgh Marina at Granton.
Following the council’s decision in principle in December 2015 to grant permission for a new Granton Harbour Masterplan, this decision confirms that full consents have now been granted for the overall masterplan.

Arran Distillery Building
10 Aug – Isle of Arran Distillers have obtained planning consent for the construction of a second distillery on the island, together with an associated visitor centre and warehouse, which will be built on a greenfield coastal site at Kilmory to allow production to be ramped up.

The new site will focus on producing a heavily-peated whisky to set it apart from an existing distillery in Lochranza within a structure drawn up by Denham Benn Architectural Design.

This sees the facility follow the natural contours of the site with natural materials such as timber, natural stone and topped by a signature sedum planted ‘wave pattern’ roof intended to reflect proximity with the sea, mountains or a bird in flight.

Construction is expected to get underway by October for completion by July 2018.

Sighthill Regeneration
10 Aug – Glasgow’s Sighthill regeneration is set to move onto the latest phase of delivery with creation of a new park, roads and infrastructure by the beginning of 2017.

This seeks to establish an ‘urban grid’ connected to the city centre by way of a pedestrian footbridge over the M8 with the aim of fostering a pedestrian friendly environment focussed on a central civic square modelled on historic Glasgow junctions such as Glasgow, Bridgeton and Partick Cross.

Key design principles include a crescent of housing modelled on Park Circus.

The masterplan design brief states: “The masterplan has evolved to enhance the natural topography of Sighthill. The original Sighthill Park is being re-profiled more in keeping with the natural drumlin that existed prior to the industrial works. The new housing situated on the hill will become a key marker on the skyline, similar to that of Park Circus in the west end of the city.

“The Civic Spine that links Sighthill to the city centre will feature the larger scale buildings along its length. Building heights of four to six storeys define the boulevard with opportunities for increased height at key corners.

At the heart of the scheme will be a new community campus which will open its doors by autumn 2019 with other projects set for delivery including a new St Rollox Church by Angus Design Associates.

Landscape architecture is being undertaken by LDA Design in conjunction with the council’s own planners.

Kirkcudbright Art Gallery Building
9 Aug – Dumfries & Galloway Council are seeking additional funding for the conversion of Kirkcudbright Town Hall into an art gallery showcasing the town’s history and heritage as one of only two recognised artist colonies in the UK.

The Kirkcudbright Common Good Fund is being asked to contribute £200k toward the scheme which has been designed by ARPL Architects for anticipated delivery by the end of 2016.

5 Aug 2016

Eastwood Health and Care Centre, Clarkston, South Glasgow, South West Scotland
Design: Hoskins Architects

Eastwood Health and Care Centre
image © Dapple Photography

Eastwood Health and Care Centre

Opening to the public on 8 August 2016, Eastwood Health and Care Centre is the development of a reference design by Hoskins Architects with contractor Morgan Sindall.

3 + 2 Aug 2016

Scottish Civic Trust announces Colin McLean as its new Chair

Scottish Civic Trust Chair Colin McLean

Colin McLean was Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland for 16 years, and before that Director of the Scottish Mining Museum and Director of Communications for the Scottish Museums Council. He will take up the position of Chair on 1st September when the current Chair, Alistair Scott, steps down.

Scottish Civic Trust Chair Colin McLean

19 Jul 2016

Winners announced in A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2016

Daniel Cardno’s project proposing transition from skills associated with the oil and gas industry towards an economy concentrated on maritime industry and tourism won the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal, as Maelys Garreau picked up the A&DS Award for best 3rd year student with her proposed design for a “catch-up” institution for previously hospitalized children using outdoor play.

Daniel Cardno Project design

Their projects were just some of the high quality student projects awarded at the annual Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture.

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2016 News

7 Jul 2016

Perth City Hall Building

The council plan to turn the City Hall into a visual arts centre, based on the premise of housing the Stone of Destiny there:

Perth City Hall Building News

7 Jun 2016

Stuart MacDonald

Former director of The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, Stuart MacDonald, has died aged 67, reports the Architect’s Journal.

Stuart MacDonald

The Lighthouse in Glasgow is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It was opened as part of Glasgow’s status as UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999.

The Lighthouse is the renamed conversion of the former offices of the Glasgow Herald newspaper. Completed in 1895, it was designed by the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The centre’s vision is to develop the links between design, architecture, and the creative industries, seeing these as interconnected social, educational, economic and cultural issues of concern to everyone.

Professor Stuart MacDonald OBE was born and brought up in Scotland where he trained as a fine artist. He is the director of Creative Frontline, his consultancy specializing in creativity, design and innovation. He had wide experience in creative education, cultural regeneration and promoting the creative industries.

He was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Emeritus Professor of Creative Industries at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and prior to that he was Head of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.

He was founding director of The Lighthouse, Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture, Design and the City and was Education Director for Glasgow UK City of Architecture and Design 1999 and Glasgow’s 1996 International Festival of Design.

As Director of the Lighthouse he was a key figure in the promotion of Scotland’s architecture & creative industries policies, including setting up the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club – one of the largest networks of its kind – as well as initiating the 2007 Six Cities Design Festival. He was closely involved with several major European creative, design and heritage networks including being President of the Reseau Art Nouveau Network.

He had served as a trustee of the UK Design Council, was a founding director of the Creative and Cultural Industries Sector Skills Council, sat on the UK Creative Apprenticeships Taskforce and was on NESTA’s Creative Pioneer Programme Committee. He was also a member of the British Council’s Design Review Group and a member of the Ministerial Working Group on the Creative Industries in Scotland.

He had written and lectured widely on art, design, architecture, education and the creative industries. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and design and in 2003 was voted on to Design Week’s “Hot 50”; people who had made a significant contribution to design.

He lived in Glasgow, Scotland.

Source: Zero Books, The Lighthouse, Architect’s Journal, Wikipedia

Website: The Lighthouse in Glasgow

12 May 2016

The Ideal Hut Show – Edinburgh

Some hut designs by well known architects such as Eva Jiricna, Ian Ritchie and Malcolm Fraser:

Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016

Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016

30 Apr – 30 May 2016 – 10am-6pm

Free

Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016 Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016

About

Discover how 18 leading architects, artists and designers from Scotland and abroad have transformed standard model garden sheds in this fun and inspiring exhibition.

Design by EMBT (Enric Miralles – Benedetta Tagliabue), Barcelona:
Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016

These 18 standard model garden sheds transformed by leading architects, artists and designers from Scotland and abroad. The show will tour Scotland:

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh − May
Glasgow Botanic Gardens − June
Dundee Botanic Gardens − July
Inverness Botanic Gardens − August
Perth − September

Design by Eva Jiricna ; design by Page\Park:
Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016 Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
EDINBURGH EH3 5LR
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 131 552 7171

Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016

The Garden is largely accessible to wheelchair users and public buildings have level or ramped ground floor access. There are tarmac paths around the Garden most of which are flat and accessible. Any steep paths which are not wheelchair accessible are sign-posted and Garden staff will advise on any of the Glasshouses which are not accessible to motorised wheelchair or mobility scooter users.

interior view of the reflective design by EMBT:
Ideal Hut Show Edinburgh 2016

All registered assistance dogs are welcome in the Garden.

Located at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Website: The Ideal Hut Show in Edinburgh

Aberdeen FC Relocation Plans

12 May – Aberdeen Football Club has revealed plans for a new £40m stadium and training facility at Kingsford near Westhill with earlier plans to move to Loirston now abandoned.

Aberdeen Football Stadium Building

6 Apr 2016

Scottish Design Awards 2016

Scottish Design Awards 2016

The Scottish Design Awards have been awarding the best architecture in Scotland for well over a decade, please see this year’s nominations:

Scottish Design Awards Shortlist 2014

5 Apr 2016
Palace of Holyroodhouse Renewal
The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is to undergo a £10m revamp.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The outside space at Holyroodhouse in the Scottish capital will be redeveloped, a new family room will be created inside the palace, the storytelling of the state apartments will be improved and the Abbey Strand buildings will be restored to house a learning centre.

Palace of Holyroodhouse Renewal

The renewal architects for the the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be Burd Haward Architects, based in London.

19 Mar 2016
Pyramid Viewpoint on Loch Lomond
Design: BTE Architecture
Pyramid Viewpoint Inveruglas
photo @ Mick McGurk

The Scottish Scenic Routes Project Intervention

RIAS Festival of Architecture 2016 Headline Event

Hinterland Cardross Kilmahew/St Peter's

‘Hinterland’, St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, west of Glasgow: 17 – 28 of March 2016

Hinterland Kilmahew/St Peter's Cardross

Leading public arts organisation NVA will mark the official launch of the Festival of Architecture in March 2016 by inviting audiences to experience Scotland’s most iconic modernist building, St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, with a night-time public art event exactly 50 years since the iconic building was first opened.

St Peters Seminary, Cardross

Audiences will walk through the atmospheric, semi-ancient, woodland to discover the ruined seminary buildings, subtly re-animated with monochromatic light installations and a specially commissioned choral work by composer Rory Boyle and performed by St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir from the University of St Andrews.

Cardross Seminary building

Hinterland is a creative collaboration between Angus Farquhar (director), James Johnson (designer), Rory Boyle (composer), University of St Andrews Music Centre and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, Phil Supple (lighting director), NOVAK Collective (projection design), and from 85A art collective – Dav Bernard, Zephyr Liddell, Robbie Thomson & Pete Sach (installations).

Hinterland St Peter’s Seminary

Scottish Architecture News – 2014

Scotland Building News 2014

Scottish Design Awards – Winners
6 Jun 2014:

Architectural Practice of the Year:
Reiach and Hall Architects

Chairmans Award for Architecture:
Foster + Partners
For (SSE) The Hydro

Architecture Grand Prix:
Reiach and Hall Architects
For The Battle of Bannockburn Visitors Centre

Scottish Design Awards Shortlist 2014

10 Apr 2014 – Scottish Design Awards Shortlist 2014

New cancer treatment centre for Edinburgh’s Western General
8 Apr 2014 – NHS Lothian has unveiled plans for a major new cancer treatment and research centre to be built at the Western General.

The specialist centre – which would be comparable to the renowned £105 million Beatson facility in Glasgow – would replace the Western’s Edinburgh Cancer Centre.

Experts are predicting the number of cases will increase by more than a fifth in a decade due largely to the region’s ageing population.

Plans are being drawn up for the centre, which will treat patients from Dumfries and Galloway and Fife as well as the Lothians, before funding bids are submitted to the Scottish Government.

If successful, construction could begin as early as 2017, when the department of clinical neurosciences moves from the Western to its new home next to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Dundee Homes News
8 Apr 2014 – Scottish homebuilder Springfield Properties has announced plans for 228 new homes to the west of Dundee.

Following two consultation meetings with the public earlier this year, the housebuilder lodged plans with Dundee City Council for the homes at South Gray, within the Western Gateway.

Members of the public have helped shape the layout and details of the proposal with feedback on elements of the development.

The development, which is estimated to be worth in excess of £150 million could create over 100 new jobs, has been developed in consultation with the local council and forms the first part of a new village at South Gray.

Sighthill Regeneration News
8 Apr 2014 – Glasgow City Council planners will today be asked to agree in principal to a planned £250m transformation of the Sighthill area of the city.
If approved, the project will result in the creation of hundreds of new homes, a school, shops and a new bridge over the M8.

The 124 acre application site is immediately north of the M8. The Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line and Pinkston Canal Basin form the western boundary and Sighthill Cemetery borders the site to the north. Planning permission was recently granted for 141 new homes in the area, which will rehouse families currently living in nearby high rise blocks.

RIAS Urges Perth & Kinross Council to Reconsider Perth City Hall Demolition

Perth City Hall Building
15 Mar 2014 – The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has written to Perth and Kinross Council to argue strongly against the proposed demolition of Perth City Hall. The RIAS believes strongly that the Hall is of great importance to the city of Perth and to Scotland as a whole and has significant architectural merit.

It is ironic in the year that Edinburgh’s Usher Hall celebrates its centenary with a special concert, Perth proposes to destroy its own, one hundred year old, Hall.

Planning permission granted for Maggie’s Forth Valley
Maggies Cancer Care Centre, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, central Scotland
Design: NORD Architecture
Maggie's Forth Valley Centre 1
Maggies Forth Valley – 13 Mar 2014
NORD Architecture has been granted planning permission for the new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. This will be the 9th Maggie’s Centre in Scotland with Maggie’s Aberdeen having opened in September last year and the new purpose built Centre in Lanarkshire due to open later this year.

The New Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre Opens
Design: Reiach and Hall, architects
Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre – Mar 2014
This new visitor centre opened in Stirling, central Scotland, on 1 March, ahead of the 700th anniversary of the battle on 23 and 24 June – uses cutting-edge technology to bring the battle to life for visitors, offering an experience which is unlike any other available in the UK. State-of-the-art installations are used to interpret and explain the events which led up to the battle, and its consequences.

Scottish Architecture News – 2013

Scotland Architecture News

Harris Academy, Dundee, Tayside, eastern Scotland
Harris Academy Dundee
image from architects
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
Maggies Gartnavel
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
Kisimul Castle, Isle of Barra Building
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
Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre
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.

Stirling Buildings
Stirling Church Building
photo © Adrian Welch
Stirling Architecture – 15 Oct 2013
Photos of key buildings in the city and surrounding area

Maggie’s Aberdeen – Building News
Design: Snøhetta, Architects
Maggie's Center Aberdeen
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
Chapelton Aberdeenshire
image of Chapelton
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.

V&A Dundee Building
image from architects

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
Chapel of Saint Albert the Great
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.

New Taymouth Marina Development
New Taymouth Marina
photo from architects

New Taymouth Marina
photo from architects

A new marina complex by Crieff-based owners Eric and Naomi Strickland, partners in architects McKenzie Strickland Associates.

New Taymouth Marina Building New Taymouth Marina Development
photos from architects

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

Cairngorms House
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
Gudbrandsjuvet
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
Dalmarnock Rail Station Glasgow
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
Loch Ness Building
image from architect
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
Abbotsford Conservation & Visitors Building
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
The Beacon Arts Centre
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
Jamie’s Italian Aberdeen Restaurant
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
Eco House Scotland
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
Stromness School Building
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
St Vincent Plaza Glasgow
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
Birks Cinema Building
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
An Cridhe
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
Loch Leven Bird Hide
photograph © Icosis Architects
RIAS Awards, Scotland : Shortlist News – 25 Mar

SHS BURRIDGE Architects News
Gordon Terrace Interior
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
Cardross Seminary
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
Housing Development in St Andrews
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
Housing Development in St Andrews
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
V&A Dundee Kuma
image from architects
V&A Dundee – revised proposals

Maxim Office Park, Motherwell
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
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
West Scotland Property
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.

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University of St Andrews Building
photo © Keith Hunter

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