Scottish Architecture News 2017 Archive

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Scottish Architecture News 2017 Archive

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Scottish Buildings News 2017 Archive

This archive page contains a selection of major Scottish Architecture News in 2017, with projects arranged chronologically, latest first. Each architecture news item links to an individual project page.

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

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Scottish Architecture News 2017

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
– Mecanoo
– Richard Murphy Architects

Perth City Hall Building Renewal

19 Apr
Carnegie Museum and Arts Centre Dunfermline Building

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

3 Apr 2017
Major Film and TV Studio for Scotland

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.


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.

23 Mar 2017
Homes for Scotland Awards

20 Feb 2017
Interactive Hub for RIAS in Dundee

31 Jan 2017
Knockroon School in East Ayrshire

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

23 Jan 2017
Rockvilla in Glasgow

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.

7 Jan 2017
Academy of Sport and Wellbeing, Perth College UHI Building

Scottish Architecture News 2016


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