Whistleblowers in Scotland are Ignored
Standards Commissioner’s Flawed Report Signals Loss of ‘Checks and Balances’ in Scottish Public Life
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is taking the unusual step of issuing this press notice to highlight significant failings by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland in his recently published report on the George Square, Glasgow design competition.
Silverburn Extension – Shopping Centre in Pollock, Glasgow
Architects: Building Design Partnership
The £20m extension to Glasgow’s Silverburn shopping centre designed by BDP has begun on site. The 120,000sqft development for Hammerson includes a 14 screen cineworld cinema, 9 new restaurants, improved bingo facilities and new retail opportunities.
Theatre Royal building news: A campaign to raise funds to transform the Theatre Royal Glasgow has passed the £12m mark. The public is now being asked to contribute the remaining £450,000 needed to fund the upgrade.
Support has come from the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts, foundations and over 900 individual donors.
Only properties that produce 60 percent fewer carbon emissions than traditionally-built structures are awarded an ‘excellent’ rating. The building envelope is an important part of achieving this because high levels of air tightness at critical areas such as roof eaves and ridge can significantly affect the overall energy efficiency of the building.
The results of the GIA Design Awards 2013 were announced at the Glasgow Institute of Architects’ Annual Members’ Dinner.
The awards were hosted by Peter Wilson, director of the Wood Studio at Edinburgh Napier University and presentations were made by Iain Connelly, RIAS President. Neil Baxter, RIAS Secretary spoke about the Festival of Architecture 2016.
Euan Maharg wins design competition. The vision for the Seven Lochs Green Bridge has been unveiled with Glasgow-based landscape architect Euan Maharg being selected as the winner of the design competition.
The competition invited design professionals and students to produce concept design proposals for a ‘green bridge’ to connect two key sites within the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.
Alan Dunlop has been commissioned to build new projects for East Park, within their existing campus in Glasgow. East Park has provided education and supported accommodation services to children and young people with additional support needs, including autism, since 1874. http://www.eastpark.org.uk/
- School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University
- BEFS Annual Congress, Linlithgow
- RSA OPEN 2013, Edinbugrh
from 23 Nov
- CAST: Innovations in Concrete, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
until 28 Nov
- Anna Gibb – 365 drawings, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
until 23 Nov
Aerostatic Bloomage is an art and urban design project for the city of Glasgow.
The project is for 75 aerostats forming a dynamic floral sky-scape over Glasgow during the events of the Commonwealth Games 2014. The promise of funding for the project has not been fulfilled, however the designers feel there may be popular interest in making some aspect of it happen. They are looking to fund at least one aerostat to launch during the Commonwealth Games attached to a community project.
This building by NORD Architecture was awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.
This new provision transforms a run-down historic hulk into a vibrant hub of creativity. For 20 years, this behemoth former workshop block was largely under used. Tight budgets resulted in the adaptation and re-use of much of the existing fabric. The new development provides 96 attractive, flexible studios for creative businesses.
Scottish company AppleGreen Homes are just back from China where they showcased their model ‘home for the future’, after launching its innovative modular home solution on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig.
During his trade mission to China, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond attended a ceremony in China where AppleGreen Homes unveiled “The Scottish House”, an acclaimed design for an affordable, energy efficient home.
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