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Glasgow Architecture News 2017

Scottish Building + Construction Updates – West of Scotland Property: Dec 2016 – 2017

31 Aug 2017

Glasgow Architecture News 2017

Glasgow News Archive up to 31 August 2017 from 31 March 2017

Doors Open Days Launch
31 Aug – On Friday 1st September at 11.00 am the national Doors Open Days 2017 programme will be launched at the Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

All over Scotland, over 1000 buildings will be open and free to enter, many of them not normally open to the public and some opening for the first time. Castles, churches, mosques, museums, fire stations, offices, theatres and even a distillery are just some of the buildings taken part this year. Visit a pet hospital in Dundee, a police office in Aberdeen, a camera obscura in Dumfries, a reconstructed Iron-Age roundhouse in Whithorn, a smiddy in Stirling or a television studio in Glasgow – there is something for everyone! There are talks, tours, heritage trails and plenty more events for all ages. All the programmes can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Doors Open Days 2017 in Scotland

Doors Open Day at St Peter’s Seminary
Tickets for Doors Open Day at St Peter’s will be released today at 10.30am, 29 Aug 2017.
Walked tours of the building will take place on 23 + 24 Sep. This is a good opportunity to visit Scotland’s most iconic modernist building in its raw and ruined state.

About to be reclaimed by NVA as an arts venue and visitor attraction, this is your chance to visit St Peter’s before construction begins.

Places are limited, advance booking essential – see our events page for more details.

Mosaic acquires Glasgow’s second oldest architecture practice
Mosaic Architecture + Design project
photo from architects office
28 Aug – Mosaic Architecture + Design, one of Scotland’s most experienced practices, has acquired Burnet Bell (Glasgow’s second oldest architectural practice, dating back to 1878) for an undisclosed sum, boosting its staff numbers to 20.
The acquisition adds Glasgow School of Art, St. Aloysius’ College and St. Columba’s School amongst others to Mosaic’s burgeoning client portfolio and enhances its offering of consultancy services, which includes architecture, interior design, masterplanning, to a range of sectors, such as education, residential care and hospitality.

Free Architecture Event at The Lighthouse
28 Aug – Breakfast event that challenges the use of daylight to transform homes and schools into sustainable and healthy indoor learning environments.
Hosted by roof window manufacturers VELUX®, there will be a discussion of the findings from research by The University of Salford that natural light and fresh air can speed up learning.
The free event is at The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow on Wednesday 30 August from 8am to 10am – more info on our events page.

Royal Scottish Academy Metzstein Architecture Discourse 2017
28 Aug – The RSA announce that celebrated British architect Sir David Chipperfield will present this year’s event, on the 2nd of October. In an interview, which will be published and available at the event, Sir David talks about how he started, the problems that international investment creates in cities, and how to help people like modern architecture – more info on our events page.

Ayr Academy Building
7 Aug – new £25m Ayr Academy building is delivered by hub South West on behalf of South Ayrshire Council

A new Ayr Academy secondary school, built by Keir Construction and delivered by construction and infrastructure-focused partnership hub South West on behalf of South Ayrshire Council, is set to open when the school summer holidays end later this month.

Ayr Academy, whose origins can be traced back to 1233 but did not come to be known by its present name until 1796, has moved to the Craigie Estate from its former location in the town’s Fort Street.

The new Ayr Campus will cater for 1,000 school students, with the capacity for a further 300, and will create a modern and inclusive facility where students can learn in a sustainable and well-designed environment.

The £25M project is a part of a £94m pipeline being delivered by the authority across South Ayrshire in the next 18 months with the aim of enhancing standards through targeted investment.

During its construction the new Ayr Academy was used as a part of hub South West’s bespoke programme, ‘Your Future starts in Construction’, during which it collaborated with the Prince’s Trust and Ayrshire College to enable local youngsters to gain work experience on a live site and achieve a unique accreditation.

Ayr Academy was the first project in Scotland to reach financial close post European System of Accounts (ESA 10) resolution in January 2016.

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South West, said: “Ayr Academy Campus is a wonderful state-of-the-art facility that I’m sure all students and teachers will enjoy.

“It is the latest project we have delivered on behalf of South Ayrshire Council over the past twelve months andis great tribute to partnership working that we can now celebrate the finished result. The new campus will be a great asset.”
Brian McQuade, Managing Director of Kier Construction’s Scotland and North-East England business said; “We are pleased to have delivered this leading, modern Academy with fantastic new sports facilities for students and the wider community to enjoy, building on our track record of delivering quality schools throughout Scotland.
“Through hub South West, we have worked with local suppliers and SME’s to ensure that the project boosts the local economy of Ayr and the surrounding area, including training and employment opportunities. During the construction of Ayr Academy we have created 17 work placements, 16 apprenticeships and two graduated traineeships, giving local young people valuable experience of working in this thriving and rewarding industry.”

Kirkintilloch Town Hall Building
5 Aug – East Dunbartonshire Council is inviting the public to visit the Kirkintilloch Town Hall as renovation works near completion. The B-listed property is being transformed at the hands of Michael Laird Architects to form an art, cultural and community centre by September, stabilizing and renovating the original 1906 structure with the addition of a new build extension.

New statistics bust myth of “rabbit hutch” homes
5 Aug – Data gathered from the Energy Performance Certificates of buildings in England and Wales has busted the myth perpetuated by critics of modern new homes that they are “rabbit hutches”.

In fact, statistical analysis shows the mean floor area of new homes as being 94 square metres compared to 91 square metres for all domestic properties. This illustrates that, as well as new homes actually being larger than the total mean figure, they are also nearly 25 per cent bigger than the commonly referred to figure of 76 square metres which itself dates back to 1996 – over 20 years ago.

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

“These official figures only apply to properties south of the border as the same information is not publicly available in Scotland as of yet, but they will hopefully help recalibrate the conversation on new homes and help bust some of the myths that surround them.

“Of particular importance, the statistics also highlight the energy efficiency of new homes, demonstrating the significant savings of more than 50 per cent that could be achieved in terms of both estimated energy usage and costs.

“With new homes built to proportions that suit modern lifestyle requirements and being much cheaper to run in comparison to their older counterparts, we must now focus on how we can all work together to deliver more homes across Scotland to meet the needs of our growing population.”

New Edinburgh Landmark Contest Winner
2 Aug – wHY, a Los Angeles architecture studio beat 125 teams from 22 countries to design the £25m project to revitalise West Princes Street Gardens.

Ross Pavilion Design Competition Winner

Park Quadrant News
2 Aug – A multi-million pound development at the A-listed Park Quadrant in Glasgow’s west end has attracted worldwide interest after flats were offered for sale in the missing part of the street.

The Charles Wilson designed Victorian development, overlooking Kelvingrove Park, has generated more than 600 buyer inquiries since it was put on the market, including from the US and Hong Kong.

Considered one of the finest examples of town planning in Europe this West End development was never finished after the Victorian developers ran out of money.

Pollokshaws Transformation
2 Aug – Urban Union, a partnership between Mctaggart Construction and Robertson Group, has announced its acquisition of 5.74 acres of land off Shawbridge Street to take forward the latest phase of regeneration in Pollokshaws, Glasgow. Barton Willmore have been commissioned to design 137 mixed tenure homes in the form of terraces and apartments with construction scheduled to begin next summer for completion by 2021.

Queen Street Station
2 Aug – An upgrade of Glasgow’s Queen Street Station is set to get fully underway this Sunday with the erection of temporary entrances, walking routes and road layouts to facilitate the build.
This will see the relocation of a ticket office to Dundas Street and closure of the George Square entrance as perimeter hoardings are erected to allow an office block standing in the way of redevelopment to be safely cleared.

Penicuik Renewal
2 Aug – Midlothian Council has appointed Austin-Smith:Lord, in partnership with consultants Douglas Wheeler Associates, to lead renewal efforts for the town of Penicuik: more info + photos on the Edinburgh architecture news page.

Cardoss Building One of Twelve Recipients of Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern Grants
31 Jul – The Getty Foundation announced $1.66 million in architectural conservation grants dedicated to twelve significant 20th century buildings as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative.

Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern 2017 Grants

Glasgow’s Park Circus Luxury Flats Development
2 Aug – A multi-million pound development at the A-listed Park Quadrant has attracted worldwide interest after flats were offered for sale in the missing part of the street.

The Charles Wilson designed Victorian development, overlooking Kelvingrove Park, has generated more than 600 buyer inquiries since it was put on the market, including from the US and Hong Kong.

Considered one of the finest examples of town planning in Europe the West End development was never finished after the Victorian developers ran out of money.

St Peter’s Seminary by Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia:
St Peter’s Seminary

Also awarded is a celebrated project by Scottish architect Sir Basil Spence:

Coventry Cathedral building

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

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

Metropolitan Tower Glasgow

City of Glasgow College – Stirling Prize 2017 Shortlisted
City of Glasgow College, City Campus
photo © Keith Hunter
21 Jul – The City of Glasgow College is one of six buildings on the shortlist for the 22nd annual Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building:
Stirling Prize 2017 Shortlist

RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award
18 Jul – The inaugural RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award went to TAP Architecture, recognising two innovative Scottish buildings: the Aerial Adventures, East Kilbride, and the Scottish National Waterski Centre, Dunfermline.

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

Cumbernauld Community Campus Building
12 Jul – A new £34.5m Cumbernauld Community Campus Building by Norr architects combines a purpose-built high school with a new theatre and arts venue.

Kelvin Hall Redevelopment, Phase 1 Building News
Kelvin Hall Phase 1 Renewal Glasgow | www.e-architect.co.uk
photo © Andrew Lee Photography
8 Jul – Following a large-scale redevelopment one of the Scotland’s best-loved historic cultural spaces Kelvin Hall is enjoying world-class success for its innovative combination of culture, education and sports in the same multi-use venue.

As part of a multidisciplinary team, Graven collaborated with Page\Park Architects working on the interior design of specific spaces, environmental branding, exhibition design, signage and wayfinding.

The £24.5m redevelopment project transformed Kelvin Hall into a centre of cultural and sporting excellence, encouraging participation in, and engagement with, the wide range of amenities housed within. It now attracts around 25,000 visitors per week.

Irvine’s Abandoned Science Centre
8 Jul – The Big Idea in Irvine had big aspirations – and cost millions of pounds of public money to build, reports BBC Scotland. It closed in 2003 after only three years of operation. Abandoned Scotland went to find out how it looks now.

How to Incorporate Scottish Tartan Into Your Home
8 Jul – This classic Scottish pattern is fantastically versatile, looking country-house classic through to coolly contemporary. The Falkirk design is the oldest recorded scrap of tartan, dating from the 3rd century, but apparently tartan as we know it wasn’t commonly worn in Scotland before the 16th century:

Scottish Tartan in the Home

HM The Queen Visits Helix Project
8 Jul 2017 – The Queen officially opened Scotland’s newest section of canal after her. The canal was built as part of the £43m Helix project near Falkirk, which includes the famous Kelpies sculptures:

The Queen at Kelpie Sculptures at Helix Project

Ross Fountain Renewal Works Start
7 + 6 Jul – The statue at the top of The Ross Fountain in West Princes Street Gardens was lifted off marking the start of the £1.5M renovation. The event took place noon on Thursday. This is part of the wider £25m revitalisation of West Princes Street Gardens.

Ross Fountain News

Home builders respond to Contraction in Construction
5 Jul – Whilst today’s Scottish GDP figures show the economy growing by 0.8%, they also reveal a fifth consecutive quarter of contraction in construction.

Responding on behalf of its home builder members, David Ogilvie, Interim Director of Policy at trade body Homes for Scotland, said:

“The ongoing decline in construction is extremely concerning and reflects the view of our members that it has never been harder to open new sites and get much needed homes out of the ground.”

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards News
4 Jul – The Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture showcase and celebrate the best of Scotland’s emerging talent.

The event will take place on 13th July at Cafe Camino in Edinburgh, with presentations from this years nominated students.

The 2017 Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture will be given by guest judge Sunand Prasad of Penoyre Prasad Architects

Architecture Fringe
4 Jul – Initiated by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts which explores architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives.

The Architecture Fringe is taking place from 1-23 July 2017.

More details on the Edinburgh Architecture website news page.

Park Quadrant Residences
4 Jul – Expresso Property Park Quadrant Ltd, developers behind the ‘missing piece’ of Glasgow’s Park Circus district have published a pair of illustrative video fly-throughs showing a bird’s eye perspective of 98 planned apartments and penthouses.

Park Quadrant Residences takes the form of an outer ring of accommodation to the north of Park Circus, completing a masterplan concept first devised by architect Charles Wilson in 1851.

The development includes eleven apartment blocks spanning six floors and consisting of one, two and three bed, duplex and penthouse apartments.

See Park Quadrant Residences Films

David Livingstone Centre Building Renewal
3 Jul – David Livingstone’s great, great grandchild welcomes multi-million pound funding from the National Lottery and Scottish Government to create a state-of-the-art visitor centre celebrating one of Scotland’s National heroes.
Exciting plans to transform the birthplace of influential explorer and missionary, David Livingstone, into an international tourist destination are due to be unveiled on the 4th of July.

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

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

Read more at Scottish Architecture News 2017

Reynobond PE Cladding Strip
2 Jul – UK Tower ACM Cladding Tests – news of aluminium cladding samples from high rises in 41 England & Wales local authority areas failed fire safety tests.

Dennistoun Primary School Building News
2 Jul – Barony Homes propose to convert the B-listed former Golfhill Primary, Dennistoun, to flatted residential accommodation, plus associated new build on a playing field. The project is designed by Jewitt & Wilkie Architects.

Only the façade of the school will be retained after full retention of the structure was deemed uneconomic. An adjoining janitors house and perimeter railings will be fully restored alongside new build flats fronting Fir Park Street.

Scottish Tower Block Safety Review
28 Jun – The Scottish Government has launched a tower block safety review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze in London as part of a wider review of building standards in the wake of the tragedy.
UK Tower Block Safety Review News.

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

Indicative plans by Page\Park Architects were placed on display on 27th June, illustrating how a rear access lane could be reborn as a public square.

Edinburgh Printmakers by Page\Park
18 + 22 Jun – £12.3m centre for printmaking and the creative industry in Edinburgh designed by Page\Park to commence.

Housed within a C-listed disused industrial building the project involes formation of new galleries, a studio, printmaking workshop and a café, in the Fountainbridge district.

Royal College of Surgeons Building
23 Jun – Architects Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to refurbish the four upper storeys of their category B listed property at 21 Hill Place in Edinburgh:

21 Hill Place Building

SEDA Conference & AGM 2017 – Conservation / Restoration / Retrofit

Date: 23-24 June
Venue: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 2BY

This year SEDA will head to The Engine Shed in Stirling – Scotland’s new building conservation centre. Inspired by the venue, this year’s theme is Conservation / Restoration / Retrofit.

CIOB School Building Investigation News
22 + 21 Jun – 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.

Edinburgh School Building Investigation

New Vision for Glasgow’s Pacific Quay Unveiled
21 Jun – Public Exhibition Highlights Plans for More Homes, Offices, Restaurants and Attractions at Prime Waterfront Site

Aerial View of the Pacific Quay Development Site
image courtesy of Drum

Drum Property Group is unveiling a new vision for one of Glasgow’s most high profile waterfront sites at a public exhibition on Thursday (June 22).

Pacific Quay, Glasgow

Seven Major Architects Compete on Key Edinburgh Site
21 Jun – The launch of Historic Environment Scotland’s £11 million Engine Shed in Stirling is imminent: the building will be officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop on Monday 26 June.

The Engine Shed is Scotland’s pioneering new building conservation centre – the first facility of its kind in the world to combine research, education and public access – which will serve as a national conservation hub, using world-leading innovation to bring Scotland’s built heritage to life through technology and hands-on activities.

Open to the public from Monday 3 July, the learning and visitor resource centre aims to spark the public’s passion and interest with Scotland’s historic environment and inspire a new generation to care more for Scotland’s diverse built heritage.

Seven Major Architects Compete on Key Edinburgh Site
Ross Pavilion Building Design
image courtesy of architects

20 Jun – The seven diverse proposals from the teams vying to win the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition and revitalise West Princes Street Gardens now go on show to the public.

• Concept designs displayed in online gallery, and at a public exhibition from 21 June until 30 July 2017
• Public invited to comment at the exhibition or directly via email
• Winner to be announced in early August 2017

Ross Pavilion Building Designs – images on e-architect

Ross Pavilion Edinburgh Competition – news from today

Bridgeton Homes by Elder and Cannon
Bridgeton Homes by Elder and Cannon
image courtesy of architects
19 Jun – 68 homes for social rent at Olympia Street, Bridgeton, to be an ‘exemplar model of inclusive and affordable inner city living’.
Elder and Cannon Architects have been engaged by Link Group to assume the role of lead consultant. Located on the site of a former supermarket the scheme will incorporate extensive landscaping by Rankin Fraser with wide pavements and dropped kerbs to ease accessibility.

RIAS Awards 2017 Winners
16 Jun – The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) announced 12 winners for its 2017 Awards, representing the very best of current Scottish architecture.

Dualchas News
5 Apr – Dualchas Architects have marked their 21st anniversary with a practice re-brand that has seen it adopt the image of a wild Hebridean goat, a symbol of resistance dating back to the Highland clearances, as a new identity, report urban realm.

Formed in 1996 the Skye architecture practice has built a reputation for rejuvenating residential architecture throughout the Highlands and Islands by reinterpreting historic styles such as basic turf-topped blackhouses.

Dualchas Architects

Scotland’s Film Studio News
5 + 4 Apr – The plans for the 106-acre site on the southern outskirts of Edinburgh – chosen from 28 in Scotland – have received the go-ahead from the Scottish Government. The news should pave the way for a new role for Scotland on the global movie-making stage beyond location filming.

Straiton Film and TV Studio

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson
3 Apr – Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson did more to transform Glasgow into a city fit to be described as the “Second City of the Empire” than any other architect, reports BBC Scotland today.

“The booming powerhouse city, which quadrupled in size between 1800 and 1850, needed a new vision as it expanded out from the old slums and Thomson was the man who supplied it.

However, the city on which he made his mark during the Victorian era later allowed his legacy to fall into neglect.”

Link: Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson Article

Queen Street Station Renewal News
Queen Street Station Glasgow
image from architects
3 Apr – Network Rail have been granted permission to proceed with a major facelift of Queen Street Station to accommodate projected growth in passenger numbers.

The scheme by BDP will entail demolition of the present concourse and its replacement by a new expanded platform area extending out to George Square via a 500m glass facade, creating the necessary space for a new fleet of longer Class 385 carriages.

Queen Street Station Glasgow

Queen Street Office Conversion
3 Apr – Carrick Properties are to take on a disused former nightclub in Glasgow’s Queen Street for conversion by McGinlay Bell Architects. It will provide speculative office space, while retaining the existing ground floor units.

This will allow provision of 3,240sqm of Grade A office accommodation over four upper floors at 21-41 Queen Street.

RIAS Awards 2017 Shortlist News
2 Apr – Shortlisted buildings and architects announced: RIAS Awards 2017 Shortlist.

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