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19 January 2018

Glasgow Building News

Atlantic Quay 1 Offices News
19 Jan – Department For Work and Pensions taking 85,000 sq ft at Atlantic Quay 1 building:
Atlantic Quay 1 Development

Joules at Greenock’s Custom House
19 Jan – International fashion and lifestyle brand, Joules, signs three year lease extension at Greenock’s Custom House.

Riverside Inverclyde (ri), the organisation charged with delivering the economic redevelopment of Inverclyde in the west of Scotland, has concluded an agreement with international fashion and lifestyle brand, Joules on a three year lease of 1,578 sq ft of space from 1 January 2018 at Greenock’s recently refurbished Custom House.

Custom House Greenock Building

Future Direction : Governance Update for RIAS Membership
12 Jan – Page\Park design for historic Glasgow engineering works: detailed plans for the restoration of surviving industrial buildings, including the demolition of one fire-damaged structure to allow a new courtyard to be created.

Zephyr acquired the former Howdens engineering works in 2016 with a view to retaining the historic character of the site by fashioning an innovative business space within it, with undeveloped land given over to a mix of flats and mews-style properties.

Future Direction : Governance Update for RIAS Membership

The December update on governance outlined the process and programme for setting up the new interim governance arrangements. There has been a steady response with applications for committee members to assist with the governance committee.

The RIAS would welcome further interest from members with experience and interest in finance and audit experience that could assist with the new committee. They are therefore extending the deadline for expressions of interest to Tuesday 16th January 2018.

Please reply to Karen Stevenson, Acting Secretary, Director: Policy and Development,, with a supporting statement of your experience.

Scottish Parliament Debate
8 Jan 2018 –
Maintenance of Tenement Communal Property Scottish Parliament Debate
Date: 9 January 2018
Time: 5pm
Venue: Scottish Parliament
Motion Number: S5M-08354

Motion Text:
That the Parliament recognises that a significant proportion of people in Edinburgh and across Scotland live in tenement buildings; believes that the maintenance of communal property, otherwise known as the common parts or “Scheme Property” as defined in the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004, in tenements is essential to the upkeep of the buildings and the standard of living for owner occupiers and tenants; understands with concern that, in many cases, such Scheme Property is in a state of disrepair, degradation or deterioration; believes that current legislation is not consistently fulfilling its intention to encourage owners to establish effective arrangements for managing communal repairs and undertaking maintenance; acknowledges the various potential solutions put forward by groups and individuals in the housing sector to help address this issue, and notes the view that, for the wellbeing of owner occupiers and tenants and to sustain and enhance the country’s urban infrastructure and environments, the government should review the situation and consider any legislative changes, new initiatives, enhanced use of existing rules and/or further action by local authorities that could facilitate improved upkeep of Scheme Property.

Highland FitHomes Funding
8 Jan 2018 – £3m funding has been agreed for a ‘FitHome’ assisted living project from the Scottish Government. The project is led by Albyn Housing Society in partnership with Carbon Dynamic and NHS Highland.

Calum Macaulay, Chief Executive at Albyn Housing Society, said: “The central concept of these high-quality, sustainable homes is that they will include ambient, physiological and building sensors. The sensors will collect data that can be monitored and responded to by a variety of agencies. Potentially, this will transform the way health and social care is delivered.

“The collaboration has already included potential residents, school children, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, health and social care managers, technologists, enterprise executives – anyone who can offer experience, expertise and insight to ensure this project results in a sustainable and successful model for the future.

“We’re very excited to be progressing this unique initiative as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal given its enormous potential to develop a Highland, UK, even Global, solution that encompasses housing, health, care, digital technology and economic growth.”

Chair of the Highland Council’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Allan Henderson, welcomed the latest funding announcement, saying: “We all have an interest in what the City-Region Deal means to the Highlands as a whole. This is an exciting project which will bring benefits to communities across the region, together with other pan-Highland projects such as the Newton Rooms, affordable housing, free wifi, and support for small and medium businesses throughout the Highlands.”

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown said: “I look forward to the development of the assisted living homes that this city region deal funding will bring – especially those in Inverness City for veterans. This £3 million investment shows the benefits of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal and how it will improve access to healthcare and housing in the area and eventually help people live independently in their homes for longer.

Glasgow Tenement Funding
29 Dec 2017 – Residents of a historic building have held rooftop gigs and pop-up exhibitions as they try to raise £1.2 million for vital repairs, reports the Evening Times.

The B-listed Camphill Gate tenement in Glasgow needs major work to restore it to its former glory, including repairs to its glass cupolas, rooftop railings and guttering.

Residents of the 24 flats and 12 shop units that make up the five-storey building have joined together to raise funds for the renovation through a host of events

School Building in Partick
St Peter’s School is being demolished to make way for 60 new affordable homes for mid market rents and social housing. The old building in Dowanhill Street is being demolished to make way for five new build closes containing 39 flats. The Chancellor Street building will be kept and converted into 21 flats, reports the Evening Times.

Merchant City Offices Building News
22 Dec – Planning submission by architects 3DReid for a speculative office development for Scottish Enterprise within the emerging Innovation District of Glasgow’s Merchant City to serve as a bridge between academia and the wider city. Inovo2 will sit alongside Inovo1 and the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre and will deliver flexible office space designed to accommodate businesses large and small, reports Urban Realm.

Future Direction : Governance Update for RIAS Membership
From the RIAS: “Our announcement to you on the 14th December provided an outline of how the RIAS was intending to proceed with its governance review.  The following provides further details -December Update-about the programme we are working to, the arrangements that will be put in place and the areas of business that will be the focus.  Further updates and details will be circulated as they emerge in the New Year.”


The Garment Factory
The Garment Factory in Glasgow
photo : Warren Media
20 Dec 2017 – The Garment Factory, a unique and contemporary office development in Glasgow’s city centre, has achieved practical completion following an extensive refurbishment project undertaken by Castleforge Partners:
The Garment Factory Building

Scottish Government working group is latest stage in SELECT campaign for official recognition
19 Dec – An influential working group has been established in the Scottish Government to look into “Protection of Title” for professional electricians.

The campaign by SELECT, the trade body for the electrotechnical trade in Scotland, asks the Scottish Government to accept and legislate for the fact that electricians undergo an intensive training akin to that required for other professional qualifications and to agree that their skills should be protected.

Colin Beattie, the SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, who has reiterated his support for the registration of electricians, pressed the Government last month (November) about the membership of the group and its remit.

Citizens Theatre Renovation HLF Grant
18 Dec – Grant of £4.8 m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for transformational renovation and expansion of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre by Bennetts Associates, architects: refurbishing the historic auditorium whilst sweeping away later piecemeal additions to allow a wraparound new build structure.
Citizens Theatre Renovation

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

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

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland News

VELUX announce The VELUX Roof Window Award
16 Dec – VELUX announce the VELUX Roof Window Award, their newest design award competition, in collaboration with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

The passion VELUX has for daylight, fresh air and better living environments has led them to consider the innovative vision of designers in Scotland. The VELUX Roof Window Award is an exciting competition that wishes to seek out and reward inventive and modern designs that use any VELUX roof window products.

The competition will be divided into two categories: built and unbuilt. The built category seeks to celebrate the design, aesthetics and detailing of any completed project that includes a VELUX roof window, whilst the unbuilt category will consider any project that is in the design stage or is under construction. The unbuilt category has the objective of recognising progressive designs of the future that will innovate and drive the industry forward.

Winning designs will receive £1,500 in prize money and a VELUX curved glass rooflight to use in their next project.

Since 1941 VELUX has been a transformative force in the design world. In the years since, the evolution of their product range has afforded specifiers versatility, efficiency and aesthetic confidence for construction projects around the world.

This year VELUX launched their revolutionary curved glass rooflight. The curved glass-to-edge surface is built to allow more daylight into a space, and will provide specifiers and designers the freedom of creativity to create the space that they envisage.

VELUX has a reputation for providing quality products, and this has enabled designers to craft spaces that push the boundaries of design and aid pioneering construction concepts. And it is this commitment to supporting the design and construction industry that has been the driving force behind the VELUX Roof Window Award.

Coinciding with the launch of the world’s first curved glass rooflight, VELUX and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland are incredibly proud to use the VELUX Roof Window Award as a platform to celebrate the work done by architects, designers and specifiers within the construction community.

Jenni Shanks of RIAS Consultancy said “The VELUX Roof Window Award is a great opportunity for designers to be recognised for their innovative work. It also provides a platform for designers to put their work in the public domain and in turn raise their profile. The RIAS commends VELUX for wanting to encourage and recognise innovative ideas in the use of their products.”

For more information on the VELUX Roof Window Award and the opportunity to enter, please follow this link:

Bellgrove Meat Market masterplan
15 Dec – Glasgow City Council has staged an exhibition outlining their indicative masterplan for the B-listed former Bellgrove Meat Market, ahead of a formal planning application early next year, reports Urban Realm.

Dumfries & Galloway Hospital Opens Its Doors
Dumfries & Galloway Hospital Building
image courtesy of Bennett Architectural
13 Dec – The new £212m Dumfries and Galloway Hospital opens. The 344-bed new build facility was built using the off-site construction method DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly).
Dumfries & Galloway Hospital Building

Scottish War Blinded Hawkhead, Paisley Healthcare
11 Dec – £17 m project: 100 military veterans have already signed up to use the facility, along with residents of the nearby Royal Blind facility, Jenny’s Well.
Scottish War Blinded Hawkhead by Page \ Park Architects

GIA Building Visit : Ruins Studio
6 Dec – Would you like to visit GIA Supreme Awards Winning ‘Ruins Studio’, in Hazelwood?
You still can as there are a few spaces left for the visit on the 8th December 2017, please advise before noon Thursday 7 December.
The GIA hope to car share and leave Glasgow c.14:00. Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours. The house is accessed via a track so a 4×4 will meet you at the bottom of the track. Ruins Studio is a small house so visit is restricted to 8 visitors.
If you are interested, please email
With your response, please provide your name, the name of any colleague that would like to join you and advise if you can provide transport. Bookings will be confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

Fri 8th December 2017, 15:30 – 17:00 @ Ruins Studio, Hazelwood, off Coldside Road, Dumfries and Galloway
photo Above by Sergio Pirrone: Supreme Award Winner 2017- Ruins Studio, Hazelwood – Lily Jencks Studio working with Nathanial Dorent and Savills

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

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

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

Article in full at Scottish Architectural News for 2017

Transforming Scottish Planning
5 Dec – Legislation to encourage development and improve community engagement.
New legislation to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart.
Mr Stewart described how the Planning (Scotland) Bill, will create a new structure for a more proactive and enabling system with clearer development plans, earlier engagement with communities, streamlined procedures and smarter resourcing.
The Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year.
Mr Stewart said:
“Scotland’s economy needs a world-class planning system. Our planning system must take a strong and confident lead in securing the development of great places that will stand the test of time and this Bill will encourage more people to play an active role in shaping these.
“In addition to restructuring and simplifying the system to provide greater certainty for investors and communities alike it will reflect the importance of development and infrastructure to achieve our ambitions for housing, schools and regeneration – creating jobs and generating economic growth.
“Performance improvement will be formalised so applicants can rely on receiving a consistent service and local authorities will have greater powers to charge for their services. In short, this Bill will reduce bureaucracy so that planners are better equipped to lead high-quality developments that support the economy and enhance our communities.”
Chair of the Scottish Alliance of People and Places, Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish, said:
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s ambition to create a more innovative and inclusive planning system that puts people at the heart of decisions about their local communities. Planning the places in which we live and work is fundamental to our social and economic wellbeing, and it is vital we reach out to communities and empower them to actively participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
“This Bill represents a real opportunity to be bold and ambitious, and present a positive, forward looking vision for our planning system, rather than simply making technical changes to policy.”

New Student Work at Dundee School of Architecture
4 Dec – e-architect follow architectural student Sean Noon through his latest designs:
Dundee School of Architecture Student Work

Edinburgh Futures Institute
29 Nov – Edinburgh’s former Royal Infirmary Surgical Hospital, a category-A listed building at the heart of the Quartermile development, has received detailed planning permission to become a major new facility for the University of Edinburgh. The design is by Bennetts Associates:
Edinburgh Futures Institute Building

Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon & West Boathouse Visit
SPAB Scotland is organising a visit of the spectacular Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and the ‘cute’ West Boathouse, before heading to Glasgow’s Christmas Market.
2 Dec – see our events page for more details

Builders vow to ensure Scots not left behind following Budget for housing
24 + 22 Nov – With the Chancellor today announcing a raft of measures aimed at significantly increasing levels of home building and “reviving the British dream of home ownership”, Scotland’s home building industry vowed to continue to hold the Scottish Government to account to ensure those living north of the border were not left behind.
Scottish Architectural News for 2017

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

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

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

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

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

18 Nov – opinion added by Scottish architect Alan Dunlop.

RIAS Secretary News

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The New Tenement – Residences in the Inner City Since 1970 by Florian Urban
14 Nov – A publication on the new tenement by Florian Urban, Professor and Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA, has been issued by Routledge. The result of the research project which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the publication involved research in Glasgow, London, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Paris, Vienna and Berlin.
The New Tenement - Residences in the Inner City Since 1970
image courtesy of GSA
The New Tenement – Residences in the Inner City Since 1970 by Florian Urban

Greenock Custom House Official Opening
14 Nov – Official Opening of Greenock’s 200 year old Custom House marks also the 10 year anniversary of Riverside Inverclyde’s successful regeneration efforts.

Riverside Inverclyde, the organisation charged with the economic regeneration of Inverclyde, celebrated not only the completion of the refurbishment of Greenock’s Custom House, but also its 10 year anniversary at a ceremony held at the lovingly restored, 200-year old Georgian Custom House on Friday November 3.

Park Quadrant Development
14 Nov – Expresso Property, in conjunction with its development partner, Ambassador Developments (Park Quadrant) Ltd., has announced that on-site works are now underway at Park Quadrant, a 98 apartment luxury development in Glasgow’s West End.

Designed by architects Holmes Miller, Park Quadrant will complete the vision of the architect Charles Wilson’s concentric ringed design of a 19th century masterplan of the area. Building will complete in 2020 and will support up to 500 construction jobs in the City.

Nick Robinson of Expresso Property, said: “In conjunction with our development partners, we are pleased to announce that on-site works have now commenced for the highly sought-after Park Quadrant Residences. Being on site with construction underway underlines our commitment and confidence to deliver the development that will complete “the missing piece” of Charles Wilson’s original Park Area masterplan.”

Stephen Hampshire, of Expresso Property, added: “We are delighted to announce today that the Park Quadrant development will support up to 500 construction jobs during the construction phase and will have a total end investment value of £53m.

“Expresso is funded to purchase schemes from £1m to £50m and we are actively looking to acquire further commercial, office, residential and retail development propositions. These may be currently on the market or direct approaches from company principals wishing to explore their thoughts and ideas.”

The York-based company is investing in three major Scottish projects, at Park Quadrant in Glasgow’s West End, one of the best residential development sites in the West of Scotland; Perth’s new leisure hub, Mill Quarter, and a new mixed-use site at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.
Image shows: Expresso Property, in conjunction with its development partner Ambassador Developments (Park Quadrant) Ltd., has announced that on-site works are now underway at Park Quadrant, a 98 apartment luxury development in Glasgow’s West End. Designed by architects Holmes Miller, Park Quadrant will complete the vision of the architect Charles Wilson’s concentric ringed design of a 19th century masterplan of the area. Building will complete in 2020 and will support up to 500 construction jobs in the City.

For more information on developments by Expresso Property, please visit

Expresso Property is a UK-based real estate company of creative property developers and consultants, bringing together over 70 years of experience in residential, retail, leisure, office and urban regeneration developments. Expresso specialises in the successful delivery of property investment and development services. The skill set of our team enables us to craft schemes that deliver high-value bespoke results for our property portfolio and investors. Our activities are undertaken across the UK, with a pipeline of current projects of more than £100m, spanning all sectors.

A New Chapter – Scottish Architects
10 Nov – Open letter, from A New Chapter to President Stewart Henderson of the RIAS

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

RIAS Controversy

Major United Nations accolade for The Glasgow School of Art
Elena Szolgayová, Gulnara Roll, Secretary to CHLM, UNECE and Professor Brian Evans
photos courtesy of GSA
Glasgow Urban Lab at GSA
8 Nov – Glasgow Urban Lab designated United Nations Charter Centre of Excellence

The GSA will now collaborate internationally on activities to promote UN policies for sustainable Housing and Urban Development in the 21st century

The GSA’s innovation skills and research capability will be a great asset to the UNECE network going forward.

English Project by Glasgow’s Keppie Design
8 Nov – Keppie Design unveil visionary proposals for a Learning Campus at Thamesmead for the London Borough of Bexley, Peabody and London South East Colleges:
The Place & Making Institute

GIA Design Awards 2017 Dinner
10 Nov 6.30pm at Òran Mór, Byres Road
One of the main highlights of the annual GIA programme: the Supreme Award winner, Awards winners and Commendations will be announced at the GIA Annual Members Dinner.

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

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

Chairman of the council’s children, young people and lifelong learning committee Councillor Jeff Leaver said: “Dalbeattie Learning Campus will deliver first class facilities and transform education in Dalbeattie, delivering learning facilities appropriate for the 21st century.”

He added: “We were all very impressed by the new campus. The whole building is so spacious, bright and welcoming and a huge amount of thought, including a very large input from the pupils who will soon be moving into their new school, has gone into the design of all aspects of the building.

“The setting is spectacular and the sports facilities and opportunities for outdoor learning are absolutely first class.

“I’m very envious of the young people and the staff who will be moving into this amazing facility later this week.”

Work started on site in March 2016, with an 18 month build programme and the building is now ready on schedule.

The old High School building, next to the new campus, will soon be demolished and the site landscaped before being incorporated into the campus site.

The new campus will open its doors to pupils next week who will be excited to be stepping into their new school for the first time.

Craig Bridges, regional development director at GRAHAM Construction, said: “Dalbeattie Learning Campus is a first-class educational facility which will bring long-lasting benefits to the local community.

“A significant construction project, our team have delivered a state-of-the-art learning space, while also creating many different jobs and apprenticeships in the process.

“We’re extremely pleased to handover the building to Dumfries and Galloway Council and look forward to continuing to work closely with them in the future.”

Greenock Custom House
26 Oct – Following a period of negotiation between landlord Riverside Inverclyde (ri) and PG Paper Company Ltd, a leading global exporter of paper, a two year extension of the company’s existing lease at Greenock’s Custom House has been agreed.

PG Paper Company currently leases 3,896 sqft at the Georgian architectural masterpiece, and has been a tenant of ri’s since phase three of the restoration of the building was completed in September 2015.

Restoration of the Custom House has taken place in four phases over four years. To date £4.1 million has been spent on transforming 18,000 sqft of productive business space.

Custom House Greenock Building

Atlantic Quay 3 Development
Atlantic Quay 3 Glasgow development
photo © Damian Shields
25 Oct – Atlantic Quay 3 on completion of a multi-million pound refurbishment. Now fully let the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service the scheme’s first new tenant will fully occupy 79,500 sq. ft. of ‘Grade A’ open plan flexible office space over its ground and six upper floors:
Atlantic Quay 3 Development

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

Specifi Glasgow Event
TED-STYLE-TALK: The Water Sensitive City by Gary Grant
CONNECT: with 100 fellow landscape professionals
FREE 3-course dinner and FREE bar
The Royal Concert Hall, Buchanan Galleries, 2 Sauchiehall St, G2 3NY
Took place on Thursday 26th October 4:30pm–11:30pm

The James Miller Student Award
The James Miller Student Award is now open fur submissions. It was established by the Trustees of the Mabel Harper Charitable Trust to commemorate the work of the late James Miller, architect of many important buildings in Scotland, including many mercantile buildings in central Glasgow, transport buildings including Wemyss Bay Station and Gleneagles Hotel.

The Award is designed to assist British students who are facing hardship issues which affect their ability to complete all or part of their course. Students will be able to use the money to purchase any support necessary such as books, equipment or to assist with field trips.

The Trustees will also consider applications from students for assistance in the period following their year-out. This may include part funding of course fees for this period.

Submission Deadline: 30 November

Please click here for the submission form and the RIAS Student Membership application form (all applicants must be RIAS members).

HLM Glasgow Wins Prestigious People Development Award
10 Oct – HLM, a leading design and architecture company, has won the coveted People Development category at the prestigious Glasgow Business Awards 2017.
HLM‘s people development efforts are widely known, from the HLM Academy to the company’s strong values, lifestyle packages and family friendly initiatives. The HLM Academy is a professional excellence programme which helps ensure all employees have the opportunity and resources to reach their full potential.
HLM Architects

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

Queensferry Crossing Construction

Homes for Scotland New Chair
9 Oct – Homes for Scotland (HFS) today announced the appointment of Ken Gillespie as Chair on a three year term with immediate effect.

A key figure in the UK construction and home building industries with over 33 years’ experience, Gillespie has been responsible for the development and delivery of residential, commercial and infrastructure schemes both nationally and overseas.

Gillespie takes the reins at a time when housing completion levels remain 36 per cent down on pre-recession levels and members tell HFS that it has never been harder to open new sites and get much needed new homes out of the ground.

Considering the scale of the task ahead given the numerous challenges that must be overcome if the country’s housing crisis is to be resolved, he said:

“Having worked in the construction and home building sectors my whole life, I am delighted to represent an industry which is absolutely vital to the social and economic wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

“My philosophy is clear: whether public or private sector, local or national government, we all need to work together, positively and progressively, to an agreed common objective which should be increasing and accelerating housing supply across Scotland to meet the needs of our growing population.”

Building and Fire Safety
5 Oct – Update from Scottish Government ministerial working group:
The sixth meeting of a ministerial working group, set up to review building and fire safety, has heard how residents and building owners in Glasgow are being kept informed on the progress being made to identify and test cladding.
During the meeting Communities Secretary Angela Constance, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart and Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing, received updates from Scottish Government officials and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr Stewart updated the ministerial working group that he has written to remind local authorities of the breadth of their building safety enforcement powers and Scottish Government expectation that they would use those powers to ensure public safety.
Ministers also welcomed Glasgow City Council officials to the meeting. They provided an update on the work the Council is carrying out to ensure residents of buildings where aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding has been identified are kept fully informed about ongoing work and where they can access further advice.
Ms Constance said:
“Everyone involved in this group shares a commitment to do all we can to reassure home owners and residents of buildings where ACM cladding is identified are kept fully informed about any tests being carried out and know where they can get further advice and guidance.
“We are working closely with local authorities, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and others to ensure the highest standards in our building and fire safety regulations and I thank everyone involved for their continued commitment to this.
“Today’s meeting also reflected that we are making good progress establishing a review of fire safety in building standards following the recent appointment of Professor John Cole and Dr Paul Stollard. The range of work being looked at will further strengthen standards.”
The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service shared plans for the forthcoming targeted national fire safety campaign for high rise buildings and confirmed that additional fire safety guidance is being developed for any buildings where there are concerns or issues.

HundrED Listing for Hazelwood School
Hazelwood School Glasgow
photograph : Andrew Lee
4 Oct – The multiple award-winning Hazelwood School, Glasgow by Alan Dunlop Architect was today included among an international list of “Inspiring Innovations in Education” 100 Global Inspiring Innovations of 2017 by HundrED.

Work begins on multimillion pound Green Infrastructure projects
4 Oct 2017 – Close to £20 million will be spent transforming urban green spaces, says Scottish Natural Heritage. The Aberdeen City Council project is in one of Scotland’s most disadvantaged urban areas and, along with six other proposals, will benefit from a total investment of just under £20 million, including £5.8 million of ERDF awarded through the GIF:

Aberdeen Architecture News

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

Green space and access to nature is beneficial for individuals, communities and society at large. There is also a growing recognition that access to nature can bring a range of health benefits.

The research, which will be published in April 2018, will review existing practice and research opportunities for green infrastructure to the residents of social housing and the wider community.

More information see Scottish Architectural News for 2017

Royal Scottish Academy Metzstein Architecture Discourse 2017
Monday, 2 October at George Square Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh

Sir David Chipperfield will present this year’s RSA event. Sir David is the first British architect to do so.

Now in its fourth year, the annual Royal Scottish Academy Metzstein Architecture Discourse was founded in 2014 in memory of Isi Metzstein (1928 – 2012), partner of the Glasgow practice of Gillespie Kidd and Coia, Professor of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and Treasurer of the RSA. More info on our architecture events page.

RIAS strategy feedback workshop
Tuesday 3 October 6-8.30pm at South Block
GIA/RIAS members discussion : to gather thoughts/critique, stimulate debate and collate ideas on the RIAS 5 years vision strategy. More info on our events page.

Support for housing
28 Sep – Challenge fund announced for custom and self-built homes.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart will today announce £90,000 to support pilot projects to assist people wanting to build their own homes with a new Challenge Fund.

RIAS President Stewart Henderson said:
“In 2015, for the first time since its inauguration in 2002, the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for best building in Scotland was won by a housing project. Housing continues to be a key focus of architect’s endeavours.
“Our publication – Home: Housing Scotland 2000-2020, the first in our 2020 Visions series for the Festival of Architecture, amply demonstrates it is something Scottish architects do extremely well. The 100 houses and housing developments which make up this volume are as good a demonstration as any of the contribution architecture can make to improving people’s lives.”

Today’s conference Housing – the future is being run by Scottish Government, Planning & Architecture Division (PAD), as a free event as part of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Festival of Architecture 2017, and in conjunction with Architecture & Design Scotland (ADS). The programme has been designed to share approaches to housing delivery at a range of scales and to also profile a range of work happening at a strategic, city and rural level to diversify the delivery of homes across Scotland.
You can read the Build to Rent guidance here.

‘Combustible cladding’ found on 57 blocks in Glasgow
21 + 20 Sep – Combustible cladding has been found in 57 private high-rise properties in Glasgow, council officials have said, reports the BBC.
Checks have been under way at buildings across Scotland in the wake of the fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London.
Council planning official Raymond Barlow told MSPs that cladding had been found on some buildings in Glasgow, but said “it’s not public information yet”.
Scottish ministers were informed about the concerns on 8 September, but flat owners in the buildings were not told.
The council later stressed that there was “no suggestion that these buildings are a particular fire risk”.
Combustible cladding on Tower blocks in Glasgow

Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Patrick Geddes:’spirit-in-action’
23 Sep at Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Speakers and Facilitators: Petra Biberbach, Lord Charles Bruce, Russell Clegg, Prof Bashabi Fraser, Dr Tom Kane, Roger Kelly, Prof Murdo Macdonald, Mike Small and Dr Ian Wight.
This Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration will look at issues associated with Patrick Geddes, ‘spirit-in-action’, ‘the place of spirit in his own work’. and ‘the nature’ of his ‘spirit-at-work’. Please see our architecture events page for more information.

Doors Open Day at St Peter’s Seminary
23 + 24 Sep 2017
Walked tours of the building will take place on 23 and 24 September. This is a rare opportunity to visit Scotland’s most iconic modernist building in its raw and ruined state. More info on our events page.

Marks and Spencer Port Glasgow Store
Marks and Spencer Port Glasgow Store
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19 Sep – design by LK2 Architects, new 40,000 sqft M&S store – which spans two storeys – opened in Port Glasgow this month:
Marks and Spencer Port Glasgow Store

Groundbreaking at £34.5m Academy and Theatre Campus in Cumbernauld
13 Sep – Construction work starts on £37m Cumbernauld Academy and Cumbernauld Theatre Campus designed by Norr. A sod cutting ceremony was led by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP.

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