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21st February 2017
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Tarbolton Community Campus Building
20 Feb – hub South West’s new Tarbolton Community Campus
The Burns Country village of Tarbolton in Ayrshire has a brand new heart following the successful completion of the latest project by construction and infrastructure-focused partnership hub South West.
The first classes were held last week (Friday, 17 February) at the £3.8 million Tarbolton Community Campus, a flagship building which will house 297 primary children and 40 early years children.
The low-rise building, with its impressive circular entranceway, will also house sports, leisure and library facilities. Meeting rooms are available for use by the whole community, which is home to Burns’s Bachelor’s Club.
The latest asset to the village was a collaboration between hub South West and South Ayrshire Council, the partnership which enables cost-efficient design and construction of community facilities in the region. Construction work on the project was undertaken by Morrison Construction.
The initiative aims to provide value for money and generate growth in the local economy through a new method of partnership working and procurement. The Tarbolton Campus was delivered on time and on budget.
It has been just under a year since contracts were signed and work began.
Tarbolton Community Campus is the second of four projects hub South West will have delivered on behalf of South Ayrshire Council within four months. The first was the Phase-1 redevelopment of Marr College in December 2016. Tarbolton will be followed by Dailly Primary School and the new Carrick Leisure Centre (The Quay Zone) next month.
18 Feb – Glasgow City Council has lent its approval to The University of Glasgow to press ahead with an ambitious campus masterplan after awarding planning in principle for the former Western Infirmary site.
A first phase of work will see work to demolish the current mathematics building get underway in the spring, followed by the hospital over the summer to allow creation of a new Learning and Teaching Hub; Research Hub; Institute of Health & Wellbeing; Adam Smith Business School and a new College of Arts.
Glasgow Central Building News
17 Feb – Network Rail have brought forward plans for an internal reconfiguration designed by ISP Architects of Glasgow Central railway station, The proposal involves the removal of an existing curtain walled stair enclosure and its replacement with a hardwood and wrought iron reinforced concrete access. To allow an existing lift shaft to be maintained the stair will be overclad with new porcelain tiles to match new retail entrance porches below.
Scotland’s Tallest timber structure
16 Feb – Off-site construction specialists CCG have published plans designed by Mast Architects for an innovative residential build in Yoker, Glasgow, combining use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and an acrylic brick-slip façade to create what will be the tallest timber structure in Scotland.
Situated on Ellerslie Road the development of 42 flats for Sanctuary will reach up to seven storeys, affording tenants expansive views over the River Clyde.
16 Feb – Drum Property Group proposals for 189 flats at Minerva Street, Finnieston, updated to improve design and materials specified in a previously consented scheme by Progressive Residential. Drum Property instructed DarntonB3 Architecture to up the material-spec and design ambition.
This international architects firm seems to have been built up by a multitude of mergers and acquisitions. The practice formed through the 2015 merger of Darnton EGS Ltd and B3Architects. Their established history is traceable to pre-1900. they currently have six offices in England, two in Wales, one in Scotland (Glasgow) and Oman plus South Africa.
In 2012 B3Architects acquired G5 of Glasgow.
15 Feb – Plans to breathe new life into the St Peter’s Seminary building are now close to being realized, reports BBC Scotland:
Article on St Peter’s Seminary Building
Glasgow Architecture Photographer
15 Feb – Glasgow’s architecture has come into focus at a new exhibition which shows familiar places in a new light through careful consideration of the northern light within which the city occasionally basks, reports Urban Realm.
‘Glasgow Shadows’ was shot by Robin Johnston depicts deserted alleys and grandiose structures lent a film noire-esque feel by a polarizing filter and a keen eye for detail and can currently be found hanging within Skypark’s gallery space.
Hermitage Park, Helensburgh
image courtesy of architects
15 Feb – Argyll & Bute Council have conducted a turf-cutting ceremony to signal the start of on-site works to deliver a new look Hermitage Park in Helensburgh, reports Urban Realm. A £3.3m restoration and redevelopment of the town centre resource will introduce new playgrounds and fountains, overseen by the Friends of Hermitage Park Association. Work will include the demolition of a toilet block to be replaced by a Hoskins Architects designed pavilion.
Port Dundas Road Housing by Reiach and Hall
13 Feb – Reiach & Hall Architects and Raglan Development have advanced proposals for what is described as being a ‘new model’ of student housing on Glasgow’s Port Dundas Road, offering tenants a greater range of social and amenity space than is typically the case for standard builds, reports Urban Realm.
Focussed on a ground floor social space the scheme includes a foyer, café, gym, lounge and games hall which will spill over into a courtyard garden and surrounding streets. The building will include 444 cluster flats alongside 156 studio rooms and have 18,100sqm of gross internal floor area.
Saltcoats Homes News
13 Feb – McTaggart Construction and Anderson Bell + Christie have filed plans for 24 new homes and associated infrastructure in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, having been instructed by Cunninghame Housing Association to deliver a third phase of housing at Sharphill.
13 Feb – Page\Park Architects have been appointed by the Friends of Broadway Prestwick to undertake a feasibility study examining potential re-use of the disused landmark for the benefit of the local community, reports Urban Realm.
Opened in 1935 the C-listed Broadway was designed by Alister G. MacDonald, son of Labour prime minister Ramsay MacDonald and operated as a cinema on and off through to 1976.
Largs Seafront Property
13 Feb – Stewart Associates have won planning consent to demolish the former Victoria Hotel on Gallowgate Street, Largs, to enable construction of 12 one bed flats for the elderly, reports Urban Realm.
M8 City Park
12 Feb – M8 City Park project progresses, reports urban realm – dramatic plans by Keppie to heal a 40 year-old wound in Glasgow city centre by ‘capping’ over a section of the M8 motorway have drawn a step closer with procurement for a feasibility study set to get underway in late spring 2017 with more detailed engineering studies and site investigations penciled in for the spring.
Ross Pavilion International Design Competition
10 + 9 Feb – Ross Pavilion International Design Competition
• Initiative will regenerate and renew nationally-important space at the heart of West Princes Street Gardens and within the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site
• Architect-led teams asked to submit details of proposed team and experience at the competition’s first stage
• Five or more finalists who reach the second stage will create concept designs for a new landmark Pavilion, a visitor centre with café, and subtle updates and improvements to the listed Gardens
• First-stage submissions deadline March 13, 2017
Perth City Hall Architecture Competition
7 + 6 Feb – Perth & Kinross Council launch a design contest to source an architect to lead the renewal of Perth City Hall. 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.
Girvan Leisure Centre Building
7 + 6 Feb – South Ayrshire Council have commenced an internal fit-out at a £5.4m leisure centre serving the communities of Girvan and South Carrick following completion of exterior works, report urban realm. The Quay Zone has been designed by Norr Architects and is due for completion in March.
East Kilbride Aerial Adventures
5 Feb – East Kilbride adventure course designed by Taylor Architecture Practice (T.A.P) at East Kilbride shopping centre: a newly unveiled aerial adventure course at ‘The Hub’, report Urban Realm.
Aerial Adventures takes the form of a “symbiotic climbing wall attached to the central atrium above the mall’s ice rink as part of an initiative by Orion Capital Partners…part of a wider remodeling by BDP the intervention includes a high-level assault course suspended from the roof and a pod insertion containing a reception area, changing facilities and a café.”
4 Feb – The last section of the new Queensferry Crossing has been lifted into place, completing the 1.7-mile link across the Forth: Queensferry Crossing
Edinburgh Arts Complex Shortlist
1 Feb + 31 Jan – 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.
Colander announce the shortlist for this competition, six architectural teams:
Scottish Design Awards
29 Jan – The Scottish Design Awards announces a 22 February entry deadline for practices.
This year’s architecture panel includes John Pelan of the Scottish Civic Trust and Penny Lewis, lecturer at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture. An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 27 May.
Morningside Public Toilet Site
27 Jan – In 2016 we reported on Edinburgh Council’s sell off of various public conveniences from London Road to Joppa. Now it has been revealed that LDN Architects plan 11 flats on the site of a 1960s-public convenience. Abutting an existing tenement on Canaan Lane in the Morningside conservation area the six-storey scheme has been conceived as a ‘visual stop’ to an urban block before it reduces in scale to two storey villas. News of other proposals are welcome.
Campbeltown Spaceport News
27 Jan – A new milestone has been reached in the development of the UK’s first horizontal launch spaceport at Machrihanish Airport, Campbeltown.
Leading UK space science and technology firms QinetiQ and Telespazio VEGA UK have agreed Memorandums of Understanding to work with Discover Space UK on investigating the potential of the former RAF Machrihanish site that incorporates Campbeltown Airport, reports The Scotsman.
The UK government has previously said it wanted to establish a spaceport by the end of 2018. It launched a consultation in 2014 and two years ago it drew up a shortlist of potential sites. These also included Prestwick, Stornoway, Newquay airport in Cornwall and Llanbedr airport in the Snowdonia National Park.
The spaceport project is being developed by the UK Space Agency on behalf of the UK government and the legislation for the development of a UK spaceport will be contained in the Modern Transport Bill that is currently going through parliament.
Port Dundas Canal Homes
26 Jan – An outline planning application has been filed for the creation of up to 700 homes at Port Dundas, Glasgow, including supporting shops, a pub, restaurant, hotel, leisure and sports facilities, report Urban Realm.
Perth Museum Building News
26 Jan – Perth and Kinross Council has appointed Hoskins Architects to lead design work on a £10m overhaul of Perth Museum & Art Gallery.
Byres Road public realm News
25 Jan – Glasgow City Council has outlined a £9m bid to overhaul the public realm along Byres Road in the heart of the city’s west end to enhance the famous thoroughfare as a destination for shops and bars.
Gorbals Mill Building News
25 Jan – ZM Architecture are proposing to renovate a collection of B-listed former mill buildings in Glasgow’s Gorbals district, as part of a new build residential scheme off Old Rutherglen Road.
Overlooking Gorbals Road Garden the 92 properties will range from studios through to loft-style family homes. Two health buildings fronting Commercial Road will be demolished to be replaced by a pair of new build blocks.
University of Strathclyde campus design team
24 Jan – TThe University of Strathclyde has opened tendering for an integrated design team to project manage a teaching learning and social hub spanning the present Colville and B-listed Architecture buildings.
The Place @ Strathclyde aims to provide a new heart for the city centre campus with design proposals calling for the pedestrianization of Richmond and North Portland Street’s together with a revamp of Rottenrow Gardens to ameliorate a precipitous 1:6 gradient.
BDP and Gardiner & Theobald were tasked with undertaking an options appraisal for the brief in April 2016, determining that the preferred option would be a refurbishment with new build limited to a ‘wedge’ insert to create a series of ‘learning terraces’ between both.
23 Jan – East Ayrshire Council have unveiled plans to erect a giant 23,000sq/m learning and enterprise campus at Knockroon.
23 Jan – Organic Architects have tabled plans for what would be the largest whisky distillery in Britain outside Scotland at Princetown, Dartmoor.
National Theatre of Scotland at Speirs Locks
23 Jan – The National Theatre of Scotland has formally unveiled its brand new headquarters at Speirs Locks, Glasgow, on the banks of the Forth & Clyde canal. Designed by Hoskins Architects the £6.5m project entailed remodelling an existing warehouse to create facilities for production, rehearsal and talent development – but no public performance space: Rockville on e-architect
23 Jan – Proposals for the creation of 102 flats and 302sqm of retail space designed by Foster + Partners, the final phase in this large masterplan: Quartermile Apartments news.
Glasgow Clyde College Building
20 Jan – Austin-Smith:Lord have announced that they are to collaborate with Bell Building Projects and Will Rudd Davidson on a new horticulture teaching block at Glasgow Clyde College’s Languid Campus, report Urban Realm.
Blairdardie Primary Building
20 Jan – Holmes Miller Architects have submitted designs for their second Glasgow primary in as many weeks with proposal for a replacement Blairdardie Primary.
Ashfield Street Housing
20 Jan – Anderson Bell + Christie and McTaggart Construction have prepared plans for 48 homes for social rent on behalf of Hawthorn Housing Co-operative at a former ironworks on Ashfield Street.
Dumbarton Harbour Distillery Tower
20 Jan – A landmark distillery tower which dominates Dumbarton town centre is to be felled to make way for a waterfront housing development for Dunbritton Housing Association.
Springburn Housing Development
20 Jan – A brownfield site in Springburn town centre is being targeted by AS Homes for delivery of a £5m development of 40 flats for social rent. Located on Springburn Way the George Buchanan Architects scheme will offer all two-bedroom flats spread across two four storey blocks using timber framing.
Cameron House Hotel News
19 Jan – Cameron House Hotel has been given permission by Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority to erect an external terrace extension to the five star 18th century baronial mansion.
Marr College Building News
19 Jan – South Ayrshire Council have formally opened the first phase of work at Marr College , a new technical wing, ahead of its full opening by the end of the year.
Dunbeg Corridor Masterplan
19 Jan – The communities of Dunbeg and Ganavan could be merged to form one continuous urban area following submission of proposals by Link Group and Elder & Cannon Architects to build 600 conjoining homes.
Victoria Infirmary Demolitions
19 Jan – Sanctuary Group have confirmed that only the Nightingale wings, gatehouse and a listed administration block at Glasgow’s former Victoria Infirmary will be retained.
River Kelvin Student Accommodation News
17 Jan – Watkin Jones have unveiled a 504-bedroom student housing development in Glasgow spanning five individual blocks of accommodation by the River Kelvin, reports Urban Realm.
Egyptian Halls Building News
17 Jan – USP and USI, ground and upper floor owners of Glasgow’s at-risk Egyptian Halls, have brought forward proposals for a façade retention scheme at the A-listed landmark.
Bearsden Garden Pavilion
17 Jan – East Dunbartonshire Council is on track to deliver a garden pavilion within the grounds of Kilmardinny House, Bearsden, by the spring providing for the arts, conferences and wedding, reports Urban Realm.
Home builders prepare for Mumbai Women Build
16 Jan – Two of the best known female faces in Scotland’s home building industry are in the midst of final arrangements as they prepare to fly to India later this month to help some of the country’s most marginalised communities build their own homes.
Supporting the vital work of Habitat for Humanity, Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland Nicola Barclay and colleague Gill Henry of Cruden Homes will be taking part in the charity’s “Women Build” event in Mumbai from 21-28 January.
Helping to provide the poorest and most vulnerable with a decent place to call home, they have already raised an impressive £8,500 to support the charity venture, which will see them working on a building site and undertaking tasks such as mixing and pouring concrete, bricklaying, painting and plastering.
“We know it’s going to be a tough job, but more than half of the people in Mumbai live in slums with many more living in extremely basic tenements or on the streets.
“Coming from an industry which is rooted in the premise that everyone should have a safe and secure home, having the opportunity to join with other women to help improve conditions for those less fortunate than ourselves is a great privilege and gives us the chance to give something back.
“There will no doubt be a lot of blood, sweat and tears but we are sure the rewards will be worth it!”
Meryl Davies, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, said:
“I’m delighted that Gill Henry and Nicola Barclay are participating in our Women Build in Mumbai this month. Their commitment to providing safe, affordable homes for vulnerable families is testament to the values shared between our organisations.
“My thanks to Nicola and Gill for their remarkable fundraising over the past few months. They are invaluable members of the Women Build team and I know they will make a huge difference to the lives of the families they work alongside in India.”
Cadogan Street Office Building News
16 Jan – M&G Real Estate are gearing up to redevelop a vacant office block on Glasgow’s Cadogan Street, raising a dated 1980s structure with inefficient floorplates to make way for 275,000 sq/ft of net grade A floorspace, reports Urban Realm.
A design team led by Cooper Cromar propose to replace Corunna House with a 12-storey block bounded by Home, West Campbell and Blythswood Street’s, with a tenth-floor setback offering opportunity for outdoor terraces.
East Pollokshields Housing
16 Jan – AS Homes have unveiled proposals for a residential development at the former Maxwell Road gasworks in East Pollokshields to deliver 140 affordable flats and houses, reports Urban Realm.
George Buchanan Architects have taken the reins of the build which will occupy 8.3 acres of industrial land to the north east of the Victorian garden suburb.
Merchant City Student Housing
16 Jan – ADF Architects have brought forward plans to erect a significant student housing development in Glasgow’s Merchant City on behalf of Structured House, complementing ongoing regeneration at Collegelands, reports Urban Realm.
Merchant Point will offer 431 units of student housing in a staggered block stepping up to 13 storeys at the junction of High Street and George Street and is formed from two tone facing brickwork and polished precast concrete.
Candleriggs Quarter Design Team News
16 Jan – CDA have joined Richard Murphy Architects in the delivery of a significant urban regeneration project in Glasgow’s Merchant City to bring forward delivery of a new city block, reports Urban Realm.
The practices involvement comes following submission of a revised application for the consented scheme, after the acquisition of two additional parcels of land, enabling a continuous frontage to be created along both Trongate and Candleriggs.
Perth College UHI Project
10 Jan – 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.
GSA to showcase Andy MacMillan and Charles MacCallum Sketch Books
10 Jan – The GSA will showcase Andy MacMillan and Charles MacCallum sketch books in April as part of 2017 exhibition programme.
Running from 22 – 30 April 2017, the show will complement a book being jointly published by the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Glasgow City Heritage Trust and Freight Books.
Professor Andrew MacMillan and Professor Charles MacCallum, two professors at the GSA Mackintosh School of Architecture, kept personal sketchbooks. It has been decided to publish some of these sketches, as they give an intriguing insight into how an architect thinks and what he observes, including how an architectural idea or detail may be developed. Some of the sketches are of every day scenes, some of buildings and details that the architect wished to record, and some are developments of building plans and sections where different possibilities were being considered. The exhibition, which will be curated by Robin Webster and the Mackintosh School of Architecture, will feature some of the sketches along with a selection of the 158 sketch books that are being donated to the GSA Archive by the architects’ families.
Dates for Degree Show 2017 were also confirmed. The annual showcase of work by graduating students will run from 10 – 17 June with work by students in the Mackintosh School of Architecture shown in the Bourdon Building.
10 Jan – Pollokshaws housing design by Graeme Nicholls Architects: 24 flats proposed on behalf of Merchant Homes Partnerships on the site of the former Pollokshaws Baths, Glasgow, reports Urban Realm.
The proposed scheme will reinstate an ‘urban edge’ to Ashtree Road and Christian Street with twin tenement and villa-scaled blocks which reference 19th century immigration of Flemish weavers by employing Dutch-style gables and facing brick.
Delivery of homes must be ‘golden thread’ running through transformation of planning system
10 Jan – Keenly-awaited Scottish Government proposals for transforming the planning system, published today, have been positively received by the country’s home builders.
Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of industry body Homes for Scotland, said:
“We agree with the Minister for Local Government & Housing that planning should be inspiring, influential and focused on outcomes.
“Reinforcing the need for such a new perspective are recent performance figures showing planning decision times for major housing applications slowing further to 48.5 weeks, more than three times the statutory period.
“Scotland needs significantly more homes for its growing population but builders are finding it harder than ever to make a start on new sites and get houses out of the ground.
“We are therefore pleased to see some of the recommendations we put forward during the course of the independent review, such as the introduction of clear national and regional aspirations for housing delivery and ‘embedding an infrastructure first approach’, incorporated into today’s consultation.
“But more detail is needed on how other proposals, such as ‘giving people an opportunity to plan their own place’, would work in practice so we will be listening closely to the views of our members as we review the consultation document in depth and develop our submission.
“Ensuring we have the homes we need to deliver Scotland’s future economic success and social well-being must be the golden thread running through this transformation.”
The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
10 Jan – Construction innovation and collaboration facility readied for spring unveil The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre has commenced work on an innovation and collaboration facility at Hamilton International Technology Park, Lanarkshire, for completion by the spring and a formal opening in the summer, reports Urban Realm.
University of Glasgow Campus News
9 Jan – University of Glasgow campus overhaul secures blessing of planners The University of Glasgow has secured consent from planners to press ahead with a £1bn campus masterplan which will see the institution expand over the site of the existing Western Infirmary, reports Urban Realm.
Submitted plans call for the creation of a variety of research and academic buildings and crucially paves the way for a range of complementary facilities to be built alongside buildings for university use; including a hotel, housing and retail, scotching concern about their impact on Byres Road and the city centre.
Funding for Conservation of Historic Sites in Scotland
9 Jan – Report sets out work required to restore and protect iconic buildings and monuments.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop today confirmed a £6.6 million capital boost to support investment in conservation work, repairs and visitor facilities at several of Scotland’s iconic heritage sites and monuments.
The announcement follows the publication today of the most comprehensive conservation assessment ever undertaken on the properties in care of Scottish Ministers.
Commissioned by Ms Hyslop, the study provides for the first time, a comprehensive picture of the condition of more than 300 properties managed by Historic Environment Scotland on behalf of Ministers, and sets out the work required to address the impacts of deterioration and climate change.
The report estimates conservation and repair work to the value of £65 million is required over ten years to restore and protect heritage sites for future generations.
The additional funding announced today will enable conservation work to start at priority sites including Doune, Stirling and Edinburgh Castles during 2017 – the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
More information on the Edinburgh Architecture website news page.
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Maryhill Locks Housing
27 Dec – Fourth phase of delivery at its Maryhill Locks housing development in Glasgow by Bigg Regeneration, with 33 family townhouses off Lochgilp Street, report Urban Realm. Designed by JM Architects the plans maximise amenity space and provide appropriate context to the Kelvin Walkway, with each home enjoying an open aspect out across the river.
Charlotte Baptist Church Building
26 Dec – Lee Boyd were successful in a limited competition to provide architectural services for Charlotte Chapel who have moved to St George’s West Church in the centre of Edinburgh.
Charlotte Baptist Church
Sleek and Sophisticated Family Kitchen in Glasgow
A newly extended kitchen features not one, but two island units, both for practicality and to cleverly divide the open-plan space:
Richard Murphy’s House is RIBA House of the Year
16 Dec – The Murphy House in Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects is the 2016 RIBA House of the Year
15 Dec – Responding to today’s draft Budget announcement, Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland Nicola Barclay said:
“The Scottish Government recognises the need to increase the delivery of new homes for the benefit of Scotland’s communities and economic growth but there is little in today’s statement to make this happen
“Whilst there is generous capital spend on the delivery of affordable homes, which is welcomed, our members tell us that it is harder than ever to commence new sites and get much needed homes of all tenures out of the ground.
“This is borne out by key indicators published this week which showed a flatlining of housing completions at a level still some 40 per cent below that before the recession, as well as a worrying fall in the total number of homes being started, but there are, unfortunately, no new announcements to help unblock the system.”
More information on the Edinburgh Architecture website news page.
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IMPACT Scotland – Competition for concert venue in Edinburgh
14 Dec – IMPACT Scotland : a new, world-class concert venue in the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. More information on the Edinburgh Architecture website.
Planning system still slowing housing delivery
13 Dec 2016 – Scotland’s builders are finding it harder than ever to make a start on new sites and get much needed homes out of the ground, a claim trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS) says is substantiated by statistics published today which reveal that, at 48.5 weeks, the time taken on planning decision times for major housing applications remains more than three times the statutory period of 16 weeks.
In fact, for the period July to September in 2016/17, the time has actually slowed by a day from the previous quarter.
The news follows yesterday’s housing report that annual completion levels have effectively flatlined at an average of around 15,000 since 2010 – still some 40% below pre-recession levels – with a worrying drop in the total number of homes being started.
HFS Director of Planning Tammy Adams said:
“With today’s figures showing no improvement, slow planning decisions, together with complications relating to conditions and developer contributions, continue to be one of the main blockers to the delivery of housing.
“We know Ministers are not happy with current performance and that Scottish Government officials are looking at the root causes of the delays. Whilst we hope that the planning review will refocus the system and prioritise the delivery of enough new, high-quality homes to meet housing need, the truth is that we just can’t wait for that.
Homes for Scotland launches 2017 awards scheme
Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has launched its 2017 awards scheme, with entries welcomed across a variety of categories designed to showcase the wide-ranging achievements of a sector that plays a crucial part in our country’s social wellbeing and economic success.
Introduced in 2003 in order to recognise and promote best practice, the awards underpin the organisation’s work. This year’s programme features the following categories:
• Private Development of the Year – large (100+units) (sponsored by NHBC)
• Private Development of the Year – medium (26-99 units)
• Private Development of the Year – small (up to 25 units) (sponsored by Blackadders LLP)
• Affordable Housing Development of the Year
• Family Home of the Year
• Supporting Organisation of the Year
Those companies shortlisted for Private Development of the Year will also be put forward for the prestigious title of Home Builder of the Year, with the independent judging panel undertaking interviews with senior management during site visits to recognise the more rounded nature of this award. In 2017, interviews will also be conducted with those shortlisted for Supporting Organisation of the Year.
All winners will be announced at the Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Friday 12 May 2017 which will be hosted by comedian Tim Vine.
Now entering its 15th year, it is the largest such industry gathering with a record 1100 guests in 2016.
Chairman Jim Mather said:
“The HFS awards remain a key aspect of what we do for our members and this year we are trying to take the refreshed and refocused scheme of 2016 to an even higher level. That means continuing with a format of more stringent judging criteria, which I believe makes our scheme the most robust in the industry and very much worth winning.
“I therefore strongly encourage member companies to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase the quality and innovation they deliver as their contribution to the thousands of homes of all tenures that Scotland needs.”
New Gateway Station Building
The Scottish Transport Minister officially opened the new £41m Edinburgh Gateway train-tram interchange. The new station, in the west of the city, will help to transform travel options for passengers from Fife and the north giving them easy access to the Edinburgh tram network and the city’s airport. More details on the Edinburgh Architecture news page.
South Ayrshire School Building News
South Ayrshire Council is to hold a pre-application consultation into proposals to build a new Queen Margaret Academy on 13 December ahead of a formal planning application.
The £25m school is being designed by BDP in consultation with key stakeholders to guide its conception.
Jamaica Street Building
A long-standing gap-site on Glasgow’s Jamaica Street could soon be plugged following submission of plans by pub giant J.D. Wetherspoon to erect a KDPA-designed hotel, reports urban realm.
An extension to the A-listed Crystal Palace this will see a nine storey build rise on the adjacent plot containing hotel accommodation and a rooftop garden and bar together with new ground floor openings to facilitate direct access to the reception and courtyard.
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