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23 June 2017

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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. The judging panel was Ole Wiig FRIAS, Lorraine Landels Hon FRIAS, Stuart McKnight RIAS RIBA (representing the Royal Institute of British Architects) andKaren Anderson FRIAS (Timber Award).

Read more at RIAS Awards 2017 Winners

#DesignPopUp at The Briggait
16 Jun – photos of the show and the Parmesan and Prosecco party:

#DesignPopUp at The Briggait

#DesignPopUp at The Briggait

#DesignPopUp at The Briggait

#DesignPopUp at The Briggait
image courtesy of #DesignPopUp

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson Bi-Centenary Travelling Scholarship 2017
16 Jun – The Alexander Thomson Society and the Glasgow Institute of Architects are inviting architects and students below the age of thirty to submit a persuasive essay on the theme of legacy.


RIAS Festival of Architecture 2017
16 Jun – Following the success of the Festival of Architecture 2016, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland is doing it again – FoA2017

The month of September will see the whole of Scotland celebrating Scottish Architecture, its legacy and in particular, this year’s special theme, our homes, reports the RIAS.

Many different types of events will engage a wide audience throughout Scotland, from school groups to professionals, from the Capital to the islands. Some will be founded on participation and hands-on experience, some purely entertainment, others more educational and even challenging. Accessible, appealing and within reach of everyone, this Festival will ensure that people across Scotland become more confident about engaging with architecture and all aspects of the design of our public spaces.

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