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7 August 2017

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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 |
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.

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