Glasgow Architecture News 2018, Strathclyde Buildings, Architects, Design Images Scotland

Glasgow Building News 2018

Scottish Architectural + Construction Updates – West of Scotland Property

July 2018

Glasgow Building News

21 Jul 2018
Doors Open Days News

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, new and old. Every September, you can explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland for free. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime.

Doors Open Days 2018 Scotland

20 Jul 2018
Women into Construction News

hub South West concludes highly successful Women into Construction course held at New College Lanarkshire

hub South West, the construction and infrastructure-focused partnership which works with local authorities and private sector enterprises in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, has concluded its first highly successful eight week introductory course aimed at getting more women into the construction industry.

In partnership with its main contracting partners – Kier, Graham, Morrisons and Morgan Sindall – hub South West supported the Women into Construction course, facilitated by New College Lanarkshire.

The course, which had no formal entry requirements, was open to young females, and provided a National 5 qualification in Construction Crafts. The successful students can now progress to pre-apprenticeships or move into a professional career route at higher national certificate level.

Throughout the course, which included painting and decorating, masonry work, carpentry and joinery as well as visits to live construction sites, ambassador talks, visits to design offices at regional headquarters, CSCS specific safety training and work placements, students had the opportunity to visit sites managed by the supporting contractors, where they observed a variety of construction roles in action.

Margaret Milton, Community Benefits Co-ordinator at hub South West, said: “As an organisation which actively promotes the ethical and sustainable development of the construction industry, hub South West has been pushing hard to see a significant rise in the numbers of young women realising the fantastic career opportunities ahead of them within what has been, traditionally, a male-dominated industry.

“The course caught the young women’s interest from the start. They quickly formed a collegiate, supportive environment where each participated fully in their efforts to find out more about the career opportunities available to them and I’m proud to have taken part.”

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South West, said: “Our continuing drive to show young females the possibilities of a career in construction is an aspect of hub South West’s work. I take pride in. It’s important that young people, regardless of gender, see the bright future they can have through a career in construction.”

hub South West was established in 2012 to deliver value-for-money on public sector community-based infrastructure across Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway. Since then it has successfully carried through to completion projects to the value of £380 million.

6 Jul 2018
New Glenmorangie Still House Building

Glenmorangie broke ground on a new still house, part of a multimillion pound expansion designed to position the single malt whisky for a strong, successful future. This significant investment in the Highland Distillery, which this year celebrates its 175th anniversary, will enable Glenmorangie to meet soaring global demand for its award winning single malt Scotch whisky.

New Glenmorangie Still House Building

Autodesk BIM Training Course Schedule for July/August 2018

Please find below a list of Autodesk CAD & BIM training courses which are scheduled to take place soon in the Larbert & Aberdeen Training Centres.

Autodesk Events July 2018

Training Academy Courses

09 Jul 2018 – Larbert
Revit Structure Essentials

16 Jul 2018 – Larbert
AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Essentials

17 Jul 2018 – Aberdeen
Revit Architecture Essentials 2

20 Jul 2018 – Larbert
AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT Update

23 Jul 2018 – Larbert
Revit MEP Essentials

25 Jul 2018 – Larbert
Revit Architecture Essentials 2

27 Jul 2018 – Larbert
Autodesk Certified User Exam

27 Jul 2018 – Larbert
Autodesk Certified Professional Exam

30 Jul 2018 – Larbert
Revit LT Essentials 1

More info on our events page

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Winners
New housing at Leith Fort
photo : Gillian Hayes
The 1.7 hectares site is surrounded by an existing category B-listed stone wall, the remains of the former Leith Fort. The proposed housing consists of 94 new-build residential units and a communal green space:
2018 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards

Glasgow School of Art Down-takings
29 + 28 Jun – statement from Glasgow School of Art:

“The areas of significant concern are the east elevation, the west elevation and sections of the south elevation.

“The plan of works will involve [site contractor] Reigart undertaking extensive down-takings and potential structural bracing.

“Due to the condition of the Mackintosh building, this work will be undertaken in a highly-controlled way to minimise any potential risk of failure and be sufficient to achieve structural stability of the Mackintosh building.”

Glasgow School of Art Fire

RIAS SGM; The Membership Decides
29 Jun – at a Special General Meeting held on 28 June 2018 in the Albert Halls, Stirling, 57 Chartered Members of the RIAS voted unanimously in favour of significant and progressive reform.

• New Interim Bye-laws allowing;

• nominees for President to be drawn from all the Chartered Membership,

• the President to be voted in by Chartered Members by ballot,

• Student and Associate (graduates working towards Part III) Members to vote for a maximum of two student/ associate representatives on Council by ballot.

The RIAS believe this is the first vital step towards refreshed governance making the RIAS stronger, more accountable and better placed to champion the profession as well as having a much more engaged membership.

Candidates for President of the RIAS will present their statements for membership debate over the summer.The new President will be installed at an AGM in the Autumn.

Details of the Presidential, Incorporation and student representative’s elections will be released at the beginning of July.

The RIAS urge all members to participate in these elections and to help make the RIAS the organisation you would wish it to be.

Architect-led Design Team Sought

RIAS Consultancy have been appointed by Camphill School Aberdeen to manage a two-stage selection process to appoint an architect-led design team for a £10m Capital Investment Scheme. Stage one of the process is now open.

Glasgow School of Art Fire Update
22 Jun – Comment from Glasgow architect Alan Dunlop:

We should now accept that Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art is now gone for ever and in its place create a new school of art, worthy of the master. That is how we best celebrate his memory and honour him as an architect of extraordinary invention.

Comment in full at Architecture News Scotland 2018

22 Jun 2018
Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress

Consortium of Hoskins Architects (Glasgow / Berlin), Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Wenzel+Wenzel to design the new Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg, Franconia, northern Bavaria, Germany

Museum für Franken at Marienberg Fortress

Test Unit 2018 in North Glasgow

Test Unit is a project conceived and produced by Agile City with strategic from Baxendale and A Feral Studio. The project‘s role and position within the area of north Glasgow has progressed through close partnership working with Igloo Developments and Scottish Canals and other key strategic partners including the Glasgow City Council.

Test Unit 2018 – Summer School and events programme Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH

17 – 23 June 2018

Test Unit 2018 Glasgow

New Scottish Social Housing Safety News
20 June – Sprinkler systems to protect against fire.

Legislation to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing is to be taken forward.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart confirmed that the Scottish Government will take forward David Stewart MSP’s proposal for a Members’ Bill to make it a legal requirement for all future new build social housing properties to be fitted with sprinkler systems.

Currently all new high-rise domestic buildings, whether private or social, with a floor over 18 metres must have automatic fire suppression systems fitted.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:
“I am very grateful to David Stewart for his work on bringing forward this important issue and gaining cross-party support for his proposal. I can confirm that the Scottish Government will implement the aim of Mr Stewart’s proposal and will bring forward legislation as soon as is practicable in this Parliamentary session.

“This is an opportunity to further improve standards in our social housing and this work will be taken forward alongside the recommendations of the two reviews of building standards and fire safety which we will consult on later this summer.

“I look forward to continuing to work together with David Stewart and the very many others who have contributed to date in order to see this legislation through.”

350 New Homes Approved in Shotts, North Lanarkshire
19 June – Work will soon begin on a new development that will completely transform Shotts, following planning approval from North Lanarkshire Council.

Advance Construction Scotland, a Bellshill-based company that specialises in large-scale groundworks and civil engineering submitted plans for up to 350 much-needed houses and a new roundabout on the eastern approach to the town.

The major regeneration project will be built on an 80-acre site at Springhill Farm.

Advance Construction Scotland, which has been working closely with EMA architects, also agreed to a planning obligation to support primary school capacity for the catchment area.

Lynsey Breen, director of strategic operations for Advance Construction Scotland, said: “We’re proud to partner with North Lanarkshire Council to help transform Shotts and get the area ready for hundreds of high-quality houses, which will contribute to the much-needed demand for new homes in the area.

“It’s an exciting regeneration project that will give Shotts the social and economic boost it deserves, allowing it to continue to grow in the future and serve communities for generations to come.”

Shotts councillor Tommy Cochrane welcomed the decision. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to see up to 350 new homes come to Shotts, which could bring an extra 1000 people to the town. The investment by Advance Construction Scotland provides a catalyst for the town to attract more retailers, which will create jobs and training for local people as well as providing a better shopping experience closer to home.”

FitHome Village
19 June – A Saltire Award-winning concept that unites the priorities of healthcare, housing provision and tenant welfare is welcoming its first tenants in the Highlands today.

Fourteen people can now call the ‘FitHome’ village in Dalmore, Alness, their home, as the pilot development delivered by Albyn Housing Society, in partnership with Carbon Dynamic and NHS Highland, welcomes its first residents ranging in age from 18 to 90 years old.

FitHome Village Scotland

Glasgow School of Art Fire
19 + 16 Jun – The Glasgow School of Art suffers a catastrophic fire for the second time in four years, with more than 120 firefighters sent to fight the blaze on Friday night. The Scottish fire and rescue service said the fire in the Mackintosh building had spread to neighbouring buildings including the O2 ABC nightclub.

Glasgow School of Art Fire

Scottish Natural Heritage News
15 Jun – Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is launching a ground-breaking new approach that makes nature a key factor at the ‘idea stage’ of successful building projects.

Mike Cantlay, Chair of SNH said: “We know that living and working in great places brings huge benefits for physical and mental health. But in some areas, there is little or no opportunity to access the fundamentals of nature – grass, trees, bees and insects.

#DesignPopUp 2018
The Glasgow edition of #DesignPopUp is Double S Events’ most established event. This is where Double S Events started in March 2014 and have been back every year since:

Wednesday 13th June: Exhibition open 10 am to 6pm

Thursday 14th June: Exhibition open 10 am to 6pm + Party 6pm to 9pm

Friday 15th June: Exhibition open 10 am to 3pm

Venue: The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ

Updated details on our events page

New homes increase but still long way off what’s required, say builders

12 June 2018 – Scotland’s home builders today welcomed official statistics showing a 4.8 per cent increase in the total number of housing completions in 2017 (17,739) but highlighted the long road that lies ahead in tackling the country’s housing crisis as the figures equated to just 806 extra new homes on 2016 (16,933).

With the current undersupply of housing continuing to stymie the options of all generations, Chief Executive of representative body Homes for Scotland (HFS) Nicola Barclay said:

“It’s good news that the figures for both new housing starts and completions are positive but a modest 806 extra homes demonstrates the scale of challenge facing us at a time when we need to rapidly increase supply. Our members, who deliver homes of all tenures, tell us that difficulties with the regulatory consents process means they simply can’t get diggers on site quickly enough to satisfy the need and demand that exists.”

HFS also pointed to regional disparities across the country through new data it was collating in relation to the geographies of its Local Home Builder Area Committees. This shows housing growth in 2017 was driven by the South East of Scotland (20.8%) and Highland & Moray (18.4%), whilst East Central Scotland fell by 16.2%. On this, Barclay said:
“It is vital Local Authorities and our member companies work together to ensure local areas get the homes they need to sustain their communities and economies.”

The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show in 2018
Taking place on 16 + 17 June 2018, Scotland’s largest consumer exhibition for self-builders, home renovators and improvers, is back at the SECC Glasgow.

RIAS Future Directions

7th June 2018 – Second Membership Update From The President

At its meeting yesterday, RIAS Council discussed significant proposals to update the constitutional arrangements of the Incorporation. Council confirmed the interim Bye-laws needed as key steps to allow Council to put in place further reform of the Incorporation to reflect the membership’s priorities and aspirations.

A Special General Meeting (SGM) is now called on 28th June 2018 to allow proposed changes to the Bye-laws to be considered by the wider membership of the RIAS. A calling notice for the SGM is attached, setting out the matters for membership consideration and approval. These include reinstating the election of the President by the membership.

Following the SGM, Council will prepare for the election of the President and the Incorporation Representatives (nationally elected) and student Representatives on RIAS Council. The results of these elections will be announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is planned to be held in September.

The AGM will also present the Trustees Annual Report and Statutory Accounts. The report provides a narrative to accompany the financial statements to the year ended December 2017. It documents the activities and achievements of the year including the ongoing governance reform and the HR and financial challenges that staff, Council and members have faced in what has been a turbulent period for the Incorporation. The report confirms that significant questions were raised regarding the Incorporation’s governance and strategy and that its procedures were investigated and key operational and management changes are in place and still on-going.

Council also approved the budget for 2018 which proposes to postpone the appointment of a new CEO. The focus for the remainder of 2018: funding important constitutional changes and developing the membership strategy.

Consultation on members’ strategic priorities is being led by your local Chapter at present but there will also be national consultation following their findings.

NMS Acquires Rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh Wash Stand

7 June – National Museums Scotland has acquired a rare and important wash stand by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A highly significant example of Scottish 20th century design, the piece with go on permanent display from today to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth, on 7 June 1868.

Forming part of a bedroom set, the piece is made from mahogany and inlaid with mother of pearl. It is based on a similar wash stand designed in 1917 for the guest bedroom of the Northampton home of Mackintosh’s patron WJ Bassett-Lowke.

The Knockaloe camp into which ‘enemy aliens’ were interned during the First World War was set up in November 1917. Many of those interned there were craftspeople who had worked as designers and makers in Britain before the outbreak of war. Due to the skilled work of the interned artisans who made them, the objects which make up these late bedroom sets are of superb quality.

Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable, Principal Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland said:

“This exceptional piece of furniture is a major work by, arguably, the most significant Scottish designer of the Modern period. Mackintosh’s designs from 1916-17 are markedly different from his earlier work in that they are beautifully made and celebrate the qualities of the materials used, rather than just focusing on form and colour. This is an important addition to our internationally significant collections of European art and design, and we are grateful to Art Fund and the Lindsay Endowment Fund for their support.”

Glasgow Makes Shortlist for New Regional Home for Channel 4 – Barton Willmore Comment

1 June – Further to our post of 8th May, leading UK planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has welcomed the decision by Channel 4 to include Glasgow on its shortlist to become its new second “national” headquarters.

The broadcaster has pledged to move some 300 staff to new headquarters outside of London by 2019 in a move to improve its UK presence and profile, and it was revealed this week that Glasgow is one of five cities earmarked to become its new regional hub.

Earlier this year, researchers from Barton Willmore’s development economics team fuelled the debate by analysing the suitability of each of the contending cities in England, Scotland and Wales across four key areas. These include having: a large, qualified labour force; decent housing affordability and quality of life; an established creative media industry and strong university links.

Glasgow was ranked in the top five in the majority of these categories and, according to Barton Willmore, should be “considered frontrunners for the new HQ” ahead of more established favourites such as Birmingham.

Stephen Tucker, partner at Barton Willmore in Scotland, welcomed the decision to include Glasgow on the shortlist. He said: “Any new headquarters for Channel 4 would be a significant boost to the Glasgow economy and the City’s media quarter on the Clyde would be a natural destination.

“Channel 4’s selection criteria will very much be based on each city’s individual merit – and the four categories we selected for our research will undoubtedly be critical in any future decision making. We used objective data sources to allow us to rank each emerging candidate city, with Glasgow scoring highly across each category.”

Channel 4 said that its second main base must be in a city with a working population of more than 200,000 people, have a travel time to London of less than three hours, and provide a high quality physical and digital infrastructure. The broadcaster will now embark on a fact-finding tour next month of all the short-listed cities, which as well as Glasgow include Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

Stephen Tucker added: “Channel 4’s decision making process is so far closely allied with our research findings, so Glasgow now must be in a very strong position in advance of any final decision being made.

“This is a huge opportunity for a city to benefit from one of the biggest names in UK broadcasting and its great news that Glasgow can now genuinely consider itself a very worth frontrunner in the race for Channel 4.”

Voices of Experience event ‘She Makes, She Changes’
25 May 2018 – Film screening and Panel discussion

Thursday 21st June 2018, 5.30-7.30pm
Glasgow Women’s Library 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP

Voices of Experience is delighted to present the first Scottish showing of the documentary film ‘She draws, She builds’ directed by Sarah Akigbogun, with Anna Schabel and Chloe Tayali.

The event – entitled ‘ She Makes, She Changes’- forms part of the Architecture Fringe Programme and is to be held at Glasgow Women’s Library on Thursday 21st June at 5.30pm-7.30pm (poster attached).

As part of the screening we will host a panel discussion, that will include the filmmaker team, historian Diane Watters and RIBA Architects for Change members Elsie Owusu and Selasi Setufe to discuss broader examples of women ‘creators’ in the historic built environment.

The event is ticketed – Tickets £5/£0 via Eventbrite – via this link:

Sco.Mo Call for Sites
18 May – The Sco.Mo Project is a Landscape Institute Scotland funded project that is here to promote and implement the documentation, preservation and celebration of Scottish Modernist Landscape Architecture (1945-1999).

It has come to the attention of the LIS and Sco.Mo Team that Scotland’s landscape modernist heritage is woefully underrepresented, with often little or no information to be found as a collective and engaging resource.

Scottish Modernist Landscape Project News

RIAS Festival of Architecture 2018
18 May – Call for Interest – Opening Your Practice or Promoting a Talk or Walking Tour

This year the RIAS’s Festival of Architecture will support events through its ‘brand’ to bring a focus to Architecture during the autumn.

There has been a successful pairing of Doors Open Days and @RIASFest over the last two years and the RIAS have been invited to join the initiative this year. This is an opportunity to open the doors of your architecture practice, architect designed house or building to the public and being part of your local Doors Open Day programme.

Dalbeattie Learning Campus Building
17 May – The Dalbeattie Learning Campus, an ‘all through’ campus comprising nursery, primary, and secondary education set in an innovative, landscaped setting, has been named Best Social Infrastructure project at the prestigious international Partnership Awards at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London.

Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety
17 May – Responding to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety report published today, Minister for Local Government Kevin Stewart said:
“We welcome the engagement we have had with Dame Judith Hackitt and, while her report looks specifically at the system in England and Wales, we will look closely at the findings to ensure that any lessons or actions that may be needed are swiftly considered in Scotland.

Earth and Vernacular Buildings, Stirling
24 May at The Engine Shed, Stirling
This one day event will explore the local materials and skills used to make Scotland’s historic rural houses. From earth to thatch, timber to stone, these buildings are the original eco-builds. More info on our events page.

Kilmartin Museum Redevelopment News
11 May – A grant of £3.2 million confirmed from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the redevelopment Kilmartin Museum into a landmark venue that interprets and celebrates the global significance of Kilmartin Glen, one of the most significant archaeological landscapes in Britain.

Urban Union Housing in Scotland
10 May 2018 – An award-winning regeneration company is gearing up for an ambitious year with plans to build more than 250 homes across Scotland.

Urban Union – which has sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth – is committed to creating high quality accommodation, with a significant number of its stock being affordable housing.

Scottish Architectural News in 2018

Barton Willmore Research Shows Glasgow “A Frontrunner” for New Channel 4 Regional HQ

8 May – Research by leading UK planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has revealed the city of Glasgow to be a frontrunner in the race to become the new regional home for Channel 4.

The broadcaster has pledged to move some 300 staff to new headquarters outside of London by 2019 in a bold move to improve its regional presence and profile. And now around a dozen of the UK’s biggest cities, including Glasgow, are this month pitching their credentials to become Channel 4’s regional hub.

Barton Willmore news

Test Unit 2018 Glasgow – Agile City
8 + 4 May – This year’s summer school – the first of its kind in Scotland – will challenge international art, design and architecture participants to turn talk into action by testing ideas in public space.

Test Unit event Agile City
photo © John Devlin

Based in the Glasgow Canal area in the north of the city, an emerging district now going through significant change, Test Unit aims to be a method of active enquiry and learning for the area.

Test Unit 2018 in Glasgow

Glasgow Doors Open Days
The deadline for inclusion in the Glasgow Doors Open Days 2018 printed programme is Friday 11 May.

If you are interested in being involved in the programme, please get in touch with the festival coordinator Molly Whawell, / 0141 554 4411

For more information, visit

Threesixty Architecture at The Garment Factory
Threesixty Architecture at The Garment Factory in Glasgow
image courtesy of architects
2 May – Leading practice Threesixty Architecture has taken occupation of its new studio in The Garment Factory, a unique and contemporary office development in Glasgow’s city centre:
Threesixty Architecture at The Garment Factory

Climate Change Impact on the Historic Environment
4 May 2018, 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: The Engine Shed, Stirling, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
Cost: £13.50 Historic Scotland member, £15.00 Non-member

This one day seminar will bring together heritage focused projects and organisations from across the United Kingdom to showcase a range of different methods used in the sector to identify and assess climate change risk.

Ambassador LB News
28 Apr – Ambassador LB has committed to invest £7m across three commercial office buildings in Glasgow, delivering 60,000sqft of Grade A office space in the process, report urban realm.

The partnership between Ambassador Group and ICG-Longbow will deliver improved digital infrastructure to the Ink Building, Hanover House and the Forsyth Building (formerly RWF House), bringing all three in line with current market expectations.

Wavegarden Scotland Planning Approval News
25 Apr – Wavegarden Scotland approved to develop Scotland’s first artificial surf park ad leisure complex, which will be nestled within a 23 hectare country park at Craigpark Quarry near Ratho, Edinburgh.

More at Artificial Surf Park Scotland

25 Apr 2018
SPF report highlights Build-to-Rent gap between Scotland and UK Regions

New data highlights the significant gap between the number of purpose-built rental properties in Scotland and those being constructed in different English regions.

According to the Scottish Property Federation (SPF), figures at the end of Q1 2018 show that for every build-to-rent (BTR) home in Scotland, North West England has nearly 10.

More at Architecture News for Scotland

One Week’s Work Placement Leads to a Year of Success for Edinburgh Architectural Student
23 Apr – Barton Willmore Helps University Students with ‘Real Life’ Experience

An Edinburgh architectural student is celebrating her first-year anniversary of working with planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, after initially joining the company for just a five-day work-placement.

RIAS Convention
RIAS Convention 2018: 11-12 May, Aberdeen, Programme now available

Speakers include:

– Winy Maas, MVRDV

– Caroline Bos, UNStudio

– Richard Murphy OBE FRIAS, Richard Murphy

EAA Awards 2018 Shortlist
The Edinburgh Architectural Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 EAA Awards. In total 58 submissions were received, all projects are designed by registered architects and built within the chapter area, with exception to the Ambassador Award which is built out with the chapter.

EAA Awards 2018 Shortlist News

Sighthill Regeneration – Transformational Regeneration Area
Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA)
image courtesy of architects
19 Apr – Glasgow City Council has signed an agreement with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Keepmoat Homes to deliver more than 800 new homes at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in the city. Keepmoat will work with independent consultancy LDA Design to bring forward the new development:
Sighthill Regeneration – Transformational Regeneration Area

Studio LBA Appoints Associate
LBA Architects News
17 Apr – With a degree in Architecture from Edinburgh University, Brian has held senior positions in architectural practices including Richard Murphy Architects and Coffey Architects.

#DesignPopUp Dates

The Glasgow edition of #DesignPopUp is Double S Events’ most established event. This is where Double S Events started in March 2014 and have been back every year since.

Dates: 13th – 15th June 2018
Venue: The Briggait (141 Bridgegate, Glasgow, G1 5HZ)

More info on our events page.

GIA AGM 2018 & 150th Birthday Party

Date: 12 April 2018
Venue: SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow, G3 8QG
Cost: £20 | £15 | £10

The Glasgow Institute of Architects is to celebrate 150 years with a party for the wider construction industry following its 2018 AGM.

Street food delights will be offered by Chompsky and Nomad Pizza and accompanied by a special edition GIA 150 birthday doughnuts by Tantrum Doughnuts.

RIAS Awards Dinner

7 Apr – The host of this year’s RIAS Awards Dinner will be broadcaster and author, Sally Magnusson Hon FRIAS.

This black tie event will be held at the Glasgow Hilton on 20th June 2018. It will include the presentation of this year’s RIAS Awards and the announcement of the RIBA Awards for Scotland as well as the presentation of the sub-category awards.

More on our events page.

Glasgow Architecture Comes to Glasgow!

7 Apr – Yes, since we had our kick off party at the top of Spectrum back in 2002 (with talks by Murray Grigor and Johnny Rodger) we have run Glasgow Architecture and Edinburgh Architecture (set up in 2000) from the East Coast of Scotland…..but now e-architect is going to jointly operate from Glasgow and Dubai.

These two architecture websites are some of the oldest in the world, in fact I’m sure when I set up the Edinburgh site the only other one out there was Death by Architecture which wasn’t really an architectural resource so not comparable.
Ed. architect Adrian Welch

Stirling Society of Architects Design Awards 2018
6 Apr – Call for Entries – projects must have been completed between 1 April 2015 and 1 April 2018 within the SSA Chapter Area (Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire), with work under-taken by an ARB registered architect or practice.

All entries must be received by 30 April 2018. In order to reduce the cost and time involved in preparing submissions, entries for the awards shall be submitted in electronic format only and may be submitted by emailing

Help to Buy scheme set to benefit even more Scots
6 Apr – News of the Scottish Government’s decision to extend funding of its hugely successful Help to Buy shared equity scheme for two more years has been applauded by home builders who described it as good news for buyers and Scotland as a whole.

More pn our Architecture News for Scotland page

Women into Construction
5 Apr – Females into Construction course opens up new opportunities for 16 Lanarkshire hopefuls

Infrastructure partnership hub South West is throwing its weight behind a new initiative which is aimed at encouraging greater female career participation in the construction sector.

In partnership with its main contracting partners – Kier, Graham, Morrisons and Morgan Sindall – hub South West is supporting the Females into Construction course, facilitated by New College Lanarkshire.

The course, which has no formal entry requirements, will be open to 16 female S5 pupils, and provides a National 5 qualification in Construction Crafts. On completion, students can progress to pre-apprenticeships or progress onto a professional career route of higher national certificate level.

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South West, said: “The course aims to encourage young females who are interested in a career in construction, while highlighting the varying career paths into the industry.

“Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to visit sites managed by the supporting contractors, where they can observe a variety of construction roles in action.”

New College Lanarkshire, which recently was rated among the UK top three institutions for skills at WorldSkills UK, will run the course from April 30 to June 29 at its Motherwell Campus.

The course will include painting and decorating, masonry work, carpentry and joinery as well as visits to live construction sites, ambassador talks, visits to design offices at regional headquarters, CSCS specific safety training and work placements.

Students who are interested in pursuing a professional career path in construction may have the opportunity to join the college’s Built Environment or computer aided architectural design and technology.

Waverley Station Contract
30 Mar – Story Contracting replace Carillion as the main contractor for platform extension works at Edinburgh Waverley station.

Story confirmed in a statement it had been awarded the contract by Network Rail.

Original contractor Carillion began work on the £23m project in 2017 before its collapse in January of this year.

Story has previously been sub-contracted by Carillion to deliver elements of the works.

Waverley Station Development News

A New Chapter Statement on RIAS Reform

28 Mar – aNC is greatly encouraged by recent moves within the RIAS to implement significant reform measures. These are in line with the changes aNC has been pressing for. We are supportive of the changes proposed and agreed at this week’s Council meeting and welcome the Institution’s willingness to engage and work together for the benefit of the wider membership.

RIAS Reform Statement from aNC

GIA CPD Event 6 – Timber in Construction

28 March 2018

A presentation by Andy Leitch of the Forestry Commission, Scotland and Peter Wilson from Wood for Good of Timber use in construction.

Homes for Scotland Awards 2018 Shortlist
26 Mar – The shortlist for Scotland’s premier home building industry awards has been announced as Homes for Scotland prepares to celebrate the sector’s successes at the largest annual gathering of its kind: Homes for Scotland Awards 2018

Scottish Support for self and custom build housing
26 Mar – Local projects will share £160,000 to take forward self and custom build housing initiatives.
The Self and Custom Build Challenge Fund will support seven pilot projects in Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross, Highland, Glasgow and Edinburgh that will look into the feasibility of creating more self or custom built homes.
Architecture News Scotland

Scottish Borders Building Design Awards News
23 Mar – Scottish Borders Building Design Awards
The search is on again for the best designed new buildings in the Borders, with the launch of the Borders Building Design Awards 2018.

Inverness Justice Centre Construction News
9 Mar – Construction begins of Scotland’s first justice centre, designed by Reiach and Hall Architects. As well as providing modern court and tribunals facilities, a range of justice and support organisations will be based in the centre providing integrated facilities for victims, witnesses, litigants and other users. Specialist facilities for children and young people will be incorporated within the design:

Inverness Justice Centre Construction

New Approaches for Energy Efficiency
Free event – Supporting the Scottish Government’s ambition to decarbonise energy systems and reduce fuel poverty through Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), the event aims to stimulate discussion, knowledge and interest amongst buyers and suppliers on the latest innovative products and services within the Scottish energy efficiency and renewables markets.

20 March 2018 09:30 – 17:00 at the Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay

More on our events page

CIBSE Scotland Conference
Opportunities for growth in the building services engineering sector in Scotland. Hear from experienced speakers representing all branches of our industry.

20 March 9:30 – 16:30 at the Technology Innovation Centre, University of Starthclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD

GIA AGM 2018 & 150th Birthday Party
The Glasgow Institute of Architects is to celebrate 150 years with a party for the wider construction industry following its 2018 AGM.

12 April at SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place

Pacific Quay Hotel
28 Feb – News announced for expansion of the Premier Inn at Pacific Quay, design by Lawrence McPherson Architects. Whitbread require a 54-bed extension with a ground floor coffee bar, expanding the 180-room waterfront hotel completed four years ago by the same architecture practice.

Jumeirah Hotel on Argyle Street
27 Feb – Work on the Argyle Street site that was destined for a six-star Jumeirah hotel may progress again after it was purchased by Vanguard Real Estate to accommodate a 280,000sq/ft office block.

Jumeirah Hotel site on Argyle Street

Queens Quay, Clydebank
26 Feb – Clydeside Regeneration Ltd starts construction work at Clydebank’s Queens Quay, a £250m waterfront project. Site strengthening of the existing basin and river frontage in the East Wharf is being undertaken by Engineering firm George Leslie.

Haymarket Masterplan Revisions
23 Feb – Reworked designs by Richard Murphy Architects prepared for The Haymarket. Previously Interserve and Tiger Developments eventually received plannign consent for this mixed-use development.

Campbeltown Grammar
22 Feb – The new £26m Campbeltown Grammar has opened. Designed by Ryder and built by Morrison Construction and Hub North it has capacity for up to 500 pupils.

Scottish Property Federation announces top line up for its 2018 annual conference
21 Feb – Industry leaders, policy makers and academics make up the list of speakers at the 2018 annual Scottish Property Federation (SPF) conference, which looks specifically at the value of place-making, the people-centric approach to planning and design of public spaces, and how it is funded.

More info at Edinburgh Building News

Help to Buy could further boost First Time Buyer levels
21 Feb – Response to latest UK Finance data showing first-time buyer levels at their highest for a decade, from Karen Campbell, Director of Policy at Homes for Scotland:

Scottish Architecture News

Stirling Student Accommodation
21 Feb – Stirling’s first purpose built student accommodation – £18.2m new build development will bring 207 new beds to Stirling’s underserved and over-stretched student accommodation market.

Stirling Architecture News

Tenants secured for Johnstone’s former shoe lace mill site
20 Feb – 4th Developments, owners of the former Paton’s Mill site in Johnstone, has secured three new tenants, as interest increases in the regeneration of the site.

Architects are Stallan-Brand.

Phase 1 of Paton’s Mill Retail Park includes Aldi, Starbucks and Home Bargains who have each signed up in recent months to create a supermarket, drive thru restaurant and retail offering respectively.

Starbucks has signed a lease for a 2,300 sq. ft. drive thru restaurant located at the High Street entrance to the development, Aldi will occupy Unit A, a 17,000 sq ft. retail unit and Home Bargains will be in the second retail unit comprising 15,000 sq. ft.

Paton’s Mill site in Johnstone building
image courtesy of developers

Bell Building Projects Limited, the main contractor has been on site since mid-December and is working towards completion of Phase 1 of the development masterplan in Summer 2018.

Paton’s Mill Background

Acquired in January 2012 following a process led by Renfrewshire Council to identify a developer who would review the site and identify commercial uses to enable its positive redevelopment following significant fire damage in May 2010.

The site presents a number of environmental challenges and the remains of the derelict fire-damaged structures are in a poor state of repair. Since acquisition, the private pension fund’s appointed management team has undertaken a full review of the site and the existing structures, to assess their viability for retention. In addition to a subsequent extensive period of market research, the result is a proposed master plan for redevelopment which is capable of delivery.

The site extends to 10 acres, is bound by the Black Cart River to the north and Johnstone High Street to the East. Not all of the land is capable of development and the industrial uses in the past have prevented areas of the site being directly accessible to the community.

Public consultations took place in June 2016 and the redevelopment master plan was approved by Renfrewshire Council in January 2017. The plan includes the regeneration of the former shoelace factory with retail warehouse units, a drive thru restaurant, family pub/restaurant and housing, together with the opening up of the riverside woodland with a historical trail.

The design influence for the retail units flows form some of the buildings occupying the former site, with designers Stallan-Brand selecting a palette of dark grey, softened at the entrances with wood finish, soffit detailing and glazed frontages to create a modern and elegant finish.

4th Developments
4th Developments is a development company with experience in project delivery, masterplan and successful asset management strategies. 4th Developments is part of 4th Group who specialise in improving asset performance, transforming tired buildings and sites into destination retail and leisure, managed office and workspace for existing clients and within their portfolio.

The company is a young and dynamic team with over 40 years’ combined experience and is focused on achieving high quality, creation and delivery of value and managed solutions within its managed and directly owned portfolio. The company’s strong performance is achieved through close, efficient team working to the highest standards with all project partners.

Springfield Properties News
20 Feb – Springfield Properties, a leading housebuilder in Scotland delivering private and affordable housing, announces its interim results for the six-month period ended 30 November 2017.

Sandy Adam, Executive Chairman of Springfield Properties, said: “I am delighted to be announcing our first set of interim results as a quoted company…..In particular, we have invested in the development of our new Villages that will accelerate our building of new homes, private and affordable, in new communities across Scotland.”

Scottish Building News

Community Heritage Scotland Survey
17 Feb – A large part of Scotland’s heritage is managed by volunteers and community organisations, but we have no clear picture of this rapidly growing sector. A new project called Community Heritage Scotland has been launched which aims to map it and bring about positive change.

Online survey:

Community Heritage Scotland – Going Forward

A discussion day for people involved with heritage in their communities.

Date/time: Saturday 3rd March, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: North Muirton Hall, Argyll Road, Perth, PH1 3BZ
Cost: free


Nomination for GIA President
16 Feb 2018 – Tim Gray will be standing down as GIA President at the Annual General Meeting on 12th April 2018. Nominations are invited from the Chapter Membership to succeed in the post for the next two years.
The successful candidate will be leading the GIA at anexciting time with the AGM being the start of the Institute’s 150th Anniversary year and also providing leadership for the chapter at a time of restructure at the RIAS.

Nominations should include the following information and be sent to the GIA Secretary
Nominated by: (name and RIAS membership no.)
Personal Statement (max 150 words):

Nominations will close on Friday 25 February 2018 with a hustings event planned for early March as part of the GIA’s PaperCut series with the final vote taking place at the AGM on 12 April. Any queries regarding the role can be sent to president(at)

RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2018 News
RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2018: Entry Deadline – 27th February

All types of architectural projects are eligible, including conservation, conversions, extensions, interiors, new-build, public realm, regeneration and restoration.

Entries which have been previously submitted can be re-submitted and will be considered for both RIAS and RIBA (National) Awards. Projects may only be re-submitted once.

The entry form can be found below. Please also register your interest to

Website: RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2018

British Linen Bank Building
15 Feb 2018 – Restoration work has commenced on the A-listed British Linen Bank building in Laurieston. Built in 1900 by architect James Salmon the Art Nouveau building is located on Gorbals Street, opposite the Citizen’s Theatre.

Glasgow architects Page\Park have designed the redevelopment which includes a lower commercial space and upgraded flats above. Completion is due by Spring 2019.

West Dunbartonshire Council Place and Design Panel Members Wanted
To apply to join the Place and Design Panel or should you wish to know more prior to applying, please contact;

Ashley Mullen – Place and Design Officer, Tel. 01389 737775, email Ashley.mullen(at)

The closing date for applications is Friday 1st June 2018

Govanhill, Housing
15 Feb – 45 homes for rent on Batson Street build, designed by architects Cooper Cromar. The properties are located on the site of the former Victoria Primary School in Govanhill, for Glasgow Housing Association and CCG.

HALO Masterplan in Kilmarnock
9 Feb 2018 – Following the recent approval of Planning Permission in Principle for the HALO masterplan in Kilmarnock by Glasgow architects Keppie Design, the first phase of this ground-breaking development has now been submitted to East Ayrshire Council for detailed planning permission:

HALO Masterplan in Kilmarnock

Inverclyde’s Pioneering Food and Drink Incubator Receives Planning Consent
9 Feb – Riverside Inverclyde (ri) Property Holdings, the organisation charged with delivering the economic redevelopment of Inverclyde in the west of Scotland, has been given planning permission by Inverclyde Council for a new food and drink incubator in Greenock.

The incubator and its other areas of support for businesses will be the first of its kind in Scotland, assisting Inverclyde’s growth in the food and drink sector as Scotland aims to double its turnover to £30 billion by 2030.

Oriam Sports Performance Centre Building
5 Feb – Award-winning Sports Performance Centre, Oriam, has been shortlisted for Project of the Year at the CIBSE 2018 Building Performance Awards. It is home to the governing bodies of Scottish football and rugby union, as well as a host of other sports including volleyball, squash and basketball:

Oriam Sports Performance Centre

Kelburn Business Park
4 Feb 2018 – Peak Scientific Announce Research and Development Expansion into Inverclyde

Riverside Inverclyde (ri), the organisation charged with delivering the economic redevelopment of Inverclyde in the west of Scotland, has concluded an agreement with international life science engineering firm, Peak Scientific, on a five year lease of 2,121 sq ft of space from 19 January 2018 at Kelburn Business Park in Port Glasgow.

Peak Scientific is a leading innovator in the design, manufacture and support of high performance gas generators for analytical laboratories. Established in the UK in 1997, Peak Scientific boasts a significant local presence on every continent – including major operations in North America, China and India.

Completed in 2015, the eye-catching £4m Kelburn Business Park offers light industrial and office accommodation ranging from 2,120 square feet to 15,564 square feet across four blocks.

BIM & Digital Transformation Scotland 2018- Towards a Digital Built Scotland
Date: 7 Feb
Venue: Strathclyde University Technology and Innovation Centre, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA

FutureScot is delighted to announce BIM & Digital Transformation Scotland 2018 – Towards a Digital Built Scotland, a full-day conference examining Scotland’s ‘digital revolution’ for the built environment.

SSEG Talk: Sunspaces and their Performance – Energy and Amenity
Time: 7 February 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Principal Seminar Room 1 (ground floor), Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, G3 6RQ

The environmental monitoring of sunspaces, not only the measurements within them relative to rooms behind, but how the sunspaces were designed in terms of their ventilation to the outside and through to the interior, have given us some insight with this new research. This includes how the users engage with manual controls at their disposal and what uses they make of the sunspaces.
More info on our events page.

RIAS Future Directions
3 + 2 Feb 2018 – “Members will have been concerned by articles in the press and may be aware that ‘A New Chapter’ has published it views on RIAS and its future direction. RIAS has been silent on these matters until now as the staff and Council Members have been working hard to put in place mechanisms to ensure that governance issues and wider concerns are addressed, while at the same time ensuring the core business and Membership obligations of the RIAS continue. Below we provide background on work to date”.

RIAS Future Directions

Planning Bill is crucial chance to ease the housing crisis
2 Feb 2018 – As Scotland continues to wrestle with how to solve its housing crisis, Homes for Scotland, which represents the providers of the majority of the country’s new homes, has outlined its thinking on the proposals in the Planning Bill currently being scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament.

Setting out its position in written evidence to the Local Government and Communities Committee, the organisation believes that the Bill could deliver the balance the planning system requires as it focuses on improving collaboration rather than introducing potential areas for additional conflict.

Director of Planning Tammy Swift-Adams highlighted that there is as much to be achieved outside of the legislative framework as within it:

“In light of this week’s quarterly statistics showing a good improvement on planning decision times for major housing applications achieved within the current system, we would hope to see ongoing improvements. If we can get planning reform right, good performance should be the norm and communities and home builders alike should have better trust in the process that shapes our country’s development.”

Referring to the debate on whether third party rights of appeal should be introduced, she added:

“Like many others, we strongly feel this would be a negative move resulting in delays to the delivery of new homes. The focus should remain on finding new opportunities for collaboration rather than conflict.

“Having seen an increase of ten per cent in new NHBC housing registrations in Scotland last year, we must keep this momentum going at a time when people are crying out for new homes.”

Mackintosh Building Immersive Exhibit
Mackintosh Building Immersive Exhibit from GSA
picture : 3D pointcloud image from GSA
30 Jan – The GSA awarded major grant by AHRC to develop Mackintosh Building immersive exhibit.

The project is one of a number of initiatives funded by the AHRC to demonstrate how collaboration between researchers and businesses can help the Creative Economy get maximum benefit from new Virtual Reality (VR)/Augmented Reality (AR) technologies:

Mackintosh Building Immersive Exhibit

Paton’s Mill Site in Johnstone
30 Jan – The owners of the former Paton’s Mill site in Johnstone, Renfrewshire have today announced the appointment of Bell Building Projects Limited as the main contractor to develop Paton’s Mill Retail Park.

4th Developments, owners of the former shoelace mill site, confirm that Phase 1 of the development masterplan works are now underway.

The £3.5m development scheme, to build a supermarket, non-food retail unit and a drive thru is progressing as planned and is scheduled for completion this coming summer.

Based in Glasgow, Bell Building Projects Limited support local job creation and apprenticeships and has been behind developments including the Jaguar/Volvo car showrooms at Junctions 26 Hillington/Braehead and the A&D logistics facility at Phoenix Retail Park.

Martin Bell, Managing Director of Bell Building Projects Limited added:

“Bell Building Projects is delighted to be involved in the revitalisation of this historic site. The company has been involved from and early stage with 4th Developments and the design team to deliver a striking retail development which will be a superb addition to the local area.

“We have a strong history in retail construction both in the high street and out of town developments and look forward to adding Paton’s Mill Retail Park to our successfully completed projects.

A further announcement is expected in a few weeks, regarding the tenants of Paton’s Mill Retail Park.

Paton’s Mill Background
Acquired in January 2012 following a process led by Renfrewshire Council to identify a developer who would review the site and identify commercial uses to enable its positive redevelopment following significant fire damage in May 2010.

The site presented a number of environmental challenges and the remains of the derelict fire-damaged structures were in a poor state of repair. Since acquisition, the development management team undertook a full review of the site which resulted in the demolition of the existing structures to enable construction of the new retail park in August 2017.

The site extends to 10 acres, is bound by the Black Cart River to the north and Johnstone High Street to the East. Not all of the land is capable of development and the industrial uses in the past have prevented areas of the site being directly accessible to the community.

Public consultations took place in June 2016 and the redevelopment master plan was approved by Renfrewshire Council in January 2017. The plan included the regeneration of the former shoelace factory with retail warehouse units, a drive thru restaurant, family pub/restaurant and housing, together with the opening up of the riverside woodland with a historical trail.

The design influence for the retail units flows from some of the buildings occupying the former site, with designers Stallan-Brand selecting a palette of dark grey, white brick and softened at the entrances with wood finish, soffit detailing and glazed frontages to create a modern and elegant finish.

A New Chapter Position Statement on RIAS
26 Jan – A New Chapter’s Position Statement in relation to ongoing RIAS matters. This covers a range of issues relating to Police/OSCR investigations, proposals to form new Governance/Finance Committees and the current Council/Presidents’ position. The Position Statement by aNC sits alongside an developing 5-point plan:

A New Chapter Position Statement on RIAS

Comments welcome at info(at)

Scotland to Northern Ireland Bridge
26 + 23 Jan – One of Scotland’s leading architects has claimed that a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland is not only “feasible” but could create a “Celtic powerhouse” and cost a fraction of the one proposed by Boris Johnson between England and France.

Professor Alan Dunlop, visiting professor at the school of architecture at the University of Liverpool, said a combined road and rail crossing could be erected between Portpatrick, in Dumfries and Galloway, and Larne in Northern Ireland.

Scotland to Northern Ireland Bridge

Scottish Great Places Awards News
23 Jan – 9 special places in Scotland are celebrating an injection of £2.4million to help shape their future development. They are the first awards to be made in Scotland through The National Lottery’s groundbreaking Great Place scheme.

Scottish Great Places Awards

3DReid submits plans for blue-sky thinking in Glasgow’s Merchant City
Inovo2 Glasgow Building Albion Street
image courtesy of architects
23 Jan – A pioneering speculative office building, situated on a key city centre site, with extensive public realm and collaborative workspace will bring together the academic and Merchant City areas of Glasgow, in a plan to attract exciting new business to the city’s designated Innovation District.

Inovo2 Glasgow Building

NVA Film Set at St Peter’s Seminary
22 Jan – Announcing Make Me Up, a new film by Rachel Maclean:

NVA are working with Hopscotch Films to co-produce Make Me Up, a new film by acclaimed Scottish artist Rachel Maclean which marks 100 years since women were first given the right to vote in the United Kingdom.

Part horror movie, part comedy, the film reflects on the shortcomings of our journey towards equality throughout the past century.

NVA Glasgow 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.”


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