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Glasgow Building News 2019

Scottish Architectural + Construction Updates – West of Scotland Property

2019

Glasgow Building News for 2019

Mackintosh School of Architecture students impress with propositions for New Lanark
Designs by Mackintosh School of Architecture
photo courtesy of the Mackintosh School of Architecture
15 Mar – Outcomes of Studio project have been presented to Trustees of the World Heritage site: Mackintosh School of Architecture News

Joint Venture Secures Prime Development Site in Merchant City
15 Mar – Drum Property Group and Stamford Property Investments have announced a joint venture to develop a significant mixed-use development site at the heart of Glasgow city centre’s Merchant City following their successful acquisition of the site:
Candleriggs Quarter, Glasgow Property News

MacMag 44 Sponsorship
11 Mar 2019 – MacMag, the annual publication of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. MacMag has sold over 3,000 copies in the last four years reaching a global audience across the world, from North America to Asia.

In the past it has featured dialogues from respected architects such as Steven Holl. Gaining a large social media network MacMag has been a link to a global network and a source of inspiration for architecture students internationally.

The student-run publication relies on the continuing support of the profession to which it serves. The advertisement funds go towards printing costs, allowing each book to reach as many young minds as possible.

Should you be interested in becoming a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to advertise within the publication and digitally through our website and social media platforms where your generosity will be acknowledged as part of our social media campaign.

Furthermore, we invite you to the launch of MacMag44 at the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, where you will be presented with a copy of the publication. All rates and specifications are available upon application.

We are working tirelessly to ensure the standard of the 44th edition is of its well-established reputation and look forward to hearing from you regarding your potential support. Please do not hesitate if you have any further queries.

The deadline for sponsorship has been extended to the 20th of March.

Scotland Build News

Scotland Build (20-21 March, SEC Glasgow) is the leading and largest construction show for Scotland and is attended by thousands of building, construction, architecture and engineering professionals from across the country.

Scotland Build is a content-led exhibition that covers the latest developments in the built environment, providing extensive business networking opportunities. From SME’s to Tier 1 Contractors, from local construction professionals to global CEO’s – Scotland Build is the leading show to unite the Scottish construction industry.

Scotland Build Glasgow SEC 2019

The show features 150+ high-level speakers across 5 conference theatres covering: the future of construction in Scotland; new building & construction projects; BIM & digital construction; architecture; sustainability and more. Learn of the latest innovation, products and services with over 150 exhibitors; Meet the Buyer sessions; networking events including Women in Construction; plus the Festival of Construction with live music and entertainment.

Register for your free tickets today at www.scotlandbuildexpo.com

See our events page for more details

University of Glasgow Campus Development Programme News
4 Mar 2019 – Finance Secretary marks launch of new Apprenticeship committee for Campus Development Programme. Apprentices at the University of Glasgow today marked the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay:
University of Glasgow Campus Development Programme News

Drum Property Group Wins Property Company of the Year
1 Mar 2019 – Scottish Property Award Win Reflects “Continued Growth and Impact”
Across Scotland and UK

Drum Property Group’s position as one of the leading players in the Scottish and UK property industry has been further recognised after winning Property Company of the Year at the prestigious 2019 Scottish Property Awards, announced on Thursday (28 February 2019).

The judging panel commended Drum’s continued growth over the last 12 months and the impact of the company’s activity on the commercial property sector. Drum is currently developing almost half a million sq. ft. at Buchanan Wharf and their office deal with Barclays Bank last year is one of the single largest commercial property deals in living memory. Barclays, who will own the new office complex, will provide accommodation for up to 5,000 employees – doubling their work force in Scotland.

Welcoming the award, Graeme Bone, Group Managing Director at Drum said: “We are obviously delighted for Drum’s continued growth to be recognised at the awards and are particularly proud to be named Property Company of the Year. This reflects our continued growth and impact across Scotland and the UK.

“The award is a fitting testament to the dedication and commitment of the team, following a period of significant activity across the central belt over the past year. In addition to the major projects already underway, we have an exciting pipeline of new projects and are looking forward to continuing to build on this success in 2019 and beyond.”

Fiona Morton, Chair of the Judging Panel, commented: “On behalf of the judging panel, I would like to extend congratulations to all the finalists and winners in this year’s Scottish Property Awards. 2019 saw the greatest number of both entries and firms in the competition’s 6-year history which is testament to the credibility of the programme.”

“I hope that the winners of this year’s awards take time to celebrate their success in what has been another phenomenal year for public and commercial property in Scotland.”

26 Feb 2019
Historic Environment Scotland Advanced Professional Diploma in Technical Building Conservation

TRAILBLAZING ARCHITECT FIRST WOMAN TO COMPLETE UNIQUE BUILDING CONSERVATION COURSE

Creative Design Director Amanda Jane Tervit, who runs architecture firm Auchenblae Design and Build, has achieved a Scottish first by being the first woman to successfully complete the inaugural Historic Environment Scotland Advanced Professional Diploma in Technical Building Conservation.

Amanda Jane Tervit
photo courtesy of architects

The unique full-time course run by Historic Environment Scotland, is based at the Engine Shed in Stirling. It was introduced in August 2017 to meet the growing demand for conservation skills across the heritage sector.

The programme gives a wide spectrum of knowledge and skills in practical building conservation techniques, backed up by a thorough understanding of Scottish architectural and construction traditions. Students also study current issues and leading technical developments, conservation principles and best practice.

Amanda said: “The course was inspiring to be part of and an absolute privilege. It is no exaggeration to say that completing this diploma has completely changed the way I design.
“The building industry is predominantly male dominated so I feel excited to trail blaze to be the first woman to have completed this diploma.”

Amanda added: “I loved hearing from the practitioners who came along to speak to us during the course. They are industry experts and had an incredible amount of knowledge to pass on.

“The course teaches you about how to respect the building and care about and consider the original features when you are designing – even down to the structural hidden elements like rafters. I will never design in the same way again.

“When I look at some modern architecture there is now a realisation that because of the way it has been built it won’t last. I want to strive to design and build things that will last. The course really encourages you to look at a holistic view of design.”

The Stirling designer found being based in Historic Environment Scotland’s head-quarters The Engine Shed “very motivating”, as the historic building itself has undergone a four-year renovation, opening to the public in 2017.

She added: “The Engine Shed itself is fantastic as you have lots of experts on site to speak to and the building in itself is simply stunning and an education in good building conservation.”

Amanda, who has an Interior Design HND and Degree in Interior Architecture, managed to undertake the full time course alongside running her company Auchenblae Design and Build which she set up last year after gaining extensive experience working for companies including Laura Ashley, Sterling Interior Design and architects Millson Associates.
Amanda added: “Setting up the business and completing the course was exhausting at times but incredibly rewarding. So much so I have signed up to complete my Masters!”

Background info at Scottish Building News

23 Feb 2019
AF2019 February Meet-Up
Free-to-attend monthly meet-up took place today (23 Feb) at The Lighthouse – laid back events, open to anyone considering taking part in or contributing to the Architecture Fringe 2019 Open Programme. The Open Programme is a non-curated platform for self-directed projects, exhibitions, events and happenings.

19 Feb 2019
New Building in Motherwell

The new Lanarkshire dealership for Taggarts is in the same location as the previous building on Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, but is far more than a refurbishment and is a complete re-build of the site, forming a new 90,000 sq ft dealership.

The Lanarkshire development follows a challenging year for the dealership, which suffered an arson attack during its stay at a nearby temporary site, resulting in 17 cars being damaged and an estimated loss of approximately £850,000.

The new building has now been rebranded Taggarts Land Rover Lanarkshire to better represent its customer base and takes its cue from JLR’s Arch design concept. It has space to display 9 new cars inside.

Customers will also benefit from 18 front of house parking bays, including electric vehicle charging points, with an additional 60 bays reserved for aftersales customers.

There are also 11 work bays in which to carry out aftercare work, with enough capacity to add a further 3 as the business grows.

Currently the site employs 54 members of staff, with plans to employ additional sales executives, valeters and showroom hosts.

Taggarts, part of the Lookers group, is one of the best-known names in the Scottish motor trade, having been founded in Motherwell in 1896 by James Taggart and his friend Robert McMillan as a cycle shop. It would eventually be acquired by Lookers in 2003.

EAA Council Nomination Deadline
Friday 15 February
EAA are looking for enthusiastic individuals who can give some voluntary time each month to get actively involved with the Edinburgh chapter group.

Home builders question focus of Planning Performance statistics
2 Feb – Industry body Homes for Scotland has questioned the focus of official planning performance statistics, the latest of which report an average of 37 weeks being taken to decide major housing applications in the first half of 2018/19.

Read the article in full on the Edinburgh Architecture website’s news page.

Homes for Scotland represents around 200 organisations which together provide the majority of the country’s new homes. Visit www.homesforscotland.com for further information or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/H_F_S.

Homes for Scotland’s strategy sets out the direction and prioritisation of objectives for our organisation for the period from 2018 – 2023. Their wish is that everyone with an interest in increasing housing supply can unify around the body’s primary purpose: to deliver more homes for Scotland.

Visualisations of Coats Memorial and plans
2 Feb – 100 DAYS TO SAVE COATS MEMORIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

– Plans for New Venue Unveiled

– A Tapestry of Paisley Icons Created by Renowned Artist Andrew Crummy

One of Scotland’s most iconic structures could be saved from ruin and transformed into a modern multi-purpose venue in plans unveiled on Friday 1 February.

An official campaign has been launched today, signalled by a performance from Paisley Opera, to save Coats Memorial in Paisley. A team of committed fundraisers aim to raise £1.5million to breathe new life into the 125-year-old Gothic church in just 100 days.

Coats Memorial, Paisley:
Coats Memorial in Paisley
image courtesy of architects

Plans for Coats Memorial include the construction of a single storey ticketing/booking office, landscaped gardens, a car park with space for 30 vehicles, a demountable performance stage, theatre seating for events and banquets, audio/visual rigs for specialist cinema evenings and a 400kg lift to provide disabled access between the church floor and ballroom.

As part of the 100-day campaign, Coats Memorial has enlisted the talent of world-renowned tapestry artist, Andrew Crummy. Andrew has begun a Tapestry of Paisley Icons, paying homage to the town’s most famous sons and daughters.

Featured on the bespoke tapestry is Thomas Coats, the original Paisley icon, without whom Coats Memorial and many other public spaces and buildings in the town would not exist.

Also immortalised in the artwork are; Gerry Rafferty; John Byrne; Gerard Butler; Paolo Nutini; Mhairi Black; Phyllis Logan and David Tennant.

Coats Memorial tapestry:
Coats Memorial tapestry
image courtesy of architects

Ian Henderson, Coats Memorial Steering Group member said: “On behalf of the Steering Group, I can say that we have been truly humbled by the support of people like Andrew and those involved in the Tapestry of Renfrewshire for lending their talents to our community campaign.

“We hope this bespoke piece of artwork will attract thousands of visitors to Coats Memorial during the 100 days so that they can stitch a piece of history. Who knows, perhaps even some of our Paisley Icons will even make an appearance themselves.

“I am also thrilled to announce that Coats Memorial will be home to the Tapestry of Renfrewshire for the duration of our campaign. And if we meet our fundraising target, it will take up permanent residency here so that people from across Scotland and the rest of the world can appreciate it in all its glory in a worthy setting.”

The Tapestry of Renfrewshire was created in support of Paisley’s bid to become City of Culture 2021. Sadly, the bid was unsuccessful which saw the Tapestry without a home. Now, as part of the 100 Days to Save Coats Memorial campaign, the Tapestry lives on.

Andrew Crummy, artist said: “We are thrilled that this will be the home of the tapestry. We believe it is the perfect fit. The Tapestry is being stitched using over 8000 donations of Anchor Threads that have been given by hundreds of local people.

“These threads are a direct legacy of The Coats family. The tapestry will also be a celebration of the skills and creativity of those that will stitch the tapestry.

“The icon panel is a celebration of this rich heritage and sends out a clear message to the world, that to have the tapestry in this beautiful venue we want to nurture this rich legacy and look forward to the future.”

Throughout the 100 days campaign Coats Memorial will also host performances by Paisley Opera, PACE Theatre Company, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and University of West Scotland Choir, with many more to be confirmed.

Coats Memorial will be open to the public every Saturday from 12pm until 4pm for the duration of the campaign.

To fundraise or donate visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/100daystosavecoatsmemorial

For more information on plans and performances visit: www.100daystosavecoatsmemorial.com

Find us on Twitter: @SaveCoats

Follow us on Facebook: 100 Days to Save Coats Memorial

Email: fundraising@savethomascoats.co.uk

Call: 0141 886 5020

About Coats Memorial

The former church was commissioned by the family of Thomas Coats of Ferguslie and is one of the most dominant landmarks in Paisley.

• The Coats family ran the world leading Ferguslie thread works J and P Coats in the 1830s
• Thomas Coats and his wife brought up their 11 children in Ferguslie House
• He died in 1883 and his public funeral saw a congregation of 2,000 people follow his coffin
• The first congregation in the Memorial Church took place in 1894
• The Coats family supported the Baptist Church
• The last congregation took place in October 2018, the result of a diminishing congregation and the cost of upkeep.

Scotland Build
2 Feb – The full speaker line-up for Scotland’s leading and largest building & construction show has just been released.

20-21 March, SEC Glasgow

Confirmed speakers include:

• The Scottish Government – Stephen Garvin, Head of Building Standards
• Balfour Beatty – Amanda McKay, Quality Director
• Balfour Beatty – Jim Brannan, Head of Procurement
• Architecture & Design Scotland, Jim MacDonald, CEO
• Clyde Gateway- Martin McKay, Executive Director of Regeneration
• Kier Construction – Gordon Reid, Regional Business Development Manager
• Multiplex – Caron Dunlop, Head of Community Engagement
• GRAHAM Construction – Katie McGregor, Sustainability Manager
• Wheatley Group – Jackie McIntosh, Director of Property Development and Initiatives
• Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) – Lorna Wilson, Innovation & Future Thinking Lead
• anderson bell + christie – Jonathan McQuillan, Associate
• Hamson Barron Smith – Sarah Lewis, Associate Director
• Morrison Construction – Allan Smith, Senior Design Manager
• BIM4 Infrastructure UK – Steven Eglinton, Chair and Director
• 3D Reid – Alastair Cook, Director
• John Gilbert Architects – Matt Bridgestocke, Director
• Mott MacDonald – Ester Diez Rojo, Architect
• Holmes Miller – Andrew Waring, BIM Manager
• Atkins – Will Squires, Digital Lead
• Plus many more

Gain access to over 150 exhibitors, 5 CPD conference and workshop floors with 150 high-level speakers and multiple networking events including the Women in Construction Networking, the Builder’s Breakfast, Architects Hub, Meet the Buyers and more.

Centrum Office Block
27 Jan – Carrick Properties submit a change of use application to transform ground floor office space and an adjoining lightwell for food and drink usage. The proposal strips back clutter accumulated around the back areas of the B-listed Centrum office block on Glasgow’s Queen Street, including removal of various lean-to structures and an access stair, to open up the south facing elevation of with glazed bi-folding doors, overseen by Stewart Stevenson Architects.

Helensburgh Pierhead Development
Helensburgh Pierhead development
image courtesy of architects
26 Jan – Argyll & Bute Council has approved plans by DarntonB3 Architects to deliver an £18m leisure development on the town’s pierhead. The new building replaces an existing leisure centre and swimming pool.

Proposed work will include new parking, better flood defences, with further shops, a play area and skate park possible at a later date.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Investigation News
25 Jan – The Scottish government instigates an independent review into the design of Queen Elizabeth Hospital building in Govan, designed by the international healthcare architects office IBI Group.

This follows disclosure that a gap on the 12th floor had allowed pigeons to enter a plant room, depositing excrement which subsequently led to bacteria finding its way into the closed ventilation system, considered to be a contributing factor behind the death of a child.

Professor Brian Evans – Glasgow’s First City Urbanist
24 Jan – Glasgow City Council appoints Brian Evans, Professor in urbanism and landscape at Glasgow School of Art, to part-time position of city urbanist, following a manifesto pledge to appoint a new city architect. This new position is for an initial three-year period.

He will serve as a bridge between the council, communities and developers in his independent role as a strategic adviser on place, design and the city.

22 Jan 2019
RIAS Future Directions Update

The RIAS chapters and members are driving forward its Strategy discussions in 2019. This Strategy will provide the forward-looking blue-print in which anticipated changes to its governance processes and operating structure can take place.

It will enable the RIAS to bring about more effective working structures, transparent reporting and better external outreach.

RIAS Trustees have listened to members requests at the AGM and have agreed that an independent review of the events in 2017 should be carried out by external advisors.

An appointment was made this week with Morton Fraser to undertake this review. This review will supplement advice that has already helped to guide the organisation in the reform of its operations and to work more collaboratively with members through its chapters.

Clydeside Rent Tower
Clydeside Rent Tower
image courtesy of architecture office
25 Jan – A £100m build to rent tower by architects Keppie for Platform_ on the River Clyde awarded planning consent. The 498-apartment project ranges over four blocks ranging in height from 6 to 20 storeys. Aswell as flats there will be a mix of co-working spaces, shared residents lounge, concierge, roof terraces, gym and games room.

The project is part of their wider Central Quay masterplan, delivering 300,000sqft of office space, a 150-room hotel and further housing.

11 Jan 2019
RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019

Entries are now invited for the RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019.

The deadline for entries is 21 February 2019.

An early bird discount of 10% is available until 7 February 2019.

The RIAS Awards will be running in tandem with the RIBA Regional Awards.

Submission to the RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland also entitles entrants to be considered for the following awards (amongst others):

• RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award
• RIBA National Award
• RIBA Stirling Prize

Save the Date: RIAS Awards Dinner, Edinburgh, 30 May 2019

6 Jan 2019
SELECT welcomes Scottish Government consultation on cash retentions in construction contracts

SELECT, has welcomed moves by the Scottish Government to take action on one of the industry’s main problem areas – cash retentions.

A public consultation on the use of retentions in construction contracts will take place in spring next year. This will be, in advance of any announcement on the matter in the Westminster parliament.

The move follows long-term campaigning by SELECT and the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, both of which have proposed placing all retentions into a trust-based deposit scheme.

Jamie Hepburn, the Scottish Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, said in announcing the move: “Cash retention in construction industry contracts is common practice, including in the public sector. Its purpose is to ensure the contractor completes the job. However, it must be used proportionately and responsibly.”

Alan Wilson, Acting Managing Director of SELECT, said: “We wholeheartedly support action on this troubling issue and look forward to positive developments in the upcoming Holyrood consultation”

Rudi Klein, chief executive of the SEC Group, said: “After many years, it seems that we are now making progress towards protecting cash retentions. It’s great to see the Scottish Governmenttaking the lead on this.”

Many in the construction industry have expressed concern about the abuse of retentions in contracts. Prompt and fair payment has been a long-standing issue and these are undoubtedly barriers to investment, productivity improvement and growth.

SELECT’s 1250 member companies account for around 90% of all electrical installation work carried out in Scotland. They have a collective turnover of around £1 billion and provide employment for 15,000 people.

For more information please contact Alan Wilson, Acting Managing Director at SELECT, the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland, The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian, EH26 0SB. T: 0131 445 5577. F: 0131 445 5548. E: admin@select.org.uk. W: www.select.org.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/updates_select
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWJVjt14CvIig8bIKwidVug

15 Dec 2018
RUSK & RUSK So L.A., Glasgow
RUSK & RUSK design by Mosaic Architecture + Design.

14 Dec 2018
hub South West’s ninth Building for Growth awards news

Two female construction sector managing directors are joint winners at hub South West’s Ninth Building for Growth Awards Event held at Glasgow’s 29 Club

Two women managing directors who have carved out successful niches in Scotland’s male-dominated construction sector have been elected joint winners at the latest hub South West Building for Growth Programme awards event held last week in Glasgow’s 29 Club.

In a break with tradition, a panel of eminent construction sector judges concluded that of the eight participating companies on the Building for Growth programme, two businesses, one run by Claire Donnelly, MD of Hillington-based Aspire Industrial Services, and another by Caroline Barrett, MD of CVD Fire Protection from its base in Carluke, Lanarkshire, best demonstrated their vision, strategic planning and leadership.

Aspire Industrial Services, which was established only last year is a one-stop shop for the supply hire, testing and servicing for asbestos, construction and demolition activities, with an open trade counter where customers can buy their Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), and branded work and corporate wear.

Claire said: “We are a young business, but we have already been fortunate enough to win a number of major contracts on construction sites throughout the UK by introducing innovative products which seek to make construction sites safer.

“The Building for Growth programme has been a brilliant opportunity to consider carefully how we can make our business bigger and better and capable of regularly winning work from Tier One construction sector contractors.”

CVD Fire Protection, which was established in 1997 is a 50-employee strong, £3m turnover business which provides fire protection, diamond concrete drilling and cutting services to the construction industry.

Caroline said: “I really enjoyed the hub’s Building for Growth programme. It was full of ideas on how to make your business better and focused our brains to think about “working on” our businesses rather than simply “working in” them. Above all, I think, it has taught me the importance of having a strategic approach, and I am delighted to have won this award.”

A public-private partnership funded by Scotland’s business development agencies and a clutch of Tier One contractors including Morisons, Ashleigh, Graham, Morgan Sindall and Keir, hub South West’s development programme is aimed at ambitious companies in construction and related sectors based in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Now in its ninth cycle, its Building for Growth programme is targeted at ambitious local SMEs looking to grow in a sustainable manner by building upon the skills and internal capacity to take on increasing volumes of work. Over 90 delegates from 72 companies across the region have now graduated from the course.

13 Dec 2018
Creative Hub Offers Artists a New Home in the Highlands

LDN Architects’ regeneration of Inverness Victorian school buildings: first major arts hub in the Highlands is now open – providing urgently needed studios for everyone from photographers and textile designers to an artist who knits glass.

Wasps Inverness Creative Academy Building

13 Dec 2018
Scottish Property Federation responds to Scottish Budget

Commenting on yesterday’s Scottish Budget announcement, David Melhuish, director of the Scottish Property Federation said:

“Overall there are two key incentives for development and investment that we are pleased to see retained in the Scottish Government’s Budget. These include the business growth accelerator business rates incentives for new development and business occupiers; and the exemption from the Additional Dwelling Supplement for large scale Private Rented Sector investments, intended to support the new build to rent market. These are important incentives to stimulate housing supply and economic growth.”

“Business rates reform remains an important issue for our members and we welcome the Scottish Government’s decision not to implement the out of town supplement which would have done little to support town centres. This news, coupled with the introduction of a new £50mn fund and the decision to cap the CPI poundage increase will be important mechanisms for encouraging diversification on our high streets and supporting hard-pressed retailers and others.”

“On the issue of the LBTT changes affecting non-residential properties we regret the removal of the marginal advantage which was offered to Scottish commercial investments. In a time of uncertainty, this is yet another cost that will impact pricing and investment decisions negatively.”

12 Dec 2018
RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019

Entries are now invited for the RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019. The deadline for entries is 21 February 2019:

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