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Glasgow Architecture News 2020

25 Feb 2020
The Glasgow School of Art appoints Penny Macbeth as new Director
New Glasgow School of Art Director Penny Macbeth
photograph courtesy of GSA
The Glasgow School of Art has appointed Penny Macbeth, currently Dean of Manchester School of Art and Deputy Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor for Arts and Humanities focusing on external engagement and partnerships, as its new Director following an extensive international search it was confirmed today, 25 February 2020. The new Director will start in May 2020.
New Glasgow School of Art Director: Penny Macbeth

25 Feb 2020
#DesignPopUp Glasgow

The 7th #DesignPopUp Glasgow edition is due to take place on 10th to 12th June: more info on our events page.

20 Feb 2020
Work Starts On New Affordable Housing Development In Glasgow’s Southside

City officials attend ceremonial sod cutting to celebrate the start of works on new affordable housing development in Pollokshaws.

Work is officially underway to bring hundreds of new affordable homes to a key regeneration site in the heart of Glasgow’s southside:

Shawbridge Street Housing, Pollokshaws

8 Feb 2020
Cameron House Loch Lomond Spa Hotel Resort
Cameron House Loch Lomond Spa Hotel Resort Extension
image courtesy of Cameron House
Cameron House Loch Lomond Spa Hotel Resort
This luxury Scottish five-star resort has unveiled the first glimpse of the interior of its major extension, which will include a new ballroom and 68 bedrooms, following the news of planning approval.

8 Feb 2020
Trongate Development for Caledon Property Group

Mosaic Architecture + Design has secured planning permission for a landmark £25M mixed use development in Trongate, Glasgow city centre incorporating new retail spaces, a replacement public house opportunity and a high-quality hotel development, much in demand in the Merchant City, for developer Caledon Property Group.

Trongate development for developer Caledon Property Group
image courtesy of Caledon Property Group

The ambitious project will provide a luxury hotel with 157 bedrooms, a bar/restaurant and roof terrace affording excellent views over the city. The 12-storey building will provide more than 100 full-time jobs and represents a total investment of over £25M by the developer.

The site will see the demolition of the former bank premises and retail outlets on the corner of Trongate and Hutcheson Street, together with the Oriental Bar.

Stephen Mallon, Director of Mosaic, said: “We look forward to leading the delivery team to construct the property through the next phase of this landmark development for the city on a very important site adjacent to the Grade A listed former bank building on the corner of Trongate and Glassford Street, which houses residential apartments and a Café Nero, that we successfully refurbished two years ago for the same client.

“We are confident that this development will be a positive addition to the skyline of Glasgow, fill an important part of Trongate and help revitalise this historically important area of the Merchant City, which will undergo significant change in the years to come.”

Robbie Wotherspoon, Director of Caledon Property group, added: “In addition to its attractive mixed retail element, this significant development brings a much-needed hotel into the heart of the historic Merchant City and is set to be a popular and valuable addition to the city’s thriving retail and hospitality sector offerings.”

6 Feb 2020
Ka Pao

Mosaic Architecture + Design has given Ka Pao, the new restaurant housed in the basement of the recently converted Botanic Gardens Garage on Vinicombe Street in Glasgow’s West End, a distinctly South East Asian look and feel to complement its menu.

Run by the company behind the popular Kelvingrove restaurant Ox and Finch, Ka Pao, which accommodates 120 covers with a separate bar area, has been designed by Stuart Black, Head of Interior Design at Mosaic, who was also responsible for the interiors of Ox and Finch.

Ka Pao restaurant on Vinicombe Street in Glasgow:
Ka Pao restaurant on Vinicombe Street in Glasgow
photo courtesy of Mosaic Architecture + Design

Commenting on the restaurant’s design, Black said: “Following the success in designing sister restaurant Ox & Finch, we were appointed by Scoop Restaurants to provide architecture and interior design services for the latest addition to its portfolio, Ka Pao, a 200 capacity bar Restaurant with a £1m project cost located within the basement unit of the Grade A listed Botanic Garden Garage development.

“Thanks to existing and reclaimed white ceramic brick walls and a full elevation of crittal style glazing running down the length of the restaurant, the space is unusually bright and airy for a basement unit.

Ka Pao restaurant Glasgow Vinicombe Street off Byres Road
image courtesy of Mosaic Architecture + Design

“An industrial mix of white-washed concrete soffits, galvanized steel services, poured cement floors softened with live planting, reclaimed furniture, decorative and intelligent lighting contrast with bold pops of colour, earthy hand fired and glazed tiles, creating a vibrant colourful and richly illuminated interior that has both a juxtapose and always-been there relationship with the building.”

Mosaic Director Stephen Mallon added: “The former Arnold Clark Garage was and is a beautiful listed building and the insertion of Ka Pao has blended effortlessly well with the industrial aesthetic of the of the original interior.

“It was, once again, a pleasure working with Jonathan and his team and we look forward to continuing to do so on further exciting developments planned for this year.”

Commenting on the contribution made by Mosaic, Jonathan MacDonald, owner and chef, said: “There were various technical challenges that came with fitting out a new restaurant in the basement of the Botanic Gardens Garage. As the client, we had a clear vision of the vibe that we wanted to create in the space and how we wanted the restaurant to function operationally. Mosaic took on our brief and we’re delighted with how Ka Pao has turned out!

“Stuart, Andrew and the team at Mosaic have been a pleasure to work with on Ka Pao. They offer a great mix of technical and project management expertise, combined with creativity and flair for designing fantastic looking and functional interiors. It’s great to work with a design team that are as truly passionate about a new restaurant project as we are, and who work with such dedication and attention to detail.”

The name Ka Pao derives from the Thai word for Holy Basil.

31 Jan 2020
Interserve named preferred bidder to build £15m Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Scotland
Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Inchinnan
image courtesy of Interserve Construction Limited
The development near Glasgow Airport will be led by CPI in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, UKRI, Scottish Enterprise, and founding industry partners, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline:

Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre

25 Jan 2020
New Gorbals Housing Association
New Gorbals Housing Association Offices Glasgow
photo : Keith Hunter
The new home of the New Gorbals Housing Association is a bespoke office and civic piazza forming the centrepiece of the Crown Street redevelopment in Glasgow, by Page\Park Architects:

New Gorbals Housing Association

23 Jan 2020
Scotland’s Non-Domestic Rates Bill risks significant damage to investment into student accommodation sector

23rd of January 2020 – Student accommodation, like any domestic premises, is exempt from business rates. However, this principle is currently at risk in Scotland due to an amendment to the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill.

More info on the Edinburgh building news for 2020 page

22 Jan 2020
First images revealed of new Paisley High Street Learning and Cultural Hub

The first images showing how a vacant former retail unit at the heart of Paisley’s High Street will be turned into a 21st-century community facility housing library services are today revealed.

Paisley High Street Learning and Cultural Hub
image courtesy of architects

Construction will start soon on the £7m Paisley Learning and Cultural Hub – a new modern community and educational facility which will bring new footfall to the town centre:

Paisley Learning and Cultural Hub Building News

20 Jan 2020
New Postgraduate Teaching Hub and Business School Building

The University of Glasgow has approved plans for a major new development which will create a unique hub for its Postgraduate Taught (PGT) student community and house the Adam Smith Business School.

Glasgow University Postgraduate Teaching Hub and Business School building
image : HASSELL / Imigo

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Teaching Hub and Business School building

Home Builders Welcome New Infrastructure Strategy

20th of January 2020 – With the cost and delays associated with delivering necessary supporting infrastructure among the biggest blockers to residential development, trade body Homes for Scotland today welcomed the 30-year blueprint published by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland.

Looking at infrastructure in the round and recognising housing as an integral component, the report presented to the Scottish Government sets out 23 specific recommendations including the requirement for:

 a place based assessment on long term housing supply and demand by 2021
 an infrastructure-first approach to support the implementation of National Planning Framework 4

Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:

“We were pleased to see that the Infrastructure Commission has acknowledged housing, which is crucial to Scotland’s long-term success and wellbeing, as an integral component of the country’s essential infrastructure.

“New housing developments do not stand alone and are themselves dependent on having the necessary supportive infrastructure in place (such as schools, GP surgeries, transport options, water, gas, electricity and broadband). As well as being required for the new residents, such upfront provision also helps to alleviate concerns from existing residents.

“However, costs are prohibitive for both developers and their public sector partners. If Scotland is to fully meet the housing needs and aspirations of its people, we must find the funding and delivery solutions for both on-site and off-site infrastructure requirements otherwise development, particularly by SMEs and in rural areas, risks being stymied even further.

“As we travel towards a net zero carbon economy and look to deliver the places of the future, this requires collaboration across public and private sectors. Homes for Scotland and its member companies stand ready to play their full part in developing the next stage of this important work in June 2020, when the Commissioners will be looking to shape the options for delivery of their recommendations.”

17 Jan 2020
Paisley Museum Funding News
The National Lottery Heritage Fund announced £3.8million of support for the project:

Paisley Museum renewal funding news

7 Jan 2020
Halliday Fraser Munro new appointment

A rise in masterplanning project wins across Scotland has seen award-winning architectural design and planning practice Halliday Fraser Munro bring high-level expertise to its team, adding landscape architectural services to its portfolio:

More info on the Edinburgh Architecture news for 2020 page


3 Dec 2019
University of the West of Scotland Lanarkshire Campus
University of the West of Scotland Lanarkshire Campus
photo courtesy of architects office

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