James Simpson, Edinburgh, Architect, Scotland

Glasgow Architecture Editorial : Winter 2003

Malcolm Fraser : Old Town Fire Competition, Cowgate, Edinburgh


Waverley’s redevelopment seems to be on the back burner yet again but at least speedy progress seems to be being made on the Old Town Fire site: Malcolm Fraser and James Simpson are working with the various owners on this project. I have yet to hear James Simpson’s views on this area but Malcolm Fraser’s views show a commitment to working with the area’s current uses and the cheek-by-jowl complexity of the Cowgate.

Reiach and Hall’s new project on the corner of Lady Lawson Street and West Port makes a striking addition to our townscape. My views on this building are to be found at January’s News and are positive: the texturing and materials of this building ask questions about – and extend the range of possibilities for – contemporary buildings in Edinburgh. The go ahead by Planning for Richard Murphy Architects’ Cramond Housing should similarily broaden our outlook on the design limitations of the current volume housebuilding sector.

Two new sections have been created: interiors and historic tour. The former page will go online soon and profile quality Scottish interiors elements such as furniture, lighting and fabrics. The historic tour provides information on Castles, Stately Homes, Churches, Chapels and Cathedrals and now has live links. The website has always focused on Contemporary Architecture and this continues: the latter page will assist the site’s overview on all of Edinburgh & Lothian’s architecture.

The website continues its involvement with the Old Town Fire Ideas Competition with a talk at the venue for the judging, the Scottish Arts Club. The Lighthouse Innovation Fund Playwall in Haddington has been marked out on the playground and discussions continue with the fabricator and suppliers.

The existing Edinburgh homepage sponsorships are continuing: see business proposal for how the homepage or any other pages can be sponsored.

Kelvingrove Gallery
Kelvingrove Gallery
photo : David Barbour / BDP

John Wheatley College
John Wheatley College
photo : Keith Hunter

Commonwealth Village Glasgow
Commonwealth Games Glasgow
picture from architect

Glasgow Tower
Glasgow Tower
photo © Adrian Welch

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