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Glasgow Architecture News 2021
4 May 2021
Homes For Scotland Secures Political Support For The Delivery Of At Least 25,000 New Homes Each Year
Homes for Scotland, the industry body representing c200 organisations across the Scottish home building sector, has secured significant political support for its own manifesto call for the delivery at least 25,000 new homes each year.
The backing, ahead of this week’s election, from key Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP candidates was confirmed during an online hustings event focusing on the key issues affecting home building of all tenures and which was attended by 80 senior industry representatives.
Panellists taking part in the Homes for Scotland hustings comprised Pauline McNeill (Scottish Labour Party), Kevin Stewart (SNP), Paul McGarry (Liberal Democrats), Ariane Burgess (Scottish Green Party) and Alexander Stewart (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party).
Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland said:
“It was a great privilege to have representatives from all political parties take part in the hustings and answer questions directly from our members.
“With the Housing to 2040 vision just published, National Planning Framework 4 being developed and policy on how to tackle the climate emergency clearly setting out the role of this sector, the next few years will be crucial to all of us involved in housing delivery.
“It is therefore extremely important that prospective MSPs hear first-hand the issues hampering the industry’s ability to deliver the much-needed homes that Scotland needs and for us as a sector to hear more from them in terms of their respective party’s plan for home building.
“Too many Scots, particularly young people, are stuck in unsuitable housing, unable to afford their own home. This is stifling life opportunities, the creation of new families and storing up problems which if unaddressed will become an even larger problem in years to come affecting future generations as well.
“Changing this requires the focusing of minds and for all parties to work together to make sure we have the homes our people need as we look to recover, both socially and economically, from Covid-19. Let’s move beyond rhetoric and seize the opportunity of a fresh Parliament to accomplish that.”
23 Apr 2021
New leisure centre in Ayr
Work to develop a new leisure centre in Ayr is progressing following South Ayrshire Council’s appointment of hub South West, the construction and infrastructure-focused partnership which operates alongside local Authorities and private sector enterprises in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway:
Read the news in full at New Ayr leisure centre building news
22 Apr 2021
Dougall Baillie Associates gears up as affordable homes project on the banks of the Clyde gets the go-ahead
Dougall Baillie Associates (DBA), the rapidly expanding independent consulting engineer, is forging ahead with another prime opportunity after planning consent was granted for a 151-home development in Glasgow’s East End.
The 41-strong East Kilbride firm, which has been engaged on civil and structural engineering design on the site since early 2019, expects the Stage 2 Building Warrant imminently, which will allow work to gather pace on the site by early summer.
Newhall Street development in Glasgow’s East End:
It has been instructed by Glasgow-based affordable housing developer Swan Group on the £17 million Newhall Street project, which will provide a mix of one- and two-bedroom flats on a site next to the River Clyde Walkway, on a westward bend in the river.
The project, which is playing a major part in the regeneration of the area, will comprise three six-storey blocks facing onto the river and two four-storey buildings with street views, creating homes for people who want to live and work close to the city centre.
Alan Ferns, Director of Structural Engineering at DBA, said: “It really is a most attractive site. Residents will be able to reach the heart of Glasgow in under 10 minutes by bike, or half an hour on foot, with the advantage of travelling through the adjacent Glasgow Green.
“We have been closely involved both in the civil engineering – drainage, storm drains, roads, junctions and site-levelling – as well as in the structural engineering side of the project relating to the buildings themselves.
“The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 were a catalyst for the regeneration of the area and this project, which is also close to Shawfield Stadium, will offer workers and families unrivalled, safe access to the city centre.”
Mr Ferns said the build was on a brownfield site, a former industrial facility which was demolished in the early 2000s, with the land left open. It has posed challenges relating to land contamination and local former mine workings, as well as poor ground conditions.
He said: “Like much riverine land, it is largely composed of sand and silt and we are having to pile the site to a depth of 30 metres. Rather than driven piling, which is noisy and disruptive in urban areas, we are using helical displacement piling.
“This auger-bit process is quick, quiet and virtually vibration-free, and the lateral soil displacement means that the lack of spoil makes this method additionally suitable where contaminated soil is encountered.”
The Newhall Street site is the latest of a number of significant housebuilding operations for DBA. In the past year, it has been asked by contractors to provide professional services for schemes with values of up to £200 million, adding nearly 2000 new homes to the housing stock.
While residential homes work now comprises some 70% of the DBA portfolio, the firm has also marked up a number of significant scores in transport infrastructure, such as its involvement in the £14.1 million M8/A8 interchange at Bishopton in Renfrewshire in consultation with Renfrewshire Council, SEPA, Transport Scotland and BAA.
The firm has also been concerned in projects in mega shopping centres such as Braehead and Silverburn in Glasgow and the Union Square development in Aberdeen.
15 + 14 Apr 2021
RSA Annual Exhibition Medal for Architecture
Chiara Fingland and Clare O’Connell from Studio LBA and the Imagine If… research collective, have just been awarded the prestigious RSA Annual Exhibition Medal for Architecture for their work on the Home of 2030 project:
more info on the Edinburgh Architecture News page.
14 April 2021
voco Grand Central Glasgow Hotel Building Refurbishment
Works complete on the refurbishment of voco Grand Central, a 19th Century former Great British Railway Hotel, in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts group, this is the first voco branded hotel in Scotland – refurbishment design is by HLM Architects:
9 Apr 2021
Duke of Wellington Statue & Gallery of Modern Art
Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington, Glasgow – “typically capped with a traffic cone, a practice which has become traditional in the city and is claimed to represent the humour of the local population” – has the city lost its humour? Surely not!
2 Apr 2021
The Pineapple, Dunmore Estate
Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland has lodged a formal objection to a planning application lodged by George Russell Construction for a housing development at Mains Farm, Airth, directly adjacent to The Pineapple and the historic Dunmore Estate. Dating to 1761, The A-Listed Pineapple is one of Scotland’s most exotic and celebrated buildings and was constructed by the Earl of Dunmore amid a purpose-designed landscape. The property has been in the Trust’s care since 1973.
More details on our Scottish Architectural News
2 April 2021
5 Corunna Street, West End
Delightful Georgian house for sale in Finnieston:
5 Corunna Street, Finnieston from Vimeo.
5 Corunna Street
A substantial and very private main door home in the heart of the Westend, situated just off St Vincent Crescent and Argyle Street in the hugely popular and sought after Finnieston District. This wonderful home provides seven bright and impressive apartments over two levels (ground and garden), together with a dining kitchen extending over 7m, two wet rooms, main bathroom, utility room and WC/cloaks.
This traditional main door Georgian tenement has been carefully and cleverly reconfigured with professional skill and attention to detail allowing each part to flow effortlessly and compliments the next. The property also enjoys taking full advantage of direct access to a well maintained and shared rear garden which offers a surprising quiet retreat in the city.
Located in Finnieston, an area of the City which has seen significant improvement in recent years with a mix of both residential and commercial redevelopment, this location now offers an envied and favoured social location for concerts at the nearby SSE Hydro, Clyde Auditorium (Armadillo) and SSEC, together with a wonderful selection of restaurants and bars on Argyle Street. It is handy for the City Centre and is within easy reach of Kelvingrove Park as well as a number of gyms.
The property is being sold with Rettie – Finnieston property for sale
31 Mar 2021
Home Builders Look Ahead To Lockdown Lifting
Non-essential maintenance work in homes allowed from 26 April
Scottish home builders are keenly awaiting the planned 26 April lifting of restrictions which have prevented workers from entering customers’ homes for non-essential aftercare work during the latest lockdown and over a large part of the last year.
This is one of the top priorities for the Board of trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS), which met last week, coinciding with the positive news that the industry had achieved a record level of customer satisfaction with 91% of customers willing to recommend their builder to a friend.
HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:
“As every new home is a bespoke product, there will inevitably be some aftercare required but, for much of the last year, builders have been unable to undertake anything other than essential work in people’s homes.
“Our members tell us that customers have been extremely patient as they recognise the Scottish Government-imposed lockdown restrictions have been for their own safety, but the end of April really can’t come soon enough. Undeniably, there will be a backlog to work through, but our members are busy preparing for that challenge and are keen to resolve any outstanding issues for their customers as soon as they can.”
24 March 2021
Holland Park Glasgow Buildings News – Angel Gardens
Construction work on Moda’s Holland Park neighbourhood, which saw Ryder Architecture appointed following planning approval, is well underway:
19 March 2021
Vastint’s emerging proposal seeks to transform vacant and under-used former railway land to the East of the historic High Street into a coherent and connected part of the City Centre. The development will provide over 220 new apartments for rent within three stepped blocks.
The proposal includes a new office development facing High Street Station. Based on Vastint’s Business Garden model, the office will provide over 6,000sqm of space across eight floors with café and co-working spaces at ground level.
Read more at Collegelands Glasgow
18 Mar 2021
Spectrum Properties snaps up prize unit on Dixon’s Blazes Industrial Estate
Spectrum Properties, one of Scotland’s largest family-owned property businesses, has scooped a prize industrial facility in Glasgow to add to its portfolio of more than 700 commercial units in the city.
It has taken on a 25,000 sq ft former factory on the Dixon’s Blazes Industrial Estate in the South Side for a sum in the region of £800,000, and the company now plans to spend up to £500,000 on a comprehensive refurbishment.
Spectrum Properties, which operates all over Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirlingshire, acquired the property from the Matthew Clark Group, a national drinks wholesaler which supplies thousands of premises across the UK. The group was disposing of the property following a reorganisation.
Dixon’s Blazes estate – named after the iron works blast furnaces which lit up the night sky in the 19th century – is a prime industrial area offering high quality industrial, warehouse and office space.
Bill Roddie, Managing Director of Spectrum Properties, said: “The estate is located in the Gorbals area and is within walking distance of the city centre. It has enviable transport connections and is only a short distance from the M74.
“We intend to carry out a major renovation, including re-roofing, re-cladding, re-plumbing and re-wiring. The unit will be sub-divided into four new facilities, ranging in size from 10,000 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft. Planning applications are already in, and we expect work this month (March 2021) and to last four months.”
Mr Roddie said that there was a noticeable shortage of good industrial property in the Glasgow area as markets continue to evolve to accommodate changing consumer patterns and demands.
He said: “There is a significant appetite for space for parcel delivery businesses, which are expanding rapidly to deal with the enormous upsurge in online retail, especially since March last year when the pandemic changed everything.
“Similarly, because so many people are spending so much of their time at home, there has been a huge increase in companies looking for space to provide products such as replacement windows and doors, garden furniture, sheds and home improvement.
“This facility will be a very attractive prospect when we have finished with it, creating a large amount of valuable space in line with all the current regulations and situated in a well-established industrial estate.”
Although Spectrum Properties has moved into residential development in the last 10 years, its primary focus remains on commercial property, which comprises some 70% of its group holdings.
The company directly employs 75 people and the same number of sub-contractors. It is actively recruiting to cope with rapid expansion. Established by Mr Roddie in 1988, the company now has a portfolio valuation of £60 million and a turnover in excess of £5 million.
17 Mar 2021
Radisson Hotel Planning Application
“A tower, rising from the courtyard could give you, by my estimation 150 rooms”
– the architect Alan Dunlop
“Best contemporary hotel in a sea of hotel rubbish in Glasgow”
– Malcolm Fraser
More quotes from:
– Andrew Taylor
– Andrew Brown
– Charles MacLachlan
– Robin Ward
– David Reat
– Henry Mckeown
Read the objections in full at Radisson Hotel Glasgow Building News
12 Mar 2021
Hoskins Architects Win at Civic Trust Awards
With two projects among just 40 winners from around the globe, Hoskins Architects are thrilled to have won the National Panel Special Award, for our transformational project at Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Their project at Strawberry Field, a visitor and training centre for young people with learning disabilities, for the Salvation Army, was also a winner in the Selwyn Goldsmith award:
Read more at Hoskins Architects Civic Trust Awards
Planning Application by North Planning & Development Ltd
From Architect Alan Dunlop:
As the architect and designer of the Radisson SAS, a project that has garnered many architecture and hotel design awards, nationally and internationally. I write to object in the strongest possible terms to these proposals.
Read Professor Alan Dunlop’s objection in full at Radisson Hotel Glasgow – Planning Application 21/00574/FUL
2 Mar 2021
Say hello to the 2021 Scottish Design Awards panel
Social distancing may remain the order of the day but amidst the lockdown, the Scottish Design Awards have assembled a ten-strong panel of judges to lead us into a post-crisis future.
Whatever the world throws at us great design remains as the hallmark of any great practice, agency or business and our judges are itching to see how you’ve set new standards while working from home.
2 Mar 2021
BDP to design new learning and leisure campus in Neilston
Neilston is set to benefit from a learning and leisure campus as East Renfrewshire Council has approved the design and awarded the contract to BDP’s Glasgow studio.
The new joint campus design will join Neilston Primary and St Thomas’ Primary on one site, with the addition of the Madras Family Centre, a community library and sports facilities, all located on the site of the existing Neilston Primary School.
Consultation with children, parent councils, staff and community groups is underway to ensure the identity, legacy and individual needs of each school will be catered for.
Lindsey Mitchell, Architect Director, BDP Glasgow Studio, said: “It is great to continue our long-standing relationship with East Renfrewshire Council having recently completed the award-winning Maidenhill Primary School and Nursery. This fantastic new campus will offer a great opportunity to create a real community hub for the Neilston village, and early feedback from residents has been extremely positive.
“This will be a state-of-the-art education and community facility that will not only provide amenities to meet 21st century learning, but will also adopt sustainable design principles. A passive approach to energy has been embraced in the design, with the building orientation, form factor and building fabric all contributing to making an energy efficient building. Outdoor spaces have also been designed with sustainability in mind, including a sustainable drainage strategy, the inclusion of a community growing garden and reuse of water in the external play spaces.”
Councillor Paul O’Kane, Education and Equalities Convenor at East Renfrewshire Council, said: “It’s extremely exciting for Neilston and will give our residents modern, fit-for-purpose facilities in the village and we will continue to work closely with the community as plans progress.”
The campus is being built to meet growing demand for school places and is phase one of the Neilston masterplan which is part of the longer-term strategy for the regeneration of the village.
9 Feb 2021
Langside Halls: View New Proposals And Have Your Say
In October 2020 Langside Halls Trust, with funding from Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Heritage Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund Scotland, appointed Glasgow-based Hoskins Architects to lead a team of consultants including culture & heritage consultants, Jura Consultants to undertake a 20 week feasibility study of Glasgow’s Langside Halls.
6 Feb 2021
Cadworks, Glasgow City Centre
Please see details below on ‘Cadworks’ development, in Glasgow City Centre, that will be ‘Net Zero Carbon (NZC)’ in operation and powered only by renewable electricity when it completes in October 2021.
Glasgow’s ‘cadworks’ Announced As ‘net Zero Carbon’ And Powered Only By Renewable Electricity
FORE Partnership, the purpose-driven real estate investment platform, has announced that its ‘Cadworks’ development, in Glasgow City Centre, will be ‘Net Zero Carbon (NZC)’ in operation and powered only by renewable electricity.
The 94,000 sq.ft. speculative office development, due to be completed to coincide with Glasgow’s global climate summit in November 2021, will be one of the first large-scale office buildings in the City to be fully carbon neutral in operation. With the UK and Scottish Governments setting ambitious carbon-reduction targets, Cadworks will act as an exemplar building for the City’s future. Carbon neutrality, or ‘NZC’ is achieved by balancing carbon dioxide emissions with their removal or eliminating the emissions altogether.
Also featuring the country’s first cycle-in access ramp as well as parking only for bicycles and a small number of electric cars, Cadworks has sustainability at its very core. 75% of suppliers during the build come from the local area; materials such as glass, steel, wood and concrete are recycled and all electricity, which will be tracked via Smart meters, comes from renewable sources. FORE Partnership has also been awarded B Corp status for its commitment to building an inclusive and sustainable community.
Basil Demeroutis, managing partner, FORE, said: “One of FORE Partnership’s unshakable pillars is responsible and thoughtful stewardship of our increasingly fragile environment. Cadworks will fully demonstrate that world-class headquarter space can be built without negative environmental impact and we hope that our innovation acts as a showcase for future builds, not only in Glasgow but across the world.
“Our industry must lead the way in forward thinking and in creating change so that we can continue to create new space, generate employment and support communities whilst at the same time, safeguarding the planet. This has never been more important and we hope that Cadworks acts as an exemplar building for the sector.”
Cadworks is due for completion in October 2021.
5 Feb 2021
RIBA responds to launch of Government’s school rebuilding programme
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Government’s launch of the first phase of the School Rebuilding Programme.
See our RIBA news 2021 page for more details
27 Jan 2021
Need For 25,000 New Homes Each Year in Scotland
Politicians Urged To Unite Around Need For 25,000 New Homes Each Year To Give Confidence To Consumers, Certainty For Business And +£25 Billion Economic Boost
27th of January 2021 – Clear statement of intent required from all parties ahead of election
With the importance of ensuring everyone living in Scotland has a quality home that meets their needs never more apparent, the country’s home building industry today urged politicians across all parties to support a shared ambition to achieve and consistently deliver at least 25,000 new homes each year.
The call comes as trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS) launches its manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections: “Piecing the Housing Jigsaw Together”. As well as highlighting the massive +£25 billion contribution this would make to the economy over the next parliamentary term, the document emphasises the impact housing has across a wide range of policy areas as well as the interdependencies between public and private sectors.
HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:
“Housing is fundamental to both the desire for inclusive growth and the human right to an adequate standard of living, yet Scotland still doesn’t have enough of the homes it needs for its citizens.
“This shortage has built up over decades, compounded by the global financial crisis of 2008 since which time some 90,000 fewer homes than needed have been built. Whilst we have seen some positive progress being made in recent years, there has only been a target for affordable housing. We fully recognise the importance of this but we also need to make sure that we are delivering enough homes of all tenures. The next Scottish Parliament has the opportunity to ensure we do just that.
“This is vital for Scotland’s post-covid recovery given the huge economic and social benefits new housing brings, not to mention the crucial role it has to play in terms of increasing energy-efficiency and tackling fuel poverty.
“But the process of delivering much-needed housing is extremely complex and challenging. Our manifesto draws attention to the myriad of different elements that need to be brought together and the premise is very simple: no piece can be missing from the jigsaw if Scotland’s housing objectives are to be achieved.”
The need for a clear statement of intent on the ambition to deliver at least 25,000 new homes of all tenures each year is top of the HFS priority list in terms of focusing minds and encouraging private sector investment at a time when the industry acknowledges that public finances are under tremendous strain.
Barclay believes everything else flows from this, adding:
“Everyone has a role to play to make sure we have the homes our people need: national government, local authorities, public sector, private sector, the population at large. This is the opportunity and mechanism with which to galvanise them all.”
PIECING THE HOUSING JIGSAW TOGETHER
Homes for Scotland is calling for the delivery of 25,000 new homes of all tenures each year which it says can be achieved through:
Support for consumer and business confidence
Specific measures to support Affordable Housing
A deliverable housing vision
Leadership towards green transition
Support for SME home builders
A national delivery agency
A planning system focused on the delivery of quality homes and places
Up-front strategic infrastructure delivery
Promotion of low-carbon housing
Alignment of national and local policy
For further information, please visit www.homesforscotland.com.
Homes for Scotland represents c200 companies which together provide the vast majority of all new homes built across the country. Visit www.homesforscotland.com for further information or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/H_F_S.
Homes for Scotland’s 2021 Scottish Parliament election manifesto “Piecing the Housing Jigsaw Together” can be accessed here.
The 90,000 fewer homes figure referred to is based on Scottish Government all sector housing completion statistics which can be accessed here. Assuming annual pre-financial crisis production levels would have been maintained at around 25,000, these show 88,224 fewer homes have been built since 2008.
Scotland’s home building industry is a major contributor to the country’s social and economic wellbeing. As well as every home built supporting four jobs, new housing delivery results in improved health and education outcomes and generates over £3bn per annum in direct, indirect and induced GVA.
Given its fundamental importance to our social wellbeing and strong economic multiplier effects, housing delivery can be the springboard for a Scotland-wide recovery from the impact of Coronavirus. Find out about the action we believe is necessary to achieve this here.
6 Jan 2021
Glasgow’s Met Tower £100m refurb gets green light
Plans to transform the city’s iconic college tower, dubbed the Met, into a hotel with leisure and grade A office space are set to become a reality.
Glasgow city council has granted developers Osborne & Co detailed planning permission to convert the 11-storey tower into a 260-bed hotel with grade A office for up to 1,200 people.
The redevelopment of the 1960s B-listed building on North Hanover Street will also offer 25-23,000 sq ft of retail leisure, food and drink space.
Osborne & Co development director Will Hean said: “Achieving planning consent comes at a critical time in the real estate market which continues to be challenged because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Despite this, we are committed to investing significantly in Glasgow as we recognise the strength and diversity of the Glasgow economy. Glasgow’s tech sector in particular will be significant as the economy works its way back to strength.”
Tower set to be tech magnet
The building lies in the city’s innovation district close to the University of Strathclyde’s technology and innovation centre and the Inovo building which have attracted a host of tech firms.
Brokers Hank Zarihs Associates said development finance lenders regarded the area as a business hot spot and were keen to offer funding for refurbishment and new building schemes.
Osborne & Co plans to demolish an existing ‘podium’ building facing Cathedral Street to make way for the hotel, which would connect to the Met Tower via a landscaped plaza.
A flexible double-height auditorium space is to be created below the plaza which could also suit a market hall, co-working space or suite meeting rooms and theatre-style conferencing facilities. This would link to the reception level of the tower and will have its own separate entrance on North Hanover Street.
The project team for the refurbishment of the tower and surrounding developments include architects Cooper Cromar and structural engineering firm Woolgar Hunter. Environmental design and mechanical & electrical consultants Atelier Ten, planning and property advisors Savills, construction consultants Gardiner & Theobald and quantity surveying consultants Thomas & Adamson are also involved.
Glasgow’s College of Building and Printing was opened in 1964 by Labour prime minister Howard Wilson and was designed by Wylie Shanks Architects.
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