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post updated 11 Jul 2024

11 July 2024
Renfrew Bridge – New River Clyde Crossing
Architect: Kettle Collective
Tony Kettle on Renfrew Bridge
photo © PLP, courtesy Renfrewshire Council
Renfrew Bridge
Tony said: “It’s fantastic to work closer to home. It means more if you are given a chance to contribute to improving people’s lives close to where you live.

“Shipbuilding on the Clyde inspired our design. The visual history of cranes juxtaposed against each other and the way the dry docks are cut into the banks at an angle. The challenge was to capture that spirit of movement in the angles of the new bridge structure, and to accentuate the fact this is a moving structure, not just another static bridge.

8 July 2024

Homes for Scotland response to Chancellor’s speech on housing and planning

Responding to the speech given by the Chancellor today, Homes for Scotland Chief Executive Jane Wood said:

“It is very encouraging to see the new UK government placing a major emphasis on housing delivery and the planning system, with the new Chancellor making announcements on these within 72 hours. But with both of these matters devolved, will the Scottish Government listen to those who are saying unequivocally “it’s not working for us” and recalibrate to change the alarming downwards trajectory on housing numbers?

Will it bravely acknowledge that the root causes lie not only in UK capital budgets but in an underinvestment in our planning regime and a regulatory environment that fails to recognise the unintended consequences of policies created with poor understanding of the costs, the impacts on consumers and, critically, on those organisations, both private and public who build the much-needed homes of all tenures that we require?

“With another 18 months before the Scottish 2026 elections, there IS time for impactful change. Together with other stakeholders, we have set out a clear action plan of what needs to happen. With collaboration, strong leadership, evidenced and informed policy making and measured consultations and collaboration, we can reverse the year-on-year decline in housing numbers (latest figures show significant falls in both starts and completions at 15% and 17% respectively) and address the shortfall of more than 100,000 homes that has accumulated since 2008.”

3 Jul 2024

Paisley Central Library takes home silver at prestigious Scottish Design Awards

Paisley Central Library, Learning and Cultural Hub
photo courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

Paisley Central Library has been recognised for its innovative design after taking home silver in the Regeneration category at the Scottish Design Awards. Located within Paisley Learning and Cultural Hub, the library is part of an ongoing drive to regenerate Paisley and give people new reasons to visit the town centre:

Paisley Central Library Building

25 June 2024

Housing Starts And Completions Continue Rapid Decline, Crippling Social Wellbeing And Aspirations Of Scots

New statistics published today continue to show Scotland’s housing situation is in rapid decline, with both starts and completions across all sectors falling significantly (by 15 per cent and 17 per cent respectively) in the financial year end to March 2024. This now represents four consecutive quarters of decline in all-sector housing starts, a key indicator of future housing completions.

For more about Scotland’s housing situation see Edinburgh Building News 2024

The latest Scottish Government housing statistics are available here.

24 June 2024

Trustees for the Scottish Historic Building Trust

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust is a leading charitable organisation dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and sustainable development of Scotland’s historic buildings. Our mission is to safeguard architecturally and culturally significant buildings for future generations while ensuring they contribute to the vibrant life of our communities.

Our team has specialist skills in historic building preservation, fundraising, project management and property management. We also bring expertise in event management, building interpretation and in delivering educational programmes. So far, we have restored over 30 buildings and raised more than £30 million.

Following a recent review, we are seeking to appoint four additional trustees to join our strong and committed board. We are particularly interested in inspirational and dynamic applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Strategy development and leadership
  • Finance
  • Heritage conservation
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Property development
  • Asset management

By joining SHBT as a Trustee, you’ll have the unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact on Scotland’s historic landscape. Your professional expertise and passion for our built heritage will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our organisation and the preservation of Scotland’s history.

Trustees serve a term of three years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further three years. Successful applicants will be expected to attend four meetings a year, either at one of our own buildings or another site of interest and will have over-arching statutory duties in respect of governance.

For more information on the work of SHBT please visit our website at www.shbt.org.uk. To apply, please send a summary CV together with a covering letter outlining how you will contribute to the Board to [email protected]

Registered Charity number No. SC034507

11 June 2024
Candleriggs Square Build-to-Rent Apartments
Social Hub Candleriggs Square Glasgow
The £300 million transformation of Candleriggs Square in Glasgow’s Merchant City is continuing apace following the completion of the second major building on the site – a 346-homes build-to-rent scheme, forward-funded by Legal & General (L&G). Main contractor Graham Construction has delivered the practical completion of the £81.5 million scheme, allowing L&G to progress with the internal fit-out of the building before the first residents move in later this summer:

Candleriggs Square Apartments Merchant City

3 June 2024

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

After being recently exhibited at the Sir John Soane Museum for the World Architecture Festival drawing prize, architect Alan Dunlop’s triptych of the 2018 Mackintosh inferno has now been accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for their summer exhibition. The show begins on 18th June.

The Herald – Mackintosh fire article:
The Herald Mackintosh Fire:

For more about the Glasgow School of Art Inferno Triptych by architect Alan Dunlop – see Edinburgh Building News 2024

27 May 2024

Architecture students take top prize in Women in Property Central Scotland Student Awards

Two students from the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh have been announced as the regional winners at the Women in Property Central Scotland Student Awards, kindly sponsored by Avison Young, BakerHicks and Tilbury Douglas.  The event provided employers in the property and construction sector with a platform to engage with some of the most promising undergraduates in the built environment sector, and was hosted alongside the branch’s annual Summer Drinks reception, by Gardiner & Theobald at Bonnie and Wild in Edinburgh.

Photo shows Phoebe Vendil (L) and Caitlin Griffiths, winners of the Women in Property Central Scotland Student Awards 2024:
Women in Property Central Scotland Student Awards winners

Caitlin Griffiths, studying BSc Hons Architectural Studies at the University of Strathclyde, was described by the judges as “having a good understanding of the brief” and giving “great story telling and great responses”.

Phoebe Vendil, studying MA Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, was described by the judges as “engaging during and after the presentation” and praised her “confidence, thoughts on key important topics and impressive volunteering”.

Jillian Love, Chair of Women in Property Central Scotland and Marketing Executive at Gardiner & Theobald, was delighted for Caitlin and Phoebe stressing the importance of supporting and recognising local talent. She emphasised the ongoing collaboration between universities and businesses in the region to nurture skilled professionals in the face of a persistent skills shortage, and gender imbalance in the industry.

The Women in Property Student Awards programme, sponsored nationally by Amazon, Bouygues UK, Savills and tp bennett, aims to showcase top-performing built environment students and highlight the diverse career opportunities within the industry.  Caitlin and Phoebe’s success underscores the calibre of talent within Central Scotland.

The national final, on Thursday 19th September in London, will see Caitlin and Phoebe compete against 12 other students from across the UK for the prestigious national award.  The winner will be announced at the Best of the Best Dinner at Claridge’s later that evening.

20 May 2024

Homes For Scotland Announces Annual Award Winners

With a focus on how its members are meeting the housing needs of everyone living (or who wishes to live) in Scotland, the winners of this year’s Homes for Scotland (HFS) awards have been announced.

The annual event, which was attended by over 900 senior representatives from across the home building sector in Edinburgh on Friday 17 May, was hosted by comedian, podcaster and writer Jen Brister.

Scottish Architecture News 2024

15 May 2024

Transformation of Candleriggs Square

A significant milestone has been reached in the £300 million regeneration of Candleriggs Square in Glasgow’s Merchant City, one of Scotland’s most high-profile city centre development sites. Developed by a joint venture bringing together Drum Property Group and Stamford Investments, the site has marked its first completed building following the highly awaited opening of the UK’s first The Social Hub – a four-star hybrid hospitality location combining hotel, student & extended stay accommodation, co-working space and leisure facilities.

15 May 2024

Scottish Design Awards 2024 News

The Scottish Design Awards 2024 presentation is due to take place on 27 June.

The jury have been busy rating hundreds of entries, sifting out the most exceptional submissions for a coveted gold or silver award:

Scottish Design Awards 2024

15 May 2024

Housing emergency declaration welcomed but focus must be on what happens next

Sector body Homes for Scotland (HFS), which represents organisations delivering the majority of the country’s new homes, supports today’s anticipated declaration of a national housing emergency. However, it now asks that political leadership demonstrates a move from a position of blame to one of solution and change. Regulatory reform is now required to increase the supply of new homes across all tenures, as well as reversing the devastating cuts to the Housing and Building Standards Budget.

HFS Chief Executive Jane Wood said:
“Unless the Scottish Government provides an emergency response that urgently addresses the shortfalls within the Housing Budget and the existing policy and regulatory constraints that serve only to restrict new housing supply across all tenures, today’s declaration of a national housing emergency will be no more than a symbolic gesture.”

“With over a quarter of all Scottish households in some form of housing need and housing starts and completions across all tenures in freefall, recycling the same tired excuses that Brexit, cost price inflation and Westminster are the main drivers of the housing crisis just doesn’t cut it.

“Whilst these are of course significant issues, Scotland’s population and the sector that provides homes for our communities deserve better. The Government must now forensically look at the solutions and take the actions required to address the systemic underfunding of the planning system alongside a swift review of existing and forthcoming housing policy to ensure Scotland has a housing system equipped to deliver homes across all tenures.

“The first step the Scottish Government could take to show it means business is to fundamentally review the forthcoming Housing Bill to ensure that it focuses on increasing supply, rather than creating an unworkable system of rent controls that is stifling inward investment into our housing system.

“HFS and our members stand ready to work with the Scottish Government to ensure today’s declaration is matched with an appropriate emergency response which aligns with a focus on new housing delivery across the Scottish Government, local authorities and those delivering the much-needed new homes. The First Minister has the perfect opportunity to set out his approach to collaboration this Friday, as over 900 senior sector leaders meet in Edinburgh for our Annual Lunch & Awards.”

13 May 2024

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Reimagined

The UK is home to many famous and historic buildings, but what if alternative design plans for these structures had triumphed over what we see today?

What if there had been a different competition winner? Well the building would still face the same way, but it could have looked like this competition entry from 1892 with towers at each corner and a scaled back entrance:

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Reimagined

13 May 2024

National Monument of Scotland Reimagined

The National Monument of Scotland in Edinburgh is situated atop Calton Hill. The neoclassical structure is a memorial to those who died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars from 1803 to 1815.

National Monument Edinburgh

9 May 2024

Home builders warmly welcome proposal for standalone National Outcome on Housing

Sector body Homes for Scotland (HFS), which represents members who together deliver the majority of the country’s new homes, has warmly welcomed today’s news that the Scottish Government is proposing to introduce a standalone National Outcome on Housing – something the organisation has campaigned strongly for.

At a time when five local authorities have declared housing emergencies and independent research has found that 28 per cent of all Scottish households are in some form of housing need, HFS Chief Executive Jane Wood, said:

“I am delighted to see Housing being proposed as a standalone National Outcome following our ask during the consultation process. Recognising how foundational housing across all tenures is for everyone, this is a major step forward, not only for all of us representing the sector at this very challenging time but also, and more importantly, those desperately in need of a home.

“With the new leadership that is now in place, we look forward to working with government on integrating housing across directorates in recognition of its critical role in Scotland’s social wellbeing, economic success and transition to net zero.”

7 May 2024

Scottish Housing Crisis – John Swinney is the New First Minister

Responding to this afternoon’s appointment of John Swinney as First Minister, Jane Wood, Chief Executive of sector body Homes for Scotland, said:

“With the housing crisis intensifying across the country, impacting both social and economic outcomes, there is a pressing need for dedicated, single-issue leadership at Cabinet level in order to reflect both the urgency of the situation and the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring that we have the range of homes that Scotland requires for its future wellbeing and success. Homes for Scotland and its members stand ready to work positively and constructively with the new administration to achieve this.”

30 April 2024
Blackfinch Property Glasgow Housing Development
Design: Nixon Blue
Blackfinch Property Partick, Glasgow homes
image courtesy of architects practice
Blackfinch Property has announced an £11.1 million investment into a residential development in Partick, one of Glasgow’s most vibrant commuter areas. This project, undertaken by Nixon Blue, will see the construction of 48 two-bedroom flats designed to meet high sustainability standards:

Blackfinch Property Partick

30 April 2024

Scotland’s National Retrofit Centre to become non-domestic retrofit demonstrator

BE-ST (Built Environment – Smarter Transformation) is proud to announce that it has been awarded over £1.2M in grant funding from the Scottish Government’s Salix Public Sector Heat Decarbonisation Fund, to retrofit the Accelerator Lab at its Hamilton Technology Park Innovation Campus – which houses Scotland’s National Retrofit Centre. BE-ST is Scotland’s national innovation centre for the built environment and is administered by Edinburgh Napier University.

BE-ST Accelerator Lab during BE-ST Fest 2023:
BE-ST Accelerator Lab during BE-ST Fest 2023

Undertaking a deep retrofit of Scotland’s National Retrofit Centre will create the opportunity for BE-ST to transform the building into a living demonstrator of best practice in the retrofit of non-domestic buildings. Through the process of retrofitting, BE-ST will test and optimise approaches and work out the complexities of retrofitting a large-scale, multi-use building like the Accelerator Lab so that the challenges, solutions and learnings can be shared in real time with stakeholders across the built environment through regular updates via BE-ST’s social media and online channels as well as open-days.

Scotland’s Public Sector Heat Decarbonisation Fund is delivered by Salix and is run by the Scottish Government.

The retrofit plan is ambitious. Designed by John Gilbert Architects (JGA) and BE-ST, it will take a fabric-first approach to achieve both the International EnerPHit and Scottish Net Zero Public Sector Building standards. The building will transition from its current gas-based heating system to an innovative zero direct emissions heating solution and will see the installation of mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems, a cutting-edge curtain-walling system, a solar PV integrated roof, and energy-efficient LED lighting controls amongst other measures.

Supported by JGA, BE-ST staff, Edinburgh Napier University and specialist contractors, both during the retrofit process and once complete, the Accelerator Lab will showcase what innovative deep retrofit of large-scale non-domestic buildings can look like.

Stephen Good, CEO of BE-ST, says, “Scotland’s National Retrofit Centre should be a shining beacon of best practice that the entire sector is responsible for, and involved in. Not only will people learn from the retrofit training that will take place within the building, but from the building’s own retrofit journey too.”

“That’s why securing this investment from Scottish Government, which builds on generous funding provided by our host institution Edinburgh Napier University to help purchase the building in 2022, will allow us to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”

“Retrofitting existing buildings to achieve zero carbon outcomes is never easy but what we will learn by going through this process will be invaluable and we are excited to share the journey with the sector every step of the way.”

Caitriona Jordan, Head of Retrofit at BE-ST and the project lead, says, “The Accelerator Lab retrofit is a significant step towards understanding what it means to undergo a deep retrofit of a complex, non-domestic building like this. We will be learning, documenting and measuring throughout the entire process to meet EnerPHit and Net Zero Public Sector Building Standard requirements – all to create a living case study at BE-ST that we hope will inspire and inform future retrofit across Scotland and beyond.”

Director of Programmes at Salix, Ian Rodger says, “We need to take action today to address climate change which is one of the biggest issues of our time. We are looking forward to working with Edinburgh Napier University and the BE-ST project to retrofit the Accelerator Lab at its Hamilton Technology Park Innovation Campus.

“We are impressed by the vision the university has for its future and how it plans to minimise its impact on the environment.”

The BE-ST Accelerator Lab retrofit project also aligns with Edinburgh Napier University’s long-term vision for sustainability and infrastructure development. As part of project VISION, the University is committed to creating a future-ready campus that meets the needs of its diverse community while minimising its environmental impact, and BE-ST’s Accelerator Lab will be a critical pilot in establishing future programmes of work across the university’s wider campus.

For more about the retrofit of the A Lab, please visit: https://be-st.build/be-st-campus/national-retrofit-centre-of-excellence/

26 April 2024

Scotland requires more than short-term ad-hoc measures to address the housing crisis

Sector body Homes for Scotland, which represents organisations delivering the majority of the country’s new homes, has described today’s announcement by the First Minister of a £80 million uplift over the next two years for the Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) as doing little to alleviate the glaring black hole in the AHSP budget following its recent 26 per cent cut and absolutely nothing to increase the overall supply of homes.

Fionna Kell, Director of Policy at representative body Homes for Scotland, said:
“Whilst we, of course, welcome additional AHSP funding coming forward, the truth is that £80 million split over two years will do little to address the original 26 per cent reduction of nearly £200 million this financial year.

“With four Local Authorities having declared housing emergencies and recent independent research highlighting that over a quarter of all Scottish households find themselves in some form of housing need, the sector is crying out for long term investment certainty to be prioritised with the appropriate funding, resource and evidence-based regulation needed to address the intensifying housing crisis rather than short-term ad-hoc measures.

“It is in this context that we are calling on the First Minister to carry out a comprehensive and holistic policy review to ensure we have a housing system that supports the delivery of high quality homes across all tenures to support ambitions for a just transition and wellbeing economy. Action to significantly increase new supply is fundamental to this.”

17 April 2024

Scotland’s heritage sector publish roadmap to help tackle skills gap

Future skills strategy launched following sector-wide collaboration.

A new five-year plan has been launched today, 17 April, to help tackle Scotland’s heritage skills gaps. The skills strategy is a collaborative framework to create collective solutions that support the future of our historic environment and the communities across Scotland that rely on it.

The Skills Investment Plan (SIP) identifies priority actions to build a healthy and sustainable skills system which supports paid staff, volunteers, sole traders, and organisations of all sizes spanning this diverse sector. Over its lifespan, the plan will focus on three priority themes: to grow provision and build capacity; attract future talent and improve access to the workforce; and foster innovation.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and 15 sector partners coordinated extensive research with 160 organisations and 340 individuals to support the development of the refreshed plan, including sector partners, employers, volunteers, professional bodies, skills bodies and educational institutions. Together, these groups identified the priority areas for action to continue to build on the roadmap set out in 2019 in the sector’s first dedicated skills strategy.

The first five-year plan saw progress in key areas including the creation of employability programmes in traditional building skills, developing a new training programme in energy efficiency, and reaching nearly 15,000 young people through campaigns like Creative Careers Week, Build Your Future, and Defend the Castle to attract new talent. The landscape has changed since the first plan was published and the sector continues to face challenges in attracting and retaining talent post-Brexit, as well as the additional work required to bring operations back to pre-pandemic levels.

The refreshed plan will be launched at the Engine Shed, Scotland’s national conservation centre, to over 100 representatives involved in skills planning and delivery, leading heritage organisations, and funders, and will feature an address from Kaukab Stewart, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development.

Culture Minister Kaukab Stewart said:
“The launch of the refreshed Skills Investment Plan for the Historic Environment represents a significant step forward in our collective efforts to safeguard and celebrate our historic environment. But it is only the beginning and I call upon those involved to actively engage in the delivery of the Skills Investment Plan over the next five years and face the challenges head-on together, with confidence and innovation.

“Through this refreshed Skills Investment Plan, and through collaboration across the country, we aim to build an accessible skills system for the historic environment sector that will provide a fairer and more sustainable future for everyone.”

Alison Turnbull, Director of External Relations and Partnerships at HES, said:
“The partnership and collaboration involved in developing this strategy demonstrates how we will work together as a sector and with our partners to build a skills system that works for the sector, that supports us to address challenges and seize opportunities collectively. We have learned from recent global challenges and their impact on the delivery of the SIP. Therefore, it’s important that we work together as a sector and we remain committed to cooperation and collaboration. The themes and priority actions in the refreshed plan move us closer to our collective goal of helping to address the skills challenges constraining the operation and growth of the historic environment.

“A sustainable and successful heritage sector is also vital in meeting Scotland’s net zero target. This plan helps pave the way for us to attract and retain the skills and talent we need for a fairer, greener future. The plan recognises that a skilled workforce is crucial for the sector to continue to deliver for Scotland’s economy and to manage, protect and conserve our historic environment for generations to come.”

The Skills Investment Plan supports the delivery of Our Past, Our Future, Scotland’s strategy for the historic environment. Under this strategy organisations across the country are working together to sustain and enhance the benefits of Scotland’s historic environment which, pre-covid, contributed £4.2 billion to Scotland’s economy. The plan responds to one of its key principles to help nurture and grow an inclusive, diverse and skilled workforce.

Cara Jones, Sector Skills Manager at The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), said:
“Being part of the Skills Investment Plan (SIP) has supported Scottish archaeology to further develop a strategic approach for skill development initiatives. It has enabled fresh conversations within our sector and beyond, and supported us to explore shared challenges, barriers and potential solutions. This includes maintaining the role that our sector plays in the active delivery of Our Past, Our Future and ‘Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy’. The sub-sector collaboration, enabled by being part of the Skills Investment Plan helps save time, resource and enables us to share expertise and learning experiences.

“CIfA has been pleased to contribute to the development of the refreshed SIP which will support the delivery of our own strategic objectives to ensure that our standards for accrediting competence, education, training and qualification standards are applicable and appropriate across all specialisms and roles. This work will not only help shape and promote archaeology as an attractive, rewarding and worthwhile career with parity of esteem with other professions, it will also support the development and promotion of non-traditional, diverse pathways to and through a career in Scottish archaeology.

“We are delighted to see the refreshed Skills Investment Plan launch today and look forward to supporting the future delivery of the strategy.”

The refreshed plan is available to download on the HES website.

4 April 2024

Scottish land art by Charles Jencks recognised

Historic Environment Scotland has today added Crawick Multiverse, Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries & Galloway, to the inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes:

Crawick Multiverse land art installation, Scotland

31 March 2024

The Herald’s Investigations Glasgow School of Art –

The Glasgow Herald’s in-depth investigations into the two fires at the city’s Mac, running now over seven days.

This exclusive is the most critical, published today, Sunday.

“Many of the existing features /operational procedures within the building fail to comply with modern fire safety requirements / legislation and could potentially cause, or contribute significantly to a fire within the building.”

Glasgow School of Art building news

28 March 2024

Simplifying Scottish Planning Process

Updating permitted development rights in response to cost and climate challenges.

New measures to simplify the planning process for zero and low carbon technologies will help homeowners and businesses save money and reduce their emissions:

– read more at Scottish Architecture News

27 Mar 2024

New River Clyde bridge from Renfrew to Yoker advances

Construction of the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde has taken a fresh step forward as new dolphins have been installed into position on the river.

The dolphins are steel structures which are the latest part of the project to be completed and provide the additional safety infrastructure required for boats moving along the river past the new bridge.

The structures took five months to create and were cut, welded and assembled by steel fabricating company Had Fab. Using 100-tonne cranes the dolphins were lifted onto a transporter at Westway in Renfrew onto a barge and were sailed down the White Cart, onto the Clyde and into their final positions – with four dolphins installed to support vessels up to 160m in length.

Greg Scott, Managing Director at Had Fab, said: “Had Fab was delighted to be appointed to fabricate, trial erect, assemble and load out the dolphin fenders for the new road bridge over the River Clyde.

Dolphins on the River Clyde - new Renfrew Yoker bridge - Glasgow Building News 2024

“This is a flagship infrastructure project for Renfrewshire that will regenerate the Clyde waterfront and Had Fab is hugely proud to be part of such an iconic construction that will deliver economic growth, create a vibrant waterfront and transform the Glasgow City Region.”

The blasting and painting of the dolphins was commissioned by Had Fab to local Renfrewshire company Clyde Corrosion Control who are based at Westway, part of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).

Managing Director Jamie Lowson said: “This was a great project to work on as it was located so close to home for us. A lot of our workers are local, and it will give them pride to see their work as part of such a substantial infrastructure project in Renfrew.

“I think the new bridge is a great investment as it will improve the local transport infrastructure and provide a link between Renfrew and Clydebank that was not there before – giving people the option to walk, cycle or drive between the two towns and access health, social and work benefits on both sides of the river. I know it will certainly make my commute a lot easier!

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project aims to regenerate the Clyde waterfront with a new bridge from Renfrew to Yoker, as well as additional connecting roads, cycling and walking routes.

It will create better connectivity for communities, attract new jobs and developments to the riverside, and enhance the access for businesses and suppliers to Scotland’s home of manufacturing innovation AMIDS.

The bridge is due to arrive in two separate sections in April and May and it will then be installed and commissioned on site before opening to the public later in the year.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s fantastic to see the new bridge take another step forward as these dolphins are installed to support ships to dock when required – and it’s great to see a Renfrewshire business involved in this part of the project.

“The bridge is going to be transformative for Renfrew, Clydebank and the surrounding areas with enhanced connectivity for local people, visitors and businesses, including supporting a new route into the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland, and I’m looking forward to seeing the project advance ahead of its opening later in the year.”

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project is funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, a partnership of eight councils working to deliver a programme of work to grow a strong, inclusive and sustainable City Region and an economy which delivers for all people and businesses.

UK Government Minister for Scotland John Lamont said: “The installation of the steel dolphins is a great moment for this flagship infrastructure project to regenerate the Clyde, improve connectivity and boost the economy.

“The UK Government is proud to be investing £39 million in the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside scheme, part of our £523 million investment into the Glasgow City Region Deal, and more than £3 billion for levelling up across Scotland.”

Case study with Jamie Lowson, Managing Director of Clyde Corrosion Control:

Jamie Lowson is Managing Director of Renfrew-based business Clyde Corrosion Control and was delighted his firm could be part of the ongoing project to deliver the new bridge from Renfrew to Yoker – the first opening road bridge across the Clyde.

The company, who are based in Renfrewshire at Westway in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland, were involved in creating the new dolphin structures that have been installed in the water near the site of the new bridge – but they’re not quite the wildlife that the name normally suggests.

The steel structures are the latest part of the project to be completed and were carried out by steel fabricating company Had Fab. They provide the additional safety infrastructure required for boats moving along the river past the new bridge – and four sets are in place to support vessels up to 160m in length.

Clyde Corrosion Control were commissioned by Had Fab to carry out the blasting and painting of the dolphins after they had been fabricated, and Jamie was delighted to work on such a substantial infrastructure project in the local area.
“We had heard Had Fab were fabricating the dolphins and reached out to them as they were a valued client, and we were delighted to take on the blasting and painting of the dolphins.

“We have two Nace 2 inspectors, Douglas Smith and myself, and we carried out the works. It was great to be involved in a local project of this type as we often work across a number of sectors such as oil and gas, marine, construction, renewables, nuclear and defence.

“So, working on a project located so close to home and one that will benefit the local community enormously has been brilliant. A lot of our workers are local, and it will give them pride and a talking point with their friends and families to see their work as part of such an important infrastructure project for the area.”

“As part of our role in the project, we were able to hire an apprentice who now has real-life experience of a live project and they have come on leaps and bounds since they started with us.

“I’m sure this is the same across all the companies involved in the bridge construction and development so it’s great to see local jobs being created and this new transport connection will only increase that when the bridge opens later this year.

“It’s a project that I know our apprentice will remember fondly in years to come, as I know I will too!”

Work continues on the infrastructure for the bridge on site, including a new road on the Renfrew side that connects through Blythswood into Inchinnan and AMIDS and will improve traffic flow in the local area.

The bridge itself is due to arrive in two separate sections in April and May where it will be installed and commissioned on site before opening to the public later in the year.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project is funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal which is formed of eight partner councils working to deliver a programme of work to grow a strong, inclusive and sustainable City Region and an economy which delivers for all people and businesses.

26 March 2024

Scottish Government Can No Longer Ignore Housing Crisis As Starts Plummet By 24 Per Cent

Scotland’s population and home building sector deserve better than same old responses week after fourth local authority declares housing emergency

New statistics published today reflect Scotland’s dire housing situation, with both completions and starts across all sectors falling significantly by 11 per cent and 24 per cent respectively in the year end to December 2023.

– see Scottish Architecture News

22 March 2024

ALT office in Golden Z quarters
ALT Glasgow Avenues offices Sauchiehall Street
photo courtesy of ALT creative media and digital marketing agency

One of Glasgow’s most vibrant creative media and digital marketing agencies, ALT proudly announces the opening of its new offices in the city’s highly sought after Golden Z, situated within the innovative Glasgow Avenues project.

The company has strategically chosen the historic and beautifully restored McLellan Works for its state-of-the-art office. This significant move not only marks a new era in ALT’s story, but also demonstrates Founders David and Laura Haggerty’s commitment to sustainability and community:

ALT Glasgow Avenues Offices

post updated 20 March 2024

SELECT warns that the competence of installers is paramount as the Scottish Government seeks to introduce new Heat in Buildings standards

Scotland’s largest construction trade body, SELECT, says the Scottish Government needs to set minimum standards of competence for installers as well as installations as it seeks to implement new domestic heating standards.

The campaigning electrical association also says that any new plans also have to take into account the capacity of the energy network as the demand for more electrically-driven technologies and basic infrastructure grows.

SELECT’s warnings came as it responded to a recent Scottish Government consultation into proposals for a Heat in Buildings Bill, which plans to introduce a law requiring homeowners to ensure their homes meet minimum energy efficiency standards by 2033.

The body said that while it agrees in general with the proposal to prohibit the use of polluting heating systems in all buildings by 2045, care was needed that advantage was not taken of vulnerable people and that the increased cost of energy was taken into consideration.

In its response, SELECT said: “We have seen several  government projects run  into problems as they often leave the door open for unscrupulous traders who take advantage of the government’s own messaging as a way of convincing people that work is required when often it is not.

“Any demands for work  needs to be set in the context of availability of energy supply, material supply and labour. Added to that is the increased cost of energy – the differential between gas and electric costs.”

The association added: “It is also vital that the Scottish Government legislates to ensure installations are only undertaken by properly qualified, trained and competent persons. This is as important as any other measure.”

SELECT also warned that poorer households may be less likely to install new low-carbon heating technology, since the cost of undertaking such work will be significant, particularly when the age of Scotland’s housing stock is taken into account.

Its response noted: “To get by, homeowners may take ‘sticking plaster’ actions. For instance, if a house is in a city centre, a flat or in a conservation area, then owners may take easy solutions and not, perhaps, the best solution.”

SELECT is now recommending that:

  • Properties should be considered compliant once they have installed  the measures appropriate for the building type
  • Bio energy should be permitted for those buildings already using it, and
  • There should be a grace period of five years to end the use of polluting energy following a property purchase.

Its response added: “The requirement to end the use of polluting heating following a property purchase will penalise those in older properties and especially those in our society less able to pay for measures such as the disabled or elderly.

“They often have asset wealth but not  cash wealth, so selling their home to, say, downsize may penalise them if purchasers are either put off from buying or are told they can only buy with a mortgage at a higher rate.”

Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, said: “In this consultation, we are suggesting that while we support the general aim to move towards net zero, we must be careful about the danger of unintended consequences.

“Owners of properties that may find it difficult to improve their energy efficiency, particularly in buildings in areas where there are constraints to the electricity network, may be forced to install systems that are expensive or unsuitable to run.

“I know a number of local authorities that are already divesting themselves of building assets that will need considerable sums spent on them. This is already having an unintended consequence of depriving areas of meeting and events halls.”

The Scottish Government consultation – which closed on 8 March – sought views on proposed new laws around the use of heating systems in homes and businesses that would:

  • Reconfirm that the use of polluting heating systems will be prohibited after 2045
  • Require those purchasing a home or business premises to end their use of polluting heating systems within a fixed period following completion of the sale
  • Introduce a new law that will require homeowners to make sure that their homes meet a reasonable minimum energy efficiency standard by 2033
  • Require private landlords to meet this minimum energy efficiency standard by 2028.

15 March 2024

Hielanman’s Umbrella Refurbishment

Glasgow’s Hielanman’s Umbrella could be revamped with new multi-coloured shops and neon lights under new proposals for the city centre, rerports BBC Scotland today.

The covered section of Argyle Street, below the platforms of Glasgow Central Station, last saw major refurbishment in the 1990s:

Glasgow Central Station

13 March 2024

RSA Diploma Talk by Paul Stallan RSA (Elect)

Join us at Oxford House in Glasgow this March to hear from Paul Stallan RSA (Elect).

In this inaugural talk of our new Diploma series, the acclaimed director of Stallan-Brand architects will guide us through his gallery and studio, offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at his creative process. The highlight of the evening will be an in-depth discussion with RSA’s Head of Collections, Sandy Wood, which will focus on Stallan’s proposed diploma deposit.

Date: Thursday 21 March, 6.30 – 8pm

Venue: Oxford House, 80 Nicholson St, Glasgow

Cost: Tickets £15

2 March 2024

Scottish Buildings – RAAC Found

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) was found to be in about 500 homes in the Balnagask area of Torry, south Aberdeen, reports the BBC.

Aberdeen City Council said it would support its tenants and engage with owners and privately rented tenants to keep them informed.

The Scottish government has said it will continue to keep in close contact with the local council to ensure those affected receive the appropriate support.

RAAC is a cheap version of concrete that was used mostly in construction between the 1950s and 1990s.

It has a lifespan of about 30 years and concerns have mounted about the impact of water ingress on its safety.

RAAC found in Balnagask, Torry, Aberdeen

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27 February 2024
Scottish Housing crisis set to deepen even further

Today’s passing of the Scottish Budget 2024 – 2025 at Holyrood will perpetuate housing inequality across the country and limit the number of new homes coming forward across all tenures, says sector body Homes for Scotland (HFS).

– see Edinburgh Building News for 2024

26 February 2024
Open Letter Urges First Minister To Think Again About Housing And Planning Budget Cuts

Worst possible decision at worst possible time

26th of February 2024 – An open letter in today’s Daily Record is urging the First Minister to think again about the cuts being proposed to the 2024-25 budgets for housing and planning.

The call comes the day before the Scottish Parliament votes on the draft Scottish Budget for the year ahead and follows the findings of independent research showing that 693,000 Scottish households are facing some form of housing need. It also comes in the context of three Local Authorities having already declared housing emergencies and others considering similar action.

The letter has been signed by housing organisations Homes for Scotland (HFS), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and the Chartered Institute for Housing together with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

SFHA Chief Executive Sally Thomas said:

“Parliament will tomorrow decide whether to approve the Scottish Government’s budget – a budget that proposes to slash the money available to build social homes by more than a quarter.

“Almost one in twenty people in Scotland are on a waiting list for a social home, 30,000 are homeless and nearly 10,000 children are growing up in temporary accommodation. We just aren’t building the homes that Scotland needs.

“The budget proposals represent the worst possible decision at the worst possible time and are a hammer-blow to the First Minister’s priority of reducing poverty.”

HFS Chief Executive Jane Wood said:

“At a time when 693,000 Scottish households are facing some form of housing need, all the data shows that the chronic undersupply of housing in Scotland is intensifying. This not only threatens the country’s social wellbeing by perpetuating housing inequality but also risks its economic success and the transition to net zero.

“As we consistently highlight, private and affordable housing delivery are interconnected. With 30 per cent of affordable housing generated by the private sector through developer contributions, the more homes for sale that can be built, the more affordable homes will be delivered as a result. Given the planning system is already on its knees, the 43 per cent funding reduction being proposed will serve only to increase delay and cost, and do nothing to encourage crucial private sector investment.

“We hope that the First Minister will think again about his government’s proposals and that all MSPs will carefully consider the housing needs of their constituents as they vote tomorrow.”

CIH Scotland National Director Callum Chomczuk said:

“Scotland is in the midst of a housing crisis, with three local authorities already declaring housing emergencies and up to a dozen more on the brink of doing so.

“We all know what the problem is, a failure to build enough affordable homes, and yet the most recent budget exacerbates the crisis by taking almost £200m out of the housing supply budget. But it is not too late to make changes.

“Even at this late stage, the Scottish Government can restore the budget and work with the sector on developing a response to deal with the housing emergency. We hope they take the chance to make addressing Scotland’s housing crisis a political priority.”

Chris Birt, Associate Director for Scotland at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:

“There is still time for the First Minister to do the right thing and reverse this massive cut to the affordable housing supply budget. To fail to do so would be baffling in the face of spiralling homelessness and use of temporary accommodation, never mind the Scottish Government’s stated commitment to poverty reduction. Low-income tenants will face increasing rents and insecurity as the supply of affordable housing stalls. As a result of this cut to housing, this budget risks being a poverty causing budget rather than a poverty solving budget, and in the face of looming child poverty reduction targets is difficult to understand and even harder to defend.”

21 February 2024
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust appoints new Director

21st February 2024 – Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, the charity dedicated to regenerating significant historic buildings across Scotland, has appointed Dr Samuel Gallacher as Director.

– see Edinburgh Building News 2024

16 February 2024

River View Luxury Lodges

Work starts on idyllic River View Luxury Lodges on the Clyde at Langbank.

High-end lodges will open this summer.

An exciting, new holiday resort destination just 25 minutes from Glasgow city centre is set to open this summer as 18 luxury lodges, available for rental all year round, get under construction on the picturesque banks of the Clyde.

The £2.5m investment project is being undertaken by River View Luxury Lodges, whose site is located by the end of the M8 at West Ferry, Langbank, Renfrewshire. Ground has been broken this week and the owners expect to welcome their first visitors this summer when the first tranche of 6 lodges open.

Situated right on the southern edge of the river Clyde, with spectacular outlooks, each lodge will have uninterrupted views of Dumbarton Rock and beyond. Easy access is a key attraction, either from the M8 or Langbank railway station which sits on the Glasgow Central – Gourock line.

Guests will be able to choose from two and three-bed high-end self-catering lodges, complete with jacuzzi, barrel steam room, a full suite of on-demand TV packages and BBQ. In addition there will be a dedicated space for weddings and other events.

Popular local attractions include the Finlaystone Country Estate, with its woodlands, play areas and garden centre, hotel and leisure complex, Gleddoch Golf and Spa Resort, Coast Bar and Restaurant and Ingliston Hotel and Country Club.

River View Luxury Lodges is a venture led by Calum Melville, CEO of Edison Capital, whose operations include East Kilbride-headquartered Principal Building, which will construct and install the lodges.

Mr Melville said: “It has been a long road getting to this point but now that we have all the planning permissions in place, we are looking forward to seeing our vision made a reality.

“The popularity of luxury self-catering lodges in Scotland over the last ten years is well-documented and West Ferry will offer not only a relaxing stay in an idyllic setting but is also readily accessible to a huge swathe of Scotland’s population, being just 10 minutes from the airport and 25 minutes from Glasgow city centre.

“Langbank is a lovely, friendly village with a fine golf course and a hospitality venue that attracts wedding guests and others all year round, so we anticipate that the local economy will be given a welcome economic boost by the River View Luxury Lodges and the steady number of visitors we hope to attract.

“In the wider area there’s something for everyone within a 30-minute drive including prestigious golf courses, fine dining, historical landmarks, and fantastic outdoor activities and scenery.”

14 February 2024

Woeful Scottish Planning Statistics

Woeful planning statistics are unacceptable with average processing times for major housing developments now taking over a year on average .

The number of local housing development applications has also fallen by 18 per cent across the same period, with average processing times for these being 17.8 weeks (more than double the eight week statutory timeframe).

Read more at: Scottish Architecture News

14 February 2024

Scottish Design Awards 2024 Jury

The Scottish Design Awards 2024 are pleased to present our twin judging panels for our 2024 awards, a handpicked team drawn from across the country with experience ranging from practice to academia and local government.

Read more at: Scottish Design Awards

Glasgow Building News 2024 – January

12 January 2024
292-298 St Vincent Street Property News
292-298 St Vincent Street Apartments Glasgow Building News 2024
image courtesy of Artisan Real Estate / Homes for Students
Ambitious proposals for high quality student accommodation in the heart of Glasgow city centre have been given the go-ahead by Glasgow City Council. Award-winning developer Artisan Real Estate together with Homes for Students, the UK’s largest independent student management company, will now take forward proposals for 321 self-contained studio apartments at 292-298 St Vincent Street, aimed primarily at the post-graduate and overseas student market:
292-298 St Vincent Street Apartments

8 January 2024
UK Halifax House Price Index
The Halifax December House Price Index – published today – shows Scottish growth of 2.6% in 2023 compared to 1.7% for the UK overall.

Jane Wood, Chief Executive of sector body Homes for Scotland, said, “Today’s report shows Scotland as the second strongest nation or region in the UK with 2.6% growth in the price of the average home.”

– see Edinburgh Building News

2 January 2024
Alan Dunlop Architecture News

The Glasgow School of Art Fire by Scottish architect Alan Dunlop is shortlisted in the hand-drawn category:

Glasgow School of Art Fire by Scottish architect Alan Dunlop

Sir John Soane Museum GSA Architecture Drawing Prize

“An incredibly dramatic watercolour. The most dramatic drawing we’ve ever seen in this competition”

– see Alan Dunlop Architect

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19 December 2023
Builders Shocked At udget Cuts To Housing And Planning

With the Scottish Government today announcing a 43 per cent funding cut for planning and a 33 per cent drop in the More Homes budget, Chief Executive of home building sector body Homes for Scotland Jane Wood comments – see the Edinburgh Building News for more.

13 December 2023
RIBA statement on COP28 outcomes

RIBA President Muyiwa Oki said:
“Today’s historic agreement to deliver a new era of climate action is monumental. It’s the first time that a COP outcome has acknowledged the need to move away from fossil fuels – and this is a truly welcome and positive shift.”

Read more on the e-architect.com website.

13 December 2023
Heat Transition in Scotland

SNIPEF responds to the Scottish Government’s publication of ‘Starting a National Conversation on the Heat Transition in Scotland’

Industry expertise vital in shaping Scotland’s heat transition policy, says SNIPEF Chief Executive

In response to the publication of the Scottish Government’s ‘Starting a National Conversation on the Heat Transition in Scotland,’ Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), said: “We welcome the start of this crucial dialogue by the Scottish Government and particularly applaud the increased commitment to incorporating industry expertise into establishing achievable targets. This represents a significant step forward and, hopefully, addresses the historical issue of setting unrealistic goals without essential input from those with practical experience.

“While we agree that achieving a better balance between political aspirations and public engagement is essential, it is equally vital to recognise the indispensable roles of professions like plumbing and heating. These professions are integral to the design, installation, and maintenance of heat pumps and district heating systems, as well as the decommissioning of fossil fuel boilers.

“Without their insights and the necessary development of professionals, both new and through upskilling the existing workforce, the conversation will achieve little more than hot air.

“We hope this comprehensive and inclusive conversation is a valuable step toward ensuring all stakeholders are actively engaged in the low-carbon transition from fossil fuels. It is a significant stride forward, fittingly coinciding with the COP 28 agreement on the same day.”

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