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Scottish Architectural + Construction Updates – West of Scotland Property

post updated 10th Sep 2020

Glasgow Architecture News 2020

10 Sep 2020
Scottish Architecture Conference
The programme for the RIAS 2020 convention has been announced. With the Grain will run online from Monday 28 Sept – Friday 2 October:
RIAS Convention 2020: With the Grain

7 Sep 2020
Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival Project by Hoskins Architects

For this year’s Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival (GDODF) Hoskins Architects brought together a range of collaborators to work together in response to recent global events and produce a beautifully illustrated, educational and accessible digital walking tour, aimed at young people:

Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival Project

25 August 2020
Scottish commercial property sales at lowest level for 10 years

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) analysis of the latest commercial property sales figures from Registers of Scotland reveals Scotland’s worst quarter for commercial property sales in a decade.

At £285m, the total value of commercial property sales for Q2 (April-June) 2020 dropped 43% on the first quarter of the year and 54% compared to the same period in 2019.

Q2 activity was heavily affected by the coronavirus crisis and restrictions on property transactions and registrations.

Regional breakdown

Scotland’s two largest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, both saw a dramatic decrease in activity during Q2.

Edinburgh recorded the highest value of sales for Scotland, with £91m transacted over the quarter, significantly down on both the previous quarter and Q2 2019, which saw sales of £126m and £108m, respectively.

Glasgow also saw activity affected heavily by COVID-19, with total sales of £24m, some £148m (86%) down on the second quarter of last year.

SPF Director David Melhuish commented:

“The SPF conducted a survey of commercial property owners in May that foreshadowed the extent that the industry would be effected by the pandemic.

“While reduced activity in the commercial property market was expected for this quarter, these figures indicate a much deeper and more rapid fall than we saw even at the time of the financial sector crisis in 2008-09.

“The extent of the fall in sales reveals a weakened wider economy, and consequently a reduced level of investment activity.

“The commercial property sector is facing a perfect storm of loss of income, minimal market activity and increasing liabilities in the form of empty property rates as businesses close stores or delay office moves.

“Unless we see a return to a sustainable level of business activity, the sector will struggle to produce the new buildings and places for a modern workforce, or to provide the quality property investments sought by long-term investors that provide reliable income returns for pension and life funds.”

15 Aug 2020
Unusual Bearsden House for Sale
This contemporary house, “arguably one of the most imaginative and creatively designed contemporary homes to have been built in Glasgow in recent decades” is on sale.

Amazing architect designed house, completed 2017, offers over 650k:

Unusual Bearsden House for Sale – link to the Rettie website post on this luxury modern property

7 Aug 2020
North Kelvin Apartments, Shakespeare Street Building

North Kelvin Apartments, Shakespeare Street Building

All systems go again on project which saved North Kelvin’s Shakespeare Street school building.

The third and final stage of a pioneering residential development close to Glasgow’s West End has restarted following the construction industry shutdown, bringing to fruition the preservation of an historic and much-admired old school building.

North Kelvin Apartments

5 August 2020
Scottish Government planning proposals news

Scottish Government planning proposals at odds with announcement on generating growth and supporting jobs, builders warn

Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has welcomed today’s Scottish Government announcement on its plans to “generate significant economic growth, combined with a focus on supporting jobs, skills and training” but warned that new proposals on planning contradicted such intentions.

HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:

“Delivering more of the new homes that our country needs is fundamental to Scotland’s post-lockdown recovery effort.

“In economic terms, the industry contributes billions in GVA every year and supports tens of thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly, right across the country. But the impact is much wider than this from both social and environmental perspectives, supporting improved health and education outcomes as well as helping to lower the carbon emissions of our built environment.

“HFS members stand ready to play their full part in ensuring Scotland makes its strongest possible recovery in the months ahead, which makes new proposals to remove the presumption in favour of sustainable development where local plan allocations prove undeliverable all the more frustrating.

“A system that doesn’t encourage local planning authorities to take advantage of sustainable opportunities to deliver much-needed new homes, where council-backed supply is falling short, is a threat to Scotland’s economic stability and its efforts to achieve a more equal society where everyone’s needs for a home are met.”

5 August 2020
Scottish Government’s blueprint for Scotland’s wellbeing economy

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) Commenting on the Scottish Government’s response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery report.

Full post featured on our Edinburgh Architectural News page.

28 July 2020
Construction work on Paisley Town Hall News

Work to transform the future of Paisley’s much-loved town hall is due to restart – with construction workers due on site at the start of August:

Paisley Town Hall Renewal

27 July 2020

Maven acquires site to develop new purpose built student accommodation

Maven Capital Partners, a leading UK property and private equity manager, has purchased a site at Murieston Crescent, Edinburgh, for the development of a purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) complex.

Murieston Crescent student flats

26 July 2020

Cardross Seminary Building News

Catholic Church Transfer Cardross Seminary. The ownership of an A-listed modernist building which the Catholic Church has been trying to get rid of for years has been transferred to a charitable trust.

Cardross Seminary Building

23 July 2020
Mackintosh at the Willow

Help Save Mackintosh at the Willow is live on Crowdfunder.

With one day left the trust has met their £20,000 target, so far reaching £20,655. This fund request is to allow the premises to survive through lockdown:

Willow Tea Rooms

New photos of the Salon de Luxe interior:

Willow Tea Rooms Salon de Luxe

20 July 2020
St Columba of Iona RC Church, Woodside
St Columba of Iona RC Church Glasgow building facade
photo © Adrian Welch
New photos of 1941 building design by Glasgow’s Gillespie Kidd & Coia Architects

Glasgow Architecture Photos

20 July 2020
48 new homes in Cambuslang

hub South West agrees £7.4m social housing contract with Cruden Building & Renewals Limited to build 48 new homes in Cambuslang’s Auldkirk Road on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council.

hub South West, the public-private partnership of local authorities, NHS, blue light services and a clutch of leading construction industry Tier One building contractors, has signed a £7.4m social housing contract with Cruden Group to undertake construction of 48 homes in the Auldkirk Road area of Cambuslang.

hub South West new homes in Auldkirk Road, Cambuslang :
hub South West new homes in Cambuslang Auldkirk Road
image courtesy of hub South West

The contract, hub South West’s third housing project with South Lanarkshire Council, will provide homes ranging from two-bedroom cottage flats to five-bedroom semi-detached houses.

hub South West – Michael McBrearty:
hub South West Michael McBrearty
photo courtesy of hub South West

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of hub South West said: “We are pleased to embark again upon our third social housing project with South Lanarkshire Council this time with Cruden Building & Renewals Limited as main contractor.

“This project also brings with it a high degree of local social value through its delivery of jobs, apprentices and opportunities for local companies to contribute to the end result.”

Allan Callaghan, managing director for Cruden Building & Renewals Limited, part of the Cruden Group said: “We are delighted to be appointed by hub South West to deliver this exciting housing project on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council.

“These high-quality homes will be built to Silver Standard energy efficiency levels, providing residents with warmer homes that have fewer carbon emissions and are cheaper to run.

“Throughout this build, we will provide a wide range of benefits for this local community – including employment opportunities and site-based work experience.”

Work has already started on the development which is expected to be completed in January 2021.

16 July 2020
Finnieston Crane restaurant and museum
£7million plan to transform Glasgow landmark into major visitor attraction announced.

Ambitious proposals include Finnieston Crane restaurant and museum. Furthmore visitors will be able to get up to the top deck.

16 July 2020
Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Inchinnan

Interserve Construction named as preferred bidder for new £15m Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Interserve Group Limited, the international support services, construction and equipment group, has been named as preferred bidder for the new £15 million Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire.
The state-of-the-art development will be located near Glasgow Airport and will be led by CPI in partnership with The University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, and founding industry partners, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline.

The centre will ensure the UK is a technology and innovation leader in small molecule pharmaceutical and fine chemical manufacturing, thereby boosting the competitiveness of both sectors.

With a collaborative innovation culture and state-of the art facilities, the new Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will develop highly efficient and effective technologies. As a flexible and adaptable building, the centre will enable industry, academia, healthcare providers and regulators to work collaboratively to address challenges along the medicines supply chain.

The new manufacturing centre is funded by several sources including UK Research and Innovation through the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Scottish Enterprise and founding industry partners GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca.

Cameron Stewart, Regional Director at Interserve Construction said: “The new centre at Inchinnan is a really exciting, innovative project where our strengths in the medical sector will hugely benefit the project.

“Interserve Constriction will bring our considerable experience and capabilities in delivering similar projects like the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre for CPI in Darlington, which is currently supporting efforts to manufacture and formulate vaccines for COVID-19, and the Jack Copeland Centre in Edinburgh for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will be market leading for the pharmaceutical industry and we are delighted that will be part of that.”

Nigel Perry, Chief Executive Officer at CPI, said: “The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will enhance the UK’s existing competitive advantage by deepening the skills base and strengthening the rationale for companies to invest in new, highly productive medicines manufacturing.

“CPI is delighted to be working alongside the University of Strathclyde, Innovate UK, Scottish Government and our industry partners to deliver this globally unique centre that will prepare the pharmaceutical supply chain for vital, next generation medicines and further extend CPI’s healthcare capabilities.”

Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “I am delighted that the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will be located in Scotland, given its potential to become a global centre of excellence and bringing significant benefits to Scotland’s economy. The location of the MMIC is also a very positive endorsement of Scotland’s Life and Chemical Science sectors and will build on our internationally recognised strengths in both Research and Development and manufacturing.”

15 July 2020
Construction moves to next stage of COVID-19 restart

The construction sector is commencing Phase 4 of its restart plan in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It means that close working can now take place on-site – with appropriate PPE use – if necessary.

Full post featured on our Edinburgh Architecture News page

14 July 2020
New Glasgow Buildings Photos

Photos taken on 9 July 2020 by architect Adrian Welch, Finnieston:

St. Anne (Dennistoun) – Archdiocese of Glasgow, by Architect Jack Coia:
St. Anne Dennistoun Glasgow RC church

Also visited were Graham Square housing, Daily Express building, Strathclyde University, Glasgow Cathedral, Necropolis, Whitevale Baths:

Glasgow Buildings Photos

1 July 2020
Demand Surges For New Build Homes

Over half now appreciate their home ‘more than ever’ / 40% of people want a home office

With show homes and sales offices in Scotland now open again, builders are reporting strong levels of Interest as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

Full post featured on our Edinburgh Building News page

29 June 2020
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice (PPWH)
PPWH healthcare building in Scotland design by Ryder Architecture
photo : Keith Hunter Photography
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
New photos of this building designed by Ryder Architecture, a £21m development that is changing the face of traditional hospice care.

25 Jun 2020

Scotland’s housing market re-opens

As Scotland’s housing market re-opens DM Hall tells house hunters it is ready to roll on Monday, 29 June

As the Covid-19 restrictions on the country’s housing market begin to ease, DM Hall, one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of chartered surveyors, is ready to start work again on Monday 29 June – providing Home Reports for house hunters and those looking to sell their homes.

With a wait list in the many hundreds of people looking to have Home Reports undertaken, DM Hall has prepared a video setting the five steps for a safe survey,

Administrative staff will contact each household ahead of the visit to ensure that everyone is in good health. The surveyor will then ‘phone the homeowner to confirm that he or she is on their way, that everyone in the property remains well with no symptoms, and that no one has been self-isolating within the last 14 days. If so, the appointment will be re-arranged.

Surveyors have also been given a clear list of instructions to preserve everyone’s safety. “By communicating clearly with customers, they should feel assured that DM Hall can survey safely and support their move”, it says.

Every day, surveyors will check and confirm they have sufficient PPE: gloves, masks, hand gel, and paper towels for the survey, including plenty of spares.

Guidelines confirm that “should gloves have to be removed during a survey and you wish to wash your hands remember to ask permission and bring your own supply of paper towels. Do not bring your own reusable towel to use throughout the day and do not leave used paper towels in the house.”

DM Hall’s Managing Partner, Eric Curran, said: “We have adhered closely throughout the lockdown to Government and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) guidelines. The only homes we have surveyed over the last three months have been uninhabited properties and, even then, only if we were informed of an essential or urgent requirement.

“There is, we believe, significant pent-up demand in the Scottish marketplace, and it is our role, acting within all published guidelines, to meet that demand now that we have been given the go-ahead.

“Our preparations have been extensive and highly detailed, and we eagerly await Monday 29 June when we will return safely to work.”

16 Jun 2020

CICV Forum extends range of post-pandemic consultation to seek views of whole Scottish construction industry

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has extended its wide-ranging consultation on the future of the sector to the whole Scottish construction industry.

Originally launched last week among the Forum’s 50 member organisations, the unique collective is now inviting all other parties to give their opinion on what they want for the industry after COVID-19 – and how it might be achieved.

Forum chair and SELECT Managing Director Alan Wilson, said: “We appreciate that not everyone in the construction sector is represented by the Forum – our major housebuilders for example – and we are anxious that all parties within our industry contribute to the national debate on where we go next.”

With companies beginning a phased return to work, the wide-ranging questionnaire addresses multiple issues which have not gone away during the pandemic and suggests that the sector cannot realistically go back to the way it was.

Led by Consultant Len Bunton, the consultation was compiled with the input of four leading quantity surveying firms, as well as Ian Honeyman, Commercial Director of the Scottish Building Federation, and Ken Lewandowski, former local chairman of Clydesdale Bank.

Mr Bunton said that, for everyone involved in construction, the ultimate objective for the post-pandemic future must be an industry which is not only fair and transparent but allows contractors and the supply chain to operate profitable businesses.

He said: “The questions in the consultation will be put not only to the many trade and professional bodies in the Forum, as well as their members, but to all parties engaged in the sector. We are seeking the broadest possible body of opinion to help form policy in the coming months and years.

“We want to look at the endemic problems of low tendering, low or no margins and the lack of regard for competency and experience. Serious cashflow and payment issues, poor quality and health and safety problems are also consistent concerns for the industry.

“We also need to hear from public and private sector clients who are the lifeblood of the industry, as their investment creates employment for the construction sector in Scotland.”

Mr Bunton added: “The consultation makes the point that the CICV Forum, which was quickly and efficiently assembled to deal with the ongoing effects of the shutdown, has demonstrated the desirability of disparate parties coming together to work for the mutual benefit of the sector.”

The consultation is the latest in a series of initiatives from the Forum, which has been at the forefront of information dissemination to the sector throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and which has become for many enterprises the first port of call for clarity of advice.

In the last two weeks alone it has released health and safety underpinning guidance, furloughing information for employers, a consultation about the future of the industry in Scotland and vital advice for apprentices and staff preparing to return to college.

A copy of the consultation can be obtained by emailing The closing date for submissions is Friday 19 June.

11 Jun 2020
CICV Forum welcomes return to domestic work

CICV Forum welcomes announcement from Scottish Government confirming return to domestic work

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has warmly welcomed today’s (11 June) Scottish Government announcement that domestic work will be included amongst the scope of construction work now permitted.

The news has been eagerly awaited by all parts of the industry for whom domestic work makes up a major part of their business, and follows recent restart discussions between the Forum and Kevin Stewart, MSP, the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning.

CICV Forum Chair Alan Wilson, who is also Managing Director of SELECT, said: “The announcement about a return to work and the inclusion of domestic work in the lockdown easing will be a huge relief to the lots of businesses across the whole sector which provide essential services to homeowners all over Scotland.

“However, as always in construction, safety is the overriding consideration and firms must prepare to carry out work in a wholly changed working environment, which will produce its own new challenges.”

Shortly before the announcement was made, Mr Stewart had responded to a letter from Mr Wilson, confirming that the move to Phase 2 of the construction sector restart plan would include work in domestic properties.

He also stressed that the restart would have to be undertaken with a new set of safe working practices in mind, including physical distancing, face coverings and enhanced hygiene provision, in order to continue to control the virus.

Gordon Nelson, Scotland Director of Forum member the Federation of Master Builders, said: “Health and safety, for employees and customers alike, will be critical as we work to bring the construction industry back to some semblance of normality.

“While this is good news, everyone concerned must recognise the importance of continuing to follow the guidance and ensuring that the only job that will be undertaken will be a safe job.”

Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive of Forum member the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), said: “The response from the construction industry across Scotland during this crisis has been impressive, coming together to take positive action for mutual benefit.

“While the announcement is welcome, we are not out of the woods yet and every company and employee involved in getting back to work needs to abide by the new restrictions under which we all must now operate.”

The CICV Forum has been at the forefront of information dissemination to the sector throughout the COVID-19 crisis and has become for many enterprises the first port of call for clarity of advice.

Made up of trade associations, professional services bodies, companies and individuals, it went into action immediately in March with advice on how to operate safely while carrying out emergency or essential work.

It has since then been drawing on the collective expertise of its members to maintain a steady supply of information and practical advice to the sector as well as carrying out surveys, producing animations and posters, hosting webinars and making appeals to Government Ministers.

11 June 2020
Scottish residential property market fundamentals remain strong

Please see the article below by Eric Curran, managing partner at DM Hall chartered surveyors, talking about Scottish residential house prices:

Ignore the doomsayers. The Scottish residential property market fundamentals remain strong

By Eric Curran

The last thing anybody needs at the moment is someone else banging on about fake news but if you were a house seller in Scotland at the moment listening to the mainstream media you would be reaching for the pill bottle.

A combination of instinctive sensationalism, clickbait headline generation and what appears to be a fundamental lack of knowledge about how markets work has produced a stream of stories of late which suggest that the housing market is doomed and prices are falling through the floor.

This is quite simply nonsense and not supported by housing market stakeholders sentiment.

When the current crisis began to envelop us in March this year, I wrote that, because the mechanics of the Scottish residential market and its underlying strengths were not altered, there was no reason for it not to carry on as usual when the upturn comes. As it will.

Of course, activity has essentially ceased since March, but we are rapidly approaching the second stage of Holyrood’s lockdown-easing review process and the smart money is on the property market lining up at the starting gate for June 18.

One of the main reasons that I remain firmly optimistic is that strong anecdotal evidence from agents tells of hundreds of viewers waiting for the opportunity to see homes and even of bids being made on the strength of virtual viewings.

There are also credible stories of deals which have fallen through early in the crisis, when the air was thick with panic, which have since successfully re-marketed and sold for more than the original bid price.

There is no doubt that there is still a powerful pent-up demand to see houses, allied to a continuing lack of supply. So, stories of the inevitability of dramatic house price falls simply do not compute. They defy the basic laws of economics.

That is not to say that variables will not come into play as the year progresses. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme presently is masking the possibility of substantial redundancies which, if significant enough, could have the effect of dampening demand.

But here is another anomaly.

Consider the huge numbers of individuals who have been furloughed or are working from home. They are not spending money on travelling to work, or coffees, snacks and lunches; they may have taken mortgage and insurance payment holidays; they are not going to the pub, cinemas, theatres or football; they certainly are not going on holiday.

As a consequence, they are better off in cash terms than they have been for some time.

The same situation applies to lenders. Because there has been no activity for three months, they are awash with cash and are desperate to get their reserves back into productive use rather than languishing in low and even negative interest-rate isolation.

Inexorably, they are moving back towards more traditional lending models, with deals on offer creeping back up to 85%, 90% and even 95% loan-to-value. They have no incentive to keep their money in the bank.

Another brake on the sector has been the fact that, in Scotland, it is not possible to market a property without a Home Report, which requires a visit from a surveyor. And even were visits allowed, many people may be reluctant to have outsiders in the house.

The profession has not been idle, though, during this period and has laid out well-structured plans for a rapid return to home visits, including PPE, social distancing, having homeowners leave doors and hatches open and conducting conversations outside.

Surveyors will take every step to wrap a protective blanket round their clients and prioritise their health and wellbeing, and they are willing and eager to get back to business if the gun fires on June 18.

DM Hall stands ready to bring back a phased return of surveying, backed by support teams, to serve its client base as soon as it is allowed to. The firm anticipates strong initial demand and then the likely prospect of having to rapidly scale up operations over the rest of the year.

As mentioned earlier, no one is going on holiday anytime soon, so normal low-demand periods may well be smoothed out and even rise to levels usually seen in the rest of the year.

The property market is much closer to a V-shaped recovery than I thought even in March. So, I say to people thinking of selling or buying a house: don’t listen to the doomsayers. The Scottish market is in fine fettle and ready to go.

Eric Curran is managing partner of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, based in the firm’s Glasgow North office.

“Consider the huge numbers of individuals who have been furloughed or are working from home. They are not spending money on travelling to work, or coffees, snacks and lunches; they may have taken mortgage and insurance payment holidays; they are not going to the pub, cinemas, theatres or football; they certainly are not going on holiday.

As a consequence, they are better off in cash terms than they have been for some time.

The same situation applies to lenders. Because there has been no activity for three months, they are awash with cash and are desperate to get their reserves back into productive use rather than languishing in low and even negative interest-rate isolation.” Read more here @@

– Eric Curran, Managing Partner of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors

4 June 2020
Red Tree Magenta Shawfield, Glasgow, by NORR
Red Tree Magenta Shawfield, Glasgow, by NORR
photo © Keith Hunter Photography
Clyde Gateway embarked on delivering the first commercial building at the 11ha Magenta Business Park site, Shawfield to act as a catalyst to the market, prove it as a business location and to demonstrate the viability of the remediation strategy for the wider site.

Red Tree Magenta Glasgow Building

3 June 2020
New Glasgow Buildings Photos

Photos taken at House for an Art Lover on the 29th of May 2020 by Isabelle Lomholt:

House for an Art Lover Glasgow south frontage
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

Glasgow Buildings Photos

2 June 2020
Carrick Square Glasgow News

Soller Group has submitted a detailed planning application for its 200,000-square-foot Carrick Square Glasgow Development. The architects are Architects Mosaic Architecture + Design.

28 May 2020
Scottish Property industry relieved with recovery plan

Following the First Minister’s statement today confirming the commencement of Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s route map to easing lockdown, Robin Blacklock, SPF Chair and MD Dowbrae Property Consultancy, commented.

Full post featured on Edinburgh Building News 2020

28 May 2020
Scottish Buildings – Unidentified Images

The Scottish Development Department collection consists of approximately 70,000 plastic photographic negatives and some printed photographs, as well as additional reference documentation in the form of ‘record sheets’.

These photographs and corresponding records sheets were captured by Scottish Development Department investigators, predominately in the 1970s and 1980s.

This collection was digitised as part of Canmore’s three-year Digital Project, with the aim to make ‘invisible’ archives visible.

Some of these images do not have any additional ‘metadata’ – information about themselves, check them out:

Unidentified Scottish Buildings

27 May 2020
Planning Submitted for the New Boclair Academy in Bearsden, Glasgow

New Boclair Academy Bearsden school building

Ryder Architecture has submitted design proposals on behalf of East Dunbartonshire Council to replace the existing Boclair Academy in Bearsden. The new design will deliver a state of the art learning environment for 1,050 pupils, which includes the provision of improved outdoor sport facilities alongside a fully integrated landscape design approach:

New Boclair Academy in Bearsden

27 May 2020
New Homes Quality Board – interim board announcement:

First step towards creation of New Homes Ombudsman scheme

The first step towards the creation of a New Homes Ombudsman (NHO) scheme has been announced with the appointment of an interim New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) chaired by “New Homes Quality Champion” Natalie Elphicke MP.

Full post featured on e-architect:

Scottish Architecture News 2020

25 May 2020
Glasgow Buildings Photos
Images taken on the 25th of May 2020 by Isabelle Lomholt & Adrian Welch,

around the River Clyde:

Riverside Museum Glasgow on the River Clyde, from south west (Govan):
Riverside Museum Glasgow on River Clyde
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

See more images at Glasgow Buildings Photos

and in the Govan area:

Govan Old Parish church buildng

See more at Govan Buildings

22 May 2020
Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum welcomes long-awaited return to work in Scotland

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has welcomed the first tentative steps announced yesterday (May 21) to get the sector in Scotland back to work – but insists health and safety and collaboration must be at the heart of the phased return.

The collective – which has been working towards restart with a number of bodies, including the Construction Leadership Forum – commented after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland will begin a process to reopen construction sites from next week (May 28), alongside other measures.

Under the phased return to work, businesses will be allowed to resume work on sites, based on a six-point plan which the government has developed with the industry. Collaboration and cooperation with the trades unions will also be important to ensure a safe return.

The overriding focus on safety has been promoted by the Forum, which has successfully produced a range of industry advice about correct working during course of the crisis.

Vaughan Hart, Managing Director of Forum member the Scottish Building Federation, said: “The shutdown in Scotland has been one of the biggest challenges the sector has ever faced and, while we wholeheartedly welcome the return to work, it must be carried out in the proper manner.

“This means that the health and safety of operatives is paramount, and the correct guidance and procedures must be adhered to at every phase of the proposed route map. The Forum has been at the forefront of helping the industry by clarifying advice and this effort will now come into its own.”

The Forum says it now plans to release more guidance to help business owners, contractors and apprentices through each stage of the phased return, including advice for construction sites, domestic work and colleges.

Alan Wilson, Chair of the CICV Forum and Managing Director of SELECT, the electrotechnical trade body for Scotland, said: “This is the news we have been waiting for and it has not come a moment too soon.

“We all understand the reasons why Scotland has been in virtual shutdown since March, and we all need to work together to assist the sector as it faces an uphill struggle to recover.”

Hew Edgar, Head of UK Government Relations and City Strategy, added “One of the most important lessons to come out of the crisis is the value of working together for mutual benefit.

“The Forum, was only created eight weeks ago, and is the perfect example of this principle, having brought together a huge range of organisations and individuals in a concerted effort to protect the industry.

“As we restart the sector, collaboration between everyone involved – clients, architects, surveyors, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers – will be of the utmost importance since many of the issues which beset the industry pre-COVID, such as late payments and retentions, will still need to be addressed.”

15 May 2020
Planning Submitted for 182 New Homes in Glasgow’s City Centre.
64 – 72 Waterloo Street Glasgow by Ryder Architecture
image courtesy of architects
Ryder Architecture has developed proposals for a new landmark residential and mixed use development on behalf of Brickland Ltd in the heart of Glasgow city centre, whilst Turley has submitted applications for planning, conservation area and listed building consents:

64 – 72 Waterloo Street Glasgow

13 May 2020
Recommencement of Home Building in Scotland

13th of May 2020 – First Minister asked to signal a timescale for the recommencement of home building in Scotland as housing market divergence increases:

More details on the Edinburgh Architecture website’s news page


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. Access “The Economic and Social Benefits of Home Building in Scotland” report here.

At the outset of lockdown, a survey of Homes for Scotland members highlighted that 65% believed they could only sustain themselves for 2-3 months in such circumstances. A more recent survey shows that this figure has now increased to 75%.

The updated Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 make substantial changes to Regulation 6 on ‘Restrictions on movement’ and mean that the activities listed as a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave one’s home now include:

‘to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property—

• visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;
• viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent;
• preparing a residential property to move in;
• moving home;
• visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property

8 May 2020
Glasgow’s new Coronavirus hospital
NHS Louisa Jordan hospital Glasgow Scotland
A go-ahead Scottish company has pulled off a minor miracle – while maintaining the highest possible standards of safe working – to help get the new NHS Louisa Jordan temporary hospital facility up and running in Glasgow.
NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital Glasgow

5 May 2020
Momentum and membership increase as CICV Forum continues to support Scotland’s construction sector

The reach of the newly-formed Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum continues to grow, with more organisations coming on board to help play their part in the recovery of the industry.

A total of 78 individuals are now involved with the influential group, representing 48 different official construction bodies from across Scotland and beyond, including Government agencies, private companies, professional services firms and training bodies.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) , the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, the Finishes and Interiors Sector, the Scottish Plant Owners Association, the Construction Plant Hire Association and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering are the latest organisations to join the Forum, taking the total number of full members to 22.

In addition, some 26 other organisations are now represented on the Forum’s seven sub-groups which help shape guidance and support on mission-critical aspects such as employment, health and safety, skills, client liaison and future planning.

Eddie Tuttle CIOB:
Eddie Tuttle CIOB

Eddie Tuttle, Director of Policy, Research and Public Affairs at the CIOB, said: “In a very short space of time the CICV Forum has demonstrated its effectiveness and, as the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, we are very keen to be able to play our part in supporting the industry at this trying time.”

The Forum, which was formed only last month, has already played a major role in clarifying conflicting information for the sector and issuing practical guidance for companies, clients and employees. Its sub-groups now provide further insight into the wealth of talent and experience to which it now has access.

Representatives from the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) and the Scottish Building Contract Committee are playing a key role in the Commercial sub-group.

The Skills sub-group now includes experts from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust, Skills Development Scotland and the Construction Industry Training Board.

Lending their insight to the Health & Safety sub-group are the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists & Construction Industry Council, Building Safety Group, McConnell, Hardies, Fisher Group and ISG Construction.

The Forum’s Future Planning sub-group enjoys contributions from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group Scotland, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Futures Trust, Gardiner & Theobald LLP, James Frew, Hardies, Interserve and Currie Brown.

And the Communications sub-group is now benefiting from the input of key staff members from Blueprint Media and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

A new Clients sub-group has also been created, helmed by experienced Arbitrator and Adjudicator Len Bunton of Bunton Consulting, which contains representatives from the Society of Construction and Quantity Surveyors, Scottish Property Federation, NHS, SFHA, SFT and Gardiner & Theobald LLP.

The Employment group is currently made up of full Forum members.

Stephanie Lowe, Head of Employment Services at Forum member SNIPEF, said: “It is no surprise that the CICV Forum continues to attract such influential support, since the work it has done to back the industry since it was established has been quite remarkable.”

Ian Cuthbert, Programme Manager for the Energy Saving Trust, added: “The growth of the CICV Forum is a classic illustration of just what can be achieved if the many disparate elements of our vital construction industry work together for the good of the sector as a whole.”

And Anne Galbraith, CEO of the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust, said: “A great deal of talent and expertise has been assembled in a very short time in response to an unprecedented emergency and it is clear that the CICV Forum is reacting in a cohesive and considered manner. I think we can expect more good work from this body.”

Other members of the Forum, which was set up last month, include SELECT, SNIPEF, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA – Scotland), the Lift and Escalator Industry Association, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Scotland, the Scottish Building Federation, the Federation of Master Builders, the Scaffolding Association, the Stone Federation, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the Electrical Distributors’ Association, the Builders Merchants Federation, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the Scottish Contractors Group and the British Constructional Steelwork Association.

SELECT Managing Director Alan Wilson, who chairs the CICV Forum, said: “The Forum has been delighted with the speed, willingness and efficiency with which agencies and individuals have contributed their experience and expertise in the wider interests of the industry.”

5 May 2020
Shopping Sheds News

Headman at Shedman, Bill Roddie, delivers 70 free small Shopping Sheds to vulnerable people in Greater Glasgow

Shedman, Scotland’s leading manufacturer and distributor of garden sheds, has delivered 70 small Shopping Sheds entirely free of charge to vulnerable individuals and families throughout Greater Glasgow.

And most were delivered personally by the Headman at Shedman, Bill Roddie.

small Shopping Sheds to vulnerable people in Greater Glasgow

The attractively designed Shopping Sheds offer a safe and secure way to deliver shopping to friends and family, protecting essential items from the elements and easy to collect. They were distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Shedman’s managing director, Bill Roddie, said: “We have had to furlough 20 team members because of the Covid-19 crisis, so, with the help of a couple of pals, I’ve been delivering most of the small Shopping Sheds to deserving people throughout Greater Glasgow.

“Some of those who applied for the sheds entered because they had nowhere to safely leave supplies for loved ones, including shielded senior citizens, people battling cancer or diabetes, or those with breathing difficulties.

“The reaction from people has been tremendous and we are sure that in these unprecedented times, delivering food and essential supplies to loved ones will be just a bit easier.”

free Shopping Shed Glasgow Scotland

Feedback on their Facebook pages from recipients and family members of recipients across Glasgow have been uniformly positive.

Pam Lucas said: “Absolutely delighted with my free shopping shed! What a kind and wonderful thing for Shedman to do. Also delighted with the customer service, from the calls to arrange delivery to the after call to make sure everything is ok!”

Kirstin MacIntyre said: “My mother received her shopping shed today. As she is high risk and shielding this will help with deliveries etc for her. Fantastic quality, she also told me the person who delivered it was very pleasant.”

Paul Friel said: “Many thanks for delivery food box so much appreciated due to our daughter isolation to liver transplant at the age of 8 months.”

Sharon Bower, said: “My parents received this freebie today, they are very happy with it. Thank you Shedman for making it easier for people to receive food deliveries. ”

Laura Anderson said: “cannot thank you guys enough for delivering me a free shopping shed – it will help massively with my need for shielding during this pandemic. Massive thanks again!”

The Shopping Sheds can be situated at a front door or in a garden area. When lockdown measures are lifted, they can be adapted for further use as, for example, a planter, a parcel dropbox or a children’s outdoor toy box.

Shedman is a family run business with over thirty years of experience in providing high quality affordable garden sheds, workshops and playhouses. All its sheds are hand-built in Scotland using high quality, fully treated, tongue and groove Swedish timber. From its base in Glasgow, the company delivers and installs the sheds at its customer’s home.

Bill Roddie, who is also a director of his Glasgow-based family-owned business, Spectrum Properties, said: “As the effects of Coronavirus worsen by the day, it is clear we are all in this together. This offer is simply meant to give a helping hand to vulnerable people who may be struggling to get by”.

For further information, please visit or call 0141 613 1333.

29 Apr 2020

As the country battles through the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses have been seeking support in many ways. There are a few alternative ways to support your business during this time which offer a cash flow alternative, including Research & Development tax relief.

Catax are partnering with The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) to host a webinar on Wednesday 6th May at 11 am for about an hour.

More details on our Architecture Events page.

29 Apr 2020
CICV Forum Call to keep Key Workers Safe

Minister echoes CICV Forum call to keep key workers safe from abuse during essential construction work.

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum is providing greater visibility on what constitutes ‘essential work’ to prevent key workers being harassed and verbally abused during vital construction projects.

More details on the Edinburgh Architecture news page

Stronger together: about the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum

The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV) was formed in early March 2020 in response to the urgent Covid-19 threat to people and business. With a focus firmly on collaborative action, the Forum brings together senior representatives from 16 construction trade and professional associations whose members operate the length and breadth of Scotland’s built environment supply chain. Whether merchant/wholesaler, contractor, or multi-million-pound building firm, Scotland’s construction sector is fighting to keep its people, businesses and livelihoods intact and, in turn, this Forum is fighting for them.

By pooling expertise and knowledge, the Forum represents the interests of Scotland’s diverse construction supply chain with one consistent voice. Forum priorities include lobbying the Scottish Government to influence policy and to push for positive action, and to give expert focus to important sector issues including commercial, employment, planning for the future, skills, and health and safety.

The Forum is chaired by SELECT, Scotland’s trade association for electrical contractors.

Current Forum members are:

• British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA)
• Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)
• Builders Merchants Federation (BMF)
• Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
• Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA Scotland)
• Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA)
• Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
• Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA)
• National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC)
• Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)
• Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
• The Scaffolding Association
• The Scottish Building Federation (SBF)
• The Scottish Construction Group
• The Stone Federation (GB)

28 Apr 2020
Supporting makers in response to the Covid-19 crisis

MAKE is a manifesto for craft in Scotland, which aims to harness a collective voice for makers. Panel are the current custodians of the manifesto, guided by a committee of 10 makers.

More details on the Edinburgh Architecture website news page

28 Apr 2020
Catax Webinars News

As the country battles through the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses have been seeking support in many ways. There are a few alternative ways to support your business during this time which offer a cash flow alternative, including Remediation of Contaminated Land and Capital Allowances tax relief.

Catax Webinars tax relief uncovered

Catax partnered up with the Scottish Contaminated Land Forum and Town and Country Property Auction to host a webinar on Thursday 16th April. More webinars will be posted on this news page soon.

If you are involved in commercial property and/or contaminated land projects and are interested in finding out about alternative forms of cash injections, Catax will be explaining more about the Remediation of Contaminated Land and Capital Allowances tax benefits that are available through HMRC. They will also be touching upon Research & Development tax relief at the end.

27 Apr 2020
University of Glasgow welcomes new Executive Director of Estates

The University of Glasgow is delighted to welcome Ian Campbell as its new Executive Director of Estates.

Ian Campbell University of Glasgow Executive Director of Estates:
Ian Campbell University of Glasgow Executive Director of Estates
photo courtesy of University of Glasgow

Ian, who previously held the position of Group Property Director at Rolls Royce plc, joins the University as it delivers an ambitious campus development programme. He succeeds Ann Allen MBE who is stepping down after eight years at the University.

Ian said: “I am excited by the prospect of working with an outstanding group of colleagues and helping the University to achieve its goals as a world-changing institution, as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.”

A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Ian has been Group Property Director of Rolls Royce plc since 2007. He has had a wide-ranging career in local government, the rail industry and the aerospace sector. He has particular expertise in change management and portfolio management of large estates.

27 Apr 2020
Glasgow Buildings Photos 2020
Kelvinbridge Parish Church Glasgow building
photograph © Adrian Welch
More architecture photos taken today by Adrian Welch, along the River Kelvin:
Glasgow Buildings Photos

22 Apr 2020
Vienna House Hotel
Vienna House Hotel Glasgow building design
image courtesy of Hawkins\Brown
Vienna House Hotel
Artisan Real estate has gained planning permission for a 250-bed, 124,000 sqft Hotel next to St Columba Gaelic church in St Vincent Street Glasgow. Working with Porter Planning and a design team led by Hawkins\Brown, Atelier 10 and Quattro engineers, Artisan has secured approval for the new 16 storey, four-star hotel designed for the Vienna House brand.

21 Apr 2020
Glasgow Buildings Photos 2020
Architectural photos taken today by Editor Adrian Welch, Finnieston, around the Gorbals area:
Gorbals Crown Street homes Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch

20 Apr 2020
NHS Louisa Jordan Completes in Glasgow

Robertson Group was proud and humbled to see NHS employees applaud the teams behind NHS Louisa Jordan in Glasgow as they left site after completing the national facility to assist in the fight against Covid-19.

Robertson and the other contractors were only doing their jobs and Robertson wanted to thank all NHS employees, frontlineworkers and keyworkers for the work they are doing.

The team put together a Zoom clap for the NHS and for all of the site teams who worked tirelessly to ensure NHS Louisa Jordan is ready for service if required.

17 Apr 2020
Suspending the UK housing market

Suspending the housing market is unprecedented, but it is temporary. Be assured, it will start again

By Eric Curran

DM Hall Eric Curran

Property professionals who have been in the front line for a long period of time tend to become slightly battle-hardened and take the view that, whatever crisis comes around the corner, they have seen it all before.

Well, not this time.

Recessions and downturns have come and gone and, goodness knows, we all thought the 2008 banking crisis was about as bad as it could get, but I don’t think anyone could have foreseen a threat like Covid-19, which essentially has shut down the world.

People woke up on the morning of March 27 to headlines which proclaimed that No 10 was suspending the UK housing market, warning that people should not move home at this time. The Registers of Scotland, vital to housing transactions, also suspended business temporarily, then focussed collaboratively on an alternative and has since progressed to being able to provide a service.

Estate agents are closed, surveyors cannot do their primary work, solicitors are operating from home, viewings are out for the foreseeable future and even removal men have shut up shop and garaged their vans.

However, even as this cloud of gloom descends, it is worth remembering that this firm has been around since 1897 and the one constant over that century and a quarter has been that every property downturn is followed, sooner or later, by an upturn.

The key to remaining optimistic at this dark time is that the market at the moment is only suspended. It is a temporary situation. And we must keep in mind that the underlying fundamentals have not changed, or worsened. All the mechanics are still there.

It is a bit like sealing something in a vacuum for a brief period. When you unwrap the vacuum pack, it still there, as good as ever, in this case with all the nuances and drivers of the marketplace intact.

The Government is trying very hard to make sure that the economy is financially underpinned and people are still employed and getting paid. If the shape of that economy has not altered dramatically when we come out of this thing, there is no reason why the property market should not carry on.

Before this shutdown happened, the residential market was imbued with reasonable and realistic optimism, there was a shortage of supply of property, there was pent-up demand and good prices were being achieved.

I don’t see these basic issues changing. People are very resilient and, when this is over, they will want to get back to their lives quickly. With the measures that have been taken to secure jobs and help with bills, a house move could easily be back on the agenda.

I have to come back to that fact that this is a suspension. The housing market is not holed below the waterline as it was in 2008 and, whether we see a V-shaped or a U-shaped recession, I suspect the collective sigh of relief when all this ends will ensure there is no L-shaped recession as there was then.

The main driver in recovery will be the time of the year that restrictions are lifted. If we emerge in early summer, there will still be a lot of the year to go and the normal focus on holidays may not prove so much of a distraction.

For the reasons above, I am not anticipating any significant fall in house prices. The barriers we saw to a return to everyday life in 2008 are not there. The lack of supply has not changed from what it was three weeks ago and demand will remain every bit as strong, though it might be slightly dampened initially.

We have stopped the world to deal with this virus. When we have done so, it will be up to us all to make sure we can get it started again.

Eric Curran is managing partner of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, based in the firm’s Glasgow North office.

15 Apr 2020
Guthrie Aerial Photography News

Commissioned Aerial Photography

This Glasgow area firm are still taking bookings for flights, and will take to the skies as soon as sensible.

Photo Library

They have a huge library of existing stock images at your disposal right now!


In their downtime they have created a new website – please check it out below:

12 Apr 2020
Happy Easter!

We bring you some photos taken from deserted streets in Glasgow this morning,

the whole feel of the cityscape has been transformed – visually and acoustically:

An empty George Square Glasgow, due to the Coronavirus pandemic:
George Square Glasgow empty due to Covid-19 crisis empty George Square Glasgow due to Coronavirus pandemic
photos © P Nicholas

An empty Glasgow street ; George Square war memorial:
empty Glasgow streets due to Coronavirus pandemic April 2020 George Square war memorial Glasgow

The statue of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, still capped with a traffic cone:
goma traffic cone empty Glasgow streets due to Coronavirus pandemic

St. Vincent Chambers, the ‘Hatrack Building’, Art Nouveau building design by architect James Salmon:
Hatrack Building Glasgow facade St. Vincent Chambers Glasgow Hatrack building facade
photos © Isabelle Lomholt

Empty Glasgow streets due to Coronavirus pandemic ; The Bank of Scotland Glasgow Chief Office entrance gates:
empty Glasgow streets due to Coronavirus pandemic Bank of Scotland Glasgow Chief Office entrance gates

Finale – another empty street:
empty Glasgow street due to Covid-19 pandemic 2020

9 Apr 2020
Mark Baines, Glasgow School of Art

Mark Baines, who has been a seminal part of the School for 50 years, has passed away (not Covid-19 related).

Mark was one of the first cohort to study on the full time programme at the Mac, went on to work with Andy and Isi at Gillespie Kidd & Coia, with Ian O Robertson Architect and Ian Bridges Architect before returning to GSA to teach generations of architecture students, most recently as Stage Leader for the DipArch programme.

A tribute from his long-time colleague Johnny Rodger, Professor of Urban Literature at The Glasgow School of Art is featured on e-architect:

Scottish Architecture News

7 Apr 2020
Spectrum Properties Helps Scott Harrison School of Boxing

A well-known East End of Glasgow boxing gym which has not only produced champions but has helped keep local youngsters off the ropes is enjoying a new lease of life following support by one of Scotland’s largest property companies:

Scott Harrison School of Boxing News

7 Apr 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Homeworking

By David Halliday, the managing director of Halliday Fraser Munro:

Homeworking During COVID-19 Pandemic

3 Apr 2020
Property market recovery?

The long and the short of it is that it’s all in the timing

Article by Alan Gordon, DM Hall

Alan Gordon, DM Hall

Up until two weeks ago, the property market in Scotland was roaring, firing on all cylinders and accelerating away. The post-Brexit bounce was in full swing and people who had been sitting on their hands for years were active as puppies.

Now, thanks to Coronavirus, the door has slammed shut, first on commercial business – particularly in leisure, hospitality and retail – and now on the residential market with the government’s injunction last week (March 27) that people should not even think about moving house at this time.

The response to the Covid-19 outbreak has altered all our lives in ways that even the most fervid imagination would not have dared to predict and, in these early stages of the fightback, there is a palpable sense of unreality.

But is real, only too real, and the measures that we collectively put in place now will determine what the economy will look like when, as we will, we eventually come out of the other side.

What is keeping many people going is the certainty that the disruption to normal business, unprecedented though it may be, will be temporary – though how temporary remains itself uncertain.

The recovery, I believe, will hinge around timing. That will be so important. If people are still able to go about their business within the current controls of social distancing and isolation, then a market can function.

The market needs people to be able to view properties safely, it needs surveyors to be able to supply reliable valuations to lenders and it needs lenders to have confidence in these valuations.

Confidence is vital in this period of major distortion, since lenders are instinctively cautious and risk averse, and valuation integrity alone won’t allow the flow of properties into the market to continue.

That is most likely to happen, and we are most likely to climb back to pre-virus levels, if the period of nil activity is short. The longer it goes on, the less likelihood there is of that happening.

The stop/pause period we have just entered is designed to run for three weeks, in the manner of a temporary suspension of a financial market to stifle disorderly activity. It is, however, looking increasingly likely that the initial three weeks of lockdown will be extended. We will simply have to live with this.

If, after a period of weeks thereafter, we can go back to working very carefully in controlled conditions; if the Registers can register titles; if valuers can provide guidance; if lenders can supply funds; and if lawyers can complete transactions, then people will once again have the opportunity to trade.

In commercial property, there is little doubt that people’s occupational requirements will be of a different size and shape, and there may be a flurry of compelled sales as owners scramble to convert properties into cash.

The momentum we saw in the first quarter of 2020 has every chance of continuing if we can get back to business without a protracted period of delay. If we cannot, there’s a real risk that the market may see a rise in compelled sales, and a surge in supply.

We have to recognise that the Government has implemented extraordinary financial support measures but, for some businesses, these inevitably involve taking on more debt. If borrowing is necessary to pay overheads, the model is basically unviable for any length of time.

The leisure sector certainly has had as much help as it is possible to give but, even with this stimulus, the sector is unlikely to come back in the same shape and size as before the wrecking ball hit.

It already underwent a major shakeout post-credit crunch and, although the market was going well at the beginning of the year, there probably was a bit of over-capacity in some areas so a further thinning may be on the cards.

To sum up, if the pause button is pressed for a relatively short period of time, there is every possibility the market – both residential and commercial – will start up again close to where it left off and continue through to the end of the year.

It’s all in the timing.

Alan Gordon is Senior Partner in the Glasgow North office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors.

31 Mar 2020
Property industry leader responds to Scottish coronavirus legislation

31st of March 2020 – Today, the Scottish Government introduced the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency legislation supports and complements the Coronavirus Act 2020, passed by the UK Parliament last week.

Commenting on the Scottish Bill, Scottish Property Federation (SPF) Chair Robin Blacklock, said:

“We welcome this extraordinary Bill, which supports the public health emergency and recognises the economic challenges we are facing due to COVID-19.

“The SPF is urging its members to do as much as possible to support society in general during this unprecedented crisis.

“We are encouraging all members to put the welfare of the nation at the forefront of all decisions, and we are recommending landlords take a pragmatic approach where possible.

“We believe that setting a level playing field for deferring commercial rental payments and any irritancy proceedings is sensible in the current circumstances.

“Leading members have already been supporting tenants to manage rental obligations as the economy adapts to the restrictions on population movements, and as residents and businesses struggle with financial obligations through no fault of their own.

“However, we must also recognise that landlords are businesses and employers that depend on cash-flow to stay in operation and maintain jobs.

“Many commercial property owners in Scotland will also have significant responsibilities to their investors including pension funds.

“Landlords also need to be supported and should not be penalised with empty property rates charges for vacant premises that they cannot re-let during this crisis.”

27 Mar 2020
Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum News

Construction bodies issue new guidance to help clarify working practices during Coronavirus crisis

The newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has today (March 27) taken immediate action to provide clarity for the sector in Scotland following advice from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday (March 25) that all building sites with the exception of any hospital work should close.

The group, made up of respected construction industry bodies including the professions, and which between them represent the majority of most professional bodies working in the industry in Scotland, has acted swiftly in an attempt to end the uncertainty around which works can be undertaken.

Spurred by concern about conflicting messages from the UK Government about what construction work could be undertaken, the CICV has issued guidance to companies and employees as well as drafting an explanatory letter which can be issued to customers.

The prompt and reassuring action follows a strong appeal to the Scottish Government by the CICV immediately after its inauguration to help with cashflow and protect construction jobs against the “crippling” background of Coronavirus.

The Forum is recommending to its members, which include many micro and small businesses, that they:

• Follow the First Minister’s advice about closing non-essential building sites

• Only carry out required repair and maintenance or any emergency work until further notice

• Suspend other work such as building extensions, installing kitchens and bathroom suites or rewiring properties etc in the meantime.

The CICV, which was set up last week, now has 16 members, including the electrical contractors’ trade association SELECT, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbers’ Federation (SNIPEF), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA – Scotland), the Lift and Escalator Industry Association, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Scotland, the Scottish Building Federation (SBF), the Federation of Master Builders, the Scaffolding Association, the Stone Federation, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the Electrical Distributors’ Association, the Builders Merchants Federation, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Scottish Contractors Group and the British Constructional Steelwork Association.

23 Mar 2020
Construction Action for Coronavirus Crisis

Scottish construction bodies call for urgent action to help firms during coronavirus crisis

A group of respected construction industry bodies, who between them represent the majority of contractor business in Scotland, has suggested a number of simple actions which the Scottish Government could introduce immediately to help with cashflow and protect jobs against the “crippling” background of coronavirus.

SELECT, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbers’ Federation (SNIPEF), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA Scotland) and the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) are among the 10 organisations who have sent a joint letter to Fiona Hyslop, Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, urging her to support the Scottish construction sector.

The group, which also includes the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), the Scaffolding Association, the Stone Federation and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), said that without immediate action, the industry would face “business closures and loss of jobs and skills”.

In its hard-hitting letter, the group – which calls itself the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum – says: “Most of Scotland’s economy is made up of micro and small businesses, many of whom are already facing the closure of construction sites and a reduction in domestic work. This will undoubtedly lead to business closures, loss of jobs and skills at a time that Scotland can least afford and would seriously dent Scotland’s future economic growth.

“However, what we would do need Scottish Government to do, in this unprecedented time, is to use its influence with clients to ask that payments are accelerated as quickly as possible to ensure that the flow of cash will continue.

“It is also vital that clients ensure that payment must be cascaded down the supply chain to ensure that everyone who is legitimately due cash is paid more quickly. We would also request that all public sector clients immediately release any retentions due to boost cash flow in the sector.”

The CICV Forum is also asking the government to allow public sector clients to:

• Suspend the use of open tenders
• Use the Quick Quote method of tendering where possible
• Ask public sector clients to provide clarity on existing contracts and on the contractual position regarding delays
• Keep the momentum going to ensure the industry survives.

Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, the electrical contractors’ trade association, said: “We are at the beginning of what is likely to be a prolonged and very difficult time for a sector which has already been struggling during recent years.

“If the Scottish construction industry is to survive this crisis, it is absolutely vital that the Scottish Government and public sector clients continue to procure a steady pipeline of work.

“Given the unprecedented challenges ahead, we would urge the Scottish Government to relax current procurement rules and procedures, in the short term, to help industry and public sector clients overcome the inevitable staffing issues all employers will face over the coming months.

“We’re also requesting that the government adopt a light touch, because the private sector may not have the staff to compile large specifications and the public sector won’t have the staff to mark it.”

Vaughan Hart, Managing Director of the SBF, added: “We are already seeing a significant impact on the way the industry is having to alter its mode of operations and we are sure there will be many more issues to be dealt with as things develop.

“Cashflow has always been a major factor for companies operating within the construction sector and this is even more important now, as work streams are restricted and the potential impact on future workload is unknown.

“Any measure which improves cash flow and easies the route to future work opportunities has to be looked at seriously in these times, otherwise we may not have the industry we will need to grow the economy, once the worst of the impact of the coronavirus is over.”

Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive of SNIPEF, said: “These are desperate times for everyone. If we go into lockdown, firms will simply not be able to afford to keep staff on and with redundancies comes a loss of a skilled workforce which is already in short supply.

“The new CICV Forum will now share views weekly and feed into the Scottish Government. It is vital therefore that members keep us abreast of the issues they are facing as they develop.”

The move comes after Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, this week announced a package of measures to help Scotland’s communities cope with the “worldwide public health emergency”.

This included an additional £350million for local hardship funds, £45million for the Scottish Welfare Fund and a £20million Third Sector Resilience Fund to help organisations cope with cashflow.

Ms Campbell also urged the UK Government to reconsider its approach to welfare and increase levels of Universal Credit, statutory sick pay and reverse its cap on children, saying these were “not normal times”.

Mr Wilson said: “We have now set up an online advisory group where CICV Forum members will share intelligence, advice and information across the whole sector. We will also use it to keep the government informed.

“These are not normal times, which is why it is vital that the construction industry is helped with these vital issues, just as other areas are being assisted.

“Now is the right time for Scottish Government to show leadership and take bold and decisive actions as quickly as possible to keep the industry afloat.”

20 Mar 2020
Irish Sea Tunnel Concept News
Alan Dunlop, Scotland – Celtic Crossing as Sea Tunnel between Scotland & Northern Ireland.

It is a sea tunnel not a bridge, stretching across the Irish Sea. It sits 12 metres below the wave line and is supported by and connected to the pontoons.

Irish Sea Tunnel Concept Alan Dunlop - Glasgow Building News 2020
drawing courtesy of architect

Alan Dunlop Architect News

19 Mar 2020
#DesignPopUp Glasgow


#DesignPopUp Glasgow 2020

New dates announced

In light of the global impact caused by COVID-19 and following careful consideration, #DesignPopUp Glasgow will be postponed until 12 – 14 August 2020.

More info on our events page.

10 Mar 2020
2020 Scottish Design Awards Judges

The judging panels for the 2020 Scottish Design Awards have been confirmed:

2020 Scottish Design Awards Judges

6 Mar 2020
Entries invited for the 23rd Scottish Design Awards

The Scottish Design Awards has resumed its search for the finest examples of architecture and design ahead of the 23rd gathering of the country’s creative community.

Organised by Urban Realm, in partnership with The Drum, the awards showcase boundary shaping work to an audience of design professionals to reward those who’ve gone above and beyond in delivering their briefs.

Urban Realm editor John Glenday said: “In a rapidly changing environment the world can seem to play out in fast-forward all around us, ensuring that the dizzying task of making sense of these changes and documenting progress becomes both harder and more important as each year passes.

“The Scottish Design Awards stand as a conduit for this evolution by drawing upon a unique and distinct medley of talent from Urban Realm and The Drum to make sense of the latest thinking, and developments by condensing one year of work under one roof, for one night, in a singular celebration of the best projects drawn from around the country.”

Open to all architects, engineers, graphic, interior and digital designers who have delivered class-leading work the awards serve as a unifying force and a champion of best practice, sustainability and innovation.

All entries must be received no later than 24 April via the Scottish Design Awards website.

5 Mar 2020
Property leader calls on industry to embrace future challenges

Speaking yesterday at the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) conference in Edinburgh, SPF Chair Robin Blacklock challenged the property industry to deliver financial, social and environmental sustainability for Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes MSP, also addressed the conference, echoing calls for a break in ‘business as usual’ to find innovative solutions to service Scotland’s communities.

The conference looked to other sectors as examples of how to successfully incorporate sustainable business practices with addresses from ScottishPower CEO Keith Anderson and CEO Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc John Reid.

SPF Chair Robin Blacklock said:

“The property industry in Scotland has a great opportunity to shape the future direction of the country by embedding sustainability in its business practices.

“If we are to tackle the challenge of inclusive economic growth as we move towards a carbon neutral economy, we must do things differently.

“We can learn from other industries that have taken those bold steps towards carbon reduction, and from those who’ve set social inclusion at the heart of their businesses.

“By imbedding social and environmental responsibility into our day-to-day business considerations we have a fantastic opportunity to influence our future for the better.

“We must strive to inform political and community leaders about how long-term, sustainable investment is key to meeting their objectives.

“With a collaborative approach, we can start to solve this critical challenge.”

4 Mar 2020
£113 million Research Hub tops out at UofG

Construction reaches major milestone

University of Glasgow New Research Hub building site 2020
image courtesy of architects

The construction of a £113 million research facility at the University of Glasgow has reached a key milestone, with the building topping out.

University of Glasgow New Research Hub building

3 Mar 2020
Political Leadership, Resourcing And Infrastructure Key To Achieving Vision Of Housing To 2040

Political leadership, adequate resourcing and delivery of supporting infrastructure are all essential if Scotland is to have the volume and range of quality homes it requires to meet the diverse needs of its population in 20 years’ time.

HFS Director of Policy Fionna Kell said:
“The provision of new homes is crucial to making Scotland a better place in which to live, work and invest but doing this effectively requires bold, long-term visioning in the context of the climate emergency.

“With an accumulated backlog of 85,000 homes over the last decade or so alone, there must be an overt focus on how to increase and maintain steady investment in the supply of new homes of all tenures in places people want to live.

“This would have massive social and economic benefits in terms of improved health and educational outcomes, skills, training, employment and productivity.

“The first step to realising this potential is to set a national delivery target encompassing all tenures. Such a move would clearly demonstrate intent and help focus the behaviours and funding priorities of all stakeholders.
“Our members build across both public and private sectors and stand ready to play their full part.”

2 Mar 2020
Urban Union submits plans for Gorbals Development
Laurieston Living Gorbals Housing - Glasgow News 2020
images courtesy of Urban Union
Plans have been submitted for the third phase of an award-winning development in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. Regeneration specialists Urban Union – part of the Robertson Group – are seeking planning permission from Glasgow City Council to deliver the homes and commercial space at Laurieston Living:
Laurieston Living Glasgow, New Gorbals Housing

29 Feb 2020
Official Opening and First Exhibition to Celebrate Perth’s New Creative Hub
Perth Creative Exchange, a £4.5 million creative hub which will help boost the local Perthshire arts economy, was officially opened at a launch ceremony on Wednesday February 26, by the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy:
New Creative Hub Perth

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 Extension - Glasgow Building News 2020
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 - Glasgow News 2020
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
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