Glasgow News December 2013 : Buildings in Scotland, Architecture Information

Glasgow Building News December 2013

Strathclyde Architectural Developments – Built Environment West Scotland

Glasgow News – December 2013

Strathclyde Architecture Design News

New Glasgow School Campus
The construction of a new education facility on the site of the current St Brendan’s Primary School in the north west of the city has been agreed by Glasgow City Council. Garscadden and Yoker Primary Schools plus Thirlstane and Kelso nurseries will all close, with a new non-denominational primary school and nursery replacing them. The campus will also include a new St Brendan’s Primary School. 16 Dec

Port Glasgow Development
BAM Construction has handed over a £10m building to UK private developer, Gallagher Developments, in Port Glasgow which has been pre-let to home improvement specialists, B&Q. The company has also started working on the next phase of Gallagher Shopping Park, located on Greenock Road. 16 Dec

IES Sign Statement of Cooperation with Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) and Masdar Institute will work together to promote mutual interest of creating a more sustainable built environment

Glasgow, December 10, 2013 – IES today announced it has signed an agreement with Masdar Institute of Science and Technology to form a working partnership that will promote the creation of a more sustainable built environment. The agreement includes the provision of free academic licenses of the IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) to students studying at the institute. IES will also provide six-week internships to the students.

IES has a vast range of building analysis software tools and will be extending its capability in a number of areas including Masterplanning, Smart Cities and Smart Building Control. Masdar Institute has educational and research and development interests in all these areas and particularly as related to Abu Dhabi and Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates. This agreement will allow students to use IES software on research and development for the Masdar Institute. IES will benefit from the feedback from this work, incorporating it into its own R&D programme.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “The agreement with Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), world leaders in precision and intelligent sustainability solutions, reflects our status as a front-runner in clean energy research, seeking collaboration with globally renowned institutions. We are privileged to enter into this partnership that will further facilitate our knowledge and human capital building efforts in the UAE and the GCC region, while helping to curb carbon emissions in built environment.”

”Masdar Institute has a strong track record in building and city energy modelling, as demonstrated by the number and variety of ongoing research projects sponsored by major Abu Dhabi energy players, such as Tabreed District Cooling Company and the Executive Affairs Authority.” says, Afshin Afshari, Professor of Practice, Engineering Systems and Management, Masdar Institute. “Applications range from demand-side management decision support to urban heat island assessment and fault detection and diagnosis of air-conditioning equipment. Our agreement with IES will enable us to further develop this expertise in the service of greater energy efficiency in the building sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, through specialized training of our students and close interaction with the R&D team of IES.”

“IES has an extensive R&D programme with a large portfolio of European funded research projects in progress that are looking at the same areas of interest as Masdar Institute, and Masdar City is an ideal site to test much of this development work.” says, Don McLean, Founder and CEO, IES. “This partnership is an excellent opportunity to make significant advancements in our joint vision for the creation of a more sustainable built environment.”

Strengthening links with Nordic neighbours

External Affairs Secretary visits Denmark and Sweden

09/12/2013 – External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop is in Denmark and Sweden to strengthen Scotland’s increasing engagement with the two countries.

Fiona Hyslop Visits Denmark and Sweden

Ms Hyslop arrived in Copenhagen last night where she met with leading Danish architects. Today she will meet with the Danish Culture Ministry before crossing the Oresund Bridge to Sweden, where she will state the compelling case for Scotland to become a modern independent country during a lecture at Lund University.

The short visit is the latest in a series of knowledge exchanges between Scotland and her Nordic and Baltic neighbours that are helping to inform the development of key policy areas.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:
“There is much that Scotland can learn from Denmark and Sweden.

“Sweden has consistently been in the top 10 of the UN Human Development Index with its strong track record in the provision of childcare and environmental management, and Denmark has long been at the forefront of the preservation of urban, rural and marine environments.

“We are determined to build on our increasing links with our Nordic and Baltic neighbours to ensure Scotland can continue to benefit from their expertise in the areas for which they are world-renowned.

“Scotland is committed to playing a full and constructive role in helping Europe reform itself to be more responsive to people’s needs and our cooperation in policy areas with our Nordic colleagues is a clear demonstration of our willingness to find joint solutions to the challenges of tomorrow.”

“This visit demonstrates the Scottish Government’s aim of building strong, collaborative relationships across Europe in line with our ambition to become a modern, independent country and a full and equal member state of the European Union.

“Independence will enable Scotland to take its place at the top table to directly represent and defend Scotland’s national interests when EU legislative, policy and funding decisions are being made.”
“In the meantime will continue to work on an equal basis with other nations like Denmark and Sweden to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”


Ms Hyslop travelled to Copenhagen on Sunday December 8 and met with the city’s Architect Tina Saaby and Scottish architect David Sim from of Gehl Architects – one of the world’s leading urban design and placemaking practices. Ms Hyslop will also visit the Danish Architecture Centre.

On Monday evening Ms Hyslop will deliver her lecture: ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ at the University of Lund.

The European Union’s new Nordic Periphery and Arctic programme for 2014-2020 will launch next year under Scotland’s leadership and provide a great opportunity to deepen collaboration and cooperation.

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