Glasgow News October 2013 : Buildings in Scotland, Architecture Information

Glasgow Building News October 2013

Strathclyde Architectural Developments – Built Environment West Scotland

Glasgow News – October 2013

Strathclyde Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Former Isola Factory Building
A vast TV and film studio complex will be a permanent legacy of Scotland’s answer to hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, under plans announced by the owner of the former Isola factory in Cumbernauld where filming has just started on US sci-fi show Outlander. Terry Thomson said the complex would help prevent Scotland missing out on major productions in future. 31 Oct

Scottish Timber Frame Company News
Stewart Milne Timber Systems has helped to deliver a cost effective and energy efficient student accommodation building for Essex University as part of the institution’s commitment to provide top quality living quarters for students. This project is part of a host of recent wins in the education sector, a growing area of business for the group, which has also delivered BREEAM Excellent and Outstanding rated accommodation for the universities of Plymouth and Bradford. The Meadows at Essex University, which was also designed to BREEAM Excellent standard, was constructed using Stewart Milne’s Sigma II Build System, a cutting edge timber frame technology that delivers superior insulation and air tightness through closed panel systems. 31 Oct

Police Scotland HQ
Police Scotland will be asked to approve the construction of a new headquarters in Dalmarnock today. The new HQ could save £1.4m a year in running costs. Police in Glasgow have planned the move from Pitt Street to the east end since 2008, with the proposed new state-of-the-art facility close to the Commonwealth Games village better suited to modern policing methods. It has also been argued that an HQ in the city’s east end would spark regeneration in the area. The proposed building on the banks of the Clyde would cost an estimated £4.3m. 30 Oct

Scottish Home Builders News
Home builders respond to “positive indicator” as number of homes sold increases significantly in last quarter.
Responding to Registers of Scotland (RoS) figures for the last quarter which indicate that the number of homes sold between July and September this year increased significantly on the same period last year, Chief Executive of trade body Homes for Scotland Philip Hogg said:
“We welcome these latest figures which indicate an increase of 22.5% in the total volume of sales registered across Scotland in the last quarter – representing the highest quarterly figure recorded by RoS since 2008.
“This positive indicator is further reinforced by the recent addition of the Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme, which has already proven to be a major stimulus to market recovery since its launch just last month.
“However, whilst both consumer and business confidence may be growing, if we are to build enough homes to meet Scotland’s requirements we need to address the supply-side issues such as skills, developer contributions and the release of land for housing which may yet hamper a sustainable recovery.” 30 Oct

Glasgow Health Centre News
A new £11m health centre in Glasgow designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects has gained planning allowing Morgan Sindall to start work under its Scottish Hub West deal.
Work will start in the Spring on the new Eastwood Health and Care Centre, which will to replace Clarkston Clinic, and serve the whole of the Eastwood area of East Renfrewshire. the three-storey health centre houses clinical rooms on the ground level, with four GP practices on the first floor, and staff spaces on the second floor. The three floors are connected by a triple-height space.
The 6,000m² building is arranged around two courtyards which allow natural daylight and ventilation into the building. The project is expected to complete in early 2015. 30 Oct

Scottish Architect Shortlisted for Design Competition
This architecture contest sought design ideas for housing in the private rental market.
Andrew Stoane Architect the only one (of four architects) shortlisted from Scotland:
Private Rental Housing Design Competition. 23 Oct

Clyde Gateway Award
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has named Clyde Gateway as the top regeneration project in the UK ahead of many other prestigious projects including the London 2012 Olympic Park. It is the first time since the RICS Awards began that a Scottish project has been given the top award in any category. 22 Oct

Southern General Office Building
BMJ Architects have submitted plans for a new office building within the Southern General Hospital campus, reports Urban Realm. 21 Oct

Denny Rejection
A collective of tenant’s residents associations from the Denny area have joined forces to oppose the £6.5m regeneration of their town centre proposed by Falkirk Council, reports Urban Realm today. 21 Oct

The Kelpies
The Kelpies
picture : Graeme Gilmour
A reminder of what The Kelpies project is all about – two horses head sculptures by world-renowned sculptor, Andy Scott. The architects are Nicoll Russell Studios. 17 Oct

110 Queen Street News
Brodies LLP has signed up as the first occupier at BAM Properties latest office development at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow.
Scotland’s largest law firm, which currently has an office in Blythswood Square, will lease 25,000 sqft on the sixth floor and part of the seventh floor within the nine storey building which is being developed by BAM.
The development faces goma and is just south west of George Square, in the heart of the city centre. The move reaffirms the firm’s commitment to Glasgow as a vibrant business centre and is testament to BAM, whose confidence in the market led it to invest in the city at an extremely challenging time for the UK property market. 11 Oct

Architecture and Design Scotland Events
Architecture and Design Scotland are running a series of Friday lunchtime talks and the first one was this Friday from 1-2 pm in The Lighthouse.
David Sim gave the first ‘This Friday’ lunchtime talk “Cities are for people” to show why and how we can make our cities for people. David is a partner at Gehl Architects Urban Quality consultants.
Full details:
The screening of the film Human Scale on Friday evening was sold out. 11 Oct

South Glasgow Hospitals Campus News
New South Glasgow Hospital Campus
picture from architect
South Glasgow Hospital Buildings Campus – designed by Nightingale Associates. 10 Oct

East Balornock Estate Regeneration
Plans showing the final stages of one of the largest housing regeneration projects in Glasgow are to go on show. Home Scotland is to unveil plans for the final four stages of a £30m transformation of Glasgow’s East Balornock estate. The affordable housing provider is almost half way through its regeneration programme. Phases one and two have been completed providing 81 modern energy efficient homes for those who live in the area. Phase three is currently underway which will take that number to 127 homes. 10 Oct

Sir Edwin Lutyens, the planning of New Delhi
8 Oct 2013
The Asia Scotland Institute are delighted to welcome to Scotland as part of our Arts & Culture programming Sunita Kohli, a world-leading expert in historical architectural restoration from India, who has generously agreed to give an illustrated talk on the creation of the New Delhi by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
The Mackintosh Lecture Theatre, Basement, The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ – more details on the Glasgow Events page.

Scottish Designers in Germany
Design: NVA, Glasgow, with choreographer Pipo Tafel
The Speed of Light in Ruhr
photo © McAteer

The Speed of Light Project
This project reimagined urban and rural landscapes with the creative Scottish team collaborating with German choreographer Pipo Tafel. 8 Oct

Glasgow Police Station Buildings to close
More than a dozen Glasgow police stations are to shut after midnight in a cost-cutting shake up, reports the Evening Times today. Police Scotland propose a raft of late night public counter closures to save money. The changes affect more than half of the 24 stations in the greater Glasgow G ­Division area. It isn’t just Glasgow that is affected, police stations across Scotland are due to close (ie not just after midnight but completely). 2 Oct

City of Glasgow College Campus
Work to deliver a £228m campus for the newly formed City of Glasgow College has begun with the demolition of the old Allan Glen’s school building on Cathedral Street, reports Urban Realm today. 1 Oct

DEDICATE final seminar
21 Oct
This event will take place on the 21st of October in the Lecture Theatre of the McGregor Building, Western Infirmary.

The DEDICATE (Design’s Digital Curation for Architecture) project is an AHRC funded initiative hosted at the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) of the University of Glasgow. Its activities focus on the curation of digital records related to the Built Environment to investigate policies, requirements and procedures to foster a common and sustainable curatorial framework for these assets minimising their loss risks and maximising their reusability and interoperability across domains. This DEDICATE seminar gathers together speakers from different institutions and background to demonstrate a variety of initiatives addressing the management of Built Environment related data that converge investigative methods, cultural approaches to data production and management and digital techniques.

How to register
This event is open and free but a booking through Eventbrite is necessary to secure a place. You can find the event booking form at

Outline programme
10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:35 DURAARK – Michelle Lindlar, German National Library of Science and Technology
11:15 Preserving CAD, the DPC report – Alex Ball, University of Bath
11:45 Coffee break
11:45 BIM centre – Graham Hayne, Glasgow Caledonian University
12:15 the NBS BIM program – John McKechnie, National Building Specification
12:45 Lunch
13:45 CyArk Europe – Adam Frost, CyArk Europe
14:15 Curating the RCAHMS collections- Emily Nimmo, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
14:45 Beyond Built Heritage Documentation: digital applications needs for research and conservation – Cristina Gonzalez-Longo, University of Strathclyde
15:15 Coffee break
15:45 round table/workshops
16:30 Thanks and close

Dr Ruggero Lancia, R202A, George Service House, HATII, 11 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QH

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