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23 Dec 2008 - No comments
It’s a big, bad world out there, and particularly at Christmas.  Can it be a coincidence that Santa dresses in red and is an anagram of Satan? According to the Royal Society for the...
23 Dec 2008 - No comments
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust… old mobile phones to bricks and mortar… a new church in the village of Bankfoot, Perthshire is attempting to call god by ringing in the changes as a green...
22 Dec 2008 - No comments
Aurora Hotels are set to bring some northern light to Larbert thanks to the enterprise of managing director Steven McLeod.  The Stirling based hotelier has lodged plans with Falkirk council for a...
22 Dec 2008 - No comments
A competition launched by Norwich Union, with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has been inundated by a flood of entries. With land scarcity forcing continual...
22 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen has approved a revised estates masterplan from Building Design Partnership, signaling the start of a period of development which will transform the Garthdee...
22 Dec 2008 - No comments
Irreverent Glaswegian comedian Frankie Boyle has got in on the Carbuncles act with his latest stand up show. In Frankie Boyle Live at the Apollo, the ginger impresario lampoons last years...
22 Dec 2008 - No comments
Crackers or what? The holiday season is upon us, so hopefully this week’s Wrap will help fill those dull moments between the office party and the familial bonhomie of Xmas day. Of course, the...
22 Dec 2008 - No comments
A unique lifestyle boutique in the south side of Glasgow has metamorphosed from the cocoon of a traditional ground floor tenement unit and spread its wings at 8 Skirving Street, Glasgow....
19 Dec 2008 - No comments
Jurys Inn are to proceed with a second Glasgow hotel, despite a damning verdict on their first venture by architecture pundits. Occupying a waterfront spot at Lancefield Quay, within sight of...
19 Dec 2008 - No comments
Fresh office accommodation in the form of Westport is now taking shape at the hands of Kenmore Property Group and Michael Laird Architects. The property occupies a prominent position at the...
19 Dec 2008 - No comments
The AJ are reporting that Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects (gm+ad) have been hit by their second major blow in as many weeks with news that Glasgow City Council have pulled the plug on the...
19 Dec 2008 - No comments
Gareth Hoskins has spoken out in the AJ over his decision to pick up the commission to design Trump’s notorious golf resort, regarded as toxic by environmental campaigners.   A widely...
19 Dec 2008 - No comments
Hotel du Vin have opened a bistro and hotel within that most inauspicious of abodes, a former lunatic asylum. Present thinking on care for the insane is to provide treatment in a more...
19 Dec 2008 - No comments
The highest honour that the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) can bestow, an Honourary Fellowship, has been awarded to Sunand Prasad, President of the Royal Institute of British...
19 Dec 2008 - No comments
Glasgow City Mission are in process of relocating from their current premises to an under construction facility on Brown Street. The flit is being financed courtesy of the god of capitalism,...
18 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Rumjum express has pulled into North America, subsuming the Hillier Architecture name within the worldwide RMJM brand. This title rationalisation forms part of a wider overhaul of the...
18 Dec 2008 - No comments
Some good news on the jobs front comes from EDAW Edinburgh who have appointed four new Associate Directors. The international practice specialises in the core disciplines of landscape...
18 Dec 2008 - No comments
The RIAS Christmas reception took place last night in the unconventional surroundings of St Thomas’ Church.  An ornate interior had been hidden behind the partitions of an ungodly casino for...
18 Dec 2008 - No comments
Princes Street could become a no go area for traffic in the New Year to allow tram tracks to be laid. The city’s premier retail destination could be connected to the tram network by November...
18 Dec 2008 - No comments
A proposed redesign and refurbishment programme at Dumfries Infirmary have advanced with the appointment of bam as business partner. The £120m redevelopment plans constitute a logistical...
18 Dec 2008 - No comments
A planning application has been submitted to Gateshead Borough Council by Red Box Design for a £13m design facility, Design Centre North. The artistic hub is expected to drive growth in...
17 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is considering jettisoning a formal partnership agreement with the Royal Incorporation of British Architects (RIBA). This follows a...
17 Dec 2008 - No comments
An enforced sell off of Edinburgh Airport is on the cards after the Competition Commission (CC) laid down the law to airports operator BAA. The airport specific demands have come as a...
17 Dec 2008 - No comments
As the sun sets on 2008 and hearts and minds train on approaching festivities, the coming year begins to loom large in our thoughts. Leaping to the fore of any architecture and design...
17 Dec 2008 - No comments
Fresh architectural arrivals continue to berth at Leith Docks which is now to be denoted by a gateway ten storey development from Forth Ports. Monickered “Pier One” the spanking £15m...
16 Dec 2008 - No comments
One of Europe’s largest brown field sites, the former Royal Ordnance factory at Bishopton, will see massive mixed use development after plans by RedRow and BAE Systems were green lighted by...
16 Dec 2008 - No comments
Wylie Shanks Architects are dusting down their trophy cabinet in an early herald of Christmas after being presented with an award in recognition of their commitment to partnership working....
16 Dec 2008 - No comments
Doig+Smith have been appointed by The City of Edinburgh Council as quantity surveyors for the £12m refurbishment of the Assembly Rooms, George Street. The renowned venue, which opened its...
16 Dec 2008 - No comments
David Narro Associates are striking out west to take advantage of business opportunities across the west of Scotland with the opening of their Glaswegian base. The James Morrison Street...
15 Dec 2008 - No comments
Planning permission has been secured for the Craigshill Learning Disabilities Centre in Livingstone for West Lothian Council. Designed by macmon architects the flagship learning centre will...
15 Dec 2008 - No comments
Trains could be pulling into St Enoch Station for the fist time since 1966, when the Beaching axe fell upon the gothic barrel vaulted splendour of the Victorian original, according to the Strategic...
15 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Last Emperor A couple of weeks ago I gave MAKE full marks for being upfront about the demise of its Scottish outpost but, as with all things on the public relations front, the important...
15 Dec 2008 - No comments
An architecturally distinguished residence has taken shape in a quiet corner of the rural landscape of Meigle, Perthshire. Designed by Graeme Hutton and David Jameson of the University of...
12 Dec 2008 - No comments
John McAslan, senior partner of John McAslan and Partners, has initiated a full renovation of the Burgh Hall in the coastal town of Dunoon to provide new community facilities. This supercedes a...
12 Dec 2008 - No comments
Michael Laird Architects have marked completion of their latest residential venture, East Fettes Avenue for Cala Homes. Replacing a 1970’s office building the rectilinear site with views...
12 Dec 2008 - No comments
A £31.4m sport facility at Ravenscraig has hit the ground running after North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) ploughed an additional £2.38m into the development to ensure it went ahead. The...
12 Dec 2008 - No comments
Restoration work on Blackburn House in West Lothian is now complete.  Masterminded by Simpson & Brown Architects the works have transformed the derelict Georgian farmhouse into a centre for the...
11 Dec 2008 - No comments
The golfing mecca of St Andrew’s is to receive a new Hotel du Vin after the hotel chain hit a straight putt past Fife Council’s planners. The £10million proposal from 3DReid will...
11 Dec 2008 - No comments
Glasgow’s eternally championed and never actioned “Crossrail” scheme has been scuppered for the umpteenth time after the Scottish Government dingied the near mythical line in their transport...
11 Dec 2008 - No comments
A host of celebrities, including Brian Cox, Colin Montgomerie, Oliver Jeffers, Scott Hastings and Lorraine Kelly, have put pen to paper in a night of creative fun.  Commissioned by international...
11 Dec 2008 - No comments
Portobello High School has been earmarked to receive priority funding from a shortlist of five Edinburgh schools, after being identified as being in greatest need.  The money would be used...
11 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Scottish Government has outlined its transport vision for the coming decades, foremost among them a new Forth crossing. The colossal expenditure originally required to realise this...
11 Dec 2008 - No comments
Cardross seminary’s prayers could finally be answered following a divine intervention from the Church, which is now willing to sell the historic A-listed premises.   The abandoned halls and...
11 Dec 2008 - No comments
236 Broomielaw emerged today as the latest high profile scheme to be brought back down to earth with a bump by the credit crunch. The international style slab would have towered 30 floors...
10 Dec 2008 - No comments
A 634 pupil primary school by JM architects is to go ahead on a gap site at Hillhead, despite concerns over traffic pressures, delay and cost. Budget constraints at the council had threatened...
10 Dec 2008 - No comments
Taxpayers money is to be used to shore up so-called “lead developers” in return for providing cheaper accommodation for those in need. Traditionally housing associations have borne this...
10 Dec 2008 - No comments
Optimal Venetian Red, a high performance wood stain, provides an eye-catching, low maintenance protective coating that will last for up to 12 years for a timber clad house nestling in a picturesque...
9 Dec 2008 - No comments
Edinburgh’s newest new town could soon sprout on an unpromising tract of ex-industrial lands as detailed plans for Leith Docks go before city leaders tomorrow.   Cocking a snoop at the...
9 Dec 2008 - No comments
The tongue twisting Banknock and Haggs Special Initiative for Residential led regeneration (SIRR) has been prepared by Falkirk Council as a consultative draft Development Framework. Basically...
9 Dec 2008 - No comments
Design and engineering company Morgan Professional Services (MPS) are marking successful completion of the third and final phase of their £20.2 million redevelopment project for HMP Perth....
9 Dec 2008 - No comments
Edinburgh based Reiach and Hall, have been appointed to design campuses for Forth Valley College at both Stirling and Alloa in addition to helping develop a master plan for Falkirk. The...
9 Dec 2008 - No comments
Family run Housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel has appointed Joanne Casey as sales director. With 23 years' experience, Joanne will oversee Mactaggart & Mickel's team of sales consultants at its...
9 Dec 2008 - No comments
TTS, one of Scotland’s leading companies in renewable energy and environmental engineering, scooped a highly commended prize at the 2008 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES)...
9 Dec 2008 - No comments
Page \ Park’s recently completed pre-feasibility study for Renfrewshire Council has been unveiled. The practice has drawn up plans for a new cultural centre in the town following a brief...
8 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Carbon Trust in Scotland is calling for all architects, designers, contractors and project managers in the private and public sectors that have been involved in delivering new or refurbished...
8 Dec 2008 - No comments
Substantial £60m expansion plans have been unveiled by The Avenue shopping Centre, Newton Mearns.   A retail blueprint will see the Centre double in size via expansion across the site of an...
8 Dec 2008 - No comments
Plans to remove a cascade of steps from the front porch of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall have been met with vociferous opposition from Historic Scotland. The heritage body has begun formal...
5 Dec 2008 - No comments
The plight of architects in the present jobs market is perhaps best embodied by Adrian Welch who finds himself redundant for the second time in as many months.  Having fled Michael Laird as...
5 Dec 2008 - No comments
Macmon are toasting national recognition after Gartnavel Royal Hospital secured the 2008 NHS Scotland Environment, Estates and Facilities Design Award and has also been commended in the Best Mental...
5 Dec 2008 - No comments
Stockland Halladale are to bust the national pile up of retail wrecks by proceeding with the largest shopping offer that Edinburgh city centre has seen since the opening of Harvey Nichols. The...
5 Dec 2008 - No comments
Interlink M74, a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Est, Morrison Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine have taken to the road to prepare the ground for Glasgow’s M74. The five mile stretch...
5 Dec 2008 - No comments
An inconvenient truth Ah the Olympic Games – don’t you just love them? It’s only a couple of weeks since I last wrote about Captain Coe’s Gravy Train, otherwise known as the London 2012...
5 Dec 2008 - No comments
Gorgie could find itself in possession of a skyline with the arrival of 164 towering student dorms. The student mecca has jumped from the pen of Covell Matthews Architects who have been...
4 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Scottish Government has allocated £2.59m to housing associations in the Stirling area to buy unsold stock from the private sector.  This money will be used to purchase 34 houses in...
4 Dec 2008 - No comments
Studio DuB are bubbling with joy after receiving planning and listed building consent to construct five apartments within a derelict boiler house in the Scottish Borders. Planners warmed to...
4 Dec 2008 - No comments
Mareel, Shetland’s £12m music, cinema and education venue, has secured £2.8m of European funding. The Gareth Hoskins designed project is being championed by Shetland Island Council....
4 Dec 2008 - No comments
As the Dubai property bubble pops the immediate repercussions have been felt ricocheting around RMJM’s Middle eastern operations.  The practice now plans to lay off at least 20 of its 350 strong...
4 Dec 2008 - No comments
Against a backdrop of consolidation, entrenchment, lay offs and closure Ryder Architecture are bucking the trend by expanding their Glasgow office. An additional 100sqm of space is being taken...
4 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Department of Culture has unveiled a consultation exercise into the UK’s approach to UNESCO World Heritage Status (WHS), of particular salience to Edinburgh. The consultation will...
4 Dec 2008 - No comments
Gareth Hoskins Architects have been appointed alongside specialist golf course architects Hawtree Ltd to masterplan Trump International Golf Links, Scotland. The first stage of this work has...
4 Dec 2008 - No comments
The Scottish Government's Infrastructure minister, Stewart Stevenson, has pledged to slice through the bureaucratic tangle with which households can become ensnared when they wish to carry out home...
3 Dec 2008 - No comments
Malcolm Fraser is heading a rear guard action on behalf of the Merger Action Group (MAG) to appeal against the government sponsored merger of HBOS and Lloyds.  The deal would ordinarily be...
3 Dec 2008 - No comments
Peelhouses outside Lockerbie could enter the record books as home to the world’s largest data centre after Lockerbie Data Centres Ltd announced plans to create an internet village on the...
3 Dec 2008 - No comments
Denny is to be allocated £11m of regeneration cash by Falkirk Council to pursue redevelopment of a decaying 1960’s complex within the town centre. The derelict centre is plagued by damp and...
3 Dec 2008 - No comments
Alex Salmond officially opened Glasgow Airports new security search area today.  Touring the facilities in front of specially bussed in school children, the First Minister explained: “I like...
2 Dec 2008 - No comments
A £30m vision to rejuvenate Paisley Town Hall, Library and Museum & Art Galleries have been announced by Renfrewshire Council. Attempts to transform Paisley into a cultural mecca are being...
2 Dec 2008 - No comments
Work on a £58 million animal biosciences building has started on-site at Easter Bush near Penicuik following formal approval of planning permission by Midlothian Council. The building is...
1 Dec 2008 - No comments
Reaching the big four-o remains a cause of anxiety for many, but in cityscape terms it looks to remain a forever unattainable goal.  Cooper Cromar's emerald palace, a competition entry for...
1 Dec 2008 - No comments
Austin Smith Lord’s residential scheme for Charing Cross Housing Association is now on site at Hill Street, Glasgow. It has been a long steep climb to advance this far but steelwork has now...
1 Dec 2008 - No comments
A serious cash shortage at Scotland’s centre for Architecture and Design, The Lighthouse, has been plugged via a concerted rescue package from the Centre’s funding partners, Glasgow City...
1 Dec 2008 - No comments
Make is to vacate its Scottish presence and fall back on the capital after worsening economic conditions took their toll on the practices fortunes. The Edinburgh office will close this...
1 Dec 2008 - No comments
Mea culpa Before we go any further I have to make a confession – I read the signs completely wrongly a couple of months ago when I mentioned MAKE’s astonishing financial success. In...
1 Dec 2008 - No comments
Professor Andrew MacMillan and Professor Isi Metzstein have been named as joint winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education.   Established in 2000, the...

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