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31 Jul 2009 - No comments
Lighthouse keeper blows a fuse Well, I sure rattled someone’s cage last week with my reflections on the latest reported trials and tribulations at the Lighthouse. Hardly had the Wrap been...
31 Jul 2009 - No comments
The latest initiative promoting year of homecoming was launched in Glasgow today, Glasgow –the growth of a city, an audio visual stroll through key events in the foundation of “The second city...
31 Jul 2009 - No comments
Archial Architects have lodged outline plans with Perth & Kinross Council for a National Curling Academy in Kinross. The £4m centre is being developed by Kinross Curling Trust, in association...
31 Jul 2009 - No comments
John Gilbert Architects have scooped a treble of award nominations for Creagan Gorm cottages, an affordable housing project in Cairngorms National Park. In the running for the Roses Design...
31 Jul 2009 - No comments
UCL Bartlett School of Architecture has installed two plastic laser sintering machines at its additive layer manufacturing plant. Each machine is capable of creating an exact replica of a...
30 Jul 2009 - No comments
Aberdeen City Council (ACC), presently mulling a £100m contribution toward expanded public space Union Terrace Gardens, have been praised by accounts auditors for their efforts to balance their...
30 Jul 2009 - No comments
Tongues have been set wagging by the publicity shy donor stumping up a hefty £3m in financial support for the scheme with a snowballing speculative guessing game fervently underway in an attempt...
30 Jul 2009 - No comments
Carillion construction has been awarded the contract to build a £116m prison at Low Moss, Bishopbriggs. Demolition of the old Low Moss prison buildings has already been completed and work...
29 Jul 2009 - No comments
Think Lego and you may envisage living room floor based fun and games, perhaps even (more recently) as an architectural tool for house design or even the inspiration for a crazy Top Gear spin off....
29 Jul 2009 - No comments
A Borders village is set for a growth spurt after Buccleuch Property and Elphinstone Estates lodged plans for 900 homes at Whitehill Farm, on the periphery of Newtown St Boswells. The £135m...
29 Jul 2009 - No comments
Construction work has finished on Trongate 103, an £8m centre for the arts and culture in Glasgow’s Merchant City after a lengthy five year build, allowing the first tenants to move in although...
28 Jul 2009 - No comments
Environmental Building Partnership (EBP) are pioneering a dynamic breathing, building system that isn’t just a lot of hot air. As a commercial spin off operation from Aberdeen University,...
28 Jul 2009 - No comments
The webs newest, brightest and freshest architecture site was launched today, Britain’s Best Buildings, a platform for architecture professionals and enthusiasts to share the finest examples of...
28 Jul 2009 - No comments
Dundee has come a long way from its jute, jam and journalism days, a fact proudly proclaimed by the cities new marketing slogan “One City Many Discoveries” which supplants this traditional...
27 Jul 2009 - No comments
John Gilbert Architects have officially opened a refuge for the victims of domestic abuse in Drumchapel. Built for Drumchapel Women’s Aid the centre provides eight self-contained flats with...
27 Jul 2009 - No comments
Austin-Smith:Lord have unveiled their latest school, Merrylee Primary for Glasgow City Council in the cities south side. The £7m facility was conceived in response to both the formal grid...
27 Jul 2009 - No comments
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have provided £129,600 in funding to help progress plans to save the Newbridge Memorial Hall, a stepping stone toward the £3.8m required to restore the Grade II...
27 Jul 2009 - No comments
The Association of Women in Property (WiP) have announced that Helen-Anne Love, an architecture student at Strathclyde University, is a regional winner in the organisations annual student awards....
27 Jul 2009 - No comments
United Auctions (UA) have unveiled their new headquarters and auction mart in Stirling, designed by Archial Architects, which will play host to a range of agri-businesses and the Highland Cattle...
27 Jul 2009 - No comments
Top Gear presenter James May is to let his hair down this weekend by designing a new house in Surrey - from Lego bricks. Volunteers are being sought to fashion the gaff, built entirely from...
23 Jul 2009 - No comments
Well, shockeroonie – the Lighthouse is in financial doo-doo again. Or, to be more accurate, replace ‘again’ with ‘still’. Some things never change, and after my comments last week on...
23 Jul 2009 - No comments
Supermarket giant Asda are on the move, taking the high road to Inverness after gaining outline planning permission for their first Highland store. If a detailed application is approved for...
23 Jul 2009 - No comments
Government ministers have detailed plans to electrify the routes between both London and Swansea and Liverpool and Manchester. Electric trains are attractive to operators for being cleaner,...
23 Jul 2009 - No comments
Edenfit health studios are to provide a degree of gym continuity to the Charing Cross area of Glasgow, by timeously opening their new fitness centre the day after Bannatynes nearby premises closes...
23 Jul 2009 - No comments
A campaign group has been set up to fight planned closure of the Thistle Nursery by the College of Nautical Studies. The cash strapped college cited losses of around £78k at the on-campus...
22 Jul 2009 - No comments
Speirs and Major Associates have just completed ground and exterior lighting on the Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The third largest such structure in the world it...
22 Jul 2009 - No comments
Smith Scott Mullan Associates are riding to the forefront of an ongoing cycle of improvements in the Leith district of Edinburgh by proposing  transformation of a redundant railway line spanning...
22 Jul 2009 - No comments
Pohkit Goh, Buro Happold Ltd and Battle McCarthy Ltd have been named as finalists in a competition to design out construction waste, organised by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in...
21 Jul 2009 - No comments
As a number of National Trust for Scotland (NTS) properties close or see their opening hours reduced members are staging a revolt against what they see as Trust mismanagement. A recent...
21 Jul 2009 - No comments
FIFTYSEVENTEN, a yearbook of student work from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment, chronicling the pursuits and achievements of students over the past twelve...
21 Jul 2009 - No comments
Glasgow’s £210m Airport Rail Link is in doubt after Transport Scotland discovered that relocation of fuel tanks and infrastructure on the airport site may not prove cost effective. Tenders...
20 Jul 2009 - No comments
A group of leading design and technology organisations, including Sony, Samsung and the British Film Institute, have teamed up with Kingston University, London, to dissolve the barriers between art...
20 Jul 2009 - No comments
Plans for a 300 berth marina at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, are to be outlined this week by Scottish Enterprise. The basin, already home to a commercial seaplane service and the cities annual...
20 Jul 2009 - No comments
Calderwood, with an eventual 2,400 homes, is one of the largest such developments in Britain and is set to transform the suburban fringe of Livingston,  zoned for mixed development in the areas...
20 Jul 2009 - No comments
The Lighthouse have responded to recent press reports citing a savage cut in employees, which could leave a skeleton staff of just 13 if 44 staff are made redundant in a worst case scenario. This...
20 Jul 2009 - No comments
Craig Amy, a former associate with Richard Murphy Architects who worked on the Moore Street housing complex amongst others, has launched his own practice with a bang after his housing typology...
17 Jul 2009 - No comments
The Henry Duncan Building, designed by BDP architects, has officially opened to staff and students at Dumfries and Galloway College campus. Also playing host to the Universities of Glasgow,...
16 Jul 2009 - No comments
Selfridges first draft proposals for redevelopment of their in hibernation Candleriggs store, penned by ash design + assessment, have been publicised.  Store bosses insist the plans are only a...
16 Jul 2009 - No comments
Turnberry Hotel has re-opened under the Starwood luxury Collection Brand after £40m refurbishment works were carried out by lead designer 3DReid and Fox Linton Associates on behalf of Leisurecorp....
16 Jul 2009 - No comments
John Gilbert Architects have notched up a double whammy of Awards nominations after scooping a short listing in both the Roses Design Awards and the Sustainable Housing Awards 2009 for their...
16 Jul 2009 - No comments
Willie Miller Urban Design and Malcolm Fraser Architects have been commissioned by Kirkcudbright Forum to develop a shared vision for the future of the town's Harbour Square. The work, funded...
15 Jul 2009 - No comments
Can we do better? Never one to let a dead dog lie when there’s still an opportunity to scuff over its bones, on the back of the recent Wrap piece on Balfour Stewart House (the RMJM building...
15 Jul 2009 - No comments
Collective Architecture has been short listed as the ‘Sustainable Social Housing Construction Consultancy of the Year’ at The Sustainable Housing Awards 2009, organised by Inside Housing...
15 Jul 2009 - No comments
Govan has scooped a £939,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Townscape Heritage Initiative, adding to a five year, £5.3m fund being put together for the area by Glasgow City...
15 Jul 2009 - No comments
Architecture + Design Scotland have appointed Trevor Muir OBE as the organisation’s interim CEO after the departure of Sebastian Tombs. Muir arrives at A+DS from Midlothian Council where he...
15 Jul 2009 - No comments
Golfing has long enjoyed a strong following in Scotland, from the infamous Trump penned leviathan at Menie to world famous resorts at Loch Lomond and St Andrews. Now this golfing legacy is...
15 Jul 2009 - No comments
Archial Architects have won outline planning approval for the largest residential development to hit Lochaber in 30 years. Lorne Developments are to build some 301 homes will be created at...
14 Jul 2009 - No comments
Twelve leading European industrial and banking giants – including Siemens, E.ON and Deutsche Bank have met with German government officials in Munich to sign a memorandum of Understanding in the...
14 Jul 2009 - No comments
Nominations for the Roses Design Awards 2009, in association with Invest in Nottingham, have been made, chosen by a select band of architecture experts chaired by Ian Simpson who faced the onerous...
14 Jul 2009 - No comments
Glaswegians seeking the perfect beach this summer may not have far to go as the beach comes to them. Locals will have to squint to believe their eyes as a mirage like fifty tonnes of real sand...
13 Jul 2009 - No comments
The Doors Open Day line up for 2009 has been unveiled by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and, as ever, a range of pursuits, interests, events and walks are being laid on this autumn to...
13 Jul 2009 - No comments
The Scottish Parliament has endured much criticism in its short history through perceived inadequacies in its architecture, “I could do better”, being a common refrain from the average punter....
13 Jul 2009 - No comments
German housebuilder WeberHaus has launched a showhome in the Highland village of Kincraig in a bid to showcase their distinct brand of low carbon homes to clients, developers, architects and other...
13 Jul 2009 - No comments
Barr Construction, based in Glasgow, have been awarded the contract to construct the Basketball Arena for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Olympic Delivery Authority awarded the contract in their...
13 Jul 2009 - No comments
Radical changes wrought to planning policy since 2005, notably the White Paper – Modernising Planning, find themselves subject to both criticism and praise by Roger Laird, senior planning...
10 Jul 2009 - No comments
A planning application has been submitted to Glasgow City Council for “The Big Man”, a dramatic skeletal steel figure towering above a three legged bridge at the Stockingfield junction of the...
10 Jul 2009 - No comments
A menagerie of exotic wildlife could materialise on the banks of the Clyde if the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s plans for transplanting a slice of the Amazon to the urban jungle of...
10 Jul 2009 - No comments
A stay of execution has been granted to five multi storey tower blocks in Glasgow’s Sighthill estate after Glasgow Housing Association agreed to undertake a full assessment of the financial...
10 Jul 2009 - No comments
Sutherland Hussey have completed their first Chinese project, a timber canopy gateway to the Xiling ski resort near Chengdu. Three columns support a 40m long canopy to provide shelter for...
10 Jul 2009 - No comments
Povall Worthington Architects have officially lodged their intentions to build what would be Glasgow’s tallest structure, the 30 storey Savoy Tower, following the demise of even brasher schemes...
9 Jul 2009 - No comments
Judging has wrapped up on the Roses Awards 2009, the premier celebration of architecture and design outwith the M25 belt. Under the chairmanship of Ian Simpson a hand picked team of architects...
9 Jul 2009 - No comments
Neva mind – there’s a gold glow in the east It can hardly be a surprise to anyone that the consortium selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the £300m campus for the 2014 Commonwealth...
9 Jul 2009 - No comments
Keppie are celebrating successful delivery of their latest baby, the Ayrshire Maternity Unit at Crosshouse Hospital. The facility joins six siblings across the country, all belonging to the...
9 Jul 2009 - No comments
Voting for the Public Choice Winner in 3DReid’s student competition gets underway as web users are invited to rank their top three students in a bid to elicit which young gun gets the public most...
7 Jul 2009 - No comments
Polarcap, in association with Hyperground, have teamed up with a group of artists to transform a former DHS office into a Heavy Metal exhibition by artists, many of whom used the offices to sign...
7 Jul 2009 - No comments
The London Night Hike, a 20 mile overnight trek around London’s architectural attractions, is seeking architect firms willing to sign up for this years event, certain to find favour with all...
7 Jul 2009 - No comments
Construction work is officially underway on the largest warships ever to enter Royal Navy service after a steel cutting ceremony took place at a Govan shipyard where portions of two 65,000 tonne...
7 Jul 2009 - No comments
Fresh from tram travails Edinburgh is facing a rubbish rebellion after bin men threatened summer chaos by going on strike during the city’s Festival period. A walk-out would damage...
6 Jul 2009 - No comments
A sculptural installation has taken shape on London’s Bedford Square, the work of student concept designer Danecia Sibingo. Entitled Driftwood, the piece has been created to defy...
6 Jul 2009 - No comments
Work is continuing apace on the remodelling of the former Great Eastern hostel following an earlier partial collapse of a gable wall. In progress are plans by Milnbank Housing Association to...
3 Jul 2009 - No comments
Scotland’s five World Heritage sites – The Antonine Wall, St Kilda, New Lanark, Heart of Neolithic Orkney and the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, are to be digitally documented as part of an...
3 Jul 2009 - No comments
Artists impressions of Napier University’s new look Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences have been revealed by RMJM to coincide with a topping out ceremony, recently held at the Sighthill...
3 Jul 2009 - No comments
America’s newest observation platform, all glass balconies protruding from the 103rd floor skydeck at Sears Tower, has opened to the public. Dubbed “The Ledge” each balcony sports 1.5...
2 Jul 2009 - No comments
A 32 foot high steel sculpture is to adorn the approaches to Cumbernauld in a bid to provide the Carbuncle capital with a sorely needed image boost. Costed at £250k the artwork is the...
2 Jul 2009 - No comments
Gordon Murray, co-founder of Glasgow based gm+ad architects, has waded into the ongoing UNESCO fracas with a biting polemic against “authoritarian rulings” made in respect of the height and...
2 Jul 2009 - No comments
The Future Scotland series of debates continued its momentum at the Lighthouse last night by tackling the thorny question of why, with 50 years of experience in the modern era, we are still...
2 Jul 2009 - No comments
Aberdeen has seen arrival of its first “A” rated Energy Performance Certificate for the £3m Active Renewable Energy Centre, which provides a mix of office and workshop space. An...
2 Jul 2009 - No comments
An unusual housing development from Gareth Hoskins Architects (Architect Team of the Year) and MacTaggart and Mickel has won planning approval from Glasgow City Council. Located within a...
1 Jul 2009 - No comments
3DReid have unveiled seven finalists for their fourth annual Student Prize, an opportunity for the winner to scoop £1,500 in the largest practice-run award in the UK. The awards are bigger...
1 Jul 2009 - No comments
The Scottish Construction Network (SCC) have launched their latest initiative, dubbed the Performance Improvement Network (PIN). This marks an attempt to pin down a consistent approach to...
1 Jul 2009 - No comments
Broadway One, a development of 125,466sq/ft of Grade A office space in Glasgow, has been completed by joint venture partners IVG Development (UK) and Ediston Properties. Several theatres,...
1 Jul 2009 - No comments
A new initiative, Scottish Renaissance Towns, has been launched to better address the challenges facing small town Scotland.  The process aims to select the most successful futures for these areas...
1 Jul 2009 - No comments
Richard Murphy and George Ferguson, ex-President of the RIBA, paired up with gusto at a recent get together after throwing caution to the wind and taking to the skies in Murphy’s very own...
1 Jul 2009 - No comments
Mea Culpa – twice After last week’s Wrap I found myself accused of becoming a professional journalist because I had apparently got a couple of my facts wrong. First, in my short update on...

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