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30 Sep 2009 - No comments
An expected bidding war to build a new Forth bridge mustered only a whimper as a mere two bidders were prepared to shoulder potential unexpected cost increased on the £2.3bn fixed price bridge...
30 Sep 2009 - No comments
WRAP have employed specialist compost at Polkemmet, a former open cast coalmine, to illustrate how to  produce a soil blend that is conducive to grass growth without recourse to ferrying shale to...
30 Sep 2009 - No comments
RMJM’s Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, a collaboration between Duke University in the USA and National University of Singapore, has been officially opened by the country’s Prime...
30 Sep 2009 - No comments
With a drop in expenditure on social housing from £524.9m to £351.9m by the Scottish Government on the cards in a draft budget for 2010-11 the public sector looks set to experience the sort of...
30 Sep 2009 - No comments
Brian Inkster of Inksters Solicitors and Nicola Walls an architect with Page\Park are heading to Argentina this November to assist in the construction of homes for families living in poverty....
30 Sep 2009 - No comments
Ambitious plans have been put forward for the Central Scotland Green Network, a long term strategy for the rehabilitation of some 2,500 square miles of land into a network of woodland, green space,...
30 Sep 2009 - No comments
A husband and wife team behind architecture and design company JAMstudio have won the Socially Responsible Company of the Year Award at the Northern Star Business Awards. Run by Grampian...
29 Sep 2009 - No comments
Urban Arts Projects (UAP) has completed a 60m high ‘Breakwater Beacon’, centrepiece of a $7bn research institution for the King Abdullah University for Science & Technology (KAUST), overlooking...
29 Sep 2009 - No comments
Situated behind an unassuming shop front in Edinburgh's Grassmarket,  Buro Happold (with LDN architects and Quantity Surveyor Morham and Brotchie) have carved out a TARDIS like open plan office...
29 Sep 2009 - No comments
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has confirmed a package of grants worth £13m for All Souls Church in Bolton, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Stowe landscape Gardens in Buckinghamshire...
29 Sep 2009 - No comments
Gareth Hoskins Architects have been commissioned to design a new swimming pool and community facility in Helensburgh to replace an existing 1970’s pool building in the recreational town on the...
25 Sep 2009 - No comments
RMJM have been granted an exemption to St Petersburg’s strict height limits by the governor of the city, paving the way to construct Europe’s tallest tower. The £1.5bn Okhta Tower will...
25 Sep 2009 - No comments
Sir David Rowlands, Chairman of High Speed 2 (HS2), has indicated that plans for a new £34bn high speed rail network will include Glasgow and Edinburgh. Three strategic corridors are being...
25 Sep 2009 - No comments
For those yet to see Trongate 103 in the flesh Urban realm's sister publication the Drum have put together a video synopsis of the delights that await you in Glasgow's newest and freshest cultural...
25 Sep 2009 - No comments
In celebration of the centenary year of Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art (GSA) building the BBC have produced a one off documentary to tell the story of its genesis, history and future,...
25 Sep 2009 - No comments
Radical cuts in services are being planned by Glasgow City Council as public services enter a period of austerity. Heavy borrowing over recent years is unsustainable in the medium to long term...
24 Sep 2009 - No comments
Tanfield, a £20m refurbishment of the former Standard Life building, has been officially unveiled by city leaders and politicians in Edinburgh. Some 192k sq/ft of open plan floor space is...
23 Sep 2009 - No comments
The Scottish Parliament with all its many failings elicits much inflamed passion from those not normally want to wade into an architectural debate. Recent doubts as to the long term viability...
23 Sep 2009 - No comments
Malcolm Fraser has spoken of the need to attribute a meaningful definition to the term “green building” at a recent business lunch hosted by Thrive. Singling out our built environment as...
23 Sep 2009 - No comments
Aedas’s in house Research and Development team are introducing new computational tools for modelling the urban environment, intended to allow investors, planners, architects and designers to...
23 Sep 2009 - No comments
A succession of Britain’s biggest building companies have been levied a series of fines totalling £129m after being found guilty of rigging bids for contracts by the Office of Fair Trading...
22 Sep 2009 - No comments
A new identity for Prospect is slowly taking shape, Urban Realm. Employing a geometric grid of panels with prominence to the ‘u’ and ‘r’ elements each component part can be manoeuvred...
22 Sep 2009 - No comments
Transport Scotland have announced their winter rail timetable which reveals a doubling in frequency of services between Glasgow and Edinburgh through introduction of an hourly service between...
22 Sep 2009 - No comments
Puppet Animation and the Puppet Lab are pulling the strings of the UK's largest puppet – a 25ft blue figure dubbed the Big Man. The distracting display is product of a £600k Arts Council...
22 Sep 2009 - No comments
Foster + Partners are to investigate building technologies that could be applied to future human space exploration, notably the adaption of lunar regolith as an in situ building material. The...
22 Sep 2009 - No comments
Birmingham is feeling the effects of the property crash with a glut of unsold apartments lying empty, it emerging that developers are even struggling to offload them to the city council for...
22 Sep 2009 - No comments
Demolition has commenced on Top Gear presenter James May’s recently constructed Lego villa after a bill of £50k was quoted to dismantle and reassemble the plastic pile. Legoland had been...
21 Sep 2009 - No comments
Tudor warship the Mary Rose is set to be housed within a £35m Portsmouth museum designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects. Henry VIII’s flagship has been dry docked since 1982 when it was...
21 Sep 2009 - No comments
An architectural tour with a difference is on offer at this weeks Merchant City Festival with an irreverent stroll through Glasgow’s historic landscapes. Architectural historian and comedian...
21 Sep 2009 - No comments
Birmingham is launching a Business Improvement District (BID) on the city’s Broad Street, in an attempt to prise infrastructure and commercial investment to the area. This is the second BID...
21 Sep 2009 - No comments
To celebrate Yo! Sushi bringing their famous conveyor belt dining experience to House of Fraser, Glasgow on September 23 the Japanese inspired eaterie is holding an exclusive pre-launch evening...
18 Sep 2009 - No comments
Maxim, at £330m and 756k sq/ft said to be the largest private sector office park in the UK, has been formally handed over to Tritax group this week with high profile political and sporting figures...
18 Sep 2009 - No comments
Reports from Prospect’s sister title, The Drum , that Curious Digital is nearing administration have prompted Douglas McConville, managing director of Curious Design & Architecture (CDA) to...
18 Sep 2009 - No comments
Benmore, a Northern Irish developer, are expected to confirm a deal with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to build a five star hotel above Manchester’s Theatre Royal. Under the terms of...
18 Sep 2009 - No comments
A 3D curve sketching system that captures the intuitive appeal of pen and paper has been developed by the Department of Computer Science at Toronto University. Using touch screen technology...
18 Sep 2009 - No comments
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of almost £800k to re-establish Renfrew Town Hall into a community venue and museum. A range of photographs and objects relating to local...
18 Sep 2009 - No comments
As part of an architectural investigation into sustainable growth in developing countries the Architectural Association School have designed, fabricated and transported a mobile cinema to the...
17 Sep 2009 - No comments
Speirs and Major Associates have switched on a new lighting scheme at Devonshire Square in London. An estate of 12 grade-II listed buildings, once used by the East India Company to store silks...
17 Sep 2009 - No comments
Trump International are celebrating the halfway milestone of a masterplan being prepared by Gareth Hoskins Architects to transform 500 hectares of land on the Aberdeenshire coast into a...
17 Sep 2009 - No comments
As part of Doors Open Day Trongate 103 will be hosting talk on Saturday September 19th at 11am when a representative of the architects Elder & Cannon will be on hand to deliver a free illustrated...
17 Sep 2009 - No comments
Richard Murphy Architects have been invited by the Biggar Theatre Workshop to investigate ways of transforming the towns historic Corn Exchange. Funding of £400k has been received from the...
17 Sep 2009 - No comments
Glasgow Airport rail link has been abandoned by the SNP government due to a need to constrain public spending in a draft budget for 2010-11. It means that planned construction of a spur off...
17 Sep 2009 - No comments
Archial Architects have picked up a Civic Trust Award for their Clocktower conversion at City Quay, Dundee. The former barrel vaulted warehouse has been transformed into 12 flats after Unicorn...
17 Sep 2009 - No comments
Urban Eye, a London based charity, are spearheading a campaign to revive downtrodden streets by breaking up the expansive plain flat surfaces that attract graffiti. Conventional approaches of...
17 Sep 2009 - No comments
Austin-Smith+Lord have completed 26 affordable homes at Pollock Street, Mossend, for Lanarkshire Housing Association. Wrapping around an enclosed communal green space the homes are designed to...
16 Sep 2009 - No comments
Historic Scotland’s Technical Conservation Group is seeking applicants for grants toward training in conservation, repair and maintenance of traditional buildings. The grant scheme covers...
16 Sep 2009 - No comments
Richard Murphy Architects have submitted plans for a new Mental Health Facility at ‘Old See House’, Belfast. It is the first of the practices buildings for the Belfast Health and Social...
16 Sep 2009 - No comments
The Prince of Wales is in the dock amid claims from Republic, an anti-monarchy group, that the heir to the throne has used his charity, the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, as a...
16 Sep 2009 - No comments
Rafael Vinoly Architects have completed work on the School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at City College of New York. Housing offices, classrooms, exhibition space...
16 Sep 2009 - No comments
Concept visualisations for Donald Trumps controversial plans for a £1bn golf resort have been released by Gareth Hoskins. The pics depict file citizens enjoying a parkland landscape, taking...
15 Sep 2009 - No comments
A new Centre for Systems Biology on the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Campus has opened its doors to staff and students. Designed by Holmes the project benefits from an abundance of...
15 Sep 2009 - No comments
The Architectural Association School is showcasing the work of eight architectural projects which demonstrate innovative integration of design and fabrication processes at the London Design...
15 Sep 2009 - No comments
The Scottish Government has published its findings into a report on the barriers to delivering mixed use development, commissioned to address a preponderance of single use applications despite...
15 Sep 2009 - No comments
Historic Scotland has published a register of castles and tower houses that are suitable for future restoration and reuse, a bid by the government agency to clarify policy to potential developers...
14 Sep 2009 - No comments
Industry analyst Glenigans are indicating that the construction industry in Scotland and Northern Ireland has “stabilised” after recent precipitous falls, attributed to both an injection of...
14 Sep 2009 - No comments
Glaswegian architect Alan Dunlop is to take up the post of Victor L. Regnier Chair of Architecture and visiting professor at Kansas State University this semester. Dunlop, partner in gm+ad,...
14 Sep 2009 - No comments
Hot on Glasgow School of Art’s heels New Campus Glasgow Ltd have chosen a winner from a shortlist of five architect-led design teams to develop a £300 million integrated campus over two sites...
14 Sep 2009 - No comments
As Architecture Scotland gears up for its pending switchover to Urban Realm we introduce an all new blog section with five of the nations top opinion formers assembled to share their views on our...
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One of Glasgow’s most historic buildings, Hutcheson’s Hall on Ingram Street, is set to open its doors to the public for the first time in two years. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS)...
14 Sep 2009 - No comments
Urban Realm is launching the Twitter directory, a compendium of the networking sites hottest businesses in our bumper inaugural issue which deadlines on 9th November.   One page of the...
11 Sep 2009 - No comments
Golfing mania continues to sweep Scotland with plans for another golf resort, this time at Forrester Park in Fife. Some £65m will be invested in sprucing up the existing course to create a...
11 Sep 2009 - No comments
The Co-operative Group have been awarded planning consent by Manchester City Council for its new head office. Designed by 3DReid the bulbous glass tower will rise to 15 storeys, providing...
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Residents are moving into Lawrence McPherson Associates Cessnock Gardens at Hurlford, Ayrshire. A self contained community of specialised accommodation for elderly residents. Built by Shire...
10 Sep 2009 - No comments
A long list of cities vying to become UK City of Culture has been unveiled by Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw. Twenty nine bidders including Aberdeen, Belfast and Manchester are in the running...
10 Sep 2009 - No comments
Urban Realm has been granted a sneak peek of Trongate 103, a five years in gestation creative arts hub that aims to promote cross fertilisation of ideas between the eight visual, tactile and...
10 Sep 2009 - No comments
A summary of the worst architecture in Britain is provided by “Bad British Architecture” a look at the bad, the really bad and the just plain ugly. In the sites sights is the Burns...
9 Sep 2009 - No comments
Highlands and Islands Enterprise and GVA Grimley have unveiled masterplan options for the harbour area of John o’ Groats in order to introduce a raft of visitor attractions and shops to the...
9 Sep 2009 - No comments
Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed has stepped up to the challenge of creating a piece of public art for the Scotsman steps in time for 2010’s Edinburgh Art Festival after the Fruitmarket...
9 Sep 2009 - No comments
Birmingham could net the tallest UK building outside London if plans are approved for a mammoth 56 storey tower rising 198.75m The skyscraper would be built on the cities Broad Street with a...
9 Sep 2009 - No comments
Glasgow Universities subterranean small animal hospital, designed by Archial Architects, has opened its doors to sickly pets from across the country. Built by Graham Construction the £10.5m...
9 Sep 2009 - No comments
The University of Salford is building virtual homes for traveller groups in a bid to improve design standards. Visualisation technology is being employed to develop a tool for council’s to...
8 Sep 2009 - No comments
Prospect (no relation) Community Housing have submitted a video to the Scottish Parliament to convey ongoing regeneration work in the Wester Hailes district of Edinburgh to MSP’s. David McLetchie...
8 Sep 2009 - No comments
Almost 100 years on from the original architectural competition for the Glasgow School of Art Steven Holl and JM architects have emerged triumphant in the high profile commission of a new campus...
8 Sep 2009 - No comments
Trongate 103, an £8.5m arts centre, is set to open its doors to the public this Saturday September 12. Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Merchant...
7 Sep 2009 - No comments
A blog has been set up to collate constructive ideas for a renewed centre for Architecture + Design at Mitchell Lane. Over a hundred members of the creative community have signed up to the...
7 Sep 2009 - No comments
Aberdeen based JAMstudio have been nominated as finalists in the Socially Responsible category of the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce Northern Star Awards. Slugging it out with 41...
7 Sep 2009 - No comments
News that the tiny island nation of Samoa has switched from right hand to left hand driving has reopened the debate over whether Britain should try the reverse. Left hand travel has been the...
7 Sep 2009 - No comments
Copper Kalzip has been specified for Kilmarnock’s remodelled Burns Monument Centre to mesh with the heavy use of red Locharbriggs sandstone. Complex twists and turns in the roof design...
7 Sep 2009 - No comments
Sainsbury’s are to gain a toe hold in the town of Perth after the owners of the former United Auctions, Perth City West LLP, signed a deal with the Jamie Oliver fronted retailer The joint...
7 Sep 2009 - No comments
Scottish Borders Campus, a co-location project between Borders College and Herriot Watt University has been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal. Designed by Archial Architects the...
4 Sep 2009 - No comments
A dismal conclusion to the summer, which has brought weeks of solid rain to parts of the country, has brought heavy flooding and disruption to the north east of the country. Aberdeen in...
4 Sep 2009 - No comments
Leeds City Council (LCC) have scrambled into a frantic paper chase in a bid to track down elusive documentation to back up planning decisions made from as far back as 2004 and as recently as early...
4 Sep 2009 - No comments
St Andrew’s House, art deco headquarters of the Scottish Government, celebrates its 70th birthday today. The Edinburgh landmark, designed by Thomas Tait, first opened its doors the day after...
3 Sep 2009 - No comments
Hope springs eternal And so it came to pass – and with the Lighthouse’s demise, a flash flood of sentimental pap in the popular press at the loss of this supposed world-class institution....
3 Sep 2009 - No comments
The Scottish Government have announced the laws they intend to introduce over the next year as part of their 'Programme for Scotland'. This includes a Bill to end to the right-to-buy rights of...
3 Sep 2009 - No comments
Detailed plans for the first new council housing scheme in Edinburgh since the early 1990’s are being drawn up by Smith Scott Mullan to a master plan by Broadway Malyan. Three tower blocks...
3 Sep 2009 - No comments
In a forward to the Princes Foundation for the Built Environments annual review Charles has spoken of “immense frustration at the slow pace of change” towards a more “sensitive” approach to...
3 Sep 2009 - No comments
Urban Realm is entering the world of high fashion with a range of stylish lapel badges, designed especially for our select band of Rubble Club members, sure to become the must have accessory of the...
2 Sep 2009 - No comments
Gray’s School of Art are staging their provocative Masters Degree Show Exhibition at Robert Gordon University, an opportunity for the public to be stimulated by creative thinking. Headlining...
2 Sep 2009 - No comments
The skeletal steel form of Ravenscraig’s £31m sports facility is beginning toemerge on the former Lanarkshire steelworks as Buro Happold erect supporting steel trusses for the expansive...
2 Sep 2009 - No comments
Phil Zoechbauer, a 3rd year student at the mackintosh School of Architecture, has won the inaugural Holmes Award, an annual £500 prize open to students of both the Strathclyde and mackintosh...
2 Sep 2009 - No comments
Fit out of an unusual Mancunian residential scheme from the fertile mind of Will Alsop, has been completed by Janex for developer Urban Splash. Part of the New Islington district the scheme...
2 Sep 2009 - No comments
A study conducted by the Royal Society into the feasibility of geo-engineering the Earth has concluded that many proposals are technically possible. Geo-engineering is an attempt to reduce the...
2 Sep 2009 - No comments
Eric Parry architects have been granted planning consent from Mendip District Council for this £4.5m music facility at Wells Cathedral School. Cedars Hall will provide flexible space for...
1 Sep 2009 - No comments
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Glassgreen, the largest medical centre in the north, has been completed in Elgin. Costing £7m, the facility will house general health related services together with the Linkwood Medical Practice...
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With the 45th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge’s construction fast approaching those who helped to construct the engineering feat have shared some of their memories of the structure. An...
1 Sep 2009 - No comments
Scotland’s culture Minister, Mike Russell, has sidestepped recent implied criticism of the Lighthouse board (following the organisations recent collapse into administration) to state openly in a...

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