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31 Mar 2010 - No comments
Anderson Bell + Christie have submitted plans for a renovated substation at Rotherwood Avenue, Knightswood, for planning. The utilitarian structure will be supercharged into a private...
31 Mar 2010 - No comments
A community land buyout on the island of Bute has been given the go ahead by ministers, subject to residents raising the required £1.4m within eight weeks. Islanders wish to purchase 1,700...
31 Mar 2010 - No comments
Coltart Earley have submitted a substantial residential scheme to Glasgow’s planners on behalf of Partick Works Ltd, the local housing association. Located between Yorkhill Park and Ferry...
31 Mar 2010 - No comments
The Glasgow Institute of Architects have teamed up Queen’s park Performance Group to invite design proposals for a multi purpose events and activity space. Located on the site of the...
30 Mar 2010 - No comments
Basildon is hoping a touch of Hollywood glamour will rub off on the town with the erection of a white lettered sign on a key route into the Essex centre. Basildon District Council commissioned...
30 Mar 2010 - No comments
Five options have gone before Glasgow City Council over what to do with the current Transport Museum, the Kelvin Hall, after the facility decants to Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum. Option...
30 Mar 2010 - No comments
The Royal Incorporation of Architects have criticised the system of planning gain for “killing off” development. Local authorities have raked in £300m for new public amenities such as...
30 Mar 2010 - No comments
Fresh perspectives of the £65m Scottish Crime Centre at Gartcosh have been published as work proceeds on construction of the Scottish Crime Centre. Based on Washington DC’s FBI headquarters...
30 Mar 2010 - No comments
The Australian Institute of Architects has made its final submissions to the ‘Now + When Australian Urbanism’ exhibition for the Australian pavilion at this years Venice Biennale. The...
29 Mar 2010 - No comments
Fears have been raised over the vibrancy of Edinburgh city centre with the news that the St James Centre is to shut for four years following the January 2012 sales. More than 50 stores will...
29 Mar 2010 - No comments
A derelict castle on the Isle of Lewis has been awarded development funding of £240k from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with outline proposals for a further £2.6m bid approved in principal. The...
26 Mar 2010 - No comments
Hole In My Pocket has launched a competition to harness the creative thinking of the design community and redesign the democratic voting system. The competition follows last year's project , which...
26 Mar 2010 - No comments
The Scottish Civic Trust has appointed John Pelan as its new director following the departure of incumbent Terry Levinthal in February. Based in the tobacco Merchants House in Glasgow’s...
26 Mar 2010 - No comments
It’s been a funny old couple of weeks and I apologise to regular readers for the delay in updating you since the last Wrap. To be honest I’ve been travelling around but, keen to avoid doing a...
26 Mar 2010 - No comments
Work has begun on architectural theorist and landscape artist Charles Jencks ambitious plans to transform a former hive of industry into a giant pleasure park. Financed by the Scottish...
26 Mar 2010 - No comments
Selfridges have all but pulled the plug on their planned Glasgow store, after a decade of prevarication after the upmarket London chain opted to concentrate on an online superstore instead. A...
25 Mar 2010 - No comments
Collective Architecture is drawing up plans for a second phase of housing at Argyle Street, Glasgow, following completion of a block of 24 wheelchair friendly flats. A total of 64 two and...
25 Mar 2010 - No comments
Construction work has commenced on the first 850 of 3,500 homes that will eventually be built on the 1,100 acre former Ravenscraig steelworks site, Lanarkshire. Built by David Wilson Homes...
25 Mar 2010 - No comments
Planning permission has been granted for a £150m biomass power station designed by Thomas Heatherwick in Stockton-on-Tees for Bio Energy Investment. Located on a 6ha brownfield site on the...
25 Mar 2010 - No comments
A £600k project to improve public realm around Glasgow’s Govan subway station is expected to be approved tomorrow. Strathclyde Passenger Transport and Glasgow City Council are seeking to...
24 Mar 2010 - No comments
Leith walk councillor Angela Blacklock has helped persuade Edinburgh Council’s planning committee to refuse a retrospective planning application for roller shutters by Aslam Jewellers on the...
24 Mar 2010 - No comments
3DReid have described as "mischief making" reports in yesterday's Evening Times of alleged mistakes in technical drawings and possible job losses relating Glasgow’s National Indoor Sports Arena...
23 Mar 2010 - No comments
A £400m plan to reinvigorate Glasgow’s ailing subway network is to be discussed by Strathclyde Passenger Transport on April 16, amidst an admission that closure of the system has not been ruled...
23 Mar 2010 - No comments
The Scottish Design Awards nominations party, free and exclusive to SDA entrant’s, is to be held on April 6 in Arch 6 of the Arches, Glasgow, from 18:30 – 20:30. Recently remodelled by...
23 Mar 2010 - No comments
Kingston University have published research into the provision of dementia care, indicating how good design can be instrumental at improving the quality of life for sufferers. ‘Living with...
23 Mar 2010 - No comments
A south side bus depot is set to be transformed into a giant 100,000sq/ft superstore, retail unit, petrol station and surface parking lots. Occupying a desolate tract of wasteland lying...
22 Mar 2010 - No comments
The Inverness Courier has picked up on Urban Realm’s ongoing Carbuncles campaign with a behind the headlines look at the judging process. Urban Realm said things were “very clearly going...
22 Mar 2010 - No comments
Glasgow City Council have revealed their preferred strategy for the continued operation of The lighthouse centre for Architecture and Design, a plan which may entail Transport Museum exhibits...
22 Mar 2010 - No comments
Aggreko has purchased a 16 acre site at Lomondgate, near Dumbarton, with a view to building a £20m manufacturing facility. The temporary power provider is relocating its existing facility to...
19 Mar 2010 - No comments
Reports in today’s Herald suggest that the much publicised takeover of Rangers Football Club could be on the rocks after suitor Andrew Ellis discovered that land set aside for the stadium...
19 Mar 2010 - No comments
Willie O’Rourke, chair of Glasgow Clyde Regeneration Ltd, has stated that “personal assurances” have been given by Scotland’s First Minister that required financial support will be...
19 Mar 2010 - No comments
Bradford has found itself unwilling recipient of another unwelcome award, the Yorkshire city has been deemed the place travellers least want to visit in a poll conducted by budget hoteliers...
18 Mar 2010 - No comments
Commercial scale extraction of wave and tidal energy around Orkney has been granted by the Crown Estate, identifying ten offshore sites that could generate up to 1.2GW of electricity by 2020,...
18 Mar 2010 - No comments
Construction work is to commence this April on the BDP designed Bathgate Partnership Centre, a ‘one stop shop’ for council services in West Lothian. Consolidating council facilities under...
18 Mar 2010 - No comments
A 75 tonne treasure chest has been recovered from the Spanish briny and transported to Cumbernauld by Highland Galvanizers, The metallic bounty was retrieved from the hold of Francois...
17 Mar 2010 - No comments
The “Scottish mining town they forgot to shut down”, Lochgelly, played host to American urbanist Andres Duany of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company on his whistle-stop tour of UK trouble spots in an...
17 Mar 2010 - No comments
Glasgow City Council, owners of Glasgow’s in limbo Lighthouse building, have stated their determination to maintain some form of visible celebration of architecture and design. Discussions...
17 Mar 2010 - No comments
Reports have surfaced suggesting American fashion retailer Abercrombie and Fitch could be eyeing up an abandoned Borders store on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street for only its second UK outlet. The...
16 Mar 2010 - No comments
Contentious plans for a coal fired power station at Hunterston have elicited the wrath of an alliance of environmental groups. Peel Energy Ltd, owners of Ayrshire Power, is expected to lodge...
16 Mar 2010 - No comments
Plans have been unveiled for an indoor concert hall in Edinburgh to rival the SECC in Glasgow. Land adjacent to Edinburgh airport at Ingliston will be safeguarded for the facility which would...
16 Mar 2010 - No comments
Doig+Smith have been appointed as cost managers to the post contract phase of a proposed £72m extension to Gatwick Airport’s north terminal. Work is scheduled to begin this spring on the...
16 Mar 2010 - No comments
Steve Inch, executive director of Development and Regeneration Services Glasgow, has announced his intention to retire at the end of July. The move is seen as being linked to the global...
15 Mar 2010 - No comments
A cross party group of MSPs have written to the principal of Inverness College to urge a flit to a Highlands and Islands Enterprise backed site in Beechwood, future home of the University of the...
12 Mar 2010 - No comments
Ross Barrett, project architect at HLM, is the latest blogger to join the team at Urban Realm. Barrett will keep readers up to speed on construction progress of the practices Passivhaus...
12 Mar 2010 - No comments
Primark have released massing model images of their proposed 3DReid designed store on Edinburgh’s Princes Street. A key consideration of the design is that it reflects the scale and...
11 Mar 2010 - No comments
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has unveiled plans for a high-speed rail link connecting Birmingham to London. A public consultation will now be held over the recommended route for the 250mph...
11 Mar 2010 - No comments
A £9.7m office development is planned for London Road, Bridgeton Cross. Work will begin this summer on the 65,000sq/ft building which will accommodate 500 workers once complete in march 2012....
11 Mar 2010 - No comments
Structural engineering consultants, Evolve, have been appointed to work on a 10m tall steel sculpture in Cumbernauld, designed by Andy Scott. North Lanarkshire Council commissioned the work to...
10 Mar 2010 - No comments
BDP has announced that it is to open a new studio in Abu Dhabi after agreeing to merge with local practice SYNA. The expansion cements a growing Middle East presence for the practice which has...
10 Mar 2010 - No comments
An unconventional approach to the reclamation of vacant retail units has been adopted by the Cleveland Galleria Mall in America in an attempt to cultivate a greener future. The glazed over...
10 Mar 2010 - No comments
Construction firm John Sisk & Son Ltd has been selected by Kettering Borough Council to act as contractor on the regeneration of the Northamptonshire town’s historic market place. Full...
9 Mar 2010 - No comments
Work to demolish 100 homes has commenced in Grimsby’s Guildford Street, an area plagued by social ills and vermin. Over the next few months the street will be cleared in anticipation of a...
9 Mar 2010 - No comments
WWF Scotland has voiced concern over the remediation cost of contaminated land in light of recession and 10% hike in planning fees next month. The environmental campaign group points out that...
9 Mar 2010 - No comments
Alan Dunlop is to give a lecture at Kansas City Library today in his role as the Regnier Chair at Kansas State University. The gm+ad partner will deliver a summation of the work of the...
9 Mar 2010 - No comments
Marischal College, Aberdeen, is set to sparkle once more with ongoing refurbishment work seeing the historic granite façade receive a welcome Spring clean. LaserClean are busily soaking the...
8 Mar 2010 - No comments
Buro Happold has established an Energy Performance Consultancy team in Glasgow in a move driven by a desire to address growing public awareness of global warming and spiralling energy costs....
8 Mar 2010 - No comments
3DReid Architects, Scotland’s second largest practice, are to open a new office in the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian office is intended to bring the groups international...
8 Mar 2010 - No comments
An oasis of green set amidst industrial landscape of Teesside has been saved by a Supreme Court ruling. The seafront Coatham area of Redcar has been subject to a series of rulings the local...
8 Mar 2010 - No comments
Two men and a woman, believed to be asylum seekers, have jumped from the 15th floor of 63 Petershill Drive, Red Road, in what is thought to have been a suicide pact. Currently only partially...
6 Mar 2010 - No comments
Torrential rain in Seville during a recent visit had me examining its relatively new tram system in great detail, or to be more precise its relatively new tram line, given that said means of public...
5 Mar 2010 - No comments
A midnight deadline on the public consultation into the future of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens looks set to pass not with a bang but with a whimper tonight as strong feeling on either side of...
5 Mar 2010 - No comments
Architecture + Design Scotland are ramping up their search for a new Chief Executive following appointment of a new Chair (Anderson Bell Christie’s Karen Anderson) and Company Board. The...
5 Mar 2010 - No comments
Manchester’s People’s History Museum has reopened following a £12.5m redesign by architect Austin-Smith:Lord. The former pump house is the first public building in Britain to employ a...
5 Mar 2010 - No comments
Denny has emerged as the latest Carbuncle contender amidst news that £11m plans to regenerate the town centre have stalled. Henry Boot PLC and Keppie Design had proposed to redevelop a...
4 Mar 2010 - No comments
North Norfolk District Council is to decide today on contentious plans for a new Tesco store in the seaside town of Sherringham. It is a story familiar to any sizeable settlement in the...
4 Mar 2010 - No comments
Snow Architects have received planning approval for a 102 bedroom hotel in Liverpool’s Ropewalks district. It is hoped the putative scheme can revitalise the run down arterial route into...
4 Mar 2010 - No comments
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is embarking upon the final furlong of a longstanding fundraising campaign to see new studios built in Edinburgh. Thus far the organisation has raised 90% of the...
4 Mar 2010 - No comments
Page\Park staged an intimate debate last night, questioning the proximity at which we construct our homes and the issues which determine that, an issue close to the heart of the Glaswegian...
4 Mar 2010 - No comments
3DReid have completed Moffat Academy in Dumfries and Galloway, one of four PPP schools built by Dumfries and Galloway Council and a joint venture pairing of Amey Ventures Ltd and Cyril Sweett....
3 Mar 2010 - No comments
As a detailed masterplan is submitted by Gareth Hoskins Architects for the Trump International Golf Links the practice have published the first indicative images of how architecture on site may...
3 Mar 2010 - No comments
Custom Design Practice Architects (CDP) has received planning permission to convert a derelict shop within Glasgow’s Merchant City into an African & Caribbean cultural centre. Situated on...
3 Mar 2010 - No comments
UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has warned that a Conservative victory in the upcoming General Election will reduce the number of domestic flights in Britain. Adonis made the claim in...
3 Mar 2010 - No comments
Iberdrola put wind in Glasgow’s sails with plans for a global offshore windfarm base, building a team which is expected to exceed 200 engineers, planners and marine biologists by 2015....
2 Mar 2010 - No comments
Edinburgh councillors have set plans for a giant ferris wheel at Leith in motion after drawing up a formal agreement with developers, Great City Attractions (GCA). This is believed to give...
2 Mar 2010 - No comments
I heart UTG, a campaign group urging Aberdeen City Council to reject plans to roof over Union Terrace Gardens, has found vocal and respected backing in the form of three leading critics....
2 Mar 2010 - No comments
Glenmorangie have taken the top two floors of Allan Murray Architects The Cube in Edinburgh, the largest office let in the city so far this year. The relocation will see the whisky brand...
2 Mar 2010 - No comments
Steven Purcell, leader of Glasgow City Council, has stepped down from the post citing health concerns. The Labour councillor had led the authority for nearly five years but admitted to...
2 Mar 2010 - No comments
Residents calls for a government inquiry into substandard housing in the Govanhill district of Glasgow are being heard by MSP’s today. Govanhill Housing Association submitted a petition to...
2 Mar 2010 - No comments
Doig+Smith have been appointed as cost managers to the second phase of redevelopment at HMP Shotts, Lanarkshire, by the Scottish Prison Service. The £30m jail will provide specialised...
1 Mar 2010 - No comments
Andres Duany has jetted into the UK in order to conduct a series of charettes aimed at establishing three new towns. A trio of urban communities are planned for Grandhome & Whitestripes,...
1 Mar 2010 - No comments
The failure last month of Chard Construction over a payment dispute with the hotelier behind the refurbishment of Glasgow’s Blythswood Square hotel has raised the issue of sub contactors...
1 Mar 2010 - No comments
Robert Gordon University graduates have added their own contributions to Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens imbroglio with plans to outdo Wood in the city’s City Square project. Spurred on...

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