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30 Apr 2010 - No comments
Celebrity chef Nick Nairn will open the £2.7m Archial designed Erskine Garden Centre and cafe tomorrow as the centre opens to the public. Nairn is backing the veterans’ charity venture by...
30 Apr 2010 - No comments
Jim MacDonald is relinquishing his role as deputy chief inspector of Historic Scotland after being appointed as the chief executive of Architecture + Design Scotland. Karen Anderson, chair of...
30 Apr 2010 - No comments
Finishing touches are being made to the largest single site development of its kind in the UK, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which opens to patients on June 16. This will see a...
29 Apr 2010 - No comments
Historic Scotland have commissioned DTZ to undertake an appraisal of options for the SV Carrick, also known as the City of Adelaide. The A listed ship is currently languishing at Irvine...
29 Apr 2010 - No comments
Malcolm Fraser, architect of Buredi’s planned Madelvic factory development, has spoken out against demolition of the historic electric car production plant. It would see the B listed factory...
29 Apr 2010 - No comments
The government backed NewHeartlands scheme, responsible for the demolition of swathes of housing in the north of England, has been criticised by Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley for...
29 Apr 2010 - No comments
Battling to shed its unwelcome ‘Carbuncle’ tag Cumbernauld is enlisting the talents of sculptor Andy Scott to create a new wrought steel emblem for the town, in a bid to distance the...
29 Apr 2010 - No comments
A runaway success for BDP in this years Scottish heat of the British Council for Offices awards has been queried by Urban Realm readers who point out that Graham McClements, head of the practices...
28 Apr 2010 - No comments
Yes, today it was time once more to coral the Urban Realm editorial team for our quarterly round up of industry happenings. This time however instead of some every expense spared soggy...
28 Apr 2010 - No comments
The Scottish Government have refused to call in Edinburgh City Councils decision to grant permission for demolition of the UK’s oldest car factory, the B listed Madelvic at Granton. Dating...
28 Apr 2010 - No comments
Contractors have begun work on a £27m mental health facility on a greenfield site in Dumfries for the NHS. Providing 85 beds the centre will accommodate facilities for dementia, the elderly...
27 Apr 2010 - No comments
Arka have received planning permission from Falkirk Council for a development of 10 apartments in the town of Falkirk, Stirlingshire. The scheme will see an existing stone cottage demolished...
27 Apr 2010 - No comments
Industry journal Estates Review has picked up the Rubble Club baton in Urban Realm’s continuing crusade against needless demolition of serviceable properties. Investigating the continued...
27 Apr 2010 - No comments
A traditional bath house in Glasgow’s Merchant City has been re-imagined as a new £500k home for the Modern Institute, a private art gallery representing contemporary artists. Scrubbed up...
27 Apr 2010 - No comments
The demise of Chard Construction last year, which hit a number of Glasgow properties including the Blythswood Square Hotel and Copenhagen building, hasn’t stopped the company from trading it...
27 Apr 2010 - No comments
Work has begun on McLean Architects £27m Airdrie health centre with the demolition of a former supermarket and office block in the Lanarkshire town. Their demise will clear the way for a...
26 Apr 2010 - No comments
With electioneering in full swing what are the likely ramifications of a potential Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem win on our built environment? Urban Realm has a look. The greatest unknown...
26 Apr 2010 - No comments
The Scottish Government has issued a tender notice for an upgrade of the A9 north of Crubenmore, officially the most dangerous road in the country. It will see two miles of the key north/south...
26 Apr 2010 - No comments
Birmingham City Council has given their unanimous approval to the UK’s tallest tower outwith the capital. Developed by Regal Property Group the £125m tower, dubbed Regal Tower, has been...
23 Apr 2010 - No comments
Underwear entrepreneur Michelle Mone is thinking big for her latest venture a sprawling mansion in the Lanarkshire village of Thorntonhall. Finding their current six bedroom residence a tad...
23 Apr 2010 - No comments
Fresh from a split with Gordon Murray and the gm+ad pairing Alan Dunlop has set up an independent practice known simply as Alan Dunlop Architect . In addition Dunlop has recently been invited...
23 Apr 2010 - No comments
So, the voting’s over and it didn’t go Sir Ian’s way. Almost 12000 people bothered to make formal submissions in the ‘no other option allowed on the table but mine’ consultation for Union...
23 Apr 2010 - No comments
BDP have found themselves recipient of three awards, from a total of five, at a ceremony yesterday marking the British Council for Offices Scotland region awards. The wins came in the...
23 Apr 2010 - No comments
Deyan Sudjic, Director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture and Design 1999, is to return to the city to chair a Lighthouse seminar looking at Milan. “Milan Design City” will build on...
22 Apr 2010 - No comments
Hypostyle Architects have submitted a planning application have submitted a planning application for the development of 125 new homes on behalf of Maryhill Housing Association. Located on a...
22 Apr 2010 - No comments
Scottish secretary Jim Murphy has pledged to pursue a ‘green revolution’ in Scotland, part of a plan which Labour believe will create ‘tens of thousands’ of skilled jobs. The plan...
22 Apr 2010 - No comments
Aurora Hotels are set to bring some northern light to Larbert after Falkirk Council approved plans for the 212 room hotel and spa complex.   The Stirling based hotelier operates the existing...
21 Apr 2010 - No comments
Fort William Waterfront Ltd has withdrawn from £80m plans to redevelop the Highland town’s waterfront after failing to secure funding. Blaming the economic downturn the developer has walked...
21 Apr 2010 - No comments
Hotel operator Principal Hayley have published fresh details of their  £20m transformation of Glasgow’s Central Station Hotel , now dubbed “ Grand Central .” The historic railway...
21 Apr 2010 - No comments
Work has commenced on a new civic centre for Bathgate , bringing council and community services together under one roof. Replacing the former Lindsay House building on the towns South Bridge...
21 Apr 2010 - No comments
Three redundant multi’s at Broomloan Court, Govan, are proving no match for Britain’s tallest demolition crane. The 213ft crane towers above the 21 storey blocks and is slowly eating away...
21 Apr 2010 - No comments
Plans have been unveiled to restore Duthie Park, Aberdeen, to full Victorian vigour. The 44 acre garden attracts more than half a million visitors annually but has become increasingly down at...
20 Apr 2010 - No comments
NHS Lothian is to put on show Nightingale’s designs for a new £150m Children’s Hospital over the coming weeks. Due to open in 2013 the hospital will provide care for children, young...
20 Apr 2010 - No comments
Malcolm Fraser, fresh from scooping a commendation for Edinburgh’s Infirmary Street Baths at the Scottish Civic Trust Awards, has criticised the Kickstart housebuilding programme for restarting...
20 Apr 2010 - No comments
Planning approval has been granted to Aedas for a  £2.6m crematorium in Dewsbury, replacing an existing 1960’s facility. Commissioned by Kirklees Metropolitan Council the building occupies...
20 Apr 2010 - No comments
2009’s Highland Housing Fair, like much else in the country that year, found itself a victim of economic circumstance as developers who’d signed up to deliver individual plots found themselves...
19 Apr 2010 - No comments
Architecture + Design Scotland Chair Karen Anderson has announced the full membership of the organisation’s design review panel following last years governance review of the organisation....
19 Apr 2010 - No comments
A 12 year partnership between Alan Dunlop and Gordon Murray of gm+ad architects is at an end. In a shock departure from the firm the practice stated that Dunlop is no longer a partner of the...
19 Apr 2010 - No comments
The Scottish Civic Trust has launched a new awards scheme judged, uniquely, by the people as stated by with Elder & Cannon adding to their long list of Castlemilk plaudits with first place win....
19 Apr 2010 - No comments
The European Commission is to investigate whether Edinburgh City Council broke procurement rules over its sale of a £5m parcel of land to Caltongate developer Mountgrange. In a letter to...
16 Apr 2010 - No comments
Architect Craig Amy has commenced construction work on an extension of Newbattle Gardens, a private residence in Dalkeith. Occupying a triangular corner plot the home benefits from two private...
16 Apr 2010 - No comments
RIBA has published an anti terrorism design guide for architects amidst increasing pressure to address security in their designs, from barriers and bollards ( most recently seen at the Scottish...
16 Apr 2010 - No comments
Glasgow City Council is to conduct a review of conservation areas in the city centre and west end as part of a Draft Conservation Area Appraisal being conducted in all 22 conservation areas of the...
16 Apr 2010 - No comments
Ever spent a Friday afternoon whiling away the hours to the weekend playing around with assorted junk on your desk? What if you could make a career out of it? Urban Realm looks at how artist peter...
15 Apr 2010 - No comments
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is an architect well known for his geometric motifs, now those forms look set to convey new meaning as the Mackintosh Heritage Society adopt the QR barcode system to bring...
15 Apr 2010 - No comments
Hillhead subway station could find itself in the vanguard of a 30 year £300m modernisation drive which will see each station on Glasgow’s subway system a much needed facelift together with the...
15 Apr 2010 - No comments
A big no has been delivered to Sir Iain Wood’s plans for a civic square in Aberdeen on a raised garden after 12,000 solicited respondents delivered a majority negative opinion on the £140m...
15 Apr 2010 - No comments
Craig Amy architects have completed new gallery space for Autism Ventures Scotland in Edinburgh's New Town. Providing retail space, artist’s studio and apprenticeships in retail and creative...
15 Apr 2010 - No comments
Architects Campbell and Arnott are the latest practice to fall foul of the downturn having gone bust. The practice were one of Edinburgh’s largest completing a range of work across the city...
15 Apr 2010 - No comments
Perusal of this year’s exhibits at the Zona Tortona design festival turned up a heady mix of European talent in the Italian fashion capital of Milan. With installations ranging from an empty...
12 Apr 2010 - No comments
An ultra high reach demolition machine, the UK’s largest, is being brought to Glasgow to help bring down three blocks of high rise flats at Broomloan Court, Ibrox. The arm of the machine...
12 Apr 2010 - No comments
North Ayrshire Council has granted planning approval for a £60m waterfront development in Irvine. The plans, which have been drawn up by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, Urban Splash and...
12 Apr 2010 - No comments
A planning application is to be submitted in the next few months for Tesco’s controversial Partick superstore, after a previous application was stymied by Glasgow Harbour’s refusal to sell...
12 Apr 2010 - No comments
A giant naked woman, monickered the ‘goddess of the north’ is to be fashioned from 1.5 million tonnes of earth in Northumberland. At 34m the ‘tips’ of the sculpture will stand 10m...
12 Apr 2010 - No comments
Denny has found itself garnering unwanted headlines of late for an eyesore town centre, so with the sun out and spring in the air Urban Realm took time out to pay a visit to the Stirlingshire town...
9 Apr 2010 - No comments
It’s a strange thing – for the past two years the Wrap has provided a summary of the previous 7-10 days’ events in and around the sensitive world of architecture and urban design in Scotland...
9 Apr 2010 - No comments
New urbanist Andres Duany has sparked protests from architects after alleging Scotland has not built any housing to be proud of since 1945 - after the Scottish government shelled out a reported...
9 Apr 2010 - No comments
Lomond Homes have been accused of a ‘smash and grab’ after reneging on a deal to partially dismantle a 250 year old sandstone wall in the Fife town of Falkland. Citing health & safety...
9 Apr 2010 - No comments
With an alarming paucity of construction evident in Glasgow over the past few years one scheme which looks set to assume increased importance is Central Quay. Once largely forgotten about amidst...
9 Apr 2010 - No comments
Civic leaders in Macclesfield have been left confounded after residents of the Cheshire town came up with some rather unusual suggestions for a “best building” awards scheme. Throwing...
8 Apr 2010 - No comments
Edinburgh City Council have green lighted the planned £43.6m Royal Victoria Building, part of the city's Western General campus it will provide care for elderly, rheumatology and dermatology...
8 Apr 2010 - No comments
Spectacular new images of a dramatic KPF designed “Pinnacle” tower in London have landed on the Urban Realm desk. Rising to a lofty 63 storeys the twisting spire of glass has been nick...
8 Apr 2010 - No comments
Keppie have emerged victorious in a four way interview process to develop a masterplan for Glasgow’s Central Quay, an 11 acre business park immediately adjacent to the International Financial...
7 Apr 2010 - No comments
Elder & Cannon’s infill residential development on Glasgow’s Great Western Road for Crème Developments hasn’t gone down well with the neighbours. The six story block of 49 flats has...
7 Apr 2010 - No comments
Edinburgh is a city which trades on its past to great effect as an historic centre of world renown. But now that past is set to inform the present as Dave Anderson, director of city development at...
7 Apr 2010 - No comments
Architects, developers, engineers and industry professionals descended upon Glasgow’s Arches on Tuesday night for an evening filled with architecture, high passion and general merriment as guests...
7 Apr 2010 - No comments
Richard Murphy Architects are working on a revised design for the Haymarket, Edinburgh, after the previous scheme for a 17 storey hotel tower was withdrawn. That design had been strongly...
6 Apr 2010 - No comments
A £45m mixed use scheme on Aberdeen’s Justice Mill Lane is emerging from beneath its scaffold as Richard Murphy Architects hotel and office scheme enters the final phase of construction. A...
6 Apr 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...
6 Apr 2010 - No comments
A council survey has revealed the first rise in derelict land in the city since records began in 1993, with 41% of it in council ownership. Planners have raised concern that the city is being...
6 Apr 2010 - No comments
Higher standards in energy efficiency, insulation and security are to be enforced on all new build properties from October under new rules set out by The Scottish Government. The Building...
6 Apr 2010 - No comments
7N Architects have received detailed planning consent for a new visitor centre in Blairgowrie for the Blairgowrie and Rattray Regeneration Company (BARRC). The new building, which will retain...
2 Apr 2010 - No comments
Eight churches are to share in a £1m windfall after the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland stumped up the cash for urgent repair work. Amongst the places of worship to benefit is...
2 Apr 2010 - No comments
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their Cambrian Slate product tiling firm Redland have launched “Put a roof on it”, an appeal to the public to bedeck the nations best loved landmarks...
2 Apr 2010 - No comments
Tesco has been granted planning permission for an 11,000sq/m Paisley store, despite concerns over a negative impact on the town centre. To mollify these concerns the retailer will instate a...
2 Apr 2010 - No comments
Urban Realm is sad to learn that Bryan Munford, an associate of Archial Architects, has died suddenly aged 41. Munford had worked on a variety of projects from the practices Glasgow office...
2 Apr 2010 - No comments
Work is set to begin in the next few weeks on the first phase of public realm improvements at Govan Cross, scheduled to complete in January next year. This will see three prominent sites will...
2 Apr 2010 - No comments
Faced with a rising tide of bad climate news the Maldives are making waves with plans for the world’s first floating entertainment district. The island state has signed a deal with Dutch...
1 Apr 2010 - No comments
Falkirk Council’s leader, Labour Councillor Craig Martin, has criticised rumours of a potential 15 year delay in realising important regeneration plans for the Stirlingshire town as “scare...
1 Apr 2010 - No comments
Archial architects have been appointed to design a £1.5m lottery funded craft workshop in West Kilbride. Craft Town Scotland comprises eight studios, exhibition space and a cafe within the...
1 Apr 2010 - No comments
The Scottish Civic Trust have launched their My Place Awards to celebrate local design and conservation Supported by the Scottish Government the scheme invites people to nominate their...
1 Apr 2010 - No comments
Glasgow City Council has voted unanimously to approve £85k in funding to progress plans for continued operation of the Kelvin Hall beyond the withdrawal of the Museum of Transport and indoor...
1 Apr 2010 - No comments
Artist Amish Kapoor has unveiled a vertigo inducing confusion of steel to mark the upcoming London 2012 Olympics. Britain’s biggest ever artwork is intended to redefine the whole idea of a...

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