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31 May 2010 - No comments
Fresh from a short listing in this years Carbuncle Awards residents of the Highland capital have mounted a rearguard action via the Inverness Courier to highlight all that is in harmony in...
31 May 2010 - No comments
Clackmannanshire Council have moved the earth for their adolescent charges – literally, as Urban Realm discovered on a visit to Alloa's brand brand new Academy.. Amidst the authorities...
31 May 2010 - No comments
Fresh from an overseas lecturing stint at Kansas State University, Alan Dunlop has established his independent studio at 13 James Morrison Street, Glasgow.   Alan Dunlop Architect Ltd will...
28 May 2010 - No comments
Building on a successful launch last year Urban Realm devotes an issue to exploration this quarter as we seek out hidden nooks and crannies in a quest for the malign and sublime. We’re opening...
28 May 2010 - No comments
Malcolm Fraser Architects scooped top honours at this years Scottish Design Awards, an annual bash organised by Urban Realm to recognise the best in Scottish design. The well earned accolade came...
28 May 2010 - No comments
The wait to discover who will emerge victorious in the annual Scottish Design Awards is nearly at an end with architects, engineers and industry professionals set to gather at Glasgow’s Crowne...
27 May 2010 - No comments
Six teams have been selected to design a Dundonian branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum after more than 120 firms took part in a competition to design the V&A’s northern waterfront home....
27 May 2010 - No comments
Not content with owning, reshaping and rebuilding a slice of Aberdeenshire coast into a golf resort Donald Trump is set to end 600 years of tradition when he renames the Menie Dunes as “The Great...
26 May 2010 - No comments
An Edwardian Primary School at the heart of the Ayrshire village of Mauchline has received an £8m extension and refurbishment at the hands of Archial architects. Located adjacent to the...
26 May 2010 - No comments
Following my recent reference to the business ethics of international architectural practice, Broadway Malyan, and the rather less than total loss to the profession its departure from Edinburgh...
26 May 2010 - No comments
Some subjects just run away with themselves, so much so that they really deserve their very own blog to effectively communicate the many facets of the fast-changing environment in which they exist....
25 May 2010 - No comments
Coleman & Co are making short work of three 21 storey housing towers at Ibrox thanks to the services of the UK’s largest demolition machine. The long armed claw has been devouring concrete...
25 May 2010 - No comments
The second phase of a £100m refurbishment of the St Enoch Centre has been completed, centrepiece of which is a 20m extension to the malls food court that now fronts St Enoch Square. It will...
25 May 2010 - No comments
City Architecture Office has completed the final phase of a seven year project to convert a former Territorial Army hall in Leith into an arts centre. In what is one of the practices highest...
25 May 2010 - No comments
The Daily Record have got into the spirit of the Scottish Design Awards, highlighting how a £22k compost bin has added some “sparkle” to this years bash. Designed by Nicholas Groves...
24 May 2010 - No comments
Following on from the Scottish Governments refusal to permit part demolition of the B listed Odeon cinema on Clerk Street doubts have been raised by a source close to proceedings as to the...
21 May 2010 - No comments
The Scottish Government have refused listed building consent for the partial demolition of the former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street, Edinburgh. Duddingston House Properties had wished to...
20 May 2010 - No comments
Keppie have officially opened an £18m Coatbridge community hub housing council services, a library, two GP surgeries and two dental practices. It marks the first in a series of joint ventures...
20 May 2010 - No comments
In a surprise move Aberdeen City Council have approved plans for a civic square at Union Terrace Gardens after voting 20-7 in favour of Sir Ian Wood’s plans. 12 councilors abstained....
20 May 2010 - No comments
Sixteen short listed Scottish projects for the 2010 RIBA awards go on show at The Lighthouse tonight, a preview of the work set to wow judges and public over the coming months. The healthy...
20 May 2010 - No comments
In advance of their “Power to the People” conference, celebrating the built heritage of hydroelectric power, Historic Scotland has launched a preview of key buildings and infrastructure from...
20 May 2010 - No comments
BDP have been commissioned to deliver building services for the £165m refurbishment of Manchester Town Hall. Working alongside Ryder who are overseeing the Central Library and Ian Simpson who...
19 May 2010 - No comments
A team of conservation and digital design experts, dispatched by Historic Scotland to Mount Rushmore as part of an international technology demonstration drive, have returned the first fruits of...
19 May 2010 - No comments
RIBA President Ruth Reed has accused the Prince of Wales of abusing his position of influence to bring about “inappropriate pressure” on Qatari Diar to ditch a modernist Rogers design for a...
19 May 2010 - No comments
Lerwick based architect Richard Gibson has been awarded The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of Gibson’s contribution to architecture...
19 May 2010 - No comments
Prolific Aberdonian housebuilder and Aberdeen FC chairman Stewart Milne has mounted 11th hour backing for Sir Ian Wood’s in the balance City Square scheme. Milne has pledged to remove one of...
19 May 2010 - No comments
Deyan Sudjic, erstwhile Director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture and Design 1999 now serving as director of London's Design Museum, has returned to the city and institution born out of that...
18 May 2010 - No comments
A postal ballot is taking place to ascertain whether or not the South Kintyre Community wishes to take control of RAF Machrihanish, a redundant 1,000 acre airfield. The base, which includes...
18 May 2010 - No comments
Chief Executive of the National Trust Scotland, Kate Mavor, has marked completion of the £21m Robert Burns Birthplace Museum by laying some turf at a topping out ceremony. Built by Border...
18 May 2010 - No comments
Carnegie Primary, one of six new schools being created in the £126m Building Fife’s Future programme, a ten year initiative aimed at updating the regions schools. Morgan Professional...
18 May 2010 - No comments
Graeme Massie discusses his practices Black House and White House designs for Scotland's Housing Expo, telling Urban Realm that the schemes are designed to develop a spatial language appropriate to...
18 May 2010 - No comments
Australian developer Stockland has scrapped a planned office development in St Andrew Square Edinburgh, opting to pursue a hotel led scheme in its place. The move comes amidst a decline in the...
17 May 2010 - No comments
A mystery benefactor, thought to be a local businessman, has pledged £5m towards Sir Ian Wood’s City Square Project in Aberdeen. The donor’s 11th hour largesse is seen as an attempt to...
17 May 2010 - No comments
A straw poll of delegates at this years annual RIAS convention has failed to find any architects willing to support Sir Ian Wood’s City Square plans, although there were a few abstentions. A...
17 May 2010 - No comments
A curvaceous new double decker is set to grace the streets of London come the Olympics after Transport for London unveiled Thomas Heatherwick designs for a 21st century Routemaster. The red...
17 May 2010 - No comments
Writing in the Sunday Herald architect Malcolm Fraser has queried the likely recipients of the Scottish Government’s “National Housing Trust” largesse, a body set to inject £130m into the...
17 May 2010 - No comments
The coalition government has appointed Ed Vaizey as architecture Minister, replacing previous incumbent Margaret Hodge. The Conservative MP plans to scrap the ARB and transfer its role to the...
14 May 2010 - No comments
Union Street Properties and Union Street Investments have launched a 4min video charting 30 years of dereliction at Alexander Thomson's Egyptian Halls. It forms part of an initiative by the...
14 May 2010 - No comments
On Tuesday May 18 at 19:15 Glasgow’s Lighthouse will be hosting ‘Made in Italy – The Influence of Italian Design’, a seminar aimed at stimulating a conversation about Italian design...
14 May 2010 - No comments
Christopher Morgan, student at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, has been selected as the winner of an international student competition to design a music studio in Cité...
13 May 2010 - No comments
Ryder Architecture has received planning approval for the conversion of St Andrew House into a 210 bedroom hotel above a retail deck. A joint venture between Regent Capital plc and ING the...
13 May 2010 - No comments
JAMstudio’s latest project isn’t run of the mill it seems after the practices £400k renovation of a derelict mill was recognised by a trio of awards. Little Maldron Mill has received a...
13 May 2010 - No comments
Space North West has commissioned Archial Architects to deliver a £3.8m gateway building at Liverpool Innovation Park. The project entails refurbishment and part new build extension of an...
12 May 2010 - No comments
A special committee of MSPs have lent their backing to a the Forth Crossing Bill, a key piece of legislation which parliament must pass before work on the £2bn project can begin. In doing so...
12 May 2010 - No comments
Housebuilder John Dickie Group has been forced into receivership by the Bank of Scotland after the bank decided to pull the plug on continued support. The move was criticised by a John Dickie...
11 May 2010 - No comments
Dennis Sharp, founder of Dennis Sharp Architects in 1965 and known as an authoritative writer, penning several titles on architecture to come to international attention, has died aged 76 following...
11 May 2010 - No comments
Now that our third world electoral system has bumbled its way to the widely anticipated and wholly inconclusive result, attention can once again be focused on the things that actually matter to us...
11 May 2010 - No comments
An impressive 77 entries have been received for the Queens Park bandstand competition, whose brief was to design a sub £500k multi purpose replacement bandstand. Amongst the submissions is...
11 May 2010 - No comments
Union Street Investments Ltd has signed heads of terms with Longrose Buccleugh, a specialist hotels operator and developer, to manage a 136 bed Accor Hotel franchise at Alexander Thomson’s...
10 May 2010 - No comments
A £19m upgrade of Tollcross Leisure Centre which would see a second 50m ‘warm up’ pool constructed, has been given the go ahead by planners ahead of likely approval by councillors. This...
10 May 2010 - No comments
Aberdonians are to be consulted on plans for a new home for Aberdeen Football Club stadium at a series of public meetings to be held in the city At stake are plans for a 21,000 capacity...
10 May 2010 - No comments
Assist Architects are proposing a development of 46 flats for Southside HA in Cathcart on Manse Brae, adjacent to White Cart Water. This is the maximum allowable density for the area which has...
7 May 2010 - No comments
Clyde Gateway are mounting their first foray into the east end with a signature £9.7m office block designed by Cooper Cromar. Located on the putative Bridgeton Business Park the 65,000sq/ft...
7 May 2010 - No comments
Lewis and Hickey have submitted plans to Glasgow City Council for a £3.5m block of student accommodation on behalf of the jovially monikered Inehaze Ltd. The build occupies a tight surface...
7 May 2010 - No comments
Wordie Properties have completed the transformation of a Georgian townhouse on Glasgow’s West George Street into office accommodation. The property now accommodates 8,024sq/ft of modern...
6 May 2010 - No comments
Historic Scotland is embarking upon its most exotic assignment yet, a digital recreation of Mount Rushmore in the States. Working in collaboration with Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design...
6 May 2010 - No comments
Sir Ian Wood’s precarious plans for a civic square in Aberdeen look to have finally fallen through with only four out of 43 councillors thought likely to back the scheme. Aberdeen City...
5 May 2010 - No comments
It is a scene reminiscent of the apocalypse, serried rows of functional housing marching up a bleak landscape with not a soul in sight. Product of the 1970’s oil boom Portavadie was abandoned as...
5 May 2010 - No comments
Austin Smith Lord’s Roseisle distillery has been named as the Scottish Building Project of the year 2010 by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland. It is the first new...
5 May 2010 - No comments
Planning approval has been granted for the demolition of a Liverpool city centre car park for a £56m mixed use development. Comprising twin hotels 270 bedrooms and 113 student flats the...
4 May 2010 - No comments
Edinburgh has been named as one of the world’s top 25 holiday destinations in a survey conducted by TripAdvisor, the only UK destination to make the grade. The high placing will come as a...
4 May 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...
4 May 2010 - No comments
With the imminent demise of the first of eight blocks on the Red Road estate looming Urban Realm took a closer look at the notorious overspill community. Designed in 1962 by architect Sam...
3 May 2010 - No comments
Irvine Bay are seeking an architect with experience of designing and constructing new build offices and hotels to prepare a masterplan and building designs for a mixed use commercial complex at...
3 May 2010 - No comments
Seven additional architect designed Maggies’s Centres have been unveiled for the UK, ranging from intersecting ovals in Nottingham to a “cosmic whirlpool” in Swansea. Brainchild of the...
3 May 2010 - No comments
Landscape artist Charles Jencks and sculptor Andy Goldsworthy are teaming up to transform a patch of farmland near Gretna into a new gateway to Scotland. A charitable trust is being launched...

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