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31 Mar 2011 - No comments
What will be Central Scotland’s largest woodland creation scheme has been given the green light by planners, a move which will see tree planting take place on the 600 acre Maryland Farm. The...
31 Mar 2011 - No comments
An ageing office block in Leeds is to be given a glass reclad in a bid to improve the vista around Leeds station and attract tenants. The existing 14 storeys structure, which looms above the...
31 Mar 2011 - No comments
The Architecture Centre Network, a national body representing 22 UK architecture centres, has had its Arts Council funding withdrawn. It leaves the Network scrabbling to find alternative revenue...
31 Mar 2011 - No comments
Glasgow School of Art has announced that it is to relocate its design departments from Garnethill to Finnieston as the school vacates condemned properties. The flit has been necessitated by...
30 Mar 2011 - No comments
Malcolm Fraser has been announced as chair of the 2011 Saltire Awards, a government sponsored scheme to promote design in house building. This will see Fraser take the helm of the oldest...
30 Mar 2011 - No comments
We’re nursing a few sore heads this morning following the Urban Realm re-launch party, an occasion held to celebrate publication of our spring issue, our recognition as Scotland’s best magazine...
30 Mar 2011 - No comments
Strathclyde University department of architecture is to stage a panel discussion within the Lighthouse tomorrow night, dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of the architect and his...
30 Mar 2011 - No comments
Laurieston, one of three current ‘Transformational Regeneration Areas’ in Glasgow alongside Maryhill and Gallowgate, is seeing redevelopment work finally emerge from the starting blocks with...
29 Mar 2011 - No comments
A UN report has warned that the world’s urban areas are set to become the focus of a “deadly collision between climate change and urbanisation” if no action is taken to tackle rising...
29 Mar 2011 - No comments
The north may play host to more than a few down at heel communities but in a geographic twist the coastal community of Jaywick Sands has been named as the most deprived place in England – despite...
29 Mar 2011 - No comments
Edouardo Souto de Moura, a 58 year old Portugese architect, has emerged as the juries pick for the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize. What is regarded as the architectural world’s biggest...
29 Mar 2011 - No comments
The first phase of development work on a new campus for Salford University has been pencilled in for later this year. Valued at £75m the work will see the existing Chapman Building...
28 Mar 2011 - No comments
A community school in Huntingdon, Satffordshire, has been selected to host a local design awards ceremony for which it is itself a contender, the South Staffordshire Design Awards. The Archial...
28 Mar 2011 - No comments
Amanda Levette Architects has emerged victorious in a competition to design an extension to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum .   The winning scheme will see creation of an underground...
28 Mar 2011 - No comments
A full list of nominees for this years Scottish Design Awards have been chosen following a day of deliberation from our judging panel. Take a gander at the list below and see who is still in...
28 Mar 2011 - No comments
New Cumnock, runner up in the 2009 Carbuncle Awards, has set itself on the path to redemption with the demolition of the eyesore Tam o’ Shanter cafe. The decaying hulk of the roadside...
25 Mar 2011 - No comments
The judging process for this year’s Scottish Design Awards is now at an end, conclusion of a year long hunt for Scotland’s best buildings and designers. This saw our judging panel, headed...
25 Mar 2011 - No comments
With spring in the air Urban Realm is formally launching the submissions process for the 2011 edition of the Architecture Scotland Annual, our yearly compendium of the best of the best in Scottish...
25 Mar 2011 - No comments
Controversial plans for a giant incinerator plant on Glasgow’s suburban fringe have been subject to an incendiary public meeting. Chris Williams of Lifetime Recycling Village, the developers...
25 Mar 2011 - No comments
Edinburgh Napier University has sold its 51 acre Craighouse campus to a group of developers as the higher education facility looks to complete its flit to a £60m RMJM designed Sighthill campus....
24 Mar 2011 - No comments
RIBA president Ruth Reed has responded to the chancellor’s “budget for growth” which aims to harness development and planning reform in pursuit of economic growth. Reed welcomed...
24 Mar 2011 - No comments
A Glasgow resident has been evicted from her home to allow demolition work to proceed in Dalmarnock, epicentre of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games. Sheriff officers accompanied by dozens of...
24 Mar 2011 - No comments
Spring is in the air, the sun has reappeared and Urban Realm vol.5 has just arrived back from the printers – all is well. Yes, after assuming independence at the start of February we’ve...
23 Mar 2011 - No comments
Malcolm Reading Consultants are to oversee an international design competition to produce a new landscaped garden for Sir Ian Wood’s contentious City Square project. This follows the...
23 Mar 2011 - No comments
RMJM has stepped in to plug a series of defections and departures from its Hong Kong office by flying out two of its most senior architects to oversee the practice’s work in Hong Kong, Shanghai...
23 Mar 2011 - No comments
ACC Liverpool, operator of the Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre, and Liverpool City Council has secured £40m in funding to see creation of a purpose built waterfront exhibition hall. It is...
23 Mar 2011 - No comments
Glasgow City Council has agreed a £14m contract to extend Tollcross Pool in order to accommodate an additional six lane, 50m warm up and training pool. It will also provide enhanced changing...
22 Mar 2011 - No comments
Land Securities are expected to receive the go ahead today for a £70m redevelopment of a key site at the heart of Glasgow’s 'golden Z'. It will see existing buildings demolished, save for a...
22 Mar 2011 - No comments
Architectural critic William Curtis has castigated an official council report into the Glasgow School of Art as a “preposterous document full of slanted information and half truths.”...
22 Mar 2011 - No comments
Friends of Inverleith Park, a pressure group formed in opposition to Edinburgh Council’s plans to transform the eponymous park into a housing estate, have staged a guerrilla lighting campaign to...
22 Mar 2011 - No comments
Steven Holl’s first phase plans for the redevelopment of the Glasgow School of Art’s Garnethill campus have been approved by Glasgow City Council’s planning committee. Bailie Liz Cameron...
21 Mar 2011 - No comments
Finance secretary John Swinney has announced that a consortium comprising Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Morrison Construction has been selected as the preferred bidder for a...
21 Mar 2011 - No comments
An expectant public will be able to peruse Glasgow’s Zaha Hadid designed Transport Museum in just a few short months after city officials announced the date the venue will finally open its doors...
21 Mar 2011 - No comments
With just two weeks to go until this years Hannover Messe Urban Realm is teaming up with the event organisers to offer our readers a complimentary ticket to the German gathering. The event...
20 Mar 2011 - No comments
The Plook-on-the-Plinth, a play do manifestation of all that ills contemporary architecture, has made a guest appearance at the Scottish Parliament in support of the regeneration of Denny. The...
18 Mar 2011 - No comments
Regular readers will have noticed a few tweaks and polishes occurring around the Urban Realm website over the past few weeks, part of a Spring cleaning exercise which aims to update our links and...
18 Mar 2011 - No comments
A RIBA run competition inviting design teams to submit ideas for the redevelopment of a Lake District yachting club has been inundated with 180 entries. Ullswater Yacht Club launched the comp...
18 Mar 2011 - No comments
The University of Wales has officially opened its BDP designed Newport city centre campus, intended to become a regional hub for creativity and enterprise. Occupying a prominent waterfront...
18 Mar 2011 - No comments
Neil Sutherland Architects have been appointed as masterplanner for a 2,000 acres of land on the Isle of Bute. Selected by the Bute Community Land Company the practice saw off four other...
18 Mar 2011 - No comments
Edinburgh City Council and LDN Architects refurbishment of Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms has received a timely boost with the allocation of a £441k Heritage Lottery fund grant. The award will...
17 Mar 2011 - No comments
An underwater tide farm is to be built in the Sound of Islay off the west coast of Scotland, the first of its kind in the world, after Scottish Power Renewables were granted planning permission....
17 Mar 2011 - No comments
Glasgow’s Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice has announced plans to build a brand new facility to enhance its services to young people with life threatening illnesses. The Hospice has...
17 Mar 2011 - No comments
They may be better known for bringing nimby’s out in hives but plans for a supermarket on the site of s derelict B&Q store on Edinburgh’s Inglis Green Road have conspired to achieve the...
15 Mar 2011 - No comments
The continued prevarication over demolition of a contentious eyesore block within Denny, near Falkirk, is to be the subject of a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow at 12:30. The latest...
15 Mar 2011 - No comments
Elder & Cannon have picked up a My Place Award from the Scottish Civic Trust for their work on providing new offices for Shettleston Housing Association. The facility, in Glasgow’s east end,...
14 Mar 2011 - No comments
Reiach & Hall Architects Aberdeen Sports Village has emerged as the recipient of Aberdeen Society of Architects Health/Education & leisure Building Award. The sports complex is situated on the...
14 Mar 2011 - No comments
For anyone who has ever been curious as to the effort that goes behind production of a finished architectural drawing Alan Dunlop has produced a video sketch of himself at work The feat of...
11 Mar 2011 - No comments
Glenn Howells Architects have submitted options for a tower of between 72m and 40m in height at 224 Broad Street, Birmingham. Proposed by site owners Lee Longlands, the tentative towers final...
11 Mar 2011 - No comments
Strathclyde University have unveiled images of a planned £89m Technology and Innovation Centre, to be erected on a brownfield site in the Merchant City district of Glasgow. Accommodating 850...
11 Mar 2011 - No comments
An outline planning application has been made by Batleys Ltd, owners of a cash & carry in Salford Quays, to flatten their warehouse and erect something more befitting of its up and coming locale....
10 Mar 2011 - No comments
A documentary investigating Donald Trump’s plans for a giant golf course in Menie, has been premiered via a YouTube trailer which promises to shine a light into the goings on there. The film...
10 Mar 2011 - No comments
Three landmark tower blocks in the North Sighthill district of Edinburgh are to be flattened over the course of the summer as part of a bid to replace the worst housing stock under the...
9 Mar 2011 - No comments
An ambitious £290m modernisation programme for Glasgow’s decrepit Subway system has been green lighted by the Scottish Government following mounting concerns that the current 1979 designed...
9 Mar 2011 - No comments
A planned five metre high allotment shed has had to be redesigned after residents of Edinburgh’s New Town claimed it would ruin the historic Georgian skyline. The stushie centres on a narrow...
8 Mar 2011 - No comments
Things are looking up for John O’Groats, Britain’s most northerly Carbuncle, after £6m plans were unveiled to give the hamlet a boost. Putting the Carbuncle award 2010 behind it the...
8 Mar 2011 - No comments
Holmes Architects, the designers behind Marischal College the new headquarters of Aberdeen City Council, have embarked upon collaboration with Harlaw Academy to design a small café pavilion in...
8 Mar 2011 - No comments
The judging process for the 2011 Scottish Design Awards are scheduled to kick off later this month with the arrival in Glasgow of our judging panel. City Planning Officer Sir Peter Rees will...
7 Mar 2011 - No comments
Proposals from CDP Architects for a Lifetime Recycling Village at Loganswell in East Renfrewshire have met some headwind in the form of a spirited attack by local MSP, Jackson Carlaw. The...
7 Mar 2011 - No comments
South Ayrshire Council has issued a notice of its intent to appoint a design team as part of an ongoing refurbishment effort at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr. This sees the Council seek the...
4 Mar 2011 - No comments
An impasse over funding for a conversion of Glasgow’s Egyptian Halls has failed to be broken, despite a recent public consultation (for those who missed it a digital summary is available.)...
4 Mar 2011 - No comments
Housing bosses have mounted an investigation into the appearance of a luxurious outdoor swimming pool within the back garden of a home set aside by Doncaster Council to house the needy....
3 Mar 2011 - No comments
Work has commenced on the site of a Gordon Murray Architects designed replacement roof for the B listed Paisley Gilmour Street station. The refurbishment has been prompted by extensive damage...
3 Mar 2011 - No comments
Archial has completed the £3.85m Broxden Dental Centre in Perth for NHS Tayside. Built on Greenfield land within an eponymous business park the centre occupies a slight depression which...
2 Mar 2011 - No comments
Aberdeen Arena, a new stadium being designed by The Miller Partnership and structural engineers WA Fairhurst, has edged a step closer to reality after Aberdeen City Council voted to approve the...
2 Mar 2011 - No comments
The Victoria & Albert Museum has published a shortlist of seven proposals in their Exhibition Road Design Competition . Just seven entrants made it to final furlong, whittled down from a...
1 Mar 2011 - No comments
Designers are being solicited by the Department of Health to rethink the approach to the country’s Accident and Emergency units in a bid to reduce violence and aggression toward NHS staff....
1 Mar 2011 - No comments
A £15m facility construction training facility for Aberdeen College has been officially unveiled by First Minister, Alex Salmond. Designed by Archial the facility allows co-location of the...
1 Mar 2011 - No comments
Centre for Cities, an independent charity promoting the improvement of UK cities economic performance, has published its 2011 outlook – and it makes for some grim reading. Weighing up the...

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