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December 15 2005

According to the RIBA Competitions office, ZM Architecture came a “very close second” in the controversial competition to design the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland. The prestige project to design a new observatory to be located in the hills surrounding Kielder Village in Northumberland went instead to Charles Barclay Architects, from London.

Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop have been appointed for the detailed design of a mixed development of two city blocks centred on Cheapside Street in Glasgow for developers Dandara. It is a high-profile commission on the north bank of the Clyde immediately west of the Kingston Bridge. Gm+ad are also working with Dandara at Glasgow Harbour phase 2

The Future Cities project is organising an event, called the Future of Community, on Saturday 4 March 2006 at St Martin’s College in London. Speakers include Richard Sennett, Jonathan Meades, Ken Yeang, David Edgar, and Penny Lewis, editor of this organ. See

Urban regeneration specialist New City Vision has appointed architects ID Partnership as lead master planner and designer for its £200 million regeneration and transformation of Drumchapel into Scotland’s first “garden suburb”. Gareth Roberts, an associate at ID Partnership’s Glasgow office said: “We’re proud to be playing a part in helping build high-quality suburbia.”

The call for entries has gone out for the Scottish Design Awards. The judging panel includes; Raymond Young, chair of Architecture and Design, Keith Brownlie, Wilkinson Eyre, Amin Taha, Isi Metzstein and Anthony Hunt. The architectural judging takes place in February and the awards dinner is on Friday 26 May. The deadline for entries is 13 January 2006. Contact Emma Neilson at

Correction In the feature on the Saltire Awards in the last issue of Prospect the Drum Phase 2 by Vernon Monaghan was pictured and credited to Malcolm Fraser as part of Phase 3.

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