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HLM lead Glasgow Airport manufacturing institute design team

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HLM have been asked to lead the design team for a £65m advanced manufacturing facility hosted by the University of Strathclyde as the flagship build of a new innovation district near Glasgow Airport. The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland will draw together industry, academia and the public sector to explore new ways of improving productivity and skills. Hosting a digital...

Merchant City BTR trailblazer nears completion

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Kelvin Properties are on track to deliver 36 build to rent apartments at Candleriggs Court in Glasgow’s Merchant City with refurbishment expected to complete toward the end of May. The £10m build is to be managed by Tay Letting and meet an accelerating shift to repopulate the city centre, offering a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats with underground parking and communal...

Student housing earmarked for the Water of Leith

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ICA is leading efforts to create a 269-bed student residential build on vacant ground at 543 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, at the junction of Chesser Avenue and bordered by the Water of Leith. The U-plan site will house two separate blocks of accommodation set amid private landscaped grounds with living/kitchen areas arranged vertically fronting Gorgie Road. Here a setback top floor is...

Architects invited to design a new spire for Notre Dame Cathedral

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The French government has invited architects to draft designs for a ‘new spire’ to stand tall above Notre-Dame cathedral following a devastating fire which destroyed a nineteenth-century replica of the original medieval design on Monday. Prime minister Edouard Philippe issued a global call to arms for architects to design ‘a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and...

A9 masterplan seeks to redefine roadside services

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GB Grove have filed an application in principle to create a green roadside service station at Kinbuck serving northbound traffic on the A9 outside Dunblane. Occupying land previously utilised for commercial forestry the proposals call for creation of a petrol filling station, restaurants and hotel within a landscaped masterplan focussed on central water features. Outlining the design...

Aberdeen garden gives rise to contemporary home

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A generous garden off Aberdeen’s Holburn Street has been earmarked for a three-storey contemporary home under plans to subdivide an existing feu. Currently under the ownership of 325 Holburn Street the owner is keen to maximise the use of land to create a modern family home within an established neighbourhood having failed to win approval for a four-storey block of flats....

Potterow student accommodation completes

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Clark Contracts have handed over a new build student accommodation block at 22-24 Potterrow, Edinburgh, on behalf of Curlew Property. Situated a short walk from the University of Edinburgh the build stretches to 52 studio apartments in addition to common rooms and amenity spaces over six floors. Designed by Yeoman McAllister the homes were delivered using off-site construction techniques...

Terracotta tower to evoke Glasgow’s Edwardian heyday

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Drum Property Group are maintaining momentum at Buchanan Wharf with a detailed application for a build to rent tower on the eastern edge of Tradeston in Glasgow city centre. The £85m development will deliver 324 apartments as part of a wider regeneration of three city blocks anchored by Barclays Bank the scheme overlooks the planned Kingston Square by way of a ground floor...

Sun rises on historic Montrose hospital transformation

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A major development of 450 new homes at the historic Sunnyside Hospital in Montrose has been given the planning all-clear, securing the future of the listed landmark. Plans include conversion of the B-listed Jacobean-style main building by John. D Crawford to form 34 homes and a shared community space together with conversion of a C-listed water tower by GAAP Architects to form nine...

Pidgin Perfect acquired by New Practice

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Glasgow-based architecture studio Pidgin Perfect has been acquired by New Practice with co-founders Marc Cairns and Becca Thomas remaining as directors within the enlarged business. Founded in 2011 with a specialism in placemaking, representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2012 and becoming the only Scottish practice to be appointed to the mayor of London’s ADUP panel in 2018....

Sutherland Heritage hub to capitalise on North Coast 500 success

1 week 3 days ago
Strathnaver Museum, a volunteer-run collection of local history bin Sutherland, is to expand its operations through creation of a new heritage hub catering for North Coast 500 tourists. Housed within a B-listed former ecclesiastical building the museum will renovate the current building and construct a satellite annex to provide room for a temporary gallery space suitable for use as...

Islay Distillery opens its doors to visitors

1 week 3 days ago
Hunter Laing & Company have realised their 15-year vision to build a new distillery on Islay with an official unveil of Ardnahoe Distillery. The £12m investment is expected to attract as many as 20,000 visitors a year to view the distillation process in person, enticed by an associated visitor centre, shop, whisky bar and restaurant. Business development director Andrew Laing...

Urban Realm’s spring edition embraces new horizons

1 week 4 days ago
This issue of Urban Realm is all about expanding horizons as we journey around the globe in search of exemplary projects from which we can draw parallels with work closer to home. The journey begins with a trip to Saudi Arabia and a desert concert venue which proves isolation need be no barrier to design. The setting may be radically different, but the same pressures of audience comfort,...

£348k grant seeds John O’Groats corn mill heritage hub

1 week 4 days ago
John O’Groats Mill Trust have won a £348k grant from the Scottish Land Fund to acquire a B-listed disused mill together with 9.5 acres of land to be developed as a visitor attraction and heritage centre. This would return the 269-year-old corn mill back to working order for the first time since its closure in 2001, as part of a series of upgrades for what is believed to be the...

Aberdeenshire Council to extend Peterhead base

1 week 5 days ago
Aberdeenshire Council is to press ahead with a £1.5m extension to their Buchan House headquarters in Peterhead, with a new wing of accommodation to be leased to Police Scotland. Robertson Construction is due to move on-site in mid-May for the 412sq/m build which will provide a shared administrative hub for the council and police on the upper floor, with the lower level reserved...

Penicuik town centre makeover continues

1 week 5 days ago
Penicuik’s historic heart is in line for some much-needed cosmetic improvements with an application to alter and extend a rundown property overlooking the town’s main square to provide six flats and one shop. Outline plans brought forward by Optimised Environments would see the current structure repaired and renovated with the addition of a contemporary rear wing above...

Castlebrae CHS finalise Craigmillar town centre move

1 week 6 days ago
Plans to relocate Castlebrae Community High School to a purpose-built new building in Craigmillar town centre have been formalised with the submission of plans by JM Architects. A key plank of the Craigmillar masterplan the school will also include a ‘town square’ on brownfield land off Niddrie Mains Road to help further regeneration of the area and accommodate a rising school...

Revised Ravenscraig regeneration plans win funding commitment

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North Lanarkshire Council has committed an additional £29.7m to kick-start revised Ravenscraig regeneration proposals to transform one of the largest brownfield sites in Europe. The cash injection comes as the Glasgow City Region cabinet reprioritised City Deal funding for related infrastructure work which will see new and upgraded roads to serve the site and unlock additional...
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