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Caledonian Sleeper service beds down with refreshed carriages

1 day 15 hours ago
Caledonian Sleeper services are to be expanded with the roll out of a new Highland route from June 2019, sporting ‘hotel on wheels’ decor created by Edinburgh-based interior designers Ian Smith Design on behalf of Serco. Confined to constricted cabin space Smith has created a series of contemporary rooms, some with en-suite toilets and showers, as well as reclining seats,...

Mews-style serviced apartments address Inverness visitor demand

1 day 17 hours ago
HRI Munro Architecture has brought forward revised plans for eight mews-style serviced apartments in Inverness, a response to the growing demand for short-term accommodation in the Highland capital. A growing tourism sector and business need had spurred proposals for 16 serviced apartments at Ross House, a detached Victorian house within the central conservation area, but this was...

Advance work gets underway at Paisley Town Hall

2 days 18 hours ago
Kier Construction has been appointed to carry out the pre-construction element of a £22m overhaul of Paisley Town Hall , with the implementation of vital stonework and roof repairs. Designs brought forward by Holmes Miller Architects would transform the landmark into an events space and visitor attraction complete with its own conference facilities, improved access and updated...

Peel Ports set out reindustrialisation blueprint for Hunterston

2 days 23 hours ago
Peel Ports has opened a six-week consultation open to all residents and businesses in North Ayrshire in a search for ideas and opinions their views on what the future should bring to a 300-acre brownfield site at Hunterston . Consultations dovetail with the publication of a masterplan seeking to capitalise on extensive deepwater and rail connections which should make it a prime site for...

Feedback sought for Granton Waterfront coastal quarter

3 days 10 hours ago
The City of Edinburgh Council is inviting feedback on indicative proposals for the latest phase of development at Granton Waterfront following its acquisition of a former gasworks. A 15-year development framework is being drawn up for the site to include new homes, a school, medical centre, shops and business space together with associated public realm improvements intended to better...

Fruitmarket Gallery ‘Open Out’ vision tabled

3 days 14 hours ago
Reiach & Hall Architects have finalised their competition-winning proposals f or the redevelopment of the Fruitamrket Gallery to accommodate its expansion into an adjoining fruit warehouse – latterly a nightclub. Dubbed Open Out the plans entail a full renovation of the existing A-listed gallery while extending its footprint to accommodate additional gallery space and a...

Izat Arundell bring forward Leith Docks tenement repair

5 days 7 hours ago
Izat Arundell Architects have brought forward proposals to repair Leith’s Bath Road through reinstatement of housing on the site of a tenement property demolished in 1979. The resulting gap-site has been earmarked for six contemporary flats alongside an extension to a ground floor pub, spurred by continued regeneration of the Leith Docks area. Bath Road has become a hotbed of...

Port Dundas homelessness centre expands

5 days 7 hours ago
Glasgow City Council has tabled plans to erect a 54-bed extension to an existing homelessness assessment centre by the Forth & Clyde Canal at Rodney Street, Port Dundas. The expansion has been necessitated by the planned closure of an existing hostel at Clyde Place in Tradeston and will replace temporary cabins which have been in use since September last year. Phase two plans drawn...

LDN Architects take design lead at Inverness Castle visitor centre

5 days 9 hours ago
Highland Council has selected LDN Architects to carry forward the transformation of Inverness Castle into a set piece visitor destination for the city. LDN were brought on board for their extensive conservation expertise, which will see the heritage asset enhanced for its new role as a tourism hub, serving as a gateway to the wider Highland region. The castle vision includes the...

Livingston veterinary hospital wins go-ahead

5 days 14 hours ago
A new veterinary centred designed by Jefferson Sheard Architects is to be built in Livingston after plans brought forward by CVS Group were given the green light by West Lothian Council. The Livingston Veterinary Referrals & Pathology Centre will deliver 30,000sq/ft of purpose-built medical facilities within Livingston Trade Park to the north of Houston Road on scrubland within the...

Egyptian Halls architectural competition seeks adaptive re-use ideas

6 days 5 hours ago
An international architectural competition has been launched by The Alexander Thomson Society to elicit design ideas for the adaptive re-use of The Egyptian Halls in Glasgow. A response to the ongoing threat of demolition of the A-listed warehouse the competition is seeking to break a stalemate which has left the building in a state of limbo as negotiations with buildings owner Derek...

Colony model inspires Leith waterfront homes

1 week 2 days ago
EMA Architects are to offer a fresh twist on traditional Edinburgh colony housing with the launch of the latest element of Waterfront Plaza by CALA Homes. A contemporary take on the historic building typology the new homes will adopt a contemporary approach, offering occupiers modern open plan living spaces combined with generous windows over three levels. Building on the traditional...

Glass towers to stand Broxburn distillery HQ in good stead

1 week 2 days ago
Broxburn-based Ian MacLeod Distillers are preparing to begin work on a dramatic new headquarters after outgrowing their current premises in the West Lothian town. The £4.5m project is expected to get underway this July, delivering 10,000sq/ft of office space across two wings of accommodation linked by a glass atrium. Dominated by twin glass towers modelled on traditional louvred...

Edinburgh Airport Business Gateway rekindled with planning in principle

1 week 2 days ago
A long-held vision to build to develop a mixed-use masterplan for Edinburgh Airport has been given fresh impetus with the award of planning permission in principle. Edinburgh International Business Gateway (EIBG) has been quietly bubbling away for over a decade with a consortium of developers comprising Murray Estates, Frogmore Property, New Ingliston and Salmon Harvester Properties...

£200m fund established to correct Grenfell-style cladding

1 week 2 days ago
The UK government has allocated £200m to fund the replacement of dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings where private developers have refused to step in and pay for expensive remedial work after some developers refused to pay for the work. This would be allocated to around 170 high-rise buildings identified as being at risk – a further 23 social housing tower blocks will also...

Government outlines thinking for a temporary relocation of parliament

1 week 3 days ago
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has published their design proposals for a temporary debating chamber for the House of Commons ahead of a decant of government from the Palace of Westminster to accommodate vital renovations. The designs sit at the heart of a consultation launched to inform the public of parliament’s plan to relocate functions to the ‘northern estate’, a...

North Berwick care home and hotel given all clear

1 week 3 days ago
Yeoman McAllister Architects have won planning permission from East Lothian Council to create a 70-bed care home and 65-bed hotel in North Berwick led by Frontier Estates. The Tantallon Road project is situated 2km from the town centre at the foot of Berwick Law and is split between a traditional style care home and more contemporary styled hotel, each sharing a simple palette of brick,...

TGP helm Cambuslang park proposal

1 week 3 days ago
TGP Landscape Architects have conceived a feasibility masterplan to regenerate a former steelworks at Hallside, Cambuslang, as parkland. Hallside Heritage Park sits within walking distance of the Drumsagard Village housing development and has been earmarked as a gateway site for rail travellers heading to Glasgow from the east. The current site had been neglected since being planted in...

SPT offers the first glimpse of its new driverless Subway fleet

1 week 4 days ago
SPT has taken possession of the first of 17 four carriage subway trains which will eventually circle beneath the streets of Glasgow once a programme of testing and tunnel upgrades complete. Manufacturer Stadler will now put the trains through their paces to ensure a smooth migration to passenger service once new communication and control systems have been installed across each station and...

Gilmerton Gateway mixed-use proposals emerge

1 week 4 days ago
Plant machinery specialists Bernard Hunter have brought forward indicative proposals for a mixed-use retail development in Edinburgh incorporating a medical centre, community hub and 60-bed hotel. An application for planning in principle prepared by Mackenzie Design Company earmarks brownfield land to the east of Gilmerton Station Road for the commercial hub, referred to as Gilmerton...
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