The beginning of the school year in late August brings with it an inevitable flurry of summer projects crossing over more major capital projects coming towards completion. Three of these have just got over the line, at the Glasgow Academy, Dollar Academy and St Columba's School Kilmalcolm.
Last week colleagues Neil Boyd and Nicola Walls attended the High School of Dundee for the launch of the school’s campaign for a new centre for performing and visual arts. The school has an ambitious vision to convert the former GPO building into a new facility for the art, drama, music and food technology departments, with a social and dining facility for the whole school.
Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess visited our recently completed project at Bissett Court, Hallglen, Falkirk on 12th August to meet tenants that have recently moved in. The 26 new homes were designed for Loretto Housing Association. Inspired by the robust forms of farm buildings that once occupied the site, the geometry of the blocks is restrained in aesthetic, with a series of extruded pitched forms linked by a continuous garden wall, inspired by the remnant of stone wall at the corner of site. More information on the Housing Minister visit can be found here.
As part of our work on the new Glasgow Academy Science Building, our Jellybeans group have been designing the signage and wayfinding graphics to provide the final layer of information to the hollictic process we have gone through with the client, from masterplan, to the briefing process and now all the way to the signage installation.
Construction work is well underway on the Linburn sports hall and housing project for the Scottish War Blinded charity. The cladding is nearly complete and the interior spaces are starting to take shape. The £2.8million project is due to be complete at the end of September 2015. The buildings are located next to the Linburn Centre, which was opened in 2011.
Our longstanding friendship with Dollar Academy allowed us last week to visit and share in their excitement at the prospect of our Teaching Building opening to students for this coming intake.
Our proposals for a new day centre for Scottish War Blinded in Paisley have been granted planning approval. The centre provides facilities for visually impaired ex-servicemen and women including activity rooms, a sports hall, gymnasium, art and craft workshops, a café and bowling green. Following the success of the Scottish War Blinded day centre in Linburn, completed for the same client in 2011, we are preparing to take the project to tender in the coming months with works due to begin on-site in early 2016, and completion expected in the summer of 2017.
The master-bakers of our team somewhat naively signed up to recreate, in cake form, our recently completed Theatre Royal in Glasgow for Scottish Opera. After a rigorous period of prototyping we re-envisioned the theatre in a red velvet sponge to represent the stair spiral staircase, ginger bread for the floor slabs and cast honey comb fins for the external cladding. This was accompanied by our comprehensive National Baking Specification and our creation was exhibited as part of the Merchant City Festival’s Edible Architecture competition run by the Glasgow Institute of Architects. We were delighted to have impressed the judges enough to be awarded top prize in the competition against some stiff competition!
Our project for Edinburgh Printmakers to transform the former North British Rubber Company building in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh into a new Creative Hub was announced as one of eight projects being supported by a total of £1.6million funding from the Historic Scotland Building Repairs Grants Scheme. The award of £500,000 for the Edinburgh Printmakers project was announced by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop at the Castle Mill Works building in Fountainbridge on 5th August. Project Architect Eilidh Henderson and David Page attended, leading a tour of the building to explain the Edinburgh Printmakers vision for its transformation. More information on the Historic Scotland grant award can be found here.
We were pleased to see our Mansion House conservation project for the Mount Stuart Trust featured in The Buteman Newspaper this week. The works to the fabric of the Category A Listed building in Rothesay are nearing the halfway point on site. The three-storey building, complete with spiral staircase, was home to the Crichton-Stuart family until 1719, when the new family seat at Mount Stuart was completed.
Despite 30th June being the hottest day of the year to that point, 80 delegates gathered at the RIBA London for an evening of CPD led by Brian Park and focussed on our Approach to Conservation and our work on Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings. These sessions were the the lead-in to the final session - a focus on Glasgow School of Art under the title, The Restoration of an Icon, this following the major fire in May 2014 and for which Page \ Park are architects and lead consultants.
Our client, the High School of Dundee, have launched their campaign to create a Centre of excellence for the Performing and Visual Arts. The School has acquired the Category B listed former GPO building in Dundee, a prominent landmark in the city centre, for conversion into this exciting new learning facility for art, music, drama and the culinary arts, including new performance spaces. It is envisaged that this facility will not only fulfil pedagogical requirements but will also provide much needed social space for staff and pupils.
We were very pleased to sponsor the Theatres Trust conference held last week at Milton Court at the Guildhall School in London. This annual event was once again a really interesting and insightful day attended by our colleague Nicola Walls.
The Saltire Society have long been vocal advocates of innovation and excellence in housing design, rewarding particularly fine examples at their Housing Design Awards every year. The Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) fought off an exceptionally high quality shortlist of contenders to claim prizes for the Best Multiple Housing Development and the Best Landscape in Housing. The contractor, McTaggart Construction, also received the CIOB Good Building Award for a Major Project for the development.
We are delighted that the Theatre Royal Glasgow for Scottish Opera and Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area Phase 1 picked up RIAS awards last night at the annual awards dinner in Edinburgh. The Theatre Royal won in the Buildings in Culture category and Laurieston in the Public Housing category. Our Laurieston project was also awarded an RIBA award and the project client, New Gorbals Housing Association, picked up Scotland's Client of the Year award.
We did not imagine that our business model might generate interest in fields beyond architecture. The way we work however clearly has some similarities to other professions where expertise and experience is needed to fulfil a client’s brief.
Team member Eilidh Henderson attended the AJ120 awards dinner in London last week along with our clients Scottish Opera who were shortlisted in the Client of the Year category. Despite not coming home with any prizes we were delighted to have been shortlisted for two awards in the Building of the Year and Sustainable Practice of the Year categories. The practice reached number 71 in the special edition AJ120 list of the biggest architecture firms in the country. A full run down of all of the practices in the top 120, along with each of the category prize winners, is available here.
We are delighted to be sponsoring this years Theatres Trust conference entitled ‘Valuing Theatres’. The conference theme this year explores the value that theatres can bring to regeneration, commercial development and mixed use schemes. Presentations made through the day will consider ways in which we can work collaboratively to achieve shared cultural, social and economic returns, and create new partnerships with developers to build and protect the theatres of the future.
We currently have full-time vacancies for Project Architects and post Part 2 students with opportunities to work on a range of exciting projects. An interest in Conservation as well as Revit experience will be required. Interested applicants should e-mail an up-to-date CV with examples of work, your current availability and contact details FAO David Paton. No agencies please.
We are pleased to have an ongoing relationship with The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Every year since 2012 two students from the Conservation Department of Nicolaus Copernicus University have had the opportunity to jointly survey the Glasgow Necropolis and contribute to some of our active Conservation projects. In April Brian Park and Natalia Burakowska of our Conservation team, visited the University in Torun, a beautiful UNESCO designated historic city.
Our project for the University of Edinburgh at 50 George Square scooped the Conservation Award at the RICS Scotland Awards 2015 on Thursday afternoon. We were delighted that our Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre project was also Highly Commended in the Community Benefit category at the awards lunch in Edinburgh. As described by the RICS, these "awards showcase the the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the built environment."
The Theatre Royal is the 'Showcase' project in the quarterly Spring 2015 edition of Theatres Magazine published by the Theatres Trust. The article by Scottish Opera Client Representative Steve Green and our own Nicola Walls explains the project in detail and is accompanied by some wonderful photographs. An online version of the magazine is published here.
On 17th April we had the opportunity to contribute to the “Building on Mackintosh” Symposium at Glasgow School of Art where well over 200 delegates gathered to be updated, share and discuss the challenges going forward with the restoration of the Mackintosh Building following last May’s devastating fire. This followed a similar event hosted by GSA at the Venice Biennale last November, with the Glasgow event also attracting an international audience. Brian Park had the opportunity to share the basis of our approach as we lead a hand-picked team of consultants on the project working to deal with all aspects of the Brief and the Conservation challenges under the banner:
Scottish Opera Theatre Royal Glasgow has been shortlisted for the AJ120 Building of the Year award. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony, taking place on 3 June 2015 at the Tower of London. The project, completed at the end of 2014, provides Front of House facilities for the audience in a new extension directly linked to the existing Category A listed Theatre Royal. This significant cultural project as envisaged by Scottish Opera, was seen by the practice as an opportunity to create a major new piece of civic architecture in our home city. We are honoured that the project has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.
We are thrilled that six of our projects have been nominated for the Scottish design Awards 2015. Our nominated projects include the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, the West End Medical Practice, Edinburgh, Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, Laurieston Transformational Area Phase 1, Glasgow and The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church.
We are delighted to have won the commission to lead a team to restore the world renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art. The official Glasgow School of Art press release is below:
We were pleased to hear that two of our recently completed projects have been shortlisted for the RIAS/RIBA Awards 2015. Laurieston Transformational Area with Elder and Cannon Architects for New Gorbals Housing Association and the Theatre Royal Glasgow for Scottish Opera were among 24 projects in Scotland shortlisted for an award. The full shortlist is available here with the winners to be announced at an awards dinner in Edinburgh on 17th June.
For a number of years now we have had an early Monday morning meeting to allow different voices in the office to share their views. After a while it became clear that these insights, often very penetrating, were being lost. When we re-launched our website we found a home for these thoughts through our Monday-word blog. Now a year on as an Employee Owned Business we are thrilled to publish an anthology of a years thinking and ideas. We have been distributing the paper around many of our buildings and cultural landmarks and hope you enjoy the insights into our thoughts and work. We'd love to hear from you if you pick up a copy! @pagepark #mondayword
Along with Simpson & Brown Architects we have been working with the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society to plan a programme of condition surveys of Mackintosh buildings, interiors and other Mackintosh designed elements including gravestones. The grouping of projects has been divided equally between the two practices and is based on a prioritised list derived from the categorisation in the wonderful Mackintosh Architecture - Context, Making & Meaning website launched in 2014. The purpose is to achieve an up to date picture of the current state of repair and any conservation issues which need to be addressed across a wide range of projects in various public and private ownerships.
On 12th March the new foyers of the Theatre Royal Glasgow were officially opened by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. Our colleagues joined an invited audience of patrons, funders and the wider delivery team at a special variety performance on Thursday 12th March. Tracing the rich and colourful history of the theatre, including its use as studios for STV, the perfomance showcased the talents not only of Scottish Opera but the wide range of visiting companies and the theatre’s cultural neighbours.
We are delighted that the projects at 50 George Square and the David Hume Tower Lower Ground Floor were presented with a commendation at the Civic Trust Awards held at the Globe Theatre in London on Friday night. The building at 50 George Square was designed by Robert Matthew, Johnston-Marshall and Partners, and completed in 1970. It is Category B listed and forms part of the Category A listed grouping, which also includes the Adam Ferguson Building and David Hume Tower. These were designed to house the Arts Faculty, and this grouping is one of the key examples of Scottish Modernism.
Our housing project at Barclay Street, Springburn for Loretto Housing Association has recently been granted planning consent. The scheme comprises 49 units in 8 blocks forming a network of courtyards linked by a new central route through the sloping site, which was formerly occupied by a school and car-park. The blocks vary from two to four storeys in height and have a variety of flat types and mix of materials to create the feel of an urban village. The new route provides an attractive link from the town centre towards Springburn Park. The feature gable windows enable top-floor flats to enjoy elevated views from one of the highest points in the city.
We are delighted that our West End Medical Practice has been shortlisted in the EAA Awards 2015 Building of the Year category. The Award winners will be announced at an event on 31st March, with an exhibition showcasing the shortlisted entries being held at the RIAS in Edinburgh from 19th March to 28th April 2015. More information on the awards and the shortlisted entries is available here.
We are thrilled to hear that three of our recently completed projects have been shortlisted in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2015. These include Martyrs Kirk Reading Room for the University of St.Andrews, Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre for Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area or New Gorbals Housing Association. The awards scheme celebrates good local design and conservation as nominated and evaluated by local people. It's aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact on local communities and neighbourhoods. Entrants are assessed on their architectural, heritage and/or place making benefits. More information on the awards and shortlisted entries can be found here.
We were delighted to find out this week that a number of our recently completed projects have been shortlisted for the RICS Scotland Awards 2015. These include Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre and with 50 George Square for the University of Edinburgh in the Building Conservation category, and the West End Medical Practice in the Community Benefit category. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh hosted by Catriona Shearer on 23rd April.
A group of colleges from our office went to Kelvin Hall last week to see the progress being made on the phase 1 project, due for completion in May 2016. This is an exciting time to get an overview of the scale of the project whilst the existing cavernous interior is fully exposed. The project is currently at a stage where major excavations for the new basement areas are being revealed while in other areas new floor slabs and steel work are appearing, most notably with the new office extension taking shape before our eyes. It was an exciting and informative afternoon for all who made it along, and we hope to share further updates as it progresses on site.
HRH Princess Royal officially opened the St Mary’s Cathedral Stonemason workshop this morning. In addition to complimenting the design team on the project delivery and design, the Princess Royal emphasised the important role the workshop has in training new apprentice stonemasons. This is not only in relation to the ongoing restoration and conservation of St Mary’s Cathedral, but also in the creation of new generations of skilled craftsmen and women, essential for the preservation of historic buildings throughout the country.
We have recently completed a phase of stoneworks at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Works included a large hood over a statue of the distinguished Scottish surgeon John Hunter FRS. The hood incorporates a number of intricately carved chimerae. Stone Engineering were the Contractors for the works.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted to be considered to lead a team in the restoration of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow School of Art. The School is close to the hearts of Glaswegians and has such an immense wider standing. It is an honour to be considered for this hugely challenging project.
Our project for Scottish Opera to build new foyers onto its Glasgow home, the Theatre Royal, has opened its doors. First observations suggest the ambition to create a seamless and comfortable journey from street to seat worked as the building was first tested by a performance with an audience of over a thousand. Cafe, box office and bars are up and running and with daytime opening, the next challenge is to test how the venue can become a go to place for social meets, rendezvous and 'hanging out'.
Some of our colleagues went to visit the Scottish Power site this week to see the progress being made. Below is a synopsis from one of our colleagues.
We are delighted to have been appointed through an RIAS organised competition to lead a design team in the development of proposals for the The High School of Dundee’s new Centre for Excellence in Performing and Visual Arts. The press release is below:
Brian Park will reflect the work of the practice at the XXXVIIè Curset in Barcelona on 11th-14th December, focusing on sacred buildings through three case studies. Below is a synopsis of his proposed presentation:
Delighted to hear that our Laurieston project in collaboration with Elder and Cannon for New Gorbals Housing Association has won Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards 2014 Social Housing Development of the Year. The citation reads:
A number of our team attended the annual Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Awards on Friday 14th November. We were thrilled that our Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre project won a design award in the Conservation category. Built in 1924 Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre is a key component of the designed landscape setting of Kelvingrove Park. The Category ‘B’ listing of the venue reflects its architectural and cultural significance as the only remaining Scottish example of a covered bandstand and elliptical amphitheatre, despite having fallen into disuse in the late 1990’s.
As part of the ‘A Picture of Health: From Policy to Places Designed for People’ exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow we have our Woodside Health Centre and Maggies Centre on display at this exhibition. The exhibition is located in Gallery Two and will run from the 14th of November to the 28th of January.
Team member Iain Monteith attended the Scottish Civic Trust conference last week entitled “Feeling Good: Wellbeing & the Built Environment”. Of particular interest was a talk given by Sir Harry Burns providing an explanation of the work by Aaron Antonovsky and the term: ‘Salutogenesis’ - an approach focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease”.
Neil Gillespie’s vision, superbly managed by his colleague Laura Kinnaird, for this years Scottish contribution to the Venice Biennale was not in the traditional sense a physical enclosure around a theme, rather a carrier of the theme in the form of a newspaper. Divvying Scotland up into in a geographical north south east west split, various groups associated with university architecture departments contributed content to the newspapers on the theme of the event - namely uncovering the hidden contribution of a century of modern architectural thinking.
Our project for Shettleston Housing Association in the former Carntyne Old Parish Church has received Listed building consent. Apartments within the church served by a new ‘surrogate’ stair and lift tower adjacent creates a sheltered courtyard to the rear of the new block for the amenity of residents.
On Friday 10th October, our Conservation team hosted a visit by 15 architects from Barcelona (as well as Historic Scotland and DoCoMoMo representatives) as part of an exchange, the return leg being our participation in a three day conference on “Sacred Architecture – Interventions” in Barcelona in December. This will profile several Scottish church projects so Friday was the opportunity to visit several Gillespie Kidd + Coia churches and to end the tour at St Andrew’s Cathedral Glasgow – one of the projects we will profile in Barcelona.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the category of Rising Star for this year’s Philip Baxendale Awards The Philip Baxendale Awards recognise excellence in employee ownership and the Rising Star Award, endorsed by the Cass Business School, recognises an effective example of innovation within an employee owned organisation. The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony in Nottingham on 17th November.
Our Glasgow Academy project was topped out last week. The four storey science and technology block, with a ground floor lecture theatre is taking shape with its cladding in polished white panels suspended from the concrete frame. With laboratories facing to the block back court, the circulation to the rooms is accommodated in a series of bay windowed break out spaces, over looking the main school.
Our proposals for a new boarding house at Worksop College have been granted planning consent. Sitting to the south west of the grade II listed main college the proposals create a new boarding quad next to the existing girls boarding house. The project is currently out to tender and due to start on site in November.
Press Release from Edinburgh Printmakers Ltd. “Edinburgh Printmakers has appointed a Project Team to deliver their Capital Development Project at Castle Mill Works, Fountainbridge in Edinburgh. The team includes Gardiner & Theobald LLP as Project Manager, Page \ Park Architects, Will Rudd Davidson as Structural Engineer, Harley Haddow LLP as M&E Services Engineer and Doig & Smith LLP as Quantity Surveyor and CDM Co-ordinator.
David Page recently contributed to the RTPI ‘Doors Open Day event’ at St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow. Amongst a variety of speakers asked to consider the achievement of planning over the last 100 years, he tackled the subject using the evolution of the Gorbals in Glasgow as a template. What he showed was that when planners and architects adopted the principles of ‘conservative surgery’ advocated by Patrick Geddes, a new empathy emerged with the environments being created or reworked.
Our proposed Redevelopment of St.Cecilia’s Hall for the University of Edinburgh has recently been granted planning and Listed Building consent. The Redevelopment project aims to transform St Cecilia’s Hall to make it fit-for-purpose as the principal destination for musical instrument display, teaching and performance and to be a key cultural and ceremonial space for the University.
David Page joins eminent practitioners and planners from Glasgow and Hamburg to compare and contrast the issues around the theme of university cities. The seminar entitled 'Universities in two World Cities - Estate Development Plans and safeguarding existing historic fabric', focuses on the University of Glasgow and University of Hamburg. It takes place on 4th September 2014 between 6-8pm at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in the Merchant City.
It is with sadness we heard of Andy MacMillan’s passing. Many of us were taught by him, learnt from his buildings, and collectively are the beneficiary of his focus on good architecture and its bedding in the city. Some thoughts and anecdotes from colleagues who benefited directly from his influence:
Our Laurieston project is to be launched on Friday 15th August 2014. The New Gorbals Housing Association has worked on plans and proposals for Laurieston with Glasgow City Council from 2003, finalising them in 2009 after extensive community consultation.
If you are on Bute during the next two weeks check out the exhibition of Phase 2 of the masterplan in the visitor centre at Mount Stuart. Building on the delivery of two refurbished properties and a new prototype house on the Mount Stuart policies in phase 1, the plan now looks to the future of a number of unused steadings and houses around the island. Clusters of affordable rented homes and holiday lets are proposed in a phased programme of renewal. That story and the individual projects are described in more detail at the visitor centre.
We are pleased to share that we have recently received full Planning Consent for further development at the Centre for the Scottish War Blinded site in Linburn, West Lothian. The proposals for a cluster of new buildings, adjacent to the main Centre, has been designed to be occupied by partially sighted ex-service men and women. The scheme comprises 4 new residential dwellings and a sports hall. These buildings complement the Linburn Day Centre, designed by Page\Park, which opened in 2011.
A new Teaching Building designed for Dollar Academy begins on site this week. The building comprises ten classrooms split between an off-set, top-lit ground floor carved into the sloping site on the Academy campus. The building is naturally ventilated via a series of rooftop chimneys and has a second floor conceived as a glass balcony overlooking the existing ‘hockey quad’. CCG are main contractors with completion programmed for summer 2015.
Kelvingrove Bandstand was launched onto an enthusiastic public in the parallel cultural festival to the Commonwealth Games, Festival 2014. Identified as one of the three 'live zones' of the celebration it became an instant hit with cosmopolitan audiences throughout the two weeks. The works have seen the terraces regraded with newly formed concrete seating, introduction of new aisles (including a cross aisle), restoration and extension of the bandstand building to provide support accommodation, and general landscaping. CCG were the main contractors with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT) providing the management support to Glasgow Life. Full project information and photos available here.
It was sad news to hear that Richard McCormac passed away. Karen Pickering in our office always talked of the inspiration she drew from her time as a student architect working in his office. He was an inspiration for many architects during the 80s and 90s in his consummate and articulate evocations of an ‘English Architecture’ full of skill, wit and human scale. He was a constant reminder that it is possible to create settings rooted in the lessons of tradition but always in the hopeful spirit of the contemporary contribution of our time. He will be missed as a clear voice.
Some members of our Conservation team took part in a trip to Bo’ness yesterday where Gareth Jones of Pollock & Hammond Partnership kindly led a tour of the Hippodrome and several THI funded projects in the town centre. The visit highlighted the work of the Scottish architect Matthew Steele who completed a number of buildings within Bo’ness in the early 1900’s - the town itself now a rich microcosm of Scottish architectural styles.
On Thursday 3rd July we attended the first showing of a film about our recently completed Kelvingrove Bandstand project. Commissioned by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Glasgow Life, and skilfully made by Hopscotch Films this delightful short film charts the history of the bandstand and its recent refurbishment. Drawing on reminisces of performers and those who attended events, it demonstrates the importance of this special venue to the people of Glasgow, and it is lovely to see our contractor CCG Scotland get a starring role! You can watch the short documentary here.
On Friday, aptly Employee Owned Business day, we shared our experience of transitioning from a partnership model to an Employee Owned Business. The event, organised by Co-operative Development Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, was hosted at our studio with around 40 attendees from a range of business sectors. David Page, Brian Park, Karen Pickering and Eilidh Henderson each spoke sharing their experience of our transition, giving both the owner and employee perspective. Find more on the event here and more on our business model here.
We are delighted to advise that the Campus Development Framework (CDF) we have been developing with the University of Glasgow was formally approved by Glasgow City Council on 26 June. This follows approval from Court in April after an extensive consultation programme undertaken during 2013 – 2014. Further information on the Final Campus Development Framework is available on the campus vision pages of the University website here.
David Page contributed to the 2014 ESOF conference in Copenhagen under the theme urbanisation, design and liveability. 'ESOF is an interdisciplinary, pan-European meeting, held under the auspices of Euroscience, which aims to: Showcase the latest advances in science and technology; Promote a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy;' In a session led by Julie Sommerlund Associate Dean for External Relations at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen, presentations by Jan Gehl, Carl Sundberg, Martha Karrebaek and David Page explored the theme of liveability assessments of cities.
David Page is contributing to a debate at the Euroscience Open Forum in Copenhagen from the 21- 26 June. In a session led by Professor Julie Sommerlund, David joins Jan Gehl and others on the panel to discuss ‘rankings of liveability’ under the title ‘A Liveable city: myths and realities’. The following is a broad summary of his contribution:
On Wednesday 25th June we attended the ceremony for the laying of the foundation stone for the new teaching building at Fettes College, 150 years to the day after the foundation stone for the original college was laid the whole school gathered to mark the beginning of a new era of construction. The project will provide new classrooms for mathematics, languages and art with a new music school in the refurbished adjacent building.
The annual Solas Festival brings together music, art and ideas over a 3 day period across several fields in the heart of Perthshire with King Creosote, Lesley Riddoch, Gerry Hassan, Liz Lochhead and many others interacting, performing and exploring ideas of relevance to this years's theme - Creative Commons. Brian Park contributed on the theme of Art, Architecture & Spirituality, avoiding the obvious focus on our work with churches and our 'thin' places considered in different ways as being sacred such as Lindisfarne, Callanish and Iona...though he could not resist reference to the highly evocative sculptural work of Subirachs at Sagrada Familia.
We are excited to share that our project at 50 George Square, for the University of Edinburgh, has been shortlist for an AJ Retrofit Award 2014 in the Higher Education category. The project involved the re-development of a Category B listed building, designed by Robert Matthew, Johnston-Marshall and Partners and completed in 1970. The building has been extended externally and internally re-modelled to create a new home for the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
As we continue to build on over 30 years of work across a range of sectors, we are currently seeking people at all levels of experience in Conservation work to join our team. Please refer to our conservation pages for more information on our work in this sector. If you are interested in joining our team please send a brief CV and personal statement outlining what you think you could bring to our practice by email or alternatively by post to our studio.
A little candle for hope in architecture was extinguished in all our hearts on Friday. As we watched the unfolding horror our first thought was: tell us there was nobody left in there. Then bit by bit, those who knew the building counted off what they remembered of the inside, from the outside of every room where the flames spread: please stop, don't go there. In that cauldron, there were moments for many of us when all hope seemed lost; flames raging across the 'hen run' then seemingly raging across the back roof. It's all lost. But some amazing Glasgow fire-fighters fought it with an intelligence and calculated bravery - and somehow they stopped it. We didn't know they had been stopping it from the beginning, just that they couldn't turn it off, they needed to work it out over the long hours of Friday afternoon. But in one vicious final twist, the room we prayed wouldn't be touched, the beautiful library, it's restoration just complete, the room we willed would not be touched, that seemed to unbelievably not have been consumed, just went.
We are thrilled to have won UK Employer of the Year at the AJ100. It is vindication of our journey over the last five years towards finding a model of ownership that reflects the idea of a socially creative architectural practice. In that respect we join the ranks of our mentor practice Arup whose former Scottish Chairman Brian Veitch was instrumental in guiding us on that journey, as well as the more recent models of our immediate colleagues Collective Architecture in Glasgow and Make in London. More on the awards online here.
Alison Watt’s tapestry for the foyer of Scottish Opera's extension to the Theatre Royal in Glasgow has been ceremonially cut from its weaving frame at the Dovecot Studios Edinburgh. Seen for the first time this immense work inspired by the opera Madama Butterfly, will be a brilliant foil to the new interiors. The challenge for any artist to move from the painted surface to the tapestry lies in understanding the difference between the art forms. This has only been possible through the intensity of the working relationship with the master weaver Naomi Robertson where the subtlety and nuances of Alison Watt’s surface and colour gradations have been brilliantly captured in thread. The result is a magical mix of blended tones, sharp contrasts and intense colouring that draw, move and focus the eye across this remarkable surface. Can't wait to see it up.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Architects Journal AJ100 Employer of the Year 2014. The award is given to the best practice, from an employee perspective, selected from the AJ100 ranked practices. Practices are judged on staff satisfaction, workplace culture, benefits and staff turnover.
The Page \ Park team had an away day in Edinburgh last Friday visiting a number of our recently completed buildings. These included St Mary’s Medical Centre, 50 George Square and the DHT Basement at the University of Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church at Nicolson Square.
We are pleased to announce that we handed over our new medical centre for the West End Medical Practice at St.Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh at the end of February.
The scaffolding continues to drop along Gorbals Street, revealing the first building phase of the Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area. Now wind and water-tight, attention has turned to the internal fixtures and finishes whilst the landscape is excavated, laid and planted outside, gradually stitching the buildings into the fabric of the city in anticipation of the new tenants arriving in the summer. Margaret Street (previously 'Road 4') is the defining feature of this first stage, creating opportunities to activate the edge of the new city block. From here the full effect of the 3-brick mix is evident as the building shimmers in the winter sun, each tone reflecting the light differently with a vibrancy that belies the simple palette. Timber balcony screens and chunky recesses articulate the facade and lend a human scale to the development; crafted and tactile in its execution and reminiscent of a traditional Glasgow tenement. 'Places, not edges' was the aim at the outset and the coming months will reveal how successful that has been; the first glimpse though, is encouraging.
Our project at Cambo Estate near St.Andrews has recently obtained planning consent. The project involves the sensitive restoration of the Category A listed Stables, Coach House, Glasshouses and ancillary buildings within the Walled Garden at Cambo Estate. The project will result in the creation of enhanced visitor facilities including interpretation of the Estate and landscape and a “learning loft”/research space with a future phase providing living, study and recreation accommodation for garden students, volunteers and people seeking work experience. The project has been awarded a grant from HLF with further fundraising currently underway. Subject to funding, the whole project is to be completed by 2018.
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in obtaining planning permission for a new Modern Languages Teaching Building within the existing Dollar Academy campus. Designed as a ‘pavilion’ building to be built in a gap site along one edge of the recently completed all weather sports pitch, the proposal has 10 classrooms over 2 levels. The building completes the ‘academic quad’ concept developed in the 2008 masterplan connecting two existing legs of teaching accommodation along a civic linking path which edges the sports pitch.
Planning consent has been granted for our project at Dunoon Burgh Hall. The building was partially brought back into use in 2010 by works carried out by The John McAslan Family Trust. Our commission will complete the realisation of the arts based community venue with 3 key additions; a new entrance terrace/ramp, reconstruction of the Main Hall roof and a new conservatory cafe extension into the west facing garden, which will create a new 'attraction' for the refurbished building.
The Methodist Church building on Nicolson Square has until recently been one of four Methodist churches in Edinburgh. In 2009 the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church (CEMC) commissioned a study of their existing assets with a view to rationalising and creating new accommodation to serve one single congregation, either by reconfiguring an existing church or development of a new building which would reflect the 21st century needs of the Methodist Church. Nicolson Square was recommended as the locus for CEMC as it is located in the heart of Edinburgh Old Town and carries its own Category 'A' listing. The recommendation was subsequently accepted and Nicolson Square was set to become the new home for CEMC.
The repair and conservation of the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Library windows was completed in December 2013. The Library windows were removed in their entirety before a process of careful restoration was undertaken to return them to their original glory. This is the latest element of work in Page \ Park's long association with the repair and conservation of the Mackintosh Building and, as in other areas, required thorough research on Mackintosh's original details. All is not as it seems as these windows had been repaired and adapted in previous generations due to failure of the original details. The spirit of Mackintosh's architectural treatment of this world famous but highly exposed west elevation has been respected but with unseen adjustments to ensure long term integrity.
Season's Greetings from all at Page\Park Architects. Our studio will close on Friday 20th December, re-opening on Monday 6th January 2014.
Our new medical centre, in the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh is progressing well on site and is due for completion at the end of February. The completed building will be the new premises for the West End Medical Practice, with accommodation for ten GP’s. The works also involve the re-landscaping of the cathedral grounds and an extension to the Walpole Hall. The project is funded by NHS Lothian.
Page \ Park became an Employee Owned Business on 1 December. This initiative has been supported by Cooperative Development Scotland - a wing of Scottish Enterprise which has as one of its objectives to maintain business ownership in Scotland.
We have been appointed in the successful Gardiner and Theobald led team by Heriot Watt University and the British Geological Survey to design a new centre for earth and marine science and technology. The Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe’s leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences, creating a world-leading research cluster to tackle major issues of natural resource and energy supply in a responsible and sustainable way.
We are pleased to announce that the redevelopment of the Kelvin Hall has secured a £4.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are working with Glasgow Life, the University of Glasgow and the National Libraries of Scotland to transform the Kelvin Hall into a major mixed use facility.
Martyrs Kirk Reading Room is awaiting the arrival of books following completion last week. The project, commissioned by the University of St Andrews in December 2012, is located at the heart of the University campus. The University took ownership of the building in November 2012, with the proposal to convert the church into attractive reading and research rooms for the Faculty of Arts and Special Collections.
Following 9 years of involvement by Page\Park, the Rosslyn Chapel Conservation & Access Project reached another milestone on 5th September when Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop, together with the Countess of Rosslyn marked completion of almost 5 years of conservation work on the Chapel.
Our Conservation CoG had an afternoon out of the studio visiting Rosslyn Chapel and William Adam's Mavisbank. At Rosslyn, Brian Park and Nicolas Boyes, gave a fascinating overview of the new visitor centre and conservation works to the chapel. Nic explained their painstaking approach to stone conservation and the enormous care that they take when intervening in existing fabric.
We are pleased to announce that our £25m refurbishment project at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow’s West End received planning permission last week. The works are the first phase of a wider plan to turn the Kelvin Hall into a major west end hub for culture and sports. The first phase of the project will provide archive storage space for both Glasgow Museums and Hunterian collections along with new Glasgow LIfe sports facilities including a large gym, sports hall and dance studios. The project will also provide office and education space for the Hunterian and the Scottish Screen Archive.
On 1 August 2013 we issued the Practical Completion certificate for the conservation of Rosslyn Chapel. Not normally a newsworthy event but this comes as the final milestone in a journey which has taken us through 9 years since appointment by Rosslyn Chapel Trust in June 2004. That length of time might suggest we have been dragging our heels but not at all. It has been a complex, exciting and rewarding journey as we have dealt with one of Scotland’s most sensitive sites ensuring the long term integrity of the Chapel through specialist conservation works while also adding in a new building to facilitate a much-enhanced visitor experience.
Our project Dalmeny House, a new girls boarding house at Fettes College, Edinburgh had it’s official opening on Friday 28th June. The pioneering girls who’ve helped establish the house have been living there since last August and paid us the greatest compliment in describing it as their home now rather than a house.
We are thrilled to announce that at an annual members dinner and awards held in London the practice scooped the prize for 'Best Place to Work: Scotland'. The 'Best Place to Work' awards are based on staff satisfaction, benefits, salary and HR achievements collated from the employee survey and validated by the AJ100 survey.
We are pleased to announce that Glasgow City Council have granted full Planning Consent for a new headquarters building for ScottishPower in the centre of Glasgow.
Following completion of a feasibility study in 2011 we have recently been successful in a competitive process to develop proposals for the redevelopment of St.Cecilia's Hall for the University of Edinburgh.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the 'Best Place to Work - Scotland' category of the AJ100 Awards 2013. The AJ100 is a survey of the largest architecture practices in the UK and also consists of awards that recognise and celebrate the UK's most innovative and successful practices. The 2013 AJ100 rankings and prize winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 8th May in London.
Our project for 26 units, a mixture of flats, maisonettes and houses, with Loretto Housing Association and Merchant Homes has recently been granted planning consent. The £2.5million project is located on Glenburn Road, Hallglen in Falkirk. The well known 1970's estate is highly visible from the Edinburgh to Glasgow train-link.
Our client Glasgow Building Preservation Trust in conjunction with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland are hosting a special event at the Kelvingrove Bandstand.
Our Olympia and Rosslyn Chapel Conservation & Visitor Centre projects have been shortlisted from 75 entry submissions for a RIAS Award 2013. The RIAS shortlisted projects also compete for the national RIBA awards with the eventual award winners competing for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.
Construction of St.Mary's West End Medical Practice, Edinburgh has commenced on site. The £2.6million facility sits within the grounds of the Category A listed Cathedral and precinct, incorporating the existing Walpole Hall, a new masons workshop and yard, and new build pavilion with GP and treatment rooms.
David Page contributed on Friday to a conference hosted by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and organised by James D. White and Dr Ruxandra-Iulia Stoica on the subject of New Architectures and World Heritage. In the session on Materiality, Prof Robert Morris explored the transition point in Edinburgh history in the third quarter of the 19th Century between development informed by imported ideas and new materials, countered by the emergence of ideas of protection for the built inheritance, all within an overall context of the importance of story telling. Dr Dorian Wiszniewski related the exquisite drawn documentation of the story of the interior detail of Lambhouse in Leith, and Dr Dimitris Theodossopoulos the technical story of our understanding of the stones that have built the city. Seen in isolation each talk examined one contemporary characteristic of Edinburgh's historical legacy, but as a whole they represented a remarkable gazetteer of the variety of influences that shape and mould the special places we admire.
A number of award shortlists have been announced over the last week with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery nominated in the Building Conservation and also the Tourism & Leisure category at the RICS Awards Scotland. Our student residences for the University of Warwick, Bluebell View, has been shortlisted in the RICS Awards West Midlands.
Page \ Park are delighted to have received a Carbon Trust Award for Refurbished Building 2013 for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, showing what can be achieved with a sensitive approach to the upgrade of a listed building. Working closely with Harley Haddow Services Engineers, a sympathetic yet distinctive transformation has been achieved that is both rooted in tradition whilst addressing contemporary sustainability issues in a creative way.
Karen Nugent contributed to an Ian Appleton inspired conference in Edinburgh on the role of public art, ‘The Essential Monument’. Joining a number of speakers Karen spoke on the value of public art in representing a popular mandate as well as an artistic position. In considering and valuing the legacy of history it is important to understand the public will that put it there. Drawing on Karen’s work at Albert Square in Dundee and the practice’s work at Glasgow Cathedral Precinct, the Gorbals and St Andrew’s Cathedral, the importance of valuing consensus was explored.
Our project for the University of Edinburgh to refurbish 50 George Square and the David Hume Tower basement is well under way on site. The School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures will be relocated to the completed 50 George Square building with a central teaching hub being formed in the linking DHT basement.
Season's Greetings from all at Page\Park Architects. Our studio will close on Friday 21st December, re-opening on Thursday 3rd January.
Karen Pickering and Jennifer Senfield gave a talk at Strathclyde University on 4th December on the practice approach to Sustainable design. They presented a series of completed projects and described how we use a Sustainability checklist at each stage of the design process.
The library at our recently revamped Olympia building is now open. This forms the first phase of Olympia's re-opening with boxing gym facilities and offices to follow. The Category B-Listed building has been an integral part of Bridgeton's social fabric in Glasgow's East End. Our redevelopment with Clyde Gateway has transformed the former theatre building into a new community facility. Read more about the Glasgow Life operated library facility here.
We were recently selected to present work for this year’s Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Architecture Open Exhibition.
Iain King presented his account of the Rosslyn Chapel Lecture 'Revisiting Hallowed Ground: Stonework Conservation Then and Now' by Oliver Caroe to the wider office at a lunchtime this week. We were delighted to have Dr Peter Burman MBE and Nic Boyes input into the presentation and share in our thinking.
Kamil Shah presented our Development Framework and Vision for Milngavie Town Centre to the Milngavie Civic Trust and wider community. The study was commissioned by local community group ‘We Like Milngavie’ and sets out the immediate and long term vision for the town centre. Key principles underlined in the framework consider the holistic approach to the development and growth of the town centre; one which is proactive rather than reactionary to individual proposals. There was a good turnout from the community and the presentation was followed by an engaging Q&A session.
This week we add a 16th project to our portfolio of currently 'live' jobs working with church buildings. This time round it is the former Martyr's Church in the heart of St. Andrews, now acquired by the University to extend the study and reading accommodation of their Arts Faculty.
Karen Pickering is attending the RICS Awards 2012 Grand Final this afternoon where our Centre for Scottish War Blinded and St.Andrew's Cathedral are in the final of the 'Design and Innovation' and 'Building Conservation' categories respectively. The Grand Final Ceremony is being held at the Savoy Hotel in London. Read more about the RICS Awards here.
The finishing touches are being made to our Olympia project at Bridgeton Cross, with signage and façade lighting being installed and tested this week. The £5.5million redevelopment to include the relocated Bridgeton library and café, the Headquarters of Amateur Boxing Scotland and two floors of rental office space, is programmed for completion December 2012.
Our Rosslyn Chapel Visitor Centre project has been shortlisted for The Wood Awards 2012 in the 'Repair and Adaptive Reuse' category.
Following our success in the 2012 RICS Scotland Awards, Karen Pickering was invited to speak at the launch of the RICS Scotland Awards 2013 on the Scottish Project of the Year 2012, the Centre for Scottish War Blinded. The launch event was hosted at the RICS Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh on 27th September. The Centre for Scottish War Blinded and St.Andrews Cathedral will represent Scotland in the national RICS Awards held in the Savoy in London on 19th October 2012. Read more here.
Glasgow City Council Design Guide : New Residential Areas
Consultation response - Page\Park Architects 20/09/12
Project Architect Mel Goode was invited to speak at an evening seminar for Royal Town Planning Institute members entitled 'Rosslyn Chapel: Carving a New Visitor Experience'.
Our Science and Technology Building at Glasgow Academy has been granted planning consent after going to committee.
Our projects at Dollar 6th Form, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Fair Maid's House have each been shortlisted in the Glasgow Institute of Architects Awards 2012 in the Education, Conservation and Commercial categories respectively. The results will be announced at a members dinner on 9th November. Read the full shortlist here.
We have been appointed by Whiteburn developments to explore options for the re-development of the former Girls Reform School, Parkview in Dundee.
We are pleased to report that we've recently been appointed to develop plans for Dunoon Burgh Hall. The project to bring the neglected building back into community use is being developed with the Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust.
At the Scottish Design Awards dinner on Friday 25th May 2012 Page \ Park were announced as winner of Practice of the Year.
Working closely with Nomad RDC and Chris Churchman Landscape Architects we have been successful in bidding for the 'Heart' project at Glasgow Caledonian University. The project is to include activating the Saltire and Mbeki courtyards, upgrading the lower levels of George Moore and Hamish Wood buildings as well as providing new student services, refectory and conference facilities.
At a ceremony in London on 16th May Page \ Park were announced as winner of the AJ100 Regional Practice of the Year: Scotland 2012 for the second consecutive year. From AJ100: “This Glasgow institution is cherished by staff proud of its design integrity, which relies on all levels of staff pitching in from concept to completion. As one says: "I would not find this teamsmanship elsewhere."
We have recently been appointed with Harley Haddow, Buro Happold, David Adamson & Partners and Ian White Associates, to develop proposals for a new multi-use community facility in Girvan Harbour. The proposals are to contain a swimming pool, community hall and restaurant facilities overlooking the harbour to Aisla Craig.
We are delighted to announce that two of our projects have won awards in this years RICS Awards. The St. Andrew's Cathedral project in Glasgow has won the RICS Building Conservation Award and our Centre for Centre for Scottish War Blinded in Linburn has won the RICS Design and Innovation Award.
We are pleased to find that all of our projects submitted in the Scottish Design Awards 2012 have been shortlisted for an award.