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.