Shortlisted for AJ100 Employer of the year 2014

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.

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Office visit to Edinburgh

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.

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St.Mary's medical centre completion

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.

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New City Blocks Emerging at Laurieston

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.

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Cambo Estate Planning Consent

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.

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Dollar Academy Planning Consent

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.

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View across sports pitch to new teaching pavilion

Dunoon Burgh Hall Planning Approval

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.

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View of proposed cafe extension

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church nears completion

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.

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Glasgow School of Art Library windows complete

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.

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Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings from all at Page\Park Architects. Our studio will close on Friday 20th December, re-opening on Monday 6th January 2014.

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St.Mary's medical centre progress

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.

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Site progress at St.Mary's West End Medical Practice

Employee Owned Business

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.

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New Project: Sir Charles Lyell Centre

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.

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Kelvin Hall receives HLF grant

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.

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Martyrs Kirk Completion

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.

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Rosslyn Chapel Milestone

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.

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Conservation CoG visit Rosslyn

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.

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Nic Boyes describes the stone conservation works

Kelvin Hall Planning Approval

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.

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Impression of proposed entrance approach

Rosslyn Chapel Practical Completion

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.

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Rosslyn Chapel elevation drawings

Dalmeny House opening

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.

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AJ100 'Best Place to Work: Scotland'

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.

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RICS Scotland Project of the Year

The RICS awards celebrate inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors. At this years RICS Scotland Awards 2013 the Scottish National Portrait Gallery received the coveted Scotland Project of the Year Award.

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RICS Awards 2013 Programme 

Scottish Power Headquarters granted planning consent

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.

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New Project: St.Cecilia's Hall Redevelopment

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.

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Concert Hall at St.Cecilia's

AJ100 Shortlist

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.

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Hallglen granted planning consent

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.

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Take part in the recording of historic buildings

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.

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St.Mary's medical practice construction commences

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.

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Talk: New Architectures & World Heritage

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.

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Civic Trust Award

We are proud to share that our Scottish National Portrait Gallery project has been awarded a Civic Trust Award. The Civic Trust Awards are assessed not only on a project's architectural merit but also on the benefit to the local community.

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Carbon Trust Award

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.

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'The Essential Monument'

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.

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Olympia Library

Our library at Olympia, Bridgeton has experienced a 195% increase in users when compared with figures for the same period in January 2012. There was a total of 9545 visitors to the library in January alone with a 165% increase in book issues and 195% increase in PC usage.

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Laurieston taking shape

Despite the cold weather, the first phase of a three phase residential development at Laurieston, Glasgow is starting to take shape. This first phase consists of 201 flats and houses by Page \ Park and Elder & Cannon Architects and is due for completion in 2014.

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Laurieston regeneration phase 1 comes out the ground

50 George Square progress

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.

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50 George Square and the University of Edinburgh in construction

Olympia in Urban Realm

Our recently re-opened Olympia building in Bridgeton has been featured in the Winter 2012 edition of Urban Realm. The feature describes the impact that the newly completed building has had on the area describing the building as having "given Bridgeton back its soul".

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Season's Greetings 2012

Season's Greetings from all at Page\Park Architects. Our studio will close on Friday 21st December, re-opening on Thursday 3rd January.

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Sustainability Talks

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.

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New Library at Olympia opens

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.

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RSA Architecture Open 2012

We were recently selected to present work for this year’s Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Architecture Open Exhibition.

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Competition submission model for Heriot-Watt University entrance 

Lunchtime Seminar

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.

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Nic Boyes, Iain King and Oliver Caroe

Milngavie Civic Trust Talk

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.

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New Project: Martyr's Church

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.

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Martyr's Church, St. Andrews

Olympia Nearing Completion

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.

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Olympia at Bridgeton Cross, in final stages on site

Origins of ‘Monday-word’

The backbone of our architecture is our thinking, but the pressures of everyday practice can often leave little room for reflection. Some years ago we felt the need to create a little extra space to allow us to articulate our architectural principles.

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Website Launch

We are delighted to be launching our revamped website. The site has been designed and developed by BERG in collaboration with Effektive and LiamR. We hope that it is as useful a resource to you as it is to us and would be pleased to hear feedback of your experience.

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RICS Scotland Awards Launch Talk

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.

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Bluebell View feature in Brick Bulletin

Our recently completed BREEAM Excellent student residences project for the University of Warwick has been featured in the Autumn 2012 Brick Bulletin. The full document can be downloaded here.

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Bluebell View at University of Warwick

GCC Residential Areas Design Guide Response

Glasgow City Council Design Guide : New Residential Areas
Consultation response - Page\Park Architects 20/09/12

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Carving a New Visitor Experience

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'.

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'Carving a New Visitor Experience' seminar held in Rosslyn Chapel

Science & Technology Building obtains Planning Consent

Our Science and Technology Building at Glasgow Academy has been granted planning consent after going to committee.

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Proposed Science and Technology building

GIA Award Shortlist

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.

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'Making Places'

David Page was invited as a guest speaker at the AGM of Loretto Housing Association where he spoke on 'Making Places'. More details can be found on the Loretto Housing Association website.

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David Page sharing Christopher Alexander's 'A Pattern Language'

New Project: Parkview School, Dundee

We have been appointed by Whiteburn developments to explore options for the re-development of the former Girls Reform School, Parkview in Dundee.

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New Project: Dunoon Burgh Hall

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.

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Scottish Design Awards 2012

At the Scottish Design Awards dinner on Friday 25th May 2012 Page \ Park were announced as winner of Practice of the Year.

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Justin Fenton, Karen Pickering and Brian Park at the Scottish Design Awards 

New Project : Glasgow Caledonian University Heart of Campus

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.

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Initial sketch

AJ100 Awards

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."

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Karen Pickering collecting our AJ100 Award

New Project: Girvan Multi-Faceted Building

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.

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My Place Awards

Team member Sarah Jane Bogle picked up a ‘My Place Award Commendation’ presented by the Scottish Civic Trust, for the Fair Maid’s House Project in Perth. The award ceremony was at the Lighthouse on Tuesday 27th March.

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Sarah Jane Bogle collecting My Place Award. Photo by Donald MacLeod