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post updated 6 April 2024

Scottish Architecture News 2024 – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

4 April 2024

Work of land art regeneration in Dumfriesshire recognised as nationally important

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today added Crawick Multiverse to the inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

The site was nominated to be considered for designation by a member of the public as part of HES’s ‘Designed Landscapes of the Recent Past’ project, an initiative to identify and champion Scotland’s remarkable modern gardens and designed landscapes:

Crawick Multiverse land art installation, Scotland

29 March 2024

Simplifying the planning process

Updating permitted development rights in response to cost and climate challenges.

New measures to simplify the planning process for zero and low carbon technologies will help homeowners and businesses save money and reduce their emissions.

Permitted development rights grant permission for certain developments through legislation, meaning they can be undertaken without a planning application. They remove the costs associated with submitting applications and reduce administrative burdens on planning authorities. Legislation that will further update these rights has now been laid before parliament following a consultation last year.

People who live in conservation areas, including those in cities, will be able to more easily alter or replace their windows to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. They will also be able to install solar panels on certain parts of their property without a planning application for the first time.

Limits on the power output of panels on non-domestic buildings will be removed, allowing business owners to install more of them without needing to apply for planning permission. Businesses with solar canopies in their carparks will be able to use the energy they generate for purposes such as providing energy for buildings, in addition to powering electric vehicle chargers.

Planning Minister Joe FitzPatrick said:
“The Scottish Government wants to make it easier and cheaper for homeowners and businesses to respond to the challenges posed by the cost of living and climate crises, including by reforming how the planning system works.

“That was the focus of the most recent phase of our ongoing review of permitted development rights, and the package of measures brought forward reflects the responses to our public consultation and constructive engagement with partners.

“Streamlining the planning process for zero and low carbon technologies is also consistent with the strong climate focus in the National Planning Framework 4, which was adopted last year. People will save money and the environment will benefit if we make it easier to install renewable energy equipment on homes and business properties.”

Scotland Policy Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses Andrew McRae said:
“We’re delighted to see the introduction of this legislation, reflecting the campaigning FSB and others have been doing on the issue for some time. Small businesses are very much aware of the role they have to play in tackling the climate emergency. At a time when the cost of doing business crisis is making it harder for businesses to stay afloat, measures to reduce energy costs will come as a great help for smaller firms.”

Background

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2024

The statutory instrument was laid in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 28 March 2024. Subject to parliamentary scrutiny, the changes are expected to come into effect on Friday 24 May 2024.

Permitted Development Rights review – phase 3: consultation analysis

26 March 2024
Scottish Government Can No Longer Ignore Housing Crisis As Starts Plummet By 24 Per Cent

Scotland’s population and home building sector deserve better than same old responses week after fourth local authority declares housing emergency

New statistics published today reflect Scotland’s dire housing situation, with both completions and starts across all sectors falling significantly by 11 per cent and 24 per cent respectively in the year end to December 2023.

The figures illustrate a crisis which is engulfing all tenures, with private sector starts and completions falling by 20 per cent and 9 per cent between 2022 and 2023, and social sector starts and completions dropping by 35 per cent and 18 per cent. Housing association starts are now at their lowest number since 1988, while private sector starts have dropped to 2013 levels if discounting 2020 when COVID-19 significantly impacted homebuilding.

Jane Wood, Chief Executive of sector body Homes for Scotland (HFS), which represents members delivering the majority of the country’s new homes of all tenures, said:

“The Scottish Government can no longer ignore the country’s housing emergency and must take the urgent action required to address it. With four local authorities having already declared local housing emergencies, alongside today’s figures, what further evidence does the Scottish Government require to act?

“Frankly, Scotland’s population and the sector that provides homes for our communities deserve better than the same tired response that Brexit, cost price inflation and Westminster are the main causes of the housing crisis.

“Of course these are significant issues, but nowhere near as pressing as the challenges posed by an underfunded and under-resourced planning system which takes over 62 weeks to process a major housing application or the overall policy and regulatory environment which currently serves to hamper the delivery of new homes rather than promote them. Both of these are entirely within the control of the Scottish Government.

“Today’s figures further highlight the interconnected nature of the housing delivery in Scotland, which demonstrates the need for a healthy private sector to support the delivery of social homes.

“Rather than benchmarking a less bad completions rate against other parts of the UK, now is the time to take the bold action required to support housing delivery across all tenures. The Scottish Government must now surely take its head out of the sand, accept we are in the midst of a housing emergency and take ownership for addressing it.”

Scottish Buildings News 2024

2 March 2024

This page contains a selection of major Scottish Architecture News, with projects arranged chronologically, latest first. Each architecture news item links to an individual project page. We’ve selected what we feel are the key Scottish Building News stories.

The focus is on contemporary Scottish buildings but we do post on changes to major traditional buildings in Scotland.

Scottish Architecture Designs – chronological list

Scottish Architecture News 2024 – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

2 March 2024
Scottish Buildings – RAAC Found

Aberdeen homeowners affected by potentially dangerous concrete have criticised the city council for failing to communicate with them.

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) was found to be in about 500 homes in the Balnagask area of Torry, including 364 council properties.

Hundreds of people were alerted to the problem on Thursday.

But homeowners say they felt “frustrated” and “like an after-thought” to the local authority.

Residents criticise council after RAAC found

21 February 2024
New Director at Scottish Historic Buildings Trust

21st February 2024 – New Director, Dr Sam Gallacher joins the Trust from his role as Keeper of The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, the category A-listed modernist museum building and home to the world-famous collection of fine and decorative arts amassed by shipping merchant Sir William Burrell which was named Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2023 following a major refurbishment project.

Formerly Assistant Director of the Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy, more recently he worked for the National Trust for Scotland in Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders managing a broad range of historic buildings, capital projects, natural and designed landscapes, and art collections.

– see Edinburgh Building News 2024

14 February 2024

Woeful planning statistics are unacceptable

Woeful planning statistics are unacceptable with average processing times for major housing developments now taking over a year on average.

Critical government action required against backdrop of Local Authority housing emergencies and research showing 693,000 Scottish households in some form of housing need.

New planning application statistics published today have been described as “woeful” and “unacceptable” by sector body Homes for Scotland (HFS). The figures highlight a 41 per cent drop in in the volume of applications for major housing developments (those for 50 or more homes) in the first two quarters of 2023/24 compared to the same period a year prior. This continues the decline in such applications coming forward for the fourth consecutive quarter. Despite a continuing fall in applications, the average processing time for Q1 and Q2 2023/24 was 62.1 weeks (a rise from 36.4 weeks on Q1 and Q2 2022/23) against a statutory timeframe of 16 weeks.

The number of local housing development applications has also fallen by 18 per cent across the same period, with average processing times for these being 17.8 weeks (more than double the eight week statutory timeframe).

HFS Chief Executive Jane Wood said:

“With the National Planning Improvement Champion yesterday concluding that there is no overall agreement on what successful planning looks like, I’m certain that we can all be united in the view that these woeful figures aren’t it and are simply unacceptable.

“The Scottish Government must get Scotland’s planning system sorted if we are to ensure this and future generations are able to access warm sustainable homes that meet their needs and they can afford.

“These figures highlight the scale of investment in planning services that is required at a time when the Scottish Government has announced a 43% reduction in the Planning budget from £11.7m to £6.6m.

“They also show the critical need for immediate short-term solutions. We have already submitted the urgent actions we believe need to be taken by the Scottish Government and want to work with Ministers and officials to implement meaningful change as quickly as possible so that Scotland’s people have the range and choice of homes that they both need and deserve.”

14 February 2024

Scottish Design Awards 2024 Jury

The Scottish Design Awards 2024 are pleased to present our twin judging panels for our 2024 awards, a handpicked team drawn from across the country with experience ranging from practice to academia and local government.

Read more at: Scottish Design Awards

Scottish Architecture News 2023

4 December 2023
Edinburgh College of Art Buildings Refurbishment
Refurbishment of Edinburgh College of Art Buildings
image © Hawkins Brown
Edinburgh College of Art Buildings Refurbishment

25 November 2023
Polwarth Terrace House, Eastfield
Design: DS Architecture
Polwarth Terrace House Edinburgh Scottish architecture news
photo : Ross Campbell
Polwarth Terrace House, Edinburgh
Located at the heart of the Merchiston & Greenhill conservation area in Edinburgh’s west end, Polwarth Terrace sits parallel to the Union Canal with each property facing the street and sitting across the natural slope that leads down towards the water.

29 September 2023
New Scottish galleries at the National, central Edinburgh, southeast Scotland
Design: Hoskins Architects
New Scottish galleries at the National, Edinburgh
photo : dapple photography
New Scottish galleries at the National, Edinburgh
The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce that the stunning new Scottish galleries at the National will open to the public this Saturday (30 September 2023). A free experience for everyone to enjoy, right in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre, the new Scottish galleries at the National showcase the very best historic Scottish art.

23 September 2023
Dumfries High School Building News
Dumfries High School Building News
hub South West has appointed Morgan Sindall Construction as construction partner with Ryder Architecture leading the design of the new school. Turner & Townsend have been appointed to deliver full cost management, project management and principal designer services for the project and Woolgar Hunter will lead on civil and structural engineering elements of the new school.

15 September 2023
Paisley Town Hall Regeneration
Architect: Holmes Miller
Paisley Town Hall Transformation
photo : Chris Humphreys
Paisley Town Hall Transformation

8 August 2023
Futures Institute at Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire
Architect: Grimshaw
Futures Institute at Dollar Academy, Scotland
image Courtesy architecture office
Futures Institute at Dollar Academy
Dollar Academy has been granted planning permission from Clackmannanshire Council to build its pioneering Futures Institute, designed to provide a physical home for the school’s progressive educational programme, the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA).

24 July 2023
Bob Dylan Scottish Highland Estate, Nethy Bridge, Cairngorms National Park, the Scottish Highlands
Bob Dylan Scottish Highland Estate in Scotland
photo courtesy Knight Frank
Bob Dylan Scottish Highland Estate
Bob Dylan, one of America’s greatest songwriters, rose to fame during the 1960s with such hits as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” His songs captured the tumultuous spirit of the ‘60s and became anthems for the anti-war and civil rights movements. The winner of ten Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dylan has sold over 145 million albums and performed over 3,000 shows.

3 July 2023
Trillium Cottage, Moray Coast, Banffshire, northeast Scotland
Design: DS Architecture
Trillium Cottage Moray Coast Scotland - Scottish Architecture News
photos © Ross Campbell and Aurora Imagingk
Trillium Cottage, Moray Coast, Scotland
This new Trillium Cottage on the Moray coast saw the demolition of an abandoned, dilapidated and unsympathetically altered cottage and construction of a new 3-bedroom home that seeks to echo the strong traditional forms and materials within the village, while offering a contemporary vision and updated take on the local townscape.

27 June 2023

Concern as decline in Scotland’s new homes starts continues

Latest Scottish Government housing statistics (released today) highlight major concern for the continuing fall in the number of new homes started across all sectors, which now stands at 25% below those started in the pre-pandemic year to end March 2020.

See Glasgow Building News 2023 for the full news item.

13 June 2023

National Outcome for housing called for by home builders

Homes for Scotland (HFS), the representative body for the home building sector, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce a new National Outcome for housing if progress is to be made in providing enough homes for the people of Scotland.

National Outcomes are part of the National Performance Framework, describing what “living well together” means. Responding to a Scottish Government National Outcomes Review, HFS highlights the need for a new standalone Outcome directly related to housing and supporting the right to an adequate home.

HFS Chief Executive Jane Wood said:
“Having a safe and secure home is a fundamental human need, with adequate housing recognised as part of the human right to an adequate standard of living, yet it is one that many people in Scotland do not have – demonstrated by the 110,000 shortfall in homes that has accumulated since 2007.

“With housing underpinning the ambition of a wellbeing economy, it seems incredulous that it isn’t already an Outcome in its own right, sitting alongside the likes of health and education. This review is therefore crucial to rectifying that and to creating a housing focus which still isn’t visible enough.

“As well as supporting the Scottish Government’s recent appointment of a dedicated Minister and its “Housing to 2040” vision, this would provide a stronger platform to promote the fundamental role that home plays in all of our lives and encourage more joined-up policy-making across portfolios.

“We stand ready to assist the Scottish Government in whatever way we can to ensure that everyone has a place that they can call home.”
The HFS response stands alongside those of other organisations (such as that from the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers, Crisis, Chartered Institute of Housing and Scottish Federation of Housing Associations) on the need for a national outcome focusing on home.

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9 June 2023

Nessie search continues as reimagined Loch Ness Centre opens

Following £1.5m investment – the reimagined Nessie experience opens at the true home of the Loch Ness story

Loch Ness Centre, Drumnadrochit, Scotland:
Loch Ness Centre, Drumnadrochit, Scotland

From today, visitors to the Highlands and wannabe monster spotters will be able to walk through 500 million years of history, delve deeper into Scottish myths and legends, and discover the scientific research behind the global phenomena that is the Nessie legend at The Loch Ness Centre.

Located at the old Drumnadrochit Hotel, where, 90 years ago, Mrs Aldie Mackay hotel manageress reported seeing a ‘water beast’ in Loch Ness, Continuum Attractions has invested £1.5m in creating a modern immersive journey.

During the one-hour experience guests become part of the quest, discovering the real stories and meeting the many real and historic characters associated with the search for the truth about Loch Ness and Nessie.

Throughout eight immersive rooms guests delve deeper not just into history of the Loch Ness phenomenon but also the scientific research carried out by Adrian Shine and The Loch Ness Project (based on site), showcasing scientific methodology and real artefacts such as a real mini submarine, real underwater cameras, boats, sonar equipment all used in the quest to uncover the secrets of the 23 miles long Loch.

In ‘People and Stories’, guests will explore some of the most famous sightings and hoax’s linked to Nessie, set in the ‘bar of the old hotel’ guest meet old and young Mrs Aldie Mackay and learn how her one sighting changed history forever; and gave birth to a modern legend.

Guests’ hunt for the truth doesn’t end after the tour, tickets include an optional 12-month membership to The Loch Ness Quest, giving exclusive access to the latest Nessie sightings, events and news.

Guests can go on to explore the depths of the world’s most famous loch for themselves onboard the Centre’s vessel, Deepscan, named after the Operation Deepscan expedition carried out on the loch in 1987.

Juliana Delaney, Chief Executive of Continuum, said: “It’s an honour to open the doors to the newly imagined Loch Ness Centre. This must be one of the world’s greatest stories and it deserved a more modern and immersive presentation, which I hope we have delivered. We are very aware we are only temporary guardians of this amazing legend and we want to invest in keeping the search alive.

There’s also a surprise for guests too when they hear who our narrator is!”

Pre-booked tickets are available in advance online. Adult tickets start from £13.95 online and Deepscan Cruises tickets start from £19.00.

To book your trip to The Loch Ness Centre or a cruise tour, please visit: https://lochness.com

3 June 2023
The Arbor House, Aberdeenshire, Northeast Scotland
Design: Brown & Brown Architects
The Arbor House Aberdeen Scotland - Scottish Architecture News
photo © Jim Stephenson
The Arbor House, Aberdeen

31 May 2023
New Paisley Grammar School Community Campus
Paisley Grammar School Community Campus building
render courtesy of Renfrewshire Council
Paisley Grammar School Community Campus Design
The new school is due to be open in summer 2026 and will boast a state-of-the-art set-up for pupils and the wider community, to replace the existing Paisley Grammar School.

29 May 2023
ONE BioHub, Foresterhill Health Campus, Aberdeen, Northeast Scotland
Design: BDP
ONE BioHub Aberdeen life sciences building - Scottish Architecture News
image courtesy of architects practice
ONE BioHub Aberdeen life sciences building
ONE BioHub will provide start-up, spinout and scaling life sciences businesses, tackling modern health challenges with incubator laboratories and offices, fully customisable grow-on space, commercialisation and growth programmes, and access to mentors, expert networks and investors.

31 March 2023
Scotland’s housing deficit growing as drop in the new homes starts continues

The latest Scottish Government housing statistics (released today) reveal the drop in the number of new homes that are being started to be built across all sectors is continuing to grow, with a 12 per cent decrease in the year to end September 2022 compared to the previous 12 months.

This is set to add to the housing shortfall of more than 110,000 homes that has accumulated in Scotland since 2007 when pre-financial crisis completion levels were 25,000.

Jane Wood, Chief Executive of sector body Homes for Scotland (HFS), which represents members delivering the majority of the country’s new homes, said:
“Whilst there was a much needed ten per cent increase in the number of new homes completed in the year to end September 2022 (up 2,023 to 22,905) , this positive news is again offset by the 12 per cent overall fall in the number of starts (down 2,580 to 19,227). Particularly worrying in the context of the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing ambitions is the 27 per cent drop recorded in housing association approvals.

“The appointment of the new First Minister presents the perfect opportunity to review the regulatory areas and other issues creating blockers to residential development across sectors to ensure that housing in Scotland meets the needs and aspirations of everyone living here. We and our members are committed to achieving this.”

From the Scottish Government’s Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update: New Housebuilding and Affordable Housing Supply (published 28 March 2023)

22 March 2023
Home Builders Welcome Appointment To Housing To 2040 Strategic Board
Home building sector body Homes for Scotland has welcomed the appointment of its Chief Executive Jane Wood to the Scottish Government’s Housing to 2040 Strategic Board which has its first meeting today (Wednesday 22 March 2023).

Wood is one of the housing stakeholders sitting on the Board which is to lead progress towards the delivery of the Scottish Government’s ambition that everyone has a safe, quality and affordable home that meets their needs in the place they want to be. She said:

“Housing is fundamental to Scotland’s social wellbeing and economic success. From health and education to jobs and investment, it impacts every area of our lives but we simply don’t have enough homes. This is clearly demonstrated by the shortfall of 110,000 homes that has been accumulated since 2008 yet delivery challenges have never been greater. With strong interdependencies between tenures, home builders across all segments of the housing market have a critical role to play in achieving the objectives set out by the Scottish Government and recognition of this through my appointment is very much welcomed.

“The Strategic Board is a critical body which must focus on creating effective policies which deliver both economically and socially, and I look forward to working collaboratively with my Board colleagues to do this.”

25 Jan 2023
Homes for Scotland News
Sector body Homes for Scotland (HFS), whose members deliver the majority of all homes built in Scotland, has announced the promotion of planning team members Liz Hamilton and Richard Lewington. Liz becomes Director of Planning and Richard Principal Planning Adviser.

Read the news in full at the Edinburgh Buildings news 2022 page.

24 Jan 2023
Glasgow School of Art rebuilding, Glasgow
The first phase of physical preparation works for the rebuild of the Mackintosh Building has been completed with massive amounts of fire-damaged material removed from the site, and a complex and meticulous evaluation of the building undertaken The Glasgow School of Art confirms:
Glasgow School of Art rebuilding

19 Jan 2023
Loch Tummel House, Perth and Kinross, central-northern Scotland
Design: WT Architecture
Loch Tummel House Schiehallion Scotland
photo : Gillian Hayes
Loch Tummel House, Schiehallion
Loch Tummel House sits at the feet of mighty Schiehallion gazing out along one of Scotland’s most iconic lochs. WT Architecture worked alongside an exceptional client, and a team of talented designers and craftspeople to create this remarkable estate house and converted farm steading.

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