Russell Street DundeeDundee housing development could resurrect old street name

A street name that disappeared when two Dundee multi storey blocks were built could be resurrected if councillors back the move next week.

Russell Street was wiped from the map in the late 1960s to make way for Bucklemaker and Butterburn courts at the top of the Hilltown.

The street once joined Strathmartine Road and Derby Street and was a well-used thoroughfare as far back as 1867.

However the name is now being considered as part of a development of 123 flats and 40 houses currently being undertaken by Robertson Partnership Homes, on behalf of the council and Hillcrest Housing Association.

Mark Flynn, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “The name for the new street is an open secret having been the subject of an extensive local consultation.

“Its historic links with the area have made this a well-received proposal, especially with people who have long memories!

“However it is sad to see the association with one of our historic Nine Incorporated Trades disappear with the demise of Bucklemaker Court.

“However I am sure that with the amount of re-development and building currently going on in Dundee we will find another suitable location to mark their contribution to city life.”

Russell Street was named after Liberal Prime Minister John Russell, who held the office twice between 1846 and 1851 and again in 1865. He also served as home secretary and foreign secretary.

The street was built over as part of the Derby Street multis development, which welcomed its first tenants in 1971. The high rise towers were demolished in 2013.

The city development committee meets on Monday November 27.


Caledonian Exchange recognised for digital connectivity

Caledonian Exchange 2An Edinburgh office building has become the first in the city, and one of the few in Scotland, to scoop a top industry certification for its digital infrastructure and technology-focused design.

Caledonian Exchange, marketed jointly by Knight Frank and Eric Young & Co has been awarded a Wired Certified Silver rating, which recognises buildings excelling in the implementation of digital technology.

Caledonian ExchangeThe office accommodation, located by the Western Approach to the city centre, recently underwent an extensive £120,000 refurbishment project. Its current tenants include property and planning consultancy, Rapleys; recruitment firm, Hudson; engineering consultancy, Mott MacDonald; law firm, Lindsays and telecommunications company, AT&T.


New senior appointment for Savills as Scottish new build market takes off

Carole Mackie

Carole Mackie

Carole Mackie has been appointed Savills head of residential development sales (RDS) in Scotland.

As well as taking on this new wider role for the Scottish region, Carole will remain head of Savills RDS in Glasgow where she has overseen a three-fold increase in turnover over a two year period.

Carole said: “It is an exciting time for the Scottish new homes sector, which has been outperforming the wider market this year. It has seen a 5% annual increase in transactions, and a 12% increase in the market below £400,000.”


Edinburgh’s Burnshot Bridge set to be demolished

Motorists using the A90 are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys this weekend while Burnshot Bridge is being demolished.

Deterioration of joints in the structure means Burnshot Bridge is no longer fit for purpose and must be taken down.

The A90 will be closed under Burnshot Bridge from 20:00 on Friday 24 November until 05:30 on Monday 27 November, with traffic diverted via the slip roads.

Rugby fans travelling to see Scotland take on Australia at BT Murrayfield on Saturday and football fans heading to Tynecastle for Hearts v. Ross County on Sunday are urged to plan their journeys especially carefully to ensure they make it to the match on time.

Detailed design work on a replacement structure will get under way once Burnshot Bridge has been demolished.


Mactaggart & Mickel CEO Ed Monaghan and homes director Joanne Casey with the award

Mactaggart & Mickel CEO Ed Monaghan and homes director Joanne Casey with the award

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes and AMA Homes scoop UK house building awards

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has received the Bronze Award in the Best Medium Housebuilder category at the highly acclaimed WhatHouse? Awards 2017.

The family-owned housebuilder impressed the judges with its strong financial performance, quality of design and build, and outstanding customer care to take bronze for the Medium Housebuilder of the Year category.

Scottish luxury property developer AMA Homes won a Bronze Award in the Best Luxury development category for its Caer Amon Crescents development at Cramond in Edinburgh.

The judges praised the Caer Amon Crescents development of two eight terraced houses comprising six four-bedroom and two five-bedroom homes set around a central landscaped courtyard.

Caer Amon Crescent

Caer Amon Crescent

Now in its 36th year, WhatHouse? Awards is the biggest and most prestigious event in the UK for new homes builders. This year’s event took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane where around 1,700 senior house building figures attended.


Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce names Clark Contracts ‘Employer of the Year’

(from left) Chamber President - Tom Johnston, Craig Brackenbury - manufacturing executive from Rolls Royce who presented the award, Craig McHugh - recruitment manager at Clark Contracts accepting the award and comedian Fred MacAuley

(from left) Chamber President – Tom Johnston, Craig Brackenbury – manufacturing executive from Rolls Royce who presented the award, Craig McHugh – recruitment manager at Clark Contracts accepting the award and comedian Fred MacAuley

The 2017 Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO Business Award for Employer of the Year, sponsored by Rolls Royce, has been awarded to Clark Contracts.

The ROCCO’s are the annual business awards of the Renfrewshire Chamber of commerce and have been taking place for over a decade.

Construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor, Clark Contracts was shortlisted following a written submission. The contractor was then invited to take part in a face to face presentation and interview with the judges.

The winners were announced at the awards night hosted by Scottish comedian Fred MacAuley at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew, on Friday November 17.

The award seeks to recognise those who make efforts to reward performance and loyalty, provide staff with training and development opportunities, encourage staff engagement with the local community and charities, encourage loyalty, reduce staff turnover and improve the working environment.


South Lanarkshire window replacement work enters second phase

Garrion People’s Housing Co-operative has appointed CCG Asset Management to a window replacement contract for a further 40 properties throughout South Lanarkshire.

The announcement follows the success of the first contract which saw CCG replace windows in 40 properties in Wishaw during the summer.

Works are set to take place this November and will be undertaken over a 6-week period ensuring delivery just in time for Christmas.


MSP slides into Glasgow student development

James Dornan MSP visits true Glasgow

James Dornan MSP visits true Glasgow

true Glasgow West End, the student accommodation development which includes a Google-inspired helter-skelter slide, welcomed James Dornan MSP for a tour of its facilities earlier this week to discuss how it is fitting into the local area.

James Dornan, MSP for Glasgow Cathcart said: “I’m impressed by the quality of the student accommodation provided at true Glasgow West End, including both the facilities and holistic care the provider offers its guests. It is a welcome addition to the student accommodation landscape in Glasgow, and interesting to learn about the innovative construction methods used to deliver it quickly and sustainably.

“This project has proven positive for Glasgow, from the number of jobs created and £40 million-plus investment into our city, to the ongoing positive effect students have on the local area’s economy. It was heartening to see students coming and going from the complex and to speak to them about their favourite bars, shops, and eateries in the area.”

Iain Cameron, operations manager at true, added: “We’re very proud of the unique accommodation and brand experience we offer. Our focus is on student wellbeing and helping guests get the most from their study years, which is why offering onsite pastoral care, a fully staffed gym with classes, and a curated programme of social activities is central to the service we provide.

“More than a student accommodation block, this is a home from home for our guests, so we encourage them to get out and about in the community where we’ve also partnered with a range of local businesses to drive loyalty and footfall through our exclusive true Loyalty Card.”