Mixed-use development approved at Glasgow industrial site

A specialist warehouse investor has secured planning permission for a major mixed-use development at Queenslie Park industrial estate in Glasgow.

Warehouse REIT plc said that it has gained approval for change of use on 16 acres of its land at the site.

The proposed development will deliver up to 250,000 sq ft of employment-led space, comprising a combination of distribution/logistics, industrial, commercial, storage, retail and hospitality space, with a gross development value of £25 million.

The AIM listed firm said the variety of uses will appeal to a wide occupier base, driving capital investment and a significant number of new jobs to the estate.

The 16 acres form part of Warehouse REIT’s wider 56 acre holding at Queenslie Park, including approximately 350,000 sq ft of existing floorspace, a mixture of modern and more traditional units of between 2,000 sq ft and 65,000 sq ft.

Andrew Bird, managing director of Tilstone Partners Ltd, the manager of Warehouse REIT, said: “Securing this permission marks the culmination of over 24 months working closely with a number of stakeholders, ranging from the city council and local elected members through to existing occupiers and local residence, as well as providing a further example of how the management team continues to extract value from the original portfolio acquired at IPO.

“The scheme has been received with enthusiasm and we look forward to continuing to work with these same parties as we bring forward development on the back of identified occupier requirements. With more than 30 million vehicle movements each year on the adjacent M8 motorway, Queenslie Park is ideally located for logistics and delivery companies serving the conurbations of both Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as the wider area.”

Savills said it has worked closely with project architects 3DReid in formulating the “innovative and forward-looking” plans.

Savills associate Ruth Highgate said: “Savills Planning and Development Scotland is delighted to have secured consent for this major project. It unlocks the potential for wider provision of industrial and business use as well as supporting retail, leisure and other commercial uses, which will help improve the overall quality of Queenslie Park. The combination of its location on the M8 east of Glasgow, and the exciting opportunities that can be delivered through this planning consent, will really put Queenslie on the map. This is a significant prospect for both the city of Glasgow and the community living and working in and around Queenslie.”

Mark Lorimer, associate director at 3DReid, added: “In our role as architects and masterplanners, we are thrilled to be part of the Tilstone Partners team for Queenslie Park. The client has a clear vision to transform Queenslie Park, and we very much look forward to helping them realise the full potential of the development.”

3DReid to design Malmaison boutique hotel in Edinburgh

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Architectural practice 3DReid has been enlisted to design the transformation of the Grade A-listed Buchan House on Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square into a boutique Malmaison hotel.

The firm has been appointed as architects and lead designers by developer S Harrison for the 72-room project.

3DReid has been granted planning approval and listed building consent, with the conversion of the disused building set to create a 72-key hotel comprising a restaurant, bar, coffee lounge and private dining facilities.

Situated in Edinburgh’s New Town Conservation Area and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, the main part of the building dates back to 1775 as five houses by architect and builder John Young.

3DReid said its design creates a series of “active” public spaces at street level and bedroom accommodation on upper levels, plus two new build extensions within the existing courtyard and rear of the building. An existing 1970’s elevation to the rear of the property will be re-configured and re-clad.

“The new extensions were essential for the commercial viability of the scheme,” said Doug Pearson, associate director at 3DReid. “However, new and old have been clearly delineated as it was of particular importance that the external additions were sensitive to, but visually and materially distinct from, the A-Listed Buchan House.”

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Gordon Ferrier, director and head of hotels at 3DReid, added: “This project has drawn on our familiarity with the context and the understanding of the aspirations and aims of the City of Edinburgh Council strategy. We’ve also applied our considerable hotel experience following on from the successful recent completion of the nearby Principal Edinburgh George Street and Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square. Our recently completed HUB Hotel on Rose Street presented very similar challenges in terms of the extension and refurbishment of a listed building in the New Town.”

Newly appointed principal contractor Sharkey got work underway earlier this month with completion anticipated by the end of 2019.

Bellair to demolish Pentland House in Livingston and redevelop site

Property developer Bellair (Scotland) Limited has acquired a prime development site of 1.35 acres in central Livingston in an off-market transaction for an undisclosed sum.

The Falkirk-based company has taken ownership of Pentland House in Almondvale Road, Livingston from fund managers Kennedy Wilson. The deal, which has just concluded, sees Bellair also acquire the site’s Heritable title from West Lothian Council.

Pentland House currently extends to 59,091 sq. ft. over five floors, and is situated in an excellent position alongside the Livingston main retail mall and designer outlet with its extensive parking facilities.

Bellair has obtained consent to demolish the property in order to take advantage of the site’s central location with demolition works commencing April 2018. These works will take approximately eight weeks to complete with the site suitable for a variety of commercial and residential uses, subject to planning permission, moving forward.

Commenting on the acquisition of the site, Colin Campbell, director of Bellair (Scotland) Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have acquired not only Pentland House but the site’s Heritable title from West Lothian Council. The property is strategically positioned within Livingston’s town centre so provides us with an excellent location for redevelopment. We will be progressing with demolition works on-site in April and look forward to putting in place our redevelopment plans.”

Crawford Geddes, co-director of Bellair, added: “This is a development opportunity we’ve been pursuing for several years in its various different guises so it’s great to have finally been able to secure the site for Bellair’s plans.”

The appointed marketing agent Ross Allardice of HAS Retail said: “HSA Retail is delighted to be involved in this highly prominent site, which is in a great central location and in proximity to a wide range of amenities, including the Almondvale Shopping Centre and Retail Park.”

Bellair (Scotland) Limited has appointed HSA Retail as selling/letting agents with 3DReid architects currently working on a development feasibility study.

Work to begin on 3DReid’s revamp of Almondvale West Retail Park

A £3.5 million transformation for Livingston’s Almondvale West Retail Park, as designed by architecture practice 3DReid, is set to begin this month.

Situated adjacent to one of Scotland’s largest covered shopping hubs, ‘The Centre’ in Livingston, the project will be anchored by the introduction of a new Next store, with a distinctive glass façade, which more than doubles the retailer’s space in Livingston.

The design also includes significant enhancement of the neighbouring units with faceted gold cladding, new shopfront glazing, improved public realm, and the resurfacing of the car park. All in all, the new works will allow the retail park to put itself more firmly on the map, introducing new brands to create a well-located contemporary retail destination to compete with the best.

Externally, new paving and hard landscaping will enhance the public spaces in front of the stores, whilst ‘totem’ signs – in a perforated, faceted style that mirrors the new anodic gold cladding on the buildings – will welcome visitors in the car park and guide them from the main road hubs.

The Glasgow studio of 3DReid was selected by Hines to give Almondvale West its 21st century facelift – and the unifying look that will link it visually to the Centre and reward visitors with a more satisfying, rounded, and enjoyable experience.

3DReid said its highly experienced team know what makes shopping malls, parks and centres work successfully and have used their skills to develop a cost-efficient design solution that will have a dramatic impact at Almondvale West.

Gordon Anderson, 3DReid project architect, said: “3DReid has a strong track record of working with clients to remodel and reposition their retail parks to attract more customers for longer stays, increasing income. We’re incredibly proud of our success in working round a live business-as-usual environment, minimizing the impact on customers and trade.

“3DReid aims to give a distinct and high quality finish to Almondvale West Retail Park, bringing a contemporary look-and-feel to a place which currently feels dated. The impressive glass façade and the detailed cladding offer significant aesthetic improvements that will help Almondvale West stand out from the adjacent architecture and connect it visually with The Centre.”

The rejuvenation is due for completion in autumn 2018.

Hines acquired the shopping centre in December 2014 in conjunction with clients of HSBC Private Bank advised by HSBC Alternative Investments Limited.

Images © 3DReid Architects

3DReid submits plans for speculative Merchant City office

Architectural practice 3DReid has submitted its plans for a “pioneering” office building designed to attract new business to Glasgow’s designated Innovation District.

A building to complement Scottish Enterprise’s Inovo1 development and the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, Inovo2 will be situated on a key city centre site, with extensive public realm and collaborative workspace will bring together the academic and Merchant City areas of Glasgow.

Working with client Scottish Enterprise, 3DReid said its plan is for a “forward-looking building that reflects modern working behaviour – a flexible, collaborative, people-centred space designed for firms eager to innovate through partnership with both academia and industry”.

It added: “The proposed Inovo2 building will enhance Phase 1 by offering a truly agile mix of space, able to accommodate larger tenants who might need one or more whole floors but nimble enough to provide smart, self-contained suites tailored for small and medium businesses.”

A conference and events space with roof terrace provides a unique facility for use by both the commercial and academic sectors, offering expansive south-facing views across the city, 3DReid added.

Trees and green landscaping, as well as use of materials echoing the City’s past, will help knit the building into its historic surroundings and create a landmark new space for public activity.

The project team for the development includes project manager Mace, structural & civil engineer Curtins, mechanical & electrical engineer Rybka and quantity surveyor CBA.

Images courtesy of 3DReid

Almondvale West Retail Park set for £3.5m transformation

Retailer Next is to open a new store at Almondvale West Retail Park as part of a wider £3.5 million improvement programme of the site.

The new store, which is scheduled to open in early 2019, will see Next more than double its original size at the retail park, which is located adjacent to one of Scotland’s largest covered shopping venues, The Centre.

It is expected to create 14 additional jobs when it opens, and up to 50 jobs during construction of both the new stores and the wider improvement programme.

This programme of upgrades including new shopfronts, cladding, pavements and wayfinding. Car parks will also be resurfaced, with the improvement works to start this month.

Patrick Robbertze, centre director at The Centre, Livingston, said: “We are delighted to be announcing a new store with Next which will help transform the park and attract new shoppers.”

“Our investment plans are part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a fresh, enjoyable shopping experience for our loyal customers and also for those who travel afar to visit our mall and we are confident they will be absolutely delighted with the finished look and improved retail offering.”

Gordon Anderson, project architect at 3DReid, said: “3DReid has sought to provide a distinct and high quality appearance to Almondvale West. The extensive structural glass façade to unit 1A and the faceted cladding to Units 2-5 present a significant aesthetic improvement to the fabric which distinguishes Almondvale West from the adjacent architecture and connect it visually with The Centre.”

Maxi Construction has been appointed to undertake the construction works.

Green light for £10m Perth retail park revamp

St Catherine's Retail Park 2A £10 million plan to regenerate a dated Perth retail park has been approved.

The project will see the old B&Q site at St Catherine’s Retail Park demolished to make way for five new retail units and a restaurant.

In a statement to planners, a spokesman for Episo Boxes said: “The purpose of the regeneration of St Catherine’s Retail Park North is to inject new life into a dated 1980s first-generation retail park, generate new interest and ultimately encourage new tenants.

“The proposed redevelopment… will provide an overall concept that has the potential to raise the status of the site, provide an enhanced link to Perth city centre, improve the sustainable impact of the retail park by enhancing environmental, social and economic factors and improving the visitor experience.”

St Catherine's Retail ParkThe spokesman added: “Unit eight (the old B&Q site) is suffering from a degree of obsolescence and offers little attraction to customers entering the retail park from Long Causeway.

“The retail frontages of these new units will provide a contemporary feel to this section of the park.

“This improvement will reinforce Perth city centre as a retail destination within its peer group.”

The proposal, which is now subject to a public consultation, was designed by architects 3DReid.

£150m regeneration masterplan unveiled for Falkirk town centre

Fakirk-View01-Reduced-700x495‘Visionary’ plans designed to revitalise the centre of Falkirk and develop 6.7 acres of council-owned land around Grahamston railway station have been unveiled by property development firm Bellair.

The £150 million masterplan presents proposals drawn by 3DReid for a mixed-use development with two main regeneration anchors: a new civic centre to house Falkirk Council and its key services and a 500 seat arts venue within the immediate town centre.

New residential (offering a range of tenure options), commercial, leisure and retail space as well as improved parking with a new multi-storey car park, public plaza area with landscaping and link bridge improving connectivity are specifically designed to revitalise the town centre attracting inward investment.

The plans also include improved transport connectivity with a new link created to the A9.

Fakirk-View01-Reduced-700x495Alistair Campbell OBE, the founder and managing director of Bellair, which is responsible for the successful Falkirk Business Hub, said: “This development will help to draw people back into Falkirk’s historic town centre, creating extra footfall for the businesses that are already an integral part of our community and attracting other companies to be part of the next chapter in our story.

“The Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel are truly inspiring and iconic but we can’t ignore what’s happening in the centre itself. Economic development is vital to sustainability and our vision could help Falkirk to effectively self-heal creating a lasting legacy for the town.”

Around two thirds of the proposed Grahamston development would be allocated to housing with approximately 15% for offices, 15% for leisure activities such as the arts venue and hotels, and a further 5% for retail. These figures based on initial plans. The masterplan could generate over £50m of direct investment for the town centre and an estimated overall boost of nearer £150m for the economy as a whole.

The creation of 300 new homes could attract around 1,000 residents to the area generating further economic spend. The regeneration project would also support 500 jobs as a result of delivering the new commercial space and could create around 100 construction jobs during each year of construction.

Civic-Level-3-Coloured-700x495Alistair Campbell added: “We don’t need to look far to see how other towns and cities have been able to regenerate the hearts of their communities. If we follow the examples set by our neighbours in Dundee and Perth then we too can bring the same economic benefits back into the centre of our community.

“The Grahamston vision could give a renewed focus to Falkirk Grahamston railway station, turning it into a thriving transport hub. It already benefits from links to Edinburgh – which is just 25 minutes direct – and beyond with Virgin Trains East Coast stopping at Grahamston en-route to London.

“It will also deliver much-needed housing for the centre of Falkirk, creating housing stock with the additional benefit of improved council facilities, shopping, business space and a state-of-the-art Arts venue benefiting the local and wider communities from a cultural perspective with facilities that could attract international performers.

“We believe the plans for the land, which Falkirk Council currently owns the majority of, are achievable. I’ve invested significantly to develop this vision, assess its feasibility and present a viable investment and development opportunity for both the public and private sector.”

Dunfermline Carnegie Library named EAA Building of the Year

Museum space, art galleries, a local history reading room, children’s library, café and meeting rooms are integrated with the world’s first Andrew Carnegie Library.The Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) has awarded Richard Murphy Architects’ “beautifully crafted” Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries the title of Building of the Year at its annual awards last night.

Announced and presented at a drinks reception in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, attended by around one hundred architects, sponsors and their guests, the format of this year’s awards was changed to enable all entries built within the chapter area in the Large, Small, Regeneration & Conservation and Wood categories to become eligible for the overall accolade.

The awards were also opened up to chartered architects working in other areas of the UK, who have completed projects within the Edinburgh Chapter area.

A record 57 entries were submitted this year with the 11 shortlisted projects visited by the judging panel in early April.

The judging panel this year comprised of Julie Wilson RIAS – EAA vice president, Roderick Binns RIAS – EAA council member, Joann Russell – head of estate at Historic Environment Scotland and Professor Christopher Breward – principal of Edinburgh College of Art.

On awarding Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries the overall accolade, head judge Julie Wilson said: “The judges were unanimous when it came to agreeing the Building of the Year. The winner is a beautifully crafted building, which is a rich, mature piece of architecture.”

Architect Richard Murphy said: “We are delighted to have won the major accolade of the Edinburgh Architectural Association’s ‘Building of the Year.’ Of course the building is not in Edinburgh, although in the Association’s patch, and we are very pleased that it beat several strong contenders from within the city.

“It is a great credit to Fife Council to have held firstly an architectural competition and then to have followed through with the vision over the intervening ten years to finally realise what we hope will be an innovative building that will be taken to the hearts of the people of the town and beyond.

“A contemporary building at the heart of a conservation area is not an easy project to bring about but we hope that this building, in the fullness of time, will take its place alongside its historic neighbours as part of a continuing development of the town’s illustrious history.”

Other winners on the night include:

DunfermlineCarnegieLibrary&Galleries1Large Project: Sponsored by Fakro GB Ltd

The Large project award is given to acknowledge and publicise excellence in architecture for a completed project within the Chapter area with a contract sum of over £500,000. It may be a new building, an extension, an alteration or a conversion, and it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect. All shortlisted projects in the chapter area were eligible


  • Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries – Richard Murphy Architects
  • Holyrood North Student Accommodation & Outreach Centre – Oberlanders Architects / JM Architects & John C Hope Architects
  • James Gillespie’s High School – JM Architects
  • The Spens Building – Page \ Park Architects

Winner: Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries by Richard Murphy Architects

Commendation: Holyrood North Student Accommodation & Outreach Centre by Oberlanders Architects / JM Architects & John C Hope Architects

The Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas - Buccleuch Estates in association with Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue ForestRegeneration and Conservation: Sponsored by Cupa Pizarras

This Award makes an annual award for a building within the Chapter area which has been sensitively and effectively restored, converted, regenerated, extended or refurbished by a Chartered Architect, thereby encouraging the successful integration of the old and the new.


  • Botanic Cottage – Simpson & Brown Architects
  • Dalkeith Corn Exchange Regeneration – Michael Laird Architects
  • Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas – Buccleuch Estates in association with Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue Forest

Winner: Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas by Buccleuch Estates in association with Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue Forest

photo © David Barbour

Photo © David Barbour

Small Projects:

The Small Projects Award is given to acknowledge and publicise excellence in architecture for a completed project within the chapter area with a contract sum of under £500,000. It may be a new building, an extension, an alteration or a conversion and it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect.


  • Costa Rican Garden Shed – Chambers McMillan Architects
  • Ravelston Dykes Lane – Konishi Gaffney Architects
  • Trinity – Crew Architects

Winner: Ravelston Dykes Lane by Konishi Gaffney Architects

Commendation: Trinity by Crew Architects

Photo © Giles Rocholl

Photo © Giles Rocholl

Ambassador Award: Sponsored by Russwood Ltd

The EAA Ambassador Award is to acknowledge and publicises excellence in architecture for a completed project outside the Chapter area. It may be a new building, an extension, an alteration or a conversion and it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect working within the EAA Chapter area.


  • Comielaw Steading – Konishi Gaffney Architects
  • Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum Project – Simpson & Brown Architects
  • Thyme Walk Houses – City Architecture Office

Winner: Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum Project by Simpson & Brown Architects

Photo © Cadzow Pelosi

Photo © Cadzow Pelosi

Wood Award: Sponsored by Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good

The Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good have combined to sponsor an award aimed at encouraging innovative and creative use of timber in new buildings in Scotland. The award seeks also to stimulate greater appreciation of home grown timber and its potential for use in construction, with added consideration given to thoughtful and appropriate use of different species. There is no restriction on building type or scale of project it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect working within the EAA Chapter area.


  • Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas – Buccleuch Estates in association with Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue Forest
  • Pop-up Pavilion – Konishi Gaffney Architects
  • Thistle Foundation Centre Of Wellbeing – 3D Reid

Winner: Thistle Foundation Centre Of Wellbeing by 3D Reid

An exhibition showcasing the winners and shortlisted entries is on display at the RIAS, Joyce B Deans room at 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh until May 9. It is open to the public from 9.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Loch-side terrace planned as Cameron House renovation continues

Cameron House new outdoor terraceHotel resort Cameron House has revealed plans for an extensive new terrace overlooking Loch Lomond as part of its ongoing renovation.

Phase two of the refurbishment, due to be completed in May 2017, has commenced at the loch-side retreat and will feature a brand new outdoor terrace to showcase panoramic views from the hotel across Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

A redesign of the hotel’s bedrooms is also underway.

Appointed to manage the design and build of the new terrace, architecture firm 3DReid said the project will act as both an alfresco bar area and an outdoor events space and has been designed with material choices and intricate detailing to enhance the existing building at the resort and make the most of the setting.

Frameless glass balustrading to the terrace will ensure views are maximised, with a covered timber deck creating a warmth to the space both from within and when viewed from the surrounding areas. The existing glazing will also be replaced, with doors opening out on the terrace and larger expanses of glass introduced, giving a minimal, contemporary feel.

Phase two of the refurbishment will see Cameron House invest a further £1 million into the resort, following a £3m investment as part of phase one which focussed on revamping the food and beverage offering, including The Cameron Grill and new cocktail bar, along with the hotel’s other public spaces.

Resort director Andy Roger said: “We are continuing to invest in Cameron House and are committed to making it the ultimate luxury destination in Scotland. We are truly privileged to have a unique setting that boasts such an abundance of natural beauty. The terrace will bring an exciting new dimension to our offering, with guests able to relax outdoors and take in the stunning panorama.”

The new terrace will accommodate 60 seated or 120 standing and access will be through the Great Scots Bar or via a staircase at the front of the hotel.

Jen Samuel, associate director at 3DReid, added: “The Great Scots Bar has one of the finest views in Scotland, overlooking Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The addition of the terrace allows a greater connection to the great outdoors while expanding the guests experience of the hotel, allowing anything from a Champagne reception in the sun to a warming whisky amongst the snow.”