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Barton Willmore expands in Glasgow with new appointment

Andrew Woodrow

Planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, which recently expanded its operation in Scotland with the opening of an office in the centre of Glasgow, has announced the appointment of a new planning associate.

Andrew Woodrow joins the Queen Street-based firm with more than 16 years of experience in the planning and development sector – just months after the business opened its second office in the Central Belt alongside its existing operation in Edinburgh.

He previously worked for real estate and investment firm, CBRE, working across a range of high profile projects including major residential, hotel, student accommodation and shopping centre developments in Glasgow. He has also worked on large scale retail parks in Dundee and South Lanarkshire and urban expansion projects in South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.

Colin Lavety, planning director at Barton Willmore, said: “Andrew brings years of knowledge and experience of the Glasgow and wider Scottish market. This local expertise will sit alongside our existing team of seven Chartered Town Planners in Scotland, as we look to grow our presence in the West.”

Planning associate Andrew Woodrow, added: “I am delighted to join a company like Barton Willmore which has such a strong reputation for planning and design across Scotland, with some fantastic projects and clients on their books. I am excited to not only join an organisation that has such a track record, but at the same time is expanding into new territory. I’m really looking forward to playing a key role in the new venture.”

Barton Willmore has built up a strong reputation for the delivery of integrated planning and design services across Scotland. Over the last few years it has helped deliver landmark projects such as the regeneration of Pennywell in north Edinburgh and the expansion of Scotland’s largest operational port in Aberdeen.

More recently it was involved in the redevelopment of a site in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, that will see 137 new homes built with vibrant public realm spaces and a well-considered streetscape alongside Urban Union as part of the Transforming Communities: Glasgow programme. It has also led on plans for the redevelopment of the former Tullis Russell Mill site in Glenrothes, Fife.

Land at former Fife paper mill to be recycled into home for new community

Plans to build a major new housing development that will transform the old Tullis Russell Paper Mill site between Glenrothes and Markinch have been submitted to Fife Council.

Town planners and designers Barton Willmore have submitted a Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) application on behalf of Advance Construction (GD) Ltd that centres on a residential-led mixed use masterplan for a range of uses, including up to 850 new homes, with 85 being affordable.

It is estimated that the regeneration project will deliver a £42.5 million boost for Glenrothes, creating up to 450 jobs and employment for around 300 construction workers during the 10-year build programme.

Alongside housing, at the heart of the 52-hectare site are plans for retail and leisure facilities, business space, industrial units, a care home and an extension to the Riverside Park, which will connect the new development to Glenrothes town centre.

Lead planning consultant Barton Willmore, which has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, have worked closely with Advance Construction (GD) Ltd to develop the plans, providing town planning, masterplanning, landscape, environmental impact assessment and socio-economic assessment services for the project.

Planning director for Barton Willmore in Scotland, Colin Lavety, said: “The Planning Permission in Principle application we have submitted aims to breathe new life back into what is an important landmark historically for the town of Glenrothes. It will regenerate a high profile site which has been left vacant since the former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site was closed, creating a desirable, attractive and highly sustainable place to live and work.

“Our focus has been to deliver alternative but complementary uses to the existing town centre, alongside a mix of high-quality homes which are within easy walking distance of schools, jobs, shops, leisure facilities, parkland and public transport.”

Lynsey Breen, director of strategic operations for Advance Construction, a Bellshill-based company that specialises in large-scale groundworks and civil engineering, said: “We’re proud to help transform Glenrothes and get the area ready for hundreds of high-quality houses, which will contribute to the much-needed demand for new homes and jobs in the area.”

Green light for 137 new homes in Pollokshaws

The transformation of one of Glasgow’s key regeneration areas is to continue – after approval was granted for 137 new homes.

Developer Urban Union has been given the green light by Glasgow City Council to build the new homes in Pollokshaws.

The ‘Pollokshaws Living’ urban village will include 77 homes – a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom terraced properties – and 60 one and two bedroom apartments.

In addition to the sustainable housing, the application also outlines landscaping, open space, parking and associated drainage and infrastructure at the site.

Urban Union acquired the land, located between Shawholm Crescent and Shawbridge Street, in 2017. Work is due to start on the 5.74 acre site later this summer, based on a design from architects Barton Willmore.

Neil McKay, managing director, Urban Union, said: “Our plans for Pollokshaws Living will create a number of high quality homes and apartments and we are confident the local community will be immensely proud of the new urban village.

“Our team has significant experience in delivering award-winning regeneration projects, including at Laurieston Living in the Gorbals, and we look forward to delivering another successful long-term project for the people of Pollokshaws.”

The site, which formerly occupied high and low rise blocks, is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRA) in the city earmarked for regeneration as part of the Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC: G) programme, a partnership between Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

TC: G’s programme aims to provide new sustainable mixed tenure communities through the provision of new housing, community facilities, green space and, where appropriate, commercial units.

Cllr Kenny McLean, Glasgow City Council’s city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm and chair of Transforming Communities: Glasgow, said: “It’s great to see that more high-quality new homes are coming to Pollokshaws to bring the next stage of the area’s transformation.  These new houses and flats will be great homes for a wide range of people and families, and help create the sustainable community that we want to create in Pollokshaws.”

Jon Parry, associate architect, Barton Willmore, added: “The new housing development at Pollokshaws has been designed by Barton Willmore’s integrated team bringing together architects, town planners and landscape architects. We have placed a strong emphasis on quality and connectivity using the local knowledge of our new Glasgow office.

“It’s exciting to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to strengthen and reinvigorate this important area of Glasgow, once home to a range of low and high rise blocks. Our plans include vibrant public realm spaces and a well-considered streetscape that connects extremely well into the surrounding context, with easy access to the open countryside of Pollok Country Park.”

Barton Willmore welcomes Glasgow’s shortlisting for new Channel 4 HQ

Glasgow has been shortlisted for Channel 4’s second “national” headquarters.

The broadcaster has pledged to move some 300 staff to new headquarters outside of London by 2019 in a move to improve its UK presence and profile, and it was revealed this week that Glasgow is one of five cities earmarked to become its new regional hub.

Earlier this year, researchers from planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore’s development economics team fuelled the debate by analysing the suitability of each of the contending cities in England, Scotland and Wales across four key areas. These include having: a large, qualified labour force; decent housing affordability and quality of life; an established creative media industry and strong university links.

Glasgow was ranked in the top five in the majority of these categories and, according to Barton Willmore, should be “considered frontrunners for the new HQ” ahead of more established favourites such as Birmingham.

Stephen Tucker, partner at Barton Willmore in Scotland, welcomed the decision to include Glasgow on the shortlist.

He said: “Any new headquarters for Channel 4 would be a significant boost to the Glasgow economy and the City’s media quarter on the Clyde would be a natural destination.

“Channel 4’s selection criteria will very much be based on each city’s individual merit – and the four categories we selected for our research will undoubtedly be critical in any future decision making.  We used objective data sources to allow us to rank each emerging candidate city, with Glasgow scoring highly across each category.”

Channel 4 said that its second main base must be in a city with a working population of more than 200,000 people, have a travel time to London of less than three hours, and provide a high quality physical and digital infrastructure.  The broadcaster will now embark on a fact-finding tour next month of all the short-listed cities, which as well as Glasgow include Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

Stephen Tucker added: “Channel 4’s decision making process is so far closely allied with our research findings, so Glasgow now must be in a very strong position in advance of any final decision being made.

“This is a huge opportunity for a city to benefit from one of the biggest names in UK broadcasting and its great news that Glasgow can now genuinely consider itself a very worth frontrunner in the race for Channel 4.”

Barton Willmore: Glasgow ‘should be considered frontrunners’ for new Channel 4 HQ

The city of Glasgow is a frontrunner in the race to become the new regional home for Channel 4, new research by planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has revealed.

The broadcaster has pledged to move some 300 staff to new headquarters outside of London by 2019 in a bold move to improve its regional presence and profile. And now around a dozen of the UK’s biggest cities, including Glasgow, are this month pitching their credentials to become the channel’s regional hub.

Researchers from Barton Willmore’s development economics team have joined the debate by analysing the suitability of each of the contending cities in England, Scotland and Wales across four key areas. These include having: a large, qualified labour force; decent housing affordability and quality of life; an established creative media industry and strong university links.

Glasgow, along with Bristol and Leeds, was ranked in the top five in the majority of these categories and, according to Barton Willmore, should be “considered frontrunners for the new HQ” ahead of more established favourites such as Birmingham.

“This is a huge opportunity for a city to benefit from one of the biggest names in UK broadcasting,” said Morgan Reece, research associate with Barton Willmore. “The new regional hub is set to spawn a thriving media ecosystem, with Channel 4 already committing to spending half of its total £700 million annual programme budget with TV companies outside of London by 2023.”

“Much like Amazon’s recent search for a second North American headquarters, Channel 4 will need to take a highly methodical and objective approach to selecting a new base – though the limited fiscal powers of UK local authorities mean we are unlikely to see an incentive package arms race as was the case with the Amazon completion.

“Channel 4’s selection criteria will very much be based on each city’s individual merit – and the four categories we selected will undoubtedly be critical in any future decision making.  We used objective data sources to allow us to rank each emerging candidate city, with Glasgow scoring highly across each category.”

With a strong track record in planning, urban design and architecture, Barton Willmore has an established presence across Scotland, having been based in Edinburgh for more than 15 years. The company has recently consolidated its west coast profile with the opening of a new Glasgow office earlier this year.

Stephen Tucker, partner at Barton Willmore in Scotland, welcomed the research.

He said: “Any new headquarters for Channel 4 would be a significant boost to the Glasgow economy and the City’s media quarter on the Clyde would be a natural destination.

“Barton Willmore ran the Govan and Partick Design Charrette a few years ago, which considered the future for both areas emerging out of the City Deal investment in a bridge link.

“The charrette identified a number of excellent development sites on either side of the River near the STV and BBC offices and further to the south around Ibrox.

“Govan in particular is an area of opportunity with fantastic community programmes like the Central Govan Action Plan and the Townscape Heritage Initiative. Land is affordable and the transport links are second to none.”

A 2015 KPMG report commissioned by the BBC found that BBC’s North West activities – including those from Salford – following the opening of a new office in 2012, generated the equivalent to approximately five per-cent of the GVA of Salford.

Week’s work placement leads to year of success for Edinburgh architectural student

Anita Bielatowicz

An Edinburgh architectural student is celebrating her first-year anniversary of working with planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, after initially joining the company for just a five-day work-placement.

Anita Bielatowicz, aged 26, first joined the Edinburgh office of Barton Willmore for a week’s work experience in February 2017 as part of the company’s community benefit pledge linked to its involvement in the 21st Century Homes programme at Pennywell. The development is one of Scotland’s largest and most successful homes-led regeneration projects led by developer Urban Union and contractor Robertson Group.

At the time, Anita was two years into her Architectural Technology course at Edinburgh College, studying at the Granton Campus which borders the wider Pennywell regeneration area. The communities benefit scheme was set up to allow professional companies like Barton Willmore to give something back to the communities they are working with, in the form of local investment or providing employment opportunities.

Anita’s initial placement was so successful that she was quickly offered a part-time contract with Barton Willmore’s growing architectural team, culminating in a year-long placement with the company. Now completing the third year of her degree at Napier University, Anita still finds time to complete a 28-hour working week and finds that the mix of academic study and practical hands-on experience makes for a stimulating if challenging combination.

“I am loving working for Barton Willmore” she said. “Although I probably have a much busier week than the typical third-year student, the ‘real life’ insights gained by working for a busy architectural consultancy is so different from what I am learning at university – and it also provides invaluable experience for future job prospects.

“I have been lucky in that I am involved in a lot of high profile projects involving a wide range of specialist disciplines – from 3D BIM modelling for a range of local projects to assisting with technical drawings and animations for major strategic masterplan development projects.

“I am now getting a much more specialised range of training, learning about sophisticated design technology from the architects here, and applying it to some of the most challenging and impactful projects happening anywhere right now in Scotland.”

Barton Willmore specialises in all aspects of planning, master-planning and design and is currently expanding its architectural team as it continues with ambitious growth places in Scotland.  The firm appointed nine new recruits as recently as October 2017 following a number of high profile contract wins.

Head of its architecture team in Scotland, Stuart Bishop, is keen to continue this growth by working with some of the best young industry talent that Scotland has to offer.

“It’s great to see students like Anita joining us on temporary work placement, then growing with the company to become an integral part of our team and hopefully part of our future,” he said.

“It shows that initiatives like the community benefits scheme are more than just good ideas or a tick box exercise used to win contracts. If developed properly, work placements can be an important access route for young local talent to develop their career working with projects that can often have a direct impact on to their own lives, as well as their professional futures.

“Our experience with Anita has encouraged us to develop more work placements along similar lines. It has also strengthened our relationship with Edinburgh College as we now take on students from the college every year, as well as sponsoring a range of academic prizes.”

Barton Willmore to assist in major harbour regeneration projects in Stornoway

Independent planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has been appointed to support the development of two new harbour facilities in Stornoway.

The firm’s Edinburgh team were commissioned by Stornoway Port Authority to support its ambitious plans to regenerate the harbour area as part of its 20 year masterplan.

The proposed development involves the creation of a deep-water port in Stornoway that will capitalise on the growth of the cruise sector by allowing visits from larger ships, and improved facilities for the energy sector including a new freight ferry berth.

A new marina will also be developed within the town at Newton to meet the growing demand for yacht berths. The developments form a key part of the Port Authority’s 2017 Port Masterplan.

Barton Willmore will be responsible for driving forward a consenting strategy, which includes applications for a Harbour Revision Order, Marine Licences and securing the necessary planning consents, as well as overseeing a programme of engagement with local residents and businesses.

This work will be undertaken in close collaboration with environmental consultancy EnviroCentre, who will be responsible for preparing the associated Environmental Impact Assessments.

Planning director Colin Lavety said: “We are thrilled to be playing a key role in regeneration projects of this scale, which are vital to growing Stornoway’s economy and will have a significant positive impact on the Hebrides.

“We have extensive ports and harbour experience, including securing the necessary planning consent for the new Aberdeen Harbour Expansion at Bay of Nigg.

“Our appointment to work for Stornoway Port Authority is a natural progression from this work and demonstrates the diversity of our service offer.”

Stornoway Port Authority chief executive, Alex MacLeod, added: “The appointment of Barton Willmore will help to realise these bold and ambitious developments. We’re extremely excited to work alongside their expert team who can help us plan these projects further, and manage a thorough engagement programme with the local community who will ultimately benefit from the projects for decades to come.”

Pennywell regeneration makes progress with planning permission granted for third phase

Planning permission for the next phase of regeneration at the Pennywell Living development has been granted by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The application from regeneration firm Urban Union and architects and town planners Barton Willmore includes plans for 315 dwellings (175 flats and 140 houses of which 134 will be for private sale), landscaping and associated drainage and infrastructure at the site.

The approved plan is for phase three of four at the development, part of the council’s 21st Century Homes programme, one of Scotland’s largest housing-led regeneration projects.

Urban Union, a partnership between Robertson and McTaggart Construction, has already delivered 193 homes of which 108 were for social and mid-market rent and 85 properties which were sold privately. A further 177 homes are currently under construction with 35 homes occupied to date.

In total over 700 homes will be delivered at the development, with work expected to be completed in 2023.

Neil McKay, managing director of Urban Union, said: “We are very pleased with the council’s decision to grant planning permission for the next phase of the Pennywell Living development.

“The first two phases welcomed significant interest and we hope to see the same response to phase three.

“We are committed to creating lasting communities and look forward to expanding the strong, growing Pennywell community even further.”

The Pennywell development is the result of an investment of £42 million by the City of Edinburgh Council and includes £7.9m grant funding from the Scottish Government.

Jon Parry, associate architect at Barton Willmore in Scotland, said: “We are making great strides in the redevelopment of Pennywell and today’s approval is yet another significant milestone. The proposals have been designed to be sympathetic to the earlier phases of regeneration and provide high quality, well designed energy efficient housing set amongst well landscaped public realm.

“The approval will support the area’s vision of being a place to work, shop, live and visit.”

Developer proposes to build 850 homes at Glenrothes paper mill

Aerial site of former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Glenrothes

Aerial site of former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Glenrothes

Advance Construction has submitted plans for a major regeneration project which will transform the historic Tullis Russell Paper Mill site in Fife.

The Bellshill-based company, which specialises in large-scale groundworks and civil engineering, is proposing circa 850 much-needed homes as well as retail and leisure facilities, employment, business space, industrial units and a new care home.

The Proposal of Application Notice to Fife Council also outlines plans for two public consultation events in December to give members of the public a first look at the plans.

At the heart of the 58-hectare site between Glenrothes and Markinch is an extension to Riverside Park, which will see the reclamation of an unused brownfield site to create another park that connects the new district to the town centre.

Tullis Russell went into administration in April 2015, with a total of 374 employees made redundant in the process.

Lynsey Breen, development manager for Advance Construction, said the plans will spark regeneration of the town of Glenrothes.

She said: “Advance Construction’s plans to deliver a significant number of new homes, together with creating new jobs will signal a major transformation of the area over the coming years.

“It’s an exciting regeneration project that will give Glenrothes the substantial economic boost it deserves, allowing it to continue to grow in the future.”

Lead consultants Barton Willmore will work closely with Advance Construction to provide Town Planning, Masterplanning, Landscape, EIA and Socio-Economic Assessment services during the project.

Planning director for Barton Willmore in Scotland, Colin Lavety, said: “The former Tullis Russell Paper Mill site is an important landmark historically for the town of Glenrothes. Plans to regenerate the area by delivering much needed housing together with new jobs will be a major transformation of the community over the next few years. We are delighted to be playing a part in helping give the area a new lease of life and make it an exciting place to live, work, play and visit.”

Two informal drop-in events have been organised with lead consultants Barton Willmore and design partner Fairhurst at the Rothes Halls this week.

Representatives from Advance Construction, Barton Willmore and Fairhurst will be in attendance from 1pm to 8pm on December 7 and 8 to explain the plans, discuss the project with the community and respond to any questions raised.

Lynsey added: “We would encourage members of the local community to come along to the drop-in events to find out more information and talk to members of our project team.”

Planning submitted for next phase of Pollokshaws regeneration

Urban Union - Pollokshaws daytimeGlasgow’s Pollokshaws area is a step closer to its next phase of regeneration after developers Urban Union submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council.

Developed with the assistance of architects and town planners Barton Willmore, the application includes plans for 137 residential properties, landscaping and associated drainage and infrastructure at the site.

The proposal aims to create an urban village on the site located between Shawbridge and Pollokshaws Road and will provide the area with much needed sustainable family homes.

If successful, the property mix will include 77 new homes including two, three, four and five bedroom terraced properties, as well as 60 one and two bedroom apartments.

Neil McKay, managing director, Urban Union, said: “Since purchasing the site at Pollokshaws earlier this year we’ve been working closely with architects and town planners, Barton Willmore, to create a robust planning application which meets the needs of the local area.

“Drawing on our experience at Laurieston in Glasgow and our sites in Perth and Edinburgh, we are confident our proposals will deliver high quality homes which combine superior architecture and urban design. We eagerly anticipate starting work on the site in 2018.”

The site, which formerly occupied high and low rise blocks, is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRA) in the city earmarked for regeneration as part of the Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC: G) programme, a partnership between Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.

TC: G’s programme aims to provide new sustainable mixed tenure communities through the provision of new housing, community facilities, green space and, where appropriate, commercial units.

Urban Union has already acquired the land and work is scheduled to start on the 5.74 acre site in summer 2018 for a period of around 36 months. The homes created will be a mix of terraces and apartments, with award-winning architects Barton Willmore leading the design on the project.

Head of Barton Willmore’s Architecture team in Scotland, Stuart Bishop, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Urban Union on the Pollokshaws development, further strengthening our design portfolio in Glasgow.

“Our team of architects, town planners and landscape architects have produced an extremely high quality design for a new urban village, which will provide a diverse range of private housing.

“It will offer a contemporary way of living, alongside vibrant public parks, with the added bonus of being a stone’s throw away from the superb Pollok Country Park.”

Various jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase of the project, with Urban Union committed to providing employment opportunities for local people.