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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.

Barton Willmore expands architecture team with nine new recruits

Stuart Bishop, head of Barton Willmore’s Architecture team in Scotland with the new recruits

Stuart Bishop, head of Barton Willmore’s Architecture team in Scotland with the new recruits

Edinburgh planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has bolstered its architecture team with nine new recruits as it continues with ambitious growth plans in Scotland.

The professional services firm, which spans all aspects of planning, master planning and design, is investing in its architecture division following a number of high profile contract wins.

The team has grown considerably on the back of the Scottish Government’s commitment to stimulate affordable housing across the country.

George Street-based Barton Willmore is helping to promote the long-term sustainability of new communities with the Edinburgh & Fife Affordable Housing Programmes. This will see Robertson Partnership Homes deliver affordable housing on 19 different sites to the Pennywell and Muirhouse regeneration developments by Urban Union and Robertson Group, delivering over 800 new homes and a new mixed use neighbourhood town centre.

Head of Barton Willmore’s architecture team in Scotland, Stuart Bishop, said: “Affordable housing has become a major part of our business over the last five years. In addition, we have seen the team secure commissions in the student residential, hotel, education and commercial sectors. Our multi-disciplinary service   helps our clients do everything from large-scale inner-city regeneration to urban extensions and the creation of new communities.

“Increasing our headcount by 40%, specifically investing in highly skilled, ambitious architects as well as a new urban designer, demonstrates our commitment to our clients and to growing our expertise across sectors. I’m extremely proud of our talented hard-working team in Edinburgh and the success we have seen in recent years.”

Barton Willmore has delivered design and town planning services across a number of sectors throughout Scotland including retail, hotel, waste and recycling, port redevelopment and movie studio space.

The new recruits include Kevin McAvinchey, senior architect; Erin McGuire, architectural designer; Lewis MacDonald & Anita Bielatowicz, architectural technicians; Ewa Toroj, senior landscape architect and Elliot Ewing, Lauren McNamara and Christina Mitratza, who join the company as architectural assistants.

In his first role since graduating from university, Tom Pinder, 23, has joined the expanding urban design and master planning team as an urban design assistant, also based in the Edinburgh office.

Barton Willmore’s Edinburgh partner, Stephen Tucker, said: “The investment in new recruits comes on the back of six years of significant growth for our Scottish-based operation. We have won new projects that have allowed us to showcase our expertise across not just our traditional planning and masterplanning offering but also architecture, landscape planning and design.

“I am extremely proud of our multi-disciplinary team and the work they do for our clients. Latterly, we’ve experienced fantastic growth on the back of the Scottish Government’s support for affordable homes. In that time our headcount has grown from 12 members of staff to 30 over the last four years. I can only thank our clients and the fantastic individuals we work with in those organisations for their continued support.

“Despite this growth our strategy remains the same – to deliver the best quality work for our clients, and to do that we need to recruit the best staff by tapping into the fantastic pool of talent we have available on our doorstep in Scotland.”

Blog: The future of social housing design and build in Scotland is all about virtual reality

Euan Revell

Euan Revell

Euan Revell, senior architectural designer at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore in Edinburgh, says today all eyes are on digital design.

Picture the scene. You’ve just been informed that there’s a new development planned in your neighbourhood, but rather than leaf through the image of a brochure, you reach for a pair of VR goggles.  From the comfort of your armchair, you can now see the full multi-million pound housing development laid out before your eyes. Now imagine walking through it, reaching out to touch the bricks and mortar and interacting with the world around you in real time. It sounds like something from the future. But it isn’t.

This is the world of immersive virtual reality where spaces can be created using a combination of computer graphics, wireless tracking technology, headsets, HD projectors and polarised glass, all working together to create interactive and real-life experiences.

Today all eyes are on digital design, architecture and Building Information Modelling (BIM). The world of 3D virtual design and architecture is a fast-growing field and there’s some seriously forward thinking happening in these fields.

Every design will soon be made using virtual reality; enabling anyone to fully immerse themselves in a 3D (BIM) model which can be manipulated and provides an incredibly accurate sense of presence in a space that’s yet to be built. And it’s already happening here in Scotland.

As part of our national architecture team’s ambitions to lead the way in BIM, our Edinburgh team have used the modelling system for the City of Edinburgh Council’s Small Sites Affordable Housing Programme.  The redevelopment of seven sites around Edinburgh which makes up the Small Sites Affordable Housing Programme, will provide around 260 new affordable houses for 21st Century Homes, to be built by Robertson Partnership Homes.

The pressure to use BIM on our social housing project didn’t come from the contractor or the client, it was a decision made by Barton Willmore. It’s inevitable that we won’t be drawing drawings anymore, we’ll be modelling buildings. It’s more fulfilling as a designer to use modelling, after all we’re designing spaces, so it’s better to create them virtually rather than drawing them in two dimensions. Yes, BIM takes a lot of energy to produce a good set of documents, but these documents will be more coordinated and more rigorous.

What’s more, you can walk around your drawing set, which in turn produces better designs. It can quickly highlight areas that are needing a bit of design TLC. When you model in 3D you also, by necessity, think about the buildability – if it’s difficult to model, chances are it’s difficult to build so you become much more aware of the construction. This is where we can manage costs more effectively and less builds running over time.

So it’s good for the designer, but what about the public? For the Edinburgh Small Sites Programme, we were able to present our scheme in a much more dynamic way at public consultation. Traditionally, members of the public are given a set of plans to review and maybe one or two visuals to give them a flavour of what the development might look like. But when you have designs modelled in BIM – you have the opportunity to take them on a virtual tour.

As well as the Edinburgh Small Sites Programme, we also used BIM as part of Fife Council’s Affordable Housing Programme at one of the key sites and the levels of public engagement soared. Presenting our plans in this way allows us to show residents how our development looks from their bedroom window, from across the street or three blocks away. It’s much more rewarding and transparent as your design gets interrogated far more extensively.

On the occasions that we could use the 3D model to walk people around the site, the public were much more engaged, and were able to make more informed comments. They could readily see how the development would look in the local landscape. People were interested in materials, roof forms, massing of the buildings and, naturally, ‘how will my house be affected?’

We can demonstrate how shadows will fall at various times of the year, how the building will look from a neighbour’s garden and many other design considerations. It’s proven to be a vital tool for engaging with stakeholders and getting their understanding and buy in. Everyone just got it when they could see it in 3D. The queries we received were more considered and the level of engagement across the board was fantastic.

We’re already looking towards using gaming software – much like Minecraft – where we can take communities on a virtual reality tour of our designs and allow the community to manipulate these designs to incorporate their own ideas. It will not only be empowering for local communities but will allow us to continue to stake our claim in leading the way in the social housing sector.

Planning submitted for another 315 homes at Pennywell

UrbanUnionLorimer 1Regeneration firm Urban Union and architects Barton Willmore have submitted plans for the next phase of regeneration at the Pennywell Living development to the City of Edinburgh Council.

The application includes plans for 315 dwellings, landscaping and associated drainage and infrastructure at the site. If successful the dwellings will comprise 175 flats and 140 houses of which 134 will be available for private sale.

The plans form phase three of four at the Pennywell development, which is part of the council’s 21st Century Homes programme and is one of Scotland’s largest housing-led regeneration projects.

Urban Union has already delivered 193 homes of which 108 were for social and mid-market rent and 85properties were offered for private sale. In total over 700 homes will be delivered at the development, with work expected to be completed in 2021.

Neil McKay, managing director of Urban Union, said: “The first two phases at Pennywell Living were a great success. Hundreds of people are now enjoying the high quality and energy efficient accommodation. The transformation of Pennywell is already well underway and we look forward to receiving the council’s decision regarding phase three and, if successful, we anticipate work will start in summer 2018.”

Jon Parry, associate architect at Barton Willmore, said: “Submission of the planning application for this major phase of the area’s regeneration is a significant milestone. Our masterplanners, architects, planners and landscape designers have worked closely with Urban Union, 21st Century Homes and the local community to ensure the proposals meet the needs of the area; we are extremely proud of the positive change that our designs are contributing towards.”

The extensive Pennywell development is the result of a major investment of £42 million by the City of Edinburgh Council and includes £7.9m grant funding from the Scottish Government. It was also recently shortlisted in the Inside Housing Best Regeneration Project (non-London) Awards with the results announced in November.

Urban Union creates revitalised communities through building new, high quality, affordable homes. It currently has three live developments in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth with plans to add a further two Glasgow locations in 2017.

Urban Union – a partnership between Robertson and McTaggart Construction – is keen to ensure projects benefit the local landscape and community so the site features a linear park and a mix of accommodation, with potential for commercial opportunities and retail outlets.

Urban Union seals deal to deliver over 130 homes in Pollokshaws

The Laurieston Living development delivered by Urban Union in the Gorbals

The Laurieston Living development delivered by Urban Union in the Gorbals

Glasgow’s Pollokshaws is set for its next phase of regeneration after developers Urban Union acquired land in the area.

Pollokshaws 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.

A total of 137 homes for sale will be built on Shawbridge Street in Pollokshaws by Urban Union, the partnership behind the award-winning Laurieston Living development in the Gorbals.

Work is due to start on the 5.74 acre site in summer 2018 for a period of around 36 months. The 137 homes by Urban Union are part of a major mixed tenure regeneration project which has already seen GHA, part of Wheatley Group, build 140 new homes for social rent.

GHA has also refurbished 40 flats for mid-market rent in partnership with its sister organisation Lowther Homes. Loretto Housing Association, also part of Wheatley, is set to start work on a further 42 homes for social rent in the area.

Cllr Kenny McLean, Glasgow City Council’s city convener for neighbourhoods and chair of Transforming Communities: Glasgow, said: “Urban Union has a great track record in the city, having delivered a fantastic development at Laurieston TRA, and this is another investment in building the kind of vibrant and sustainable neighbourhoods that are transforming our city.”

Neil McKay, managing director at Urban Union, said: “Pollokshaws TRA has seen significant regeneration over the past few years and we are delighted to be delivering the next phase.

“Drawing on our expertise from Laurieston in Glasgow and other sites across Scotland, we will deliver high quality homes – combining superior architecture and urban design.

“As with our other developments, community engagement will be at the heart of our plans and we look forward to building relationships with the local community to ensure the homes we build are to the benefit of the people of Pollokshaws.”

The homes created will be a mix of terraces and apartments, with architects Barton Willmore leading the design on the project.

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.

Planning bid for hundreds of homes in Peebles

Kittlegairy ViewPlans have been submitted which could see the creation of about 200 new houses in Peebles, 50 of which would be affordable.

Builders Taylor Wimpey and property developer and investor AWG Property want to build the properties on land east of Kittlegairy View in the Borders town.

Planning permission in principle is being sought for the project which developers said was “effective and deliverable within five years”.

They claimed it would also help to tackle a housing shortfall in the region at present.

And the building firm insists the development is a viable option, despite concerns being raised last year over flooding and a second Tweed crossing being required.

Andrew Roberts, strategic land and planning manager for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We are delighted to be lodging this planning application and to have the opportunity to address any perceived constraints. Issues around flooding can be overcome, and we are pleased to note that development can be accommodated by the current bridge.

“We have also had positive preliminary discussions with the Baptist Church over the development of a facility on the site, for use by the whole community.

“We were conscious through our various discussions with the community that there was an urgent need for such a resource, especially given the lack of provision on the south side of the river.”

In September, concerns were raised over capacity for further traffic on the Tweed Bridge between the town centre and the proposed site.

But the agents of AWG and Taylor Wimpey said a study they commissioned show the current structure could accommodate the increase.

A spokesman for agents Barton Willmore stated: “We have carried out preliminary analysis of traffic flows on the Tweed Bridge crossing and assessed its capacity based on its size and designation.

“In addition, we have estimated the private vehicle trips that the new development will generate, based on published data.

“Existing traffic and additional traffic generated as a result of the proposed development will not significantly increase the vehicular traffic using the bridge and it will remain well below its capacity.”

Peebles Community Council is due to discuss the plans at its next meeting tonight at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber.

CALA submits housing plans for Gullane Fire College site

Fire College Aerial Artist Image resizedDetailed plans for a brownfield development of 125 homes at Gullane’s former Fire College have been submitted by CALA Management Ltd.

Central to the proposals is the sensitive renovation of the landmark Henderson House, as well as on-site provision of 31 high-quality affordable homes which will be delivered through a registered social landlord.

The plans have been lodged with East Lothian Council and are in line with the Planning Permission in Principle approved in April 2016 and the vision set out at the recent well-attended public exhibition.

The proposals will meet all parts of the local housing market, from studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, to 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes.

Craig Lynes, land director at CALA Homes (East), said: “We received a great deal of interest in the development at the exhibition, with the majority of the feedback positively acknowledging the preservation of Henderson House.

“The plans represent a great opportunity to make the most of the striking and much-loved local building – while developing the rest of the site into a wide range of bespoke, high-quality housing.

“Having such a wide range of homes – including 25 per cent on-site affordable homes – also ensures opportunities for house-hunters throughout the market, including rare downsizing opportunities for those already living in Gullane.”

Henderson House

Henderson House

The site has been unused since operations were moved to Cambuslang in 2013. CALA Homes was confirmed as the preferred developer in November 2016 and is hoping to begin work on the 125 homes in early spring this year.

CALA is also set to make substantial monetary contributions, with East Lothian Council set to receive £1,843,000 to spend on the improvement of educational and other public facilities within the village.

Gullane Pre-School, Gullane Primary and North Berwick High School are all set to benefit from substantial monetary contributions.

Originally opened as The Marine Hotel, the Fire Service College was opened in 1954, providing recruit training for each of the eight preceding fire and rescue services in Scotland.

Architecture firm Barton Willmore secured planning permission in principle for up to 125 residential units on the site in June last year.

The site was sold on the open market by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) which now intends to reinvest the proceeds into capital projects to enhance and add to Fire & Rescue Service facilities across Scotland.