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Clark Contracts to reinstate Glasgow’s original Mackintosh Tea Rooms

digThe Willow Tea Rooms Trust has appointed Clark Contracts to deliver the final construction and fit out phase of the famous original Tea Rooms Building created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903.

In addition to reinstating the Tea Rooms, the refurbishment at Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street will create an exhibition and visitor centre, learning and education suite, retail and conference facilities. It will become a focal point for cultural and heritage tourism in the city.

Clark Contracts’ Manufactured Joinery Division are recreating some of the original fitted furniture pieces that will feature in the refurbished Tea Rooms including the bespoke banquet seating in the front salon and gallery, the detailed seating in the billiard room and the inglenook seating at its original fireplace.

The Board of Trustees are supported by an Advisory Panel of Mackintosh experts who scrutinise every detail of the restoration to ensure each element of the work is in line with the original Mackintosh designs, conserving the unique heritage.

Celia Sinclair, chair of the Trustees, said: “The Trust are delighted to have Clark Contracts on site. Works are going very well. Clark Contracts are not only determined to complete this exciting and challenging project, made possible by the support of The Heritage Lottery Fund, for an opening in June 2018, but are totally committed to the fact that this is a unique, iconic Mackintosh treasure in our City of Glasgow.”

Gerry Cummins, director, Clark Contracts, said: “It is an honour to be involved in such a unique and important project for Glasgow. We are looking forward to working with The Willow Tea Rooms Trust, their Mackintosh experts and the design team to deliver this exciting restoration.”

Clark Contracts is working with design team members Simpson and Brown Architects, project managers and surveyors Doig and Smith, services engineers Rybka, interior design consultants Studioarc and structural engineers David Narro Associates.

The award of the contract will support the training and development of Clark Contracts apprentices and trainees in roles including joinery and site management. The project has already seen visits from local students from Glasgow Caledonian University and there will be events held throughout the duration of the project to promote heritage craft skills.

akp to deliver fit out of UWS new Eco Campus buildings


The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has appointed akp to undertake Cat-B enhancement works and Cat-C fit out work at its three Eco Campus buildings at Hamilton International Park.

The developer has undertaken the shell and core and Cat-A works together with the construction of a new street atrium to link the three buildings, with akp scheduled to commence in January 2018.

Practical completion for the overall works is expected in August 2018.

The Fit Out will include a comprehensive specialist joinery package which is to be distributed across the new Eco Campus encompassing all three buildings – Carrick, Dunlee and Edzell.

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Ian McEwan, akp joint managing director, said: “We are delighted to be continuing the growth of our portfolio within the education sector and working on this prestigious project with the University, Doig + Smith, Haa Design and Hulley & Kirkwood.”

Ian Jamieson, Doig + Smith director, said: “We look forward to delivering another successful project with akp on this exciting new campus for University of West of Scotland.”

The University of the West of Scotland’s new £110 million campus in Lanarkshire will open in September 2018 and is located on the outskirts of Hamilton, just two miles away from their existing campus. It will be one of the UK’s ‘greenest’ educational environments. Carbon neutral buildings with sustainable features including a windfarm generating 100% renewable power and rainwater harvesting.

The new campus will be a game-changer for higher education in Scotland, creating one of the country’s most dynamic and exciting learning environment, allowing UWS to grow the educational opportunities for students internationally, across the UK, Lanarkshire and the wider central belt.

Housing plans submitted for former Innerleithen mill

1704 View West to entrance 20170814Whiteburn has submitted a detailed planning application for the redevelopment of the former Caerlee Mill in Innerleithen.

The vision for the site is to build 44 two, three and four bedroom houses and cottage flats which have been designed to reflect the spirit of the former mill site as well as the heritage of the village structure.

The new-build housing will be released for sale on the open market and Whiteburn hopes this will add to the vibrancy of the established Innerleithen community.

In conjunction with the proposed new-build housing, Whiteburn is exploring economically viable solutions for the B- listed Brodie’s Mill building which dates back to 1778, together with the other associated listed buildings retained on the site.

Roger Bainbridge, responsible for design and delivery, who has worked with the design team to create new house designs and the site layout, said: “With our Caerlee Mill project we hope to show that new-build housing can be designed and delivered with consideration for the heritage of the site at the heart of our proposals. Our homes have been designed with an emphasis on natural daylight and modern day comforts and living.

“We have worked with City Architecture Office, Goodson Associates Engineers, Doig and Smith and Scottish Borders Council to create a development which encompasses the best of Design Guidance and Place Making policy. We believe that Caerlee Mill offers an opportunity to live in incredible location in the heart of Innerleithen.

“It is our aim to offer desirable homes where people want to live, in a place where they will be proud to contribute to its future legacy.”

Whiteburn’s project director, Eve McCurrich, added: “Our key objective is to bring this historic site in the heart of the village of Innerleithen back to life and create a great place for people to live.

“We’re at the start of a very exciting process for Caerlee Mill, and we are exploring a range of options for the Mill Buildings. I’d be happy to hear from anyone who has sound ideas for the listed buildings which are retained within the site.

“We’re really keen to engage with the local community and will be attending the Innerleithen Pipe Band Championships on the 9th September to ask public opinion for ideas, my door is open for suggestions that we can consider.”