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Expertise identified to help shape Edinburgh Waverley revamp

Edinburgh Waverley station. Image: Network Rail

Network Rail has unveiled an internationally recognised team of engineers, architects and urban planners it has appointed to help shape the long term future of Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.

Consultants Arup will lead a group of highly experienced professionals in shaping a masterplan for Scotland’s second busiest station.

Architects Grimshaw and Allan Murray Architects, real estate experts JLL, cost consultants Gardiner and Theobald, heritage professionals Jura Consultants, and consultation specialists Streets UK make up the team.

Led in partnership by Network Rail and the City of Edinburgh Council, the Waverley Masterplan will take shape over the next twelve months. It will consider the future growth anticipated at the station, the impact of city centre developments, urban planning trends and how Waverley can be enhanced to support and encourage the future success of Scotland’s capital city.

An options appraisal will be developed to consider short, medium and long term objectives before wider consultation is undertaken with customers, user groups and other interested parties.

Guided by the masterplan steering group, the team will begin consultation with stakeholders in autumn before publishing a set of recommendations by mid-2019 which will establish a vision for the future of the station and will be used to phase forthcoming investments.

Alex Hynes, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, which includes Network Rail Scotland, said: “Waverley has seen its footfall more than double from 10 million to over 24 million within the last ten years and estimates suggest that it will almost double again, to 40 million, by 2024. Such a steep increase is a positive indicator of the railway’s economic influence on the city and a clear sign that further investment will be required.

“We are creating additional rail provision within Waverley at present and will continue to seek new ways to create the best railway that Scotland has ever had. However, more trains mean more people and that inevitably adds to the pressure on station infrastructure and the surrounding streets.

“The Waverley Masterplan will help us to coordinate our approach and to tackle some of the issues that an increasingly busy Waverley Station raises. We’re pleased to have Arup on board to help us develop that plan.”

Lesley Macinnes, convener of the transport and environment committee, City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Waverley Station’s location in the heart of our city centre means it plays a crucial role in Edinburgh’s transport system. With population and visitor numbers forecast to grow over the coming years, it’s important that we work with partners to ensure arriving at Waverley Station is a world class experience for all residents, commuters and visitors.

“This masterplan comes at a very significant time for the capital as we work to create a city centre that truly has people at its heart. We will shortly be launching a major consultation on the Edinburgh City Centre Transformation, Low Emission Zones and City Mobility Plan, and this Waverley Masterplan forms an important part of that programme.”

Elliot Wishlade, project director for Arup, said: “Occupying a critically important site within the city, Waverley Station is a hugely important gateway to Edinburgh for all rail users including both national and international visitors. The Arup team is therefore delighted to be working with the masterplan steering group to create a vision and a plan which not only meets future travel needs but creates new and exciting facilities, spaces and infrastructure that will make this part of the city work better and be more enjoyable for everyone.

“We are looking forward to receiving inputs through the study from a wide variety of rail users, user groups, interested parties and members of the public.”

Other successful joint initiatives undertaken in major city centre stations during the last decade include Kings Cross/St. Pancras, Waterloo, Leeds, Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham New Street.

£360m of upgrading work required on college buildings

£1.83m of urgent works are needed at Ayrshire College’s Ayr campus, the report said

A new report has estimated that it would take over £360 million of work to bring Scotland’s entire college estate up to an acceptable condition.

A review was commissioned by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to take stock of college buildings across the country and to help manage future estate development following a major period of prolonged investment.

Over the past 10 years almost £900 million has been invested in the college sector estate as a continuation of new investment made since 2000.

The review, which included all of Scotland’s 25 colleges, estimated that around £360m is needed to bring the sector’s existing estate up to an acceptable wind and water-tight condition and to maintain it at that level for up to five years.

Property consultants Gardiner & Theobald, which carried out the survey, said that Ayrshire College’s Ayr Campus faces the most costly bill for “very high” priority repairs needed within a year with an estimated £1.83m of urgent works.

West College Scotland’s Finnart Street campus in Greenock has the biggest five-year maintenance backlog bill at £15.53m. The external fabric of the 1970s tower was described as “very poor”.

John Kemp, interim chief executive of the SFC, said: “Over the past decade nearly £900m has been invested to provide new and inspiring college buildings that are amongst the best in the UK.

“However, the college estate is extensive and some parts of it do require attention.”

Shona Struthers, chief executive of Colleges Scotland, said that some campuses required “significant investment”.

She said the report does not take into account any costs required to make buildings fit for purpose or flexible to changing curriculums or provision.

She added: “Students require a modern environment in which to study, learn and gain the skills required for the workplace.

“Increased capital investment would, therefore, not only significantly benefit the learner experience, leading to improved retention and attainment, but would also allow colleges to contribute fully to Scottish Government priorities.”

Further education minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said that ministers had asked for the survey to “ensure there was a robust and consistent assessment of the condition of buildings right across the college estate to help identify priorities for future investment”.

She added: “This report clearly identifies areas where college buildings deliver on our ambitions, but equally it outlines some challenges in the condition of buildings in some specific colleges.”

Tender issued for Burrell Collection revamp contractors

Burrell CollectionContractors are being sought for the refurbishment of the Burrell Collection museum in Glasgow.

The A-listed building in Pollok Country Park, which closed to the public last October, is to be transformed to create a dedicated space for special exhibitions and the conversion of offices into galleries.

The two-year construction programme will open up three floors of the building, including the basement stores, allowing much more of the 9,000 artworks collected by shipping merchant Sir William Burrell to be enjoyed by visitors.

An OJEU notice has now been published inviting contractors to bid for the prestigious project.

Up to five firms will be shortlisted for the Burrell Renaissance project, which is being managed by Gardiner & Theobald LLP and designed by John McAslan & Partners.

Planning permission for the entire £66 million refurbishment was granted last month.

Contractors have until June 29 to express an interest.

Kelvin Hall takes top honours at RICS Scotland Awards

Kelvin Hall GlasgowThe £35 million refurbishment of Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall claimed the overall ‘Project of the Year’ honour as more than 30 of Scotland’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out at the RICS Scotland Awards 2017 yesterday.

The prestigious annual ceremony, held at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.

TV presenter and newsreader Catriona Shearer was the host for this year’s sell-out ceremony, which attracted more than 250 property professionals from across Scotland.

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Delivered by Page\Park Architects, Gardiner & Theobald LLP and McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Ltd for Glasgow Life, the category-B listed Kelvin Hall reopened to the public in August 2016 after a three-year development, which transformed the 90-year-old venue into a multi-purpose sports, culture and education building.

Also securing the Tourism and Leisure title, the judges praised the project for its complexity, diverse community outreach and “opening a new chapter in the history of the Kelvin Hall”.

The eight-category shortlist with category winners…

Building Conservation

Winner: Dalkeith Country park, Dalkeith

Shortlisted: Dalkeith Corn Exchange, Dalkeith, South Rotunda, Glasgow, St Columbkille’s RC Church Refurbishment, Rutherglen, The Capitol, Aberdeen, The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Wemyss Bay Pier Walkway, Wemyss Bay, Willowbank Student Accommodation, Glasgow.


Winner: Ineos HQ, Grangemouth

Shortlisted: 2 Powis Place, Aberdeen, Premier Inn, York Place, Edinburgh, The Capitol, Aberdeen

Community Benefit

Winner: Thistle Foundation Centre of Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Shortlisted: Harris Academy, Dundee. Kelty Community Centre, Fife, Windmill Community Campus, Fife.

Design through Innovation

Winner: Hazelwood Studio, Dumfries and Galloway

Shortlisted: Campus Futures Project, Glasgow Caledonian University, Eastwood Health Centre, Glasgow, Tigh Na Croit, Inverness.


Winner: Wemyss Bay Pier Walkway, Wemyss Bay

Shortlisted: Royal Highland Showground Livestock Crossing and Pedestrian Underpass, Edinburgh.


Winner: New Waverley, Edinburgh

Shortlisted: The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Waverley Arches, Edinburgh


Winner: Devon Lane, Winchburgh

Shortlisted: Coldrach, Upper Deeside, Parkview, Dundee, The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Tigh Na Croit, Inverness, Willowbank Student Accommodation, Glasgow.

Tourism & Leisure

Winner: Kelvin Hall Refurbishment, Glasgow

Shortlisted: Culardoch Shieling, The Cairngorms, Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Forsinard Lookout Tower, Sutherland, The Rings, Cupar.

Several Highly Commended certificates were also awarded by the judges to projects which impressed but were just pipped to the post by the winners.

These were: South Rotunda, Glasgow (building conservation), The Capitol, Aberdeen (commercial), Kelty Community Centre, Fife (community benefit) Tigh Na Croit, Inverness (design through innovation) and Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith (tourism and leisure).

RICS regional director for Scotland, Gail Hunter, said: “These exemplary built schemes are already having a positive impact on their local communities and are actively helping to ensure Scotland is one of the most attractive places in the UK to live, work and visit. The teams behind them should be incredibly proud as they have shown just what is achievable with vision and an innovative approach to collaboration.

“Despite the ongoing skills shortages in the construction industry, every year Scotland’s professionals continue to deliver world-class built projects. This just goes to show that we have some of the very best skilled property professionals and surveyors, who together are attracting significant investment into Scotland.”

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

Green light for £66m revamp of Burrell Collection

Burrell CollectionPlanning permission has been granted for a £66 million refurbishment of the Burrell Collection museum in Glasgow.

The A-listed building in Pollok Country Park, which closed to the public last October, houses almost 9,000 artworks collected by shipping merchant Sir William Burrell.

The scheme will open up three floors of the building, including the basement stores, allowing much more of the collection to be enjoyed by visitors.

Work will also include the creation of a dedicated space for special exhibitions and the conversion of offices into galleries.

The museum has suffered from a leaky roof, outdated glazing and other issues, and the revamp will see the roof completely replaced.

Burrell Collection revamp 2The planning decision follows the recent approval by Glasgow City Council for funding of up to £27.3m toward the cost of the project and re-display of the collection.

John McAslan, executive chairman of architect John McAslan & Partners, who were appointed as architect and lead designer for the project, hopes the refurbishment will see a revival in its fortunes.

He said: “The Burrell Collection’s ambitious plans have taken a major step forward.

“We are delighted approval has been granted for the renaissance of the Burrell.

“The scheme has been shaped by the need to address the strains on the current building, by a need to respond to the works held in the collection, and by a desire to contribute further to the Burrell’s unique setting of Pollok Country Park.

“This decision will ensure the collection maintains its strong significance within Scotland and internationally.”

Burrell Collection revampDavid Logue, senior partner, Scotland, at Gardiner & Theobald LLP, which is managing the project, said: “We are delighted with this decision.

“With an increase in public space and display space, and in reducing the museum’s large carbon footprint, the proposed works are set to benefit future generations.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged £15m towards the project and the UK government has committed £5m.

A fundraising campaign is under way with a target of £15m.

Work to transform the A-listed building, which closed to the public last October, will see the creation of a dedicated space for special exhibitions and the conversion of offices into galleries.

It is expected to reopen in 2020.

Laurence McIntosh to build full-size prototype Mackintosh Library bay

Visualisation of the reconstructed library based on meticulous research by the design team Image: Page \ Park

Visualisation of the reconstructed library based on meticulous research by the design team Image: Page \ Park

A full-size prototype of a library bay is to be constructed for the Mackintosh Library at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) to help test materials and techniques as part of ongoing restoration work at the fire-damaged building.

Architectural and bespoke joinery experts Laurence McIntosh has been appointed to build the prototype which will be based on the design and specification provided by design team lead architects Page\Park.

The specification has been developed following meticulous research into every aspect of the original design and construction of the library from sources including the GSA’s own Archives and Collections and the original drawings held in the Hunterian.

The work will be undertaken in one the Mackintosh Building studios this spring and is expected to take around two months to complete.

“This a massive step forward for the project and a very exciting moment for the whole team,” said Sarah MacKinnon, project manager Mackintosh Building Restoration.

“The prototype will help us to test the materials and techniques that were used to construct the original library and will be used to construct its replacement.

“This process will provide invaluable, practical information about the supply chain for the Tulip wood, the construction method and the finishing of the wood and this will inform the main library construction, which is scheduled to begin early next year.”

Laurence McIntosh director David MacDonald, added: “It’s the dream contract for any company, but especially for a Scottish team like Laurence McIntosh. This year we’re celebrating 70 years of joinery and cabinet making at the very highest level; we’ve restored prestigious buildings before, but the Mack is something special. Our whole team of over 50 craftsmen, joiners and apprentices is excited to contribute to the Mackintosh legacy, we’re confident our experience, craftsmanship and passion for this project will result in a prototype we can all be proud of.”

Commenting on the appointment, David Logue, partner for Gardiner & Theobald, project managers for the Mackintosh Restoration said: “The commission of Laurence McIntosh to construct the prototype for the Library follows a forensic procurement process managed by Kier Construction Scotland to ensure that the best possible craftsmen and materials were sourced.  The commission marks a major milestone for the project, signifying the next step towards the meticulous restoration of this iconic building back to its original design.”

Brian McQuade, managing director for Kier Construction Scotland, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Laurence McIntosh’s expert team as we continue the restoration of this world-renowned building.

“We have extensive experience in delivering internationally important heritage projects and we know the vital part specialist contractors play in the success of these schemes. With the Mackintosh Building restoration, we are providing a range of unique opportunities for trade SMEs and apprentices, including these very specialist crafts.  We hope that seeing this iconic building brought back to life will inspire young people to follow a career in this important industry.”

Sweco to begin second phase of Sighthill regeneration project

Work on the second phase of the Sighthill regeneration project

Work on the second phase of the Sighthill regeneration project

Engineering, environmental and design consultancy Sweco has announced it will begin working on the second stage of the development of Sighthill, the largest Transformational Regeneration Area in Glasgow.

Working closely with Glasgow City Council and Gardiner+Theobald, Sweco will lead on the design and consultancy engineering integration services supporting the delivery of the second phase of the project, with a focus on the construction of infrastructure at the site.

Work on the site, which forms a major part of the regeneration of Sighthill – the biggest such project in the UK outside of London – commenced in 2013 and construction is set to be completed by early 2020.

As part of the new phase, Sweco will provide design integration support for new roads, transport and sustainable drainage, the design of utilities, development of a new foul drainage and serviceable development platforms.

Iain Hall, operations director at Sweco, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to provide our expertise on such a significant regeneration project for Glasgow, particularly one that will provide improved infrastructure and housing and first class facilities for the city’s residents.

“We pride ourselves on being able to deliver outstanding engineering and environmental consultancy services and our work on the Sighthill regeneration project is an example of our expertise in developing and implementing strategies and infrastructure that aims to connect communities. We are particularly proud to be able to continue our longstanding support to Glasgow City Council in tackling complex sites in the city.”

The regeneration of Sighthill forms a significant part of the work Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government have been doing to regenerate eight key areas of the city.

Phase one of the project saw undertaking of enabling and environmental remediation works, which replaced the poor quality housing and facilities that previously dominated the area. Hundreds more new high quality development plots will come in the following phases, as well as a new education community campus, including Additional Support for Learning, sports facilities, a new church and alternative use site for which options are being considered.

Since the Sighthill project began in 2013 Sweco, as the lead consultant engineering firm, has provided support to a feasibility review, engineering constraints mapping, design and technical advisor services for the site.

In the UK, Sweco employs 800 people and has particular expertise in the fields of energy, transportation, environment, asset management, sustainable buildings and water.

It consults on major projects nationwide via its network of offices in Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Maidenhead, Manchester, Newcastle, Peterborough and Solihull.

Gardiner & Theobold wins QS role on Mackintosh restoration

Mackintosh Building full facade - photocredit Alan McAteerGardiner & Theobold (G&T) has won the quantity surveyor contract on the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art’s (GSA) Mackintosh building, following the fire in May 2014.

The consultancy has already been appointed project manager on the restoration and beat several major players to the separate QS role, including Capita, Building understands. Glasgow practice Page/Park were appointed architect back in April.

G&T will support the GSA with the restoration project acting as the interface between the school and the construction and design teams, working on a day to day basis with Liz Davidson, the GSA’s senior project manager and the lead consultant of Page/Park.

A spokesperson for GSA said that G&T submitted a commercially competitive tender during the “extremely competitive process”.

GSA added that G&T also put forward a high quality and senior team, which includes a conservation accredited quantity surveyor who they believe will be “very beneficial” to the restoration project.

“As would be expected with a project of this nature we had a lot of interest and Gardiner & Theobald was part of a very strong shortlist,” said Liz Davidson back in March when G&T was appointed project managers.

“I am looking forward to working proactively with them to create a fully rounded and contributory team ethos on this exceptional project – which is going to require an exceptional team and equally exceptional and creative effort.”

David Logue, partner at G&T’s Glasgow office, added: “Watching the footage of the fire at the Mack on 23rd May last year was heartbreaking, like witnessing the pain and suffering of an old friend. The building truly is one of Scotland’s national treasures and we are honoured that G&T has been entrusted to manage its restoration.”

The Mackintosh Building is widely recognised internationally as one of the most important buildings of the early 20th Century and in 2009 it was voted by architects in a poll, organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as the most architecturally significant building constructed in Britain in the past 175 years.

The appointment of a contractor still some way off, but GSA is aiming to complete the restoration of both the Mackintosh Building and the McLennan Galleries in time for the 2017/18 academic year.