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Interserve completes Edinburgh Premier Inn

Premier Inn York Place 1Interserve has completed work on a new Premier Inn in Edinburgh.

Located within the New Town and World Heritage Site, the 127 bed hotel sits next to St. Paul’s & St. George’s Church on York Place.

The Holmes Miller-designed project is a conversion of a 1970’s exposed concrete office block, stripped back to structure, and given a new contextually sensitive lease of life.

In a statement the practice said: “The existing massing allows for a quiet, respectful relationship to the existing buildings on York Place, while taking advantage of dramatic views to the north over the Firth of Forth.

“Holmes Miller worked closely with City of Edinburgh Council to produce a design sympathetic to the sensitive and historic context, whilst being contemporary and refined. The development creates the missing link to the streetscape created by the 1970’s office building.

“Clad in stone, zinc and full height glazing, the building is enhanced by a restrained approach to detailing and proportion. A subtle variation at ground floor provides a sense of scale, activating the streetscape.”

Glasgow approves plans for nearly 100 West End homes

Park QuadrantPlans to build almost 100 homes at Park Quadrant in the West End of Glasgow have been given the green light.

Expresso Property intends to create 98 flats at the A-listed Victorian development overlooking Kelvingrove park.

Initial plans for the £35 million project were reduced from 111 properties after residents’ views were taken into consideration. The revised proposals also include redesigning the main entrance porches, size of balconies and rear stairwells. Expresso said the single curving, six storey block will match the height of architect Charles Wilson’s original plans for the site.

Members of Glasgow City Council’s planning committee visited the Park Quadrant development site before returning to the City Chambers to consider the application.

Eleven members voted in favour of the proposals while five voted against after a debate lasting two and a half hours.

The local authority received more than 170 letters of objection from locals and around 80 letters of support. Concerns were raised over the number of flats on the site, the quality of design and the impact on the listed buildings in the Park conservation area

Planning bosses, who had recommended the scheme be approved, said it would preserve the special character of the conservation area.

They also insisted it corresponded with Charles Wilson’s never-realised plans for the site and preserved the character and special interest of the adjacent listed buildings.

A report to councillors said: “The existing site does little to contribute to the historic character of the area, being unused for 30 years, overgrown and with invasive species self seeding on site.”

Glasgow City Council sold the land to Leeds-based Expresso Property for £6.2m. The developer said up to 500 construction jobs will be supported by the project.

Working in partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine Enterprises and with architects Holmes Miller, the developer will provide a mix of high quality housing to suit a cross-section of markets with a variety of apartments

Nick Robinson, co-director of Expresso Property, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the best addresses in Glasgow. One of the key concepts throughout the evolution of the design was to create a luxury, high-end product that forged a dynamic link between old and new. The design follows the original approach within the area, to celebrate the very best standards of living and their relationship to their park-land setting and the wonderful urban spaces of Park District.”

Designs unveiled for new Dundee school campus

North East Campus DundeeDetailed plans have been unveiled for a new build primary school and nursery campus in Dundee.

The new North East Campus will take shape on a large greenfield site at Lothian Crescent between the existing Longhaugh and St Lukes & St Matthews primaries.

Designed by Holmes Miller Architects on behalf of Dundee City Council, the modern building will bring together three primary schools and two nursery schools, housing up to 1,000 pupils.

The new campus will offer greatly enhanced facilities in comparison with the existing schools including multiple playgrounds, a soft play area, sports pitches, gardening and nature areas and outdoor classrooms.

North East Campus Dundee 2Sports facilities will be of the highest quality, with a multi-use games area (MUGA) a consideration, all of which will be available for community use.

Details plans have also been drawn up for a “specially-designed public realm” to the front of the new school building, providing easy pedestrian access to the campus and shielding pupils from the road.

According to the council, deteriorating building fabric and constrained layouts at the ageing schools mean that new educational programmes are becoming increasingly difficult to deliver.

In their place, the North East Campus will house the pupils in “a modern, safe and welcoming environment”, which the council is confident will be flexible enough to “adapt to 21st Century education and future trends for many years to come”.

North East Campus Dundee 3Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families services committee convener, said: “These are exciting times and I am delighted to see this project moving forward. We are working hard to ensure that all our schools enjoy the best facilities we can provide.

“I have no doubt that the North East Campus will make a huge difference to pupils in this community.

“Our project board will meet in September to get this project underway, but there will be plenty of opportunities for parents, pupils and staff to have their say.

“Previous school projects have been delayed as consultation has led to calls for changes to the plans and as people tell us exactly what they want from their school buildings and facilities. We will take the time to make sure that we get it right.”

North East Campus Dundee 4The move to the new campus was agreed by members of Dundee City Council’s then education committee in June, 2015.

Councillors will now have to consider and agree upon the detailed plans. Extensive community consultation will also take place.

Once the campus is complete, the council will begin the demolition of the existing adjacent primary schools and nursery.

Asbestos discovery delays £16m West Dunbartonshire school build

Work on a new £16 million education campus in West Dunbartonshire has been delayed until winter next year due to the discovery of asbestos.

Originally scheduled to open in August 2017, the Balloch education campus is being built on the site of the former St Kessog’s Primary and will accommodate a new St Kessog’s co-located with an amalgamated Jamestown and Haldane primary school, additional support needs unit and early learning and childcare centre.

A report due to go before councillors revealed that contractors discovered asbestos material under concrete foundations and hard standing following the demolition of the previous school.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it was not possible to test under the foundation until the demolition phase and earlier investigations at the site found no asbestos.

Specialist contractors have now prepared a remediation programme to remove the materials, which will add another three months to the construction programme and cost £900,000.

Councillors will be asked to approve the allocation of additional funding on Wednesday, 29 June.

The local authority’s strategic director for regeneration, environment & growth, Richard Cairns, said: “These are essential works which could not have been foreseen. We’re now seeking council approval to allow the remediation to be carried out as quickly as possible and this would allow us to get to work on building this fantastic new facility for generations of young people.”

Holmes Miller and Morgan Sindall are behind the campus development.

Work starts on £28.7m school in Dundee

Baldragon Academy DundeeWork on a £28.7 million replacement for Baldragon Academy in Dundee officially got underway.

Dundee City Council is funding £10.6m towards the new secondary, with the rest being provided by the Scottish Futures Trust.

The new Baldragon Academy is expected to be ready for its first intake of pupils in early 2018. It will form part of an educational campus for the area which will include the new primary and nursery, due to open in October this year.

Designed by Holmes Miller Partnership, the project is being led by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with the council, Scottish Futures Trust and Robertson Tayside.

Dundee City Council leader Councillor Ken Guild said: “Schools are an important component of our commitment to improve our communities and the replacement for Baldragon Academy will provide state of the art facilities to meet the opportunities and challenges that our pupils will face in the years ahead.

“This is yet another major enhancement of learning and teaching facilities across the city.”

Gary Bushnell, chief executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “This is the second new school project that hub is delivering in Dundee and we look forward to handing over a completed high quality building that provides a bright, modern learning environment for pupils and staff and fully meets the needs of the community that it serves.”

Kevin Dickson, regional managing director of Robertson Tayside, added: “Baldragon Academy will bring huge benefits to pupils and staff, who will learn in a modern and spacious learning environment.

“Furthermore, being able to deliver the project alongside Sidlaw View Primary School will deliver crucial efficiency savings, both during construction and in the long-term operation of the schools.

“We are delighted to be delivering this project, providing a shared campus which will enhance the learning experience for pupils at every stage of their education while offering a fantastic facility for the community for generations to come.”

Financial close reached at £26.5m Dalbeattie Learning Campus

Dalbeattie Learning CampusContracts have been signed to allow construction work to start on the £26.5 million Dalbeattie Learning Campus next month.

The facility is being delivered by hub South West on behalf of Dumfries & Galloway Council and in partnership with Graham Construction.

The project will create a major new building to the periphery of Dalbeattie town, providing an “All Through” learning campus, comprising Nursery, Primary and Secondary education, with inclusive pupil support within an innovative, landscaped setting.

Features of the Holmes Miller-designed campus include new learning and teaching areas, new classrooms, shared dining and assembly space, a primary hall and new sports/fitness facilities.

The shared campus will be used by a new Dalbeattie High School, Dalbeattie Primary School and Nursery.

Dalbeattie Learning Campus sportsCouncil leader Ronnie Nicholson said: “Providing the best start in life for all our children is a priority for our Council and Dalbeattie Learning Campus is key to this. Our new school campus will transform learning and teaching for pupils and staff with a nursery playroom, primary and secondary classrooms, flexible teaching spaces, shared dining and assembly space, a primary hall, specialist teaching areas, sport and fitness facilities, and innovatively designed external spaces for learning and play. I’m delighted that we’ve now signed the contracts. Our council can now deliver for the young people of Dalbeattie a first class learning environment, fit for the 21st century.”

David MacDonald, hub programme director, Scottish Futures Trust, said: “The hub programme is an innovative approach to develop and deliver best-value community facilities which provides public bodies with a quick, efficient and value for money way of getting their projects into construction and helps secure and sustain local employment. I very much look forward to seeing construction start on the Dalbeattie Learning Campus shortly and to seeing pupils being taught in modern, first-class facilities.”

Infrastructure secretary Keith Brown added: “This is an important milestone for the Dalbeattie community, who will see the work get under way on their new state-of-the-art learning campus in a matter of weeks.

“In addition to the educational benefits of the new school, it will boost the local economy through construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.”

Others involved in the project include mechanical & electrical engineer Cundall, civil & structural engineer Woolgar Hunter, CDM co-ordintator Sweett Group and FM contractor FES Limited.

The new Dalbeattie Learning facility is scheduled to open in Autumn 2017.

Morgan Sindall appointed to build £8.9m primary school in Bellsmyre

BellsmyrePrimarySchoolMorgan Sindall is to construct a new co-located primary school and nursery campus in Bellsmyre, as part of West Dunbartonshire Council’s plan to update its schools estate.

Along with the design team, the firm was appointed by hub West Scotland, West Dunbartonshire Council’s development partner responsible for managing the £8.9 million development.

Located in the grounds of St Peter’s Primary School, the Holmes Miller designed project will be the first co-location of denominational and non-denominational schools in West Dunbartonshire and will welcome its first pupils in August 2016.

The new facility will replace the existing Aitkenbar and St Peter’s Primary Schools and will be constructed along with a new Early Education and Childcare Centre, replacing the existing Andrew B Cameron Centre.

The schools will be run separately whilst sharing a range of common facilities including a dining hall, assembly hall, gym and playground.

Harry Thorburn, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “We are proud to be delivering this key project for hub West Scotland.

“Providing a high quality environment is vital to successful education, and our experience of similar joint campus projects will support West Dunbartonshire Council’s first co-location venture.”

Debbie McNamara, CEO at hub West Scotland, said: “We are working in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council delivering over £80m of its major investment programme. Bellsmyre Primary School is the most progressed school project in construction and we are pleased with the progress made by the team.”

Perth’s £30m Mill Quarter plans showcased to public

Mill quarter PerthWork on a £30 million Perth city centre regeneration project could begin as early as next year, according to developers behind the plans.

Designed by Holmes Miller, the Mill Quarter development will comprise of restaurants and bars, speciality shops, a cinema, gyms, housing, and a multi storey car park.

Unveiling fresh plans for the scheme at a public consultation exercise, Expresso Properties said there is already strong demand amongst potential tenants.

It is expected to create more than 150 jobs and over 350 construction and supply jobs, while attracting over 300,000 visitors every year.

If approved, the development will be located on the site of the Thimblerow car park.

A planning application will be lodged in the New Year.

Johnstone Town Hall continues award winning streak

Johnstone Town HallBAM Construction’s Johnstone Town Hall has scooped yet another award, this time from the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

The community building, designed by Holmes Miller, received a commendation in the commercial category. Judges praised the project saying that “the development illustrates an innovative and successful partnership working between the public and private sectors”.

The £14.5 million new Town Hall has been recently recognised for its innovative design and community led approach having been awarded the Development of the Year (Public Building) at the Scottish Property Awards 2015 and short-listed in the Scottish Civic Awards.

Located in Ludovic Square in the heart of the town, the building features an impressive glass façade, with a striking public atrium and high quality stone finish.

It was designed as a catalyst for a wider regeneration programme for the town and created a new model for the delivery of community services by accommodating a public library, theatre, marriage suite, conference room and café, alongside staff from Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Social Work departments, AdviceWorks, Police Scotland and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Doug Keillor, regional director Scotland, BAM Construction, said: “This is another accolade for the project and a great testament to the team involved. It’s also a proud moment for the residents of Johnstone and the surrounding areas who benefit from such a great community building.”

Johnstone Town Hall, which opened to the public at the end of March, was project managed by hub West Scotland and delivered on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.

Plans submitted for Balloch Shared Campus project

Balloch Shared CampusA £15.4 million project to build a new purpose-built education campus in Balloch has been submitted for planning.

Holmes Miller, in tandem with Morgan Sindall and West Dunbartonshire Council, are behind plans for the Balloch Shared Campus, a new school on the site of the existing St Kessog’s Primary.

Amalgamating the roll of St Kessog’s, along with pupils from the nearby Haldane and Jamestown Primaries the campus will offer early years and childcare support as well as an early years unit.

The development was given the local authority’s backing in January this year.

Construction is expected to get underway in spring of next year.