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Face of new £20m boutique hotel unveiled at Edinburgh Old Town gap site

The new face of a £20 million hotel built on a key gap site in Edinburgh’s historic city centre has been unveiled after more than two years hidden under scaffolding.

The frontage of the 98-room design led Market Street Hotel situated right in the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage and Old Town Conservation Area has been kept carefully under wraps throughout the extended construction period.

But now, as the hotel prepares to open its doors to its first visitors next year, local residents and visitors can get a real flavour of the latest addition to the capital’s skyline.

The eight-storey hotel, developed by The EDI Group for Carlton Hotel Collection at 6 Market Street on derelict land between Craig’s Close and City Arts Centre has been designed by jmarchitects. The building has already won architectural plaudits including an AR MIPIM Future Project Commendation for the way its original contemporary design deploys the materials, proportions and geometries of its highly urban historical context.

Once open, guests to the hotel will be able to enjoy a top floor lounge with panoramic views across the Waverley Valley to the New Town from Princes Street Gardens to Calton Hill from a specially-designed champagne bar roof terrace.

Lezley Marion Cameron, EDI Board chair, said: “Since work commenced in 2016 there has been a lot of local interest in our progress. Now that the big crane is gone and the scaffolding has been removed, people can judge the results for themselves and really see, for the first time, a stunning design that complements the unique architecture of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

“The project presented major design challenges with the site surrounded by historic buildings on three sides and by Market Street and Waverley Station directly in front.

“We are immensely proud to be delivering an outstanding luxury hotel in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, and that a long-vacant site has been brought back into use for residents and visitors to enjoy, which is in such close proximity to Waverley Station and Edinburgh’s bus and tram connections.”

Carlton Hotel Collection’s managing director, Alfred Bree, said the Market Street Hotel will be Scotland’s first Design Hotel, with each room meticulously finished with style and design, bringing a new dimension to the city’s hotel supply.

He said: “Throughout the hotel, the interior design reflects the heritage of the location while meeting all demands of the international modern traveller. We are working hard to put the finishing touches to it so that this remarkable building will be ready for our guests to enjoy soon.”

Rod Duncan, director at jmarchitects, said: “This site has lain empty and derelict for nearly five decades and we are delighted that the public can finally see what we have achieved in remarkable surroundings. It is through a rigorous analysis of this historic fabric that we believe the design has developed to be truly respectful to its context. We are looking forward to seeing the hotel’s doors open in the near future.”

Final finishing work on the interior, designed by award design company FG Stijl, is continuing with the hotel set to open early next year.

Scottish architects lead six-strong Camphill School competition shortlist

Collective Architecture and Hoskins Architects have been named among six practices to be shortlisted to design a £10 million transformation of Camphill School in Aberdeen.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced the firms alongside Anderson Bell + Christie, James F Stephen Architects, jmarchitects and Scott Brownrigg as the names in contention from 50 strong submissions received from practices across the UK.

RIAS Consultancy is acting as advisor to Camphill School Aberdeen in the management of the competitive process to select an architect and multi-disciplinary design team to deliver a the £10m capital investment development over two of its three campuses (Murtle Estate and Camphill Estate).

An architectural proposal is sought that can be delivered within the proposed budget. The proposals must be sympathetic to the existing campus arrangement and respect the already established links, whilst enhancing the quality of the school and its surroundings. It is intended that the successful architect or practice will be awarded the commission and delivery of the project through all stages of the RIBA Plan of Work.

Camphill executive director, Alex Busch, said: “We were extremely impressed with the interest generated in the project and with the calibre of the stage 1 submissions. We would like to thank all practices for their time and efforts at this stage and we are looking forward to the next stage of the selection process with the shortlisted practices.”

Alex Donaldson, director of the Edinburgh studio Scott Brownrigg, told Scottish Construction Now: “The Camphill movement is nothing short of incredible. We are inspired by the prospect of being involved in any manner we can in continuing the journey. It is truly thrilling.”

Emtec completes Indigo Hotel in Dundee

Emtec Building Services has successfully completed the new 102-bedroom Indigo Hotel in Dundee.

Transformed from a two-hundred-year-old jute mill, the Lower Dens property sits between the waterfront and the heart of the shopping district. Rich in history, the first spinning mill was built on the site in 1822 by the Baxter family who became one of the world’s largest linen manufacturers.

Respectfully renovated, the hotel’s three room designs are inspired by Dundee’s past and present and feature the original vaulted brickwork ceilings.

The project was undertaken by Emtec on a design and build basis for Sharkey Construction on behalf of Thomas & Adamson, IHG and Focus Hotel Management. The M&E design was undertaken in conjunction with Butler Consulting Ltd with architecture provided by JMA and interior design by Graven Images.

The Dundee Cake room brings in discreet marmalade motifs throughout the room with jute curtains. The Comic room is inspired by DC Thompson, the famous publishing house that had a famous comic called ‘Black Bob’ about a sheepdog that saved the day, with sheepdog commands hidden in the dado rails.

The Gaming room is reflective of Dundee’s thriving computer game industry, the birth place of Grand Theft Auto. Secret gaming codes can be spotted within the dado rail, and literature found within the room celebrates Dundee’s unique links to the video game industry. Beds are finished with blankets by a local textile designer, Hilary Grant, whose work is inspired by waves breaking on the River Tay.

Hotel Indigo Dundee’s restaurant and bar, Daisy Tasker, offers guests a contemporary spin on traditional Scottish dishes with an abundance of fresh seafood, prime cuts of meat and locally-grown fresh vegetables. It is named in honour of a much-loved weaver who organised activities for the jute mill workers and, true to the original Daisy’s sociable spirit, the restaurant is set to be the ideal spot for family and friends to eat and drink together.

William Inglis, general manager, Hotel Indigo Dundee, said: “We are extremely excited to be opening our doors to guests. This is a unique and beautiful hotel and through clever design, we’ve really brought its heritage to the forefront. Dundee has recently been voted as one of the best cities to visit in 2018 and its rich culture is showcased throughout the city. With the opening of the V&A later this year, we look forward to welcoming guests from the globe and have no doubt that they will fall in love with Hotel Indigo and everything this incredible city has to offer.”

Work starts on fourth phase at Maryhill Locks

The proposed homes for Phase 4, Maryhill Locks

Developer Bigg Regeneration – a partnership between Scottish Canals and Places for People – has started work on the next phase of its ‘Maryhill Locks’ development in Glasgow.

Comprising a mix of 33, three- and four-bedroom terraced family townhouses, situated on Lochgilp Street, this new phase follows Bigg’s successful ‘Whitelaw Street’ phase, which sold out completely just weeks after being announced.

These craft homes will be designed and off-site manufactured in Glasgow. Designed by JM Architects, each townhouse in the new phase will look onto park space and the River Kelvin valley, with the three-bedroom homes all featuring a private roof terrace.

The previous phase won the accolade of Best Starter Home at the 2017 Scottish Property Awards and all homes will come complete with white goods, floor finishes and BT and Virgin connectivity.

The brownfield site forms part of a Glasgow City Council and Transforming Communities Glasgow-led initiative to regenerate vacant land around Maryhill Locks to create a new, thriving and diverse community assisted by the availability of the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme.

Katie Hughes, director of Bigg Regeneration, said: “It was very clear from previous phases at Maryhill Locks that there is huge demand from the local area and neighbouring West End for three and four bedroom homes at realistic prices. These 33 homes will meet this demand and underline that it is entirely possible to create spacious homes with gardens in a thriving environment, that are achievable for people who don’t want to have to move miles away.

“Previous phases have sold very quickly so we anticipate high demand for these homes as newbuild houses with gardens in the West End are a rarity in the Glasgow market.”

Glasgow-based contractor CCG (Scotland) Ltd, who delivered the previous phase for Bigg Regeneration, will lead the construction.

CCG chairman and CEO Alastair Wylie said: “CCG are delighted to continue our work with Bigg Regeneration to bring more housing to Maryhill. Our construction expertise will ensure that the new homes will be constructed to the highest quality standard with enhanced levels of environmental performance. We also expect to provide local employment and training opportunities as a result of our involvement on this development.”

New mixed use plans submitted for Dundee’s City Quay

Architect’s impression of the proposals

A planning application has been submitted to Dundee City Council for a mixed-use development of a site located at the heart of the former Victoria and Camperdown docks.

The proposals for the vacant site on the City Quay, currently being used as a car park and site compound, have been put forward by developer Victoria Dock (Dundee) Ltd in partnership with Hillcrest Housing Association.

The organisations have jointly worked up the plans to transform the site for residential and commercial/retail use.

Project architects JM Architects prepared the application with its interpretation of the client brief and the consultees responses have very much shaped proposed scheme. The practice has been very conscious of history of the industrial river’s edge and the powerful modern and traditional urban architecture surrounding the site.

It is hoped that the site will deliver 122 new homes which will range in size. There will be two main buildings, which are six and seven storeys, along with associated parking and amenity space.

The site location at Victoria Dock

If approved, Victoria Dock (Dundee) Limited will deliver the affordable homes for Hillcrest Housing Association over the next two years. It is hoped that works will start on the site in late 2018 with the new homes handed over to Hillcrest by late 2020.

David Zwirlein, Hillcrest Housing Association director of development and new business, said: “This is an exciting project to be involved in as it will transform a vacant site to provide much needed affordable housing in the city. We’re undertaking an ambitious development programme in Dundee and welcome the opportunity to work with our partners on this dynamic project at City Quay. The homes will be delivered over two phases with an anticipated start date later this year.”

A spokesperson for Vitoria Dock (Dundee) Limited added: “We are delighted to have submitted this planning application, it is the culmination of a lot of work by all stakeholders. The project architects, JM Architects, have had to work hard to design something that works for the client whilst also being mindful of the feedback from public drop-in sessions, where locals had their say. At the same time, taking cognisance of feedback from the pre-application discussions with Dundee City Council’s Planning Department.

“The site has been earmarked for new homes for a long time and it will be great to finally see this gap-site developed, delivering homes which are high quality and amazing places to live.”

New homes planned for Dundee’s Hilltown

Architect’s impression of the 57 new homes for the former Maxwelltown Works in the Hilltown

Cullross Limited and Caledonia Housing Association have submitted a planning application to Dundee City Council to regenerate the former Maxwelltown Works on Alexander Street in the Hilltown area of Dundee.

Caledonia and Cullross intend to transform the derelict site with a mixture of rented and low cost homeownership with 1 and 2 bedroom flats and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

The application put forward by JM Architects has been created after extensive consultations with the local community ensuring the proposed regeneration of the site meets the needs of the community and makes best use of the site and location.

With the site becoming an eyesore to the local community in recent years, Cullross and Caledonia hope this proposed development will dramatically transform the site. The submitted plans have been designed to be sympathetic to the site’s industrial past and the surrounding architecture; contributing positively to the ongoing regeneration of the area with similar projects currently under construction on the opposite side of Alexander Street.

If successful work is hoped to start on the site in winter 2018 with the new homes handed over to Caledonia Housing Association by spring 2020.

Emma Garry, development director at Cullross Limited, said: “It’s really exciting to have submitted the planning application for Maxwelltown.  This is a site that we have tracked for a while and have been very keen to develop. We recently complete homes at the end of Alexander Street on Dens Road, so we know the area well and are keen to contribute in any way we can to the regeneration of Alexander Street.

“It’s been a great team effort to put together the planning application and we hope now that the value of what we have put forward will be seen and that the proposals will be supported.”

Andrew Kilpatrick, asset director at Caledonia Housing Association, said: “Caledonia Housing Association are delighted to be contributing to the ongoing regeneration of the Hilltown area. The site provides an ideal location for a mix of low cost home ownership and high quality affordable rent homes and reaffirms Caledonia’s commitment to work with Dundee City Council to provide homes and services that make life better.”

Mixed-use complex in Edinburgh’s financial district approved in principle

A £150 million hotel and office complex next to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre is expected to be given the green light after a series of alterations were made to the initial proposals.

Known as Exchange 2, the development on the western side of the West Approach Road will include a four-star business hotel with up to 400 rooms and a catering academy and hotel training school intended to provide jobs and training for 200 young people.

Three separate new buildings are involved and part of the development will mean building on top of an existing electricity substation. The scheme would retain the B-listed façade of the three-storey Scottish Power office building in Dewar Place.

The go-ahead was delayed after concerns were voiced over the height of the buildings. But now changes have been made to the top storeys of two of the three proposed blocks and councillors have given the project their backing.

Catalyst Capital is funding the project, which is being proposed by a consortium including Duddingston House Properties, the developer behind plans to turn the old Royal High School into a luxury hotel, and designed by JM Architects.

The catering academy is to be run in conjunction with Queen Margaret University and the hotel training school with Edinburgh Napier University.

Julian Newiss, chairman of Catalyst Capital, said the development would enhance Edinburgh as one of the most successful and dynamic cities in Europe.

He said: “We’re obviously delighted that the proposals have been approved and are keen to press on with the development as quickly as possible.

“We firmly believe that this is a ‘game changer’ for the tourism industry in the city, and we look forward to creating a high-quality development that will be unique in Britain.

“Our aim is no less than to create a development that delivers jobs and prioritises recruitment and training of local residents. And we’re determined see those people being recruited into tourism careers, not just jobs.

“Tourism is the world’s biggest business and Edinburgh can continue to go from strength to strength with smart, high quality strategic investments like Exchange 2.”

The developers will be expected to pay around £2.5m towards the city’s tram network.

Work could start later this year with a completion due in 2020.

New housing development to help regenerate Dumbarton town centre

Managers and staff from Cullross, Marshall Construction, JM Architects, Dunbritton and West Dunbartonshire Council on-site at Dumbarton Harbour

Dunbritton Housing Association has announced the start of work on a new development that will deliver 150 high-quality affordable homes in Dumbarton town centre.

The development, on the site that was occupied by Ballantine’s Whisky Distillery for many years, was made possible through innovative partnership working between the Scottish Government, West Dunbartonshire Council, Dunbritton Housing Association, Cullross and the Bank of Scotland.

The contract to build the new homes has been awarded to Marshall Construction and the groundworks will begin in January 2018, with the first homes scheduled to be ready by March 2019.

Dunbritton’s chief executive officer, Allan Murphy, said: “I am delighted to see this major development of new homes for rent coming to life in the heart of Dumbarton’s town centre.

The Association has built an excellent track record of delivering high-quality homes for rent across Argyll & Bute and West Dunbartonshire thanks to our close working relationships with local councils.

“I would also like to thank the Scottish Government for their continuing support through grant funding. Without this, developments like this would not be possible.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with Cullross and Marshall Construction to deliver the project.

“Finally I’d like to thank the Bank of Scotland for their positive approach to working with us on the financial elements of this development.”

Sephton MacQuire, Dunbritton’s chair, said: “This development will breathe new life into the town centre, enabling local people to enjoy living in affordable homes right on the Harbour side.

“Phases 1 and 2 will deliver 150 much-needed quality to this area and on behalf of the Board of Management I’d like to thank all of the partners who have worked together to make this possible. We also have ambitious plans for other developments including 26 new homes that are already under way at Succoth near Arrochar.”

Ryan Fletcher, managing director of Cullross, said: “I’m delighted to be here celebrating that the main building contract has been let to Marshall Construction. This is a large and exciting project for everyone involved.

“The works to upgrade the Quay Walls have begun and the site has been pegged out ready for earthworks to start in January.

“We look forward to delivering these much needed affordable homes over the coming months ahead.”

Green light for Edinburgh student accommodation development

How the Calton Road development will look

How the Calton Road development will look

Crosslane Student Developments has secured planning consent to deliver an 83-bed purpose-built student accommodation development on Calton Road in Edinburgh.

The site is currently a car valeting business and is located opposite the New Parliament House.

The high specification four storey student accommodation scheme will comprise 80 en-suite studio apartments and three one bedroom flats, with common room, washer/driers, gym, outdoor courtyard and cycle storage.

Crosslane has appointed JM Architects to design the new development.

The student accommodation provider, which is part of the Crosslane Group,  has also secured planning approval for a 307 bed development in Swansea.

Completion of both schemes is due in time for the 2019/20 academic year.

Jon Stewart, director at Crosslane Student Developments, said: “Crosslane is delighted to have secured planning consent for two new purpose-built student accommodation developments on Calton Road, Edinburgh and The Kingsway, Swansea. Both schemes are right in the heart of the city centre and within very easy reach of the local universities. At 307 and 83 beds, respectively, they will help to provide efficient solutions to the shortage of quality housing for students in their respective cities.”

Hotel and office plans unveiled for Edinburgh’s Exchange district

JM Architects Edinburgh ExchangePlanning permission in principle (PPP) is being sought for a proposed mixed-use transformation of an electricity substation in Edinburgh’s Exchange district.

Under plans by JM Architects, the Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) site at 2 Dewar Place will be transformed to accommodate 4,500sq/m of office space, two hotels containing 550 rooms, as well as retail and leisure uses.

JM Architects Edinburgh Exchange 6The scheme will constitute three separate buildings, each rising on top of a central podium on a constricted site which is also bisected by a main line railway tunnel connecting Haymarket with Waverley.

It is intended that the hotels will be located centrally within the site, to make the optimum use of the proposed connections from the site to the Exchange across the new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the West Approach Road.

JM Architects Edinburgh Exchange 5At the site’s northern edge, a landmark building accommodating office space is proposed, to take advantage of the existing commercial character of Canning Street/ Rutland Square, and to deliver a “high quality statement building in this somewhat neglected, yet highly prominent gateway to the site”.

Small-scale retail and bars/restaurants complete the mix of uses as proposed, and these are likely to occupy the ground floor space within the site.

JM Architects Edinburgh Exchange 4The application also seeks full approval for the maximum height of the overall development and any limits of deviation to the siting and massing of the development, and for the location of routes through the site and points of access and egress.

A set of plans will accompany the PPP application which fix the maximum footprint of the proposed hotel buildings, and the maximum development ‘envelope’.

JM Architects Edinburgh Exchange 3The proposed development will be based on an approved masterplan prepared for the site by PLP Architects in 2010.