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Keppie-designed mental health facility in north Glasgow submitted for planning

Keppie Design has submitted detailed proposals for a mental health estate in north Glasgow.

The project for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde comprises a new Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) and Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care Unit (CCC) in the grounds of Stobhill Hospital.

Appointed by hub West Scotland to deliver the development, Keppie said the prominence of the site affords great opportunities for the design of the new units to become a positive, welcoming and therapeutic addition to the campus, instead of being hidden away like so many mental health facilities.

The practice added: “The aim of the design is to exploit the surrounding context and focus on connection with outside space. The overriding design driver is to facilitate key stakeholder requirements such as a feeling of openness and light throughout the facility, views of green space and easy, safe access to therapeutic external spaces. A strong visual connection is created with the existing listed Water Tower – the main orientation and focal point on site.”

Andrew Baillie from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “I am delighted that we have reached this landmark stage for this new mental health facility on the Stobhill Campus, by our development partner hub West Scotland and their architect Keppie Design. This contemporary healthcare facility will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Glasgow who require continuing mental health care.”

Ian Marley, CEO of hub West Scotland, added: “The standard of our health projects is extremely high with 14 industry awards accrued to date. This complex project is no exception comprising of two bespoke designed buildings to meet different challenges that sit together harmoniously on one site. We are proud of the quality and functionality of the designs.”

Keppie is providing architecture and interior design, while mechanical and electrical design is by RSP, structural design is by BakerHicks and Austin Smith-Lord is on landscape design. Armours are the project’s cost consultants while BAM Construction is the appointed contractor

The project is expected to be complete by March 2020.

Keppie has designs on vacant Dundee Waterfront plot

Site 10 of the Dundee Waterfront development project

A mixed use project containing offices hotel and leisure facilities could be developed on a prominent site at Dundee Waterfront under proposals unveiled by Keppie Design.

In its proposal of application notice submitted to Dundee City Council, the architectural practice said it was hoping to introduce a “major development consisting of office space, active ground floor uses, residential units, hotel, leisure and associated vehicular access and car parking spaces” to site 10 of the £1 billion regeneration project.

Site 10 is located in the north eastern area of the Central Waterfront. It benefits from a location overlooking Slessor Gardens, Tay Road Bridge access, Thomson Avenue and Dock Street.

Keppie and has announced it will hold a meeting at Discovery Point on March 28 to discuss the future of the site.

The site is nearby the V&A Dundee Museum (top right) seen here in its early stages of construction

Associate Neil Whatley, who is originally from Dundee, said the firm is prepared for an “open and proactive” conversation with local residents

He told the Evening Telegraph: “We’re still in the pre-application period, which means we have to wait at least 12 weeks before we submit a planning application.

“The upside of that is that we can be open and proactive, and collaborative. The project is still in its early days and we’re looking at a variety of proposals and consulting on a number of options.”

Mr Whatley said that, rather than being a closed-off meeting, the March forum would be a true “consultation” – but added that an appetite for modern offices would not go away.

He added: “There are great opportunities in Dundee, but there are businesses who like the idea of modern, collaborative open workspaces.

“It’s quite possible we’ll be coming along with several options for the site — it’s all just part of what could become a planning application. This is definitely a consultation on the future of this site.”

First phase of HALO Kilmarnock submitted for detailed planning

The first phase of the HALO regeneration plan in Kilmarnock has now been submitted to East Ayrshire Council for detailed planning permission following the recent approval of planning permission in principle for the development masterplan.

Located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, the HALO Kilmarnock is being shaped as a multifaceted brown-field regeneration that will create “an innovative, inspirational and imaginative urban park with a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter”.

Its low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network will address fuel costs on the site and have the capability of being extended to service other areas of the community – a first for the UK.

The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and key worker private rental accommodation.

A cornerstone of the development will be the HALO Enterprise & Innovation Hub which is a 55,000sq.ft, three-storey building comprising vibrant interior spaces that will accommodate a number of enterprising and collaborative organisations and forms Phase I of the overall development.

The steel and concrete structure will be clad in profiled curtain walling and spandrel panels working in harmony to create a light, contemporary appearance consistent with the distinctive HALO brand. The project also features a Virtual Reality Café and ancillary retail and merchandising. A lower ground level plant room houses the equipment for the deep-well District Heating Network; the first time this technology has been used in a mixed-use project in the UK.

Construction of the building is expected to complete in Autumn 2019.

Keppie are architects for the project, with Dougal Baillie providing civil / structural engineering services and Ramboll providing M&E services. Landscape design is by TGP.

Marie Macklin, founder of the HALO, said: “With outline planning consent secured, I’m thrilled that we are maintaining the momentum on this important project with our submission for detailed planning consent for the HALO Enterprise & Innovation Hub, which will form the beating heart of this development. This is a major milestone for the project and for Keppie and the rest of the design team and it’s a delight to be working with them.

Developer moves into Scotland with Glasgow build-to-rent plan

A developer and operator of private rented housing has announced a major brownfield regeneration project right in the heart of Glasgow as its first development in Scotland.

PLATFORM_, which already has 580 homes under management in the joint venture in key commuter towns and employment hubs across England, has acquired a two-acre site in Central Quay.

The project will deliver over 400 purpose-built rental homes on the site, which will be constructed around a landscaped courtyard and come with a host of on-site amenities such as concierge, residents’ lounge and gym.

Designed by Glasgow-based architects Keppie Design, PLATFORM_’s development will form a crucial part of the Central Quay regeneration, which will offer 300,000 sq. ft. of office space and a 150 room hotel in addition to the apartments. The Glasgow site is the company’s second new-build project after its 350 unit scheme in central Sheffield, which was announced last April.

Purchased from Harbert Management Corporation and XLB Property, who secured planning permission for the Central Quay masterplan last month, the acquisition marks PLATFORM_’s entrance into the Scottish rental market. It will be one of Glasgow’s first build-to-rent projects. The transaction was brokered by GVA.

The acquisition is part of PLATFORM_’s plan to commit to 5,000 units within five years. The company currently has a pipeline of 1,500 units, and is actively seeking further sites across the UK.

To help support its expansion, PLATFORM_ recently hired a new finance director and boosted its development team with two new project managers.

Jean-Marc Vandevivere, CEO of PLATFORM_, said: “Being our first site in Scotland and second new-build project, the Glasgow acquisition is a major milestone for the business, as we look to deliver high quality, accessibly-priced private rented housing in key locations across the country.”

Stewart Knight, acquisitions director of PLATFORM_, said: “Perfectly positioned by the city centre and right in the heart of a major regeneration project, PLATFORM_ Glasgow is well primed to help support the city’s ongoing growth and transformation, and will provide hundreds of much needed quality rental homes. We’re constantly evaluating other opportunities across the UK with a view to adding more sites to our build-to-rent pipeline.”

Paul Broad, GVA Glasgow, added: “This deal is a landmark moment for not only the Scottish build-to-rent sector, which had previously seen less activity than in England, but also the Glasgow property market, highlighting growing investor confidence and a genuine sense of momentum behind both.”

Keppie collaborations in Singapore recognised in international awards

Assisi Hospice

A new hospice project in Singapore, completed by Keppie Design in collaboration with local practice New Space Architects, has won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award.

The project was also shortlisted for an award in the World Architecture Festival in the Completed Health Buildings category.

The Assisi Hospice is a patient-centric palliative care facility, with a capacity of 85 beds, of which 80 are in the adult ward alongside a 5-bed paediatric ward. It is the first new generation hospice in Singapore, prompted by the development of the National Strategy for Palliative Care.

Currently the biggest hospice in Singapore, the six-storey building is expected to serve more than 2000 patients yearly, doubling its previous capability. The building has been recognised as a peaceful, calm, dignified and life-affirming place for patients, family members and end-of-life care staff.

The project is the second recent healthcare project in Singapore in which Keppie have been involved. The Kampung Admiralty scheme, developed in collaboration with WOHA Architects, won the Gold Certificate at the BCA BIM Awards in October, having previously picked up a BCA Green Mark Platinum Award and the Universal Design Mark GoldPLUS (Design) Award ahead of its completion.

The project involved the integration of a host of facilities and amenities to form an 11-storey retirement kampung (community) or active ageing hub. It is the first development in Singapore to integrate housing for the elderly with a medical centre, eldercare and childcare centres, a community park, vegetable farm, 900-seat hawker centre and 20 dining and retail outlets.

Keppie Design director, David Ross, said: “It’s gratifying to see these projects being acknowledged and rewarded. Both were great to work on and the collaborative relationships formed with the local lead practices were very positive and enduring.”

Green light for £130m Lochaber alloy wheels plant

Highland councillors have approved plans for an alloy wheel manufacturing facility at Fort William in Lochaber.

The facility, which involves an investment in excess of £130 million and will sustain and create around 570 jobs, was unveiled by industrial group GFG Alliance in September.

Lying to the west of the existing aluminium smelter in Fort William, the proposals for the Liberty Aluminium Lochaber Ltd facility include redevelopment of part of a former brownfield site on which a former carbon factory stood.

Architects Keppie Design said the factory buildings have been designed to look like aluminium ingots (or slabs).

Councillors approved the significant planning proposals subject to a number of detailed conditions relating to transport and traffic management; environmental management; and historical and archaeological management among other conditions.

Chair of the council’s south planning applications committee, Councillor Jimmy Gray, welcomed the decision as a “huge turnaround for the Highlands and in particular Lochaber”.

He added: “There are very few areas in Scotland and indeed the UK where we could see such a dramatic investment in manufacturing and industry. This is the only aluminium smelter left in the UK so this is of national significance. There is a real potential for Liberty to invest in Fort William and Lochaber and we have a whole change agenda in this development that provides huge opportunities.

“I would like to commend and give thanks to our local planning team and the officers involved who processed and prepared this major planning application. This was an extensive piece of work and they have done an excellent job.”

Lochaber leader, Councillor Andrew Baxter, added: “This is a once in a generation opportunity and Liberty Group should be applauded for this contribution to the economy and community. Up to 400 direct jobs will be created at the facility which will also help secure the existing 170 jobs at the smelter.”

Consent granted for mixed-use quarter in central Glasgow

Planning permission has been granted for a new mixed-use quarter including 400 new homes in central Glasgow.

The masterplan for Central Quay, a seven-acre site on the western edge of Glasgow city centre, also includes over 300,000 sq. ft. of offices, a 150-bed hotel, food and retail units and an extensive public realm.

Central Quay is prominent from the Kingston Bridge and has been a brownfield site for several years. It is bounded by Anderston Station and the river Clyde and is owned and managed by Harbert Management Corporation (Europe) LLC and XLB Property. Both are advised by GVA and CBRE and the masterplan was designed by architects Keppie Design.

Tony Lawson of XLB said: “Central Quay is a significant site and its regeneration is long overdue. It will now provide a major new mixed-use quarter to the western edge of Glasgow City Centre close to the SSE Hydro, Scottish Exhibition Centre and major transport hubs.

“The masterplan is designed around a vibrant high-quality environment, providing new homes and offices plus supporting amenities. Harbert Management Corporation (Europe) LLC and XLB Property are in discussions with a major PRS developer to ‘pump prime’ the waterfront site. The first phase of development is expected to commence towards the end of 2018.”

Due to Central Quay’s location on the periphery of Glasgow city centre, the Grade-A office space will be available to pre-let at significantly less than city centre rents, which are now in excess of £30.00 per sq. ft. and reliant on refurbished stock with little speculative development in the pipeline and no new Grade A space with large floor plates anticipated in the city centre until 2021.

As well as the Central Quay masterplan, there is presently 30,000 sq. ft. of office space for rent at the adjacent 2 Central Quay.

Scotland’s first purpose-built film & TV studio wins formal government backing

Scottish ministers have granted planning permission in principle for the country’s first purpose-built film and TV studio following a long-running planning battle.

Developers PSL Land Ltd said the Pentland Studios, which will be based near Straiton, outside Edinburgh, could help kick-start Scotland’s film industry and create more than 900 jobs.

The decision to back the Keppie-designed facility overturns an earlier recommendation from a Scottish Government reporter that permission be refused.

The proposal was called in by the government after Midlothian Council failed to make a ruling on the application, which was originally submitted in 2014. Ministers deemed the studio to be of “national significance” and used its Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals to rule on the application.

Developers behind the £850 million development on the site of the St James shopping centre in Edinburgh tried to block the plans last January amid fears it could undermine its own project.

WSP in Edinburgh, which has been instrumental in helping client PSL Land Ltd achieve planning permission in principle, has welcomed the decision.

The engineering professional services consulting firm was appointed in 2014 to assist in the planning of the world-class film and TV studio. As the project progresses onto the next stage, the team in Edinburgh will continue to support on the civil and structural, environmental and geotechnical areas of the project.

PSL Land Ltd is now working towards securing planning in detail.

David Campbell, technical director at WSP, said: “We are delighted that the scheme has been granted planning permission from the Scottish Government. It’s truly a unique project and we’ve enjoyed helping Pentland Studios in the planning process. We now look forward to start working on the next stage.”

Director of development for PSL, Jim O’Donnell, added: “We are extremely pleased to have reached this major milestone in the studio complex’s journey, after a considerable period of time and work to date. We particularly want to thank those including WSP who have supported the project throughout the past three years, and we look forward to reaching the next milestone as soon as possible.”

NHS Orkney hospital tops out

NHS Orkney tops out

A ceremony has taken place to mark a major milestone for NHS Orkney’s new flagship hospital and healthcare facility.

The £64 million project will see the development of a purpose built facility to replace the existing Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, two GP practices and the Public Dental Service.

NHS Orkney chief executive, Cathie Cowan, and members of the NHS Orkney Board, formally held the topping out ceremony alongside representatives from Robertson Group.

Cathie Cowan said: “This is a proud moment for NHS Orkney and marks a vital step towards ensuring we can continue to provide high quality care in Orkney for generations to come.

“We are absolutely delighted that this stage of the project has been reached, with our fantastic new facility a step closer to reality. NHS Orkney staff have worked tirelessly to make this happen, and local residents have been incredibly patient and supportive. Once again, my thanks go to the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust for their support in this project.

“This will be a truly first class facility and the benefits it brings shouldn’t be underestimated. On a personal level it is great to see our hospital and healthcare facility take shape. I am in no doubt that this facility will enable us to provide even better care and services, as well as help us attract clinical professionals from across the country and further afield. When I joined NHS Orkney we had a vision to bring where appropriate and safe, more services back to Orkney. I am delighted this vision is now a reality as a result of this significant investment in healthcare here in Orkney.”

Bill Robertson, founder and executive chairman, Robertson Group, added: “Tremendous progress has been made on the new hospital and healthcare facility since work started earlier this year. The topping out ceremony represents a major milestone and brings us one step closer to completing the facility in 2019.

“Many of our businesses have been involved in the project, from Capital Projects to Construction and Facilities Management – and that expertise has been crucial in building a strong partnership with NHS Orkney.

“We have also forged great relationships with the local community, putting them at the heart of the project and providing apprentice and graduate opportunities, not to mention creating opportunities for local SMEs.”

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Keppie Design has been appointed as architects, while AECOM and TUV SUD make up the rest of the successful team.

Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff secured the role of Independent Tester on the project last year.

The scheme is due to be completed in spring 2019.

Fresh proposals lodged for former Dundee College campus

VOX DundeeRevised plans to transform a former Dundee College campus into flats and apartments have been lodged with the city council.

Keppie Design and Whiteburn Projects, which had previously gained planning permission to covert the 1970s building in 2015, have now drawn up new plans to include 111 rental flats and 24 serviced apartments together with a café, laundry, cinema, gym and co-working spaces.

Covering an area of 2.26 acres, Vox Dundee will retain and enhance the existing structure through the sensitive removal of elements which inhibit development in order to provide a sustainable future for the crumbling college building.

The west wing of the development would comprise solely residential apartments while the east wing would be made up of a mix of residential and serviced accommodation.

VOX Dundee 2Moves to transform the building, which closed its doors for the final time six years ago, have been in the pipeline since 2014.

Whiteburn Projects was previously granted planning permission to convert the building into 110 one and two-bedroom flats.

The £15 million project was given the green light, but in summer last year factors including the UK voting to leave the European Union led the investment pool to conclude that putting money into property in Dundee was regarded as having a higher-risk profile and the funds were no longer available.

VOX Dundee 3In a statement Keppie wrote: “This model supports Scottish Government’s active pursuit of a private rental sector that provides good quality homes with a high standard of management. The Vox model is fundamentally sustainable: in Britain we continue to swallow green belt and expand our suburbs, in search of bigger homes, bigger gardens and ‘idealised’ communities.

“Meanwhile many of our city centres have declined. It is not enough to tell people that city living is more sustainable. To encourage people to recolonise our urban centres we need to make our cities ‘liveable’. Vox provides a prototype for development that we believe could contribute to a sustainable future for our cities.”