Threesixty Architecture

Robertson selected for £4.5m Inverness life sciences building

Robertson Northern has been appointed to construct a new £4.5 million building on Inverness Campus to support growth in life sciences and technology sectors.

Inverness Campus developer Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned the firm to build the new 2460 m2 facility. It will be called ‘Solasta House’ and will offer flexible laboratory and office space for new and expanding companies.

The new building is expected to take around a year to complete, and will provided much needed accommodation to meet growing demand.

Five companies – Aqua Pharma, 4C Engineering, Interactive Health, CorporateHealth International and Aseptium – already have space in the existing life sciences building, Aurora House. This is also the home for the business accelerator programme, Pathfinder. The level of interest in the remaining space suggests Aurora House could be full by the summer.

At least 40% of the cost of the Solasta House will be met by the European Regional Development Fund, with the remainder coming from HIE. The building will sit within the life sciences Enterprise Area, which offers incentives such as rates relief to attract companies into the region.

Ruaraidh MacNeil, HIE’s Inverness Campus project director, said: “Inverness Campus is proving to be an attractive and dynamic location for many life sciences and technology businesses. The availability of modern flexible premises, proximity to the university, the NHS and other partners, and increasing opportunities for collaboration appeals to both existing and prospective tenants.

“Having welcomed several new firms onto the Campus over the past year or two, we are now in discussion with prospective tenants for both the remaining space in Aurora House and space in Solasta House. This reflects the attraction of Inverness Campus to investors and businesses, as well as the continued growth in the life sciences sector in our region.”

Solasta House was designed by Threesixty Architecture and received planning consent in April 2017.

The 215-acre Inverness Campus site is designed to provide a range of academic, research and commercial opportunities, with an emphasis on the life sciences sector.

Frank Reid, managing director, Robertson Northern, said: “It’s with great pleasure that we are, once again, involved in the development of HIE’s Inverness Campus.

“Having previously built two phases of student accommodation on the campus site, we will be starting construction of Solasta House, a new purpose built Life Sciences and Technology building.

“Construction will begin later this month and during our time on site, we will continue to engage with students, outlining the opportunities that are available within the construction industry as part of our ongoing commitment to young people.”

Glasgow’s Garment Factory undergoes £6m revamp

The Garment Factory office development in Glasgow city centre has achieved practical completion following an extensive refurbishment project undertaken by Castleforge Partners.

A category ‘B’ listed building located at the corner of Ingram Street and Montrose Street in the Merchant City Central Conservation Area, the Garment Factory is one of Glasgow’s most notable buildings. It provides 47,382 sq ft of high quality retail and design-focused office space over seven floors.

The £6 million refurbishment project, undertaken by a team which includes lead contractor ISG, project manager PMP and architect Morgan McDonnell Architecture Ltd, involved combining the restoration of the original features, including exposed ceilings, steel and brickwork, wooden flooring and ornate staircases, with the introduction of contemporary finishes throughout to provide a 21st century workplace.

An impressive over-sized entrance lobby/reception with two new high-speed lifts, on-site café and breakout space has been created on Montrose Street to serve the office floors above. Two new retail/restaurant units on Montrose Street and Ingram Street have been formed and offer quirky features including covered outdoor dining areas and a triple level spiral staircase, which is attracting interest from leisure operators and boutique breweries. The basement area has shower and changing facilities as well as lockers and a cycle storage area, event space, games room and communal kitchen with LED lighting throughout.

Works on the open plan office space over the upper six floors included a full overhaul of the suites with the introduction of new finishes in keeping with the building’s listed status.

The existing stairwells have been retained and refurbished and the building’s mechanical and electrical services have been replaced and upgraded. The exterior of the red sandstone building has also been conserved and the roof has been extensively overhauled.

Rachael Pittaway from Castleforge Partners said:  “It’s great news that we can announce we’ve achieved practical completion at the Garment Factory; it really is a beautiful building in a great location and we’re very proud of the finished result. We wanted to restore the building’s original industrial aesthetic and emphasise the warehouse/factory origins by making features of the cast iron columns and leaving services exposed to allow the original fabric of the building to shine.

“Our aim was to create a flagship office and leisure development in Merchant City and to provide a fantastic working environment for creatives and corporates alike.  We have invested significantly in the upgrade project and are confident the large, efficient floor-plates, which are rare to find in a building with such character and quality specification in Glasgow, will appeal to a wide variety of occupiers.”

Architectural practice Threesixty Architecture and digital services provider Incremental Group were confirmed as the first occupiers for The Garment Factory earlier this year.  Threesixty Architecture has taken the entire top floor, comprising 8,374 sq ft of space, and Incremental Group will occupy the whole of the fifth floor, extending to 8,353 sq ft.  Both firms are currently undertaking fit-out works ahead of taking occupation early next year.

Guy Morgan from Morgan McDonnell Architecture Ltd added:  “It has been a privilege to work on the revitalisation of this Victorian mercantile gem. We have been able to liberate the original layout and character of the building which had been hidden under years of unsympathetic alterations and subdivisions. We are very proud of the 21st century office and retail environment we have managed to create within.”

The Garment Factory is being marketed for let by Ryden.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery revamp submitted for planning

Inverness Museum and Gallery bridge-street-night-1_webHighland Council has submitted plans to transform the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).

Developed in collaboration with Threesixty Architecture and Lightfolio, the proposals will also see the urban environment surrounding the building enhanced to make it safer and more attractive to visitors.

Under the plans, Castle Wynd would be pedestrianised, with a series of vertical metal “fins” proposed there, which would be of various heights, freestanding or wall mounted, and incorporating LEDs for a variety of lighting effects.

Through the installation of the illuminated fins, attention will be drawn away from the IMAG building and towards the streetscape, river, and castle. The lighting will be changeable and interactive, responding to specific events and festivals within the Highland capital.

As part of the works, the existing patchwork of signage and panels on the IMAG building will be removed and replaced with simple signage to complement the overall concept.

A design statement, lodged with the application, states: “Many of the areas to be addressed are in various states of disrepair, or present unsightly views to passers by.

“In particular, the service areas of both the Imag and Shapla Restaurant are fully visible to the public.

“The Castle Steps are currently not a desirable route for pedestrians due to their condition, and Castle Wynd currently prioritises vehicles over pedestrians.

“The Imag entrance location is not immediately apparent to visitors, and the signage does the building no favours.”

The statement adds: “The Castle Steps and Castle Wynd present an opportunity to create appealing pedestrian routes that connect Bridge Street (and the high street), the river, the castle, and the museum.

“The overall site is positioned in a central location and has the opportunity to make a significant visual impact on the heart of Inverness.”

Threesixty Architecture appointed to deliver Orkney Research and Innovation Campus

Plans for the primary school

Plans for the primary school

Threesixty Architecture has been appointed for the redevelopment of the Old Academy and former primary school of Stromness.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council have joined together to create a research, academia and business campus in Stromness. The campus will house both existing and future occupants such as institutes, consultancies and new start companies, thereby generating long term economic development across Orkney.

Seating AreaThe design by Threesixty Architecture will renovate and unify the two existing buildings as one campus. Each building will feature new entrances, improved circulation, open plan offices, and shared meeting spaces which frame views to the Stromness harbour to create an inspiring setting for users and visitors alike.

The historic Old Academy building façades will be largely preserved while the primary school envelope will be entirely upgraded, harmonising it within the urban context of Stromness.

16098IA_170427_Academy 4Torrance Partnership (Project Manager), TGP (Landscape Architects), CDMM (Building Services) and Fairhurst (Structural Engineers) complete the project team.

The project will start on site 2017 and has a planned completion date for both buildings in 2019.

Threesixty Architecture appoints former Keppie MD to lead new Perth office

Threesixty directors (from left) Back Row: Alan Anthony, Rory Kellett, Martin English. Front Row: Stefano Faiella, Gillian Allan, Kieron Goodman

Threesixty directors (from left) Back Row: Alan Anthony, Rory Kellett, Martin English. Front Row: Stefano Faiella, Gillian Allan, Kieron Goodman

Threesixty Architecture has recruited architect Martin English as a board director to lead the creation of a new Perth studio.

In a move which will involve a significant six figure investment for the practice, Threesixty will also recruit four new designers and move into new premises in the city next month.

The news brings the headcount to 44 and adds to a wealth of experience in the business which has delivered strong profit growth and expects to double turnover this year to £2.5m from existing studios in Glasgow and Inverness.

Alan Anthony, managing director, Threesixty Architecture, said: “Along with my fellow board directors, I am very pleased to welcome Martin to Threesixty. Martin has an exceptional level of experience as a senior leader in the industry for a long time but in addition, he understands the local market and shares our approach to high quality design and first class client care.

“We are moving forward with confidence thanks to the loyalty of our clients from which we have a strong history of repeat work.  It’s rewarding to see our projects benefit from the talent of our multi-cultural team who share our work ethics around collaborative working.  We perform best as one team enjoying each other’s input and allowing us to deliver the best results for our clients.

“We are now working closely with Martin in the creation of the new Perth studio and we look forward to welcoming a whole new team to the Threesixty family. We may benefit from scale going forward, but I will be working hard to make sure everyone enjoys the feeling of a bigger team working together towards a shared vision.”

Martin English joins a board of six directors in the business after a career in which he was managing director of Keppie Design for eight years. The news also follows the recent appointment of senior architect Anthony Fusi who was recruited to Threesixty after a running a studio in Manchester for a national firm. The combined team over three studios enables the practice to service a growing client list across the UK.

Threesixty was formed eight years ago and is involved in a number of key projects in Scotland including a role as lead designers of the Blackdog Masterplan in Aberdeenshire, a 750,000 sq ft new commercial centre for Ashfield Land which includes retail, leisure, commercial and industrial space.

Plans submitted for UHI student accommodation block

Dornoch UHIPlans have been submitted for a 40 bed accommodation block in Dornoch for the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Designed by ThreeSixty Architecture, the development will form part of a larger roll out of accommodation in the region for the university

Dornoch UHI 3Proposed for a derelict abattoir site near Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the accommodation will serve students undertaking UHI’s professional golf degree.

Developer Cityheart Ltd said the singles rooms would be spaced across two-storeys and would give students access to shared kitchens and living spaces. There would also be parking spaces for residents outside.

These proposals will soon go out to public consultation and it is hoped that if plans get the go ahead, the facilities could open by May 2017.

Planning consent for £1.65m Highland community centre

Aultbea Community CentreThe Highland Council has approved plans for a £1.65 million community centre in the small fishing village of Aultbea.

Designed by ThreeSixty Architecture for the Aultbea Regeneration Company, the project will offer a multi-use sports hall in addition to a smaller space for more intimate meetings.

A café and two retail units will also be built, positioning the hall at the heart of community life.

Aultbea Community Centre retailIn a statement ThreeSixty Architecture wrote: “Aultbea Community Centre is inspired by the forms of the traditional Scottish Blackhouse, and Aultbea’s Nissen Hut. The internal space forming the main hall is enclosed by ancillary accommodation which read as habitable walls.

“The main hall itself responds to the community’s aspiration for a vaulted ceiling that is top lit, to give a light and airy atmosphere whilst maintaining a sense of protection and enclosure.

“Framed views to the distant Torridon mountains have been captured in the main café area. This acts as a social hub connecting the community to the activities that will take place within the hall, providing a tranquil well lit space for reflection.

“The elegant form of the vaulted roof is carried through to the plan, using the building’s fabric to create a dynamic entrance sequence, siphoning people into the building and allowing the internal spaces to unravel and reveal themselves to the visitor. The gable end of the barrel roof is glazed to flood the entrance with light.”

‘Eye catching’ new exterior planned for Inverness Museum

cladding_proposalPlans have been submitted to encase the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery with aluminium cladding to improve the environment in front of the castle in advance of the long term proposals for the castle and surrounding areas.

The Highland Council, working in partnership with High Life Highland, said the “bold, eye catching” cladding will enhance visibility of the existing building and will provide greater awareness of the museum to visitors and tourists.

Designed by local architects Three sixty Architecture, the cladding will be made from maintenance-free light sandstone coloured anodised, perforated aluminium to complement the neighbouring stone of the Town House building.  Given the light reflective properties of the wrapping, it will change appearance throughout the day and night.

The perforation pattern has been designed to reflect a map of Inverness, the River Ness and Caledonian Canal and will be finished with perforated, varying circles and a mix of polished and matt surfaces.  The panels will be back-lit using LED lighting to provide a graded glow through the perforations.

The cladding will be funded as part of the approved £3 million Inverness City Deal funding.

If approved, the proposals form part of the wider enhancement and regeneration of the city centre and will complement plans to improve Castle Wynd and the neighbouring north tower of Inverness Castle, as well as the recently completed River Ness flood alleviation and streetscape works.

The Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area, Councillor Helen Carmichael, said: “This is an exciting start to the regeneration of the city centre and the project to transform the Castle and surrounding area into an attractive place people want to spend time in. I think adding the cladding to a building which at the moment is easy to overlook, is an imaginative and creative way to quickly have an impact and make the heart of Inverness more attractive. If the application is approved, I will be looking forward to seeing the striking effect the eye-catching cladding will have.”

Ian Murray, chief executive of High Life Highland, said: “We are delighted with these proposals to highlight the museum and make it more obvious to visitors. We have recently changed the winter hours to 5 day opening and upgraded the café and shop to enable the museum to play a greater role in attracting visitors to this part of the city and holding them longer. We hope to do our part, along with the business community, to help Inverness thrive.”

Work is planned to commence in the late summer of 2016.

£2m life sciences premises completed at Inverness Campus

Life Science Building ExternalHighlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has opened the doors to a new £2.2 million facility for life sciences companies on the 215 acre Inverness Campus site.

Designed to encourage collaboration between research and industry, the BREEAM Excellent rated premises has been delivered with the flexibility to be tailored to individual tenant requirements; including the provision of laboratories, meeting areas and office space.

There is also additional space for expansion on the plot surrounding the new life sciences building, one of six on Inverness Campus with Life Sciences Enterprise Area status.

Inverness architect Threesixty Architecture designed the 1,000m2 unit to allow use in its entirety by a single occupier or sub-division into up to six individual units.

The building was constructed by Morrison Construction.

Ruaraidh MacNeil, HIE’s project director for Inverness Campus, said the opening of the life sciences facility is a significant milestone in the development of the site.

He said: “Providing a modern purpose-built facility for life sciences companies marks the start of the expansion of the business side of the Campus. We can offer life science companies state-of-the-art facilities in a beautiful environment where they can grow their businesses by sharing knowledge and expertise with other like-minded companies.”

Environmental impact is a priority for HIE at Inverness Campus and the life sciences building has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating for sustainable design which includes air-source heat pumps.

Inverness Campus is designed to bring business, health research and educational organisations together to promote collaborative knowledge transfer and build on the progress the Highlands and Islands has already made in creating skilled jobs in these sectors.  The Campus is expected to be one of the main drivers in the region’s economy with independent research estimating that over the next five years it has the potential to support up to 1,300 jobs on site and a further 940 jobs across the Highlands and Islands.

2017 date set for new Dundee city centre cinema complex

wellgate dundee5

Plans to transform Dundee’s Wellgate Shopping Centre into a leisure destination with a brand new cinema complex should come to fruition by 2017, it has been revealed.

Dundee City Council has already granted permission for a major overhaul of the shopping centre, including a 900-seat multi-screen cinema, with the aim of attracting more visitors and making the Wellgate a key part of the night-time economy.

A revamp of the Murraygate entrance has also been on the cards, with extensive use of glazing proposed to make the centre more welcoming.

John Sullivan, director of Light Cinemas, who will be the operator of the complex at the Wellgate Centre, said they have invested well over £100,000 already and, if all goes to plan, the doors of the new cinema should be open in 2017.

Speaking to local business owners at a DD One city centre group meeting, Mr Sullivan said: “We are committed to delivering this project and we’ve already spent well into six figures on the planning and tendering stages so far.

“And it’s important this happens as I think Dundee is sadly lacking when it comes to leisure in the city centre.

“Having cinemas out of town is not convenient for most people’s leisure habits. The natural home for these places is in a town or city centre.

“Most people like to link two activities together when going to the cinema and if it is way out of town, that just isn’t possible.”

Designed by Threesixty Architecture, the remodeling would see the multiplex inserted on floors three and four of the existing centre following a six month demolition process and 18 months of subsequent construction.