WELCOME TO THE SUMMER 2022 NEWSLETTER OF RICHARD MURPHY ARCHITECTS
NEWS OF EXISTING PROJECTS
Lemon Tree Arts Venue, Aberdeen
Following on from a successful presentation to the Board of Aberdeen Performing Arts, we are delighted to announce that they have now commissioned the design team to proceed to submission of a planning application. The project involves the radical rebuilding of two existing performance venues, a new rehearsal facility, reorganised backstage area, foyer and café/bar. Images will be posted when the planning application has been lodged. For those interested in what currently happens there, this is their website. The image on the left shows the building when it was St Katherine's Club, or 'St K's' as it was known locally, built in the 1930's by the Young Woman's Christian Organisation as an activity centre for women and a community centre. The image on the right shows the opposite end of the building.
Papple Steading submitted for planning permission
Our project for Papple Steading, near Haddington, has been submitted for planning permission to East Lothian Council. Details can be seen on a new webpage. The project envisages an octagonal conference and function room, a café, agricultural museum and holiday accommodation. We hope to be on site by July 2023.
New Filmhouse, Edinburgh, to be resubmitted for planning permission
After a long negotiation with the planning department we are resubmitting an amended planning application for the Filmhouse in August, with the hope that permission will be secured by the end of the year. Image shows the model of the proposed new Filmhouse in Festival Square.
New National Centre for Music, Edinburgh, (formerly the Royal High School), plus AHAA lecture
In mid-June the Royal High School was the venue for a very successful "Hidden Doors" festival of bands, art and performances. Thousands visited the site and it was wonderful to see both the inside and outside spaces full of activity for the first time in many years. In the meantime we are progressing with the technical design of both new and existing buildings with major demolitions due to commence in September. Image copyright: Chris Scott
Meanwhile, Richard has accepted an invitation by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland to give a lecture "Adaptation and Development: Transforming the former Royal High School, and other projects" on Monday 9th January, 2023, at St Augustine's Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Tickets will be available from the Society in due course.
Portal, Trinity College Dublin's Innovation Hub
Following a review of the project scope and requirements by Trinity and a resultant adjustment to elements of the scheme, it is now due to go out to tender in July, with an expected start on construction in October this year. Image shows the interior view looking east.
The Anglia Ruskin University Department of Music Therapy receives The Queen's Anniversary Prize
We were delighted to hear that the Music Therapy team led by our client Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, was awarded the prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize for their work. Since 2014 the Department has operated from our conversion of the "Radical School", a derelict historic primary school located at the centre of our much larger project, the Young Street campus. More details can be read here.
NEWS OF PROJECTS ON SITE
Greenock Ferry Terminal & The Wyllieum
Internal and external works are progressing. Heron Bros. are currently fitting first fix services and continuing with the external cladding and the project is programmed to be completed in September 2022.
Macmillan Hub and North Edinburgh Arts
Work has started on site following the demolition of the existing library building and Robertson Construction are currently laying foundations and substructure in preparation for the first elements of the steel frame which are due on site later this month. Completion of the building is programmed for Autumn 2023. Image shows a sectional view.
House at Gullane
Our house for Graeme and Kim Ritchie is barrelling towards completion. With the black external cladding in place, the large sliding glass doors (which are so central to the design) are being installed, meaning the final internal finishes can follow. We hope for the clients to move in before August, when they can enjoy landscaping the garden throughout the late Summer. Image shows our clients on site.
Richard attended a book launch in London for the book "Being Ted Cullinan", a collection of 30 essays by those who worked with him or knew him well. Richard contributed one of those essays. Readers may remember that Ted spoke at the 25th anniversary of the practice "Murphfest" in 2016. The book is edited by Ian Latham and Alan Berman and is published by Rightangle Publishing and retails at £25.00.
The architectural guide "Maggie's Centres: On the Road", is published this month and features our work for Maggie's as part of an overview of the importance of Maggie's Centre, and the role that architecture has in supporting their work. Copies can be bought from the RIBA books website retailing at £17.00 plus shipping.
As reported above Richard will be talking to the AHSS on 9th January. He also gave a talk to "Manovarchitettura" a festival of architecture in Mantova last month, about the work of the practice and Scarpa's influence on him.
The winged lion of St Marks comes to Hart Street. As many readers know the roof terrace at Richard's house is a homage to Scarpa's 1962 garden in the Querini Stampalia in Venice including identical concrete walls and glass tiles from the same Venetian manufacturer. All that was missing was a winged stone lion, the symbol of Venice, and this has now been supplied by local sculptor Tommy Thompson of Longniddry, a commission dating from before lockdown but worth the wait!