We are delighted to report that our building is now open to the public. Passengers from cruise liners are being welcomed on arrival on the ground floor and patrons are enjoying fine dining at the latest Scotts Restaurant on the top floor. The restaurant’s own website can be viewed here and recent photographs have been posted on our own website. This dramatic picture, reproduced with kind permission of Janet Boyle shows the sun rising through the building on midsummer’s morning. We hope to report on the opening of the third element of the building, the Wyllieum, (an exhibition space run by the George Wyllie Trust), in our Autumn newsletter.
Student Housing, Cambridge
We have been commissioned by the Unex Group to design student residences in Cambridge. The client approached us after seeing our work for Anglia Ruskin University in Young Street and New Street. That development won Cambridge Building of the Year in 2016. This project envisages about 100 bedrooms and communal facilities. Pre-application discussions with Cambridge planners are currently ongoing. Images shows the courtyard.
Garden Pavilion, Maggie's Edinburgh
We have been involved with the Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh since 1994 when Maggie and Charles Jencks commissioned us to convert a disused stable building at the Western General Hospital. Never did we imagine that the movement, number of centres, and indeed the building in Edinburgh, would expand so dramatically. After we opened the very first centre in 1997 an extension followed in 2009 and then a second extension completed in 2022. Now we have completed the smallest project there, a garden pavilion generously funded by the Mickel family. It sits at the end of a beautiful garden designed by Emma Keswick.
Papple Steading, East Lothian
Tender returns have been received and these are currently being assessed with the intention for a site start in September this year. Image shows the living room of one of the apartments.
NEWS OF PROJECTS ON SITE
Portal, Trinity College Dublin's Innovation Hub
Currently on site with initial demolition work underway. This includes removal of the existing roof structure and demolition of the old central wall opening up what will become the main office space. The webpage for this project can be viewed here.
Macmillan Hub and North Edinburgh Arts
Construction is progressing well on site with the completion of both the steel and timber frames. The external brickwork skin is almost complete, with the “shoal of fish” gradient taking shape on the east elevation facing MacMillan Square. Internally, the partitions in the nursery near completion and now the rooms in the Library and Skills Hub are beginning to take shape. The webpage for this project can be viewed here.
40 members of the 20th Century Society visited Richard’s own house in May as part of a three day intensive study tour of the city. They also visited three of our housing projects and the office in the Breakfast Mission during their stay.
Gullane Open Day and House Warming
Clients Graeme and Kim Ritchie hosted an 'open afternoon' at their new house for friends of the office. A couple of weeks later they also hosted a house warming evening, both were well attended.
Exhibition at Hart Street
We have been collaborating with the artist Linda Green since the first Maggie's Centre. She advises us on colours and colour combinations and we have now worked with her on over twenty projects. This festival, she is curating an exhibition of her own work in Richard's house at Hart Street, details below. Come and see her work which will be hung throughout the house.
Linda Green - Dark Matter Festival Exhibition at 2b Hart Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RN RIBA House of The Year in 2016
13th – 20th August 2023 Daily 11am – 5 pm
Book of the Week!
Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited, Richard’s most recent book on the venetian architect Carlo Scarpa was named “book of the week” by the German architecture review 'Redaktion Die Architekt'. You can read the review in either German or English here.
On the day of the Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication in honour of King Charles III at St Giles, our project at Donaldson's School was treated to a flyover by the Red Arrows!