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Brighton Pier Boat Deck Replacement Locaon: Brighton, East Sussex Client: Brighton Marine Palace Pier (Noble Group) Value: £2,500,000 The Historic Brighton Palace Pier (Grade II* listed building) totals approximately 540m in length. Due to deteriora on, a new structure under the pier had to be installed with the exis ng structure s ll in place. Working under the pier structure provided CMP with a challenging marine environment in which to construct piles and new steel work. Limited head room clearance for machinery, old dilapidated steel works and large sea swells were just some of the challenges to overcome. In order to tackle these problems, CMP designed and built a suspended pla!orm under the pier. The use of this pla!orm facilitated access for the works to commence whilst also ensuring

maximum work me above the winter sea swells which were relentlessly hi"ng the south coast. The proposed new structure consisted of 24 new circular hollow sec on piles (CHS) with a diameter of 406mm. Due to the limited headroom when working underneath the pier structure the piles had to be cut into sec ons to facilitate the pile installa on; these were divided into short lengths and jointed together with bolted flange plates. The pile sec ons were then filled with micro-concrete to form the core. Due to the excessive swell and de condi ons the pier founda ons are exposed to, Protec ve an scour concrete jackets were installed underwater which surrounded the piles at sea bed level. The new pile sec ons were braced together with horizontal and diagonal CHS braces over 3 levels to support the pier deck, floor and columns to the exis ng structure.

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IT strategy enables construction firms Whilst the current business climate remains using software to ensure an accurate central hub or information repository that a challenging one, we’re increasingly seeing picture of past performance, present allows managers to share, reuse and firms turn to software as they recognise the needs and future requirements, businesses analyse project data and costs. This strategic and operational benefits it can are best placed to solve problems and plan information can, in turn, be used to inform bring, and have seen almost a 30% rise in future estimates and improve the accuracy more accurately for the future. software enquiries this year as a result. and speed of tender submissions. • Monitor labour productivity – It is Technology is a differentiator that can staggering how many construction firms’ • Bring together your data and support business growth, helping firms information - Save your business time, profit margins are eroded as a result of remain ahead of competitors by enhancing and allow instant access to relevant, up to productivity problems. Use software to the delivery and flexibility of their services date information with a SharePoint-based separate jobs within a project to help and improving efficiencies and operational intranet solution. A centralised environment identify discrepancies between labour effectiveness, so it’s no surprise we’ve seen estimates and actual labour costs. for all of your business critical documents, demand for our services soar. Separating jobs whilst still observing the full allowing multi-user access and version control. This will empower your workforce picture allows site managers to better by giving them the knowledge required to Wes Simmons, General Manager at Sage forecast cost-to-completion figures, improve business profitability and reduce Construction considers how IT can act as address current problems, and improve risk. With late payment of invoices recently future estimating and bidding accuracy, all a strategic enabler by making it easier for of which are central to maintaining identified as a common problem for construction companies to manage their construction firms, putting their businesses profitability. business processes. in jeopardy, a collaborative approach to • Automate your processes – By bringing data management can also ensure all of your data into a core ERP system, • Monitoring KPIs - Is part of every contractors have a full view of the health of you will reduce your manual input, and be construction firm’s business strategy. their supply chain and can better identify able to access and accurately report on Unified software solutions can enable troublesome suppliers in order to improve reliable information. managers to accurately monitor these cash flow. KPIs, obtain rapid KPI updates and make • Ensure your business has an integrated approach – Every any necessary changes in order to construction company should have a maintain a strategic business plan. By

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FMP delivers £70M schools' project Three major construction firms from Northern Ireland have collaborated to deliver a series of schools in a contract worth £70M in the Scottish Western Isles. Farrans, H&J Martin and Patton, working under the joint venture name of FMP, beat off stiff competition to win the construction contract for six schools as part of the Western Isles Schools Project (WISP) funded by the Scottish government. In the past seven years FMP has won around £350M of business including work on 45 educational facilities. The latest contract represents the single biggest ever capital project on the Western Isles. The WISP consisted of six schools in the Western Isles region: • The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis • West Side Primary School, Barvas, Isle of Lewis • Balivanich Primary School, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula

• Sir E Scott School, Tarbert, Isle of Harris • Point Primary School, Bayble, Isle of Lewis • Daliburgh Primary School, Daliburgh, Isle of South Uist The WISP generated £35M for the local economy and at its peak 300 jobs were created throughout the construction project with over 3,500 site inductions across the new school sites. Grant Robinson, Managing Director of FMP said: "The WISP contract represents a significant piece of business for FMP. Given the experience of this team we were always confident in our abilities to deliver a project of this magnitude. It has been a challenging

and rewarding series of projects to manage as working on an island created significant access and logistical barriers, while the weather conditions forced us to halt work on a number of occasions." Work on the schools, which comprised a mix of new build and refurbishment, began two years ago. Each of the schools has been designed to meet BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance. Combined, the six schools have provided over 28,000sq m of facility floor space and will accommodate almost 2,000 pupils in pre-school, primary and secondary education.

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Training Centre sees completion The Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (SFR) Training Centre is an educational facility spread across 30 acres in Clydesmill, Scotland. The project took over a year to complete, at a cost of £4.6M. The building is constructed over two floors and consists of training zones, lecture halls, auditoriums and a state-of-the-art command training suite. Designed with sustainability and low energy usage in mind, the SFR Training Centre incorporates a large number of eco-friendly features including wind turbines, biomass boilers, a rainwater harvesting system, and Jaga heating products. As a result of these sustainability initiatives, the SFR Training Centre’s main academic building has


been awarded a prestigious ‘Excellent’ rating by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). Jaga provided 500 metres of Mini Dynamic Canal trench heating to run alongside the large glass panels fitted throughout the expansive reception and the teaching rooms. This perimeter heating system recirculates and heats the cool air next to the glass, creating a continual warm ‘barrier’, and ensuring a comfortable learning environment for all occupants, even in the cold Scottish winters. The Mini Dynamic Canal uses Jaga’s LowH2O technology, and has also been fitted with Dynamic Boost Effect (DBE) technology. The result of the combination of these two

Jaga technologies is quick response, efficient and powerful heating. Jaga’s Deco Panel Vertical radiators were also installed in the corridors of the SFR Training Centre. Narrow and unobtrusive, the Deco Panel Vertical takes up minimal space in the long corridors, while its sleek and elegant design is in keeping with the modern aesthetic of the rest of the building. Darren Forbes, Project Engineer at Balfour Beatty, was keen to stress the benefits of using Jaga heating solutions on the project. He said: “Jaga was ideal for Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Training Centre. Their products have a proven track record as energy efficient and sustainable heat sources, as well as being understated and stylish, providing the perfect heating solution for this project.”

Rostek-UK wins contract at new Glasgow hospital Rostek-UK has been awarded a £200,000 contract to provide a facade access system at the new Glasgow South Hospital, which is being built on the existing Southern General Hospital site in the south west of the city. Working closely with the awarding contractor, Brookfield Multiplex Europe Ltd, on behalf of its client NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the solution provided by RostekUK is to install an Otte building maintenance unit (BMU) and RSS 133 monorail. Due for completion in 2015, the new acute care hospital will have 1,109 beds, of which 256 will be for children, and 30 modern operating theatres. It will also provide accident and emergency services and a full range of in-patient and day case paediatric services. Already completed within the complex is a separate laboratory block providing biochemistry, haematology and blood transfusion services. This is the second major project for RostekUK within the healthcare sector this year. The Company has previously been awarded two separate contracts at Bristol’s new Southmead Hospital, which are jointly worth almost £1M. Speaking about the latest contract, John Hepworth, Sales and Marketing Director of Rostek-UK said: “Once again we are proud to have been chosen for such a prestigious project. We are looking forward to working with the team at Brookfield Multiplex Europe to install the access systems on such a landmark building.”

Rockfon goes on civic duty at Moray Council Moray Council has recently moved into smart new Headquarters following a £4M conversion of a dilapidated former supermarket in Elgin High Street. Featuring a variety of acoustic ceiling solutions from Rockfon, the building has been given a new lease of life as a public access point, bringing together all the Council’s services in one central location. It has also been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for it’s environmentally friendly credentials. New rooflights ensure the work area benefits from plenty of natural daylight, reducing the requirement for artificial lighting and helping to cut energy bills. Ventilation is also by means of directional air vents in the roof, rather than air conditioning. These design features meant a traditional suspended ceiling was not suitable, but with in excess of 220 staff working in the main open plan area, noise levels needed to be controlled. This was achieved with the installation of 68 Rockfon Eclipse ceiling islands suspended throughout the main office, and 126sq m of

Rockfon Sonar Activity tiles directly fixed to the bulkheads. Eclipse ceiling islands are manufactured from stone wool resin bonded mineral wool and absorb sound from both sides of the panel to offer maximum acoustic control. The air can also circulate freely around the panel making Eclipse an ideal choice for thermal mass applications. Within the new building, several meeting rooms have also been created and Rockfon Koral and Alaska ceiling tiles were specified for these areas to provide functional ceilings with good levels of sound absorption. Linear Projects Ltd carried out the ceiling installations at Moray Council, as Stephen Holmes, Managing Director, explained: “Having worked with Rockfon for many years now, we knew their product range would enable us to meet all the functional, acoustic and aesthetic requirements of this project. The islands were really easy to hang and all the tiles are very easy to handle and install. We’re delighted with the result and, most importantly, so is the client.”

Dargavel Village comes to life with a click The multi-million pound development of Dargavel Village, Bishopton in Renfrewshire has launched a new website to offer outline information on the new homes, which will be available within the first phase of this major transformational project in the west of Scotland. offers information on the new homes being provided by CALA, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, and at this stage interested buyers can register their details on the website to be kept informed of the latest news direct from the developers. Remediation of the land ahead of the construction of the residential housing in Phase I is well underway. The first phase of the development, which will include housebuilders CALA, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, will be approximately 530 modern, energy efficient homes comprising two-, three-, four- and fivebedrooms on the BAE Systems owned site in Bishopton, making this one of the most exciting property developments taking place in the UK at the moment. Launching is an opportunity for prospective buyers to get a real sense of the range of styles and scope

of the first phase of new homes coming soon to this pretty village in Renfrewshire as Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland comments: "There’s already a lot of interest in the new homes that Dargavel Village, Bishopton will offer and we’re pleased that progress on-site means that we hope to be on sale later this year. “The website shows indicative street scenes of the new homes that Taylor Wimpey will deliver within the first phase of the development, and a sense of the quality, style and craftsmanship that buyers can expect.”


ARE WE MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETHINK CONSTRUCTION? Rather than addressing the same old questions about why things aren’t working properly in the construction industry perhaps we should consider some alternative questions: • Should a career in the industry not be attractive? • Should clients have legal obligations for construction projects and be relied upon to drive them forward? • Should everyone working in the industry not be qualified and competent? • Should it be such a simple matter at certain levels to set up in business in the industry? Although a number of years ago, Accelerating Change identified the importance of attracting and retaining an ‘all qualified’ workforce at all levels, a career in the construction industry is not seen as one that will be fulfilling or rewarding. The majority of projects are undertaken for clients who do not understand and are not interested in construction. Quite rightly, they wish to concentrate on their own business. As a customer, the expectations should be that the product will meet – if not exceed – the need (on time, cost and quality). As the supplier, surely the industry has to focus on meeting that expectation. The industry, therefore, needs to become responsible for its own leadership and delivery of its “product” which the good business practices advocated in Rethinking Construction were intended to achieve. Rethinking Construction related good practice to those of the car industry. Therefore, consider a simplistic analogy with the car industry: as a customer buying a new car, one visits the showroom, selects the model, colour, specification etc. and agrees the cost and date for delivery. As the customer, one does not expect to participate in how the car is made let alone assume legal obligations in the process. So what changes do we need to make? What are the best ways of achieving those changes? Surely the starting point as stated in Accelerating Change is that all in the industry should be qualified and competent. Registration schemes such as Gas Safe (CORGI); OSHCR and others, such as the demolition contractors licensing scheme, point the way forward. Whilst the

government appears to recognise the benefits of such registration schemes, they are fundamentally flawed in that there is nothing to require the customer or the supplier to be party to such schemes. The other principal flaw of such schemes is that the cost usually falls on the registrant, who gains little other than the possibility of being invited to bid for work. In reality, even the most willing participant faces being undermined by clients primarily interested in lowest price despite all the advice and initiatives to support “best value“ and/or by those in the “informal economy”. At the moment therefore, such schemes do not provide either the necessary level playing field for competition or the sound basis on which the registrants can invest in implementing good business practices as advocated in the many initiatives. Why not require all those who practise, work and offer a service within the construction industry to be licensed but critically that, in return, any construction work is undertaken only by those appropriately licensed/registered practitioners? Broadly, licensees could be registered with the appropriate professional and/or trade organisation with perhaps different levels of licence being granted to reflect experience and competence. In this way, the licence would clearly identify the type of work or projects that may be undertaken and would allow for periodic review. An annual license fee would replace annual subscriptions and the administration could be undertaken by existing institutions and representative organisations. But what will Clients want from the new CDM regulations? Simply put “as little involvement as possible” – they will want to appoint a team, provide it with basic information and will expect it to get on with it. Provided that the client appoints a competent team and resources it properly, then that is all that we might expect the client to want to have to do. So, as before, the key will be competence and proper resources – with someone to make sure that safety and health issues are properly dealt with – from beginning to end. Critically for clients, by using licensed/registered practitioners, advice would be more robust,

competition would be maintained and costs even reduced because the industry would have a sound basis on which to invest and implement good business practice. Procurement would be simplified as clients would be required only to select and appoint licensed practitioners making much of the ‘pre-qualification process’ redundant. The industry would be able to offer rewarding and fulfilling long-term careers whilst dealing a severe blow to rogue traders and “white van man”. On the other hand, the industry needs to get rid of clipboard, checklist attitudes and the overzealous concern about risk management paperwork. So, the focus should be on Capability (which means “fundamental competence” - which includes relevant experience - plus resources plus commitment) so that designs done and projects completed well, safely and healthily, are more important than sterile lists of courses attended, CPD records and some so-called health and safety qualifications. This should inevitably lead us, once again, to the use of approved registers which might just result in the industry starting to cut out the cowboys. James Ritchie Head of Corporate Affairs, Association for Project Safety
















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Non-primary aggregates – increasing in application Graham Perrior, Head of Standards and Technical at NHBC As the house building industry works toward resolving the 2016 zero carbon challenge, new ways of designing, producing and fitting increasingly sustainable homes are continually appearing. Some of these are proven and will become standard practice in the years to come, while others are still being assessed for their longer-term impact. The use of alternative aggregates in new build home construction is an area where we are seeing significant change. The use of both recycled and secondary materials appears to be increasing as the home building industry explores the potential benefits. However, as with any material, application or process used in home building, it is important to understand the potential pitfalls and risks as well as any benefits. The latest guide from the NHBC Foundation - The use of recycled and secondary materials in residential construction - provides excellent guidance for house builders and others proposing to use recycled and secondary materials as aggregates. Most aggregates used in the UK come from natural, primary sources, for example dredged or quarried sand, or crushed rock. However, today non-primary aggregates are being increasingly used and these fall into two categories: Recycled: Arising from sources like demolition or construction of buildings or other structures, or from civil engineering works; for example crushed concrete or spent railway track ballast. These are recycled by processing into appropriatelysized particles, removing any contaminants, and applying quality assurance procedures. Secondary: Produced as a by-product of mining, quarrying or other industrial activities; these aggregates will be either natural or manufactured. They include byproducts of china clay, slate or metals extraction, and coal power generation. In both cases it is important that house builders ensure any non-primary aggregate meets the regulatory mechanisms for the re-use of materials on- and off-site to ensure that the products have been fully recovered and are no longer considered to be a waste. The UK already has the highest proportion


of aggregate demand met from recycled and secondary aggregates in the EU and that trend looks set to increase as more organisations note the benefits. The benefits fall into two categories: environmental / social and business. The NHBC Foundation’s guide assesses the main applications for non-primary materials in residential construction. It considers the types of recycled or secondary materials that can be used for each application, their sources, and practical issues or limitations. The applications considered in the guide are: • aggregates for vibro stone columns (for ground improvement on sites for residential development) • fill beneath buildings • hardcore • pipe bedding and surrounding material drainage (stormwater drains and soakaways) • coarse aggregates in some types of concrete for domestic use (including reinforced) • private drives or pathway construction (asphalt, concrete or sub-base) • bedding/laying sand for paving etc • hydraulically bound mixtures (for pathways and hard standing) These limitations are a key point for house builders, as not all recycled or secondary materials will necessarily be suitable for an end use in the construction of homes, even if they meet the relevant quality protocols. This is mostly due to issues in their shape, grading or composition, for example colliery spoil with high levels of sulphates. While there are clear benefits of using recycled or secondary materials, there are also some broader limitations which should be considered, as well as lessons that have been learned on sites across the UK. Despite their potential environmental benefits, some non-primary aggregates may not always represent the most sustainable option in a given project. For example, some may not be available locally, and their transportation could result in increased levels of embodied CO2, negating the intended carbon reduction. Some aggregates may necessitate modifications to concrete mix proportions, meaning their

emissions change. Other potential pitfalls include the inappropriate use of recycled and secondary materials occasionally leading to problems with stability and appearance of homes, causing costly remedial measures. These kinds of pitfalls are assessed in the guide, with case studies. As with any building material, the key to using recycled and secondary materials as aggregates is ensuring they are being used appropriately; their risks must be carefully assessed against their potential benefits. A wide range of high quality non-primary aggregates are available, and when used correctly they may help builders, specifiers and architects better meet the sustainability agenda while maximising efficiency of resources. The use of recycled and secondary materials in residential construction is available to download at

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Why Engage? Claire Cope and Julia Frost, Turley Associates New planning application procedures to help modernise the planning system across Scotland are now firmly established. This includes pre-application consultation (PAC) as a central aspect, intended to add value at the start of the planning application process. Effective community and stakeholder engagement that must be proportionate to the scale of the proposed development is critical to achieving successful planning decisions. For developers, greater engagement at the earliest possible opportunity in the application process is likely to lead to any objections being raised earlier, allowing greater certainty over what needs to be done to make a proposal more acceptable. For national and major planning applications in Scotland, applicants are legally required to: • submit, at least 12 weeks before making a planning application, a ‘proposal of application notice’ (PAN) to the planning authority explaining the intended consultation strategy; • satisfy minimum legal requirements for consultation and engagement – and more if requested by a planning authority; and • submit a pre-application consultation report with their planning application – without which a planning application will not be registered.

and inclusive. The use of technology, including social media, can be useful in terms of supporting mobilisation and ways of communicating using technology are always evolving with new opportunities available. Feedback is essential at all stages of this iterative process. Better engagement and partnership working with local communities is vital in overcoming challenges and unlocking opportunities. Many clients reflect that good consultation saves them time and money in the long run, as well as creating better, more successful and sustainable developments. Successful engagement requires the building of relationships with local people whose lives are going to be affected by a scheme. This demands honesty, integrity, commitment and patience on the part of the promoter and their team. In a survival of the fittest these will be the attributes of success. Whilst each development proposal will present different challenges and Claire Cope

opportunities, Turley Associates has the knowledge and expertise to deliver community and stakeholder engagement. Our Plan to Engage Service offers a full range of engagement techniques and approaches which genuinely engage communities and stakeholders in planning projects. Claire Cope is Head of the Community Engagement Service at Turley Associates and has widespread and varied expertise and knowledge in terms of putting together and delivering innovative engagement strategies. She can be reached by e-mail: Julia Frost is a Director in the Edinburgh office of planning and urban design consultancy Turley Associates, and Junior Vice Convenor of the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland. She can be reached by email: For more information visit

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Major developments requiring this compulsory consultation include: • all residential development of 50 units plus, or greater than two hectares; • all business / industry exceeding 10,000 sq.m, or greater than two hectares; and • other developments (including retail / leisure) exceeding 5,000 sq.m, or greater than two hectares. It is important that the engagement strategy is planned carefully to help achieve a successful result. Each strategy must be bespoke, there is no one-size fits all in engagement as the issues and complexities of a site and locality will vary each time and must factor in the strategy. Engagement techniques should be appropriate to the scheme and its context and be innovative


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Infrastructure planning regime – government reforms underway By Angus Walker, Bircham Dyson Bell Earlier this autumn, the Party Conference season was in full swing and – as is appropriate given the level of its import there were discussions as to how the government is intending to implement infrastructure planning reforms announced in early September. I have learnt from officials at the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) that the implementation of the announcements is taking shape; it consists of four workstreams, which are outlined in a ministerial statement from Eric Pickles and an accompanying Number 10 news release. The key paragraph in the statement is quite far down, and is as follows: "... we now intend to review the thresholds for some of the existing categories in the regime, and also to bring new categories of commercial and business development into the regime - making it possible for such schemes, where they are of sufficient significance, to be considered and determined at at national level. We will also work to extend the principle of a onestop-shop for non-planning consents for major infrastructure to ensure they are fit for purpose." So, how will this implementation be moved forward? As mentioned, there are four workstreams: Stream one: Special Parliamentary Procedure The first stream looks at reducing the situations where Special Parliamentary Procedure (SPP) kicks in after an infrastructure project has been consented. October saw the first anniversary of the then Infrastructure Planning Commission consenting the first application under the Planning Act 2008 - however, this is still held up in Parliament, undergoing SPP. SPP happened in this case because the applicant was seeking to acquire statutory undertakers' or local authority land, and was not itself a statutory undertaker or local authority. The land in question was a small strip of one highway, but it has unlocked a complete reappraisal of the application. The Bill may


also include reforms to SPP for other types of land set out in the Planning Act. To reform SPP would require primary legislation, either a stand-alone bill or an amendment to an existing bill. Stream two: Thresholds The second stream focuses on the Planning Act thresholds. These thresholds decide whether a project is in or out of the Planning Act regime (see my blog at for posts analysing this). They may be clarified, raised or lowered. This does not need primary legislation since the Planning Act already allows ministerial orders to change or expand thresholds, as has happened once in the case of water waste storage projects. Stream three: Fields The third stream concentrates on expanding the 'fields' that the Planning Act covers. The current fields are energy, transport, water, waste and waste water. The ministerial statement tells us that the government will 'bring new categories of commercial and business development into the regime'. How to define that category, or categories, is now being looked at. I would suggest considering further infrastructure categories as well, such as communications and flood defences. Extending the fields outside energy, transport, water, waste and waste water would require primary legislation; including new categories within those fields, such as a general waste category, would not. The Number 10 news story says that 'Thousands of big commercial and residential applications to be directed to a major infrastructure fast track', but I'm not sure if that really means that the Planning Act caseload will increase a hundredfold. Stream four: One-stop-shop Finally, the fourth stream looks into the issue of the 'one-stop-shop' – or whether further consents can be brought within the regime, either compulsorily or optionally. This could be easily achieved by repealing

the regulations that require consent to be obtained for a series of consents to be included in an application. That would not require primary legislation, and neither would the inclusion of further compulsory consents, since the Localism Act amendments allowed those to be varied by order as well. The reduction in certification and other requirements in the back of the Planning Act at sections 127 to 138 would require primary legislation – this is also to be reviewed. These additional checks and balances were put in place when the decision maker was the independent Infrastructure Planning Commission rather than the government, as it is now. However, it now seems pointless to obtain additional certificates from the government when the government is making the decision anyway.

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The latest ruling on global claims Walter Lilly v Giles Mackay [2012] EWHC 1773 The case of Walter Lilly v Giles Mackay has provided everyone in the construction industry with a number of interesting and notable judgments. Not only did the personalities involved in this dispute add a splash of colour to the proceedings, the judgement itself provided lawyers with some very helpful guidance on two important issues of construction law. Last month’s article by Jonathan Gold dealt with the issue of concurrent delay, this month’s article deals with the issue of global, or total cost, claims. Walter Lilly was engaged under a JCT standard form of contract with bespoke amendments to undertake extensive building work on Mackay’s property in central London. The work was significantly delayed and Walter Lilly claimed around £2M as resultant loss and expense which Mackay said was a global claim, i.e. a claim for the total amount of cost incurred by the contractor that is not attributed or linked to any particular delay or breach by the employer. Mr Justice Akenhead reviewed the previous authorities on global claims and derived the following conclusions in relation to “global” or “total cost” claims (at paragraph 486 of his judgment): 1. Claims for delay or disruption related to loss and expense must be proved as a matter of fact. Thus, a contractor has to demonstrate on a balance of probabilities that i) events occurred which entitled it to loss and expense; ii) that those events caused delay and/or disruption; and iii) such delay and/or disruption caused it to incur loss and/or expense. There is no requirement for the contractor to show that it is impossible to plead and prove cause and effect in the normal way or that such impossibility is not the contractor’s fault (paragraph 486(a)).

2. There is nothing in principle wrong with a global or total cost claim. However, the contractor must show that the loss would not have been incurred in any event. Accordingly, the contractor must demonstrate that its accepted tender was sufficiently well priced that it would have made some net return (paragraph 486(d)). 3. So far as the burden of proof is concerned, although that does not transfer to the defending party, the defending party may adduce evidence to show that the tender was so low that the contractor would have incurred the loss in any event or that other contractor risk events occurred that may have caused or did cause the loss (paragraph 486(d)). 4.The fact that contractor related delays, or other risk events, may have caused or contributed to the loss does not necessarily mean the contractor can cover nothing. For example, where the contractor caused a delay or incurred some additional costs resolving defective work. So long as the extra costs can be quantified, these will be deducted from the total global sum claimed (paragraph (e)).

(paragraph (g)). Although this decision does not make any new law, it does summarise succinctly the position on global, or total cost, claims. The guidance provided by Mr Justice Akenhead is helpful for contractors and may encourage them to make global or total cost claims in the future. However, although the case confirms that this type of claim can be made and will not automatically be struckout, contractors will still have to satisfy a tribunal that the whole of loss, i.e. all of its costs, was caused by the employer. Michael Draper Sheridan Gold LLP If anyone has any queries about this article or the issue of global claims, they can contact Michael Draper (ddi 01737 735511; email:

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5. A global claim will not be automatically rejected if it is possible for the contractor to demonstrate which costs were attributable to which event. However, a tribunal will be more sceptical about a global cost claim if the direct linkage approach is readily available but is not deployed by the contractor (paragraph (f)). 6. Unless the contract expressly prohibits global claims, a global claim will not be automatically rejected if the failure to present a proper cause and effect claim was caused by the contractor itself, for instance as a result of a delay in making the claim


Crown Paints’ Survey Helps Meet The Demands of Fire Safety Compliance Crown Trade Timonox flame retardant paints help specifiers meet their duty of care responsibilities under current fire safety compliance legislation. Chosen by property professionals across the UK, the coatings have the ability to reduce the risk of fire spread on walls and ceilings, where multiple layers of conventional paint can create a flammable surface if they have built-up over many years. Vernon Kinrade, Specification Sector Support Manager, said: “Under current fire regulations, owners of all buildings other than single occupancy private dwellings have a duty of care to achieve and maintain conditions in buildings that reduce the risk of injury, risk to life and damage to property.

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“The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (England and Wales) and the Fire (Scotland) Act require the identification of a responsible person – such as an owner, property manager or an employee – who has a duty of care to ensure that a fire risk assessment of the building as a whole is undertaken. “Paints – even water based products – contain resins or binders which may be flammable. Although a single coat of emulsion on a bare plasterboard surface is unlikely to form a hazard, over many years a build up of multiple layers of conventional paint over any surface can become a significant fire risk.”

When applied on the walls and ceilings of communal areas that form part of a circulation area or fire escape routes, Timonox can help provide additional time for a building to be safely evacuated. The coatings work by limiting the oxygen around the flames through the release of non-combustible gases, and by using a formulation that provides a barrier to the flammable paint layers beneath. Crown Paints offers a free site survey programme, to ensure specifiers looking for the facts about flame retardant paints get the right advice on the subject and ensures that the best tailored solution can be recommended. Find out more about Crown Paints’ specification service by contacting Crown Trade’s latest video: ‘The Right Paint for the Job,’ compares Timonox against conventional paint.

New Recruit Sees Flowcrete Strengthen Its Presence in Scotland Flooring manufacturer Flowcrete UK has appointed building and flooring products specialist Derek Curtin to bolster its operations in Scotland. Derek, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the flooring and construction industry, joins the company as Scottish Area Manager.

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Wagstaff has the in-house facilities and resources to meet all design, fit-out, supply and management needs, providing a seamless, integrated turnkey service from consultation to completion and beyond. The Company, with a successful track record of year-on-year growth in turnover since 2001, is also able to offer competitive interior refurbishment leasing packages. The ability to spread the cost of this over several years is attractive to the Company’s clients and is a key factor in its success. These packages allow customers to benefit from small, fixed periodic payments, upgrades to the latest design, and payments that are fully tax deductable. Wagstaff leasing packages are tailored to meet specific business needs and many clients prefer the flexibility of this option. Seven strategically placed regional offices and network of distribution partners and services provide Wagstaff clients with effective nationwide coverage to support all of their needs. With an award winning portfolio of furniture designed for office and commercial

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The Wagstaff ethos is one of continuing relationships and no project will be left incomplete, nor will any client be left dissatisfied with work. The continued aim is to be the first choice contractor for all office interior requirements. The large variety of sectors worked in by the Company gives all customers peace of mind, while broadening an already vast portfolio of experience. Projects that have been undertaken are in sectors far and wide, including the public sector, health, insurance, hotels, manufacturing & industrial, publishing & media, property & construction, retail, utilities, entertainment, computing, charity, education, business services, travel & transport, accountancy and business services. Wagstaff provides all aspects of interior refurbishment within its projects, including demolitions, partitioning ceilings, floors and finishes, electrical, mechanical and data services. The unique single fee approach covering design management and installation provides best value for money, tailored to each individual customer’s needs. A wide variety of companies have benefited from the highly valued work of Wagstaff and its services. One of these is Scottish Gas. Based in Edinburgh, the project was to space plan and provide

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Science research centre in University of Cambridge Botanical Gardens awarded RIBA Stirling Prize 2012 Architects of the £82M Sainsbury Laboratory, a major new plant science research centre in Cambridge, have been awarded with the UK’s most prestigious prizes in architecture, the Stirling Prize 2012. Stanton Williams were presented with the RIBA Stirling Prize trophy and £20,000 prize money by BBC Radio 4’s Mark Lawson at a special ceremony in Manchester on 13th October. The first year that Stanton Williams had been nominated for the prize, the project was selected from a shortlist which included; the London Olympic Stadium, Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, New Court London and Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow. The Sainsbury Laboratory sits within the Botanic Gardens of the University of Cambridge. Blending world-class architecture with world-class science, the building is a low rise, collonaded stone and glass structure designed to complement the Grade II listed garden setting. The layout reinterprets the tradition of the monastic cloister and collegiate court to create spaces for reflection, debate and collaboration amongst its users and a stylish new public garden café has been installed adjacent to the laboratory. The project was funded by Lord Sainsbury, former science minister and ex-Chairman of Sainbury’s supermarket. Speaking at the ceremony, RIBA President Angela Brady said: “The Sainsbury

Laboratory is an exceptional building that achieves at many levels – in blending a world-class science facility with a public social space in a highly energy efficient building. It is testament to the skill, experience and imagination of Stanton Williams architects that they have found a creative solution to this complex project. “The low-rise building with its grand, colonnaded façade cleverly integrates itself with the surrounding botanical gardens and it is no surprise that the new public café has proved to be extremely popular. I am delighted to present Stanton Williams with this accolade.” Lord Sainsbury added: “I am delighted that Stanton Williams has won the RIBA Stirling Prize for the Sainsbury Laboratory, in competition with some outstanding buildings. I am also very proud to be associated with their inspiring building, which sets a new standard for laboratory design and blends in beautifully with the historic Botanic Gardens.” During the ceremony, winners of the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the Best international

Building and the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize were announced. The 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize winner was announced as Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China, which was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. It is the tallest building in the world designed by a UK architect and houses office space, a luxury hotel and a top floor sightseeing area; a ground floor podium complex offers a retail mall, conference centre and high quality serviced apartments. Private house, King’s Grove in London designed by Duggan Morris Architects won the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize. The house is on an enclosed site, between two Victorian terraces in Peckham, but the design ensures that the property is practical, simple, subtle, timeless and elegant.

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Forth Replacement Crossing The Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) is a major infrastructure project for Scotland, designed to safeguard a vital connection in the country’s transport network. It has received significant investment and maintenance over its lifetime, but the current bridge is showing signs of deterioration and is not suitable as the main long-term crossing of the Firth of Forth. The FRC is designed to safeguard this vital cross-Forth connection in Scotland’s transport network. Research in preparation for this development has been extensive. The FRC study was undertaken in 2006 and 2007 to identify the most favourable option for a replacement crossing. Five potential crossing corridors were identified and appraised for sustainability according to a range of factors. Following this study, the Scottish Government determined that the FRC would be a cable-stayed bridge to the west of the existing Forth Road Bridge. During 2008, Transport Scotland carried out further work to develop the crossing strategy and concluded that the existing Forth Road Bridge could be retained as a dedicated public transport corridor, with the replacement crossing carrying all other traffic. In November 2009, Scottish Ministers introduced the Forth Crossing Bill to the Scottish Parliament, which contained the Scottish Government’s proposals for the FRC. These were approved by MSPs in December 2010, and Royal Assent was received in January 2011, with the Forth Crossing Act coming into force in March 2011. The new cable-stayed bridge will have three slender, single column towers and will be 2.7km long, including viaducts. The road carried by the bridge will be designated as a motorway. The bridge deck will carry two general lanes of traffic in each direction and hard shoulders to ensure that breakdowns, incidents and any maintenance works do not cause the severe congestion which has been previously experienced on the Forth


of between £900M and £1.2Bn. Road Bridge. The contract to install elements of the The hard shoulders also provide flexibility to project’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) carry buses displaced from the Forth Road on the M90 in Fife was awarded to John Bridge during periods of high wind and Graham (Dromore) Ltd, with a successful other forms of public transport, should it be tender price of £12.9M, again below the required in the future. Windshielding on the original £15M to £22M estimated range. new bridge will protect the crossing from Finally, the contract to upgrade M9 Junction the effects of wind and provide a more 1a at Kirkliston has been awarded to a reliable corridor, particularly for heavy consortium between John Sisk and goods vehicles. Roadbridge with a successful tender price of The bridge has been developed in £25.6M, which again was lower than the consultation with Architecture and estimated price range of £45M to £65M. Design Scotland. The project will benefit from the use of modern Intelligent Transport System technology along the full length of the scheme from the M90 Halbeath Junction over the bridge to the Newbridge Junction on the M9. This will include the use of overhead gantries with mandatory variable speed limits, lane control signage and also ramp metering on slip roads to regulate the flow of traffic. At V & T McPhie we provide a All three main contracts range of sweepers and high to make up the FRC project were awarded pressure road washing with all three successful designed for maximum bids coming in under reliability and performance. budget. The principal contract to build the new bridge Our services include: and connecting roads Road sweeping - High pressure road washing was awarded to the Low Loader hire Tipper hire - Gritting vehicles Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) V & T McPhie Haulage and Road Sweeper Hire consortium with a Woodside Cottage, Champfleurie successful tender Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6NB price of £790M, which Tel: 01506 847278 Fax: 01506 840995 is significantly lower Email: than the original estimated price range

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Lews Castle & Museum Bringing economic optimism to the Hebrides Sitting in a commanding position overlooking Stornoway, Lews Castle will be restored to create a new museum and archive for the Outer Hebrides as well as stunning hotel accommodation for tourists to the islands. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced an investment of £4.6M last year to revitalise this magnificent castle. The Museum, which will be the first in the UK to use Gaelic as its first language, will form a key visitor destination and gateway to a unique heritage network across the 15 inhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides. It will display the collections of Museum nan Eileen (MnE) while enhancing the work of over 20 community heritage organisations, which have actively been preserving and promoting the language and local culture of their Gaelic communities for the last 30 years and have collected photographs, documents and memorabilia on a scale unparalleled elsewhere in the UK. The establishment of the islands’ first ever civic archive facility will mean that collections held at the National Archives of

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East Marketgait Development Providing facilities including a new pool and car park Dundee will soon benefit from extensive work to create a new leisure pool development along with a multi-storey car park. The work is part of the wider Marketgait Urban Gateway Design Framework to transform the facilities in the city. Dundee is the fourth largest city in Scotland. Its strategic location within the eastern Lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay ensures that it is extremely accessible for those travelling from the other large cities in Scotland. The city is famous for its rapid expansion as an industrial city in the ninth century, mainly because of the production of jute, its chief export at the time. Biomedical and technological industries have arrived since the 1980s, and the city now accounts for 10% of the UK’s digital entertainment industry. Dundee has two universities and is now known as a regional employment and education centre. The Marketgait area of Dundee is located south east of the city centre and lies just outside the boundary of the Dundee Waterfront Development Masterplan. Investment in the area’s design is essential as it acts as a vital gateway providing numerous connections throughout the city on a local and on a regional scale. Accessed from East Whale Lane, the multistorey car park will have a link to the new leisure pool and pedestrian access to both East Marketgait and the adjacent Gallagher Retail Park. The new pool facility will replace the Olympia Centre, which will be demolished to make way for the new V&A Museum at the Waterfront due to open in 2014. The multi-storey car park will provide 500 spaces, designed to AA ‘Park Mark’ standards for security, while the pool will be a competition size 50m pool with diving and leisure pools. Historically, the site was part of the foreshore of the River Tay. Quay Walls were built along with associated land reclamation in the early 1800s to create a new waterfront edge midway across the site. Further land reclamation in the mid-1800s extended the waterfront edge further south and industrial units relating to Dundee’s port activities were constructed on the site. Latterly, the site has been a surface level car park. Located in the city centre and directly adjacent to the city’s inner ring road, the site was subject to an archaeological investigation prior to development to locate evidence of Dundee’s maritime past. East of the site is a busy retail park, and a petrol station can be found at the west of the site. The site is on a relatively gentle gradient over most of its plan area, rising steeply towards its northern extremes, and it comprises of made ground associated with previous infilling of docks. Rock is roughly eight metres below ground level and both


which will be developed into an apartment the car park and pool developments are on block. Retaining the façade will maintain piled foundations. the heritage of the area and visually improve The car park comprises 13 split-level floors, the gateway. while the pool hall is single-storey and the Building within the gateway is an essential pool accommodation is three-storeys, as way of restoring the function of the gateway well as a basement. as well as introducing new types of land The development will comprise of a large use. However, it is essential to ensure new volume ‘leaf’ shaped structure containing developments are designed within the the pool area, following the curve formed by structure and that they complement the Seagate and East Marketgait, and rising to a existing urban context. high point of almost 20m at its south Another development, part of the western corner. Masterplan, is a mixed-use of a 100Main car park elevations are Orsogril bedroom hotel, office accommodation welded mesh fabric, incorporating wind and ground floor commercial units to form activated public art. It also incorporates two linked but distinctly different buildings. feature natural stone above the main The section furthest to the north abuts a entrance and rendered masonry and curtain five-storey Victorian tenement and is set walling to stairwells. back at a higher level to ease the transition The structural composition is a steel in height between the existing and framed construction composite with preproposed architecture. cast concrete flooring and 16.5m cellular A new sandstone façade is composed as an beams. The car park will not use a roof, as abstract of the tenement with feature the top floor is used for parking. recesses continuing the line of the existing The pool accommodation is a steel framed stone cornicing of the tenement. construction with pre-cast concrete flooring. The hotel is located at the southern end of The roof is tubular steel with steel delta the development and is a simpler truss spanning 45m and steel tubular composition of bold planes and a minimal columns. The pool construction is in-situ material palate of polished block, zinc and concrete and has a standing seam profile smooth white render. metal roof. The façade is a combination of The top floor provides panoramic office curtain walling, natural stone cladding and accommodation set back to reduce the rendered masonry. impact on the street. Both buildings will include all necessary A modern park on the site will provide the facilities for the disabled, such as inclusive perfect amount of green space on the fringe access, and CCTV will be incorporated of the city centre and change the within the car park, along with high quality perceptions of the area for those who use it lighting and open glazed main staircases for as a thoroughfare. enhancing perception of user safety. Architect for the pool and car park The 500-space car park is linked through to developments is Dundee City Council and the pool building, and construction has the Main Contractor is Mansell Construction been a challenge because of the fact that Services Ltd. Work on the £31.5M the site is within the centre of Dundee and development commenced in January features closely contained boundaries. 2011 and will be completed and opened in The Marketgait area in Dundee forms the winter 2012. beginnings of the East approach to The development is significant because it Dundee’s Cultural Quarter. will provide an important leisure facility for The site offers the opportunity to repair the the city in a well-designed development. end of the Nethergate approach and continue a new urban massing down towards Greenmarket and the entrance to the Seabraes Media Village. The regeneration of the gateway area into a cultural quarter will benefit the city, economically and socially. Providing a sense of place for local people as well as those entering via We are pleased to be associated with the route corridor is essential in relation to Mansell on the East Marketgait Developement the new Waterfront Regeneration Masterplan. Other work currently being undertaken is the development at Charleston Drive, Dundee, Angus DD2 2HF the old sailors home,

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Western Harbour New affordable homes at Edinburgh’s Waterfront The Port of Leith Housing Association (PoLHA) is midway through a development of 111 residential units, including wheelchair and amenity standard flats in six blocks, varying from five- to eight-storeys. The development at Ocean Drive East, Western Harbour, will be a mix of social rent and mid-market rent properties on the site of a former storage depot, which had become vacant and was disused prior to this redevelopment. Flats will range from one- to fourbedrooms, with 46 one-bedroom, 49 twobedroom, nine three-bedroom and seven four-bedroom, making the development suitable for families, single people and professional couples. Western Harbour will incorporate environmentally efficient features. The top floor flats will have solar water heating panels on the roof, which will be linked to system boilers, reducing the water heating energy requirements for these properties. Whole house and assisted ventilation systems will be installed in all flats, reducing energy use and improving air quality, and there will be high levels of insulation used throughout. Block one is an eight-storey braced steel framed structure with composite metal deck

also a need to continue developing and and concrete floors, while foundations are regenerating the Waterfront community.” steel driven piles with ground beams. The Main Contractor for this £16M The structural form has a first floor transfer development is Hart Builders Ltd and the structure for blocks two to six, which Architect is Patience and Highmore. supports four- and five-storey timber Work commenced in September 2011 and framed construction above. will complete in July 2013 following a Block one flats will have external balconies phased handover. at each level, and the remainder of blocks will benefit from external terraces on the top floors. Of the development at Site S2 of Western Harbour, Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of PoLHA said: “This is a major development for the Association and the Waterfront as a whole. Through an effective partnership process, we now have a very exciting development to offer PLUMBING AND HEATING CONTRACTORS the people of Edinburgh. “There is an immediate pressing and ever-increasing 1 Chestnut Walk, Strathaven ML10 6GY need for affordable housing in Edinburgh. There is

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Laggan-Tormore Project The future of the UK oil and gas industry Located approximately 125km north west of the Shetland Islands, the Laggan and Tormore fields represent the future of the UK oil and gas industry. Both fields are in an area known generically as West of Shetland, a region geographically closer to the North Atlantic than the North Sea – located on the edge of the UK continental shelf. Water depths descend rapidly from an average of 120m to 600m and beyond. It is a uniquely challenging environment to operate in, but also one with great potential. The subsea production system offshore will consist of two six-slot production template manifolds. The commingled, multi-phase fluid stream will be transported to shore via two 18 inch production flow lines, and a new gas processing plant will be built adjacent to the existing Sullom Voe Terminal and will be known as the Shetland Gas Plant. Processed gas will be exported via a new pipeline, with capacity for up to 665 MMs cfd gas, 230km south to a tie in point on the existing Frigg UK (FUKA) pipeline. From here it will be transported to the TOTAL operated St Fergus gas terminal near Peterhead. The Shetland Gas Plant facility will occupy an area of approximately 540,000sq m of


which the plant will occupy 250,000sq m. A new road will be built to access the new plant, and there will be one Flare approximately 60m high, while there are likely to be some 700-800 construction workers on-site during peak construction this year. The construction of a new gas plant in Shetland will have a huge impact on the community within the islands. While the potential positive impacts are easy to recognise, the islanders understandably had many reservations and questions in the early days of planning. As part of TOTAL’s desire to be seen as good neighbours and also in order to alleviate any concerns, the Laggan-Tormore team has visited Shetland on a regular basis, talking to the community, the local authority and other interested stakeholders. Senior management and project teams from TEPUK continue to place strong emphasis on that dialogue and make regular visits to the Shetland Islands, consulting with and getting to know the local community. TOTAL has also met regularly with Shetland Islands Council, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage amongst others to ensure the project teams act in the best interest of the

Shetland Islands. The offshore drilling of Laggan and Tormore requires two separate campaigns, the first of which has commenced now that both subsea templates are successfully installed. Phase I consists of seven individual wells, four on Laggan and three on Tormore. A second campaign will see a further well drilled on each after 12 months of production to evaluate the dynamic response of the fields. Vertical exploration wells have already been drilled on both fields, as part of TOTAL E&P UK’s initial exploration in the area, and one existing exploration well on Tormore will be re-entered and completed during Phase I drilling. Once first gas is achieved in summer 2014, TOTAL’s Aberdeen-based Geosciences Research Centre will monitor the dynamic response of both Palaeocene reservoirs. Phase II drilling targets will be finetuned through the application of advanced reservoir modelling algorithms against 12 months of production data from the Phase I wells. Construction work commenced on the site of the new Shetland Gas Plant in the first half of 2010. The Main Contractor for the ongoing development is Petrofac.

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Stewarton Sports Centre Helping athletes prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Talented athletes from throughout East Ayrshire are benefiting from the Council’s commitment to nurturing sporting talent through a dedicated support programme and excellent new facilities. This is especially the case at Stewarton Sports Centre, which greatly increases access to sport locally with fantastic facilities for a huge range of sports. Opened in January 2012 by former Scotland Manager Craig Levein, the Centre boasts an excellent dance studio, a games hall, fitness suite, as well as a FIFA two-star synthetic pitch that greatly improves the coaching and performance of local football clubs. The £4.3M Centre opened its doors with a celebration of sport, featuring talented local athletes, Kilmarnock Football Club, Stewarton Annick and representatives of the local community. Due to the poor weather, the pupils from Lainshaw and Nether Robertland Primary Schools were unable to play on the synthetic pitch, but instead a short football tournament was held in the large sports hall. Craig Levein and Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, delighted the excited youngsters by presenting medals to all who participated. Craig Levein said: “I was delighted to officially open Stewarton Sports Centre and present the young players with their medals. “The future of sport in our country depends on local authorities providing first class

facilities like this, allowing us to develop future talent from grassroots to, ultimately, the Scotland national teams. “I was very impressed by the Sports Centre, the incredible passion and commitment displayed by everyone involved with this project and I wish them every success for the future.” Invited guests were treated to a VIP tour of the Centre and all it has to offer. This massive venue can accommodate a number of sports including volleyball, basketball, netball and trampolining, and the large dance studio can cater for a wide range of fitness classes. Councillor Reid added: “Stewarton and the surrounding area has been crying out for a dedicated indoor sport venue and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver such a high quality facility that meets the needs and aspirations of the local community. “With an ideal mix of both indoor and outdoor facilities we have ensured that we can provide something for everyone, whatever their sporting interest.

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Shapinsay Water Treatment Works Improvements in the pipeline Customers in Shapinsay can look forward to clearer, fresher water supplies as a result of a massive drinking water quality improvement project currently underway. The £3.1M Scottish Water Solutions project has seen the completion of the drilling of a 311mm diameter hole under the seabed over a distance of two kilometres, believed to be one of the longest subsea pipelines being constructed in the UK for water supply. A new water main has been pulled through the length of the tunnel, new mains are being laid and a new pumping station constructed in Carness. The Carness mains will connect to the existing distribution system and the Shapinsay main will connect to the existing service reservoir. GPS PE Pipe Systems has supplied plastic piping to carry out the Orkney to Shapinsay under sea link, which is one of the longest pipeline pull back schemes ever carried out in Europe. Located two miles off the coast of Orkney mainland, Shapinsay has just one village and a population of approximately 300 people. Historically, the drinking water supply for the island was previously provided by seven boreholes, but only three of these remain operational, so to safeguard the quality and security of supply, Scottish Water decided to connect Shapinsay to the water treatment works on the mainland. Installation involves 1.4km of pipework on Shapinsay, 4km of pipework on the mainland, as well as the 2km tunnel under the sea, which connects the two islands. Following a rigorous procurement process, Scottish Water Solutions, the project delivery arm of Scottish Water, selected contractor, George Leslie Ltd, to carry out the project. Working with its specialist subcontractor, Stockton Drilling Ltd, George Leslie drilled the 311mm diameter tunnel for the 180mm PE pipe from coast to coast, using directional drilling to dive the tunnel up to


15m below the rock head where required. PE pipe was specified with a high wall thickness of SDR6 to ensure sufficient tolerance to the stresses involved during the pull back operation. Scott Rowan from George Leslie Ltd said: “The maximum water pressure once the pipeline is in use will be in the region of ten bar, but the stress on the pipe walls during the pull back operation will be extreme. “PE pipe was specified for its durability and flexibility as it will need to follow the contours of the tunnel and have a long and maintenance-free service life. “GPE PE Pipe Systems was the only UK based pipe specialist that could answer the specification for SDR6 PE100 pipe and we were impressed not only with the quality of the piping they provided, but also with the way in which they answered the logistical challenges of such a remote location.” Ten metre sections of piping were butt fused by the George Leslie team to create a 2km string

weighing 28 tonnes, which was then laid out straight to enable pressure testing to be carried out prior to the pull back operation. Once the tunnel was completed, the end of the pipe string was connected to the towing head using drill rods and the two day operation to pull it back through the tunnel at a rate of nine metres per minute commenced. The undersea pipeline is now in place and the installation team has begun the open cut installation of the land based pipeline. Steve Scott, Scottish Water’s Regional Community Manager for Orkney, said: “We are pleased to have reached this stage of this important project which, once completed, will improve the quality of drinking water to the community of Shapinsay as well as our overall pipe network in Orkney.” Shapinsay is expected to get its first taste of water from the mainland when the full system is completed and commissioned in December 2012.

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Blar Mhor Mixed use development off to a flying start Lochaber councillors have hailed the progress being made by contractors who are paving the way for the highly anticipated £50M Blar Mhor development that includes a three-phase project over a ten-year period. Located next to the A830 Fort WilliamMallaig trunk road, the masterplan for the Blar site includes a 60,000sq ft Tesco store and petrol station, retail park, industrial and business units and also incorporates a new police headquarters, ambulance base, Gaelic primary school, new Belford Hospital and a state-of-the-art, all-weather community sports pitch. Following a visit to the site, Caol and Mallaig councillor Eddie Hunter said: “From the A830 you don’t see the extent of the works which have been carried out already. Once on-site, the amount of work which has occurred is staggering. “The contractor plans to be off-site by the Christmas holidays, having paved the way for the building of the Tesco superstore. “The development with the superstore followed by further retail outlets, a police

of the combined police and ambulance and combined ambulance station and an station, Phase II will incorporate the nonopportunity for community facilities on the food and sports complex, and Belford gifted ten-acre site has taken a massive Hospital relocated in Phase III. step forward.” Designed by Halliday Fraser Munro, the The Main Contractor is Miller Developments project has been well received by the people and the Company’s Developments Manager, of Lochaber. Colin Graham said: “To accommodate the new Tesco store and site’s internal road network, around 160,000 cubic tonnes of peat will be moved, and a similar quantity of sands and gravels recovered from the old riverbed underneath the peat.” COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT Infrastructure works QUALIFIED PLANNING ADVICE & SUPERVISION should be complete by Christmas, and PROJECT MANAGEMENT the site handed JOINT VENTURE PARTNERS across to Tesco for the erection of the 3 COCHRAN TERRACE, EDINBURGH EH7 4BJ store in early 2013. Tel 0131 556 0612 Fax 0131 466 1196 As well as the Tesco superstore, Phase I Email: will include relocation




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Hebridean Housing Partnership Community building Bridge Cottages

The Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) is a not-for-profit housing association registered with Communities Scotland. HHP is managed by a Board of 15 members. All Board members are voluntary. The day to day running of HHP is carried out by an Executive Team based at Gleann Seileach, Willowglen, Stornoway. Hebridean Housing Partnership became a Registered Social Landlord on 12th September 2006 following the transfer of the Comhairle’s housing stock. The stock transfer was initiated by the local council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in reaction to two drivers; one was the high levels of debt on the existing stock and the inability to invest in it; secondly a desire to develop new housing. The transfer covered some 1,800 homes, subsequently there were 62mm H RSL’s operating in the area which five small have been amalgamated into HHP, creating a total stock of just over 2,200. HHP’s challenge now is to deliver on the commitments made to tenants. The business plan outlines its investment programme which will help HHP meet the Hebridean Housing Standard by 2015. The improvements will not just be to the fabric of tenants’ homes but the Association shall build on the Comhairle’s excellent work in involving tenants in key decision through the membership of tenants of the Board and the Area Committees and working with the Western Isles Residents Forum and its


promises given to tenants, HHP set a constituent Resident Groups. target of delivering 275 houses within the HHP can make a real impact on its first ten years. The fact that 250 new communities over the lifetime of the houses have been built in just over half business plan in improving standards of that time period represents a very rented housing, providing new homes and significant achievement in a short period creating employment opportunities in the of time. construction industry. HHP is aiming to complete its target The Association has procured a framework objective of 275 houses by the end of next agreement to deliver this investment, with a year, three years ahead of target. This number of contractors now in place to help significant development programme, when deliver that, totalling an investment of some completed, will amount to over £30M being £14M over the next four years. contributed to the local economy in the In September 2012, HHP appointed Western Isles. Lewis Builders Ltd to complete its 24 house Gibson Gardens flagship development in Stornoway. The development comprises a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and flats for affordable rent. It is hoped that the project will complete by May 2013. Approved Body for Certification of Design The Association (Building Structures) celebrated a landmark in June with “Lengakiki”, 2a Steinish, STORNOWAY, the completion of its Isle of Lewis HS2 0AA 250th house since Tel: 01851 704703 Fax: 01851 705753 being formed in email: September 2006. In the pre-transfer


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Prospect Park Grade A office space Aberdeen based Knight Property Group is developing an exciting new business park in Westhill. The six-acre Prospect Park will provide three contemporary and modern office buildings for the commercial property market. June 2012 saw the start of construction on the largest office, a four-storey, 51,500sq ft property that has been pre-let to an oil and gas service company. This site was greenfield until a few years ago and is surrounded by other offices, a Tesco, Costco and other major oil and gas companies. The two remaining properties consist of three- and four-storey high quality offices of 21,656sq ft and 18,785sq ft respectively, of which the latter has been pre-let to an operator on a 15-year lease. The offices are open plan column with free space, carpets, will have raised access floors, will be mineral fibre tiled and will benefit from suspended ceilings. Lifts will be incorporated, as will steel structure stairs, and pipe VRV air conditioning for sustainability purposes. All windows will be composite double glazed, curtain walling is being included and each office building will have a flat roof and combination of felt and cladding. Comprising of a steel frame, notable features will include glass on walls, a feature double height reception space and top floor penthousestyle accommodation. Westhill is one of Aberdeen’s satellite towns with a population in excess of 10,000, situated approximately six miles west of the city centre on the A944. It offers a full range of outstanding amenities for both the residential and working population. As well as the Tesco superstore, there is a Marks and Spencer Simply Food Store, Aldi Supermarket, and a number of smaller shops located within the central shopping centre. Westhill also houses one of the top secondary schools in Aberdeenshire, along with three primary schools and a number of nurseries. Nearby there is the medical centre with chemist and a selection of

hotels, bars and restaurants can also be found within the town. Equidistant to the north, south and centre of Aberdeen, Westhill provides the optimum location for business and for travelling to and from work. The town is within close proximity to the proposed Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), due to commence next year, which will intersect with the main Westhill to Aberdeen road. John Barrack, Chairman and Managing Director of Knight Property Group said: “We are delighted to have prelet two of the properties at Prospect Park and are pleased to have the 18,785sq ft premises available to the market. “We will be developing this on a speculative basis to cater for current occupier requirements and to meet the complete

lack of good quality commercial office space available in the local commercial property market.” The Architect on the project is Space Solutions and the two Main Contractors are Andrew Cowie Construction and Muir Construction. Completion on the whole development is due in April 2013.


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The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel Glorious restoration bringing luxurious glamour Following a significant programme of investment, The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, welcomed its first guests in September, following the Hotel’s luxury re-launch. Indulged with a significant £24M renovation programme, the highly anticipated unveiling of this landmark Scottish property marked a significant new addition to the world renowned Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts portfolio, bringing the brand’s internationally recognised standard of luxury service to Edinburgh. Following a restoration project spanning the Hotel’s public spaces, bedrooms, spa,


restaurants and bars, the property provides an unparalleled guest experience that continues the legacy of the Waldorf Astoria name and has secured the Hotel’s reputation as the very finest hotel address in Scotland. Centrally located on Edinburgh’s Princes Street with stunning views up to the imposing castle that dominates the city, The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is a haven of luxury accommodation, fine dining and exceptional service. Ideally situated, it is the closest luxury hotel to Edinburgh Airport. With its origins as a true railway hotel, The Caledonian first began its reputation as a venue for the rich

and famous and locals alike in 1903. With a guest list reading like a who’s who of the silver screen, the original hotel played host to Hollywood stars from Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Elizabeth Taylor, to Bing Crosby and Sir Sean Connery. In 2000, the property became a Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel before undergoing a major transformation to join Hilton Worldwide’s luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand. Following a glorious restoration, the Hotel inspires at every level. Drawing inspiration from the glamour of the golden age of all classic rail journeys, the public spaces feel steeped in tradition.

The reception and lobby have been stripped back to their former glory, giving a grand sense of arrival with marble flooring, sweeping staircase and a glittering chandelier of fine amber and crystal droplets dusted with gold. Continuing the subtle railway and station references, bespoke luggage inspires the furniture, with luxury leathers, bronze metalwork, dusted gold and warm rosewood joinery. At the heart of the Hotel, the stylishly sophisticated Peacock Alley exudes the glamour and traditions of the original Waldorf Astoria New York. Guests of the city can relax and enjoy delicious cocktails or a signature afternoon tea in a stylish and informal environment. The Hotel offers 241 timelessly elegant guest rooms including six suites. The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, has been elevated to a leading gourmet destination in Scotland. In an exciting partnership with Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, who have brought their culinary expertise and talent to Scotland for the first time. The two new restaurants are The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. The Galvins have appointed award winning Craig Sandle as Executive Chef of the restaurant. With their renowned dedication to perpetuating the very best in traditional haute cuisine, the a la carte and tasting menus at The Pompadour by Galvin feature classical French-inspired dishes, prepared with an accent on locally sourced seasonal

Scottish ingredients, as well as traditional Scottish and English favourites. The Caley Bar has received a full makeover and will be instantly recognisable as an Edinburgh classic. Guests can choose from a handpicked drinks list and classic original cocktails including the signature ‘1903’. The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is one of the most splendid venues Edinburgh has to offer for meetings, conferences and events, boasting eight refurbished flexible meeting rooms and the truly special Castle Suite, as well as a highly dedicated team to ensure the smooth running of every meeting or event. From weddings, parties, gala and social events to meetings and business lunches, the Hotel offers a bespoke service. The Scottish Heritage listed Castle Suite is adorned with golden eagles and Scottish wildlife frescos and has stunning views up to Edinburgh Castle. The room maintains its traditional character through modern amenities subtly integrated into its design to create a welcoming atmosphere to meet every requirement. The Castle Suite benefits from the adjoining Castle Lounge, an ideal location for exhibition stands, coffee breaks and post meeting receptions. With an abundance of natural daylight and a grand piano, it will certainly add value to any meeting or event. A great addition to the Hotel is the boutique Guerlain Spa, which opened this month, providing a tranquil sanctuary of luxury and relaxation, offering personally customised therapies for men and women.

Legendary Parisian spa brand Guerlain has carefully developed treatments targeting the face, body, hands and feet for top to toe spa pampering in an intimate, exclusive environment. Combining a unique pressure point massage and muscular exercise techniques with luxurious, cutting-edge products, Guerlain is particularly famous for its legendary facial treatments, specifically designed to provide relaxation, as well as a radiant, smoother and more youthful skin appearance. John Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands for Hilton Worldwide, said: “The successful launch of The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel underscores our commitment to grow our portfolio of one-ofa-kind properties in a variety of leading destinations across the globe. The Caledonian has been carefully restored and perfectly showcases our world renowned Waldorf Astoria brand, with fine culinary and spa experiences.” Simon Vincent, President of Hilton Worldwide, Europe, said: “Edinburgh is a truly international city and we are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Waldorf Astoria, a Hotel with over 100 years of tradition in Scottish hospitality.” The Architect was Crerar & Partners and the Main Contractor was Interserve. The hotel opened in September 2012.

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Lochailort Fish Farm The £8M contract to build a major new smolt facility for Marine Harvest Ltd, with its Architect D Kelly Design, is now underway, providing a 150,000sq ft building. The new smolt recirculation unit at Lochailort will sit on a site that has a long history in aquaculture as it was at this location that the first farmed salmon was grown in the early 1970s. This new building will house 12 staff, with six in the hatchery. It will provide Atlantic salmon smolts that are then transferred to Marine Harvest sites across Scotland to grow into full sized salmon. More than 100 people will be employed during construction. Given the area’s beauty and environmental sensitivity, particular attention will be paid to minimising disruption. With road safety issues a priority for the local community, all transport and deliveries will be planned and programmed to reduce traffic. In Scotland, Marine Harvest has farming, processing, distribution and sales activities. The Company is present in all major salmon farming regions in the world and is the biggest producer of farmed salmon with one fifth of the global production. In addition to fresh and frozen salmon, Marine Harvest offers a wide range of value added products such as coated seafood, ready to eat meals, delicious finger food and smoked seafood. Though salmon is the main farmed product, the Company also farms white halibut. Listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Marine Harvest Group is the result of the


of our new smolt facility.” merger between Pan Fish ASA, Fjord The Main Contractor on this facility is Seafood ASA and marine Harvest N.V Robertson Property Ltd and the Regional in 2006. Managing Director, Frank Reid, said: The Company employs 6,200 people and “Scottish salmon is one of the country’s has operations in 22 countries worldwide, greatest modern day success stories with salmon farming and processing and we are delighted that we have activities in Norway, Chile, Scotland, been chosen to build this impressive Canada, Ireland and the Faroes. new facility. Value adding processing activities take “We have the same passion for delivering place in the US, France, Belgium, the high quality as Marine Harvest and look Netherlands, Poland and Chile. In forward to working in partnership with addition, Marine Harvest has several sales offices worldwide and its head office them to deliver this project.” The Lochailort recirculation unit will is located in Bergen, Norway. provide smolts for new fish farms being The new building is part of Marine planned off the West coast and the Harvest’s planned expansion in Scotland Islands as part of Marine Harvest that will see production increase by 50%. Scotland’s expansion plans. Alan Sutherland, Managing Director of Work on the facility is well underway and Marine Harvest Scotland said: “We are is scheduled to complete in March 2013. investing a total of £16M in this new facility as part of a major expansion in Scotland to meet demand. Scottish salmon is sought after all over the world and new markets, such as China, are emerging all the time. D K EL LY DES IG N “We need to increase Architectural Consultant production to meet the needs of We are pleased to be involved in the design of the new customers who Recirculation Unit at Lochailort for Marine Harvest Ltd. recognise the high At D Kelly Design, we provide all aspects of architectural services quality of the salmon from conception to completion. We are based here in Fort William we produce. and work throughout Scotland and the UK. Lochailort is the birthplace of fish 111 High Street, Fort William, Inverness-shire PH33 6DG farming in Scotland Tel: 01397 700999 Email: so it is fitting that this is the location

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Aberdeen University Three new lecture theatres including one in the Meston Building This development was a complete reworking of three lecture theatres at the University to provide improved and updated accommodation. Now, these theatres have enhanced data provision, 21st century audio and visual technology capability, improved ventilation and lighting as well as enhanced acoustic finishes throughout. These lecture theatres were spread across three separate buildings on the same campus. One of these, the Meston Building, is one of the largest on campus. With its large lecture theatres, it is often used by science for their classes. Located near to the Queen Mother Library, the building was originally opened on 17th September 1952 by Sir Robert Robinson, winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his investigations on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids.” It was renamed the Meston Building in memory of the Rt Hon Baron Meston of Agra and Dunnottar KCSI, VD, LLD Chancellor of the University 1928-1944. The building was extended in 1968 and after extensive refurbishment was formally reopened by Sir Donald McCallum CBE, FEng, FRSE, DL Chairman of the Scottish Sub-Committee University Grants Commerce in November 1988. The lecture theatres weren’t in operation during the refurbishment, but the surrounding buildings were. Although this was out of term, there is research and other work continuing at the University. The buildings were in use but the lecture theatres were out of bounds and completely gutted. The project was designed by GWS Architects, a practice that has supplied services for over a century. In 1909 George Watt established his own architectural practice at 267 Union Street, having previously been a partner at Cameron & Watt. Alex Stewart joined the

held during the summer 2012 recess, the Practice as an apprentice in 1919, and on usual academic summer window for his becoming a partner in 1936, the current building works was reduced by a further Practice name was formed. four weeks. The challenge was in meeting a Until the present day there have been only compressed programme to achieve ten partners in total. Lucy MacKenzie and completion, which was done by early Gavin MacCallum are the ninth and tenth appointment of the Main Contractor, partners respectively. Brancon Construction. Both joined during the 1990s when Bill Work on the £1M project commenced in May Michie and Iain Dickson were in charge. It 2012 and was completed in August 2012. was during this period that the firm established its present format and character. GWS Architects is proud of its relationships with many long established Aberdeen institutions and organisations since the early 20th century and still provides professional services to several of these clients on their contemporary projects. The Practice has also undertaken work Est. 1909 throughout the UK, GWS is committed to providing a comprehensive professional service to our clients in the from Stornoway in the design of 1960s to London in the 2000s, but always Educational Buildings Institutional Facilities Commercial Space Planning with an emphasis to Research Facilities Residential Care Buildings work in Aberdeen and DDA Compliance One-Off Houses the North East. GWS also provides a comprehensive Construction Health & Safety Co-ordination service. This level of quality is no different for the lecture theatres at Aberdeen University, where careful planning and coordination with Est. 1909 the project team to make sure the project ran smoothly. One of the most challenging aspects George Watt + Stewart Te l : 0 1 2 2 4 6 3 9 2 3 2 was the timescale. Architects + CDM Co-ordinators Fa x : 0 1 2 2 4 6 3 0 1 6 4 24 North Silver Street Due to the British web: Aberdeen AB10 1RL Science Festival being


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Residential Child Care Unit Better child provision for Dumfries & Galloway Council A new residential children’s unit in Dumfries will provide new accommodation in the form of a house and private garden with adequate parking for staff and visitors. Based on Hardthorn Road in Dumfries, this was identified as a potential site in June 2011 and a planning application was lodged. Dumfries & Galloway Council said it needed the facilities to help reduce the amount of out-of-region care. A report to its social work committee said that the budget for children being placed with local authority facilities had been under severe pressure for many years. Finance of more than £1.8M was allocated last year for the construction of units in the Dumfries and Stranraer area. The building is a timber frame structure with isolated steel beams and columns, with sustainable features such as a log burning stove, condensing gas boiler, low energy lighting, as well as its timber frame construction structure. It is being built for Dumfries & Galloway Council, the third largest region in Scotland. It covers 2,380 square miles and has an estimated population of 148,060, which is approximately 60 people per square mile compared with the Scottish average of 168. People live mainly in small communities of 4,000 or less or in the countryside. The biggest town is Dumfries, with an estimated


population of 31,630, followed by Stranraer with an estimated population of 10,290 and Annan with 8,430 people. The Council has a clear vision, which is to make Dumfries and Galloway the best place in Scotland to live, learn, work, visit and grow. It also has a set of values that underpin all of its work. These include continuous improvement, equality and diversity, trust and honesty, teamwork and partnership, openness and communication, local decision-making and service delivery, as well as putting the customer first. The Council works to achieve this by delivering the actions in the Community Plan for Dumfries and Galloway, the Corporate Plan for the Council and the Single Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Government. The Council also delivers its services through five departments with just under 8,000 staff members. The facilities at the residential care unit will provide four ensuite bedrooms, a bathroom, lift, main staircase, fire escape, ensuite guest bedroom, a quiet room, lounge, kitchen and dining room, utility area, reception and office space, a managers office, games room, workshop and garage. Built on a site formerly earmarked for industrial development that was no longer

required because a railway line was removed, the structural features at the unit include a natural slate roof with dormer windows, red facing brick, white wet dash render, stained and treated timber cladding and white uPVC windows. For safety purposes, the building will also have a sprinkler system installed. The building will be approximately 433sq m in area, and the surrounding land will benefit from landscaping features such as a tarmac drive, parking area, paved footpaths, gravel paths, a vegetable plot, shrub planters, trees, hedges and timber fencing. Access and utility connections to the site have been a challenge because of the difference in levels from the main road, but these have been dealt with efficiently, making sure that work is still scheduled to complete on time. The Architect for the project is DGDesign, delivering a fast track design and construction service to the Council and to a range of external clients in the public sector. The heart of this service is fast and accurate joint working and making sure the project brief is right first time. The Main Contractor on the project is DG First and, like DGDesign, it is the Council’s in-house service. Work commenced in May 2012 and will be completed in December 2012.

M.R.Rodger & Partners are honoured to have provided a full cost consultancy service on this interesting and worthwhile project. We have provided:• cost advice from feasibility to pretender stage, • value engineering exercises to look for best value solutions • preparation of tender documents with full bills of quantities including the mechanical and electrical services • post contract cost control with full monthly reports Works are still progressing on site but we expect the project to complete within budget. We wish the Childcare Unit every success in future.

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Better homes, better lives Glasgow Housing Association Glasgow Housing Association’s (GHA) strategy to offer and provide to tenants has seen further developments, along with many other exciting projects planned. Plans to fast track a major regeneration of a large area of Glasgow, as part of the bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games were unveiled in September. Sighthill has been revealed as the site for the Athletes’ Village if the city secures the Games. The area’s size and location makes it ideal. Because of the short time frame of the bid process, work to transform the community needs to start before the host city is announced. Regeneration plans include up to 700 homes comprising of a mix of tenures including private sale, low cost home ownership, and market and mid-market rent – built by a private partner on the site of the Pinkston multi-storey flats. There will be a further 130 homes for social rent to be built by GHA on the site of demolished houses, and there will be

have visited a number of similar rooms in education facilities, new shops, green our other complexes and I would say this spaces and a village square. is the best.” A month earlier, a new sunroom that GHA’s South Area Committee funded the brightens up tenants’ lives at a GHA project, which started in November 2011 and sheltered housing complex was opened by took nine months to complete. Glasgow MSP Johann Lamont. Named ‘the Rainbow Room’, the facility gives tenants at Brockburn Road Very Sheltered Housing Complex in Pollok a new place to hold social activities such as art and craft classes, knitting bees and a pool Flat Roofing, competition. There is also a new Single Ply & Liquid Coatings decking area for the 57 tenants to relax in 60 Springhill Road, Glasgow, G69 6NT the sunshine. GHA Chair Gordon Tel: 0141 773 2196 Sloan said: “It’s a Mobile: 07801 347 632 fabulous complex. I’ve been lucky to

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Mansell Plc Striving to support and enhance communities From houses and hospitals to colleges and classrooms, the scope of Mansell’s building work can be summarised in just two words; constructing communities. With offices spreading from Truro to Elgin, it enables Mansell to offer a locally led and focused service with the backing of national capability and shared experience. Mansell has developed a reputation for reliability, personal service and innovative solutions and is very proud that a large part of the business comes from customers for whom the Company has previously worked. At approximately £800M, Company turnover is significant, achieved through ongoing success in its chosen market sectors. The Company has had a successful year and in August was appointed by the University of Edinburgh to its new three year framework, which will deliver building projects valued up to £1M on estate properties across Edinburgh and Midlothian. Mansell was in all three lots, for projects valued between £50,000 and £1M. This appointment continues Mansell’s relationship with the University of


Edinburgh. Previous projects include the Waddington Building for the School of Biological Sciences, the refurbishment of seven floors of a building in the Teviot Row campus, and extensive works to provide clinical research imaging facilities in the Queens Medical Research Institute. Mansell is working to deliver the £4.5M state-of-the-art Bannockburn Heritage Centre in time to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the famous 1314 Scottish battle. On completion, the Centre will house innovative interactive 3D installations including lifelike recreations of battle scenes, a café, staff accommodation and an education room with capacity for up to 60 pupils. Sustainable design elements such as ground

source heating will feature throughout the building, ensuring the optimum temperature for visitors whatever the season. Phase I of work includes the demolition of the existing centre. The new Bannockburn Heritage Centre is set to open its doors to the public by autumn 2013.

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Links House Multi-million pound investment underway Links House at Royal Dornoch, a historic property in the picturesque Highland village of Dornoch, is currently being lovingly restored and renovated, promising to be a unique and indulgent retreat for discerning travellers. Links House is positioned adjacent to the first tee at the legendary Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Royal Dornoch, frequently ranked in the world’s top ten, is considered by many to be the finest natural links course in the world. A favourite with golf aficionados – Ernie Els, Tom Watson and Greg Norman to name but a few who have been spotted on its fairways – the Club enjoys Old Tom Morris lineage and is also the birthplace of revered golf architect Donald Ross. The Club’s vision is to create a country manor hotel in the finest tradition. Links House will offer luxury accommodation combined with the charm, grace and effortless elegance of the world’s finest small hotels. Designed on an intimate scale, Links House is being beautifully restored to reflect the strength and drama of its Highland setting. In choosing to have just eight bedrooms, it will provide guests with more personal space in which to relax as if it is their own country house. Specially commissioned fabrics will reflect the natural colour palette of the Highlands. Every piece of furniture is being personally selected for its timeless beauty. Each room will enjoy an ensuite bathroom, individually designed to the highest standards while still echoing a bygone age when private indulgence was the norm. In the drawing room, antiques glow with the patina of centuries of care, deep sofas, chairs and art invite people to relax for afternoon tea or just indulge in the luxury of silent contemplation reading, writing or just gazing across the Dornoch Firth beyond the legendary links.

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The wood panelled library, complete with fireplace, will have board games, an eclectic book selection, single malt collection and a hidden large screen TV perhaps to watch The Open. Dining, including a selection of wine, is available from the extensive wine cellar, which is served within the painstakingly created orangery overlooking the gardens. Or to make the most of Dornoch’s long summer evenings, retreat to the exterior fireplace, it’s irresistible. Link House’s grounds will boast ample gardens, an outdoor gentleman’s cigar hearth, golf store with drying room and its very own putting green, built and maintained by the green-keepers from Royal Dornoch. The property will also offer butler service,

and a full-time chef specialising in locally sourced fine cuisine. Given its history and exceptional condition, Royal Dornoch attracts the most discerning of golf pilgrims, and the occasional celebrity to its ancient links. Guests at Links House may find themselves rubbing shoulders with A-list celebrities on the golf course and in the village. Many famous faces have been spotted enjoying Dornoch’s unobtrusive, quiet, private charms, including Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Main Contractor is O’Brien Properties Ltd and the Architect is Maxwell and Company Architects & Designers Ltd. Links House will open in June 2013.

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Michael Gilmour Associates Celebrating 35 years of success Providing a full range of architectural services from feasibility, site tests, local plan submissions, masterplanning and project management through to completion of developments, Michael Gilmour Associates take pride in providing high quality design solutions for their clients. Throughout the design process many factors are carefully considered including functionality, sustainability. energy efficiency and economy of the project. Together with a comprehensive understanding of the client brief, these factors are critical in delivering a successful project Established in 1977, the Company was set up by Michael Gilmour, with John Buchan joining as a partner 1987. Based in modern studio accommodation in the West End of Aberdeen, the Practice currently has 10 technical members of staff, with every project being given the same attention to detail. Mike and John are actively involved in the promotion of high quality Architecture throughout the North East through their personal involvement with the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen Society of Architects, North East Preservation Society (NESPT) and Local Design Review Panels, and through their involvement as Directors in development companies, have an extensive understanding of the commercial aspect of development. Architectural Services are provided for a wide range of sectors, including commercial, industrial. residential, social housing and healthcare projects. A recent commercial project undertaken by Michael Gilmour Associates was the Subsea7 campus development, a new build on the outskirts of Aberdeen.Completed in 2008 and providing a bespoke £25M office building, Subsea7’s new building enabled the Company to consolidate several sites across Aberdeen into a new campus-style building set in landscaped grounds to the west of the city. Organised around a naturally ventilated atrium the scheme consists of a series of wings, each of which contains one of Subsea7’s commercial or operational teams. The building is organised around an internal street with two squares, and the working areas are a series of wings leading onto the street. Externally, the horizontal emphasis and transparency of the curtain wall and brise soleil contrasts with a series of solid rendered stairwells placed around the perimeter. Internally, the linear atrium allows daylight to penetrate deeply into the plan, and both open and glazed galleries contribute to the building’s light and airy feel. This completed building houses more than 1,000 people. Within the local context the building is seen as the leading example of high quality modern office design. The development was


awarded a ‘Commendation’ in the 2010 Aberdeenshrie Design Awards and in the Aberdeen Society of Architects Awards. Over the past 15 years, the Practice has worked on various designs for a development at the stunning Rubislaw Quarry in Aberdeen. The quarry was active for over 200 years before closing in 1971 and it provided much of the granite material used to build ‘The Granite City’. At over 400 feet in depth it has at various times been claimed to be the deepest manmade hole in Europe. In 2005 planning consent was received for a large residential development on the edge of the Quarry for Scotia Homes, but due to economic pressures, the project was delayed. Over the past year a new design for a bespoke office building on the site has been developed and this shall be submitted in a planning application before the end of 2012. This flagship development maximises a dramatic position on the edge of the Rubislaw Quarry cliffs in the heart of the West End of Aberdeen, with a modernist expression deriving from large areas of south facing glazing looking over the water below.. Lower levels will provide underground car parking, with four-storeys of flexible office accommodation above. Materials to be used in the construction will include granite to reflect the historic nature of the site. The proposed building aims to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ status. In the residential sector, Michael Gilmour Associates has worked extensively with private developers and local housing associations to provide large scale masterplanning of settlement expansion, brownfield redevelopment and one off housing Completed in October 2010, an energy efficient development in Denmark Street, Fraserburgh was awarded a ‘Commendation’ in the 2012 Aberdeenshire Design Awards. It formed the first phase of regeneration of North Fraserburgh, which aimed to change the perception of the area, transforming it into a bright and cheerful seaside settlement. Houses were designed to help create a sense of community by creating a series of courtyards, promoting a sense of ownership, while promoting close connection with a group of neighbours. The courtyards adopt the homezone principle that passively restricts the use and speed of cars by the careful position and design of urban landscaping to create a pedestrian friendly and safer space. Individual houses were designed to be sustainable through the specification of materials, high thermal performance of the building fabric and close attention to detailing to ensure air tightness, to the extent that there is no requirement for a full central heating system to each property. In masterplanning, working closely with Scotia Homes, the Practice has

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developed its skills in masterplanning and public engagement for the planning of settlement expansions. The principles and practices used to deliver large scale development in a cohesive and considered way have been recognised by the Scottish Executive, with residential development in Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire being presented ‘The Overall Award for Quality in Planning’ in 2011. Similar principles have been successfully used throughout the North East for developments in Brechin, Insch, Laurencekirk, Aberdeen and Ellon. The most recent recognition of the Practice’s work was a ‘Commendation’ from the Aberdeen Society of Architects for a one off house at Clachan Siel, near Oban. Located on on the West Coast of Scotland, over the 'only bridge across the Atlantic' this private house is blessed with stunning coastal views which have been exploited in a modern living accommodation extension. The existing property has been converted to provide guest bedroom accommodation, with living space provided in the new extension. A small timber and glazed entrance, with integral covered log store, forms the connection between old and new, from which a glazed corridor provides immediate appreciation of the site views and access to living space. Living space is open plan with a cosy 'nuek', complete with wood burning stove, to the body of the house, opening to the open plan kitchen/dining space and the elevated, glazed living space to the end of the house. from the conservatory a balcony extends over a small boat slipway allowing the outside to become inside space. The first floor provides master bedroom and home office accommodation, with windows and rooflights orientated to maximise views and natural lighting. The sloping nature of the site is exploited in the buildings section to provide basement workshop space alongside a boathouse configuration of internal storage and slipway to the water's edge. Formal terraced landscaped garden space is created between the existing building and extension, laid with granite paviours and beds of rich purple lavendar planting. This extends to the extremities of the site, where more natural dense planting defines the property. The Practice continues to provide passion to every project and takes great pride in the services it provides its clients, delivering inspirational and award winning projects, and looks forward to continuing growth over the next 35 years. Michael Gilmour Associates, 22 Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen, AB10 1XE. Tel: 01224 643117. E:

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St Xavier’s Primary School Combining schools underway in the area, including New ideal space for members of the Delighted to show off their new joint school Cumnock Primary and Nursery, and community – young and old – to engage campus, pupils of Patna and St Xavier’s Littlemill Primary and Nursery Class – all of with one another. welcomed guests in September to celebrate which will greatly enhance the learning “As well as providing new, state-of-the-art its official opening by Alex Neil MSP. experiences of local children.” The £10M development in Carnshalloch Avenue, educational and learning facilities, large A CHP unit provides heat and power and the scale developments like this help to boost brings the very best of modern facilities to the envelope has very high insulation in the roof, the Scottish economy by providing area. The state-of-the-art building includes two walls, floors and there is underfloor heating. opportunities both for the construction primary schools, a nursery and a supported High levels of daylight reduce energy for sector and for those employed in it.” learning centre, as well as a community centre, lighting, which is daylight controlled. The roofs have been designed to provide library and local office. Materials are facing brick walls with clearstorey light into the circulation areas and The nursery, playgrounds, dining hall, gym give deep daylight penetration into classrooms. aluminium roof on timber joists. Windows hall, science room, music and drama room, Each classroom has a section of floor to ceiling and doors are redwood aluminium clad to staff room, parents’ room and IT suite are reduce maintenance. glazed screens, giving physical and visual links shared by children and teachers at both St Xavier’s Headteacher Lizzie Heron said: to external play space. schools. The only separate facilities are “All the pupils and staff already enjoy Graham Short, Executive Director of the classrooms. working together on the new campus. The Educational and Social Services, said: “This Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East pupils are very excited about all the new building forms an important addition to the Ayrshire Council, thanked Alex Neil MSP for opportunities offered by this groundbreaking educational landscape of East Ayrshire, as well opening the school. He said: “Alex is a Patna joint venture.” as the skyline of Patna and the Doon Valley. boy and his roots are in the Doon Valley. He The Main Contractor is Heron Brothers Ltd, always speaks very fondly of this community, in “This new educational facility is a very visible sign of our continuing commitment to and work was completed in summer 2012. which he grew up and he is a true friend of investing in communities. It is one of a East Ayrshire. number of major school projects currently “Bringing together two important schools which service the community on a shared campus is a significant event in the life of education in East Ayrshire and this part of the world. “Moreover, we have provided a unique, modern community asset, which everyone can be proud of and which will act as a magnet for new production and a focus for regeneration in the Doon Valley.” Designed by Austin-Smith:Lord, it provides a main entrance for the school and separate entrances for the library and community centre, but there are also separate canopy covered pupil entrances for St Xavier’s, Patna Junior and Patna Senior. These canopies provide covered external play space and all classrooms have access onto external classroom space in the form of enclosed courtyards. The shared facilities of science, arts, gym and dining areas are designed to be used by the community out of school hours. Crofton Interiors Ltd., Unit 12, Greenhill Bus Park, Paisley, Renfrewshire PA3 1RQ Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “This T: 0141 2440184 F: 0141 2440185 fantastic new development will bring a host of benefits to pupils and provide an





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The EcoCampus Part of Hamilton International Park Considered to be the UK's first carbon neutral office complex of its kind, the EcoCampus development was unveiled in April to an invited audience of people interested in commercial property. Built by Balfour Beatty, the development comprises of three buildings built speculatively in a single phase, providing approximately 233,000sq ft of Grade A office accommodation. Designed by Mosaic Architecture + Design, the project features the Stratascreen engineered facade system, incorporating super flat modular rainscreen panels and an integrated backing wall of Trisomet 333 System insulated panels, providing a rapidly installed complete wall construction, with an exceptional architectural external finish in Colorcoat Prisma in Kronos. Named for its outstanding sustainability attributes, the EcoCampus represents the final phase of development at Hamilton International Park, one of Scotland's leading business parks. Located 13 miles south east of Glasgow on the A725, the project boasts a 'carbon neutral' energy performance certificate and a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. The three carbon neutral EcoCampus buildings: Carrick House, Dundee House

and Edzell House draw all their energy from a clean and renewable source thanks to the nearby Blantyre Muir Wind Farm. Each building has been constructed to offer a wide range of benefits associated with Grade A office accommodation. an hour through the Park, connecting to Each block has two cores located to the transport hubs at East Kilbride and north and south of the plan, which provides Hamilton, as well as an on-site gym, large, open, virtually column free office space allowing maximum flexibility for space pharmacy, nursery, cafe and food stores. planning. In addition, each building has been designed to allow subdivision for multiple occupancy. The buildings have a mix of natural ventilation and standard comfort cooling, double height entrance foyer, and shower facilities on each of their three levels. Zoning, movement and daylight MANUFACTURERS & INSTALLERS OF CURTAIN WALLING, WINDOWS & DOORS sensors control low energy lighting through Linn Tech are pleased to have been involved with Balfour Beatty a building on the Hamilton International Eco Campus project management system. Sustainability is LINN-TECH SCOTLAND LIMITED 15 Tartraven Place, East Mains Industrial Estate, Broxburn, West Lothian EH52 5LT continued by the fact Tel: 01506 858999 Fax: 01506 858444 Email: there are ten buses


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KBAD Going the extra mile KBAD is an architecture and interior design practice with considerable experience in creating innovative designs and unique solutions to stimulating challenges. The Practice was founded in 2002 by Kerr Blyth, who heads a tight team of six architects and interior designers. Kerr trained at the Glasgow School of Art and was a founding member of design consultancy Studio Arc. He later joined Malcolm Fraser Architects as an associate for several years and following the successful completion of major high profile projects around the UK left in 2001 to set up KBAD. The business has become well established in interior design, particularly in the leisure sector. Kerr’s commercial design experience covers a wide range, from large-scale urban design to commercial projects earning several industry awards. The Practice is driven by the needs of its clients and always seek to question project aims to create striking environments with a sense of place, character and identity. The approach is to integrate architecture, interior design and creativity with functionality and other technical disciplines. This allows for a balanced and thoroughly detailed approach encompassing


architecture, interior design, lighting and acoustic design, and detailed operating plans to a successful delivery. The Company ethos is to create aspirational architecture and environments that work both for clients and the end-user. KBAD believe that at all levels from specialist boutique to international corporate brand, the blend of pure design and architecture requires a sense of perspective to succeed and that success stems from a critical understanding of the business flow. The majority of KBAD projects generally involve complex alterations and additions to existing properties, all with intensive uses to existing buildings and as a result require a full architectural and interior design remit. Locally in Edinburgh the Practice has worked with the Montpelier Group; Montpelier's on Bruntsfield Place, Assembly, Indigo Yard, Caley Events, Favorit, Ricks, Opal Lounge and Tiger Lily. In addition KBAD has worked with a large number of local bar restaurant operators such as Orocco Pier South Queensferry, Bar Leo Linlithgow, The Waterside Bistro Haddington, Monteiths High Street Edinburgh, Wedgewood Restaurant High Street Edinburgh, David Bann Restaurant

Edinburgh and Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh. The Practice has also worked with a number of large national bar restaurant and nightclub chains on sites across the UK including Po Na Na, G1 Group and Inventive Leisure Revolution Bars. KBAD boasts a considerable amount of experience working in the hotel sector with recent and current projects including working with national hotel operators Hilton Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Holiday Inn, and Best Western. The design work for bars, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels is generally throughout the UK, with a live music venue in Orkney being the furthest north and a Revolution bar in Swansea being the furthest south west project. The Company has won a number of awards for its work as well as clients winning industry awards for its operating style and commercial success. Going the extra mile is to take the client on a journey right the way through their proposals, through their funding, through their business plan right down to the last nut and bolt. It is part of KBAD’s philosophy to always deliver that extra mile on every project.

Brew Lab, South College St Edinburgh Situated on a side street in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, Brew Lab was created from three separate ground floor offices in a B-Listed Victorian building. Planning permission allowed subtle new openings in the walls linking the three separate spaces together, allowing for a natural flow between them. Acoustic walls were a requirement separating the residential apartments to the floors above from the commercial trading unit, but the ceilings assisted in providing a common element uniting the spaces together. This in turn allowed the reclaimed timber gym flooring to assist in providing a common element but to be laid in a more dynamic manner, providing further texture. The introduction of the coffee bar servery counter clad in concrete keeps to the raw hewn language and complements the space. This, coupled with the simple timber benches and rough sawn tables completes the assembly of the spaces. It has created a venue unique in character with a sense of place. Samphire at Orocco Pier KBAD has worked with Orocco Pier Hotel over many phases of work for many years, successfully extending and altering the building. The most recent phase was to revisit the original restaurant space, having created a new separate café bar called Antico. While maintaining much of the original DNA

of the spaces, some of the original booth seating was adjusted, as well as the front and back bar counter, lighting features, furniture and the introduction of coloured fabrics all softened the original bar restaurant into a more relaxed and upmarket feel. The front bar counter was reshaped to allow diners to sit at the bar. Key to the creation of this Samphire, Seafood Bar + Grill was to create a separate restaurant feel, which still tied into the general language of the hotel. Universal Fibre Optics international exhibition stands The Practice has worked closely with Universal Fibre Optics (UFO) over many years on many projects across the UK and abroad, and was appointed to design and build an international travelling exhibition stand to display all their manufactured fibre optic lighting. The stand has toured to Frankfurt, Las Vegas, Earls Court and Business Design Centre, Paris, and venues in Russia and the Middle East. In addition, KBAD provided interior design and fit-out for an exhibition trailer for fibre optic lighting to tour the UK.


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Dundee City Council Committed to improving housing and roads The completion of major upgrading work on a city road has enabled remaining housing sites to progress with development. Work on Dykes of Gray Road started in March 2011 with the aim of widening the carriageway, constructing a new footway, new drainage system and replacing the bridge over the Lochee Burn. Private housing developments adjacent needed this programme in order to create access. For the first week, preliminary works were carried out under traffic light control but for the rest of the contract, the road was closed along its entire length. Residents were informed of access routes, but due to safety concerns, no through traffic was allowed during the road closure. The diversion route was clearly signed and included Swallow Roundabout, Kingsway West, Coupar Angus Road, Birkhill and Liff Hospital Road. Work was carried out by the Main Contractor, Tayside Contracts, on behalf of Dundee City Council and every opportunity to minimise the duration of the closure was taken. Work was completed in early 2012. The Western Gateway developments were first identified in the Dundee and Angus Structure Plan, thereafter in the Dundee Local Plan Review 2005, as a series of related developments on land between the A90 Dundee to Perth Trunk Road in the south and Liff Village in the north. Development has seen more than 90 houses completed on the former Liff Hospital site, and


now the Dykes of Gray Road project is finished, work has continued. Walking facilities in this locality were minimal but the footway provision allows for future linkages between the residential areas as well as links to Liff village and Invergowrie. Cycling facilities in this locality were also minimal but the development has included a cycleway as well as reduced road speed provision. The level of existing public transport services in this area are relatively limited and it is acknowledged that the expected level of growth will support the retention of existing services and act as a catalyst for improvement. The location is remote from the concentrated urban area of Dundee and a significant proportion of trips are generated

by car. Development of the new village sites is restricted to a maximum of housing units due to limitations on the Swallow junction. The Council has displayed the commitment to this scheme by pressing ahead with it despite the rise of infrastructure costs. The idea for the expansion was conceived more than a decade ago for the land between the Landmark Hotel and Liff. With its rolling terrain and views of the river, it was deemed desirable for housing, which would boost the city’s economy and also spread commuter traffic.

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FBN Architects A quarter of a century of success

FBN Architects celebrated its 25th anniversary in August, having been set up in Glasgow by Les Brown and Donald Fraser in 1987. The two partners had worked with Scottish Special Housing Association, a now extinct quasi-governmental body that set standards for housing design in Scotland. In 1990 a third partner, John Newman, joined the fledgling Practice. Its initial focus was social housing, and it has now worked with more than 60 housing associations. Other building types have been added to FBN’s portfolio, including airport buildings, community facilities, medical, industrial, office and retail premises, hostels and private homes, all in many parts of Scotland, but principally in the Central belt. The Practice also carries out feasibility studies and has been commissioned to prepare technical assessments and reports on a wide range of construction-related issues. FBN has always kept at the forefront of the profession in striving for energy efficiency and low carbon emissions, and developed its own passive house model to show clients what can be achieved without resorting to expensive eco-technology. Houses inspired by this model have been built and continue to be designed for a number of FBN’s clients. Despite the economic crisis, FBN is still very active and innovative. Its lengthy experience of building maintenance and renovation has helped, at a time when new housing construction has reached a post-war low. Donald Fraser and Les Brown have both retired, and Richard Hands, who is now a partner, joined seven years ago to help maintain FBN’s very active presence in the social housing field, while extending it into new areas. The Practice is currently working to provide new low carbon houses and flats at Neilston Road in Paisley. FBN won this project via a design and fee bid completion for Loretto Housing Association in 2010. The project occupies the site of the former

develop its specialism in sustainable design, South Primary School in Paisley. The design FBN look back with much satisfaction on the includes 37 socially rented homes that thousands of new and renovated houses, and surround a landscaped central square and the many vital community buildings that have shared surface, six townhouses that line enhanced peoples’ lives. Neilston Road and a courtyard building, which houses ten supported flats for young adults as well as a staff base. FBN Architects LLP, Herbert House, Suite Proposals were driven by the desire to 2, 28 Herbert Street, Glasgow, G20 6NB. create a sustainable residential community Tel: 0141 337 1144. of distinct character and lasting quality. The defining character is a new informal green heart Landscape Architects + Urban Designers that allows the architecture to form a backdrop to this new residential space. The design is based on FBN’s low to zero carbon housing methodology, and achieves very high levels of insulation and air tightness. In addition, the design employs both MNHR and PV technology to ensure the scheme will meet 2013 building standards. This means Connon Design is an energetic design driven practice established that tenants will in 1998. We have consistently delivered on quality of output and benefit from very low provided a high standard of service to our clients. energy bills. The project will also We combine our professional approach with a can do attitude and achieve a minimum pride ourselves in our ability to meet tight deadlines and budgets. Eco Home rating of ‘Very Good’, which also We have collaborated with FBN on various successful regeneration includes proposals to projects over the past 14 years and congratulate them on support and increase reaching their quarter century milestone with best wishes for continued success in the future. the bio-diversity within the former school site. Completion is expected 7 Redhill Road, Cumbernauld, G68 9AS in September 2013. T. 01236 780660 E. Though understandably looking to the future to

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SECC Complex A multi-storey car park in Glasgow required for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 has now been completed. The car park, incorporating 1,600 spaces, is the third car park to benefit from the patented car park system of the Main Contractor, SCC Ltd. The user is provided with seven suspended, unobstructed flat parking decks. Access is achieved via two semi circular ramps, which afford quick access and egress. Erecting the stair cores and vehicle access ramps in advance of the floors ensured follow on trades could commence their work early. Pedestrian guarding was installed during manufacture off site, which eliminated the need for temporary guard rails on site, enhancing the overall health and safety of the site and workforce. Elevations are clad in perforated aluminium panels with contrasting metallic silver rainscreen panels. Feature lighting provides interest to the building during hours of darkness and low maintenance landscaping completes the external aesthetic of the project. High quality finishes have been applied to the car park to enhance the individuals’ experience using the multistorey car park. The pedestrian link bridge, which links the car park to the New Hydro Arena was successfully lifted into place at night to minimise disruption to the surrounding area. The Hydro, a 12,000 capacity entertainment arena being built in Glasgow, had its final roof bolt put in place last month in a traditional topping out ceremony. The honour of tightening the last bolt fell


to 20 year old apprentice civil engineer John McLaughlan, who has been on site since work began in April 2011. The act saw the completion of the main structure by integrated property and infrastructure company, Lend Lease, of the iconic building on the banks of the Clyde, adjacent to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). SECC Chairman, Sir Ian Grant said: “The topping out ceremony signifies just how close we are to the completion of a world class entertainment arena for Scotland and it has been inspiring to watch the progress that has been made by the project team to date. We are witnessing The Hydro materialising into an amazing structure and congratulate Lend Lease and everyone involved on reaching this pivotal stage in its construction.” Gordon Matheson, Glasgow City Council leader, said: “The Hydro takes Glasgow’s global offer for entertainments and events to an even higher level. It’s going to be as iconic as its neighbour, the Armadillo, and it will play a key role in Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in 2014. “I can’t wait to see this amazing building lit up at night as it hosts many thousands of people.

And I’m looking forward to celebrating another great Glaswegian venue as it drives more success for our great city.” The SECC announced that The Hydro will be officially open for business from Monday 2nd September 2013. Confirmation of the opening date has been a result of the progress made by Lend Lease and the world renowned architects, Foster + Partners. It will play host to around 140 events each year and has the potential to inject an additional £131M into the local economy. This will add to the SECC’s events portfolio, and be in the top five busiest indoor entertainment arenas in the world, alongside such venues as Madison Square Garden in New York and The O2 in London. It is the latest addition to the SECC complex, together with the SECC itself and the Clyde Auditorium.

Moray Council Schools PPP Project: FES FM FES FM is extremely proud to be appointed as the Facilities Management and Life Cycle service provider to support Moray Council’s Building for Learning Project for the new Elgin Academy and Keith Primary School. The scope of services provided by FES FM at each of the new schools includes planned and reactive maintenance, life cycle works, janitorial, cleaning and grounds maintenance services. The Building for Learning Project will provide: • At Elgin Academy, a Secondary School for 1050 pupils with a secure internal landscaped courtyard and car park. The grounds will include a full size All Weather Pitch, 2 full size grass pitches and a 400m running track • At Keith Primary School, a Primary School for 414 pupils together with a nursery school for 50 pupils, playground and car parking. The grounds will include a full size All

Weather Pitch and 2 improved grass sports pitches As part of the design team, FES FM has enjoyed an excellent relationship with the Moray Council Project Team, the Reference Groups and the respective Head Teachers. This approach has ensured the consortium was able to make informed decisions on design issues and how these will impact the facilities management services and whole life costs as well as other operational issues at each of the new schools. We believe that the new schools will provide significantly enhanced educational and recreational facilities that will benefit the pupils, staff and local communities for many years to come. FES FM is a leading provider of Facilities Management and Life Cycle Services to the education sector. We have extensive experience in the design, installation and ongoing long term maintenance of

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St Columba’s High School Multi-million pound ‘new school’ The first sod of turf was cut earlier this year on a new Catholic secondary school in Gourock. Pupils from St Columba’s High School in Gourock helped cut the ground as work commenced. The present building will undergo a full refurbishment, which will involve the addition of a third floor and the demolition of part of the building. This will clear the way for a new three-storey extension that will house the religious education department, and other classes. A new oratory is also planned for the centre of the school building. This will be the centre of faith, celebration and worship within the school community. The new school building will provide a permanent home for the School and its community and will be fully equipped to support first class learning. It will provide a modern environment for the School to build on its excellent reputation and ethos as well as providing enhanced opportunities for achievement, attainment and personal development for all. The building has been designed to support the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence and to facilitate the provision of the highest standards of learning and teaching in all areas.


The full range of new and fully refurbished indoor and outdoor facilities will ensure that all students are provided with opportunities for personalisation and choice in their learning. The purpose built development will also comply fully with all requirements of the Scottish Government and of Inverclyde Council. Building work includes the additional floor to the main building and a completely new wing. Visitors will enter an atrium, including both lift and stair access to the School’s reception desk on the first floor, and the development will boast a gym, games hall, fitness suite and a 3G all weather pitch. There will also be a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and all facilities will be available for community use outside of school hours. James Docherty, St Columba’s Headteacher, said the new developments are exciting for the school community: “We are really looking forward to providing our students with the environment for learning that they deserve in the 21st century.” The project has been designed by S&P Architects, who worked closely with pupils at the School on various aspects of the design, including the layout of the playground and social areas, as well as the location of the dining area. Terry Loughran, Convener of Education and

Lifelong Learning for Inverclyde Council said: “Like all of our new schools this will be an important community facility. Through the design process we consulted widely with local people as they will be using it on a regular basis. “Now they will start to see the new school taking shape. The development has given us the opportunity to include generous parking for both staff and visitors and includes disabled drop-off points. “It is anticipated the new school will generate no increase in traffic – indeed there may well be a reduction as pupils will be encouraged to use coach services provided for those who qualify for school transport. “This will genuinely be a ‘new school’ when work is completed, containing all of the features you would expect in a modern, 21st century secondary school. “The facilities really will be superb and I am sure everyone – pupils, staff and parents – are hugely excited at the prospect.” Built by McLaughlin & Harvey, work will be completed in August 2013, and St Columba’s High School will then move in from its current temporary home at the former Greenock High School.

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Dental Practice and Flats Mixed-use development in Prestonpans


The green light was given at the start of the year for the construction of a state-ofthe-art dental facility and 24 affordable homes on the site of the old Fowler's Brewery HQ in Prestonpans. East Lothian Council planning officials approved a joint application from Medical Centres Scotland (MCS) and Hart Builders, which will see the new dental practice and flats built on the site of the former Coeval building, at the eastern approach of the town. The new practice, to cover a floor area of 1,023sq m, will have ten surgeries, compared 62mm H to three in its current location, and will take on a large number of new patients from the Prestonpans and Cockenzie & Port Seton areas, as well as hiring more dentists. This could result in the number of new patients approaching 8,000, although exact numbers are unknown. Among the new facilities will be a waiting room, children's play area, X-ray room, sterilisation unit and recovery room. In addition, there will be 40 parking spaces on site for the flats and the dental facility. The Price and Crummey Family Dental Practice, currently at 97 High Street, will move the short distance. The new dental

facility - funded out of the profits of the adjoining new residential development - will pay rent to developers MCS, which will then be reimbursed by the NHS. A transport assessment conducted by Waterman Boreham Transport Planning concluded that "the development site is accessible by alternative transport modes, will integrate well with the existing transport network and is consistent with local and national transport policy requirements." The granting of planning permission for the application We are pleased to be working with was welcomed by Medical Centres Scotland on the New Preston, Seton and Prestonpans Dental Centre Gosford Ward development and wish them continued success in the future Councillor Willie Innes. He said: "I BUILDERS (EDINBURGH) LIMITED think the people of MACMERRY INDUSTRIAL ESTATE Prestonpans are delighted that this has EAST LOTHIAN been approved." EH33 1ET Designed by Archial TEL: (01875) 610891 Group Ltd, and built EMAIL: by Hart Builders, work will be completed in FAX: (01875) 612054 summer 2013.


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Michael Laird Architects Helping clients achieve business objectives © Paul Zanre Photography

One of Scotland’s leading architectural practices, Michael Laird Architects has been responsible for some of the country’s most significant buildings and has many awardwinning developments to show for this. Established in 1954, it has grown and diversified significantly over five decades. In this time, the Practice has created a diverse portfolio of projects for an increasing range of clients. Although the specific requirements for any project will vary, the core architectural, environmental and social values that underpin this work remain constant and the repeat commissions received from clients speak volumes for the quality of work and level of service provided. Michael Laird provides a comprehensive range of services within the areas of architecture including masterplanning, architectural building design, project management, architectural conservation and interior design and space planning. The Practice strives to produce architecture that enhances the built environment through contemporary design, responds sensitively to its context, is environmentally responsible and delivers real value for all clients. A project that was officially opened earlier this month benefited from this high standard of work. Located in Livingston, the project for Gore comprised of full internal and external refurbishment of an existing two-storey office wing, a workplace redesign and interior fit-out, and a two-storey Associate hub new build extension. The Associate hub space is arranged around a central atrium/stair void and a two-storey high picture window. It provides a bright, open, inspirational and collaborative informal meeting hub for Gore’s entire production facility. The layout addresses the main view to the north overlooking a landscaped courtyard, hillside and pond within WL Gore’s site. The space is intentionally open and bright to contrast the usually darker and closed


environments of this production facility. Most aspects of the existing building required replacement or major refurbishment, and the internal elements of the office building, excluding the stair cores, were removed, while existing first floor slabs were removed to extend the existing atrium. This refurbished building provides a welcoming and enjoyable experience for visitors and staff within a contemporary and exciting development, an open and inspirational workplace environment that fosters openness and collaboration between staff, and a fully refurbished external building fabric, which provides improved energy performance and exceeds current technical standard requirements. Previously existing glazing including rooflights and sloping glazing were replaced with new solar control glass, and profiled sheet roofing was removed and replaced with a single ply membrane. Office areas are well lit, open and flexible, and the circulation of the building has been simplified, while the reception area and entrance are a variety of open and inviting customer introduction and meeting spaces. The Practice is currently working on a speculative office building over five floors with a CAT A fit-out. Located in Edinburgh, and for Ediston Properties, 145 Morrison Street will have five levels of open plan accommodation with a feature metal stair and lift core to the front of the building and a lavatory/escape stair core to the rear. Stunning panoramic views of the Edinburgh skyline will be provided on the upper floors. Daylight received by neighbouring properties was a key factor considered during the planning process and elements of the new building’s envelope will be constructed in mirror glass to deflect natural light towards neighbouring properties. High quality and robust modern materials have been selected to communicate a modern aesthetic, and an impressive

reception area with floor to ceiling glazing onto Morrison Street will be provided. Work started in summer and will be completed early next year. Michael Laird has also completed a fit-out of four floors at the AEGON building at Lochside Crescent in Edinburgh for Kames Capital. In addition, a new glazed entrance pavilion was constructed to provide Kames Capital its own separate entrance and identity. Kames staff coming to the AEGON building now enjoy benefits enjoyed by AEGON staff over the years, including access to the staff restaurant, deli bar, staff shop, gym and landscaped gardens. For Kames clients, a fully catered meeting/dining facility has been introduced with a new kitchen. The new meeting room suite is divided into internal meeting rooms for staff use, while staff breakout areas have been provided for this project that was completed in July this year. In addition, the Practice has worked at Nine, Edinburgh BioQuarter – a speculative 90,000sq ft laboratory and office development, of which 30,000sq ft has been fitted out to accommodate BioIncubator laboratories and offices together with shared meeting, conference, administration and café facilities. The remaining building is designed to accommodate speculative laboratory and/or office accommodation for life science research and production. Michael Laird’s buildings have won design awards from national and international bodies over the years, including the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy. All services provided assist clients in obtaining high quality design and best value for their business objectives. Michael Laird Architects, 5 Forres Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6DE. Tel: 0131 226 6991.

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Raasay House Risen from the ashes The restoration of a historic fire damaged building on the Isle of Raasay is nearing completion, following an exhaustive construction phase. Raasay House was first built in the 18th century on land belonging to the MacLeod’s of Raasay. Once derelict, the former stately home was transformed into a renowned activity centre in 1984 and has operated as such ever since. In January 2009, during the closing stages of a comprehensive refurbishment, a catastrophic fire left the landmark building in ruin. While the façade and west wing remained largely untouched, much of Raasay House was reduced to a stark and exposed shell. Having purchased Raasay House in 2008, the Raasay House Community Council has since worked tirelessly alongside the Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency, to ensure that the building is restored as fully as possible. The reconstruction initially began in August 2010. Work was to be delayed, however,

following the unfortunate collapse of the original Main Contractor. In response the HIE contracted Mansell to complete the £3.7M restoration in October 2011, Though disastrous, the fire has afforded the HIE the opportunity to improve the fabric of the building. To comply with modern day building regulations the property is now fully insulated with sound proofing and double glazed windows throughout, ensuite facilities and an internal fire escape. Such high performance features will allow for a significant energy and cost reduction; a rarity for any heritage building. Elsewhere, Raasay House has been restored to its original state. The balustrade, for instance, has been painstakingly recreated using remnant materials

and reference photographs. Similar techniques have seen entire rooms sensitively and accurately reinstated. With the four-year anniversary of the blaze fast approaching, the renovation is set to finish. Its completion ensures this historic building a place in the contemporary Scottish landscape.

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Finnieston Substation Key to reinforcing the network in Glasgow Located at St Vincent Crescent to the west of Glasgow city centre, this 132kV substation will be of integral design, providing enclosed transformer bays separated by a central two-storey control building housing all associated switchgear, protection and auxiliary plant and equipment. Transformer bays will incorporate an elevated roofline to provide adequate clearance from the electrical plant. Construction of the grid transformer bay will be traditional A.I.S., incorporating a bunded plinth with the cooler bank situated in an adjoining compartment. Separate compartments will be provided for neutral earthing transformers, future 33/11kV distribution transformers and neutral earthing resistors. Natural cooling for the transformers will be provided by louvered panels in the walls and the roof, while a mezzanine store area will be created above the auxiliary earthing plant to accommodate transmission equipment such as portable earthing appliances, cones and safety barriers. The central part of the substation will house the two-storey building. The basement will contain dedicated rooms for the 33 and future 11kV switchgear displaced by a


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