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Built environment monitoring systems Weather Micro climate Relative humidity Temperature Precipitation Wind Ground temperature

Solar array performance Heating system monitoring Energy use Temperature Flow rate Heat meter Performance monitoring

Eltek specialises in the design and manufacture of data logging systems for a wide range of applications. Based in Cambridge since 1985, Eltek remains a family owned business. Over the past 28 years, the company has accrued a vast knowledge of data logging expertise for both wired-in sensor systems and wireless telemetry systems. Working with research and development engineers, consultants and end users, Eltek has earned a reputation for innovative solutions, cooperation and quality. We recognise the growing needs for both the accurate proof of the efficacy of new building materials and for post occupancy studies of buildings, from domestic residences to large developments. As a result, our data logging solutions have evolved to be the ideal solution. The GenII wireless telemetry system is ideal for both short and long term studies, being easy to set up, install and commission and equally easy to redeploy as necessary. Data can be downloaded to the PC directly or via Ethernet, GSM or GPRS. We can offer a very wide range of sensors, some internal to the transmitter and, with few exceptions, integrate other exotic sensors that may well be unique to a project or preferred by the user. Standard sensors types include RH, temperature, CO2, light and UV, which are ideal for environmental monitoring. In addition to this, temperature sensors are available which use thermistor, thermocouple or platinum resistance technologies and package the physical sensor for immersion, intimate surface contact or air temperature. A unique feature of the Eltek system is that energy sensors (electrical, gas etc.) can be seamlessly integrated with environmental

Temperature & RH

Air quality CO2

Energy Electricity Gas Heat flux

Light UV/Lux Ventilation Air velocity

Structural displacement

Groundwater depth

parameters such as wind speed, wind direction, precipitation, air pressure, water depth, tilt and linear displacement to provide the most comprehensive wireless monitoring available on the market. The Eltek GenII data logger can be used with up to 250 sensors distributed across 125 transmitters, with specific transmitters having up to eight inputs. An outstanding feature is the system reliability. Most transmitters are battery operated using off the shelf batteries providing more than 2 years operation. The data logger, repeaters and some transmitter types are mains powered with 24 hour battery fallback to ensure seamless monitoring in case of mains failure. There is also no requirement for permanent connection to a PC which results in a truly independent and autonomous data logging system. Various versions of the PC software are available. For basic applications Darca Plus provides system configuration, data download, analysis data export. Darca Heritage provides more comprehensive analysis including calculated channels and the ability to overlay parameters for comparison both in real and historic time.

Data analysis (Data collection at office) Wireless receiver / logger

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Monitoring a large structure can present daunting problems. Canterbury Cathedral is being continuously monitored using Eltek's GenII system, in particular the dynamics of the structure in relation to the change in moisture and the water level of the ground. The sensitivity of the system is such that the movement of the building when the daily service bells are rung is capable of being detected.

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TCD ARCHITECTS - BUILDING ON 50 YEARS IN BUSINESS TCD Architects are currently celebrating 50 years in business. Founded in 1963, the practice has gone through many changes since its inception as Thomson Craig and Donald to its current form as TCD Architects. The practice is comprised of a team of highly qualified construction professionals from various disciplines who can offer full Architectural services together with Interior Design, Space Planning, Project Management and Master Planning. The Practice continues to advance in respect of sustainable design and innovation, undertaking commissions throughout the local and national areas. TCD Architects have provided the industry with an unparalleled service for 50 years and pride themselves in building excellent working relationships with all Clients. The Company Directors have worked tirelessly on building and shaping a company that responds not only to Client requirements but also to their architectural beliefs and project solutions.

TCD Architects are now also offering clients complete Turn-Key package delivery of projects together with space planning design and furniture supply. TCD Architects have successfully completed a number of Turn-Key packages for clients which include Stewart Group, Stork Technical Services and Dolphin Drilling. We offer the potential for a complete design and build service to assist our clients from the very early stages of site acquisition through to the handover of a fully furnished completed facility. Interior design services can be undertaken in conjunction with each client to ensure we fully deliver a building which we hope will exceed a client’s expectation in every aspect. At TCD, we partner with several construction companies to provide an environment that best meets our clients’ needs whilst remaining cost effective. This also allows us to enhance our designs by providing alternative ideas and styles which helps us to improve the overall working platform. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss any potential projects that you may be considering as a Turn-Key Package where TCD Architects can provide a professional, competent service to compete in this marketplace. Having just completed a £12million Office Facility development for Technip UK, TCD Architects are looking forward to the forthcoming year with a number of new commissions with oil related companies ranging from large scale new facilities to internal Turn-Key fit-out projects of existing facilities. Together with the oil related commissions, the practice have secured a number of large housing projects including a £7 million mixed residential development of the former Scottish Water Depot site in Aberdeen. We also specialise in all types of individual private housing from new builds to conversions and extensions. We at TCD believe we can provide every client with the best possible service in an efficient and timely manner whilst ensuring each development has its own unique design influence.


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It’s all about Capability Those who bleat that CDM Co-ordinators are a waste of space, cost us dear and contribute nothing to our industry are easy to listen to and hard to dismiss for there have been some in the industry who have wasted their and everyone else’s time on paper exercises that contributed little to improving health and safety in construction. But those bleaters cannot explain the considerable improvements to our death and injury performance that have been demonstrated over the years since CDM regulations were introduced, nor can they explain the very considerable gains made as a result of application of construction health and safety risk management during the Olympics construction programme – just one example of projects where CDM has aided better management, better delivery and lower accidents and injury statistics. The CDM Regulations have, without doubt, proved themselves and proved the value of effective CDM Coordination and design and construction risk management. The big CDM issue is getting rid of the “less than competent”, not getting rid of the work that needs to be done to co-ordinate and reduce risks. It is exactly the same problem for architects, engineers, project managers and contractors; the vast majority do an excellent job whilst a few let the side down. That doesn’t mean that we should get rid of architects engineers, project managers and contractors. The other issue is reducing the bureaucracy that has surrounded aspects of CDM construction risk management – a bureaucracy fed by the legitimate fears that without demonstrable evidence, if things go wrong, those charged with offences would be unable to defend themselves. That fear will not just ‘go away’ but the other issues could, and should. The Gordian knot could be cut, very simply, by deploying a listing of capable (knowledgeable, skilled, experienced and committed) people who would be able to deliver the construction health and safety risk management that will be required whatever a new regulatory package contains. Even if the role of the CDM Coordinator disappears, construction health and safety coordination and risk management will be needed during both the design and construction phases of any project and it takes knowledge and skills as well as time and effort to implement these. So there will be jobs to be done and there will have to be people to do these jobs. We just have to make sure that

these people are easier to find and engage than last time around. The direct and relatively simple selection and appointment of ‘capable’ people becomes a critical issue for the construction industry. We just have to decide what the “capability” thresholds are for each of the providers of possible risk management services that may be needed. Anyone who understands the nature and complexity of the construction industry will also understand that the specialist knowledge, skills and experience required to effectively provide design and planning and/or construction phase health and safety risk management and advice are not the lot of all designers, contractors or even health and safety professionals. Even design risk management during the design stage, and aspects of construction risk management during construction, will often require a wider range of knowledge and experience than is part of the normal knowledge and skills sets for many designers and constructors and it may well be time to make sure that designers’ ‘best friends’ are available to help them deal with design risk management more effectively than has been the case to date. The need to manage these construction risks requires specialists in these areas; people who have what is needed and have committed themselves to providing these skills and services so that design teams and contracting organisations can obtain those specialist skills either from direct employees or from consultants.

“…It may well be time to make sure that designers’ ‘best friends’ are available to help them deal with design risk management…” All service ‘supply’ options need to be considered remembering that this is an industry where one size has never fitted all, so that the industry can ensure that, whichever route is taken, capable people are available to deliver the required services and so that those appointing them or working with them, should be confident that they are capable of discharging their

duties. This, of course, must be as a result of a recognised, industry and HSE supported listing of persons or registers of suitably qualified and experienced individuals held by other organisations like those established by the Association for Project Safety (APS), together with, perhaps, a job specific interview and evidence of relevant project experience. The challenge then is to help the industry achieve this; a challenge which APS and IIRSM have already embarked upon by engaging other key members of the construction industry. “Shaping and sharing best practice in construction health and safety risk management”. Even though, as we go to press, we still do not have a new CDM consultation package on which to target our thinking, there are some aspects about the future that we can focus on and get on with implementing so that, whatever the HSE puts in front of us, the industry will be better prepared for that future and better served in terms of effective construction health and safety risk management. Designers and contractors will need to be able to find, and rely upon, competent people to discharge the coordination functions if they do not have sufficient skill, knowledge and experience themselves to do the job right and avoid potential Fee for Intervention costs if it goes wrong. We all want a more efficient construction industry and we all want a simplified CDM process and to achieve this we need to ensure that capable people are available to provide the specialist co-ordination and advice that the design team, designers and contractors need during the design and planning as well as the construction phases of projects. Above all, we need to be able to find and engage these specialists and, let’s be clear about it, they are specialists whether their background is design, constructing or construction health and safety, or any combination of these. Anyone engaging them must be confident that they are capable of effectively and efficiently discharging their risk management duties without having to engage in extensive, bureaucratic assessments of those capabilities.


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Art, flags, trees and a VW campervan to bring new life to Glasgow A dramatic series of artworks, tree plantings and sculptures - and a VW campervan transformed into a mobile art studio are just some of the ideas which could be used to energise a new community currently under construction in Glasgow. Urban Union, the development company taking forward the regeneration of Laurieston, has appointed renowned city based artist Peter McCaughey to lead the five year project, called ‘Art and Living: Laurieston’. McCaughey, a lecturer in the Sculpture and Environmental Art department at Glasgow School of Art, has just curated a group exhibition at the prestigious Architects Association in London, titled ‘Cultural Hijack: Rethinking Intervention’. He was recently

commissioned by Glasgow 2014 to design an artist led journey along the Clyde in advance of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He said: “This exciting project is one of the largest artist led commissions of public artwork in Glasgow in recent years. “We want to take the memories and stories collected by the people of Laurieston over decades and incorporate them into the fabric of the new development, as well as bringing to life ideas from workshops with community groups, local historians, artists, individuals and principal partners encountered during our research into this development.” Peter’s blueprint for the project includes creating a sculpture led interactive play area for children, capitalising on the ‘oral

tradition’ of the area, marking historic sites with thought provoking signage and using the VW campervan as a mobile studio which will be positioned ‘close to the action’ as the 800 home development continues. This approach is different to many previous area regeneration projects. Approximately 40% of the activity will be temporary over the five-year activity, which capitalises on the blank canvas of brownfield sites. Laurieston is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) projects in Glasgow. The £90M initiative will deliver a major boost for the city, creating jobs and delivering a wide range of new homes and community facilities.

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CALA Homes still available in Midlothian After sales success at CALA’s two Midlothian developments, only three homes are still available in the popular commuter area. Just two years after Larkfield in Eskbank was launched, CALA has sold all 49 homes at the development. Meanwhile, only three homes are still available at The Glade – CALA’s development in the nearby Ironmills conservation area in Dalkeith. Sarah Stanger, Sales and Marketing Director, at CALA Homes (East) said: “Larkfield, Eskbank has been one of CALA’s most popular developments in recent years, and buyers have been attracted to the rural tranquillity of this commuter town. All 49 homes have now been sold and we’re pleased to have welcomed so many happy buyers to this picturesque location. “But buyers seeking a home in Midlothian still have a chance to secure one of the three remaining properties at our nearby

development, The Glade, Dalkeith. “In addition to the quality of its homes, The Glade benefits from a semi-rural location, yet it is less than a mile from the centre of Dalkeith, ensuring that a wide range of amenities are on the development’s doorstep. Major commuter routes including the City Bypass are easily accessible, making

this the perfect option for families and professionals seeking a peaceful retreat less than seven miles from Edinburgh.” A number of family attractions are located within easy reach, including a selection of scenic parks and walkways, and the popular Butterfly House. The purpose build Dalkeithcampus is also nearby for schooling.


Marley Eternit EQUITONE creates a work of art EQUITONE [tectiva] has helped turn an information kiosk into a work of art at the Edinburgh Art Festival. Four-by-Two Consultants specified EQUITONE [tectiva] for the kiosk on George Street because they liked the natural aesthetic and design purity of the fibre cement material, ideal for creating a focal point at the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art. Pebble colour was chosen, with its through colour, characteristic fine sanded lines and natural occurring hues, to create a wrap around skin for the lightweight laminated plywood frame, with clear polycarbonate inner layer.  The kiosk was designed with large windows and a part glazed entrance area to allow a maximum amount of light to fill the space. The ability to CNC cut the fibre cement panels allowed the architects to form perforations in the skin, controlling the daylight entering the space, and casting layered shadows into the interior.  Ben Ingle, Senior Architect at Four-by-Two Consultants, said: “We were drawn to the natural aesthetic of EQUITONE [tectiva] and the fact that it could be CNC cut, allowing us to create an opaque patterned skin that covers the walls and the roof. It was vital for the material to be easy to use so that our joiners could reassemble the panels on site. The kiosk was built by B-spoke in their joinery workshop in Edinburgh and then dismantled, transported and reassembled at George Street where it was used for 28 days during the Edinburgh Art Festival. The organisers of the festival intend to re-use the kiosk over at least the next three years.

GRAHAM Construction reaches another level at redeveloped Deaconess House in Edinburgh a historic site, Deaconess House has presented a number of challenges relating to the preservation of the existing layout and retention of its historic features. “The renovation has allowed us to integrate the old with the new to design a site which is sympathetic to the surrounding buildings in this historic quarter of Edinburgh.” Three new blocks are being created to the rear of Deaconess House and will be situated around a central courtyard, which will include an amphitheatre and hard and soft landscaped areas. The new blocks will rise to four- and five-storeys and will contain a total of 315 bedrooms, split across a mix of studio apartments and three-, five- and six-bedroom units. GRAHAM has significant experience of student accommodation projects for colleges and universities around the UK, including Stirling, Newcastle, the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley and Queens University. Mike Myles, Development Director at Mace said “This is an extremely important milestone for the project and is testament to the hard work to date by all members of the team. “We are all now striving towards completion of a successful project for Edinburgh University in time for the start of the 2014/15 academic year.”

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The £14.5M redevelopment of Deaconess House on Edinburgh’s Pleasance, currently being redeveloped by contractors GRAHAM Construction in partnership with Mace Real Estate, has achieved a major milestone as it reaches its highest point. A topping out ceremony has taken place to mark the building reaching its full height of 18.2m. Mace’s Investment team is behind the plans to create over 300 new student apartments on the site of the former hospital and architects on the project are The Kalyvides Partnership. The original Deaconess House is being retained and refurbished with the project set for completion in May 2014. Mace has signed an agreement with Edinburgh University, which will take over the new student accommodation complex once construction work is completed. GRAHAM Construction is continuing to work on the exterior and interior of the new structure, including internal fit out, partitioning and electrical works. Deaconess House dates back to 1894 when it opened as a hospital, and a number of ancillary buildings including nurses’ accommodation were added to the original structure over the years until its closure as a hospital in 1990. More recently, the building has been used as office accommodation. Contracts Manager at GRAHAM Construction Paul McBurney said: “As


Gilgen Launches ‘Most Powerful Swing Door Operator’ Gilgen Door Systems has launched its most powerful and silent running swing door operator yet. The technologically advanced FD20 swing drive is designed for the automation of new or existing doors up to 250kg in weight and can also automate external doors facing wind loads up to 50MPH. Due to its strength and Swiss build quality, Gilgen’s new swing drive is ideally suited to tough applications such as hospitals, schools, garden centres and transport hubs. The versatile FD20 is 50% more powerful than its predecessor and enables easy, contactless and hygienic access for a wide variety of commercial and public sector buildings. Lightweight doors, external doors up to 1600mm in width (EN7) and even fire rated doors can be automated with ease. A range of lintel and door leaf installations is available featuring Gilgen’s optional sliding rod mechanism which offers improved aesthetics over conventional push rod systems. David Cerquella, Managing Director of Gilgen Door Systems in the UK, explains “We have improved the functionality, power and versatility of our swing drive unit to ensure fit for purpose operation, low running costs and effortless performance. The FD20 is quieter, more controllable and more attractive than its predecessor and can be tailored to the needs of a greater range of applications”. The FD20 features a powerful new electro-mechanical drive which is extremely quiet and smooth in operation. The master switch and illuminated program selector buttons are integrated into the side cover of the operator housing for

intuitive operation. Additional control options include radar, motion sensor, contactless detection sensor, foot or hand operated switch or remote control through Gilgen’s F9000 hand-held unit. Adjustable functions include push & go operation, safety monitoring and wind-load regulation for external doors. An extensive range of configurations is possible for single and bi-parting doors, emergency exit, fire safety operation and bespoke solutions. Safety features are built in as standard and the drive is tested to EN16005 and BIN 18650. Optional safety sensors with ‘reverse’ and ‘stop’ functions offer additional protection for pinch points. The FD20 unit is also characterised by its fast installation and start-up capability. Once the unit has been mounted, the user-friendly joystick and integrated LCD display inside the housing can be used to programme the operating parameters such as the opening and closing speed, safety monitoring and reinforced closure. The engineer can also adjust the power of the return spring to the corresponding weight and size of door. The Gilgen FD20 is a swing drive operator for virtually any application providing effortless trouble-free access, safety and security. Its attractive appearance makes it compatible with any architectural design thereby enhancing the overall aesthetic approach. For further information on Gilgen’s automatic door range call 0800 316 6994 or visit www.gilgendoorsystems.co.uk


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GLM Architects transform John o’ Groats into a remarkable tourist destination Transforming a run-down tourist destination after years of neglect, GLM’s architects together with their project and construction management team have handed over the second phase of the ambitious redevelopment of John o’ Groats to client Natural Retreats. By the start of the latest phase of the project in August 2011, the late Victorian baronial style John o’ Groats Hotel, occupying a prominent position in this world famous location, had been left to rot for more than 15 years. The depressing scene had gradually drained the life out of the place but still the visitors came, were disappointed, and left.

Now the hotel has been dramatically restored and revitalised by GLM and re-launched by Natural Retreats as The Inn at John o’ Groats. Various modern extensions were removed to reveal a dilapidated but pleasing building. Although it would have been cheaper to demolish, the decision was taken to restore, remodel and add the colourful Nordic inspired timber clad extension. The Inn at John o’ Groats now offers 16 luxury holiday apartments in a range of sizes with dramatically framed views and stylish interiors designed in conjunction with interior designers NoChintz. As well as The Inn, GLM has been responsible

for the construction of 23 luxury holiday self-catering residences, a completely remodelled cooperative cafe selling local produce and dishes, and The Outfitters, an activity centre and retail space formed within in the famous “Last House”. Ian McKee, GLM Director and Project Director says: “For decades there has been talk of revitalising John o’ Groats but it was only ever talk. The local people were justifiably jaded by failed initiative after failed initiative. All that is being put behind them now and we are thrilled to have been given an opportunity to play our part in this challenging redevelopment.”

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Scotland to gain from groundbreaking sustainable homes Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead has officially opened Scotland’s Resource Efficient House, a groundbreaking building project that offers affordable, sustainable housing to Scotland. Every stage of the development of the threebedroom house has been considered, from before the architect put pen to paper to the eventual deconstruction in three years’ time, in order to demonstrate how construction projects can be more resourceful and minimise impact on the environment. The construction sector is currently the largest source of waste in Scotland, producing 7.4 million tonnes in 2010.  The construction materials and methods used harnessed best practice in efficiency: from using a pod design put together off site in order to reduce the effects of weather conditions on build times, to the wall insulation which will be able to be recycled post deconstruction.  The reuse and recycling of materials carries through to the fixtures and fittings with the kitchen work surfaces made from material reprocessed from recycled coffee cups; recycled paint for the décor; and kitchen bar stools made from reclaimed wood from whisky barrels.  For home buyers, the house offers

lighting, heating, and water conservation measures that are kinder to the environment, make it highly energy efficient, and more affordable to live in. Situated at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig, the house is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Scottish Government’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, and was built in partnership with Tigh Grian Ltd. Director of BRE Scotland Rufus Logan said:

“The Resource Efficient house is chock full of the innovation our small country is world renowned for. This is evident in its design right down to the products materials and technologies it incorporates.  “The learning from this project will be of huge benefit not only to Scotland and the rest of the UK but to countries around the world who are being challenged to build with fewer resources. I’m very pleased to host this house on our Innovation Park.”


Sika puts seal on Edinburgh Zoo Penguins Rock revamp When the world famous Penguin Park at Edinburgh Zoo was found to be leaking more than 50,000 litres of water every day, a reliable and high performance structural repair and waterproofing system was required. Concrete repair and waterproofing specialists Fraser Bruce Group turned to a comprehensive range of products and systems from Sika to create the new ‘Penguins Rock’ – a 21st century enclosure for the zoo’s iconic colony of penguins. Home to thousands of penguins over the last 100 years, the existing pool was closed for a £750,000 maintenance and upgrade programme. Appointed to carry out a survey to establish why water was being lost and identify the pool’s structural condition, the Fraser Bruce Group discovered a total of 11 separate layers dating back to the 1914 original. The Fraser Bruce Group commenced a programme of works comprising almost fully rebuilding the older original pool and repairing the newer section of the pool. All poor quality concrete was removed, contaminated ground excavated and the base substrate reformed to create a slide, paddling area, vertical cliffs and a series of undulations and slopes – all completed by a team of highly skilled operatives using freehand installation. The specialist contractor then prepared the substrate by grinding to remove all traces of the existing fibreglass membrane. Following this, The Fraser Bruce Group applied a range of waterproofing, repair and coatings products from the Sika Ltd range. Reopening to the public on Thursday 14th March 2013, the new look ‘Penguins Rock’ welcomed back almost 100 of the zoo’s iconic and much loved animals to a state-of-the-art enclosure. Protected by Sika systems, it holds 1.2 million litres of water and will deliver exceptional levels of concrete protection and waterproofing performance for years to come.

Bank Street bucks the trend We’re all used to hearing doom and gloom stories about the demise of town centres around the UK, but Bank Street in the heart of Kilmarnock has bucked the trend after becoming 100% occupied. The last empty shop was taken over recently by Jewellers Inc Artisan Workshop, complementing the wide range of shops on the street, many of which are independently owned by people who really care about giving their customers the best service possible. For East Ayrshire Council this success is the culmination of many years of investment in regeneration projects which have gone a long way to upgrading and enhancing the street, creating a pleasant environment where businesses can thrive. Councillor Jim Buchanan, Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration points out: “Bank Street has benefited in recent years from various funding streams such as our Townscape Heritage Initiative, Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and our Connecting Places project. “Through these owners of buildings have had significant help to restore and upgrade

their premises and we’ve also laid cobbles, improved street furniture, introduced street artworks and improved pedestrian safety through enhanced lighting and CCTV. “In the immediate vicinity, thanks to our other regeneration projects, we now have large numbers of office workers in our Council premises in John Dickie Street, The Opera House and the Johnnie Walker Bond, all of whom are bringing increased footfall to the street. “At the same time, we’ve now got a thriving community of go ahead retailers who are committed to good service and providing the items shoppers are looking for. In particular, the area is becoming noted as a venue for brides, looking for all their wedding needs, which are clustered round the area in a range of complimentary specialist shops. “Bank Street is living proof of the benefits of regeneration. It’s not just about buildings, it’s about bringing people together builders, business people, office workers and the public to restore confidence and vitality in the town. We should all be proud of what has been achieved here.”

Annis Hill Farm brought to life by Worsley Roofing Solutions lead sheet, hard metal roofing company, working to the LSA guidelines. The Company is also an approved installer of TATA Steel Colorcoat Urban roofing and cladding systems, taking on the more challenging projects to provide traditional finishes to modern roofing systems.

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TATA Steel Colorcoat Urban standing seam metal roofing demonstrates its flexibility in design, application and building use. Conventionally metal standing seam roofing has been conserved for commercial or industrial buildings that require high performance and an attractive finish. Worsley Roofing Solutions Ltd (www. worsleyroofingsolutions.co.uk) has applied the system to a residential development and holiday let in Annis Hill Farm in Milnrow and has demonstrated that a standing seam roof system can be an attractive and cost effective solution for any building type. The metal roof has been executed in anthracite grey to provide a beautiful contrast to the natural wood cladding. Although Colorcoat Urban roofing components are post formed from colour coated stock, the client requested traditional finishes and the addition of sky lights. These details were carefully crafted by Worsley Roofing Solutions Ltd to meet the client’s vision. Worsley Roofing Solutions Ltd is a specialist


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Building Information Modelling Without trust and transparent communication BIM projects will fail, says Edward Moore of ResoLex The government is driving the BIM agenda hard and stipulating that all centrally procured projects must achieve BIM Level Two by 2016. It has, however, potentially underestimated the resistance it would encounter to collaborative working in an industry that has traditionally prided itself on its adversarial nature. It may go against the grain of the construction industry, but the key to BIM is trust. Many believe that this can be achieved by creating the right project specific protocol to which all team members are legally bound. At its highest level, BIM protocol facilitates the pursuit of excellence right across the building process from design to operation. However it has to accept that communication is a big issue. This is even more evident with BIM projects as BIM is transparent. There is no hiding place - no concealing of late information and mistakes. Therefore, BIM project managers have to provide a method of project communication that makes people feel that they can share problems and be open and honest about mistakes. This is the view of Charles Rich, principal of the Charles Rich Consultancy and former partner of a leading international architectural practice.

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“Clear and effective communication is a key ingredient to a successful project and even more so in a BIM environment, where openness and transparency between all team members is essential. The difficulty is that whilst we all hear the same words, each stakeholder can have a different understanding about what they mean, in both their own context and that of the project. What projects often need is a person, or organisation, which is able to ‘translate’ things into each stakeholders’ vocabulary.” The question is what brings about integration for an industry where design, cost and construction are traditionally separate activities? Overwhelmingly, the answer is collaboration. For some time we have had partnering and, more recently, collaborative working for delivering projects. However, until the adoption of BIM, there was no protocol for modelling and repeating the ad hoc pockets of excellence on a regular basis. An important factor when implementing BIM is the creation of the trust necessary for collaboration and access to the model by the project team. BIM, now understood as a method of working rather than just technology, succeeds or fails on its ability to communicate. The stated goals of BIM are enhanced project outcomes. The strategy for getting there is trust through collaborative working. The main barrier to the all-important aligning of project goals across the team is the fear of transparent communication. Frequently individual personal and individual corporate agendas and the project agenda are in conflict. Too often, this reticence to communication transparently results in focusing on dividing rewards rather than increasing the certainty of the overall team prize. Whilst much effective work has gone into techniques for mitigating technical risks, there are less evidential advances in the area of mitigation of “soft” risks, those risks caused by poor relationships, adverse culture and non-aligned and conflicting agendas. These risks form the components of collaborative working. To mitigate these risks BIM, the management of intelligent information, needs the best intelligent communication model

it can get to support successful project outcomes for all the team members. One method of achieving this is by horizon scanning service. After years of providing mediation services to projects after communication had broken down, we decided to approach the problem from a different angle. We have developed a tool called ResoLex; Avoiding Dispute, Avoiding Risk, or RADAR, to help our clients spot issues coming over the horizon long before they escalate into disputes. As all feedback to RADAR is anonymised and the content analysed by a panel of industry experts it provides a concise and impartial report for the project team to focus on when meeting to discuss progress. Spotting issues very early in the process has led to cost and reputational savings for our clients. There is a growing body of project professionals who see the shortfalls of traditional ways of information gathering and project reporting, particularly the use of workshops. Outcomes from workshops are subject to manipulation. Because of lack of anonymity and confidentiality, they often do not succeed in uncovering participants’ real concerns. The search is for a better way of communicating and obtaining project feedback that is confidential and gives anonymity to participants. Project managers delivering BIM projects know that they need to engender trust and provide communication systems that give early warning of emerging risks so that action can be taken to resolve conflict and avoids disputes. They want to create the maximum project value by using BIM and ensuring that the BIM payback is realised to the full they need intelligent communication to support it. Perhaps then they will be able to sleep a little better at night! Edward Moore is Chief Executive of ResoLex. He can be reached by email: edward.moore@resolex.com. Visit www.resolex.com for further information.


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Green Skills Alliance Nigel Hollett from SummitSkills, part of the Green Skills Alliance (GSA), discusses the recent developments regarding the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the work opportunities the scheme presents for contractors with the right skills and training... The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. Since its launch in November 2011 to the non-domestic sector, it has enabled organisations in England, Scotland and Wales to earn money back on any heat they generate from renewable sources. The benefits to the construction sector have been significant - latest quarterly statistics on take-up show that a total of 1,754 accredited installations have been carried out to 30 June 2013. For many contractors, the scheme has already created a valuable work stream. With the domestic equivalent set to be rolled out in spring 2014, contractors of all sizes should be looking to take advantage of the opportunities that may be created by the increased consumer interest that it plans to create. These include the installation of a range of technologies, such as:

••Biomass-only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back boilers ••Ground and water source heat pumps ••Air-to-water heat pumps ••Flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal panels But only businesses with the skills and qualifications to install technologies like biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps will be able to win RHI work. So what do they need to do? The government has set out that both domestic and non-domestic RHI installers must have Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation or equivalent certification. Couple this with schemes such as the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which are already underway, and the changes to Building Regulations Part L set for 2014, and the growth in low carbon work looks set to continue. For those without low carbon skills and

qualifications, the commercial incentive to upskill is all too clear and the Green Skills Alliance, a partnership between Asset Skills, ConstructionSkills and SummitSkills, is there to help. Working together, these organisations help businesses take advantage of the growing low carbon market by ensuring they have the skills and training needed to win work. For information on training and qualifications available, as well as low carbon opportunities more broadly, information can also be found on the Cut the Carbon website (www.cutcarbon.info). The Renewable Heat Incentive is indicative of a wider trend in the UK construction and built environment sector towards an increasingly low carbon future. This represents a significant opportunity for construction firms who have the right skills and training. Those who don’t risk missing out.

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The SSE Hydro Major new entertainment venue in Glasgow Scotland’s new home of live entertainment was revealed to the world’s media in September at the new arena ahead of Rod Stewart’s opening concert on 30th September. Designed by Foster + Partners, The SSE Hydro has a seated capacity of 12,000, rising to 13,000 with a seated and standing configuration. It is the first purpose built concert venue of its scale and will play host to approximately 140 events each year such as national and international artists and bands as well as being a venue for major comedy stars and sporting events. Designed by Foster + Partners, Scottish Hydro is committed to investing £1.5M per year over the next ten years in this ground breaking venue for Scotland. The Company, which has been supplying energy

to the nation’s homes and businesses since 1947, is proud to be investing in Scotland’s cultural heritage and will in turn provide a high profile association with live music, bringing real benefits for customers. The SSE Hydro has transformed the 64acre site at the SECC into a complete exhibition, conference and entertainments complex of significant national scale. Standing at 45m high and modelled on Greek and Roman amphitheatres, it has become the newest landmark on Glasgow’s skyline. Designed from the inside out, visitors will enjoy excellent sightlines from the fixed, tiered and demountable seating system and the acoustics will be of the highest standard. It will place Glasgow firmly on the map and aims to place itself in the top five busiest

indoor entertainment arenas in the world alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden and the O2 Arena. There is a range of food and drink outlets and hospitality options including a club seating area and VIP boxes. At night, visitors to the venue will be greeted by its distinctive, translucent skin (ETFE) that can glow different colours or have images projected directly on to the surface. It is one of the first major developments to be completed in the SECC QD2 masterplan and has the potential to inject an additional £131M per annum into the local economy. When the venue was revealed in September, John Sharkey, Chief Executive Officer of SEC Ltd, said: “Building our new arena has been a very complex project, and hugely challenging. However, we are delighted to

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be entering the final stage of this journey. “Our calendar for 2013 through to 2014 is filling up fast and will provide fans with the eclectic mix of world class events that The SSE Hydro was built to accommodate. “The project team, funding partners, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise and sponsor partners including SSE can be proud to have played a part in delivering a unique and iconic entertainment space for Scotland which will be the envy of Europe if not the world.” The economic impact will undoubtedly have a knock-on effect on the local economy and local businesses. The O2 Arena has seen an extra £400M flood into London and there are high expectations that The SSE Hydro will work just as hard for the city. Collaborative partnerships are being developed with businesses in and around Glasgow and Scotland, and also VIP and hospitality opportunities will be taken to allow businesses to give their guests a truly memorable experience at The SSE Hydro. Built by Lend Lease, the venue will also play an integral role in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as the home for both gymnastics and the netball finals.

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Forth Primary School Redevelopment as part of a modernisation programme school and is now the library. A larger, triangular shaped building, constructed approximately 70 years ago, houses the current school. Both of these will be demolished to make way for the new facility. The new school will comprise of eight classrooms, a 40/40 nursery, gym/assembly hall with a stage, a dining room, school library, general purpose space, external teaching space and a multi-use games area. The majority of classrooms will be at first floor level. A further two classrooms, administration space, kitchen, dining room, gym and nursery will all be on the ground floor. The replacement public library and new community learning space, meeting room and crèche will also be on the ground floor, but

along with the nursery, these areas will have a separate external access to allow community use out of school hours. New vehicle entrance and exit from Forth Main Street will serve the school complex, providing access to car parking and drop off spaces in the school grounds, and three pedestrian access paths will also be constructed. Designed by Aedas Architects, the Main Contractor is Morgan Sindall, and work is ongoing.

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An £8M plan to replace Forth Primary School is currently underway, which will see the construction of a new school, library, and community centre. Forth Primary School is being redeveloped as part of the South Lanarkshire Council Primary Schools Modernisation Programme and the new school is being constructed as a tandem build on the existing building which remains in use. Approval on this scheme is the 27th such case in the Clydesdale area since the £812M innovative project began in 2004. It is a two-storey steel framed building with external walls and timber infill panels clad with brickwork and timber rainscreen cladding. The site comprises land and buildings associated with the current primary school and village library to the west of the Main Street. It includes a mix of properties including a traditional stone and slate building, built around 100 years ago, which was the original primary


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Glasgow City Heritage Trust Enhancing and promoting the city’s historic built environment Glasgow City Heritage Trust works to repair and conserve Glasgow’s historic built environment and celebrates, explores and promotes debate about the unique built heritage in the city. This is done through grant-aiding historic building repairs and conservation work, giving advice, co-ordinating and funding training, and hosting a range of exhibitions, lectures, special events and school projects. The Trust has invested approximately £6M since its 2007 conception into conserving, enhancing and promoting Glasgow’s historic built environment, supporting and enabling 80-110 projects a year. More than 80% of total project costs in most of he Trust’s funded projects are invested by the private sector, leveraging substantial economic investment into the city’s built environment. The main purpose of the Trust is to administer Building Repair Grants, grantaiding up to 40% of the cost of external building repairs to historic properties, to a maximum of £100,000. This is to help preserve and enhance the unique character of the built environment within Glasgow’s 24 conservation areas and to listed buildings throughout the city. Eligible projects are not just ‘landmark’ public buildings but domestic properties including tenements and public realm improvements including historic lighting reinstatement and railing repairs. These grants offer an incentive for owners when undertaking repairs to their historic buildings to do so in the correct conservation manner. Major repair projects for the Trust this year

have included comprehensive work to Moray that focus on the historic built environment. Place, a Category-A listed terrace designed by Through their own initiatives and in Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, and a full repair partnership with others, the Trust manage and conservation project for 164 Buchanan a range of projects including a series of Street, a commercial property on one of CPD sessions for professionals, collaborative the busiest shopping streets in Europe. research projects with city universities, A comprehensive scheme of conservation monthly lectures and special events, and works including roof, stone and window have grant-aided films about Glasgow, repairs, and reinstatement of railings interpretation materials exploring specific and original lamps to entrance ways Glasgow buildings, heritage trails, exhibitions at Moray Place has been grant-aided and an international conference in 2010. by the Trust, restoring the terrace to More than £250,000 has been invested its original Victorian splendour. since 2007 into these educational projects, By maintaining a certain architectural with grants up to £5,000 available for grandeur and exoticism but reducing the not-for-profit organisations to apply for. scale, Moray Place has fascinated critics With the Commonwealth Games now with its mix of privacy of a villa and the fast approaching and Glasgow getting community of a tenement, the sociality ready to be in the spotlight, it is an of the city and the intimacy of family life, exciting time for the city and the Trust. and as a mid-point between the urban and suburban. Kevin Kane, Client and Chair of Moray Place Owners Association said: “Quite simply, we couldn’t have undertaken this work without Glasgow City Architecture • Project Management • Contact Administrators Heritage Trust.” Cost Consultants • Development Monitoring • Dilapidation Surveyors In addition to Building Repair Tenement Repair Schemes • Commercial Building Surveying Grants, Glasgow Fitzpatrick Building Surveyors are pleased to be City Heritage Trust associated with Glasgow City Heritage Trust supports education, training and 10 Lynedoch Crescent Glasgow G3 6EQ t. 0141 353 2298 f. 0700 605 3344 e. glasgow@fitzpatrickuk.com w. www.fitzpatrickuk.com heritage promotion projects in the city

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Ashley Lodge Residential development in the idyllic location of Aberdeen The first phase of a housing development in Aberdeen has now been completed and is already a success after achieving full occupation. Phase I of the Ashley Lodge project on Great Western Road comprised of providing five one-bedroom flats, one two-bedroom flat and three townhouses within an existing building for Tweed Homes Aberdeen Ltd. Designed by Fitzgerald & Associates, the building was originally a house, a hotel and more recently a care home set in a historic area. This granite mansion house previously had two accommodation wings attached to it that were built in the 1950s. They were demolished as part of the scheme. Work has been easier thanks to good ground conditions that involve only a gentle slope at Ashley Gardens, which is surrounded by a residential area of granite houses as well as the Great Western Hotel. In general, the one-bedroom apartments at Ashley Lodge comprise of a spacious lounge and dining area attached to the kitchen, a bedroom with ensuite facilities including a bath, one further toilet, a utility room and two store rooms.

The townhouses are two-storey with both bedrooms having an ensuite bathroom each. There is also a private balcony on the first floor. Downstairs there is a combined dining and kitchen room and a large comfortable lounge, and the properties also boast a downstairs toilet. The two-bedroom apartment is located on the first floor at Ashley Lodge. It comprises of a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom comprising of a shower, while there is a larger bathroom for communal use. The property also has a combined kitchen/lounge/dining area, much like the one-bedroom apartments. Phase II of the project will include 18 twobedroom apartments and three penthouses in a four-storey development. All Phase II properties have west-facing balconies and the 3,000sq m development will benefit from timber kit plus steel, faced with granite and K render. The roof will be flat and windows will be powder-coated aluminium, high performance double glazed. They will be situated in three blocks with two flats on the first, second and third floor

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and one townhouse on the fourth floor. Facilities for the disabled include lifts and both phases have full provision of fire requirements. There are car parking facilities and both soft and hard landscaping is included in the development. This secluded walled garden site creates a tranquil setting with only a ten-minute walk to Aberdeen city centre. The prime location also offers easy access to the Aberdeenshire countryside. With ample off street parking, car owners can enjoy security and convenience and with public transport links on the doorstep, everyone is catered for. Once inside the grounds, the city noise melts away, leaving people to enjoy the beautiful landscaping and mature trees in peace. The garden is home to an extremely rare and protected Camperdown Elm and the property enjoys security and privacy provided by the surrounding granite walls. The Main Contractor for the project is Donview Construction. Work commenced in November 2011 and will be fully completed in June 2014.


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Cornerstone New care facility in Portlethen © Mark Chalmers, Space Solutions

A new development of supported living flats with a communal area was opened in South Aberdeenshire in October. Situated in the Bourtree area of Portlethen, there are six flats in the new build that will allow six people with disabilities from the local area to enjoy a home of their own, while there is also separate staff accommodation. Each flat uses the latest technology to allow the people who live there to be supported by Cornerstone staff and feel safe while maintaining an optimum level of independence. The properties are also equipped to deal with the changing needs of each resident. Four individuals are already supported by Cornerstone in a registered care home that is not really fit for purpose, and their needs have changed. The regulations for care homes change regularly and with this one having opened in 1993, it now has a quite tight staircase. It’s steep and narrow, and upstairs the only means of escape in case of fire goes through a resident’s bedroom and out of their window onto the garage roof, which isn’t realistic for some residents to use. A key philosophy at the time was to get those with learning difficulties living in ordinary houses on ordinary streets, but this approach was not suitable or sustainable for everybody. What Cornerstone has done is re-house

the four people while also making the building more sustainable. The two extra people have made the project more viable in terms of maximising all resources to get off the ground. Designed by Space Solutions, the building was designed to suit the specific requirements of people who are already cared for elsewhere in Portlethen by Cornerstone. Provision has been made to allow the six apartments to be easily adapted, as and when the residents’ needs change in the future. The building also meets the Housing for Varying Needs guidelines. Each flat uses ‘telecare’ technology, which enables the people who live there to be supported by Cornerstone staff while maintaining a good level of independence. Thanks to the timber kit system specified by Space Solutions, the building has a high degree of insulation and airtightness. The widespread use of ‘sunpipes’ means that the interior is bright, while underfloor heating combined with heat recovery in the flats means that running costs should remain low. Prior to construction of the two-storey building, demolition was required on two derelict buildings, and the site was also cleared in preparation. The walls consist of a timber kit of structural insulated panels with a blockwork outer skin and the roof has prefabricated timber trusses.

Green features such as light and solar panels are included and a lift has been incorporated so that anybody with any need in the future can move in to the building, which is all fully accessible. In-built sensors are included as and where required so that if somebody gets out of bed and isn’t back after a certain time, an alarm will sound and alert the staff. Staff will also know if people come and go from their flat and will also know if they come and go from the main door of the building as well. Extra equipment is included so that anybody who is partially sighted or deaf is also aware when any fire alarm goes off. This will be in the form of a flashing light and vibrating pads. Safety is also guaranteed due to a smoke detection system and domestic sprinkler system. Flats are all single person flats and the kitchen area has doors that recess into the wall completely so they have an open plan lounge, a dining area within the lounge and the kitchen. The cooker/hob can be controlled by switches in the staff accommodation or the kitchen doors can be secured depending on what level of safety is required. The Main Contractor for the £1M project was Bancon Construction. Work started in November 2012 and was completed in October 2013.

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Hudson Hirsel Joint partnership developing Leet Haugh

August saw planning consent granted for Phase II of Hudson Hirsel’s Leet Haugh development located on the edge of the strategic Borders town of Coldstream – currently celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. It is period design that inspires this unique development in the Scottish Borders – the most recent planning consent being for 16 houses situated around a village green of almost one acre along with a further four dwellings consented as part of the original scheme. The homes around the village green are bespoke with no two dwellings being the same. Each is finished to a very high specification throughout – including oak doors and luxury appliances. The high build quality provides energy efficient new homes that are complimented externally by natural oak bollards, generous landscaping and natural stone walls. The development recognises the importance of good place making in providing ‘conservation areas of tomorrow’. A developer led standardised solution was abandoned in favour of a more appropriate contextual approach, which adopted a layout and buildings that work with the site, the landform and the established settlement form. Through the use of spatial and architectural typologies, the proposals sought to create a place that is recognisable to local people and newcomers alike as being a Borders Village rather than a village or suburban sprawl in any other part of the country. The estate structure provides a range of

accommodation from the gate lodges at residents moved in last month. the site entrance to the main house, farm Hudson Hirsel is also seeing success house and factors houses arranged around in the first phase of the development, the traditional village green, the stables with more than half of the homes in the mews, mill buildings and workers cottages. courtyard already sold or reserved. Multiples of these building groups It is the attention to traditional features such have been planned to provide a as weathervanes, bronze finials and features natural hierarchical structure to the such as home grown Hirsel oak that led overall development, thereby creating residents to comment: “The houses really distinct zones within the scheme and speak for themselves in their design, quality allowing new landscaping and structure and content, with great emphasis on superb planning to help contain the houses. layouts, storage and choice of fittings. Vernacular village greens, courtyards and “I would recommend Leet Haugh terraces create places of local distinctiveness to anyone considering a move.” while the use of contrasting estate The partnership between Hudson Homes colours provides a clear sense of character and Hirsel Estate has been established in and identity within the development order to deliver a unique development that will be valued and cared for. of homes to reflect the quality and An estate approach was considered importance of the site situated on the valid and was very much in keeping edge of the historic Hirsel Estate. with the local tradition. Hudson Hirsel combines the balance and Jamie Hudson, who is the Managing Director experience of a sensitively designed new of Hudson Hirsel, said: “The masterplan for residential development and the sustainable Leet Haugh was always for the development management provided by the Home to be in harmony with the adjacent Hirsel family who have been guardians of the Estate and the town of Coldstream as well Hirsel Estate for the last four centuries. as creating a development with a sense of The Architect at Leet Haugh is community where people will aspire to live.” Aitken Turnbull Architects. Despite the sluggish housing market, more than 50% of the houses around the village green had already been reserved by August, which gave Hudson Hirsel Our aim is to provide innovative, efficient design confidence to start solutions whilst respecting the traditional values of a professional service with close client consultation and a Phase II. The first strong emphasis on the management of a project.

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Edrington Group expand facility at Speyside

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For nearly 200 years The Macallan Whisky brand has been sourced in the idyllic area of Speyside. The whisky has been distilled at its current site in Overton, near Craigellachie, since the late 1980s, though recent investment has been underway to enhance the brand further. In order to supply more top quality matured whisky, there was need for an increase in the storage space at the site and this year has seen the completion of two maturation warehouses. Work started on the Overton Farm site,

owned by the Edrington Group, in March 2012 and was carried out by Scottish based Robertson Construction to a total of ÂŁ9.5M. The warehouses are split into three cells, each with a floor area of 2,000sq m, totalling a storage space of 12,000sq m, and include a dedicated racking system designed and installed by Link 51. The steel constructed racking system will hold nearly 23,000 500 litre butts or puncheons and 8,000 250 litre hogsheads once fully loaded. This gives

the distillery adequate storage for nearly 13.5m litres of whisky to mature for its required minimum 12-year period and increases the total production of the facility to 10m litres, from 6.5m. The system stores the butts and puncheons to a height of eight levels and the hogsheads at ten levels. For adequate access to the storage casks the storage system had to include space after every other row with a walkway and particular attention was taken to the runners for the cask.


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Nutberry Wind Farm Fully commissioned by the end of the month Image courtesy of Nordex SE

offices and subsidiaries in 19 countries and in this way is constantly seizing development opportunities in a market that will continue to grow in the next few years. Nordex SE is a management holding company with its headquarters in Rostock. The domicile of the board and administration is Hamburg. Nordex SE’s task is to control and coordinate the activities of the two 100% subsidiaries – Nordex Energy GmbH and Nordex Energy B.V. A key part of this project is KONA. Formerly known as lynx met masts, the Company is a supplier of met masts to Nordex, which includes an 80 metre LX5 at West Browncastle Windfarm.

Founded in 1998, the mast specialist is firmly established as a leading supplier of structures to the wind energy industry in the UK and Ireland. The Company’s expertise has evolved over the years to encompass a full suite of services including wind measurement systems, LiDAR technologies, wind resource analysis and autonomous power supply systems. Incorporating the new strapline of ‘Your Data – Our Structures,’ it reinforces Kona’s reputation of delivering reliable data with engineering excellence, which is imperative for reducing uncertainties coupled with increased return on investments.

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Located near Nutberry Hill, west of Coalburn in South Executive, South Lanarkshire, the Nutberry Wind Farm is now up and running with six turbines and an electricity generating capacity of 15MW. Nutberry Wind Energy is a joint venture between RDC Scotland Ltd and Falck Renewables. The site lies to the west of Coalburn, midway between Muirkirk and Lesmahagow, adjacent to the border with East Ayrshire. It is mostly within an area of privately owned commercial forestry. There are two areas of open ground, one around Nutberry Hill and one in the east of the site at Black Hill. The wind farm will generate about 54 GWh/year of renewable energy to meet the energy need of 12,500 households with a CO2 saving of about 23,000 tonnes per year. Construction commenced in 2012 and operations started in September 2013, with full commissioning expected at the end of this month. The Main Contractor for the project was Nordex, who offer powerful wind turbines for almost all geographic regions across the globe. As developers and manufacturers of wind turbines, the Company concentrates on its core competencies. In addition to the overall technical design, Nordex’s know-how also lies in the development of rotor blades with a length of more than 58 metres and in the integrated electrical and control technology for wind turbines. These are the driving factors behind the development of more efficient and therefore more economical machines – which is to the advantage of the environment and the Company’s customers. Today more than 5,500 Nordex wind turbines with a total rated output of more than 9,000MW are already rotating in 34 countries across the world. The Company is represented with


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Construction of a new church facility Westhill is getting a new church building with a new 370-seat sanctuary, six meeting rooms of varying sizes including a dedicated youth room, offices, crèche and a café seating 60. Located at Broadshade on the west side of the town of Westhill, the café will be open for five or six days a week for the church and local community, while the rooms will be available for community groups and local businesses to use. Westhill Episcopal Church is within the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney and is affiliated to the Evangelical Alliance. It has a thriving group of children and young people who meet each Sunday, as well as during the week. The congregation of Westhill Episcopal Church has grown from its very small beginnings in the late 1970s to over 200 currently. So far, the church has managed by using hired premises but this has limited the church’s ability to do things together and to offer services to the community so it was decided that a new church building is the most suitable option and the best way forward for Westhill. The result will be facilities that can be used seven days a week for the congregation and community’s benefit, with the structure comprising of steel framework with timber inner walls, blockwork outer walls and Sto finish. Roofs and the first floor have outer finish zinc sheeting and visible glulam beams provide structural support in the sanctuary. The site where the church is based was previously farmland that has been sold for housing development as the town of Westhill has expanded westwards. The church has benefited from the donation of a one-hectare plot for the new facility. The building will incorporate a number of environmentally friendly features including a biomass heating system burning wood pellets, a high level of thermal insulation,

and large windows and rooflights to make good use of natural light. The biomass system will attract subsidy under the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme based on measured heat produced. Comprising of 1,191sq m, the sanctuary is single-storey but rises to ten metres in height. The café and foyer are both singlestorey, while the area where the meeting room, office, crèche and toilet block are situated is two-storey. There is also a Phase II of this project, which involves the development of a multi-purpose hall mainly for sports activities that will be developed at the back of the building when funding is available. Foundations and capacity of services for Phase II have been included in the current development. Although the congregation helped to raise funds for ten years, a bank loan was required, which took a while to secure, but £750,000 was loaned at the end of last year, which allowed work to start at the beginning of 2013. The Architect for the project is McLean Architects

Ltd, who has produced a high quality sustainable design for the church. The Main Contractor is Kier Construction Scotland Ltd, trading as Kier Milne. Work started in January 2013 and handover is expected in December 2013. The church will then be fitted out and ready for occupation in February 2014.


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Haddo Country Park Regeneration in Aberdeenshire A £2M project will see the construction of a key country park in Aberdeenshire. Haddo Country Park regeneration is the vision of Aberdeenshire Council to create a thriving, well-maintained country park for people and for biodiversity. The project has been conceived with a view to achieving a sensitive, imaginative and extensive programme of conservation, restoration and repair for the park through a partnership established to present a seamless high quality and enjoyable visitor experience that meets the vision to increase visits, satisfaction and engagement with the local community. Most of the project aims to provide the local community with a ‘sense of place’ in which they have great pride and for which they can act as ambassadors. An extensive programme of facilities provision was planned, all with a view to increasing the attractiveness of Haddo Country Park to a wider audience. A new visitor services officer office and reception will be located in the stables building, while the interpretative centre will also be housed there with computer terminals with fixed link to website,

wall displays on history and wildlife, CCTV coverage of ospreys, red squirrels and bats with screens in the centre. An adventure play area will be added. This will involve the removal and relocation of the existing area, and a new countryside adventure play area will be in the gravel pit, including picnic and barbeque areas. A new path/cycle way at Craigie Wood will link from the gate to the lake and a new bridge is being implemented at cascades. There will also be a new car park, all weather shelters and new signage within and out of the park. In addition to the new facilities, many restoration of existing monuments and features were included in the capital works. The new post of Visitor Services Officer has played a key role at the early stages of the regeneration project for the park in promoting the project and the benefits to be experienced to the general public, user groups and schools. This post has had to liaise with a wide range of professionals in developing a range of activities and events that will be designed to increase the attractiveness of the park as a principal destination

for visitors to the north east. Perhaps the greatest challenges have come from the number and scale of conservation requirements resulting from many decades of neglect for certain monuments and buildings. Many of the works have required specialist contractors and materials that has been a challenge for all involved. During restoration, it was discovered that the Great Memorial Urn on the Scots Mile axis with Haddo House was unstable. This made it necessary to take it down and it was re-erected by specialist masons. This difficult feat was achieved without too many problems. Land Use Consultants (LUC) has acted as lead consultant for the project, responsible for the coordination of a multidisciplinary team of consultants, and as landscape architects for the landscape conservation and landscape development aspects of the project. Designed by Morris & Steedman, the Main Contractor is CHAP Construction. Work will be complete in April 2014, with the remaining revenue funded items have until 2016 to be completed.

LUC is delighted to have acted as lead consultant for the successful HLF application and delivery of the Haddo Country Park Regeneration Project. www.landuse.co.uk

LUC has over 40 years experience in historic landscape conservation and management through which we have developed unparalleled expertise in the UK underwritten by numerous award winning projects. We offer a range of related services including historic landscape research, management and maintenance plans, activity and access plans, ecological appraisals, planning and design for contemporary developments within sensitive sites. Contact details: Martin Tabor Principal Landscape Architect martin.tabor@landuse.co.uk 0141 334 9595

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The University of Edinburgh has continued in its quest to make improvements all across its campuses. This will see a number of improvements in the coming months and years. One such project currently underway is David Hume Tower, lower ground floor teaching hub. The refurbishment of the David Hume Tower basement will provide a contemporary teaching hub for the central area. Teaching accommodation and social space is organised around a new sunken garden with glazed links to the David Hume Tower lecture theatres, 50 George Square and directly onto George Square. The project commenced in January 2013 and is being built by Mansell. Work should be completed in time for the 2014/15 academic year. Development at 50 George Square started in May last year. This will see the refurbishment for the Schools of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. The refurbishment of the former William Robertson Building facilitates the colocation of all three of these Schools in a contemporary building in line with Estate and college strategies.

The building adopts many of the solutions successfully implemented in the now completed Business School including a new glazed top storey and the opening up of the internal plan to the views out to George Square and Salisbury Crags. Significant energy savings are achieved in the new building through connections to the university’s central combined heat and power (CHP) system along with new windows and insulation to contemporary standards. New hard and soft landscaping around the building and adjacent podium will also be addressed. The Main Contractor is Balfour Beatty and this project, like the David Hume Tower, should be completed in time for the 2014/15 academic year. The University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quadrangle was opened in September 2011 by HRH Princess Anne as Chancellor of the University and is now a very important space for the University of Edinburgh. It is not only a focal point for staff and students but is used for graduation ceremonies, festival events and private functions. The team successfully achieved the historical design conceived by WH Playfair, using

modern construction techniques. The building, originally designed by Robert Adam in 1789 with two courts, then completed by Playfair in 1820 around a single court or Quadrangle, was never completed due to lack of money. The Quadrangle and the surrounding buildings are all listed by Historic Scotland and had to be protected from damage at all times. This was achieved, which led to the successful completion of the work and a satisfied client in the University of Edinburgh. It also includes new external lighting, power and drainage to enhance the architecture and functionality of the space. Work is also underway at McEwan Hall, which is a 2,000 seat hall built for graduation, examination, lecture and concert use. The McEwan Hall, together with the adjacent Medical School, was designed by Robert Rowland Anderson. The construction took 20 years and the Hall was the last building to be completed in 1897. Although it is thought of as the university’s flagship building, it had become dated and had significant access and continued page 30 >


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operational problems that limits its use. The university’s strategic brief identified five key objectives for the projects. These included fabric repair and restoration, services replacement and upgrade, improved accessibility, improved operations and enhanced facilities. The architectural challenge has been to find the correct balance between restoration and change to allow the building to fulfil its original role more effectively and to meet the needs of the 21st century.

The opportunity to provide a new entrance at the lower ground level was identified in the development plan. This was seen as extremely beneficial. More legible, less congested circulation within the building, improved accessibility for those with disabilities and the opportunity for a transformed public presence. As the project has progressed it has become apparent that the McEwan Hall’s relationship to Bristo Square was key.

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Tamdhu Distillery The Main Contractor and Architect for base of project experience, serving the scheme at Tamdhu was Algo. a diverse range of clients. As one of Scottish construction’s The Company can provide valuable great success stories, Algo in Perth input into a project, no matter what has stood the test of time, evolving size or location. This is certainly the and adapting to ensure its presence case at Tamdhu Distillery, which has in an ever changing market place. all the capabilities of being another Since its conception in the early 1980s, success story of Ian Macleod Distillers. Algo has developed into one of Perthshire and wider Scotland’s most respected design and build companies. With their own reputations staked at the forefront of Algo, Peter and Murray Alexander have brought both integrity and discipline to this business sector. Algo’s 2 Castle Court, Carnegie Campus, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8PB knowledgeable 01383 734905 team of experts guarantee the www.mcgregor-mcmahon.com skills required to mma@mcgregor-mcmahon.com deliver high quality buildings on time McGregor McMahon and Associates are pleased to be and on budget. associated with Algo Ltd on the Tamdhu Distillery Project. The foresight, trust and ingenuity that McGregor McMahon and Associates are a consulting have delivered engineering company with a broad base of project award-winning, experience serving a diverse range of clients. innovative solutions throughout the years are now attributes that Algo has become synonymous with. McGregor McMahon and Associates of Fife has also been a leading contributor to this project. It is a consulting engineering company with a broad

The company can provide valuable input into a project, no matter what size or location. As a multi-disciplinary consultancy, it can offer a client a “one stop shop”, with expertise in civil, structural, geotechnical and environmental engineering matters as well as providing more specialist and technical advice including structural appraisals, flood and mining studies and the design and master planning of major civils projects. McGregor McMahon and Associates also offer ancillary services including advice to Clients on all aspects of CDM.

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One of Speyside’s founding distilleries was re-launched at the beginning of May this year with a stunning new ten-year-old Speyside single malt. Acquired in June 2011 by Ian Macleod Distillers, leading Scottish independent, family owned distiller and bottler, Tamdhu Distillery was established in 1897 by a consortium of pioneering businessmen who embodied the spirit of their generation. Tamdhu’s distillation capacity of four million litres of alcohol per year will support the continued growth of Ian Macleod’s existing brands, including Isle of Skye, Lang’s and the King Robert II blends. Leonard Russell, Managing Director of Ian Macleod Distillers, spoke when the distillery was acquired two years ago: “Having purchased Glengoyne Distillery from Erdington in 2003, we are delighted to be acquiring a second distillery from them, safe in the knowledge that it has been maintained to a very high standard and comes with a reputation for producing exceptional quality single malt. “I am also pleased that we will be securing and creating new local employment during these uncertain economic times.” Ian Curle, Chief Executive of The Erdington Group, said: “Erdington and Ian Macleod have a good relationship stretching back many years and we know the Tamdhu Distillery and brand will be in good hands. “From Erdington’s perspective, the sale will further de-complex our business, allowing us to continue to focus on the growth of our five key brands, The Famous Grouse, The Macallan, Brugal, Cutty Sark and Highland Park.” Since purchasing Glengoyne distillery in 2003, Ian Macleod Distillers has more than doubled the sales of Glengoyne single malt. Ian Macleod has built four additional maturation warehouses, capable of housing up to five million litres and has invested in the visitor experience with renovations and improvements increasing visitor numbers to nearly 50,000.


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Prime Four Benefiting from over £150M investment from Drum Property Group Construction work and a multi-million pound road improvement programme is underway as part of the Prime Four business park at Kingswells. Ideally located on the city’s western office corridor and surrounded by affluent suburbs, the Prime Four site is integrated with the local transport system, road network, cycle lanes and international access via Britain’s fastest-growing airport. The development has been designed to provide sustainable, high quality office space in managed and landscaped settings and is the first of its type in the city. Drum Property Group identified the need for bespoke designed and managed office accommodation that befits the city’s status as a major national and international business hub and, via the purchase of over 50 hectares of farmland in 2010, created the vision of Prime Four - a unique offering for the market. The first of four phases of construction began in July 2012. Economic consultants calculated this phase alone will create and sustain approximately 1,200 jobs and be worth more than £300M a year to the local economy. It is expected that over one million square feet of commercial accommodation will be built once all phases are completed. Four buildings that cover a total of over 350,000sq ft are under construction in Phase I, all of which were fully pre-

let in February 2012 to world-leading investment grade companies in the oil and energy sector – Apache North Sea Ltd, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd and Transocean UK Drilling. This phase will be completed by the end of the month. Phase II commenced in summer 2013 with 101,000sq ft pre-sold in December 2012 to De Vere Village Urban Resorts for the construction of a four-star hotel and spa complex and 70,000sq ft of office accommodation for a regional headquarters for Premier Oil. This phase will be completed next summer and more occupiers for future phases will be announced shortly. The development will guarantee a high quality blend of services on site, which is part of the Prime Four ethos. At the heart will be The Fourcourt – a high-class amenities and social hub for the occupiers of Prime Four. The Fourcourt will provide a multi-use event area that is suitable for a variety of sporting and social activities. This landscaped and relaxing environment will be the focal point for food and drink outlets and entertainment, creating a vibrant and buzzing social area throughout the day and into the evening. In addition to the Fourcourt, the Kingswellies Nursery will offer private day care and preschool education as well as a range of other complementary activities that will surround the De Vere Village Urban Resort four-star

full service hotel with conferencing facilities. All buildings constructed up to now are ultra high specification, with principal materials comprising granite and glass, which is in keeping with Aberdeen’s heritage, but will also provide the modernity required in a business park of this nature. Crucially, occupiers have the added benefit of influencing the design to suit their specific needs. The existing designs provide Grade A office accommodation and are in line with BCO Best Practice Guidelines. All buildings have been designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating and an EPC rating of B+. Prime Four has a fully integrated management and event service befitting its location and international standing, which will provide park-wide facilities management, services and benefits to make sure tenant businesses can run safely, sustainably and smoothly. A dedicated events team will be on hand to deliver a regular programme of activity for staff based at Prime Four, including tennis or golf coaching, cycling and running clubs, and yoga. The Architect for the project is Halliday Fraser Munro and the Main Contractor is Sir Robert McAlpine. Future phases will continue to be developed following the completion of Phase II next summer, providing Aberdeen’s first and only fully managed world-class business park.

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One of the world’s most advanced fish hatcheries was opened in June by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond MSP. Built on behalf of salmon farming company Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd, the new facility will grow 11 million fish each year to meet the growing demand for farmed salmon. The site of the new building is steeped in history. As well as being the location for the first trials of commercial scale salmon forming in the country, it was home to commando training during the Second World War and then a Naval training camp for the WRENs. This new building houses 12 staff members, with six in the hatchery. It provides Atlantic salmon smolts that are transferred to Marine Harvest sites across Scotland to grow into full sized salmon. The fish tanks at the 13,500sq m building have a total volume of 7,488cu m. The building also contains a water treatment plant that cleans and recirculates the water so the system is completely selfcontained. More than three kilometres of pipework was installed during construction, with the volume of water circulating

through the system equivalent to five this industry continues to compete Olympic swimming pools every hour. and leads the way internationally.” The water treatment units use sand The Main Contractor for the project filtration and ozonation to clean the water was Robertson, and it has benefited for recirculation. Water is then further thanks to D Kelly Design being ‘polished’ by a particle separator, a dethe Architectural Consultant. nitrification filter and de-phosphorous unit. Offices, laboratories, staff welfare facilities and a canteen are also contained within the building. Speaking as he officially opened the facility, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “The Scottish Government fully supports the successful, sustainable, and • Fencing • Tree Felling • Site Clearance growing fish • Ground Works • Plant Hire farming industry in Scotland, and with farmed salmon now worth over £600M Unit 6A, Annat Ind Est, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7NA a year, and also Email: info@stag-uk.com being Scotland’s Tel: 07920 038509 top food export, it is crucial that

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Hermitage Primary School Successful six-month extension programme This month will see the children of Hermitage Primary School transfer to their brand new extension. It has been an exciting time for the school, as the building work for the extension began in spring, starting a process to provide an excellent addition to the school that will prevent pupils and staff becoming wet in the rain as they transfer between buildings. It has presented some management challenges in the past six months to ensure everyone has remained safe and education has continued as normal. The Main Contractor for the project was Maxi Construction, who has consistently maintained site safety, and with the children continuing to be respectful of all the rules around construction, it has kept everybody safe. Maxi Construction, part of The Maxi Group, was formed in 1971 as a general building and civil engineering contractor. Over the past 40 years, the Company has undertaken a wide variety of contracts for both private clients such as property developers, retailers and sports clubs, as well as public sector clients including local authorities, NHS Trusts and other government bodies.

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Jupiter Play & Leisure Providing inspiring facilities throughout the UK Jupiter Play is an independent designled company with the goal of creating inspiring play spaces in public parks, schools, housing developments or within leisure facilities and attractions. Jupiter Play has successfully delivered hundreds of supply and installation projects, across the UK. The key focus of Jupiter has always been customer service in all areas of operation and as such, its staff members are dedicated to customers all over the UK, boasting core competencies such as funding guidance, consultation, bespoke equipment design, play space design, installation and maintenance of outdoor play facilities. Jupiter Play has been the exclusive agent in Scotland for Proludic SA equipment since its inception in 1999, offering excellent play value and challenge together with the confidence afforded to clients that this leading manufacturer brings from its design and manufacturing processes. Jupiter Play is also the sole supplier for German manufacturer FHS Holztechnik’s range of stunning hand crafted and bespoke timber equipment within the UK. The range of equipment from FHS is extensive and utilises a variety of materials including Robinia, Larch, Pine and Steel. Standard elements are complemented by the Company’s ability to deliver large, bespoke adventure play items to a client’s specification. This is something that Jupiter Play specialises in and often deals with client requests to create bespoke items – The Company’s ability to create the desired

items sets it apart from many others. Robinia is not treated with anything as it is Class One Resistant and the densest timber on the market. Class One resistance refers to the density of the wood, which means it is resistant to rotting and degrading. Its unique characteristics and unmatched strength creating natural, sustainable playgrounds. One of Jupiter Play’s recent prestigious developments is Clyde Park at Strathclyde Country Park in Lanarkshire – one of Scotland’s leading centres for outdoor recreation. This park is set within surrounding footpaths and nature trails so the FHS Robinia range was perfect for the site. The site was developed to suit the natural landscape of the country park surroundings and the equipment has created a natural play space alongside the upgrade of existing features such as the shelter. New play equipment sits within a large grassy area in the park and is surrounded by trees. Some had to be removed while others were preserved to add to the landscape features alongside new mounding and logs. Clyde Park features equipment including a 30m double cable way, pendulum swing with basket, seesaw, rope bridge, climbing logs and a large rope and timber unit named Ape’s Palace – which enables many children to play together while testing their balance. Jupiter Play FHS Robinia was specified for the project by Culture NL due to its robust and sustainable features. It is put to the test through a tough pre-treatment process involving a three year rest time, removal

of bark, sap and knots and cross bolting to prevent the timber from splaying. It has resulted in a very popular and successful park during the summer season, where children really enjoyed the new space. Jupiter Play has also designed a large themed multiplay unit at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, which offers a wide variety of play experiences for users of all abilities. The wheelchair accessible unit also features a range of sensory items that enhance the play experience, such as a suspended wobble bridge that will bring additional play value to those in wheelchairs as well as all of the standard gangplanks. Walkways offer some variety of experience and movement around the unit. Formal play features on the unit include a climbing ramp, scramble net and two double width slides that allow user and carer to play on the slide together. The lower parts of the unit are focused around informal and imaginative play where the castle theme is further enhanced by windows and doorways. Also incorporated is a range of sensory play panels from Inclusive Play, a partner company who are experts in inclusion and advise Jupiter Play how to best apply it to their spaces. At the client’s request, bespoke features such as bat and dragon sculptures and a musical wall carved out of Robinia have been created. www.jupiterplay.co.uk kkirkhope@jupiterplay.co.uk Edinburgh: 0131 445 7989 Nottingham: 0115 969 9859

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Affordable housing in Partick Members of the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council joined the people of Partick in August to celebrate the official opening of the new £14M development at Centurion Way. This affordable housing development by Partick Housing Association has created a total of 87 flats, which includes 43 flats for social rent, 22 flats for mid rent and 22 shared equity flats. They are a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom flats with eight specially adapted for wheelchair users. A monochrome palette of facing brick and coloured metal cladding addresses both the immediate context of Ferry Road as well as the harbour regeneration developments. Designed to maximise solar gains and views, every living room enjoys a balcony and vistas to the south over the river. These picture windows also benefit from enhanced sound glazing, reducing the impact of the Expressway and adjacent railway. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon performed the ribbon cutting ceremony and enjoyed a tour of a resident’s flat. She said: “This new development of affordable, energy efficient homes is vital for this pressured housing market area. “Centurion Way is ideal for people who cannot afford their own home but do not qualify for social rented housing. It will be a fantastic addition to the community and I know that the new residents will enjoy living here.” The award winning development was

constructed by McTaggart Construction heat and power system (CHP). The CHP Ltd and received £7M of funding generates electricity on site and uses the support from the Scottish Government heat produced as a by-product of the through Glasgow City Council. generation process to reduce demand on Centurion Way is the first mid market rent the communal gas boilers. This electricity development in Glasgow to be funded supplies power to electrical charging under Glasgow City Council’s development points and common lighting as well as programme. This new housing product providing hot water and heating. is designed to provide affordable rented Emphasising sustainability, the housing for households who cannot afford development achieves an Eco-homes to buy or rent privately and who are unlikely ‘Very Good’ rating, incorporating to qualify for social rented housing. enhanced U-values and cycle storage. Research by Glasgow City Council found This technology helps to reduce fuel poverty that approximately 10% of Glasgow and CO2 emissions, resulting in energy cost households could be in this position. savings compared to conventional systems. Partick Housing Association is in a prime Alastair Firth, Chairman at Partick Housing location to deliver mid market rent as Association, said: “Centurion Way has been Partick is an area of high housing demand, transformed from an old railway siding into with a lower number of social rented a high amenity area and will provide people homes, a thriving but expensive private with a variety of options for good quality, rented sector, and an economically affordable and energy efficient housing.” active but low income community. Designed by Coltart Early Architecture, In the West End, private rents for a twowork on the project started in February bedroom flat are approximately £700 per 2011 and was completed in summer 2013. month. The Association is offering its mid market rent homes from £473 per month for a one-bedroom flat to £575 for a three-bedroom flat. A play park has been constructed TREE SURGERY GROUND CLEARANCE for children who TIMBER PLANT HIRE live in the flats and the development Tel: 0141 881 4269 also contains Email: info@johnmeiklecontractorsltd.co.uk a combined

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Dunmuir Park Upgrading care facilities Scottish Government’s Investment and residents will be moved to the new Innovation Fund with the rest coming from buildings, allowing Phase III, which DGHP’s reserves and private backing. comprises the demolition of Dunmuir Dunmuir Park is seen as the number one Park House and the remaining building. priority because of the previous home Phase IV will then see completion and will create a new centre for care of the courtyard. standards to meet the 21st century. Designed by DGHP, work on the Demolition of the existing building project started in January 2013 and and construction of the new units will be completed in January 2014. are being undertaken in phases to allow some accommodation at the site for existing residents. Phase I will see two of the outer buildings removed to make way for the contractors compound and The Grange. Faugh. Brampton. Cumbria. CA8 9EG eight of the units Tel/Fax. 01228 670665 Mobile. 07764 694369 in Phase II. After Contact: Tony Stasiuk Email. skyserve@hotmail.co.uk this is completed, Website. www.skylineroofingservicescumbria.co.uk the current

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A £1.8M project to replace a run down Castle Douglas care home is well underway in Kirkcudbrightshire. Work at Dunmuir Park has been assisted thanks to a grant of more than £300,000 from the Scottish Government to demolish the home and replace it with a number of purpose built assisted homes. The home in Dunmuir Road was plagued by controversy in the five years before the scheme was given planning permission in 2011, with a Care Commission report describing it as ‘shabby, dirty and damaged in places’. It led to the council joining forces with Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) in a bid to find a solution. The social housing landlord was handed the site for free and given £420,000 to help build 14 amenity homes in semi-detached blocks. It then submitted a £360,000 bid to the


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Scottish Enterprise Bringing business units to Annan Scottish Enterprise, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the European Regional Development Fund, have worked together to create a £4.5M industrial park in Annan. Facilities on the park provide serviced business land and modern, sustainable and energy efficient business space that can be utilised by companies with growth potential. Work was required because a portfolio of quality business land premises was needed to promote economic development and competitiveness in appropriate locations with good transport connectivity. The South of Scotland is particularly in need of such land. The Annan facilities were designed to address this shortage while helping to retain existing businesses in rural areas, create new jobs and support diversification of the rural economy. The work involved site clearance, excavation work, construction of a new junction layout at Stapleton Road, construction of a road into industrial units, new on site road infrastructure, the diversion of overhead electrical supply, utility infrastructure for future development plots including the construction of an urban drainage system, demolition of

the existing cottage, landscape screening and excavating an attenuation pond. When the project commenced in November 2012, David Byers of Scottish Enterprise’s business infrastructure team said: “This marks an important milestone in the provision of new sustainable business accommodation for the South of Scotland. “These units will offer much needed office and industrial space in the region, and allow ambitious companies with growth potential the space they need to develop. “It’s vital that we and our partners help enhance the region’s business infrastructure to provide further accommodation in which companies can expand and diversify.” Jonathan Jenkin of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority added: “This development will provide much needed business space in the Gretna-LockerbieAnnan Corridor, leaving a positive legacy in the area once decommissioning at Chapelcross is completed.” Councillor Ian Carruthers, Chair of Planning, Housing and Environment Services at Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “The development of the industry park will contribute to the delivery of the Annan Regeneration Masterplan, which showed that a number of important

businesses in the town were unable to grow because of their location. “The development of the industry park now opens up opportunities for such businesses, which will help create much needed local employment. “I hope any business thinking of expanding onto the industry park will contact the CX Project, which is supported by the NDA and the Council, to find out what other help and assistance is available.” Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant and lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Its role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth, supporting ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. Scottish Enterprise also works with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland. That is something that has been provided in Annan thanks to the development that was designed by Capita Symonds and built by Robertson Group Ltd. Work was completed in September 2013.

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Life Sciences development for Moray College Moray Life Science Centre, recently named the Alexander Graham Bell Centre, is intended to become a principle research, education and continuing professional development (CPD) facility for the life science sector in the North East of Scotland. It is a critical project for the Moray area and will deliver key benefits to the ambition of diversifying the local economy, while meeting the aims of the Moray Economic Strategy. The project, which has been funded by Moray College UHI, HIE, NHS Grampian and EU, has seen the construction of a new building within the Elgin campus. It is attached to the north west corner of the main block, between the main block and the art building and is a joint initiative between Moray College and NHS Grampian, both of whom will occupy the building. Designed by JM Architects, the building is constructed on three floors and will house a clinical skills training unit, high quality meeting facilities, state-of-the-art learning and teaching rooms and space for digital health research and commercialisation activities. The conference facilities will be available for use by external organisations and there will

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Garthamlock is an exciting new neighbourhood boasting excellent facilities and easy access to the centre of Glasgow. Situated approximately six miles east of the city centre, Garthamlock provides a highly convenient base for commuting, shopping and accessing the beautiful countryside of North Lanarkshire. The homes are for Persimmon Partnerships Scotland – an award-winning specialist regeneration housing developer focused on providing homes of a high technical quality, comfort and security in an environment which encourages a high quality of lifestyle. There are 104 homes included in the development, comprising of three-and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes. It is not the only development of Persimmon’s in North Lanarkshire. The Glen is the ideal location for homebuyers looking for a terrific family home without having to compromise on space or style. The area has undergone major redevelopment and investment in recent years so there’s now a wide range of leisure facilities nearby. At The Bridge cultural campus there’s


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Port of Cairnryan Replacement linkspan Work is well underway at the Port of Cairnryan to create a Berth 1 replacement linkspan. Due to the existing Berth 1 linkspan coming to the end of its operational life, Port of Carinryan Ltd’s (POCL) requirement is to improve the Port facility and futureproof the operations at Cairnryan. With the berth remaining fully operational throughout the duration of the contract, disruption to the existing Berth 1 ferry operations have to be kept to a minimum. A 48-hour shutdown period to the existing service is necessary in order to complete the new linkspan installation and create the berthing alignment. The aim of the scheme is to design and build a new double deck Ro-Ro floating linkspan which will cater for a wider range of vessels and improve operational efficiency. The new double deck Ro-Ro floating linkspan will be approximately 90m long and attached to the bankseat structure on land. This linkspan will cater for a wider range of vessel than is currently operating on this route, which will future proof this route in the event of alternative vessels having to operate from POCL.

This new linkspan will also improve POCL efficiency. Over the shutdown period, final installations will be completed to create the new berthing line, along with necessary arrangements made to allow for the safe mooring of vessels prior to berth commissioning. The project comprises 18,000sq m of reclamation works, 250m of revetment construction, piled bankseat construction, marine pile installation, PMF fender installations, drainage, CCTV, service installations, refuelling stations, maintenance building and surfacing works. McLaughlin & Harvey is the Main Contractor for the project and the Company has issued newsletters to the public in order to keep them informed of all works on a quarterly basis. In addition, a Port Liaison Committee has been set up as a forum to involve the local council, community and interested parties of the work progression and planned works. Before work commenced, the POCL consulted with all the necessary government and public bodies in order to obtain the appropriate construction consents. Throughout construction, McLaughlin &

Harvey has sought to achieve consents for all appropriate works such as dredging, revetment construction and piling works from Dumfries & Galloway Council, SEPA and Marine Scotland. The biggest challenge throughout construction is to complete the switch over of berth services from the existing berthing line to the new berthing line. For this, there will only be 48 hours to install four fender dolphins and associated walkways to allow safe mooring and berthing of the vessel after this period. The design of these works and programming is crucial to ensure a smooth transition. Detailed design of these elements were developed over a long period of time to ensure the solutions taken were the most time effective, which allow, where possible, for off site assembly. The development is being constructed beside a live port that has 14 sailings each day, so work has been programmed around these to guarantee there is no disruption to the existing service. Work on the ÂŁ13M project commenced in January 2013 and will be completed in March 2014.

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Helensburgh Town Centre CHORD initiative enhancing economic activity in the town Helensburgh is Argyll’s largest town, excellently located in a wonderful setting on the Clyde Coast and within easy reach of the conurbation of Glasgow and Loch Lomond. Through the CHORD programme, Helensburgh is enhancing and rejuvenating the historic town centre as well as redeveloping the West Bay Esplanade. The Esplanade is in need of regeneration because of the traffic and parking congestion of the town centre and it is hoped that by implementing the CHORD programme, the town will become a better place in which to shop, gather and relax, and encourage people to use the many, independent and national businesses in the area. It is split into four phases, with Phase I split into two parts, the first part of which is ongoing. This is at West Clyde Street that will see pavement works to the area between William Street and John Street, with the final elements of street furniture installed soon after. Some street signing was completed for traffic and parking before the end of September. After this, the Esplanade works commenced

with the foundation for the new granite seating wall with the excavation and foundations well on the way to completion. start at Sinclair Street in March 2014 and The first 16 sections of the seating are now will be completed within three months. on site and once the full sequence of units The Architect is Austin-Smith:Lord and the are on site, work will begin from the eastern Main Contractor is McClay Civil Engineering. end towards the Henry Bell monument. Phase Ia is expected to complete on the 21st November. After this, work at the Esplanade will be completed in June 2014, while Phase II at Colquhoun Square started in August and will see final completion in January. BBS Natural stone are delighted to support MacLay Civil Engineering on the Hellensburgh Town centre regeneration project. BBS and Phase II is at MacLay’s have worked very closely for many years on a large number of environmental improvement projects in central Scotland, supplying all Colquhoun Street types of natural stone for streetscape and hardscape projects. With North and will also over £1m of granite required for Hellensburgh, this is one of the largest and has taken a great deal of planning and logistical experience to complete in January co-ordinate the vast quantities and complicated designs. We are delighted with the look and quality of the areas completed to date and 2014 while work are looking forward to completion next year. at East Princes If you have any questions or enquiries regarding this or any other Street will finish natural stone hardscaping project, please contact us on 01455 559 474 or visit our website www.bbsnaturalstone.com a month later. Finally, Phase IV will

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BlackRock now has new office space in Edinburgh thanks to the development at Exchange Place 1. The global investment management company took parts of the first floor and the entire second, third and fourth floors, comprising approximately 80,000sq ft on a new institutional lease. The firm relocated from its previous office at 40 Torphichen Street, where it had 40,000sq ft of office space, to Exchange Place 1 in order to increase presence in the capital. The deal means that BlackRock is the principal occupier at the property, and represents the largest city centre office letting of a speculative development since 2003. Exchange Place 1 is located in Edinburgh’s principal business district and is home to some of the world’s best known financial services organisations. BlackRock has joined other high quality tenants at Exchange Place including Hymans Robertson, Wood Mackenzie, Scott Moncrieff, Alexander Forbes and 4Sight Financial Software. BlackRock provides investment management, risk management and

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Uaill Training Centre New fire protection in Strathclyde A £43M facility for firefighters to take part in realistic training scenarios was officially opened earlier this year. The Uaill Training Centre in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, uses a mocked-up town where fire crews can practice tackling burning buildings, road accidents and train crashes. Strathcylde Fire & Rescue’s state-of-theart centre is situated on the former site of Clydesmill Power Station, adjacent to the River Clyde in Glasgow. Over 40 acres in area, the site was the subject of a detailed masterplan strategy and was split into three primary elements including:- The two-storey academic facility that features a sweeping three-storey glazed atrium and four-storey observation tower. The building incorporates lecture theatres, seminar and conference rooms, library, auditorium, incident command training suite, offices and support facilities.

- A single-storey practical facilities building incorporating the changing/ mess facilities and training fire station. - The practical training zone separated into three hazard training zones to simulate residential, industrial and transport rescue scenarios. The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating with features such as rainwater harvesting and a biomass boiler. Brian Sweeney, Chief Officer of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, said: “I’ve seen purpose built centres in Hamburg, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and this is right up there with the best of them.” He said that the facility is already paying off: “Several months ago a crew of retained Strathcylde firefighters were first on the scene of a serious road accident in Ayrshire, where a motorist was trapped beneath an overturned car. “The crew had dealt with exactly that scenario here at Uaill only a week

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Aberdeen City Council’s vision for the city is to make it an ambitious and achieving one. All citizens are encouraged and supported appropriately to make their full contribution. The Council is building on its powerful energy position to gain recognition as the UK’s intelligent business city. It will define the image of an international 21st century energy city, leading a new leaner, cleaner industrial revolution using the intensity of the city’s social, business and community connections. At the centre of the vision lies the concept of 21st century sustainable living. This will require smarter connections both within Aberdeen and to the world beyond. With that in mind, the Council is continuing to invest in the city on facilities that will benefit everybody. This includes the transformation of Aberdeen’s Duthie Park, which was transformed to its Victorian splendour and marked with a family fun day and rededication ceremony in June 2013. Paths and ponds have been restored, terraces and gardens realigned, and boundaries, railings and gates reinstated. The iconic Mound – with its spiral walkway and flag pole set on a granite plinth – once more reflects is original design, first drawn up in the late 19th century. Aberdeen City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) were

joint funders of the restoration, which has revitalised the 44-acre park. The park was formally opened during the event by Lieutenant General Sir new gas, water and drainage supplies, Peter Graham KCB, CBE, last Colonel a new access road and landscaping of the Gordon Highlanders. from the A90 at Murcar to open up Aberdeen City Council Housing and the 100-acre park in Bridge of Don. Environment Convener, Councillor Neil This is a significant milestone for THE Cooney, said: “This is an exciting new CORE and is a sign of the developer’s chapter in the long history of Duthie Park. commitment and confidence in a “The restoration project is something that project that carries substantial political has received unanimous support from start support both locally and nationally. to finish and I must say the finished article is looking stunning.” The Council will benefit next year from THE CORE, which will be the city’s largest energy efficient low carbon business park. Kier Construction recently completed a large General & Technical Flooring Aberdeen is a well established independent business which has been meeting the commercial flooring needs of local infrastructure and companies, throughout Abredeen and North East Scoltland since 1994. enabling works At General & Technical Flooring we have a thorough knowledge of package worth all your commercial flooring requirements approximately £6M Twin Spires, Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9NY The package includes the T: 01224 698288 F: 01224 698289 provision of 5.5MW Email: enquiries@gtfsl.co.uk Web: www.gtfsl.co.uk of electricity,

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J. B. Bennett (Contracts) Ltd is a long established building contractor that operates from its headquarters at Banton by Kilsyth. Established in 1981, the Company offers all clients a comprehensive multi-trade package controlled by directors and senior staff who are fully experienced in the industry, together with a workforce of 250, many of whom have more than 20 years of experience with the Company. J.B. Bennett has experience of undertaking new build, refurbishments and extensions in both the public and private sectors. The client base is wide and varied and includes local authorities, housing associations, health boards, banks, universities, schools and industrial companies. In addition, the Company designs and builds a wide variety of house types to satisfy the private housing developments. The Company is currently developing a new integrated day service facility for older people in Motherwell after being awarded the £1.5M contract earlier this year. The site of the former Leslie House Care Home is the location for the purpose-built facility, which is part of a multi-million pound, modernisation programme of day services, offering a range of social care and health services

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Soon with 42MW capacity Work to extend Tullo Wind Farm near Laurencekirk is well on the way to completion. It previously had seven turbines generating 17MW of power and was initially extended by three turbines, which increased the wind farm’s capability enough to power more than 13,000 homes. Since this time, Eneco Wind UK purchased rights to build additional turbines on adjacent land to the Tullo Wind Farm. The result of this will be further turbines which, when all are in place, will give the wind farm 17 turbines. This is the maximum capacity for turbines at the Hill of Garvock. Tullo Wind Farm has been operational since 2010, comprising an initial seven turbines. After a year long construction programme, the wind farm was officially inaugurated on 29th September 2010. During the construction period, Eneco worked closely with the local community to ensure that it could benefit meaningfully from the project throughout its lifetime. The results of this included the establishment of a community liaison committee that met regularly throughout the construction period

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The Battle of Bannockburn Project A temporary exhibition space has been open to the public near the building site since early November 2012 and the project’s learning team has started an exciting education outreach programme. The temporary accommodation will provide an information point for the Battle of Bannockburn project and the heritage site for visitors who will continue to visit the place, which has been a focus of commemoration for the battle of centuries. One of the first elements of conservation work carried out to the monuments at the site, including the Rotunda and iconic Bruce statue, was to the flagpole, which was declared as unsafe during a health and safety report undertaken by the National Trust for Scotland and it could no longer fly the Saltire as it had done proudly since 1870. Repairs to the topmast were commissioned as part of the project and it was removed late last year for a replacement to be made and enable conservation to be carried out to the original wrought iron flagstaff base. The flagpole is situated at the centre of the category A-listed Rotunda monument, where Robert the Bruce is said to have planted his standard in a borestone the night before the battle. The 1937 topmast has now been replaced by a new stainless steel unit with factory applied coating to provide a long-life and reduced maintenance solution. A new stainless steel weathervane has also been created as a direct replica of the original battleaxe design. It reaches the same height as the previous flagstaff at 120 feet. The Rotunda monument has just been fitted with a replacement ringbeam, which will be inscribed with a new poem by Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie. This was selected by the public and members of an expert

panel to represent the site in late 2012. The building design refers to traditional farm steadings and use of a courtyard, but through a shift in geometry and inventive use of materials, the new building transforms these familiar forms with an expression that is both contemporary and dignified. Demolition took place on the old heritage centre in October 2012 to make way for the new car park and building. There is a slight slope across the car park that has required some re-landscaping of the surrounding ground. Designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, KJ Tait, SKM and Turner & Townsend, the building will comprise of reinforced concrete pad and strip foundations with ground bearing reinforced concrete slab. The structure is a portalised and braced steel frame with a concrete composite upper floor to create the mezzanine level. The roof is being formed using a structural metal acoustic tray, which spans between the main steel beams. The building consists of half exhibition space, with the other half comprising of retailing, education and catering space. There are stairs to the mezzanine level in addition to the platform lift. The building is being constructed simply, but to very high standards and detailed for robustness. It will adopt the fundamental principles of passive design as the proposals are essentially about shelter. The building is to be naturally day-lit and other than the exhibition areas, it will be naturally ventilated. All of the proposals take advantage of orientation and sun, while also creating places that are out of the wind. continued page 48 >

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To commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014, work is underway to provide a new interpretive exhibition and new heritage centre for the battle site, with improved landscaping, parking and access facilities. The project comprises significant conservation works to the existing monuments on the site, new landscaping and a building that incorporates state-of-the-art interpretation space together with café, toilets, education space, shops and offices. Located on Glasgow Road in Stirling, the project is a partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, and is funded by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Bannockburn is recognised as being a defining event in the history of Scotland and along with Culloden Battlefield, Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, it is one of the iconic, historic destinations for visitors as well as those who wish to learn more about the history of Scotland. On the battlefield, which is located next to the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, in June 1314, King Robert the Bruce routed the forces of King Edward II to win freedom for the Scots from English domination. After almost 50 years, the centre closed its doors in October 2012 to make way for the new facilities. The centre, which was built in the 60s, is an example of one of the many roadside tourist information centres, which were built across the country as gateways to Scotland’s heritage. Its interesting design has been recorded by the project and there are plans to produce a small publication that highlights its place in the architectural story of Scotland.


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simulation, virtual tourism, media and content delivery and unique visitor experiences using the following:

DDS has enjoyed a close working relationship with visitor centre experts and 2D/3D design

• Original Laser Scanning of solid objects including buildings, monuments and people

consultants Bright White Ltd in the successful delivery of the new Bannockburn visitor centre.

• 3D-Model building from clouds of points to photorealistic textured surface renders

The DDS team has brought to life through 3D

• 3D reconstruction of realistic or imaginary scenes including non-extant architecture

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the visitor, allowing them to get close to how it really was when men, horses and steel came together in battle. We look forward to the successful formal launch next year and wish the project all success.

• Completely integrated multi-media solutions for single users or broadcast media

Contact us Brian McGeough, Business Development Manager, DDS T: 0141 566 1464 E: b.mcgeough@gsa.ac.uk Email or call us today to arrange a free, no obligation consultation to discuss how we can help you

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The construction will be inherently energy efficient. As well as natural ventilation and day lighting, other sustainable measures include built-in current and future flexibility, the use of recycled materials, materials with low embodied energy and materials that provide mass. Energy consumption will be minimised, as will water use and waste, and renewable energy systems in the form of ground source heat pumps will be used. The key approach is that it has to be simple to operate, with engineering systems having simple user interfaces to ensure that the operation is clear. Sight lines to the commemorative monuments will be restored, giving Bannockburn back to the people, and landscaping work will restore the dignity of the site and evoke a traditional parkland feel. The project will benefit from the use of 3D projection technology in the immersive space within the Battle of Bannockburn Centre. The immersive space is just one of a series of spaces that visitors are free to explore in this groundbreaking project. Knights on horseback charge towards people, lines of spearmen in tight formation fend off attackers, and arrows whistle past on the way to their unfortunate destination – giving people the impression of being caught up in a medieval battle. The main interpretive feature is the BattleRoom. Designed to accommodate groups of 30 participants with another 30 observers, the BattleRoom is a Colosseum-style combat arena where the participants are divided into two teams representing the Scottish and English armies, and they fight it out in a tactical and strategic battle simulator. With authenticity and historical accuracy


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