Posted on September 11, 2019
'A Place for the Work and the Human Being’ has been running throughout 2019 and takes place in a range of venues, new and old, around Glasgow. The series explores the needs, expectations and possibilities of the space for art today and speakers include artists, architects, curators and others.
The title is borrowed from the sub-title of a text by Swiss artist Rémy Zaugg (1943 – 2005), ‘The Art Museum of My Dreams’, written in 1986, translated into English in 2013 and now out of print.
Conceived to run in parallel with Common Guild's transition from 21 Woodlands Terrace to a new location for future exhibitions.
For more information on individual events, or to book tickets, please click on this link.
The sixth talk in the series, Common Guild are delighted to present the Glasgow-based architect, Jude Barber.
Jude Barber is a director at Collective Architecture. The 48-strong, employee-owned and controlled studio is founded on principles of creative freedom, equity and sustainability. In 2018
Collective Architecture was named 2018 Architecture Journal 'Architect of the Year'.
Together, the team has delivered several key civic and cultural projects around the UK including the new home for Collective, Edinburgh, at the City Observatory on Calton Hill, which was awarded a RIBA National Award 2019.
Posted on September 05, 2019
Collective Architecture is pleased to announce that planning permission has been received on behalf of Sanctuary Homes for the redevelopment of the site at Burns Road, Cumbernauld to provide 133 new affordable homes.
The project will deliver contemporary amenity flats all set within high quality landscaping and new public spaces. The development has carefully considered the existing public footpath network crossing through the site to influence the arrangement of buildings and design character. The design approach strengthens and enhances the existing network to create active frontages, a new circus and communal garden spaces linked via new footpath connections. The variety of proposed open spaces will improve pedestrian permeability throughout the site and provide flexible and welcoming spaces for people to visit and socialise.
The proposed urban form creates distinctive nodes and vistas with zinc-clad gable ends as features. The roof-scape of the development is varied in response to the steep and complex topography whilst the pitched roofs are alternated, celebrating the traditional Scottish gable form. The unique form of the curved block to the north of the site responds to the shape of the site to provide a signature landmark for Cumbernauld.
Project Architect, Alan Smith said: “We are delighted to be bringing forward these proposals with Sanctuary Homes for such a significant site. Like many similar sized towns, Cumbernauld requires more provision of high-quality affordable housing. To meet this need we have worked closely with the client and engaged with the local community to form a place with a strong sense of character.”
Posted on August 22, 2019
Tonight Collective Architecture will be attending the Scottish Design Awards 2019, with 6 shortlisted projects. More details on the shortlist can be viewed here: SDA 2019 Categories
A few comments from the Judges about the overall standard of entries for 2019;
It was very exciting indeed to be involved with the Scottish Design Awards for the first time. What was immediately striking was the overall quality of design talent and innovative approach that exists within the design community in Scotland, as well as the clear value that clients involved place on good design as a critical part of their business success. This made the judges’ task rewarding and stimulating, and at times very difficult to identify a clear winner amongst the diverse submissions. But what we hope our final choices demonstrate is Scotland’s design community is fizzing with talent! Philip Long, Director, V&A Dundee
'I was impressed with the standard of entries this year and it was
really heartening to see in particular the high number of good projects
in the educational category. This bodes well for the experience and
learning of the next generation. In the regeneration, and in other,
categories it was heartening to see some really strong entries that
creatively re-used existing buildings. This is vital in the future of
architectural practice for sustainability and for the quality and
coherence of our towns and cities. I was surprised that by comparison
there were fewer entries shortlisted in the affordable homes category
and I hope that housing associations and others will fill that gap next
year.' Karen Anderson, Founding Partner, Anderson Bell Christie
Collective Architecture's entries pictured from top left corner clockwise;
Award Category - Affordable Housing
East Calder Partnership centre
Award Category - Public Building
The Lookout on Calton Hill
Award Category - Interior Design
Collective on Calton Hill
Award Category - Leisure and Culture Building
Water Row Masterplan
Award Category - Master planning / Landscaping
Anderston Phases 4 and 5
Award Category - Affordable Housing
Award Category - Regeneration
Posted on August 12, 2019
A heart warming read on the recently completed housing project on Shawbridge Street in the south side of Glasgow;
The 42 new homes in Shawbridge Street are the latest stage in the transformation of Pollokshaws.
Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and
Planning, dropped by to meet Geraldine and some of her fellow tenants
this week. New Loretto tenant Geraldine Skelly says she ‘thanks her lucky stars’ for her new home in the south side of Glasgow.Geraldine, who uses a mobility scooter, says her new home in Shawbridge Street makes her ‘feel human’ again.With a communal lift and fully-level access in her block, Geraldine
says being able to come and go as she pleases makes a big difference to
her quality of life.
Geraldine, 57, moved from a GHA high-rise in nearby Birness Drive where she lived for 20 years. Geraldine said: “I enjoyed living in the high-rise but it was difficult getting up and down from the ninth floor. Here, it’s much easier. The doors are wide enough for my scooter and there’s a lift.I get out and about much more and I feel a lot better in myself. I feel human again. I love it here. I thank my lucky stars every day.”
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:
“These high-quality, accessible new homes are a testament to the partnership working to transform the Pollokshaws area. Providing a mix of housing to meet people’s needs is central to establishing vibrant and thriving communities. I am delighted to see the difference these homes are already making to people and the positive impact on the wider community, bringing together elements of the old and new to create a vibrant and unique space.
“Everyone deserves a safe, warm, affordable place to live, which is
why we’re investing a record £3billion to achieve our ambitious target
of 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, of which 35,000 will be for social
rent. Successful developments like this keep us on track to achieving
“I’m delighted Geraldine is so happy in her new home. As well as
changing tenants’ lives, new homes like this help breathe new life into
Councillor Kenny McLean, Chair of TC:G, said:
“These homes illustrate the fundamental point that a high-quality home is key to a good quality of life. I am delighted Geraldine’s new home has had such a positive impact on her life. I am sure these 42 new homes – which are another step in the regeneration of Pollokshaws – are enjoyed by everyone living in them.
Calum Murray, Director of CCG, said:
“The new homes at Shawbridge Street are highly energy-efficient, creating a positive legacy of energy savings for tenants such as Geraldine.
“The wider impact of the development is also significant, with six full-time jobs, two trade apprenticeships and five work placements delivered as well as donations to the community in Pollokshaws.”
Full Article: CCG
Posted on August 02, 2019
Collective Architecture are currently working with See Me, the national programme to end mental health discrimination, to look at mental health in our workplace.
As part of the programme, we have sent out a short, annoymous staff survey to everyone in our practice to see what they think.
This is the first step of a four step plan for our workplace, to make continuous improvements to our culture, practice and policies, and directly tackle any stigma and discrimination.
We have enlisted the support of See Me Scotland and feel it is incredibly important to spread the word in our workplace and beyond!
Find out how stigma relating to individual mental health conditions can affect people and where to get further information.
Posted on July 18, 2019
Collective Architecture has successful completed the conversion of a city centre stable block which was once home to dozens of working horses in Glasgow, transforming it into 52 new flats for mid-market rent.
Clients GHA and Lowther Homes, both part of Wheatley Group, are behind the £7 million regeneration project which has put life back into the B-listed Bell Street Stables in the Merchant City.
And as the first tenants moved into their new homes, Derek Mackay MSP, cabinet secretary for finance, economy and fair work, popped in to see how historic buildings can be restored to provide quality, affordable housing.
He was joined by Spencer, a 12-year-old Clydesdale horse from Pollok Park, who dropped in to mark the transformation of the building that would have been home to his ancestors.
Designed in the late 19th century, the stable block housed the horses which pulled Glasgow City Cleansing Department’s refuse collection carts, as well as the city’s police horses.
Economy secretary Derek Mackay said: “A house provides more than just somewhere to live – it offers a sense of pride and belonging, and enables independence and confidence. I am delighted to see the difference these high-quality, new homes are already making to people and the positive impact this development will have on the wider community, bringing together elements of the old and new to create a vibrant and unique space.
“Everyone deserves a safe, warm, affordable place to live. That is
why the Scottish Government is investing a record £3 billion to achieve
our ambitious target of 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, of which 35,000
will be for social rent. Successful developments like this keep us on
track in achieving that target.”
The refurbishment of the block, which created 13 jobs and training opportunities for local people, has involved restoring the existing façade and repurposing the original stable dividers from the upper floors into cycle-storage areas.
Staircases to the upper floors run alongside the original ramps which were climbed by the horses after a day of work, and many of the original features have been reused including water fountains, horse drinking troughs which have become planters and the cobbles which have been relaid in the courtyard and on the decks. The original entrance gate has been restored by the same company, Sillars Blacksmiths, who made it in 1898.
Wheatley regeneration director David Fletcher said: “This project has brought great quality, much-needed affordable homes to the city centre – while restoring a building in a way that pays tribute to its history.”
Councillor Kenny McLean, city convenor for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council,
said: “This city centre development is a tremendously imaginative
transformation of a listed building which is now home to 52 new flats in
a fantastic location. We were delighted to support the refurbishment of
the former Bell Street Stables, and it is really pleasing to see that
this partnership has delivered these new homes to this historic part of
CCG director Calum Murray said: “Bell Street Stables
is unique for the city of Glasgow and a truly historic housing
development. I am also delighted that as a direct result of
construction, CCG was able to provide five full-time jobs, three trade
apprenticeships and five work placements as well as performing
curriculum support for local colleges.
Posted on July 17, 2019
The AJ has revealed all the projects vying for this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards 2019. Collective Architecture is delighted that two of our projects have been selected;
The 1st shortlist in the 'Higher and Further Education' category is for Chambers Street for client Edinburgh University. Others shortlisted projects include; Lister Learning and teaching Centre by Reiach and Hall Architects, Engine Shed, University of Northhampton by MCW Architects and Dreadnought Student Centre by Dannatt Johnson Architects.
The 2nd shortlist in the 'Cultural Buildings under £5 million' category is for Collective on Calton Hill for clients Collective and City of Edinburgh Council. Other projects in the running are schemes by David Kohn Architects, Hampshire County Council, DRDH Architects and Nissen Richards Studio.
Great news for our practice!
Last year's main award, the coveted Retrofit of the Year prize, was given to a cultural project – Ian Ritchie Architects’ reworking of the Royal Academy of Music.
Posted on July 03, 2019
The event is open to all, encouraging our allies to join in with the celebrations. The breakfast will be relaxed and informal and is timed to allow folk to enjoy the Northern Pride festival afterwards.
The event will include a short discussion from role models sharing their insight, followed by an open questions and answer time. It will be chaired by Daniel Mossman, the North East Representative from Architecture LGBT+.
Bucks Fizz and breakfast will be provided, see you there!
Free Tickets for this event: https://nearchitecturepride.eventbrite.co.uk
Posted on June 28, 2019
Today is Employee Ownership Day and Collective Architecture is celebrating 12 years of 100% ownership.
We started the day hanging out a few banners at Bell Street Stables, our freshly completed housing project for Wheatley Group, and will end with a few celebratory drinks this evening!
Our 49-strong team operates as a collective, a Limited Company owned by an employee-run trust. Employee ownership empowers all staff to engage with and influence key decisions on the direction of the company. Everyone is invested in our future success and we share a commitment to work hard to make that happen.
Consistently we are told that employee ownership is a key incentive in applying for a job at Collective Architecture. Staff feel directly connected to the impact their work has on the success of the company, resulting in an engaged and motivated workforce who are passionate about our projects and the communities we work within. Recognition from awards and positive feedback from clients is shared with the whole company, to acknowledge the contribution that every individual makes towards our collective success.
For more information on becoming Employee Owned visit; Employee Ownership Association.
For further reading on our our founding principles, our organisational structure and working methods, please see the attached link for the full publication 'Crafting and Grafting' ; http://architectureireland.ie/digital-edition-landing-page
Photo; Collective Architecture's Glasgow team hanging out EO banners at our recently completed housing development at Bell Street Stables in Glasgow's Merchant City | Client; Wheatley Group | Contractor; CCG
Posted on June 27, 2019
Breaking News - Collective on Calton Hill has won an RIBA National Award.
Judges’ citation The project on Calton Hill is the result of a strong and highly successful collaboration between the two client bodies and the design team. A shared vision from the project’s outset has driven the design from inception to completion, producing a number of bold, contemporary interventions which successfully achieve a unifying functional coherence with the sensitively restored historic buildings on this site of national significance.
The projecting glazed corner of the new Outlook restaurant building, cantilevered over the site’s original boundary wall brings a bold and vibrant addition to the site’s historic skyline, visually marking to those in the city below a key step in the evolution of this important site.
RIBA region Scotland – Location Edinburgh – Completed 2018 – Client City of Edinburgh Council/Collective Arts – Architect - Collective Architecture Contract value - £4 million – Internal area 491m² – Cost per m² £8,146 – Contractor ESH Construction – Structural engineer Elliott & Company Consulting Engineers - Original Architecture Practice Malcolm Fraser Architects (RIBA Stage3)