Adios Natalia!

Posted on July 18, 2018

Today we say a fond farewell to Natalia who has been working as an Architectural Assistant (Part 1) in our Glasgow office. Natalia is departing Scotland for Chile tomorrow, where she will be studying for 5 months in the capital city, Santiago.

Sticking with the Collective Architecture tradition, she has baked a chocolate brownie cake in the formation of her Derby Street project in Dundee.

Adios Natalia!

Sunny Site start at Derby Street, Dundee

Posted on July 03, 2018

Groundworks have commenced at Derby Street, Dundee with an exciting new housing development for Roberston Partnership Homes, Hillcrest Housing Association, and Dundee City Council.

The project will see 163 new homes built on a vacant urban site, close to the center of Dundee. This was previously home to Butterburn and Bucklemaker Courts, twin multistorey blocks providing around 370 homes in this historically important part of Dundee. Both were demolished in 2012 and the opportunity arose to reinstate the historic street patterns, tying into the existing fabric with a mixed development of family-sized houses, apartments, wheelchair accessible homes and supported housing.

Final Photographs of East Calder Partnership Centre

Posted on July 02, 2018

Andrew Lee has recently completed professional photographs for the East Calder Partnership Centre which opened its doors in March 2018.

Executive Councillor for Culture and Leisure Dave King said: "The new East Calder Partnership Centre is another sign of West Lothian Council's commitment to enhancing and empowering our local communities. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the delivery of the new centre and a special thank you to local residents for their patience and support during this period.

"The completion of the centre will create a new focal point for the village, bringing together services and groups under one roof in a central location. East Calder is a growing community and it's vital we have the right facilities and services available to meet the needs of the local community.

"The building looks fantastic and I'm sure that the people of East Calder will make good use of the facilities for years to come".

Scott Hadden, Chairman of the builders Hadden Group who worked on the Partnership Centre said: "We're really proud to have delivered such a fantastic facility for the residents of East Calder and we are sure it will provide a heart to the community for many years to come."

Celebrating Employee Ownership Day 2018

Posted on June 29, 2018

Collective Architecture is celebrating 11 years of employee ownership today.

Our staff are really important to us and are actively engaged in the practice's development. Ownership by all brings care and commitment to every aspect of our work and that's what makes us a Collective!

Site Start for Tayport Community Hub

Posted on June 21, 2018

A ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of construction on the £2.8m Tayport Community Hub.

The facility, which has been 24 years in the making, is scheduled to be open in June 2019 and will offer space for sports, arts and crafts, education and training.

Last Wednesday, children from Tayport Primary School planted trees in the grounds where the building will stand, located on Shanwell Road

Richard Tough, chairman of Tayport Community Trust (TCT), said: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“The Tayport community has been working hard on this long-term project, which will include a cafe, an all-purpose sports hall, as well as another hall that can be used for events and fitness groups.

“The idea is that the facility will be flexible to the needs of Tayport".

“Initially the project started out with the aim of building a sports facility, but since then it has evolved to be a more holistic project to include tourism, business, arts, crafts and much more.”

Early steps to get the project underway began in 1994 with the creation of Tayport Community Sports Action Group. TCT picked up the baton in 2008 and in 2016 the Shanwell Road site was purchased with help from the Scottish Land Fund.

The following year, the Steel Fabrication Factory, which was on the site, was demolished and that paved the way for TCT’s successful application to Big Lottery Fund for £1.2 million in March 2017.

Since then, a period of fundraising activity has raised over £2.7 million to meet the costs of the project and construction work has finally commenced.

Success at RIAS and Saltire Awards

Posted on June 21, 2018

Collective Architecture did a city dash between two ceremonies yesterday, the Saltire Awards in Edinburgh followed by the RIAS Awards in Glasgow. The dash was well and truly worth it with Leith Fort Housing Development picking up 'Best Multiple Dwelling Award' and the ‘Saltire Medal’ in Edinburgh. This was quickly followed up with more success in Glasgow as both Barmulloch Resident Centre and Leith Fort won an RIAS Award with the Muirfield Community Centre a finalist, all in the same category!

Further to all the project successes, we were delighted to see Alan Smith shortlisted for ‘Emerging Architect' for his achievements with the Barmulloch Residents Centre.

We want to say a massive thanks to everyone involved in all three projects. This success would not be possible without the energy and commitment from everyone involved.

'Sculpture for the Lobby' Launch Party

Posted on June 01, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came along to our 'Sculpture for the Lobby' launch party. We absolutely love our adopted piece of art by artist Felix Welch.

The Sculpture Placement Group has created a brilliant platform for businesses to support artists, and we hope this is the first of many more to come.

Felix has not only installed the artwork in the office but provided a lunchtime talk on the inspiration behind his work and discussed relationships between art and architecture.

We have benefited not only from adopting a piece of art but opened up a wider conversation within our practice about where art belongs.

For more information on the Sculpture Placement Group;

Special note for the pizza fans! - The pizza was from 'Baked Pizza Al Taglio -

Invitation to our Sculpture Adoption

Posted on May 16, 2018

Collective Architecture are delighted to adopt the artwork, ‘Sculpture for the Lobby’ by artist Felix Welch

We would be delighted if you could join us for drinks to celebrate this adoption and help promote the work of the Sculpture Placement Group.

Time: 31st May - 18.00 - 20.00 hrs

Location: Collective Architecture, Top Floor, Mercat Building, 26 Gallowgate, Glasgow

The Sculpture Placement Project is an innovative project which helps forge relationships between local businesses and artists as a means to support and promote artists as well as finding new homes for sculptures which might otherwise be stored in a unloved space.

For more information on the Sculpture Placement Project;

BBC Scotland visit Collective Architecture

Posted on May 11, 2018

Collective Architecture are delighted to be taking part in the Scuplture Placement Project which is exploring ways of prolonging the life span of sculptures via adoption of artworks into workplaces and other public environments.

We have adopted a fantastic sculpture for our office by Artist Felix Welch and assited BBC Scotland as they filmed the install.

Along with the adoption we will also host a lunchtime talk on Felix's work as well as a small opening event on 31st May to celebrate the work.

Trails and Tales

Posted on January 23, 2018


Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva


Rachel Barron


Rachel Barron

Some progress photos of works being installed as part of the Trails and Tales project for East Dunbartonshire Council. The project will feature 40 artworks at various locations across East Dunbartonshire and is due to complete by Spring 2018.

Artworks pictured are by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva and Rachel Barron.

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