Calton Hill Opens its Doors

Posted on November 22, 2018

Collective Architecture is delighted to reveal Calton Hill, a freshly restored and redeveloped part or Edinburgh's World Heritage Site for the joint client City of Edinburgh Council and contemporary art organisation, Collective (no relation to Collective Architecture). The new contemporary art gallery, panoramic viewing terrace and destination restaurant, The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage, will open to the public for the first time on Saturday 24 November 2018.

The opening marks a fresh chapter in the history of the Observatory site and for our client, Collective, an organisation active on the Scottish arts scene since 1984.

Above: Project Architect: Emma Fairhurst (Photographed by Jude Barber)

Above: Calton Hill (Photographed by Murdo Macleod for the Guardian)

Guardian Article Link: 'We have liftoff: Edinburgh Observatory Embarks on a new mission'

James N Hutchinson - Rumours of a New Planet (Art Work) in the Library, City Observatory (Photograph: Tom Nolan)

'Highly Commended' Employee Owned Business of the Year!

Posted on November 21, 2018

Above: Collective Architecture's Tom Warren collecting the award on behalf of the practice for 'Highly Commended' UK Employee Owned Business of the Year.

We would like to thank the EOA team for inviting us to present breakout session 22 'Attracting & Retaining Talent as an Employee Owned Business' with a special thanks to Mark Jenkins of Coverdale for his facilitation of the session.

For more information; Employee Ownership Association

Planning submitted for the former Lockerbie Academy site in Dumfries & Galloway.

Posted on October 12, 2018

Collective Architecture is delighted to announce that plans have been submitted for planning on behalf of Cunninghame Housing Association, working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council to deliver their Strategic Housing Investment Plan, for the redevelopment of the site of the former Lockerbie Academy to provide forty-five new affordable houses.

Forming a key gateway to the town of Lockerbie, the proposals for the brownfield site consist of a mix of semi-detached and terraced two storey housing, alongside cottage flats and amenity bungalows. A considered approach to the site layout has sought to build on the strong sense of place within Lockerbie, which has been a common theme expressed in consultation with the local community.

Project Architect, Ross Aitchison said: “We are delighted to be bringing forward these proposals with Cunninghame Housing Association for such a significant site. Like many similar sized towns, Lockerbie requires increasing provision of high-quality affordable housing.

To meet this need we have worked closely with the client, and through engagement with the local community, to form a place with a strong sense of character. In doing so we have looked to reference and evoke the familiar, enduring qualities of the high quality public housing built in Scotland in the early 20th Century. Using a palette of repeating architectural elements, we are bringing forward proposals which will resonate with the local community and create a strong feeling of ‘home’ for the new residents.”

RIAS Winner for Camphill School Aberdeen Competition

Posted on October 04, 2018

Collective Architecture has been selected from six shortlisted practices by Camphill School Aberdeen to deliver a £10m capital investment development over two of its three campuses (Murtle Estate and Camphill Estate).

RIAS Consultancy of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland acted as advisor to Camphill School Aberdeen in the management of a competitive process to select an architect and multi-disciplinary design team.

Mairi Laverty from our practice said;

‘Collective Architecture is delighted to have won the Camphill School Aberdeen competition. The project vision for Camphill School Aberdeen is inspiring and builds on their pioneering approach and legacy. Our concept design sought to respond to both the tranquil site and the particular needs and aspirations of residents, volunteers and staff. We look forward to working with Camphill School over the coming months and years to deliver a unique and ambitious project that will stand the test of time for the school and wider community.’

The six shortlisted practices were (listed in alphabetical order; Anderson Bell + Christie, Collective Architecture, Hoskins Architects, James F Stephen Architects, jmarchitects and Scott Brownrigg.

Camphill School Aberdeen Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Kathleen Scott said;

‘We have been overwhelmed by the response to the competition and very impressed by the overall standard of all of the shortlisted practices. CSA are delighted that Collective Architecture have won this closely contested competition and look forward to working with them to deliver our long-term campus wide vision’.

Success at the Herald Property Awards 2018

Posted on October 01, 2018

Collective Architecture attended the Herald Property Awards on the 27th September at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow

The Herald Property Awards honours the achievements of Scotland’s most innovative and successful house builders, developers and registered social landlords.

We are delighted that two of our projects won awards;

Harvie Street in Cessnock for Wheatley Group won Best Regeneration Project (pictured below)
Leith Fort for Port of Leith Housing Association and City of Edinburgh Council won Best Affordable Development (pictured below)

SEDA Penisula Expedition

Posted on September 25, 2018

Chris Stewart and Tom Warren of Collective Architecture helped organise the annual Ecological Cycling and Walking tour which this year took place around Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula.

Peninsula Expedition builds on last years very enjoyable Island Expedition held on Bute when cyclists and walkers spent their September Weekend visiting buildings and projects with an emphasis on all things sustainable. This included Queens Hall, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Fyne Homes Passive House 'Tigh-na-Cladach', Benmore Botanic Gardens and Kilmun Parish Church.

The Scottish Ecological Design Association produced an Island Expeditions Tour Map for the adventures in Bute, and a similar map for Peninsula Expedition in Cowal. The Peninsula Maps are capable of being added to the Island Expeditions maps to complete the Three Ferries Cycle Route between Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, Rhubodach to Colintraive and Dunoon to Gourock.

The Island Expedition maps (sponsored by the GIA and created by Designers on the Run) can be downloaded on the links below;

Jude wins 'Creative Industry Leader of the Year'

Posted on September 13, 2018

Director Jude Barber won ‘Creative Industries Leader of the Year’ at the Scottish Women Awards 2018 yesterday and the practice is very proud of her achievements.

Jude has worked tirelessly over the last decade to achieve so many positive benchmarks which have pushed at the boundaries of the Architecture profession.

There is no formula to the success of Jude's work; it is a result of her determined and engaging personality. Her unique combination of design ability and social awareness linked with her constant effort to pursue all forms of equality is always present, and evident in; The Empire Cafe, interrogating Scotland’s involvement in the Slave Trade, Voices of Experience, an on-going project that shines a spotlight on key female figures who have often been overlooked, and ‘The Better Days’ solo exhibition which called on politicians to recapture post-war optimism and put quality architecture and the built environment back at the heart of Scottish life. Jude has also won the inaugural National Achievement Award and has been active in several campaigns and marches to promote women in architecture.

The ethos of Collective Architecture mirrors Jude’s inclusive approach, and individuals are encouraged to develop their own architecture leading to a richness of ideas and debate within our two studios. Jude’s influence in promoting this view extends beyond our practice, from her involvement in A New Chapter, seeking reform in the RIAS, to teaching and lecturing at various Schools of Architecture across the UK.

With regards to Jude’s own (multi award winning) work it is important to highlight her ability to work collaboratively and still produce unique and distinctive architecture. This is particularly evidenced by projects that required skilful sculpting of form and material such as Centrepoint Hub, Gowkthrapple, superbly crafted housing projects across Scotland and the recently completed Glasgow Women’s Library which was shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 and awarded the title ‘Recognised Collections of National Significance’ by Museum Galleries Scotland.

Jude is a talent who enriches architecture and the lives of those she works with and her role within Collective Architecture is never underestimated.

Shortlisted for 'Creative Industries Leader of the Year'

Posted on September 03, 2018

We are delighted to have been nominated for 'Creative Industries Leader of the Year' at the Scottish Women's Awards 2018.

The Scottish Women’s Awards 2018 aim to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, women in uniform, charity workers and many more that make Scotland a greater place to live in.

The awards embody the continuing strength, grit and determination of women, honouring those who continue to thrive, excelling them to the forefront of their industries.

Collective Architecture looks forward to attending the award ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, on Wednesday, 12th September.

'Voices of Experience' talks at Glasgow Women's Library: An on-going project that shines a spotlight on key female figures who have made important, and often overlooked, contributions to architecture, design and the built environment in Scotland.

Farewell Chloe

Posted on August 31, 2018

Chloe joined our Edinburgh office in August 2017 as an Architectural Assistant (Part 1). She has been involved in a wide range of projects including Meadowbank and Powderhall in Edinburgh.

Chloe has a strong interest in sustainability and enjoyed developing this during her time at the office, with frequent lectures and discussions through SEDA, GIA and the EAA. Her interest in sustainability led to an opportunity to attend the Sustainable Cities Summer School in The Hague, Netherlands.

She is now returning to the Mac to continue her studies in Architecture.

Vaarwel Freya!

Posted on August 28, 2018

Freya joined Collective Architecture in June for a summer placement to help out on several projects.

She is now heading back to Delft in the Netherlands to continue her studies in Architecture.

A difficult time of year to stick to a diet at Collective Architecture!

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