Change the Record

Posted on November 15, 2019

Nick Walker from Collective Architecture has joined 'Change the Record', led by Grace Choi, the RIBA North East’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group.

The RIBA are looking for members who will pledge their support to the 'Change The Record' agenda. They are seeking architects, architecture faculty or architecture students who are willing to become ‘Advocates’ by agreeing with the five Pledges below.

Change the Record believe that visibility is important to bring about the change we want to see in the profession. This requires everyone to stand together to amplify the voice.

Change The Record Advocates pledge to:

• Create a diverse representation of society in architectural education and practice
• Challenge practice culture to be more open, flexible, respectful and inclusive of everyone
• Support equal opportunities for all qualified architects to progress their careers
• Call out and challenge discriminatory behaviour
• Promote and encourage role models, championing the visibility of the under-represented

Create, challenge, support, call out, promote: equality, diversity and inclusion.

Anderston Visited by Australian Government

Posted on November 09, 2019

Collective Architecture were delighted to accompany Sanctuary Scotland this week in showing The Honourable Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing; Jeff McCormack, Chief of Staff ; Alison Frame, Group Deputy Secretary, Housing and Property, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment ; Jim Bentley, Deputy Secretary, Water, CEO Water, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and David Harris, CEO Water NSW, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment around our award winning Anderston Phases 4 & 5 development. The Australian delegation were in Scotland and England to meet with key stakeholders, examine large scale award winning regeneration projects and learn from international colleagues. Thankfully the rain stayed off but still a long way from Sydney’s climate.

AJ Architecture Awards 2019

Posted on October 17, 2019

Exciting news, Anderston Regeneration Phases 4 & 5 has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

This is the 2nd year running that Collective Architecture’s work has been put forward for this high profile national awards ceremony - AJ Architect Awards.

In 2018 The Barmulloch Residents' Centre won 'Best Public Building 2019', The Secret Collection was 'Highly Commended' and the Leith Fort Regeneration project was shortlisted in the ‘Housing Project of the Year (above £10 million)’ category. This was an incredible achievement for our practice in itself, however our success was further recognised on the evening when we were honoured to be presented with the ‘AJ Architect of the Year’ award !

Well done to everyone involved in Anderston Regeneration and a big congratulations to our client Sanctuary Scotland for having the foresight to transform this area of Glasgow into such a desirable place to live.

The 2019 AJ awards will see architecture’s most creative and talented leaders and innovators attend the ceremony in London on 20 November 2019 .

Our fingers are crossed for Anderston!

New Passivhaus Designer!

Posted on October 02, 2019

Collective Architecture has a new Passive House Designer - a big congratulations Tony Zanieri!

We now have a growing team of in-house Passive House Designers in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

A Place for the Work and the Human Being

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.

Burns Road project receives Planning Permission

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.”

Scottish Design Awards 2019

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;

Muirskeith Road
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

Everyone deserves a safe, warm, affordable place to live

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 that target.”

Douglas Robin, Chair of Loretto Housing, added:

“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 communities.”

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 

See Me - Ending Mental Health Discrimination

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.

First tenants move into freshly refurbished Bell St Stables

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 the city.”

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.

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