Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre, Easter Bush, Midlothian
The Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre was officially opened on the 6th June 2019 by Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
In collaboration with an experienced design team, Oberlanders were commissioned by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in partnership with the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), Innovate UK and the Scottish Funding Council’s Financial Transactions Programme, to design the research facility.
As the UK’s largest facility dedicated to improving avian nutrition, health and welfare the Centre will trial innovative studies under near-commercial conditions with the intention of helping to bridge the gap between research and poultry businesses. Located at Easter Bush on a ‘brown field’ site in close proximity to the Roslin Institute, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the associated University of Edinburgh’s complementary research facilities, the aspiration is to foster active collaboration and world-leading research with a view to benefiting agricultural food safety and security, animal health and welfare, public health and also environmental impact/climate change.
Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC “The Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre will be of huge benefit to Scotland, the United Kingdom and globally. The people and facilities based here will help attract research investment from across the world“.
Pentlands Science Park Celebrates it's 25th Anniversary
The Pentlands Science Park in Midlothian, is celebrating it’s 25th birthday. The park, located within the Midlothian Science Zone near Penicuik, is home to the world class Moredun Research Institute, who specialise in livestock health and welfare through disease prevention and control. It is also home to a number of other businesses associated with veterinary research and innovation.
The entire park was masterplanned and designed by Oberlanders in the early 1990s and today we are still involved supporting a number of exciting projects on the site. Our current Managing Partner, Philip Macdonald, was delighted to represent Oberlanders at a celebration lunch held at the park on Wednesday 5th June.
Oberlanders' Catriona Hill on the panel of judges for the 2019 RIAS Awards
We are pleased to announce Catriona Hill RIAS from CH Architecture and Senior Associate at Oberlanders Architects was part of the 5 strong 2019 RIAS Awards judging panel.
Catriona said "It was an enormous honour and pleasure to be part of the 2019 judging team. We visited 19 shortlisted buildings from the extensive list of 82 entries and our journey around Scotland took 72 hours and covered 849 miles. Intense debate and discussion was conducted throughout the tour, but a consensus was reached, and ten buildings were given a RIAS award."
Held at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, the ceremony was hosted by Sally Magnusson and attended by
over 250 architectural enthusiasts. Pictured here, from left to right: Professor John Cole CBE Hon FRIAS (Chair), Stuart McKill, Sally Magnusson, Catriona Hill and artist Peter McCaughey. The other judges, Joanna Van Heyningen and Jon Stevenson were not present.
University of St Andrews Biomedical Sciences Building Restoration
Oberlanders are delighted to have been appointed as the specialist architect for the restoration of the Biomedical Sciences building at St Andrews University. A world class research facility, the building was badly fire damaged in February 2019 and requires extensive refurbishment. Working with a highly experienced project team, the project will involve both re-instatement works to the fabric of the building and re-planning and re-instatement of the laboratory spaces.
Oberlanders appointed for James Hutton Institute's masterplan strategy
Oberlanders have been appointed to undertake a major masterplan strategy for the world renowned James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie, near Dundee. The Institute specialises in crops, soils and land use and is one of the largest research centres in the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Institute to develop a masterplan vision that will support their research strategy over the coming years.
Katharine Cotter joins Oberlanders as Business Development Manager
A warm welcome to Katharine, who joins Oberlanders as our new Business Development Manager. She has a wealth of customer facing and business development experience, most recently at an agricultural innovation company. When she is not working (or being a taxi-driver to her 3 kids) she enjoys long walks with her Border Terrier, the odd pilates class and eating out with friends and family. Katharine has written an article, reflecting on her first month and you can find that here.
New flagship store for Schuh
We have recently completed an exciting new flagship store for Schuh in central Glasgow. The store has a prominent position on the city’s main shopping thoroughfare and is called out with a signature new façade treatment featuring Schuh’s new brand identity. Inside there’s 2500sq.ft of retail space including both the Schuh and Schuh Kids brands. The store continues our longstanding relationship with Schuh which goes back over 20 years.
New London flagship clinic for Therapie
Continuing our successful relationship with Therapie clinic we’ve recently completed their largest clinic to date, a new flagship on London’s Wigmore Street. The clinic has 2 floors of retail, treatment rooms, customer lounge and training facilities. The clinic has been given a premium look and feel throughout with carefully selected finishes and considered detailing. You can take a tour of the clinic with our client by clicking here to view the video.
SRUC Animal Disease Surveillance and Research Centre Officially Opens
The £1.6m Animal Disease Surveillance and Research Centre for SRUC has been officially opened. The facility will enable SRUC to continue their work providing efficient disease surveillance diagnostics services for the agricultural sector throughout Scotland.
The laboratory is located within Oberlanders’ designed Moredun Research
Institute/Pentlands Science Park near Penicuik in Midlothian. The project involved significant refurbishment
and remodelling of original laboratory space and therefore required extensive
coordination of existing and proposed building services in order to allow
Moredun to continue operating with minimal downtime to existing research activities.
Samantha McCabe has been appointed central Scotland chair for Women in Property.
Samantha, an architect and associate at Oberlanders Architects, will take on the role of chair for Central Scotland Women in Property for one year and will strive to encourage more young women to enter the property and construction sectors.
“Over the coming year, as an organisation, we will be focusing our attention on the skills shortage that is already evident and which will be exacerbated in a post-Brexit Britain,” Samantha explained. “This means getting into schools to talk about how great it is working in this industry, the variety and the opportunities out there. Inspiring children at a young age is particularly important." Read more on Sam’s appointment here.
Planning Permission for Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital.
We are pleased to announce that the Cairngorms National Park Authority planning committee have unanimously approved the proposal for the Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital in Aviemore. The committee gave the plans a glowing commendation and added that this will be the first hospital to be built in the area by NHS Highlands for over a 100 years.
Work on the project is due to commence in the summer and to be completed by 2021.
Planning Permission for Firbush Outdoor Centre
We are pleased to announce that Planning Permission has been granted by Stirling Council for our proposed refurbishment and extension to the Firbush Outdoor Centre in Loch Tay. The proposal also includes the construction of two large family lodges, the installation of prefabricated yurts and associated site infrastructure comprising a new access road and paths within the woodland.
Promotion to Associate for Samantha McCabe
Oberlanders are delighted to announce that our Senior Architect Samantha McCabe has been promoted to Associate.
Oban North Pier Harbour Building Shortlisted for a Scottish Property Award 2019
We are delighted to announce that our Oban North Pier Harbour Building project has been shortlisted as a finalist for the: Scottish Property Awards 2019 Regeneration Award.
Centre for Health Sciences 2 gains Planning Approval
Highland Council has granted planning permission for the new healthcare and life sciences innovation centre at Inverness Campus. The £40m project has been designed by Oberlanders, working in conjunction with Mott Macdonald, Hulley Kirkwood, Horner MacLennan, Thomson Gray, Axiom and Balfour Beatty, for NHS Highland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands.
The new facility will include a 28 bed elective care centre for NHS
Highland’s Ophthalmology and Orthopaedic departments complete with four
operating theatres and outpatient services. The facility will also contain
business start-up facilities, a knowledge and innovation hub and an active
University of Edinburgh – Kings Buildings Infrastructure Works
Oberlanders are delighted to be part of the FES Group led team delivering the new infrastructure works at the University’s King’s Buildings campus. Initial phases of the project will see the construction of a new campus energy centre allowing the installation of an additional boiler and a district heating system to create a more efficient energy system serving the campus.
Planning permission granted for new Scottish Water offices
We are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted by
Dumfries & Galloway Council for our proposed Scottish Water office building
at Marchmount in Dumfries. The proposal includes a new single storey building
of around 430sq.m floor area providing open plan office, sample laboratory and
training room facilities, with associated carparking and ancillary out building
space. The form of the building reflects the surrounding site context and is
positioned on the site to maximise passive environmental control. The roof
pitch maximises height over the open plan offices to help promote natural
ventilation. Tenders will shortly be invited with works on site expected to
start in the next few months.
High turnout at public consultation meeting for world class mountain bike developments
Nearly 400 local residents turned out at the Memorial Hall in Innerleithen on the evening of Thursday 24th January to hear about the exciting plans for a world class bike park and innovation hub for the Tweed Valley. Our Managing Partner Philip Macdonald was on hand to support Chris Sutton, CEO of Select Contracts and Kate Palmer of Urban Foresight in their presentations and to answer a wide range of questions from the audience. Oberlanders are now supporting preparation of final study outputs which are due at the end of February and look forward to further positive community engagement in the near future.
A summary of the evening,
can be found here.
Completion of Horne Terrace
Residents are now moving into our latest housing development, within the on-going regeneration of Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. Completing a once fragmented streetscape along Horne Terrace with a strategic piece of urban infill, all apartments are designed to take in views from the south-bank of the Union Canal, a much protected Scheduled Ancient Monument, now being regenerated into a growing thoroughfare and environmentally sustainable commuter route.
Proposed Ship Inn development
Public Consultation is underway for our proposed regeneration of the Ship Inn. Colin Beattie, MSP for Musselburgh, speaking to the East Lothian Courier, commented “…if the designs I have seen come to fruition, the proposed new build and configuration looks to enhance and renew this part of Musselburgh. Regeneration of the area is much needed and I hope that this change will help drive that."
University of Edinburgh - Easter Bush Campus Masterplan and Infrastructure
Oberlanders have been appointed by the University of Edinburgh to design a new facility for the Estates and Buildings Trades Team at the Easter Bush campus in Midlothian. This latest commission extends our long running and highly successful relationship working on the campus masterplan and infrastructure. Other current projects include the latest development phase of the new campus perimeter road and the first phase of the central landscape area, developing the core path network to link key buildings on the site.
World class mountain biking developments in the Scottish Borders
Oberlanders are supporting Scottish Enterprise, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and Select Contracts from Whistler, Canada in the development of feasibility proposals for the creation of a new world class bike park and mountain bike innovation centre in the Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders. Find out more about the project here.