Celebrating 20 Years of Working with Schuh
2017 marked our 20th year of working continuously with fashion footwear retailer Schuh. During the course of the year we completed a number of new stores, Schuh Kids stores and refits across the UK including Rushden Lakes, Guernsey, Truro, Derry, Sheffield Meadowhall and Glasgow.
There are a number of exciting new projects underway already for 2018, and we look forward to continuing our long running partnership.
Planning Consent Secured for ASRC Project
We are very pleased to confirm that our ASRC (Avian Scientific Research Centre) project for SRUC in Midlothian secured detailed planning consent today. This facility will play a significant role in the development of the world class research capability that already exists at the Bush Estate/Easter Bush Campus, addressing national and international concerns for food security/safety, animal health and welfare, public health and environmental impact/climate change. Works are expected to commence on site in early 2018. This latest milestone represents further development of our ongoing and highly successful working relationship with SRUC.
Foundry Courtyard Student Accommodation Shortlisted for Scottish Property Awards
We are delighted to announce that our Foundry Courtyard Student Accommodation project has been shortlisted as a finalist for both: Architectural Excellence & Student Accommodation Development of the Year @ Scottish Property Awards 2018.
Holyrood North Wins Landscape Institute Award
Awards successes of our Holyrood North Project continues with a significant win at the Landscape Institute Awards 2017. Landscape Institute judges praised the projects ‘thoughtful design with high-quality detailing’, remarking on how it was ‘extremely well embedded in local context’.
Oberlanders participating in the Architecture Summit at Scotbuild 2017
Our Managing Partner, Philip Macdonald, will be participating in a panel discussion on the future of architecture in a new digital age at Scotbuild on Wednesday 22nd November at 14:15pm.
Oberlanders Stratheden (IPCU) Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit, designated as a truly healing place
Oberlanders Stratheden Healthcare project was chosen as one of the case studies for The Scottish Government Health & Social Care Directorate’s new policy on design quality for NHS Scotland as reported in Architecture & Design Scotland.
The policy recognises the increasing body of evidence that are the principles of good design – such as integration into the community, a sense of place and making a quantifiable positive impact on patients, visitors and staff.
Paul Gilligan, Associate and Project Architect for Stratheden IPCU, said “The case study showcases how patient-centered design can be highly effective. By working through an in-depth stakeholder process Oberlanders identified the stakeholders needs to create spaces for patients to move around in, have their own room, access to an outdoor space with fresh air, a gym, an art and music room, group therapy space, pool table, kitchen and a laundry. By incorporating these facilities into the design it has made a huge difference to the patients and staff, who say it is a totally different culture than it was before”.
“We are delighted that Stratheden Hospital was chosen as a case study, we are very proud of what we have achieved there, it is a robust architectural solution that delivers the brief and far more. But most importantly everyone who is being treated and working in the building is so much more relaxed.”
Links to - The Stratheden Case Study, and article in ‘Architecture & Design Scotland’ below:
Politicians and architects from Oslo visit Oberlanders’ award-winning projects
A 25-strong Norwegian delegation toured Oberlanders’ award-winning projects as part of a fact-finding visit to Edinburgh. Representatives from Oslo’s Agency for Planning and Building Services, together with a cross-party group of Norwegian politicians. The delegation spent three days in Edinburgh and visited various projects, including Oberlanders’ multiple award-winning student accommodation schemes: Sugarhouse Close and Holyrood North.
Andrew Wilmot, Oberlanders’ Partner and Project Lead Architect, gave the delegation a one-hour talk and walk guided tour, assisted by associate architect David McNabb. Andrew Wilmot said: “We were delighted to showcase two of our recent developments. Both demonstrate that high density, commercially successful architecture can deliver positive experiences and create a unique sense of place. It’s flattering that the world now comes to these corners of Edinburgh to see what’s possible when clients, developers, architects and city planners work together with an aspiration to create something exceptional.”
Organiser Kristin NotØ said: ““We have come to this beautiful city of Edinburgh on a fact-finding mission to see urban housing developments within an historic cultural heritage site. We are particularly interested in the design and building process here in Scotland, and the required regulations, applications and citizen participation.”
“We were very keen to hear what everyone involved had learned from these processes. As a group we especially wanted to look at examples of student accommodation, and therefore chose two of Oberlanders’ award winning projects as examples of how to get it right.”
We were delighted to host over 120 clients, consultants, contractor colleagues and collaborators for a drinks reception at the Merchants Hall in Edinburgh on 28th September. We were joined by the former partners of the practice, Jack Oberlander, David Lawson and Ian Low. We used the occasion to publicly acknowledge the contribution of David Lawson, one of our founding partners who retired from the practice in October last year.
University of Edinburgh IGMM Complex/Doors Open Day
Our Managing Partner, Philip Macdonald was delighted to be invited to speak about our IGMM Complex project as part of Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2017. It was great to see the event so well supported and the building looking so great, two years after its successful completion and handover.
SRUC Architects Framework
Oberlanders are delighted to announce they have secured a place on the new SRUC Architects Framework. We are currently involved a range of veterinary clinical/research facilities across Scotland and look forward to continuing this highly successful working relationship with SRUC over the coming years performing a Lead Consultancy, Architect and Principal Designer role on a range of projects.
UK Science Park Agency (UKSPA)
Oberlanders are delighted to announce they are now Business Affiliate members of the UK Science Park Agency (UKSPA). We have a long and highly successfully track record in science and technology projects and look forward to building on our experience in this sector through proactive engagement with UKSPA members. Our Managing Partner, Philip Macdonald, will be attending the next meeting of UKSPA at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire on 5-6 October 2017.
Skye and Aviemore Hospitals
Oberlanders Architects together with Rural Design Architects based on the Isle of Skye, have been appointed as architects for new-build hospitals located on the Isle of Skye, and in Aviemore. The total project value is £30 million. We are both delighted and honoured to have been selected for these vital projects.
Firbush Outdoor Centre, Loch Tay
Fantastic views from our new site at Firbush Outdoor Centre, Loch Tay.
Thrilled to be working on this very exciting refurb & new build project with @UoE_Sport_Exer @EdinburghUni
Oberlanders appointed to carry out appraisal and feasibility study for University of Dundee Business School
Continuing our successful relationship with The University of Dundee, Oberlanders and the SCAPE framework have been appointed to carry out an option appraisal and feasibility study for the development of the School of Business. This will allow for the appraisal of a number of sites on the city centre campus for the new facility, enabling the school to grow, attract new student and academic talent and develop into one of the nation’s leading business schools. We look forward to working with the team at the University of Dundee on this exciting new project.
Major refurbishment of the University of Edinburgh Firbush Outdoor Centre on the shores of Loch Tay
We are delighted to be appointed by the University of Edinburgh to lead a major refurbishment of their existing Firbush Outdoor Centre on the shores of Loch Tay.
The existing centre, which is set in a stunning location overlooking the Loch, will undergo major internal and external alterations to provide new and upgraded residential accommodation social and amenity space.
RIAS 2017 Award for Holyrood North
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland conferred the ‘Presidents Award for Placemaking’ to our Holyrood North Student Accommodation post-graduate village for the University of Edinburgh.
RIAS President, Stewart Henderson, said: "This new award recognises the crucial role that architects play in delivering the spaces between buildings and in delineating and defining our public realm. Our colleagues at Architecture & Design Scotland and in the Scottish Government have encouraged politicians, the construction industry, clients and developers to regard this as a priority. This award reinforces this very positive endeavour."
Scottish Home Award for Holyrood North Project
Holyrood North added to its extensive list of award wins with the Scottish Home Awards 2017 Student Housing Development of the Year. Holyrood North has established itself as an exemplar development setting new benchmarks from place making and public realm through to student and resident experience.
Double Win at the Scottish Design Awards
We are thrilled to announce a double win at the Scottish Design Awards 2017 for our #HolyroodNorth Student Accommodation project.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise appoint Oberlanders for Aurora House
Oberlanders are delighted to have been appointed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to progress a 5,000sq.ft fit out of the ground floor of Aurora House on the Inverness Campus to provide office and specialist laboratory accommodation for FishVet Ltd. Design work progresses immediately and it is hoped works will be completed on site before the end of 2017.
Star Renewables, Gorbals River Source Heatpump, Glasgow
Oberlanders are delighted to be working with Star Renewables on this exciting renewable energy project in the centre of Glasgow. The project will see the creation of a large scale high temperature river source heat pump, drawing heat capacity from the River Clyde for a new district heating network serving a number of properties in the Gorbals area. The project will form part of a £43m investment by the Scottish Government in low carbon infrastructure projects.
University of Edinburgh appoint Oberlanders to lead the £4.5m relocation of their School of Health in Social Sciences
Oberlanders have been appointed by the University of Edinburgh to lead the £4.5m relocation of the School of Health in Social Sciences (HiSS) to the Holyrood Campus. The project will involve refurbishment and alteration of space in a number of existing buildings at Holyrood as well as re-purposing of existing space in the Old Medical School at Teviot Place.
EAA Awards 2017
Holyrood North Project wins Commendation Award at EAA Awards 2017
Holyrood North Shortlisted for 2017 RIAS Award
We are delighted to announce that our Holyrood North Student Accommodation project has been shortlisted in the 2017 RIAS Awards.
Willie Watt, President of the RIAS, commented:
"Year on year the quality of Scottish Architecture is on the rise. Scotland’s architects are delivering work of truly international quality to serve our citizens and communities. Last year’s Festival of Architecture shone a bright light on both historic and contemporary Scottish buildings, literally highlighting a tradition of excellence. That tradition continues and as this brilliant shortlist demonstrates, Scotland’s architecture is in very good heart."
Winners at Scottish Property Awards 2017.
We are delighted to announce that at last night’s gala dinner for the Scottish Property Awards 2017 our Holyrood North Project was crowned ‘Development of the Year’ in the inaugural student accommodation category.
The Scottish Property Awards recognise development
projects and people in commercial and public building across Scotland, allowing
the best of the property industry to come forward and be recognised for their
Start of Phase 1 Craighouse, Edinburgh.
The first phase of Craighouse Edinburgh is now on site with Land Engineering appointed to deliver the Phase 1 infrastructure and landscaping. Oberlanders are lodging a series of Listed Building Consent and Building Warrant Applications which will see 6 of the 7 Category A Listed Buildings reconfigured into a portfolio of Edinburgh’s finest residential apartments, surrounded by 51 acres of rejuvenated landscaping. Quartermile Developments are delivering the project on behalf of Clearbell.
Oberlanders attending Scottish Property Awards 2017.
are delighted to announce that both Holyrood North Student Accommodation and
Shandon Gardens have been shortlisted as finalists for the ‘Student
Accommodation Development of the Year’ at the Scottish Property Awards 2017.
Kydd Building, Abertay University.
Kydd Building, Abertay University internal fit out is now complete. Teaching laboratories, sensory suites and food development spaces have been completely refurbished and provide significantly superior facilities for the students and staff.
Spring start at Edinburgh Technopole, Bush Estate.
Oberlanders are delighted to be working with Trinity Investment Management on the latest phase of a development at Edinburgh Technopole, Bush Estate. We recently submitted a detailed planning application to Midlothian Council for three 20,000sq.ft office and laboratory buildings and park hub facility to be constructed in the heart of the stunning parkland estate. Works are expected to get underway on site in Spring 2017 with buildings ready for occupation before the end of the year.
Kennedy Street, Glasgow.
First students have been signed up for the first lets at new purpose built student accommodation in Glasgow. Due for completion summer 2017, scaffold has now been removed from building B.
Monklands Phase 4 on target for completion April 2017.
Phase 4 of the Monklands Theatre upgrading is currently in progress and on target for completion at the end of April 2017
Phase 4 comprises of theatres T5 & T6 which are the first two of seven new theatres within the existing theatre suite which remains operational throughout the works.
This phase also included the installation of a steel roof deck to carry the new air handling units which will service the new theatre suites below.
Monklands Theatres Phase 2 and 3 Completed
Monklands Hospital Intensive Care Unit which formed Phase 1 of the project was opened to patients in April 2016.
Phases 2 and 3 of the Theatres suite have now been completed and include new support facilities and a new 9 bed patient recovery area to serve both the existing and new theatres.