Vice Chairman for Women in Property Central Scotland Branch
Oberlanders are delighted to announce that our Senior Architect Samantha McCabe has taken up a new role as Vice Chairman for Women in Property, Central Scotland Branch.
This a wonderful opportunity for Samantha and Oberlanders. We look forward to being involved in many events throughout Central Scotland and supporting her to help WIP achieve their aspirations to Aspire, Succeed and Inspire.
University Hospital Monklands, NHS Lanarkshire – Theatre Renovation
The final phase of the renovation of the theatre suites at University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, for NHS Lanarkshire was handed over to the Client in November 2018.
Oberlanders Architects are pleased to have been involved in the successful delivery of this £19m project by providing Architectural and Principal Designer services as part of the design team managed by Graham Construction.
This concludes the 11 phase replacement of the existing theatre suites with 7 new theatres which commenced on site in April 2015. A minimum of six theatres were maintained operational for NHS Lanarkshire during each phase of the project.
Firbush Outdoor Centre
Oberlanders have submitted a planning application for a new extension and site wide works at Firbush Outdoor Centre.
The proposal includes the refurbishment and internal reconfiguration of the existing building, the creation of additional residential accommodation, internal and external amenity spaces and a number of bespoke family lodges and glamping pods.
Skye Lochalsh & South Wester Ross Community Hospital
Oberlanders Architects with Rural Design have submitted a planning application for a new Skye Lochalsh & South Wester Ross Community Hospital in Broadford. The £13m project is being delivered through Hub North for NHS Highland.
Oberlanders celebrates 35 years in practice
Oberlanders, the Edinburgh-based architecture practice, celebrated its 35th anniversary at a reception for more than 120 clients and other guests.
The event, held in the city’s Merchants Hall, was hosted by managing partner Philip Macdonald who said it had been another successful year for the Melville Street firm which now employs 35 staff.
Among those attending were former partners Jack Oberlander, David Lawson and Ian Low.
Commercial Bike Park, Scottish Borders
Oberlanders are delighted to be part of the winning team to lead a feasibility study for a new bike park in the Scottish Borders. This highly exciting initiative, commissioned by Scottish Enterprise on behalf of a number of key stakeholders, forms part of a wider multi-agency strategy to sustain and enhance the Tweed Valley as a world class cycle tourism destination. The winning team is led by Select Contracts, based in Whistler, British Columbia, and with extensive experience of developing world class cycle and tourism facilities around the world.
Oberlanders will provide strategic local presence and support to Select and the client partners at all stages of the study.
European Marine Science Park, Phase 2, Dunstaffnage
Oberlanders have been appointed by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) to lead the development of Phase 2 of the EMSP masterplan at Dunstaffnage, near Oban. The project will include site infrastructure works and a new 1,000m2 innovation building including a marine bioprocessing centre. This appointment continues our growing and successful relationship with HIE working at the EMSP site and at other locations across Scotland. Design work is set to commence imminently.
Abbey Church of Dunfermline
Oberlanders are delighted to be appointed, following competitive interview, to work with the Kirk Session on their future development plan, repurposing the existing church to combine both ‘Worship Space’ and Working Space’, seeking ‘to be a vibrant, compassionate, self-sustaining Christian community, welcoming to all.’
The Ship Inn, Musselburgh
A Planning application has been lodged for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Ship Inn, Musselburgh. The existing and much loved bar is to be retained as the focal point within an expanded gastro-pub and seafood restaurant. Above, the building’s distinctive ‘three gables’ contain residential apartments, in a sculpted form that alludes to harbourside architecture, while creating a contextual landmark and harbour marker on this key gateway approach to Musselburgh town centre.
New build office for Scottish Water in Dumfries
New build office for Scottish Water in Dumfries has been submitted for planning. The single storey office has an asymmetrical pitched roof, with set back entrance providing a dynamic and enticing elevation to the main façade of the building. The soffit reveals are to be clad in a red finish taking note of the historical use of Locharbriggs stone within the area. Our client considers wellness an important part of the brief, and extensive natural ventilation and daylighting levels have been ensured within the building.
Latest Phase of Edinburgh Technopole starting to emerge
Work is progressing well on the latest phase of development at Edinburgh Technopole for AG Technopole BV. This is the first of three of 20,000sq.ft pavilion blocks that we have designed, providing highly flexible shell and core office/laboratory space for a range of potential occupiers and set within the stunning rural landscape of the Technopole site, located on the Bush Estate near Penicuik in Midlothian. Works are progressing well and are scheduled to be completed in Spring 2019.
Badendoch and Strathspey Community Hospital, Aviemore
Oberlanders Architects with Rural Design have submitted a major planning application for a new Badendoch and Strathspey Community Hospital in Aviemore. The £13m project is being delivered through Hub North for NHS Highland.
St Leonards School, Ollerenshaw House Refurbishment
Oberlanders are delighted to announce Practical Completion for the refurbishment of Ollerenshaw House, St Leonards School in St Andrews. The project involved a major refurbishment of the existing building to create new communal spaces for both the students and staff.
Internal reconfigurations have created a new Games Area, TV Room and a large Refectory Kitchen. These interconnected spaces are directly accessible from the entrance foyer and provide a central hub which activates the building. The newly located Housemaster Duty Office also ensures improved visibility to the main circulation areas and communal spaces.
A number of support spaces such as Golf Locker Rooms, Sanitary Facilities, and Laundry have also been enhanced, and several of the bedrooms have been upgraded with modern furniture and finishes offering high quality accommodation to the students.
This complex project was undertaken during the extremely
tight summer recess and was successfully handed over on time and under budget
prior to students returning for the new Academic year.
Dumfries & Galloway College – New STEM Innovation Hub Facilities
Oberlanders are delighted to have been chosen by Dumfries & Galloway College to design new STEM innovation facilities at their Dumfries and Stranraer campuses. The new facilities will strengthen links between the College and industry partners, furthering opportunities for effective training, research and commercial outreach. Works are due to commence on site before the end of the year with the new facilities completed in Summer 2019. We will be able to bring extensive knowledge and expertise in academic teaching, research and innovation facilities as well as delivering projects on fast-track programmes. This latest commission also further strengthens our growing position in the higher and further education sector, delivering effective Project Management, Architectural and Principal Designer services on projects right across Scotland.
Cyber Essentials + Accreditation
As an integral part of our commitment to quality and cyber security Oberlanders have recently obtained Cyber Essentials + accreditation. This gives our clients and project stakeholders the reassurance that our data systems are current, well managed, robust and guard against cyber security threats.
A new dawn for Student Housing
are enthused to be working on a revolutionary new student housing project
with The University of Edinburgh and the largest student housing co-operative
in the UK, Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative Ltd.
The project will repurpose a terrace of Listed University buildings at Roxburgh Street, within the Southside Conservation Area and Edinburgh World Heritage boundary.
Although new to the UK, the student housing co-operative model is a popular one in North America and in countries around the world. It creates an opportunity for students to take control over their living, learn new skills, and live in an open and vibrant community.
have over twenty years of direct experience delivering varying models of
accommodation within this ever changing market. We see this as a hugely
exciting next-step in the constant evolution of student housing.
Official Opening of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team Base
Oberlanders are very pleased to announce the completion of the new Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team base at Melrose in the Scottish Borders. The new base will facilitate emergency response call-outs to the team’s operational area which extends across the Lothians and Borders. The building, as a former retained fire station, was extremely well suited to the needs of the team, with some careful adaptation to provide new training and storage facilities as well as new renewable energy technologies e.g. solar PV panels and an air-source heat pump. The building is prominently located in the heart of the Melrose conservation area, overlooking the famous Greenyards rugby ground.
The completed building was officially opened on Saturday 5th May 2018 by Major General Mark J Strudwick on behalf of the Order of St John, who provided significant financial support to the project as part of their ongoing commitment to Scottish Mountain Rescue. (photography by Chris Humphreys)
Oberlanders and CH Architecture Announce Collaboration
We are delighted to announce an exciting collaboration with Catriona Hill and her team from CH Architecture, based in Ardgay in the Scottish Highlands. CH Architecture are a firmly established, highly successful and multi-award winning practice working on a range of domestic and commercial sector projects. CH and Oberlanders share a very similar ethos and design approach. With complementary skills and experience, we are certain this collaboration will greatly enable both practices to grow and expand their workload on new and existing opportunities throughout Scotland. Catriona and her team will support Oberlanders with a number of existing commissions in the Highlands and Islands, as well as other parts of Scotland, whilst Oberlanders strength in depth will provide support to Catriona and her existing team. We are very excited about this collaboration and look forward introducing our combined team to new and existing clients over the coming months.
As part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest level of quality assurance we are delighted to have passed our recent integrated management systems audit and our Quality and Environmental Management Systems now comply with the latest 2015 standards. We are currently working towards the transition to the new Health & Safety Management System to ensure we are constantly up to date with the latest standards.
Constructionline Gold Accreditation
We are pleased to announce that Oberlanders now hold Constructionline Gold accreditation.
Scottish Water, New Dumfries Office Building
Oberlanders are delighted to have been appointed by Scottish Water to design a new office and training facility on a site at Marchmount in Dumfries. The new 5,000sq.ft building will comprise of contemporary open plan office space, including hot-desking space and break-out areas, meeting and training rooms as well as sample reception facilities. The building will be located on an existing Scottish Water depot site, and the scope of works is expected to include some refurbishment of the existing facilities on the site. Design work will begin immediately with a view to works commencing on site in early 2019.
Rock UK, Whithaugh Park Outdoor Centre, Newcastleton
Scottish Borders Council Planning Committee have given unanimous support to our major planning application proposals for the redevelopment of Rock UK’s Whithaugh Park Outdoor Centre, located in a stunning rural setting in Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders. This highly sustainable £6.5m project will see the complete redevelopment of the existing park new residential lodges, day lodges, staff accommodation facilities, park hub building, bike workshop and stores. The Planning Committee welcomed the significant investment being made by Rock UK to secure the future of their Newcastleton site and were also highly complimentary of the interesting and contemporary design approach taken by the Oberlanders led design team.
Oberlanders complete Thérapie Clinic in Dundee's Overgate Centre
Oberlanders have recently completed a new clinic and store for Irish skincare chain Thérapie Clinic in the Dundee's Overgate Centre. The store provides high quality treatment rooms, medical rooms and retail space to support Thérapie's expansion in the UK.
We have a number of other exciting projects coming up with Thérapie across the UK and Ireland for 2018, with the next store on site in the Gateshead's Metro Centre, and a trio of flagship stores in London to follow in the next few months.
Latest Phase of Edinburgh Technopole Granted Planning Permission
Oberlanders is delighted to announce
that the latest phase of Edinburgh Technopole has been granted planning
permission. Edinburgh Technopole is a
science research park located on the stunning Bush Estate in Midlothian.
This latest phase of development will provide 60,000sq. ft of flexible office
and lab space as well as park hub facilities (meeting and café/breakout space). Works on site are expected to commence shortly.
New Schuh’s for Spring
We have recently completed the latest addition to Schuh’s store portfolio with the opening of their new Schuh and Schuh Kids stores in Edinburgh’s Fort Kinnaird retail park. The new stores feature a striking bold contemporary frontage as part of the Park’s move to a more high street feel.
We are also working on a number of other exciting new store developments for Schuh for later in the year.
Welcome to Mark - all the way from the USA
We are delighted to welcome Mark Rego to the Oberlanders practice as an Architect Assistant. Mark is an honours graduate from Boston Architectural College, USA, and has extensive experience working with architectural practices in both the USA and Portugal.
Success in Part 3 Examination
Oberlanders are pleased to congratulate Douglas on having successfully completed his Part 3 examination. Douglas has now registered with the ARB and will continue to work with our team to further develop his career as a qualified Architect.
Oberlanders appointed for the David Hume Tower Lecture Theatres
We are very pleased to have been appointed by the University of Edinburgh to prepare a study looking at refurbishment of the David Hume Tower Lecture Theatres. The iconic lecture theatre block, with its distinctive cantilevered structure, forms part of the Grade A listed complex of buildings at the south east corner of George Square and constructed in the early 1960’s. The project will involve significant refurbishment of the existing lecture theatres including access improvements, fire upgrading works as well as general building fabric and services refurbishments.
Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Base swings into action
We are very pleased to announce the completion of the new Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team base in Melrose. We've not even had the chance to take proper photographs yet but these images from the team show the new base in full swing over the last week as they dealt with the severe winter weather across the Edinburgh, Lothians and Scottish Borders. This is a client team and a project that we are very proud to be associated with!
Welcome to 2018!
A very happy and prosperous 2018 from everyone at Oberlanders! This year marks our 35th year of practice, with the firm having been formed originally on 1st August 1983. We are greatly looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead of us in 2018 and in the years to come.
Welcome to Holly Harrison
We are delighted to welcome Holly Harrison to the practice, who joins us at the beginning of January as our new Administration & Quality Manager. Holly brings with her a wealth of experience working in practice administration with architectural firms in Edinburgh and London. Holly will oversee our Quality Management systems as well as providing day to day administrative support to the Partners and the rest of our team.
Anne Turner retires
Anne Turner will be leaving the practice in the middle of January to enjoy a very well earned retirement. Anne joined us in 1999 and has been an integral part of our business support team over the last 18 years. Initially providing secretarial support, Anne has increased her role over the years into broader practice management duties, most notably in her recent role managing and maintaining our Quality Management systems. We thank Anne for her invaluable contribution over the years and wish her well for a long and happy retirement.
Star Renewables – Planning Consent granted
We were pleased to round off 2017 with the news that our project for Star Renewables to provide a water source heat-pump on the River Clyde in Glasgow to service a large scale district heating network was granted detailed planning consent by Glasgow City Council. We are now progressing technical design proposals with a view to works commencing on site in Spring 2018.