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."
Phil Macdonald, managing partner said, “Oberlanders are delighted that Sam has agreed to take on this role and we wish her well for her year in office. We are hugely supportive of Women in Property and their invaluable role in promoting and enhancing opportunities for women to flourish and thrive within the property and construction sectors. As a practice, we are delighted to be given the opportunity to support this effort much more closely over the coming year, through Sam’s involvement as chair of the central Scotland branch.”
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 health centre.
The new centre will integrate delivery of orthopaedic and ophthalmology clinical care with academic healthcare research and the creation of new commercial opportunities, products and services in technology and life sciences.
The 11,000m2 building will be built to the north west of the Campus, providing good pedestrian and cycle access, via the Golden Bridge, to Raigmore Hospital.
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 new office building project for Scottish Water 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, including maximising daylighting whilst minimising solar gain. 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 key facts presented on the night can be found in the link below.
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.
Public Consultation is underway for our proposed regeneration of the Ship Inn.
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 projects we currently have underway 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. They will be participating in a range of public and community engagement sessions between 24-26 January 2019 to help shape and inform the emerging proposals.