McLean Architects are excited to welcome Heather Gibson to our team! Heather is our new Part 1 Architectural Assistant and she will be working with us for the year to gain professional experience.
McLean Architects were delighted to hear of success for their Saltcoats Town Hall regeneration project in the Excellence in Planning for Built Heritage category at the RTPI Planning for Excellence Awards 2017. This is further recognition of our successful collaboration between North Ayrshire Council and the community to regenerate a significant landmark in the local townscape.
We are delighted to report that planning permission has recently been granted for the refurbishment and extension of the Wolfson Centre: Biomedical Engineering Building at the University of Strathclyde. Construction works are programmed for commencement in 2018.
We are very excited to see the structure on site for Dumfries Baptist Church Centre. Working alongside Ashleigh Building and the members of Dumfries Baptist Church, our collective vision for this multi-purpose community church centre is finally taking shape. Look forward to updates as the work progresses!
We recently had the chance to visit Wireframe Immersive's studio for a demonstration of their architectural visualisation and immersive experience work. Their visualisations and virtual reality work is stunning and we hope to work closely with them in the future.
"Our new game-changing Virtual Reality 'immersive walk-through' platform allows us to create stunning 3D environments and virtual experiences. We give the user the ability to 'enter' a space before it's built. Giving a true sense of scale and the freedom to change various factors include lighting, furniture and textures, the platform can influence key decisions whilst still in the planning process." - Wireframe Immersive
Click here to view their website.
'Town Hall Gets Awards Nod'
The newly refurbished Town Hall in Saltcoats is set to battle it out for a top award.
Saltcoats Town Hall is among eight finalists in Scotland in the running to win one of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.
The Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.
Stefano Smith, RTPI Scotland Convenor said: “It is an honour for these entries to be listed as finalists given the fierce competition. The shortlist reflects the hard work and dedication put into the projects and recognises the positive impact planning has on the area. As a finalist they are getting the national and international recognition they deserve.”
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet member for Economy, said: “This is great news and justified recognition for the hard work that has gone into giving a new lease of life to a historic landmark.
“The RTPI Awards celebrate excellence in planning across the United Kingdom and the judges have put the transformation of the Saltcoats Town Hall right up there with the very best.
“It is one of only two projects in Scotland to be shortlisted so everyone involved in the restoration of this famous building should be very proud.”
The Awards ceremony will be held at The Barbican, London on June 15.
Article from the "Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald", 22.02.17
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McLean Architects restoration of Saltcoats Town Hall has been honoured in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2016 in the Place Category for the development works carried out on behalf of North Ayrshire Council. Iain Connelly (Former President of RIAS) stated on the night that "this was an inspiration, the commitment by everyone involved in this project was a joy to witness."
Click here (44:10 into the video) to see McLean Architects receiving the award.
View the full project here.