Royal High School Objection Letter

Have a read of our Forth & Borders Cases Panel letter to Edinburgh Council

AHSS A5 Flyer Website

Published today, take a look at our comprehensive letter which tackles each element of the new hotel proposal. This is the result of group viewings of the hotel plans and lengthy discussions to dissect the positive and negative elements of the proposal.

The panel had hoped to see a great improvement in the designs following our input in 2015, however, we have seen little that can be commended.

View the letter here

Great thanks to Stuart Eydmann for his guidance and support in putting this letter together.

Have you written to the City of Edinburgh Council? Do so now and have your say in the future of our World Heritage Site. Deadline Friday 24th March 2017. Find out all you need to know here.

BACK

Public Meeting Presentations

View all the presentations given by our esteemed speakers on Tuesday 14th March 2017

Speakers Website

We are very pleased to make available online the presentations given at our Save the Royal High School Public Meeting by our passionate speakers. Click on the titles below to see the presentations.

Fred Mackintosh, the planning process to date.

Cliff Hague, the economic case

Adam Wilkinson, World Heritage Site context

Alastair Disley, the new hotel proposal and visualisations

Elizabeth Graham, how to object – step by step

BACK

Save RHS Public Meeting

Jilly MacLeod summarises an excellent evening held in Edinburgh’s Central Hall on Tuesday 14th March 2017

Public Meeting for Website

The Central Hall buzzed with excitement on Tuesday evening as just shy of 300 people streamed into its splendid interior to hear the AHSS’s presentation on the proposed hotel redevelopment of Thomas Hamilton’s Royal High School on Regent Road. After a brief introduction by Carol Nimmo, Chair of the Regent, Royal, Carlton Terraces and Mews Association, in which she read out a message of support from SAVE Britain’s Heritage, the first speaker – Fred Mackintosh, Faculty of Advocates ­–­ gave a recent history of the site and explained how we ended up with three proposals in the planning pipeline and who makes the final decisions. He concluded with the probing question: ‘What does it say about our country if we’re prepared to trash the Royal High School for a five-star hotel?’

Following on was an enlightening talk by Adam Wilkinson of Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, who put Hamilton’s building into historical context, describing how a rediscovery of ancient Greece in the late eighteenth century had given rise to a new architectural style – the Greek Revival – which unlike the Neo-Classical, based on the buildings of ancient Rome and redolent of empire, spoke instead of the people and democracy. This was a fitting style for a city steeped in Enlightenment thinking and seeking to express Scottish ideas through the built environment. Ambitious to show equal rank with cities of the ancient world, the Royal High School was the embodiment of Edinburgh’s concept of itself and as such is ‘one of the most important Greek Revival buildings in the world’.

Cliff Hague, Chair of the Cockburn Association, then gave an overview of the economic impact of the new development proposed by DHP (Duddingston House Properties), his PowerPoint presentation enlivened with emoticons of smiling and sad faces and a cartoon of an old hag with a crystal ball. His argument was that any economic forecast, such as DHP’s claim that their new hotel would provide £25 million per annum towards Edinburgh’s GDP over a seven-year period, were simply predictions rather than fact, and the assumptions and calculations upon which they were based were ‘no more sophisticated than a crystal ball’. Adverse conditions could easily change the context of the development, the predictions could be proved wrong, and we might end up with a budget hotel rather than a luxury one!

Alastair Disley, Convenor of the AHSS Forth & Borders Cases Panel, followed by looking at the planning application, outlining the extent of the proposed demolitions while highlighting common themes of the existing site – natural materials, symmetry, picturesque compositions, classical buildings given room to breath – elements sadly lacking in the new proposals. He then took us on a visual tour using before-and-after images from DHP’s planning application, eliciting gasps from the audience as he switched from one image to another and heady views of Arthur’s Seat were rudely interrupted by soaring barrack-like buildings that rose up from the ground like ‘a submarine surfacing’.

The final speaker of the evening was Elizabeth Graham, a long-term member of the AHSS Cases Panel, who provided practical advice on how to put in an objection to the proposed hotel development, either on the spot using the blank letters and guidance sheets provided on each and every chair or later online. In rounding up the evening, Carol Nimmo stressed that just because it has already received planning permission, it was wrong to assume the St Mary’s Music School proposal ‘has it in the bag’; it was now more important than ever to submit an objection. She finished with the heart-felt plea to ‘ask your granny, your children, your neighbours, even your postman, to object!’ and we sincerely hope you do!

Find out how to object here

BACK

Society of Architectural Historians Annual International Conference 2017

Attend SAH’s 70th Annual International Conference, their first meeting outside North America in 40 years

SAH Glasgow 2017

Society of Architectural Historians
2017 Annual International Conference
June 7-11 | Glasgow, Scotland
University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre

The AHSS is delighted to be a conference partner of this event!

The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7–11, 2017. Meeting in Scotland’s largest city, world renowned for its outstanding architectural heritage, reflects the increasingly international scope of the Society and its conference. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals and preservationists from around the world will convene to share new research on the history of the built environment. The Glasgow conference will include 36 paper sessions, eight roundtables, an introductory address and plenary talk, 33 architecture tours, the SAH Glasgow Seminar, and more.

#SAH2017

http://www.sah.org/2017

BACK

Study Tour 2017 – Book Now!

The AHSS is delighted to announce that our 2017 Study Tour will be a five day trip to historic Ironbridge, in the heart of England. 

Ironbridge

Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd May 2017

This year, our National Study Tour will be led by the AHSS Strathclyde Group and is open to all members.

Booking for the Tour is required as soon as possible to secure places – so get booking now!

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30TH MARCH 2017!

Download the Information Sheet and Booking Form here, please then email or post to the National Office to secure your place.

Study Tour 2017

Study Tour 2017 Booking Form

We look forward to welcoming you on a Southern adventure!

BACK

Buildings at Risk Toolkit

Online guidance available for all

toolbox

The Buildings at Risk Toolkit is a collection of texts – as part of an initiative of Historic Scotland and The Architectural Heritage Fund – presenting a wealth of information on dealing with vulnerable historic buildings with the intention to aid in their preservation and management. The toolkit contains an abundance of guidance and advice sourced from a number of highly experienced practitioners, drawing on examples from around the United Kingdom. These documents would be useful for both professionals engaging with high risk buildings, and those with a general interest in heritage matters.

Sections include in-depth legislative guidance on liabilities, responsibilities, and current regulations concerning buildings at risk, as well as practical strategies for approaching historic buildings. Furthermore, it includes case studies and pilots wherein the guidance provided is demonstrated in current or recent projects, which is a useful tool for interpreting the information and applying it to personal projects.

These documents are easily accessible, available to all as PDF downloads from the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland website

BACK

Gift an AHSS Membership this Christmas

Protect Scotland’s Heritage with this excellent present!

Christmas Gift

Looking for a Christmas gift with a difference?

Help the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland campaign to protect Scotland’s listed buildings and conservation areas with a gift membership.

There are a great number of benefits to membership, including:

Two magazines and an Architectural Heritage Journal in 2017

Access to unique events and visits across Scotland

Access to our renowned Winter Lecture Series in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow

Click here to learn more and apply online

The support of our members allows the AHSS to Speak for Scotland’s Buildings.

 

BACK

Architectural Heritage XXVII to be published 2017

2017 Publications Confirmed

journal2

In a recent update from the AHSS Publications Committee, we can confirm that the next edition of our Journal will be produced and issued to members in Autumn 2017. We are currently doing our best to secure the future of the Journal due to a recent loss of funding. If you are keen to support this publication, please get in touch with the National Office.

The AHSS Council is also delighted to confirm that we will publish two magazines in 2017, one Spring and one Autumn edition.

BACK

NEWSFLASH: New RHS Hotel Plans Public Event

Don’t miss the next Public Consultation for the Former Royal High School, Edinburgh. 3rd November

RHS 660x413 for Website

Pre-application Public Consultation

Thursday 3rd November 2016, 3-7pm

Pop down to look at the new hotel proposals from the Urbanist Group with Duddingston Properties, give feedback and have your say.
 
Location: Former Royal High School, 5-7 Regent Road, Edinburgh EH7 5BL
“Further information relating to these proposals can be obtained from Iceni Projects Ltd. Mercantile Chambers, 53 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 6TS. If you wish to make comments on the proposals, you may do so at the above event and/or in writing to Iceni Projects at the above address or email (glasgow@iceniprojects.com) by no later than Friday 25th November 2016.
Please note that all comments must be sent to the above address and are not representations to City of Edinburgh Council. An opportunity to make representations to the council will exist when a formal application is made.”
BACK

Photography Competition Winners Announced

MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IN DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

Kirkandrews Bathing House for Website

The winners of the photographic competition, organised by the local group of AHSS as part of the Festival of Architecture 2016, were announced at the opening of an exhibition at the Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse, on Saturday 29 October.  The exhibition, which moves on to Dumfries Museum on 1 December, features the winning photographs together with a short piece of text describing why the entrant likes the building.

In the under 15 age group, three prizes were awarded and two further entries were highly commended by the judges.  The winners were:

First Prize:           Rosie Norman for a photo of the Kirkandrews Bathing House

Second Prize:     Rachel Campbell for an internal view of St John’s Church, Penninghame

Third Prize:         Jack Norman for a photo of the modernist Tongland Power Station

Highly Commended

Toby Iglehart for his photo of Orchardton Tower

Maddison Wallace for her photo of Sweetheart Abbey

In the 16-25 age group, two prizes were awarded:

First Prize:           Roan Ballantine for a photo of the Coo Palace at Borgue

Second Prize:     Connor Bradley for a haunting internal view of Carnsalloch House near Kirkton

Thanks are due to the judges: Martin Robertson (Architectural Historian) and Allan Wright (Professional Photographer), to the Mill on the Fleet for accommodating the exhibition and prize giving, to Solway Heritage for financial assistance and to Wilko’s of Castle Douglas for donating two photo frames.

CLICK HERE to view all of the winning entries.

BACK

Autumn Newsletter 2016

The latest news from the AHSS

Print

Welcome

Once again, it has been a very busy time for the AHSS since the mailing of our Spring 2016 magazine, particularly in this, our 60th Jubilee year!

The Forth & Borders Group are working very hard to protect the Royal High School in Edinburgh, the Dumfries & Galloway Group are running their photography competition, we have launched our new website, and with the help of our North East Group, we are excitedly preparing for our special Jubilee AGM. We do hope that you will be able to join us at Fyvie Castle in October.

As you may know, the AHSS was formed in 1956 to stop proposed demolition in Edinburgh’s George Square. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in this campaign, however in the following 60 years we have been successful in many others! To mark this momentous occasion we will be producing a special Jubilee publication this winter, instead of our usual Architectural Heritage Journal. The Journal will return in 2017. If you have any stories, memories or photos that you would like to be included please contact the National Office, we would be delighted to hear from you.

It has been a pleasure to participate in the Festival of Architecture 2016, if you have not been to any events yet, make sure that you do before the end of the year. www.foa2016.com

To find out more about what we have been up to, have a read of our latest news pieces and view all upcoming events here on our website.

Keep up to date with all AHSS activity by visiting our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Best wishes,

From all at the AHSS.

Did you receive a paper version of our newsletter? Let us know your email address and we can email it to you in the future!

BACK

Royal High School Update

Processing of Royal High School planning Inquiry on hold

home06

To read our full update CLICK HERE

The current Inquiry has been put on hold (sisted) in order for Duddingston House Properties and the Urbanist Group to submit a new hotel proposal for the A listed building. They have begun the process of making a new planning application by submitting a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) on 16 September 2016.

There is to be public consultation of the new proposals on the 3rd November, 3-7pm at the Royal High School. This is to be confirmed.

BACK

Winter Lecture Series Announced!

Meet interesting people and learn something new.

AHSSF Forth and Borders 2016 for print (002)_Page_1

The AHSS is delighted to publish the programmes for our Winter Lectures Series, taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

As with previous years, there is a fascinating line up of topics to be covered between October 2016 and April 2017. Take this opportunity to learn more about your favourite Architectural genre or learn something entirely new.

Members and Non-members of the AHSS are all welcome to attend these events. Ticket costs apply, refreshments are provided at each talk.

Download the programmes here:

Forth & Borders Group Winter Lecture Series

Strathclyde Group Winter Lecture Series 

Dundee Conservation Lecture Series: information to follow

BACK

Urgent Royal High School Appeal!

Support the AHSS in fighting to save the Royal High School!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dear Friends,

As you will know the planning application to turn the former Royal High School, Edinburgh into a hotel was turned down by City of Edinburgh Council in December 2015.  The proponent of the hotel scheme, Duddingston House Properties Limited, has appealed this refusal and the appeal will be heard before two government appointed Reporters over a period of three weeks beginning 28th November 2016. The final decision will be made by Scottish Ministers.

The AHSS intends to continue the fight to secure a future for the Royal High School, worthy of its category A listing and significance within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.  The costs of securing the necessary legal representation to ensure that the Society’s views can be put across to greatest effect will be significant, possibly as much as £50,000.

Substantial philanthropic funding has already been pledged and the Forth & Borders Group will make a major contribution.  It is hoped that individual members of the Society across the whole of Scotland will, collectively, be able to contribute £10,000.  While clearly, large donations to the Society’s legal costs will be greatly appreciated, it is the case, that with a membership of around 1,000, individual contributions of between £10 and £25 would enable the Society, relatively quickly and easily, to achieve the total it seeks.

There can be no doubt as to the significance of the forthcoming Inquiry.  No one can assume that the original City of Edinburgh Council refusal will be upheld, given the importance in planning terms which can now be attributed to the purported economic value of a luxury hotel.  Were Duddingston House Properties Limited to end up with planning permission on the Royal High School site, it would mean that no listed building, complex of buildings, or site, whether in the heart of a World Heritage Site or not, would be safe.

If you are able to help support our national campaign to protect the Royal High School for an appropriate future use,

Please see the attached document.

 

We are most grateful for any support that you are able to give.

If you have any queries, do please get in touch.

Kind regards,

Michael Davis
National Chairman, AHSS

BACK

Castles to Clock Towers

The AHSS are delighted to be a partner in this upcoming heritage conference

North East Preservation Trust

Conserving the Built Heritage of Aberdeenshire

Thursday 27th October 2016

Through a combination of inspiring case studies and expert testimony, this conference celebrates how opportunities have been identified in the creative re-use of Aberdeenshire’s built heritage; sharing knowledge and ideas on how projects can be funded, solutions found and challenges overcome.

Conference Chairman: Andrew P K Wright OBE
Confirmed speakers to date: Richard Murphey OBE, Tom Duff, David Narro, David Chouman, Ian Davidson and Alan Marshall.

Booking Now Open!

Download the flyer here.

Conference Programme

@NESPTconference #CastlestoClockTowers

BACK

AHSS New Website

Welcome to the AHSS’s new website and refreshed look!

news-website

In 2015 our Trustees decided that it was time for the AHSS to brighten up our appearance and overhaul our website to create something more user friendly and relevant today. You will notice a number of changes and will see great improvements in our communications in the coming months.

Our iconic Aberdeen Old Townhouse logo has had an update too, whilst our strapline has changed completely to ‘Speaking for Scotland’s Buildings‘. We feel that this better reflects our core role in protecting Scotland’s architecturally significant buildings.

Do you have any thoughts or feedback on our new website and branding?

We’d love to hear from you.

BACK

Edinburgh World Heritage Site Consultation

Have your say! 25th July Deadline

Cockburn Street. Tom Parnell

The City of Edinburgh Council have launched a public consultation and request your views on the Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Our Forth & Borders Cases Panel are looking at this in great detail and encourage you to have your say!

“This survey gives you the chance to let us know how well you think the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh work as a place to live, work and visit.”

Not happy with inappropriate or short-sighted changes taking place in Edinburgh? This is your opportunity to influence future decisions. No specialized knowledge required, just your personal opinion.

Take part here.

Deadline 25th July 2016

BACK

Royal High School Update

Pre-Examination Meeting 20.07.16 City Chambers

home06

Our Forth & Borders Cases Panel continue to campaign as the future of Edinburgh’s Former Royal High School is still unknown.

This A listed building is the centre point of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the subject of a planning application to turn the former school in to a 6 star hotel. Our Cases Panel, along with heritage and planning experts from across the world, objected strongly to the proposed design on the grounds that it was highly inappropriate both for this building and this location.

Refused by the City of Edinburgh Council on 17th December 2015, Duddingston House Properties and the Urbanist Group have now appealed the decision. The DPEA have appointed two reporters to consider the appeal, whilst the Scottish Government have ‘Called it in’ and will make the final decision.

The Cases Panel continue to make representations whenever possible. Please read our letters of objection below.

Objection September 2015

Objection April 2016

There is an alternative proposal to use the building for the new residence of St Mary’s Music School. Our Cases Panel has seen initial designs and approve in principle.

If you would like to be kept up to date with news, please sign up to our newsletter below.

 

BACK

New Cases Panel Guidelines Published

Everything you need to know about our Cases Panel work

constitution

Following our Cases Panel Conference in 2015, the AHSS National Conservation Committee have now published our new Cases Panel Guidelines.

As a complete overview of the AHSS Cases Panel work, this document lays out how the AHSS monitoring process works in respect to planning applications for Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas. It clearly gives best practice advice and guides our members to further information on a number of planning related topics.

Each of our Cases Panels across Scotland have read and contributed to the working drafts, which has now led to the completed piece. Although this has been a rigorous process, the Guidelines will remain as a working document and will be continually open to editing and change.

Take a look and download your copy below.

AHSS Cases Panel Guidelines

Get in touch with any comments that you may have.

BACK

‘My Favourite Place’ Photography Competition

Get snapping to win one of our excellent prizes!

Caelaverock Castle. Tom Parnell

To celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, our Dumfries & Galloway group is organising a photographic competition for young people in Summer 2016. There will be two classes, one for those aged 15 and under, and one for those aged 16 to 24. The competition aims to encourage young people to engage with the built heritage around them, as all entries must feature a whole, or elements of, a building.

The first prize for each class will comprise:

  • £100
  • A framed version of their photo
  • An hour’s photographic tuition with Allan Wright
  • Display of the photos on the web, at exhibitions throughout D&G and in the AHSS national magazine

The second prizes will be £50 and exhibition, and the third prizes £25 and exhibition.

All entries and enquiries must be emailed to photocomp@ahss.org.uk. Entries should be submitted as a JPEG file.
Entries will be judged on the quality of the photograph and on a 100 word statement of why the entrant likes the building.
The judges will be Allan Wright (Photographer) and Martin Robertson (Architectural Historian).
Each entrant may submit up to three photographs, each with a 100 word appreciation statement. The photos must be their own work and taken during 2016.

Entries will be accepted between 1 June 2016 and 30 September 2016. Winners will be announced on 1 November 2016.

For more information and rules:

My-Favourite-Place-Photography-Competition-RULES

BACK

60th Jubilee AGM Weekend

60 Years of protecting and promoting Scotland’s historic built environment!

Tom Parnell Fyvie Castle

Venue: Fyvie Castle
Time: 11am Saturday to 4pm Sunday
Cost: £70 (Discount available for Students)

To mark the occasion of the 60th Jubilee of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, our North East Group will host a wonderful weekend of celebrations.

Join us on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016, in Aberdeen to celebrate our 60th Jubilee.

The AGM will take place at the spectactular Fyvie Castle on Saturday afternoon, followed by a tour, talk and 60th Jubilee Dinner in the Castle. Accommodation has been arranged at the historic Carmelite Hotel in Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter. There will be a coach to transport members from the Carmelite hotel to lunch on Saturday, Fyvie Castle, and back to the hotel.

Sunday’s activities will include a visit to one of Aberdeen’s most historic private houses, Chaplain’s Court, a light lunch, talk on the history and heritage of Aberdeen, and photo opportunity outside our beloved Aberdeen Old Town House.

Members to arrange their own transport to Aberdeen on Saturday morning and return on Sunday afternoon.

Download the Booking Form here.

Download the 60th AGM Notice and Agenda.

BACK

Scotstyle 2016 £10 Offer!

Scotland’s 100 best buildings since 1916 – Festival of Architecture 2016

scotstyle

For a limited time, the AHSS is pleased to offer the new Scotstyle 2016 publication at the special price of £10.

This superbly illustrated book describes 100 of the best buildings in Scotland since 1916, a period of unprecedented social and technological change. Bringing together highly detailed knowledge, significant insight and a liberal sprinkling of anecdote, this is more than an account of 100 individual buildings, it is a rich history of endeavour, creativity and pride. The buildings featured here also demonstrate that Scottish architecture can stand comparison with the very best – from anywhere!

Please complete the attached form and either email or post to the AHSS National Office.

AHSS Scotstyle Order Form

RRP. £25

BACK

Spring Magazine 2016

Catch up with all the AHSS news!

magazine-s16
Download

Spring 2016 Magazine is here!

Jam packed with AHSS activity from the past year. Find out what our Cases Panels and regional Groups have been up to, read Tom Parnell’s full report of the Study Tour 2015 and find out which building our new Chairman picked as his all time favourite.

Special features include ‘Hinterland, St Peter’s Seminary’, progress with the Riddle’s Court Project Diary and ‘Edinburgh, Too – Architectures Beyond The World Heritage Site’.

Take a look at the full 2016 Summer events Calendar and plan your AHSS activities for the coming months.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Architectural Heritage XXVI

Professor Charles McKean Special Edition

journal-15

This special edition of the AHSS Architectural Heritage Journal, edited by Dr. Sally Rush and Alan MacDonald, celebrates Professor Charles McKean’s contribution to the field of Architectural Heritage and commemorates the excellent conference that took place in October 2013, A New Platform for Scottish Renaissance Studies.

Featuring Charles’s visionary watercolour reconstructions of Scottish Renaissance buildings, in colour.

The focus here is upon capturing Charles’s conversations with his peers and the more recent research projects he was involved with, particularly those undertaken by the PhD students clustering around him in Dundee. Charles’s coordination of interdisciplinary research projects was particularly significant and the consequent synthesis of architecture, interior decoration, furnishing, sculpture and garden design into a cohesive reading of the Scottish Renaissance building is reflected here.”

Free with AHSS membership, hard copies are available to purchase through the National Office for £15 Special Offer.

BACK

Spring Magazine 2015

Protect Edinburgh’s former Royal High School!

magazine-s15
Download

As can be seen from the front cover image, this edition of the AHSS Magazine has a particular focus on both the past and the future of this wonderful building. Royal Commission Architectural Historian, Diane Watters takes us through the significance of this iconic structure, whilst Dr Kirsten Carter McKee looks at the unique setting of Carlton Hill.

Further special features include a look at our new home in 15 Rutland Square, former residence of Sir R Rowand Anderson and a look at the use of Open Virtual World technologies in cultural heritage.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Autumn Magazine 2014

Discover the future of ‘Hutting in Scotland’

magazine-a14
Download

This issue has a distinctly ‘elemental’ theme running through it. Subjects include Sumburgh Lighthouse, built to challenge Shetland’s stormy waters, the earthy turf and stone structures of Iceland, and the sad, fiery events at the Glasgow School of Art. Time will tell whether the Land Reform Review Group’s report is a breath of fresh air or becomes, well, just hot air.

Our ‘International Perspectives’ series continues with two articles examining the conservation practices of two very different countries: Australia and China. Australia’s favoured ‘carrot’ over ‘stick’ approach is an intriguing one, but it begs the question: how do planners strike the right balance between pragmatism and idealism?

We are often taught to ‘think big’ and certainly there are many architects who have taken that mantra to heart with great success. However, this issue contains two articles that offer an alternative by exploring the value of small spaces. ‘Hutting’ in Scotland has never matched the popularity of similar movements in other European countries but a new campaign aims to change that.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Spring Magazine 2014

Mackintosh Architecture and Crichton Memorial Church

magazine-s14
Download

In this issue we highlight a range of projects and initiatives, that share a common aim: to improve the condition of our built heritage. They all try to answer some important questions. How can local authorities protect buildings that have historic merit, but aren’t on the statutory lists or in a conservation area? How can ordinary people become proactive in conserving their own homes? How can community groups summon their collective strength to look after a local landmark or monument? The final case study asks the question ‘what can i do?’. Apparently quite a lot.

Fittingly, for an issue that is published after the London and Sochi Olympic Games, and before the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, there is a sporting theme running through the magazine. Historic Scotland discuss their special report on Scotland’s sporting buildings and our new Chairman’s favourite building turns out to be…well, you’ll have to read the back page to find out.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Autumn Magazine 2013

An International View

magazine-a13
Download

If the Spring issue took a close look at West Coast projects and places, then this issue extends its gaze far and wide both geographically and thematically. We travel to Russia (twice), Italy and Haiti, and closer to home, to Yorkshire, Edinburgh, Ayr and Dumfriesshire.

A series of themes runs through this issue including energy efficiency, stained glass, archival research, theatres and the contribution of individuals to our collective knowledge. Sadly Peter Drummond writes his last ‘View from the Chair’, having completed a full five year term as Chairman.

Unsurprisingly, many the of the articles and reports touch on the planning system, and ask searching questions about how local and national government manage the process. How much of a voice do local communities have? How will further devolution of planning decisions impact upon our environment? What does conservation mean to the ‘IKEA generation’?

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Spring Magazine 2013

Any Hope for George Square?

magazine-s13
Download

The focus of this issue is squarely on the West Coast: with the amount of headlines generated by Glasgow City Council’s plans for George Square and the news of the Burrell Collection’s listed status and upcoming renovation, there has been enough happening in the area recently to more than fill all the pages!

As ever, we have a wide range of contributors, each offering their own perspective and point of view on the issues facing the sector. The competition to revamp George Square in Glasgow is probably one of the most publicly controversial architectural projects in recent years – with over 4,000 people signing a petition calling for the rejection of all shortlisted options. While the long term future of the square is still under discussion, we feature writer and critic Johnny Rodger’s take on the controversy, some rather off-the-wall alternative proposals and the views expressed by the Society’s Strathclyde cases panel.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Autumn Magazine 2012

The New Face of Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

magazine-a12
Download

In this issue, we learn about a community development trust that has purchased a former POW camp, complete with a number of listed buildings. Hopefully we will be able to see this project develop through future issues – watch this space! We also have news from a sister organisation, the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

Our members inform us that casework is the bedrock of the Society, but we wouldn’t be a Society without our members! In an effort to introduce the Society to new audiences, we will be including a number of new features focussing on education in future issues. Two Edinburgh College of Art academics have provided their ‘key texts’ for those dipping toes into the field of architectural history. We also have the pleasure of including a submission from the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship winner, which covers entirely new and foreign territory. Also, looking to the next generation of architects and architectural historians, we will be taking a closer look at the Scottish university degree shows.

Since the last issue, it has not been all work and no play. The annual Spring Study Tour took place this May and was a great success for everyone involved once again. You can learn more about it in our members’ review on page 38.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Spring Magazine 2012

University Library, University of Aberdeen

magazine-s12
Download

As ever, the magazine aims to present a snap-shot of the historic built environment, as well as to share the activities and news of our Regional Groups and Cases Panels with all of our Society’s members.  In this issue, I’m pleased to welcome Barbara Cummins, Director of Heritage Management at Historic Scotland, as she discusses Historic Scotland’s changing relationship with local authority planning departments in the ‘Talking Point’.
The Spring 2012 issue also includes a tribute to Isi Metstein who died in January 2012; an update on the Maryhill Burgh Halls project; a report on the restoration of an intarsia panel at Mansfield Traquair Centre; and an overview of the history of the Union Terrace Gardens site in Aberdeen.  There is also a ‘One-Minute Memory from Simon Green, President AHSS, of his 18 months spent house-sitting the Glasite Meeting House following the retirement of its housekeeper.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Autumn Magazine 2011

Scotland’s New Parliament Building, Edinburgh

magazine-a11
Download

One story that has hit the headlines recently is the controversy surrounding the Egyptian Halls in Glasgow.  Read our ‘View from the Chair’ for more on the Society’s perspective on the matter.  There are also reports on the restoration of the White House, an art deco roadhouse in Craigmillar returned to its former glory; on a project to record digitally, by laser scanner, the natural landscape, built dwellings and archeological remains of St Kilda.  This edition’s ‘Talking Point’, by Malcolm Fraser, is a discussion of regeneration versus new build, with particular regard to the VAT regime.  Other highlights include author Alexander McCall Smith’s favourite building; and critic Willie Miller’s look at the new Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

 If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Spring Magazine 2011

Have a read of ‘Buildings at Risk in Difficult Times’

magazine-s11
Download

Highlights of the Spring 2011 edition include a behind the scenes look at carpet conservation at Dumfries House; a Talking Point article about buildings on the At Risk register; a report on the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland; an article on the winning design for the V&A Dundee.  There are also the regular features of reports on case work of the regional groups; and Ruth Macdougall’s ‘Favourite Building’.

If you would like to purchase a copy please get in touch.

BACK

Autumn Magazine 2010

Our Lady and St Finnan Roman Catholic Church

magazine-a10
Download

Highlights of the Autumn 2010 edition include an update from Historic Scotland’s Listing and Policy Team; a report on the major restoration project being undertaken at Maryhill Burgh Halls in Glasgow; a history of the Picture House in Campbeltown and a report on the rescue of Belmont House, a Georgian house on Unst (Shetland) which won the Georgian Group award in 2007 for the best country house restoration in Britain.

We’re pleased to welcome Craig Stirrat, who recently joined BEFS as Director – he shares his thoughts on the history of our rail network and its impact on the shaping of places, in this issue’s ‘Talking Point’.  A familiar face in a new role, Elizabeth McCrone, the new Head of Listing at Historic Scotland, introduces us to her Favourite Building(s).  Also in this issue, Peter Burman, Director of the Glasite Meeting House Trust, shares the latest news from the Trustees regarding the future of the Meeting House.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK

Spring Magazine 2010

St Benedict’s Chapel, Sumvitg, Switzerland

magazine-s10
Download

Highlights of the Spring 2010 edition include an illustrated ‘Talking Point’ article about what constitutes ‘good’ modern development in historic settings; an examination of how the pioneering RCAHMS building survey programmes, begun in the mid-1980s, paved the way for a re-evaluation of Scotland’s post-war architectural heritage; a report from the Conservation and Maintenance Team on the conservation of Edinburgh Castle’s 15th century siege gun, Mons Meg; and an update on the redecoration of the Glasite Meeting House Feast Room.  There is also a tribute to Eleanor Robertson, AHSS founder, who died in December 2009.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy please get in touch.

BACK