HM Lunch Club : Decade of Choice by Craig Heap

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This week's Lunch Club in aid of our chosen charity, The Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, served up a Super 70's Taste Sensation with a musical theme accompanied by some appropriately retro computer games!

A classic cheese and onion hedgehog took centre stage!


St John's Primary School 'sod cutting' by Craig Heap


Holmes Miller is delighted to see work is now well underway at the new St John's Primary School for The City of Edinburgh Council after the 'sod cutting' attended by staff and pupils of the existing school and the Education Convener, Councillor Ian Perry.

Munro Challenge | Thank You by Ryan Holmes

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Taking advantage of the wonderful weather on Friday the Holmes Miller team exceeded our challenge of bagging '24 Munro's in 24 Hours'.  Due to a bit of over zealousness or poor map reading (not sure which) we actually managed to stand on top of the following 25 Munros:

  • Ben Vorlich
  • Stuc Chroin
  • Gael-charn
  • A'Mharconaich
  • Carn an Tuirc
  • Cairn of Claise
  • Glas Maol
  • Creag Leacach
  • Ben Vane
  • Beinn Udlamain
  • Sgairneach Mhor
  • Ben Lomond
  • Carn Aosda
  • Carn nan Sac
  • Carn a' Ghoidh
  • The Cairnwell
  • Beinn Ghlas
  • Ben Lawers
  • An Casteal
  • Beinn a'Chroin
  • Beinn Dorain
  • Beinn an Dothaidh
  • Bidean na Bian
  • Stob Coire Sgreamach
  • Ben Chonzie

For many in the office this was the first time they have ventured out into the Scottish Mountains, let alone bag a Munro or 2 or 3. The weather and stunning views from all peaks made this a truly memorable experience and one that will hopefully have encouraged a few staff to take up a new hobby.

Our thanks go out to the generosity of our clients, colleagues, family and friends who have supported the challenge through their kind donations.

If anyone still wishes to make a donation please do so on the following JustGiving link to support the Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre in Glasgow (via the University of Glasgow Trust), Holmes Miller selected Charity for 2017.


Residents move in to competition winning design by Craig Heap


New build housing development at Fencedyke consisting of 34 units built on a brownfield site for North Ayrshire Council officially opened by local Councillor.

The development features a mix of terrace blocks / detached properties comprising 2 storey units for mainstream tenants and single storey properties for ambulant disabled/ wheelchair users, all built in accordance with the Housing for Varying Needs guidelines.

The properties meet the Scottish governments greener homes standard / Building Regulations “Silver Standard” in respect of Carbon Emmissions and energy use due to the thermally efficient fabric and inclusion of sustainable features such as solar pv.

The project is also due to achieve an Ecohomes “very good” rating.

Contractor – Cruden
Engineer – Harley Haddow

Trip to the Caribbean by Craig Heap


Holmes Miller director Alasdair MacLean's work in the justice sector took him to the Caribbean again where he suffered in the heat and sun on the island of Barbados supporting the local team working on the new prison to be built on St Kitts and Nevis.

HM Munro Challenge by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller is delighted to be supporting Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre in Glasgow (via the University of Glasgow Trust) as our selected Charity in 2017.

In support of the charity our entire office will be pulling on their walking boots, crampons and waterproof jackets as we head out in to the Scottish Mountains on Friday 1st September and seek to bag ‘24 Munros in 24 Hours’.

To make the blisters and weary legs worthwhile we would be very grateful for your support, encouragement and any charitable donations that you can offer.  Donations, large or small, can be made via the attached link.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to University Of Glasgow Trust and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

See the attached link to learn more about the excellent work undertaken by the Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre in Glasgow.

Thank you for your support!

Holmes Miller

Oatlands Regeneration by Ryan Canning

Holmes Miller submitted details of the last Phase of Oatlands Regeneration to Glasgow City Council in a Matters Specified in Conditions application on 17 February. The application includes 320 flats and the refurbishment of Richmond Park, which includes a new Model Boat Clubhouse. This Phase takes the development up to Shawfield Junction and forms a gateway landmark at the east end of the new community

Celtic Park Hotel by Ryan Canning

Holmes Miller is delighted to be appointed by Celtic Football Club as architect for the design of a proposed hotel, museum and retail store development at Celtic Park.

A proposal of application notice has been submitted to Glasgow City Council as part of Celtic’s long-standing masterplan for the area which aims to deliver benefit to the Club and supporters, while further regenerating the East End of Glasgow.

Planning Approval for NE Campus by Ryan Canning

Holmes Miller are delighted to confirm Planning Permission has been granted for North East Campus Primary School, Dundee. 

The project, that brings together 3 existing schools and 2 nurseries in a modern campus, is being procured via the SCAPE Framework with Robertson Construction.

Olympia Leisure Centre, Belfast by Ryan Canning

The £21.75 million Olympia Leisure Centre Belfast was officially opened on Tuesday 24th January 2017. The leisure centre which shares the roof with the west stand at Windsor Park Stadium offers modern and advanced leisure facilities including a 25m pool and learner pool; 120 station fitness suite; 4-court sports hall; 3G pitch and the first luxury Day Spa inside a council centre.

Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston who opened the facility said: “This stunning state-of-the-art facility will help deliver our aim of improving the health and well-being of our city by providing a quality service that meets the needs of our communities.”

Hengqin International Exchange Square by Ryan Canning

Holmes Miller China was awarded 1st prize in the “Hengqin International Exchange Square Project” competition Zhuhai, China.

The project is being carried out by Zhuhai Huafa Urban Operation Holding Co. Ltd. and it is located on the Financial Island, Hengqin District, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province. It is a high profile seafront location viewed across the water from the Special Administrative Region of Macao.

This win is the product of HMC’s commitment to achieve architectural design which goes beyond the ordinary. It is an expression of the practice’s aim to explore and create outstanding works of architecture which fulfil client requirements with deeper artistic and philosophical ambition.

TransStadia Arena by Ryan Canning

Built by TransStadia in partnership, as a PPP, with the Gujarat government, the new Arena is the first multi-purpose sports arena in India. Its ability to host indoor events in the main hall and accommodate 20,000 spectators, in a 2 tier bowl stadium, covers the majority of the bases for major sporting and cultural events.

The EKA sports club covers all other areas with a 6 court main hall, squash courts, weights gym and a dramatic array of swimming pools on the roof terrace. The more restful pursuit are not forgotten, with 3 major restaurants, a children’s nursery, cardroom and exclusive spa completing the offer.

To cater for this within the city centre it has been necessary to have major parking provision on site. This is located on 2 floors that sit directly below the grass pitch, with direct access to the facilities above.

As a major part of the urban fabric it was also important to add to the perimeter of the stadium at street level. For this there is provision of high quality retail to the street and a food court and public plaza that will also serve the stadium.

This multi-use building sets the standards high for any other Arena that wants to knit into the fabric of the culturally diverse and booming city scapes in India, and abroad.

Harris Academy officially opens by Ryan Canning

Harris Academy in Dundee was officially opened by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP on Thursday, following a ceremony by pupils and staff to celebrate the schools return to their Perth Road site.

The building was delivered in partnership with hub East Central, and was highly commended by Dundee Institute of Architects at the 2016 Design Awards earlier this year.