Celtic FC announce re-development plans by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller are delighted to be working with Celtic Football Club on their exciting major re-development at Barrowfield Training Centre in Glasgow.

The re-development includes one of the largest indoor football arenas in Scotland, a FIFA approved full sized artificial pitch, state of the art gymnasium, parking and changing facilities.

Celtic FC press statement

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup… by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller is delighted to be a sponsor of Glasgow City FC and pass on our best wishes to  Lee Alexander, Nicola Docherty, Hayley Lauder, Leanne Crichton, Jo Love and all other players representing Scotland in the upcoming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

We look forward to watching and cheering on Scotland, in their first football World Cup since 1998, particularly the opening fixture against England on Sunday 9th June.

Link to Scottish FA squad announcement

#BonneChanceEcosse

East Dunbartonshire Early Years by Craig Heap

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Planning Applications registered for 3 new centres

Holmes Miller, working in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council and hubWest Scotland, has submitted planning applications for 3 new early years facilities, within Bearsden, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch, which truly embrace the opportunity to provide the optimum setting for pre-school children.

Founded on the Scottish Government’s ‘Space to Grow’ document, which encourages strong links with outdoor learning, and the creation of buildings that encourage self-development, self-confidence and promote exploration and discovery, these new facilities eschew the notion of a traditional playroom, and offer a dynamic educational setting for infants.

Whilst fully aligning with the space standards depicted by the Care Inspectorate, the indoor spaces are complemented with an extensive, multi levelled and sheltered courtyard space, that offers a seamless transition from indoor, to outdoors, and ensures children can enjoy an open and natural setting throughout the calendar year. Discovery is encouraged through provision of ramps and slides, that allows pupils to access a first floor terrace and experience the playspaces from above, whilst a ground level courtyard finished with a variety of textures, surfaces and materials creates a canvas for learning and creativity.

The approach endorsed by East Dunbartonshire Council in commissioning these buildings, truly places the pupil experience at the forefront, with a conscious effort made to reduce the area assigned to ancillary spaces and servicing, to maximise the investment for the benefit of learning. The result is a solution that reduces internal spaces where practicable, to allow a 200% increase in the amount of covered playspace that can be offered for children.

Each site, whilst utilising a similar building design solution, marries to suit the context and mature landscape setting available in each location. External spaces will not be overly designed, but will offer staff and pupils the opportunity to craft their own pre-school setting, with natural features, opportunities for water play and construction activities all encouraged without being over-thought or predetermined.

We are incredibly excited to see these projects develop towards the final solution, and submission of the planning applications forms a significant milestone in making these highly innovative buildings a reality.

Well done Ju Li by Craig Heap

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Huge congratulations to Holmes Miller Director, Ju Li, who finished 6th woman in the recent ‘2019 International Enterprise Tengger Desert Hike Challenge’.

We are recruiting by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller is seeking applications from talented, enthusiastic and ambitious individuals to join our busy Glasgow studio to work on major projects in the UK and abroad. 

 The following positions are available:

  • Project Architects, with minimum 3 years post Part 3 qualification

  • Part 2 architectural graduates

  • Part 1 architectural graduates

  • Architectural Technicians

Positions may include opportunity to travel to our expanding studios in London and Guangzhou, where you will actively contribute to large scale design projects.

To be considered for these roles you will need excellent design, technical, and organisational skills as well as an appreciation and passion for architecture.  Proven ability with Sketch-Up, AutoCAD and Adobe Suite is essential with experience in Revit (essential for technician) and Rhino desirable.

Holmes Miller is a design-led practice, providing feasibility, planning and building design services to public and private clients in a number of key sectors; Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Justice, Residential, Sport & Leisure. Our geographic spread extends throughout UK and internationally with projects in China, USA and India.

We offer excellent working conditions from our Glasgow studio.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Part 2 Graduate position may lead to Part 3 Qualification sponsorship with opportunity for career advancement.

Immediate availability is preferred, but not essential.  All successful candidates must be able to provide proof of your eligibility to work without restriction in the UK.

Holmes Miller is an equal opportunities employer, recruiting in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date CV and portfolio with a cover letter stating your availability and salary expectations to glasgow@holmesmiller.com

Charity events for 2019 by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller are taking part in a variety of events across 2019 to raise money for Revive MS Support, a charity based in Glasgow that provides vital therapy, advice and support to people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the heart of communities across the West of Scotland in order to enhance their well-being and empower them to live full and productive lives.

Our main fundraising events are three office wide physical challenges:

The Kilt Walk – Sunday 28th April 2019

https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/

The famous Kilt Walk is a fun yet challenging walk through some of Scotland most scenic areas with staff taking part in both the ‘Mighty Stride’ 24 miles from Glasgow Green to Balloch Country Park and the ‘Big Stroll’ 15 miles from Clydebank to Balloch Country Park.

The Great Glencoe Challenge – Saturday 6th July 2019

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Billed as Scotland’s toughest trekathon, staff are taking on the 26 mile route through the glen, over the Devils Staircase through the Lairig Mor (the Big Pass) to the base of Ben Nevis.

ETAPE Caledonia – Sunday 19th May 2019

https://www.etapecaledonia.co.uk/

For our keen cyclists there is 85 Miles of closed road cycling beginning and concluding in Pitlochry.  The course consists of rolling hills and forest roads around Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, combined with the 1,083m climb of Mt Schiehallion.

To make efforts 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 following link.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/holmes-miller2

Just giving sends your donations straight to Revive MS and automatically claims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

If you wish to donate specifically to the Kilt Walk then you can do so via the link below, donations are topped up by 40% by the ‘Hunter Foundation’.

https://glasgowkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/holmes-miller-ltd

Thank you for your support

Holmes Miller

Inspiring career direction by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller’s Joyce Yazbeck recently visited the secondary school she had attended in East London to give a talk about a career in Architecture to a group of students, some of which were starting their GCSEs and some of which were studying for their A levels.

The presentation centred on her journey from undergraduate education through to the projects she is currently working on at Holmes Miller. The students were thoroughly enthused about the presentation and had a variety of questions ranging from how to prepare a portfolio for university to understanding Joyce’s day to day activity including how much engagement she had in large projects.

After the talk, Joyce was invited to help out with an after school STEM club, who were in the midst of building go-karts. The whole afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding for both Joyce and the students who have been given an exciting overview of careers in Architecture and have hopefully been inspired in their future career direction!

Practice Announcement by Craig Heap

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A message from our Managing Director, Callum Houston :

In recognition of our strong Holmes Miller team, I am delighted to announce that Craig Heap and Mark Ellson have taken on the position of Equity Directors from 01 April 2019.

With almost 40 years combined experience at Holmes Miller, Craig and Mark espouse our Practice values and commitment to high quality design.

As 4th Generation owners, they will play a major part in driving the business forward, in the years and decades to come, working collaboratively with clients old and new, from our design studios in Glasgow, Guangzhou and London.

Our Senior team is further strengthened with the appointment of Ju Li and Ryan Holmes as Directors.

Unfortunately, I must also announce the departure of Allan Quinn from the Practice. Having worked with Allan for the past 25 years I am sad to see a strong leader and friend leave the business. Allan leaves with the full support, and slight envy, of everyone at Holmes Miller as he starts a new adventure in his life, outside the construction industry.

Callum Houston

Managing Director

C'mon Scotland by Craig Heap

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Hopefully the new changing rooms will come good today!

In this short video Gregor Townsend explains some of the ideas behind the design and how these will benefit the team and hopefully inspire a great victory for Scotland.

Holmes Miller worked closely with the Scottish Rugby Union to achieve the vision for a bright, vibrant and robust space utilising the SRU colour palette of blue, grey and purple in the materials. Setting the seats out in a seamless u-shape encourages interaction which is enhanced by the integration of state of the art technology to facilitate instant feedback and make discussions on tactics and strategy more visual.

A combination of high quality materials, including solid surface, glass, stainless steel and faux leather, create an appropriate atmosphere which is personalised with embroidered seating pads and etched shower valve plates.

LED lighting and scene setting plays a vital role in creating the appropriate mood in the changing rooms as well as highlighting key features such as the player’s shirts, numbers and heritage panels.

C’mon Scotland!

Broomhills Primary School Planning Approval by Craig Heap

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We are delighted to announce this exciting project has received Planning Approval.  Following in the footsteps of the successful St John’s Primary school completed in August 2018, the new Broomhills Primary School, which is being procured through City of Edinburgh Consultant and Contractor Frameworks, will be located within the new Heritage Grange residential development in the south side of Edinburgh.

The undulating quality of the Pentlands Hills was a great source of inspiration for the design of the building. The design of the façade echoes the silhouette created by the summits and by simply extruding this profile the rest of the building is formed. This school façade acts as the civic front to the new park as well as a focal point at the heart of this new community.

Planning approval for 21 luxury flats by Craig Heap

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We received the fantastic news that our proposed restoration, conversion and upgrading of 7 townhouses into 21 luxury flats in the popular Shawlands area was unanimously approved by GCC’s Planning Committee.

Our client, Kelvin Properties, proposes to reconfigure each original townhouse to provide a maisonette at ground and basement level, a flat at first floor level, and a maisonette at second and third floors. The scheme will also provide 21 private off-street car parking spaces within a high quality landscaped amenity garden.

Planning Approval for Section 75 School by Craig Heap

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We are pleased to receive planning approval for a new build primary school for BAE Systems at Dargavel Village.

The 2 stream primary school is a Section 75 obligation as part of BAE’s masterplan for transforming the former Royal Ordnance Factory site into a thriving community with around 4000 homes.  

Working closely with BAE Systems as developer and CASS Associates as Masterplanners and Planning consultants, our role initially required us to develop the school brief to satisfy the Section 75 agreement and meet education planning legislation.  A series of design workshops with Renfrewshire Council allowed the design concept to be refined to satisfy the needs of both BAE Systems, as developer, and Renfrewshire Council, as end user.

The school is due to be handed over to Renfrewshire Council in 2021.

Stadium of the Year: Meet the Juror – Robert Kennedy by Craig Heap

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Robert Kennedy has been invited as one of three jurors to evaluate the Stadium of the Year vote presented by StadiumDB.com.

Working on his first stadium project in 1992, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, for the Scottish Rugby Union, Robert has constructed almost 500,000 seats in the UK and abroad including the RICOH Arena in Coventry, King Power Stadium in Leicester and the aforementioned Murrayfield Stadium, which at 67,500 capacity is the largest for the practice so far.

The market has changed and the practice has been successful overseas with the completion of the Ahmedabad Arena in Gujarat, India and the design of a soccer tournament hub in New Jersey, USA.

This international market will be a focus in the coming years whilst still servicing work close to home, as proven by redevelopment of the iconic Meadowbank in Edinburgh.

StadiumDB.com news item

Milestone for Paisley Town Hall Redevelopment by Craig Heap

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Our work to transform Paisley Town Hall into one of the West of Scotland’s landmark entertainment venues has reached a significant milestone with the submission of a Planning Application and Listed Building Consent.

We have worked closely with the Client team at Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure to embrace their aspirations and develop designs to breath new life into the fantastic A-Listed Victorian Town Hall.  

Some of the key features include increased capacity in the main hall, new cafe bar, new dance studio, new venue-within-a-venue,  significant improvements to audience experience and full replacement of mechanical and electrical equipment.

The work to the Town Hall is part of Renfrewshire Council’s exciting regeneration programme that seeks to utilise the fantastic built heritage as a catalyst to increase footfall back to the high street and discover all Paisley has to offer.

The project is being delivered through hub West Scotland.

Renfrewshire Council press release

Ten things the revamp means to you

Kent Road Planning Approval by Craig Heap

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We were delighted to hear Planning permission has been granted by GCC Planning Committee for a proposed residential development offering 20 units for private sale on a tight urban site in Kent Road adjacent to Charing Cross for our client, Kelvin Properties.

Following lengthy pre-application discussions with GCC’s planning department on matters such as massing and scale, Holmes Miller were able to secure the approval with a reduced parking provision for developments outwith the City Centre.

The original proposal was to provide 4 private vehicle parking spaces, however following concerns raised by Councillors the layout was amended to increase this provision to 6. The Councillors on the planning committee heard that although council parking policy states that, outwith the City Centre, there should be one allocated space per dwelling unit for residents and an additional 0.25 unallocated space per dwelling for visitors, it “recognises that there may be circumstances where this level of provision is not possible or undesirable.”

In the case of our development, it was deemed by GCC that the policy could be relaxed as it was justified against criteria including place-making, townscape and design requirements, house size and type and due to the fact the site has a high accessibility to public transport.

Let the games begin....... Rugby League World Cup 2021 by Ryan Holmes

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Five Holmes Miller designed stadiums have been chosen today to be hosts for the Rugby League World Cup England 2021.

  • Stadium for West Cumbria in Workington will host 3 men’s group games.

  • York Community Stadium will host a women’s group game and both women’s semi-finals.

  • Ricoh Arena in Coventry will host 1 men’s group game.

  • KCOM stadium in Hull will host 1 men’s group game and 1 men’s quarter final.

  • Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough will host 1 men’s group game.

York Stadium is currently under construction while Stadium for West Cumbria has just been submitted for planning.  This is great news for Allerdale Borough Council and City of York Council for having the vision to develop these venues.

York Community Stadium is due to open in late 2019, while the Stadium for West Cumbria is due to open in the spring of 2021.

Both venues will provide community and sporting legacy well beyond the World Cup.

..99 and 100 by Craig Heap

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Good news to start the New Year with the pupils from Ladyloan Primary School and Muirfield Primary School in Arbroath moving into their new schools on 8 January 2019.

These openings represent a significant milestone as they are the 99th and 100th new schools to be built in Scotland’s £1.8 billion Schools for the Future Programme, managed by the Scottish Futures Trust. A fantastic effort by everyone involved with the continuing development of School facilities in Scotland.

These schools for Angus Council were delivered by Robertson Construction through hub East Central Scotland.

Link to Angus Council news item

Meadowbank Sports Centre by Craig Heap

We are excited to share a video showcasing our design for the new Meadowbank Sports Centre for the City of Edinburgh Council.

The new stadium replaces the existing Meadowbank complex, originally constructed in 1968. It retains the existing running track which is an important link to historic events including the Commonwealth Games of 1970 and 1986 and to the many significant moments in the history of Scottish Athletics.

The design comprises an extensive range of internal and external sports facilities including indoor athletics hall, multi-use sports halls, fitness suite and studios, halls for Gymnastics & Martial Arts, Squash Courts and external athletics track, throws area, two synthetic pitches and spectator stand.

Graham Construction has been appointed as contractor by the City of Edinburgh Council for the construction of Meadowbank Sports Centre. Holmes Miller are Architects, working with Graham Construction, alongside Aecom and RSP to deliver this exciting project.

Works are due to start in January 2019, with the new facility scheduled to open in 2020.