Glasgow’s Tenement Tradition: Are we British or European? by Craig Heap


Holmes Miller Architect John Joseph Burns recently took part in a lively debate held by the Glasgow City Heritage Trust entitled ‘Glasgow’s Tenement Tradition: Are we British or European?’ as part of their City Talk series. He was an invited panelist along with an international group of speakers representing Glasgow School of Art, Historic Scotland, North of England Civic Trust and the Barcelona Institute of Urban Landscape.

John presented his own research of the historic significance and typological development of Glasgow Tenements and their similarities to those found on Continental Europe as opposed to the terrace housing predominant in English cities. Alongside this he also presented the work of the office in their continuing role contributing to the ‘New Tenements’ in areas such as the ‘New Gorbals’ and Oatlands and his own experience working on the recent Park Quadrant project located in the West End of Glasgow. The speakers provoked an interesting debate in the audience that touched on subjects ranging from maintenance and new build procurement to legal protection for tenants & homeowners and even the idea of Scottish identity.

HM complete works at Glasgow's SEC by Ryan Holmes


Holmes Miller Interior Design worked closely together with the team at the SEC to come up with the design brief for a missing 400 seater VIP conference suite within the SEC Exhibition Centre. The project involved the internal fit-out of an unused restaurant / meeting facility and adjacent mezzanine area on the first floor within the Scottish Exhibition Centre to create a new state of the art Meeting facility that would close this gap. The dark and outdated restaurant space is turned into a bright, open and exciting conference interior that compliments and lifts the look and feel of the SEC Meeting Academy.

Trip to the east....... by Ryan Holmes


Holmes Miller Associate Director, Ryan Holmes has newly returned from our growing Guangzhou office, where he was assisting the team bidding for a major mixed use development in Zhuhai, China.   

'The Arena' nominated for Stadium of the Year 2017 by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller’s ‘The Arena’ stadium Ahmedabad, has been nominated for Stadium of the Year 2017, the first ever from India in 8 years of the competition.

The Arena, by TransStadia, is India’s first convertible multi-purpose stadium – using a globally patented technology, which converts an outdoor stadium into an indoor arena within 6 minutes at a touch of a button..

The 20-000 seater state-of-the-art football stadium, (catering for 14 sports including volleyball, basketball, squash, table tennis & tennis, amongst others), can be converted to an air-conditioned 32,000 sq. ft. pillar-less multi-purpose indoor arena.  The venue also lays great emphasis on sustainable development through water conservation by rainwater harvesting, mist fire-fighting and zero waste water discharge with a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant and water treatment plant; decreasing load on water resources by reusing and recycling 100 per cent of used or treated water.

HM Lunch Club : Christmas by Craig Heap

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Our last Lunch Club of 2017 in aid of our chosen charity, The Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, had a Christmas theme to get us all in the mood for the festive period.

Santa and his elves served up a tasty menu,  including some lovely mulled wine, from Christmas Market stalls.

Watch this space to see which HM bay served up the best HM Lunch Club of the year!

Major Athletic Complex for Rowan University, USA by Craig Heap

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Our Sports team, led by Robert Kennedy and Ian Cooney, have been travelling back and forth to New Jersey, USA developing the design for a major athletic complex with Rowan University. 

Some positive news to end 2017 on with the announcement that The Rowan University Board of Trustees at its December 13 meeting approved a resolution to enter into a letter of intent with West Campus Fields (WCF) to lease nearly 300 acres to WCF for the development of a multi-sport athletic complex.  

“The Board’s vote demonstrates Rowan’s full commitment to the project,” said Ali A. Houshmand, president of Rowan University. “We are confident that WCF will be able to secure what it needs to make this project a great success. We look forward to sharing the specifics as the project progresses.” 

The University has been working closely with Elite Development Program (EDP), the lead partner in West Campus Fields, to develop the planned complex, which will include a 4,500-seat arena, an indoor training center, more than 50 athletic fields, artificial turf fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, outdoor track and field venues, a hotel and retail space. 

Steve Shilling, president of EDP, commented: “We are excited to be working with Rowan University and our development partners to build what we believe will be the best youth sports venue in the United States.”

The facilities are expected to draw 1.5 million visitors a year, primarily for youth sports tournaments and training. The complex also will be home to Rowan University Athletics.

The plan calls for the complex to be on Rowan’s West Campus, at the intersection of Routes 55 and 322 (Harrison and Mantua townships in Gloucester County), 2 miles from the University’s Glassboro campus. Site plans are still being developed, however. 

Rowan University began purchasing farmland at the intersection in 2002 and eventually assembled 600 acres, bisected evenly by Route 322. In 2008, Rowan opened the South Jersey Technology Park on the north side. The University sold approximately 100 acres south of Route 322 to Inspira Health Network in 2016 to build a regional hospital, which is under construction today.

HM big.print by Craig Heap

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Following the success of last year’s HMbig.draw, HM have been taking part in HMbig.print to try and raise money for the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at the University of Glasgow.

Each member of the HM team were tasked with creating a work of art inspired by or including the written word in a brief entitled ‘Word Up’.

If you wish to further support us in raising money for our nominated charity, and a print catches your eye, then we hope to sell each print for £10 (or your best offer!).

The prints are being displayed in the HM reception – so why not pop in for a wee look!

Thank you!

See all the images here.



A new era at Meadowbank by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller was sad to see that the historic Meadowbank Sports Centre, built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, was closed to the public on Sunday 3rd December 2017.

However, we are delighted to be working with The City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Leisure on the major redevelopment plans which will create a new sports centre on the same site and which is expected to open in 2020.

BBC news article on Meadowbank closure.

Inspiring the Next Generation by Craig Heap


Community engagement is one of the key objections in the design and delivery of new schools.

Through our work at the new build St Ninian's Primary School in Gourock for Inverclyde Council, currently being procured by hub West Scotland and constructed by CCG, our Project Architect, Jenny Fenwick, spent time in St Columba's High School inspiring the next generation.

Link to St Columba's twitter feed.


HM Lunch Club : Thanksgiving by Craig Heap


Today's Lunch Club in aid of our chosen charity, The Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research centre, has a Thanksgiving theme.

Embracing the theme, Bay 1 have rolled out the camper van, fired up the BBQ and chilled the beer!  

A big happy thanksgiving to all our friends in the US of A.

We're also celebrating the end of the stressful Part 3 exam this week, so it's a big well done to all our staff that now have more free time than they know what to do with.




Design for new International School by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller has been working with Merchiston Castle School over the course of the last 12 months, developing conceptual designs for a new International School that would see the renowned Edinburgh school established in Shenzhen, China. Holmes Miller has a long standing relationship with the school, having developed a masterplan and new building designs for their Colinton Campus over the past decade. Through our network of offices in Glasgow, London and Guangzhou however, we have been able to offer a tailored architectural service, developing the brief with our client in Edinburgh, meeting with the wider educational team in London, and facilitating design workshops and contractor meetings in China.

The design proposed, utilises an existing further education building in the rapidly developing city of Shenzhen, regenerating the redundant building to provide a state-of-the-art teaching facility that will cater for both primary and secondary age pupils. The school will provide education for both international and Chinese national students, offering a British education within a building designed to reflect both the ethos of Merchiston Castle School and the principals of a UK designed school.

Further buildings are suitably refurbished within the new campus, to provide boarding accommodation for 600 students, with ensuite bed spaces, common rooms, kitchen and dining areas and recreation space. The site is further enhanced through the provision of a new swimming pool pavilion, that will offer a 25m pool and associated changing areas. The roof of this new building will be landscaped and will connect to all of the buildings on site through elevated walkways. This allows pupils the opportunity to relax and socialise within tranquil surroundings , whilst segregating pupil and vehicular movement around the site.

The design is being led by Holmes Miller's Education Director, Mark Ellson, who has coordinated dedicated staff in both our Glasgow and Guanzghou offices to develop and communicate the key principals of the concept design. With the project now moving into Construction Phase, Mark will continue to support the school, offering design support as the project prepares for the official opening, scheduled for September 2018.

Article in today's Herald

Assisted living at Prestwick by Craig Heap


We are delighted to have secured Planning Approval for the McCarthy & Stone assisted living development at Links Road Prestwick on 16 November 2017.  The four storey building contains 69 independent living flats with common facilities including dining and kitchen.  

Douglas Jack, our Residential Lead, said "This is a fabulous site with views west across the Firth of Clyde with the silhouette of Arran in the background, and north and east to the beautiful Prestwick golf course.  We have designed an outward facing bookend to the Prestwick seafront, with generous windows and balconies opening to both views.  Great to see the planning permission granted."

Important milestone for York Community Stadium by Craig Heap

Construction is due to start on the Holmes Miller designed York Community Stadium and Leisure Complex before Christmas 2017, with all facilities operational in 2019.

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The complex, is an exciting public and private funded mixed-use destination for York. This unique joint development will provide a new 8,000 capacity home for York City Football Club and York City Knights RLFC. It will also offer a swimming pool, fitness and active play facilities, as well as a new community hub focused on providing health and wellbeing services for York residents and visitors. This landmark destination will provide a mix of community and commercial leisure uses for the city and beyond, which exceeds the Council’s original expectations.

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Alan Cadger, Director at Holmes Miller  “From a sporting perspective we hope once complete, the Community Stadium will become a ‘fortress’ for football and rugby and encourages both teams to more success. From a wider perspective we hope the City’s aspirations are met in terms of community use. Architecturally we hope the built environment inspires future generations to be involved in sport and leisure”.

The leisure complex will provide a 25-metre swimming pool complemented by a separate teaching pool and fun pool. The scheme will also provide a new sports hall facility with spectator viewing, a new fitness gym with dance and spin studios and an extreme adventure sports zone, all under the same roof. There will also be 3G pitches at the site.

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The community hub will provide bespoke facilities for longstanding partners to the project, including the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and York Libraries.

The commercial element, acting as gateway to the overall development, will deliver 35,000ft2 retail, 17,000ft2 restaurant and 13 screen cinema adjacent to the recently open Vangarde Shopping Park.

Planning Approval for Menzieshill Community Centre by Craig Heap


Our new Menzieshill Community Centre for Dundee City Council has received planning approval.

This exciting community project, the second phase of a wider Menzieshill masterplan developed by Holmes Miller, is being procured through the SCAPE Framework and will be delivered by Robertson Construction Tayside.

HM Lunch Club : Halloween by Craig Heap

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Our recent Lunch Club in aid of our chosen charity, The Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research centre, served up a ghostly feast.

Who knew you could carve so many facial expressions on a pepper!