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Welcome to the Spring 2015 Newsletter of Richard Murphy Architects

Welcome to the Spring 2015 Newsletter of Richard Murphy Architects


RIBA AWARD FOR OLD SEE HOUSE, BELFAST

Old See House wins RIBA award

We are delighted to have won our 20th RIBA Award for Old See House in Belfast, in association with RPP Architects. Old See House is a mental health facility which brings together three functions never before co-located - a consulting facility, a day centre and an eight bedroom short-stay residential section. Dr Michael McBride, Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said "it is truly an outstanding building and service, and an exemplar of a therapeutic environment. Public areas are well designed, offering openness yet privacy where required. Treatment rooms are light and airy, looking out onto landscaped courtyards, creating a peaceful setting for its users and staff."

CANDLERIGGS MIXED USE PROJECT SUBMITTED FOR PLANNING

Candleriggs Quarter

A planning application has been submitted for a £110m mixed use regeneration scheme at Candleriggs Quarter - seen by many as one of the last pieces of the Merchant City regeneration jigsaw. The proposal  for this new urban block creates extensive new public realm space, residential apartments, student accommodation, a boutique hotel and retail space.

The 1.49ha site has lain derelict following the closure of the Goldbergs store and was partly cleared of buildings last year to tidy up the area ready for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

SCIENCE FACULTY BUILDING RECEIVES APPROVAL AT ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY, EAST ROAD CAMPUS, CAMBRIDGE

Science faculty building receives approval at Anglia Ruskin University

Planning permission was granted in March for the Science Faculty Building at Anglia Ruskin University’s East Road Campus. Morgan Sindall has been appointed as contractor on the project. The £20m Science Faculty building brings together teaching, postgraduate and staff facilities for the different departments and includes a 304 seat lecture theatre and a 202 place ‘super laboratory’. This state of the art bioscience laboratory represents a new way of teaching science where several classes from different disciplines can be taught at the same time within one space.

RICHARD MURPHY'S HOUSE, HART STREET

Hart Street interior

Richard Murphy’s own house is arousing much interest. Already 'Urban Realm' reviewed it and 'Architecture Today' are planning a major article in their June edition. The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy offered 24 places on a guided tour in June  at £10 each (the money goes to Maggie's Centres) and they were sold out in 24 hours. A number of RSA Architect Academicians have visited the house and here are a few of their remarks:

Professor Robin Webster OBE wrote, "The house in Hart Street is a labour of love, beautifully detailed at a level of extraordinary intensity, with imaginative references to Carlo Scarpa, Richard MacCormac and others in what is clearly a masterwork. It is far above the level of architectural ambition aspired to in most projects.”

Professor Ric Russell OBE wrote, “I have to say it is an extraordinary feat to have accommodated so much commodity into a small urban gap site. Possibly the most memorable aspect is the intensity of "murphyisms" with every corner and detail interlocked composed and carefully controlled. A real three dimensional " tour de force."

Gareth Hoskins OBE wrote,” I visited the house recently and must say it is a tour de force in terms of a contemporary architect designed house - a real testament to the inventiveness and creativity that Richard brings to all of his projects.”

PERTH THEATRE TO BE SUBMITTED FOR PLANNING

Perth Theatre

A planning application will be submitted at the end of May for our project to renew and enhance the existing Edwardian Theatre in the centre of Perth. New performance, social and workshop spaces will be created, in addition to repairing and restoring the existing space.  Robertson/Amber Blue consortium have been appointed through the Hubco to take the project forward.

PLANNING APPROVED FOR MEWS HOUSING AT REDLANDS LANE, GLASGOW

Redlands lane planning approved

Planning permission has been granted for seven new mews style properties with private gardens to the rear at Lowther Terrace in Glasgow. The properties will face onto Redlands Lane, with a new private access road and new off-street parking for both the Mews development and the existing flats on Lowther Terrace. The project is anticipated to start on site in early 2016. 

NEWS OF PROJECTS ON SITE

EDINBURGH ACADEMY HOCKEY PAVILION COMPLETES ON SITE

Edinburgh Academy Hockey Pavilion completes

Our latest project for Edinburgh Academy  - the Hockey Pavilion has been completed and was handed over to the client on the 1st May.  The new Pavilion has been deliberately orientated on a North South axis on par with the tree line, with its long and low profile designed to minimise the visual impact on surrounding residential properties. The next project - the Rugby Pavilion - will now start on site. Sport has long been an integral feature of life at Edinburgh Academy, and these new buildings will achieve the client's aim to bring their sporting facilities up to the highest level.

THE BRITISH GOLF MUSEUM CAFE IN ST ANDREWS DUE FOR COMPLETION BEFORE THE OPEN

Golf Museum

Our project for the addition of a café to the British Golf Museum is progressing well on site and is due for completion at the end of May. The first floor café sits above the museum display, shop and reception with the majority of the 80 seats looking west towards the 1st tee and fairway.

The British Open will take place in St Andrews from 12-19 July 2015, and the cafe may well be visible in televised coverage as the backdrop to the 1st tee.

WORK AT ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY YOUNG STREET CAMPUS,CAMBRIDGE

Young Street

With 14 weeks remaining on site at Young Street the cranes and scaffolding are now down. This phase of construction, due for occupation in September 2015, will provide two additional buildings which includes a 200-seat lecture theatre, a café, seminar rooms, office space, the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) and extensive cycle parking. 

DUNFERMLINE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Dunfermline Museum and Gallery

Piling has just started on site in Dunfermline, and the existing B listed bank building has been hollowed out and is ready to accept the new insertion and extension.  

LECTURES

Richard was recently asked to lecture to the Icelandic Association of Architects. He also managed to co-ordinate his diary to lecture in the Faroe Islands during the week of the eclipse. 

The office welcomed engineering students from the Cork Institute of Technology to the office in March.  Richard talked to them about the work of the Practice and then accompanied them on a tour around some of our local buildings including his house at Hart Street.

The RSA Discourse will take place on the 19th May with Glenn Murcutt being introduced by Richard Murphy.

We are very excited to report that Richard has been invited to lead a workshop at the Università IUAV di Venezia’s annual architecture summer school in Venice between 29 June to 17 July, including a public lecture of our work.  Some of our other members of staff will also be attending as 'assistants'.  The school consists of 28 workshops and attended by some 1,800 students.

PRESS

The Candleriggs planning application was covered extensively in the architectural press, including the Architects Journal, BD, Project Scotland and Urban Realm. It was also covered in the press locally by the Evening Times and the Daily Record. 

STV covered the development at Donaldson's with quotes from both CALA and City & Country. Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country said “We believe this represents the best possible future for the site to safeguard this truly iconic building”, while David McGrath, managing director of CALA Homes (East) said: “This is a special site and our designs have been carefully shaped to fit the context of the setting. Our proposal celebrates this historic building, which is the site’s most impressive feature. Anyone living in our new apartments will enjoy the unique view of Donaldson’s every day.”

The Science Faculty building at Anglia Ruskin University was featured locally in the Cambridge News. In January Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "This investment will mean world-class teaching facilities to build tomorrow's skilled workforce."

The RIBA Award winners and shortlists have been covered by a number of news outlets: you can see the BBC news coverage of the RIBA NI winners here, and the RIAS shortlist, which includes our Ravelston Dykes project, here.

AND FINALLY...

Hart Street cake

Richard celebrated his 60th birthday in style, with a custom-made Hart Street cake (complete with Hiccup the dog) and the news of the 20th RIBA award win for the Practice.

 

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