We have five projects on site. By far the biggest is social housing for Hillcrest Housing Association on the site of the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The four cores are almost complete. In Belfast, our joint project with RPP Architects for postgraduate housing for Queens University continues and the main building work is now complete. At Coatbridge College the steelwork is about to be erected. Meanwhile a start on site has been made for a new house at Strathaven airfieldand the steel frame has been erected within a single week! This project is due to be broadcast on the Channel 4 Grand Designs programme. And finally work at Ivybank House, Dirleton continues with a completion later this summer.
NEW IMAGES FOR THE HAYMARKET PROPOSALS
Our client Tiger Developments have commissioned new 3D imagery for marketing purposes and these have been included in the webpage. The project received planning permission at the end of last year.
DUNFERMLINE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
After a pause from our point of view, the remaining design team members have been appointed, a project board has been set up and design work is expected to re-start in earnest in late Summer.
Readers will already know that the practice was awarded two RIBA Awards this year; one for our housing at Newhall Essex and the other for the design of two mental health and dementia centres (24 bed and 18 bed units) at Stratheden hospital in Fife. This brings our total number of RIBA awards to 19 in our nineteenth year! Meanwhile our new British High Commission was highly commended for the Bawa Award in Sri Lanka (the Sri Lankan equivalent of the Stirling Prize) against seven buildings from Sri Lankan practices.
The RIBA Journal devoted six pages to our two projects for Fife NHS at Stratheden in a special edition focussing on care for the elderly. In her article, Penny Lewis concluded, “Murphy’s practice excels at judging the appropriate scale. There is a certain tailored quality to its buildings (particularly the housing) which one might associate with Le Corbusier or Stirling, a sensitivity to how small or large a space needs to be……In the spirit of celebrating age and experience, the wealth of experience of architects like Murphy that have a track record in producing really good homes needs to be given the weight it deserves.”
The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka devoted a major article to the new British High Commission under the tile “Stone walls Belie welcoming interior". http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110626/Plus/plus_10.html
The practice's exhibit in the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition elicited much interest not least for the presence of live fish in the 1:25 part model of the British High Commission in Colombo. Tim Cornwell in the Scotsman diary wrote, “The irrepressible Murphy is never short of ideas….but the fish take innovation to a new level”
Richard attended a reception at Holyrood House for the fifteenth anniversary of the Maggie’s Centre movement. The charity’s President, the Duchess of Cornwall met Richard for the second time; she opened our Podiatry Centre at the University of East London five years ago. Graeme Armet and Brian Tobin attended a ceremony in Dundee for the presentation of our RIBA award for Stratheden and Richard will be doing the same at the end of September at a dinner organised by the Eastern Region of the RIBA in Cambrdge for the RIBA award for Newhall housing in Harlow. He has also been asked to contribute to a conference on dementia care organised by the Scottish Government’s Social Care and Social Work Improvement Unit, arising from our work at Stratheden hospital.
We have signed a contract with Black Dog publishing to produce a new monograph on the practice. The publication will be 304 pages, full colour with a publication date of June 2012.
Readers might be interested to know that Richard has climbed to new heights recently. Literally, as he flew his microlight G-RIBA to the Venice Biennale and on the way home flew over Mont Blanc at 16200ft! Here are four photographs from the trip taken by Gordon Douglas in the adjacent plane G-CGAZ: G-RIBA piloted by Richard can be seen alongside the Carrara marble quarries, in general Alpine scenery, as well as views of Venice and the summit of Mont Blanc.