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PLANNING APPROVAL FOR MUSSELBURGH PROJECT

We are pleased to announce that our Planning Application for a residential development in Musselburgh has been approved by East Lothian Council. The development, for Dundas Estates, provides a total of 140 units overlooking the River Esk, and includes an element of affordable housing.

We look forward to taking this project to site, following on from the successful recent completion of residential projects at Ellersly House, Varcity and Woodcroft.
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151 GEORGE STREET COMPLETES

MLA have recently completed 151 George Street in Glasgow, a student residential development for K R Developments.

What was the Turnbull Building, originally a tobacco warehouse and, more recently, offices for Strathclyde University, has been sympathetically transformed to provide 87 studio apartments and a 2 bedroom apartment along with a gym, laundry, cinema, communal break out facilities and cycle storage. Keeping the traditional sandstone frontage, the interior was completely re-configured and a new two storey contemporary addition added to the roof to provide extra space.

This project adds to MLA’s growing experience of student residential projects, following on from the RIBA Stirling Prize nominated CoGC Riverside Campus, Canal Point in Fountainbridge and a multitude of feasibility studies and conceptual designs.
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KPMG GLASGOW

MLA were commissioned by KPMG to design their new Glasgow office space on the top three floors of St Vincent Plaza. The largely open plan nature of the design responds to KPMG’s brief by creating a memorable client space with an internal connecting stair and as a whole the fit out embraces the breathtaking views the building has over the city, Mackintosh’s Art School and the River Clyde.

CLIENT:KPMG
LOCATION:St Vincent Plaza, Glasgow
SIZE:40,000 sqft
PHOTOGRAPHY:David Barbour
AWARDS:BCO Awards 2017: Regional Award Winner - Fit Out of Workplace
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INEOS HQ, GRANGEMOUTH

Completed in 2016, this new HQ building provides four floors of Grade A office accommodation accessed via an impressive full height entrance atrium space with ‘floating’ helical staircase.

A 3,000sq.ft external utility building supports office operations and includes staff showers and secure cycle storage.

The new HQ building sets an architectural precedent for the future growth of the plant and now houses the majority of INEOS’s staff in Grangemouth.

LOCATION:Grangemouth, Stirlingshire
CLIENT:INEOS Olefins & Polymers (O&P) UK Ltd
SIZE:7.156m2 GIFA
PHOTOGRAPHY:David Barbour
AWARDS:Scottish Property Awards 2017: Winner - Architectural Excellence Award (Commercial)
BCO Awards 2017: Regional Winner - Corporate Workplace
RICS Scotland Awards 2017: Winner - Commercial
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WOODCROFT RESIDENTIAL

MLA are on site with this residential development of 3 apartment blocks and 24 townhouses on the site of an old BT Telephone Exchange in Morningside, Edinburgh. High quality finishes and landscaping with new trees and pedestrian routes creates a more contextually appropriate typology for the site. First Phases are now complete, with final phases due for completion in early 2017.

CLIENT:Cruden Homes (East) Ltd.
LOCATION:Morningside, Edinburgh
PHOTOGRAPHS:Alan McAteer
AWARDS:Homes for Scotland Awards 2016: Winner - Best Private Development - Medium
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RIBA STIRLING PRIZE 2017

MLA are delighted that their City Campus project for the City of Glasgow College has been shortlisted to the last six for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2017. Following immediately from the shortlisting in 2016 for the College’s Riverside Campus this is a tremendous accolade for the practice and a tribute to the hard work and talent of the design team.

The project was designed and delivered by an architectural collaboration between MLA and Reiach and Hall Architects with Graven providing significant contribution to the interior design. Delivered through the SFT’s NPD procurement process this project shows that great architecture can be produced on a limited budget in extremely tight timescales. The project was delivered by a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and FES and the engineering was designed by ARUP and Hulley and Kirkwood. Rankin Fraser were the landscape architects.

Great credit goes to the City of Glasgow College for their vision and strength of purpose in procuring a pair of college buildings that not only signal their ambition but also provide a significant contribution to Glasgow’s architectural fabric.

The award winner will be announced on 31st October 2017.

The RIBA judges said:

‘There is an astonishing scale and complexity to the brief for this project and considerable architectural skill is demonstrated in its realisation; not just in resolving the brief, but in the contribution to the city – in massing, composition and the generosity of the public route through the grand stepped atrium space. This architectural skill extends beyond the cityscape through to the detailed care taken in the organisation of student spaces, encouraging social interaction across disciplines, to the considered approach to materials and detailing.’

Ollie Wainwright of the Guardian said:

‘Arranged around a vast atrium and an external courtyard, with a high street frontage and a big public staircase spilling on to a planned park, this gleaming temple to practical skills has the noble civic presence worthy of a small national parliament.’

‘A project of mind-boggling complexity and astonishing ingenuity, this city centre campus – previously scattered across 11 buildings – brings innumerable different departments (each with hugely demanding technical requirements) together for the first time, allowing new collaborations between students and staff. These unwieldy, contractor-led, public-private financed projects too often result in grim sheds, but this project – together with its Riverside cousin, shortlisted last year – shows how they can be generously designed, finely built and stand with a civic presence. It is a testament to a client with real vision’
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JUNE AWARDS FOR MLA

We are very proud that City Campus for the City of Glasgow College, delivered in collaboration with Sir Robert McAlpine, Reiach and Hall and Graven, took home the AJ100 Building of the Year Award. This is an incredible achievement – there was a very high standard of buildings that made the shortlist and the award and the judge’s recognition of the building’s contribution to Scottish and National Architecture is a great reward for the team’s hard work, congratulations to the College and all involved.

City Campus also received both an RIAS Award and an RIBA National Award. The RIBA National Awards are given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture. At the RIAS Awards, City was included in a list of 12 which were deemed to represent “the very best of current Scottish architecture”.

Our Dalkeith Corn Exchange also took home an RIAS Special Award – The Historic Environment Scotland Award for Conservation and Climate Change. This award highlights examples of best practise in building conservation that embrace sustainability and supports the growth of traditional skills and trades, and local supply chain. We are delighted that our hard work and dedication to this historic building has been recognised with this award.

Congratulations to all involved!
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MLA CHARITY EVENT 2017

On Saturday 3rd June, MLA undertook an office wide running challenge ‘Locks, socks & two smoking trainers, The MLA 100K’. A team of 33 runners ran in relay teams from Bowling in Dunbartonshire to Lochrin Basin in Edinburgh along the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, a 63.5 mile (100k!) route with a combined total distance of 312 miles.

Although it was a very early start, some amazing organisation and our fantastic support crews made sure the day ran smoothly and it was a memorable way for us all to raise money for three charities that have a special meaning to many of us at MLA and no doubt to many others as well:

Macmillan (https://www.macmillan.org.uk)
Parkinson’s UK (https://www.parkinsons.org.uk)
The Brain Tumour Charity (https://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/)
Our grateful thanks to everyone who has sponsored the team, helping us to smash our target of £4,500 which will be divided equally between the selected charities.

You can still donate online at our Virgin Giving page and any sponsorship is gratefully received :

http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MLA100K

Well done to all who took part and our thanks to all who have supported us!
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COGC: CITY CAMPUS

Working with Reiach & Hall, MLA have delivered the City Campus in tandem with the award winning Riverside Campus, and together they provide learning space for 40,000 students and 1,200 staff, with the City Campus focusing on sports and practical studies in a shared and stimulating learning environment.

LOCATION:Cathedral Street, Glasgow
CLIENT:Glasgow Learning Quarter / Sir Robert McAlpine
SIZE:80,000sqm
PHOTOGRAPHY:Keith Hunter
AWARDS:2017 Stirling Prize Shortlisting
RIBA National Award 2017
RIAS Award 2017
AJ100 Building of the Year Award 2017
Scottish Design Awards 2017: Winner - Education
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COGC: RIVERSIDE CAMPUS

Working with Reiach & Hall, MLA have delivered the multiple award winning Riverside Campus in tandem with the City Campus, and together they provide learning space for 40,000 students and 1,200 staff, with the Riverside Campus focusing on nautical & engineering studies alongside accommodation for 200 students.

LOCATION:Ballater Street, Glasgow
CLIENT:Glasgow Learning Quarter / Sir Robert MacAlpine
PHOTOGRAPHY:Edmund Sumner / Keith Hunter
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