BUCCLEUCH PROPERTY CHALLENGE 2018


ISA venture outdoors for Projekt 42

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BUCCLEUCH PROPERTY CHALLENGE 2018

We're proud to have taken part in this year's Buccleuch Property Challenge which saw £14,000 raised for Projekt 42, a brilliant social enterprise tackling poor mental health through health and wellbeing services. Our two teams - ISA and ISB - got around the course in 'respectable' times (no more on that) and we'll say a very diplomatic "it's the taking part that counts" with regards to which of our teams came in first. Well done all!

KINTORE HOUSE BECOMES MODE


Mode Edinburgh opens for business

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KINTORE HOUSE BECOMES MODE

Our project for Bridgestreet has come to fruition as MODE Edinburgh has opened its doors. The first MODE Aparthotel in the UK, there are 82 serviced apartments to choose from as well as a guest lounge and fitness suite.

SUNDAY TIMES BRITISH HOMES AWARDS


Stamford Hill Shortlisted

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SUNDAY TIMES BRITISH HOMES AWARDS

We're delighted that London project Stamford Hill, which ISA worked on with Stockwool, has been shortlisted for another award; in the Development of the Year (Up to 100 Homes) category of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. Winners will be announced in September.

GREAT JUNCTION STREET


Work starting soon

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GREAT JUNCTION STREET

Work will soon commence on the site of the former Art Deco cinema building on Great Junction Street. We submitted a planning application back in November on behalf of Glencairn Properties for 36 properties comprising of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with nine allocated for affordable housing. Included are plans to retain and refurbish the existing Grade B-listed foyer, and to demolish the warehouse to the rear. The development will be respectful of the existing architectural style, while the new extension will be designed with a positive contemporary approach and quality materials.

LANARK ROAD


Planning application

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LANARK ROAD

We have submitted a planning application on behalf of Thistle Property Group for a new residential development on the site of the Blue Goose Public House at Lanark Road in Colinton Dell.

Consisting of a mix of 25 one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with private terrace or balcony looking out onto the Water of Leith, the development will make full use of its unique setting combining river views with a dense woodland backdrop. The building’s form will make reference to the arches of the historic Union Canal Aqueduct, and will allow afternoon and evening sun into the living spaces.

SCOTTISH DESIGN AWARDS


Stamford Hill shortlisted

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SCOTTISH DESIGN AWARDS

We're thrilled that another ISA project, Stamford Hill, has been shortlisted for an award, this time in the Scottish Design Awards' Architecture: Affordable Housing category. We look forward to the winners being announced in August.

RESTAURANT & BAR AWARDS


The Lampery shortlisted in two categories

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RESTAURANT & BAR AWARDS

We’re delighted to announce that our project, The Lampery at Apex City of London hotel, has been shortlisted twice in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. The categories are ‘Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel’; and ‘Identity’, for the branding work of Hue & Cry.

See more at https://restaurantandbardesignawards.com/

EAA Commendation


Greenside awarded EAA Commendation

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EAA Commendation

We're pleased that the Greenside development at Blenheim Place has been awarded a Commendation in the Regeneration category in this years Edinburgh Architectural Association awards.

Kings Head Theatre, London


Planning Permission Granted

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Kings Head Theatre, London

We’re delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for our exciting new project: the famous Kings Head Theatre in London. Works will see the creation of a new 249 seat auditorium, 80 seat studio, and associated bar and actors’ facilities located within a larger mixed use development in Islington Square.

Greenside Wins BCO Award


Winner of Refurbished/Recycled Workspace

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Greenside Wins BCO Award

We are delighted to announce that Greenside has won a prestigious regional award in the Refurbished/Recycled Workspace category of the British Council for Offices Awards.

Located at 12 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh, and originally constructed in 1988, Greenside has been redeveloped into a contemporary multi-let environment, offering tenants the opportunity to customise their working environment. Congratulations to the whole team, in particular the Chris Stewart Group, on this fantastic achievement.

For more information on the awards see:
http://www.bco.org.uk/Awards/Winners/2018/Refurbished_Workplace_2018.aspx/

Roxburghe Hotel, Kelso


ISA team up with Dusseldorf's 12:18

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Roxburghe Hotel, Kelso

ISA are delighted to be working with Dusseldorf project developer 12:18 Investment Management, and Kitzig Interior Design, on the refurbishment and extension of Roxburghe Hotel in Kelso.

The project will create an 80 bedroom, five star luxury resort with destination restaurant, spa and wellbeing centre, conference and events facilities with PGA golf course, as well as the creation of 60 one- and two-bedroom lodges on the estate.

Wellbeing Presentation with Buro Happold


Designing Healthier, Happier & More Productive Spaces

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Wellbeing Presentation with Buro Happold

Industry leaders in 'wellbeing design', Buro Happold delivered a presentation titled ‘Designing Spaces & Places which are Healthier, Happier & More Productive’ to ISA and a selection of our clients.

“We spend our lives in and around buildings. The quality of the environment inside and out impacts our health and how we feel. In turn, our health and wellbeing impacts on our productivity. Is it time to assess if your buildings should make people feel great, help get the job done and enable businesses to thrive? [We] explore how, through an increasing understanding of the interrelationship between the built environment and human health, we are using evidence-informed design to deliver better outcomes for people, planet and profit”

Many thanks to Ian Stewart, Fergus Anderson and Sam Haston.

Getting In and Getting On with Architecture


ISA Director Graham Currie's article for The University of Edinburgh

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Getting In and Getting On with Architecture

ISA Director Graham Currie recently provided The University of Edinburgh with guidance for students on “Getting In and Getting On with Architecture” as part of the Creative and Cultural Careers Festival (CCCF) running from 5–9 March. Graham reflects on his 16 year career to date and talks about what students can expect when they graduate.

See the full feature at:
https://careersinformed.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/getting-in-and-getting-on-in-architecture/

Beneficial House


Planning Permission Granted

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Beneficial House

We have been granted planning permission to convert a redundant office building with links to Birmingham's Modernist heritage, to a 130 bedroom boutique hotel. This project will involve the restoration of the external envelope, and the creation of activity at street level through new retail, leisure and restaurant spaces.

ISA Director, Graham Currie, says:

“The Beneficial House project is an exciting opportunity to restore a really interesting modernist building. The site itself sits on a key access route into Birmingham city centre and is immediately adjacent to the Paradise Circus development which we are also working on.”

https://www.isarchitects.co.uk/projects/beneficial-house/

2017 Highlights


2017 was a great year for ISA

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2017 Highlights

2017 saw the completion of a number of significant projects for ISA, including the Apex City of Bath Hotel; refurbishment of the Apex City of London Hotel and Lampery Restaurant; refurbishment of Blenheim House and Randolph House offices, and phase two of Brunswick Road. Several projects started on site which we look forward to completing this year including a 395 bedroom Travelodge PLUS in London, Mode Serviced apartments in Edinburgh and several new residential projects across the UK. We launched the new Lampery Restaurant in London in conjunction with Thomas and Adamson, celebrated the first year anniversary of our new office with a party in the summer, and ended the year with a bang at our Christmas party.

Here's to 2018.

Great Junction Street Planning Application


Planning application submitted on behalf of Glencairn Properties

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Great Junction Street Planning Application

We have just submitted a planning application on behalf of Glencairn Properties for a new residential development on the site of a former Art Deco cinema on Great Junction Street.

The proposal includes plans to retain and refurbish the existing Grade B-listed foyer, being respectful of the existing architectural style; and to demolish the warehouse to the rear to make way for a new extension, designed with a positive contemporary approach and quality materials. The new development will consist of 36 properties comprising of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with nine allocated for affordable housing.

If successful we estimate the development to commence in late 2018.

The Lampery Launch


A drinks reception hosted in conjunction with Thomas & Adamson

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The Lampery Launch

Guests joined us to help us celebrate the launch of our most recently completed restaurant project in London, The Lampery last week. We teamed up with Thomas & Adamson to host a drinks reception and we were so delighted to showcase the project and mingle with some of the industries well known faces.

Everyone who attended was able to get a sneak peak at what is a contemporary and sophisticated space, so we can’t wait to share the final interior photographs which will be coming soon!

Thank you to all who came along to show your support!

Please take a look at The Lampery Website here: https://thelampery.com/

First Ever SAMH Stomp Challenge


Over £1700 raised

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First Ever SAMH Stomp Challenge

Congratulations to Isabella and Rob who climbed 4,200 stairs in the first ever SAMH Stomp at BT Murrayfield Stadium, while Arthur, Anthony and Liam took on the Extreme Stomp with over 7,200 stairs - all to help to raise awareness - not to mention £1700 - for the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Good effort Team!

Brunswick Road wins NHBC Award


Regional Winner: Multi-Storey

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Brunswick Road wins NHBC Award

Brunswick Road is Regional Winner for the Multi-Storey category at the NHBC Pride in Job awards. The awards ceremony took place in Glasgow and, in its 37th year, celebrates the exceptional contribution site managers make in creating homes of outstanding quality. ISA were architects for the CALA Homes East project.

Congratulations Team!

Buccleuch Property Challenge


Well done team ISA and thank you to our sponsors!

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Buccleuch Property Challenge

Well done to our ISA team members Anthony, Emma and Jessica who took part in this year’s Buccleuch Property Challenge, raising money for our nominated charity Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Although a little sore by the end, they all successfully completed the gruesome six-hour adventure race consisting of a 2km run, mountain biking, orienteering, kayaking and canyoning.

Thank you to all who sponsored us for this event.

Lower Gilmore Place


Planning Application submitted

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Lower Gilmore Place

We have just submitted for planning approval our project at Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, for Glencairn Properties. The project creates 43 one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as a 2000sq ft office. Work is anticipated to start on site in 2018.

Kintore House


Kintore House starts on site

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Kintore House

Work has started on site to convert Kintore House on Edinburgh's Queen Street to 82 serviced apartments for Bridgestreet Hospitality.

Middlesex Street Update


View the progress of our Middlesex Street project

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Middlesex Street Update

Great progress happening at our Travelodge PLUS, Middlesex Street project in London. For more project information see https://www.isarchitects.co.uk/projects/travelodge/

Stamford Hill Progress


See the progress of the project

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Stamford Hill Progress

Exciting to see the progress being made on our Stamford Hill project.

Festival of Architecture 2020 Visions


ISA work is selected

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Festival of Architecture 2020 Visions

We have just received the excellent news that two of our projects - Magdalene Drive and Brunswick Road - have been selected for Festival of Architecture 2017 '2020 Visions ‘100 Best’ – Scotland’s Top 100 Houses and Housing Developments 2000-2020'.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is curating a '100 Best' project that will feature the 100 best ‘one off’ houses or housing developments in Scotland since 2000. A publication and exhibition will showcase the winning entries.

Kings Head Theatre


Project Confirmed

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Kings Head Theatre

Announcing our involvement in the King's Head Theatre’s new home.

King's Head has outgrown its old home of 47 years in the back room of the King's Head pub, and is moving to a new space in Islington Square. Designed by ISA, the new space will see the creation of a 250-seat auditorium and an 85-seat studio, with bar, foyer and actor facilities.

Cyber Essentials Accreditation


We are now accredited by Cyber Essentials

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Cyber Essentials Accreditation

We take the security of our clients data seriously so we’re pleased to have obtained Accreditation for the UK Government's Cyber Essentials Plus standards. This new government-backed and industry-supported scheme helps businesses protect themselves against cyber threat.

Meet our Designer


Apex Hotel's Meet our Designer Feature

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Meet our Designer

ISA client Apex Hotels' latest blog post features our Head of Interior Design, Emma Franks. 'Meet our Designer' offers insight into where Emma finds inspiration and how the concept of each hotel is formed.

See the full article at: http://blog.apexhotels.co.uk/meet-our-designer

Stamford Hill


Scaffolding coming down at Stamford Hill

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Stamford Hill

We got our first glimpse of the finished elevations at Stamford Hill last week as the scaffold came down on the first few blocks.

The contractor has done a great job on the installation of the pale brick and Kebony timber cladding. Also pleasing were the slatted timber balcony surrounds on the mansard roof, they've proved to be a technically difficult detail to get right but the results look good. News of the finished project will be posted in due course.

Randolph House


Project completed

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Randolph House

Ou refurbishment of Randolph House is now complete.

The comprehensive refurbishment of this 1970's office building included replacing the existing windows, overcladding the existing facade, an entire internal strip-out and extending the ground floor to create space for a restaurant. The first tenants are now in the process of moving in.

Buccleuch Property Challenge


We are taking part!

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Buccleuch Property Challenge

We're delighted to announce that we're taking part in the Buccleuch Property Challenge at Drumlanrig Castle on the Queensberry Estate on Friday 8 September. It's a six hour adventure race with stages including mountain biking, running, orienteering and secret activities.

Our team is signed up and raring to go. The event welcomes spectators, so come along and cheer us along on the day. Go team ISA!

http://www.buccleuchproperty.com/wp-buccleuch/the-buccleuch-property-challenge/

Scottish Home Awards


Brunswick Road Shortlisted.

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Scottish Home Awards

We are proud to announce that our project for CALA Homes at Brunswick Road has been shortlisted in this year's Scottish Home Awards. Results later this year.

ISA Office


It's our office birthday!

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ISA Office

We're celebrating one year in our Blenheim Place office! Time has flown by; we're well settled in and looking forward to many more years ahead.