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Old December 16th, 2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford House gains five-star rating

BBC News - 16th December, 2013



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The former home of Sir Walter Scott in the Borders has received five-star status from VisitScotland following a multi-million pound restoration.

Abbotsford House near Melrose was opened by the Queen on 3 July.

More than £12m has been spent on the restoration and refurbishment work to "preserve and protect" the property.

VisitScotland's regional director Paula MacDonald said a site had to "exceed expectations" in order to achieve its five-star rating.

"That is quite a broad statement but it means every single element of the attraction that touches a visitor has to go above and beyond," she said.

"So it has to have excellent customer service, fantastic retail, really exceptional food, brilliant volunteers - and Abbotsford really has nailed it on every single element of the criteria for the five-star programme."

Abbotsford's marketing manager Beverley Rutherford said the award was testimony to the work which had been put in and the support received.

"We are planning ahead, we are planning events," she added.

"We want to keep the site fresh and we want visitors to experience Scott in so many different ways."
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Cockenzie Power station demolition gets under way

Edinburgh Evening News - 16th December, 2013



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One of the east coast’s most distinctive landmarks is going out with a bang as demolition work begins at Cockenzie Power Station.

A controlled explosion will bring down two 300-tonne, 34-metre high steel precipitator structures tomorrow, marking the end of an era.

Decommissioning work at the station began in April, following Cockenzie’s closure after 45 years of operation the previous month.

It will take 18 months to turn the entire power station to rubble, with its iconic pair of chimneys scheduled to be demolished early next year.

An exclusion zone will be set up before tomorrow’s 2pm blast after safety plans for bringing down the giant gas filters were drawn up by ScottishPower, East Lothian Council and Police Scotland.

Roads around the power station will remain open and no official plans have been put in place for spectators – although those who want to watch have been asked to congregate on the Greenhills.

A section of the John Muir Way will be shut temporarily.

George Camps, project manager at ScottishPower, said: “Decommissioning work at Cockenzie has been progressing well, and the focus up until now has been on removing internal kit from the turbine hall.

“Working with [demolition specialists] Brown and Mason we have concluded that the most effective way to demolish the steel structures is by controlled explosion.

“We have been working very closely with the local authority and the police to ensure that the event is planned safely.

“It is programmed that the remaining 14 precipitator structures will also be removed by explosive demolition, and we will look to plan these events in the coming months.”

Cockenzie shut down its four turbines early on March 15 – a move which accelerated the coal-powered giant’s decommissioning phase by several weeks. The 100 staff it employed either retired, accepted a severance package or moved to other roles.

The Evening News told recently how the Prestonpans community was hoping to join forces with residents in Cockenzie and Port Seton to plan a fitting farewell to East Lothian’s most prominent landmark.

Prestonpans Community Council chair James Yule said: “It will be a sad day when the chimneys go, they’re a local landmark, you see them and think of home. When we get the final date we plan to have a celebration and bid farewell.”
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Glencorse Association take possession of Auchendinny community centre

Urban Realm - 16th December, 2013



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A new community centre in Auchendinny, Midlothian, has been handed over to the Glencorse Association ahead of its official opening next January.

It replaces a seventies era village hall which was demolished to make way for the £1.2m replacement, funded by Midlothian Council , Scottish Rural Development Programme and Charity Bank.

Designed by John R Harris and Partners the new centre is clad in European larch with a sandstone feature wall and copper canopy. A curving pre-cast concrete wall denotes ramped access to the main entrance and rises to culminate in views away from the site toward the Pentland hills.

John Barnett, Charity Bank’s regional manager in Scotland said: “It has been an inspiration to work with the dedicated volunteers at The Glencorse Association and their supporters at Midlothian Council. The bank is delighted to have been of assistance but the real stars are the people in the community who brought this challenging project to fruition. I am looking forward to seeing the completed building at the official opening.”

The completed centre incorporates a multi-use centre , meeting rooms, café and football pitch.

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Urban Realm: Scotland's New Buildings - Rosslyn Chapel Conservation & Visitors Centre



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PROJECT: Rosslyn Chapel Conservation & Visitors Centre
LOCATION: Chapel Loan, Roslin
CLIENT: Rosslyn Chapel Trust
ARCHITECT: Page\Park
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Elliot & Co
SERVICES ENGINEER: Harley Haddow LLP
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Gardiner & Theobald

Set within the site of a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the extension to the Visitor Centre facilities at Rosslyn Chapel responds to a challenging brief. The existing facilities were under increasing pressure to cope with visitor numbers, and the Client needed to find a balance where these numbers did not impact negatively on the Chapel. The new facilities provide sufficient space for groups of visitors, interpretive exhibition, education, retail, café and ancillary/staff accommodation. The green oak frame maximises the flexibility of the internal layout and creates a much-needed feeling of space within the small building. The warm tones of natural oak compliment the restrained palette of locally sourced materials including copper roofing, Caithness floors, Clasach stone and tan leather sliding screens.

The development of interpretation both within the new centre and throughout the chapel grounds was intended as a visitor management tool to relieve pressure on vulnerable areas of the site, to enhance the visitor experience and raise awareness of the significance of the Chapel and its heritage.

The primary responsibility of Rosslyn Chapel Trust has been to ensure the long-term integrity of the Chapel itself. The stone nave and side aisle roofs were saturated with resultant heavy algae growth on internal surfaces. The elaborately carved stonework of the exterior had been subject to over 500 years of weathering and a wide range of decay was evident. The lack of an adequate heating system, poor internal lighting and stained glass in need of repair and conservation all posed a threat to the Chapel’s future.

Following extensive research and debate, lead coverings and insulation were laid over the originally exposed stone roof vault and slabs and rainwater disposal more positively managed with lead detailing.

The external stonework was the subject of detailed survey aided by the use of laser scanning technology. Following extensive discussion with conservation specialists the decision was taken to undertake stone repair and conservation work on the exterior of the building using a range of 17 separate techniques. Stone conservators undertook this work over a period of 5 years using techniques more commonly used in museum conservation.

Repair and conservation of the stained glass ensured that the external envelope of the building is once again fit for purpose and has allowed a focus on the interior with a new remotely located bio-mass heating system installed to ensure the long term integrity of the building and its contents and the enhanced comfort of visitors to the Chapel.

The organ has been restored and a more sensitive lighting installation designed to provide an appropriate atmosphere. The future of the Chapel as a place of daily worship and as a focus of international visitor attention has been secured for the next 500 years with Rosslyn Chapel Trust committed to the appropriate levels of ongoing repair and maintenance.



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Urban Realm: Scotland's New Buildings - Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building



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PROJECT: Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building
LOCATION: Abbotsford House
CLIENT: The Abbotsford Trust
ARCHITECT: LDN
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Elliott & Company
SERVICES ENGINEER: Harley Haddow
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: gardiner & Theobald


The Visitor Reception Building provides an entrance to Sir Walter Scott's intimate world and welcomes the visitor's to the site. It is located in an area of woodland at the east margin of the Abbotsford grounds and makes extensive use of timber, acknowledging the fact that it is, arguably, the only truly sustainable construction material.


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Stewart and Franchitti back Jim Clark museum plan

The Scotsman - 18th September, 2013

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Scots motor racing heroes Sir Jackie Stewart and Dario Franchitti have joined forces behind plans to establish a new museum dedicated to the achievements of Scotland’s world-famous Formula One legend Jim Clark.

The Jim Clark Room, which is currently set up in the Berwickshire town of Duns, close to where Clark spent most of his life, houses a selection of memorabilia from the late driver’s career, but it is small and becoming overcrowded.

Now the Jim Clark Trust is putting together a bid to build a new, expanded museum to house more of the cars Clark drove, trophies he won and other memorabilia from his acing career under one roof.

The Trust, which has drawn up a five-year plan with a 2018 completion date, is being supported by Sir Jackie, as honorary president, and Franchitti, the founding member of a new Patrons Club.

Speaking at the Goodwood Revival classic car festival – which formed part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Clark’s first world championship in 1963 and included a parade of more than 30 cars raced by Clark – his nephew, Ian Calder, said: “We are touched by all the support from those who Jim inspired many years ago.

“Our aim is to keep his legacy alive with the new museum in Duns to inspire the next generation with a celebration of his life and motor sport.”

Scottish Borders Council is also playing its part by providing over £500,000 capital funding for the new museum.

The Jim Clark Room has attracted more than 300,000 visitors from across the world since it opened 40 years ago.

Clark died in a race at Hockenheim in Germany in 1968, having just turned 32.

“Jim raced simply because he enjoyed it,” said the driver’s cousin, Doug Niven.

“Although a shy and private individual he became a hero to millions and known the world over. People were attracted to his modesty, his friendliness and to the integrity with which he conducted himself. Somehow and effortlessly, just like his driving, he became an icon for his sport and for his country.

“The new museum will be about inspiring future generations with a modern and vibrant celebration of Jim Clark’s incredible career and impact on motor sport around the world, including trophies, pictures, film footage and some of the cars in which he raced.”

Stewart and Franchitti were joined at Goodwood by another motor racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss, Scottish Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, broadcaster Chris Evans and television chef James Martin.
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Seabird Centre’s multi-million plan for expansion

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The Scottish Seabird Centre has unveiled plans for a multi-million-pound expansion that would see underwater cameras installed in the Firth of Forth.

Under the ambitious proposals the attraction would increase in size and relaunch as the National Marine Centre.

A series of underwater cameras would allow visitors to observe marine life in the Forth, giving them the chance to see species such as dolphins in their natural habitat.

The revamped centre is expected to provide a unique understanding of the eco-systems and diverse wildlife inhabiting the coastal waters of Scotland.

The underwater cameras would complement their existing CCTV network trained on the diverse bird populations of Bass Rock and Fidra Island.

Dolphin pods and other exotic sea mammals would also be visible through increased boat trips into the estuary.

The Firth of Forth is home to 300,000 seabirds, which return to nest there each year, and has been described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the wildlife wonders of the world”.

The centre is expected to provide interactive displays, information boards and exhibits on the importance and vulnerability of Scotland’s seas and marine environment.

Blueprints have been drawn up by architects Simpson & Brown – the firm behind the original centre’s design – with the total cost of the project likely to be several millions of pounds.

A self-financed charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre would meet the cost of development through fundraising.

Tom Brock, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, stressed that plans were at an “early stage” and that no funding was yet available.

“Initial feedback has been extremely positive and we are keen to engage with as many people as possible to get their ideas and thoughts,” he said.

“From what we can see there’s nothing similar in Scotland.”

Mr Brock believes the expansion of the centre would bring a further boost to businesses in North Berwick and surrounding areas. “It’s going to create more jobs directly and in terms of people spending more money in local shops, restaurants and, if we can encourage them to stay, hotels.”

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “The long-term vision being shown by the Scottish Seabird Centre is excellent. It will expand the education and conservation work of the centre as well as enhance the overall visitor experience and I’d like to wish them all the best.”

Dr John Baxter, marine adviser at Scottish Natural Heritage, said: “Scotland’s marine environment supports an amazing array of animals and plants and is also at the frontier in Scotland’s drive to a greener economy through the development of marine renewable energy.

“The centre would provide the ideal platform to celebrate Scotland’s marine natural heritage whilst making links to the exciting developments that are under way.”

Calum Duncan, Scotland programme manager for Marine Conservation Society, said: “There’s a rich and colourful world down there every bit as diverse as that on land but less well protected. We welcome the expansion of the educational facility of the [centre] to raise awareness about this world.”
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New bid for new town at Blindwells

East Lothian Courier - 24th December, 2013



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THE development of a long-delayed new town between Tranent and Longniddry looks to finally be back on track – with hopes that the first homes could be completed within the next two years.

The building of 1,600 homes at the former open-cast mining site at Blindwells could finally move forward, more than three years after a development framework was approved by East Lothian Council, with landowners Hargreaves Services keen to see work start on the site within the next 24 months.

Iain Slater, head of property for Hargreaves, told the Courier that a lot of hurdles had been overcome to reach this point, with consultation events on the development to take place early in the New Year. However, he was certain that the future was “very positive”.

He said: “It is fair to say that the Blindwells development has been long anticipated, with many eager to find out more about its future.

“Hargreaves is fully committed to these proposals reaching a positive outcome and we hope local residents will find the time to come to our consultation events to hear updates on the project and to learn a little more about us.”

East Lothian Council has to build 6,250 homes between 2009 and 2019, with a further 3,800 by 2024.

“A considerable” number of the homes on the Blindwells site will fall into the affordable housing sector.

County MSP Iain Gray has welcomed the prospect of Blindwells moving forward again, saying it would help the council to reject housing plans it did not consider to be appropriate.

Originally, the land at Blindwells, which was an open-cast coal mine, was identified as an important site over a decade ago and was incorporated into the East Lothian Development Plan.

It was earmarked by SRG (Scottish Resources Group) but the firm went into liquidation in the summer, with Hargreaves stepping in and now ready to develop the site.

The first phase of the development would see 1,600 homes built, but eventually about 4,500 homes could be constructed on the site.

Mr Slater said: “We are a new organisation working with the site.

“We are going to submit a new planning application in Q2 (April to June) next year.

“Then we are at the mercy of the planning process.

“The target is nine months and we want to make sure the correct information is in place.

“At the end, we want the planning permission to be of benefit to everybody.”

He described Hargreaves as a “dynamic and fast moving organisation” and repeated that the Durham-based company was “very serious about the importance of this project”.

He said: “We want people to be like ourselves, to feel re-energised by this project and realise this will have a very, very positive effect locally and hopefully be a big, huge boost for the area.”

Hargreaves is working on a scheme that will not just include houses.

Instead, shops, a school (ranging from P1 to S6), a park-and-ride system and parks will all be part of the facilities developed, if the scheme gets the green light next year.

There has also been a redesign of the site layout to allow “a better flow” for traffic, including bus links.

“There has been a lot of work done on the masterplan, how everything works together on the site with shaping residential and employment land,” said Mr Slater, who explained what made Blindwells a good site for housing: “Location, location, location.”

One of the main hurdles for any proposed large-scale housing development has been the economy and the current state of the construction industry.

However, Hargreaves was hopeful that the development would start on its timescale.

Mr Slater told the Courier there was “a lot of interest” in the site and the company was looking to move things forward.

He said: “There is no reason why we should not have planning [permission] by the end of 2014.”

It is also hoped that the scheme will create a number of jobs, both in the short and long-term.

“It will have a very long-lasting positive impact on the area,” Mr Slater added.

County MSP Iain Gray welcomed the progress.

He said: “I look forward to seeing the detailed plans at the public consultation scheduled for January.

“I have been outspoken about recent local planning decisions being overturned by Scottish Ministers, allowing housing in sites which are less than ideal.

“One of the excuses the reporters use to trample on local democracy is that some large sites agreed for housing have not started building.

“That argument would largely disappear if building were to start at Blindwells, so this development could provide some much-needed protection for communities across the county.

“There is no doubt we do need more housing as our population grows, but we cannot allow the character of our towns and villages to be destroyed.

“The idea of building a new settlement, with all the required amenities, such as schools, rather than piecemeal expansion of every town and village, is a good one in my view.”

The developers will host five consecutive open days, January 7-11, in the surrounding communities.

That will see the developers visit Port Seton, Longniddry, Prestonpans, Haddington and finally Tranent, with attendees able to review updates on the plans and have their say on them.

Mr Slater urged: “Please, come out and have a chat and let’s find out what the community wants.”

Public consultation was previously carried out and Hargreaves has the results of those events.

However, the company was keen to go back to the public and find out more.

Mr Slater said: “We could [just use the previous results] but as a responsible developer we want to be sure we are providing the best.

“We know the importance of this development to this area.

“The conversation with stakeholders and how important this development is, we would hope with these events coming up, it provides opportunities for people to come and tell us their thoughts on the project.”

An East Lothian Council spokeswoman said: “Scottish Ministers’ approval of the Strategic Development Plan and the implications of their requirement to bring forward Supplementary Guidance on Housing Land presents a challenge to all six SESplan authorities.

“The council believes that it can identify land capable of meeting the East Lothian requirement, but it will be for its East Lothian Local Development Plan, currently in preparation, to confirm how this can be done.

“The provision of the necessary infrastructure, particularly school capacity and transport, will be important considerations.”
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Dalkeith Corn Exchange deal done

Midlothian Adverstiser - 30th December, 2013



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Following a protracted legal wrangle, Melville Housing Association has finally bought Dalkeith’s historic Corn Exchange.

News that the Association planned to turn the building into office space was broken by the Advertiser in July last year.

But the deal was stalled because of a dispute over who actually owned it.

Much to the delight of Melville Chief Executive, Andrew Noble, that issue has now been resolved and a deal struck.

He said: “This is a building which has played a huge part in the history of Midlothian. We are delighted that its future is now secure and that it will continue to be a building which will play an important role in the community.”
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Rocker Fish backs Haddington Corn Exchange music venue plans

East Lothian Courier - 12th January, 2014



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An open meeting to discuss the future of the building, which is currently undergoing repairs, was held last month. One of the major proposals is to help transform the Corn Exchange into a modern venue for music, theatre and drama.

The building is currently covered with scaffolding as work is carried out to deal with roof timbers affected by dry rot, as well as to repair and replace flashing. East Lothian Council expects the work, which cost £38,800, to be completed early next month.

Now, ex-Marillion frontman Fish, who lives just outside the town, could lend a hand with the plans for the building’s future.

Martin Hayman, from Haddington’s Community Development Trust, which is keen to take over the running of the venue, said: “Fish came along to the meeting, which was fantastic, and expressed a desire to get actively involved.

“He is very keen to get involved and open a lot of doors for us through his contacts.”

Another with a music connection was Callum Maguire, from the town’s Lamp House Music.

Mr Hayman said: “We have secured funding to help deal with and start the process of upgrading the facility in terms of acoustics, staging and lighting, which will enable us to use it as a good live music venue.

“This opens the doors for a series of live music events. We’ve had a good response from promoters.”

Profits from those concerts will then be ploughed back into the building, with further improvements lined up to benefit the local community.

One of the earliest changes could be for the name of the building to appear outside it or on it to give the venue greater prominence.

Forty-two people were at the meeting in the Court Street building, representing 16 community groups.

Mr Hayman stressed that one of the main focuses was to increase community use of the facility.

Last year, the building was in use about 30 per cent of the time.

The building includes two halls; known as the front and back halls and Mr Hayman said he hoped minor changes could mean the two halls could be used by two different groups at the same time.

A council spokeswoman said: “The Haddington Corn Exchange is a well-loved and well-used facility in the town.

“The Haddington Community Development Trust has approached the council to take on the management of the Corn Exchange and discussions are currently ongoing about the feasibility of this option.”
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Borders Council approve Coldingham Bay housing plans

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Plans to erect a new housing development at Collingham Bay have been given the nod by Scottish Borders Council, paving the way for construction to proceed at the popular beauty spot later this year.

Designed by Sutherland Hussey Architects the scheme involves demolition of an existing derelict nursing home to make way for the construction of two beachfront apartment blocks – alongside a separate scheme for a private three bedroom home on land opposite.

The apartment scheme would be subdivided into two separate volumes, each containing four flats apiece and each with its own dedicated front door - with the architects stressing there will be no loss of open space.

Aligned with neighbouring homes lower apartments will take advantage of a natural incline to be partially built into the hillside, with living spaces overlooking private external courtyards.

Adopting a simple palette of render and glass the properties will incorporate timber terraces and sedum roofs.

Across the road a separate application for the construction of a private home will adopt a similarly contemporary design solution, again employing a flat sedum roof and rendered walls cut into the hillside to minimise its impact on the landscape.

Commenting on the proposal Sutherland Hussey state: “Though the Shieling apartments and Coldingham 2 are separate projects they are conceived as part of the same architectural family.

They both respond to the steep topography stepping back to allow for terraces, and in so do¬ing helping to reduce the overall massing when seen from both the road and the distant views.

“They are both unapologetically contemporary in design - using east-facing glazing and ter¬races to maximise the wonderful views of the bay. They both use the same palette of materials - render, timber and glass - simple, direct detail¬ing that reflects aspects of the surrounding architecture without resorting to pastiche.

“We firmly believe that this proposal will prove to be an exemplar of good design in this unique and wonderful location and will prove to be a very positive addition to the existing context.”
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£30 million MOT for Torness nuclear reactor

Edinburgh Evening News - 8th February, 2014

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One of the reactors at a nuclear power station in East Lothian is being taken offline for “several weeks” as part of a major MOT costing about 
£30 million.

The inspection will see 1000 engineers and specialists perform 13,000 procedures at the plant that can supply energy for up to two million homes per day.

Station chiefs say the outage is routine and required by law every three years but have remained tight-lipped about how long the plant will be offline for “commercial *reasons”.

Reactor one was shut off yesterday for its tenth major outage after more than two years of “meticulous planning”.

In May, both of the station’s reactors were forced to shut down after an upsurge in seaweed provoked fears it could clog the cooling water intake system.

Stormy seas have been blamed for an increase in seaweed in the water.

Several East Lothian firms have been contracted for the project while local hotels, caravan parks and B&Bs are expected to see a spike in *bookings.

Torness station director Paul Winkle said: “Once again Torness will turn to a number of local firms, with whom we have a tried and trusted relationship, to provide essential services during this outage.

“We are impressed by the high standards of the companies we work with and the quality of their workmanship.

“These companies will work alongside specialist firms from across the world who are leaders in their field.”

Major plant investment projects include the replacement of a generator transformer, an increased fuel channel inspection programme and the exchange of turbine and generator rotors.

The number of workers on site will more than double with around 500 specialist workers brought in to assist Torness staff.

Torness nuclear power station only reopened to the public last year after being closed off following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

The power station unveiled its new visitor centre yesterday before taking guests on a guided walk of the power station – the first since 2001.

French firm EDF Energy, which runs the facility, said it hoped to attract thousands of visitors, from East Lothian and across Scotland, as part of its commitment to increasing openness at nuclear power stations.

Torness power station has been generating enough power for more than two million homes since it started operating in 1988. The station employs more than 500 staff.

Last August, Torness clocked up 200TWh of low carbon electricity generated since it was connected to the grid in 1988. Putting it into perspective, this amount of power has avoided the production of 130 million tonnes of CO2 – the same as taking all of the passenger cars off the UK’s roads for two years.
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Glencorse Water Treatment Works (WTW) is one of the largest water supply projects undertaken by Scottish Water, a government owned company responsible for providing water and wastewater services in Scotland.

The project was completed in March 2012 with an investment of £130m ($205m). It was Scottish Water's largest construction project in terms of value. It was officially opened in June 2012.

The WTW project involved construction of a new water treatment plant next to the Pentland Hills Regional Park, about 4.6 miles south of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. The plant's water treatment capacity is 175 million litres a day.

The plant has become a source of reliable and safe drinking water for about half a million people across the capital city and parts of Midlothian.

Purpose of Scottish Water's project

Glencorse WTW was an important component of the Edinburgh Drinking Water Project, a capital investment programme which, apart from the construction of a new water treatment plant, called for the replacement of ageing mains and storage tanks.

The new plant will allow Scottish Water to meet existing and future water demands. At the same time, the company will be able to cope with the strict European drinking water quality standards.

The project was necessitated as two of the Scottish Water's existing water treatment works, Fairmilehead and Alnwickhill, were approaching the end of their operational lives. These were built in the Victorian era and have served the city of Edinburgh well for more than a century.

The WTW project has allowed Scottish Water to replace the two ageing water treatment works with a single treatment plant.

Glencorse WTW components and processes

Glencorse WTW is comprised of four main structures. These include an intake building which blends raw water from reservoirs 30km away, the main water treatment building, a contact-tank for final disinfection and a large clear water storage tank capable of holding 90 million litres.

In addition, the project involved installation of more than 15km of 1.2m diameter water supply pipelines that transfer treated water to the Scottish capital city.

The treatment process consists of a pioneering CocoDAFF system using counter current dissolved air filtration and flotation, which coagulates the water flow counter currently to the aeration bubbles.

This increases the process efficiency, by increasing the probability of particle - air bubble contact as the coagulated water flows through the curtain of air bubbles during the treatment process.

Approval of Scotland's water supply project

Construction on the project commenced soon after receiving full approval from Midlothian Council and City of Edinburgh Council, as well as from the Scottish Government in the third quarter of 2008.

More than 5,150km of steel reinforcing bar were used during construction phase. The seven metre tall clear water storage tank, one of the largest in Europe, has a surface area of two large football pitches. The tank's roof is supported by 490 columns.

An onsite pipe production factory was set up next to the pipeline working area. The main aim was to bring down capital costs, manufacturing times, the carbon footprint and associated construction risks.

In order to keep visual impact to a minimum, the structures and buildings are fully or partially buried and covered with grass roofs. The grass roof covering the treatment buildings is the largest in Scotland.

Raw water from reservoirs to the intake plant is fed using gravity. The same natural force is used to deliver the treated water to the supply points. An on-site hydro turbine has also been installed. It is driven by the force of the incoming raw water and generates about 33% of the facility's energy needs.

Key contractors involved with Glencorse WTW

The global engineering, consulting, construction and operations company Black & Veatch (B&V) was engaged as a design and build (D&B) contractor for the Glencorse project.

Building Design Partnership (BDP), a UK-based firm of architects and engineers, acted as building and landscape architects. Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was engaged to provide environmental consulting service for the project.

Retaining walls, built from locally sourced stone, were designed and installed by Maccaferri Construction under a subcontract from B&V. High-density polyethylene pipes were manufactured by KWH Pipe.
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New £40m distillery planned for Scottish Borders

Business Insider - 21st February, 2014

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Mossburn Distillers Ltd said the proposed development near Jedburgh would create 50 full-time jobs

The company behind a proposed new whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye is now proposing to develop the first whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders.

Edinburgh-based Mossburn Distillers Ltd said the £40 million proposal, to redevelop the former Jedforest Hotel at Camptown, three miles south of Jedburgh, would create 50 full-time jobs.

The proposals, which also include a visitor centre and restaurant, are now with the local authority for consideration.

Former Scottish rugby international, Finlay Calder, has been appointed project director.

It would be the first whisky distillery to be located in the Borders, with the nearest distillery being the Glenkinchie Distillery at Pencaitland, East Lothian.

Mossburn Distillers announced a £5 million investment earlier in the week to develop what will be The Torabhaig Distillery on the Isle of Skye.

That distillery will be housed in a listed early 19th century farm steading at Torabhaig on the island's south-east coast.

The site for The Torabhaig Distillery was originally earmarked as a potential site by the late Sir Iain Noble, one of the founders of Noble Grossart merchant bank, who had acquired the site as as part of a 20,000 acre purchase in the 1960's.

Currently Talisker Distillery, in the village of Carbost, is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye.
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The new town of Riggonhead?

East Lothian Courier - 4th March, 2014



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Calls by local historians to give the proposed new town at Blindwells a name which reflects its historic battle roots have been welcomed by developers.

The Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heritage Trust says the development – between Tranent and Longniddry – could be given a more imaginative name.

They have suggesting Riggonhead, after the famous Riggonhead Defile march which took place there before the 1745 battle; or Charlestoun, after Bonnie Prince Charlie.

And landowners Hargreaves Services have said they will listen to local suggestions, once the development is given the go-ahead.

A spokesman for the firm, said: “Following the completion of the planning process we will be more than happy to consult with the local community and stakeholders on the potential to rename the site.”

The trust wants the new development’s name to pay tribute to the early-morning silent march that Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite troops made across boggy land at Riggonhead Farm (on what is now Blindwells) on September 21, 1745.

This suprise attack on Government forces, camped to the east, became the Battle of Prestonpans and was Prince Charlie’s greatest victory.

Battle re-enactors annually gather to walk from Tranent along the defile – a term for a narrow pass between hills which troops can march only in a narrow column – to west of Seton Collegiate, in the footsteps of the prince’s troops.

The trust said: “The trust’s straightforward purpose is to conserve and interpret the defile in an appropriate manner, which enables annual re-enactments to continue and the new residents of Blindwells/Riggonhead/Charlestoun to know something of those historic moments in 1745.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The process of determining new names is the subject of extensive consultation with local community councils and councillors. Where possible, any recommendations or suggestions made will be linked to local historical names or be in keeping with existing names within the surrounding areas, so local historical societies may also be consulted. Councillors’ recommendations are also key.

“When building work on the site begins, I would advise the Battle of Prestonpans Trust and other local groups to liaise with the developers as soon as they can, as the developers will need some time to carry out consultation on potential names.”

The calls came as it was revealed that a long-lost portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie has been found at Gosford House.

The portrait, painted in in Edinburgh by Scottish artist Allan Ramsay in 1745, is the only one ever to have been painted while the prince was in Britain. It remained almost entirely unseen for more than 250 years in the collection of the Earls of Wemyss.

Art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor made the discovery, which was the focus of a BBC2 documentary.

The discovery makes amends for Dr Grosvenor’s shock revelation a few years ago that the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s iconic portrait of the prince was in fact of his brother Henry.
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Plans for village on Hall’s Broxburn site

Edinburgh Evening News - 26th March, 2014

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Millionaire businesswoman Ann Gloag is backing plans to build a new village on the site of the former Hall’s of Broxburn factory.

The co-founder of the Stagecoach bus company is involved in the proposals for a community hub with houses, shops, a restaurant and offices, which are expected to create around 200 jobs.

The Hall’s factory, which made sausages, haggis and black pudding, was once the main employer in the West Lothian town, but was closed by Dutch owners Vion last February with the loss of 1700 jobs. Bulldozers finished demolishing the plant earlier this week.

Also involved in the latest plans for the site is former Hall’s owner Fred Duncan, who sold Grampian Country Food Group to Vion for an estimated £350 million in 2008.

He and Mrs Gloag are now directors of Broxburn Regeneration Ltd, which has already launched community talks on the scheme and has asked for ideas from residents for the 18-acre site.

Broxburn councillor Janet Campbell said reassurances had been sought that the plans would include affordable housing and a community centre.

She said: “We have also asked for units that can be used for small to medium-sized businesses.

“It wasn’t part of the local plan and certainly happened very quickly. At the end of the day, we don’t want a big gap site in Broxburn for a long time.

“But certainly we would also want to see social housing and opportunities for well-paid jobs.”

Tom Roy, chairman of Broxburn Community Council, said those behind the proposals were due to explain their plans at a meeting next week.

He said: “It has to be positive for the area. We are in a very good position here on the corridor to the airport. A hotel would also be good for here.

“They have been asking us what we want there. We will make sure it is right for the area.”

Broxburn Regeneration confirmed it has agreed to buy the site from Vion and would take over once the site has been cleared.

The Government said it was ready to engage with the developer on their future plans.
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Planning application submitted for Blackburn health centre

Urban Realm - 13th May, 2014



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Graham Construction has been appointed as design and build contractor for the delivery of a £7.6m health and social care centre in Blackburn, West Lothian, following submission of a formal planning application.

The Blackburn Partnership Centre has been designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects and will be built next to the existing Mill Centre and incorporate a GP practice, dentist, community centre, sports hall and library.

Jim Forrest, Joint Director, West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Plans for the proposed new Blackburn Partnership Centre are progressing well and the submission of the planning application marks another milestone for the project.

“The Centre will enable NHS Lothian to work much more closely with West Lothian Council and in doing so put the health and welfare of Blackburn residents at the forefront of our services.”

Construction is expected to commence this summer for completion by early 2015.
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Energy park vision unveiled for Cockenzie Power Station site



East Lothian Courier - 22nd May, 2014

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PLANS to create a huge energy park which would redefine the coastline and landscape between Prestonpans and neighbouring Cockenzie and Port Seton are being put out to tender, the Courier can reveal.

The area around Cockenzie Power Station could be entirely given over to the planned new development, which will construct wind turbines.

Talks have been held with East Lothian Council over the proposed industrial development, which would use the decommissioned power station site at Cockenzie and land further to the south.

The multi-million-pound plans would see giant wind turbines manufactured – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – for the offshore renewables industry.

And a deep water quay for importing and exporting the turbines could also open the way for cruise ships to dock at the site.

The ambitious project, which would be a huge jobs boost, would change the character of the area significantly and mean re-routing the recently completed John Muir Way.

The proposed site also includes the former coal handling plant area to south of the existing power station building – currently being decommissioned – and part of the Blindwells land which has been earmarked for residential housing.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Blindwells developers Hargreaves insisted the housing would still go ahead.

He said: “As part of the Blindwells project we have identified an area within the development for possible business/job creation that won’t impact the number of new homes we are proposing.

“We would like to support projects that bring new job opportunities to the area and hope that we could be part of any future proposals that would enhance our plans for the site.”

The energy park, if approved, would kill off plans ScottishPower had to build a gas-fired power station to replace Cockenzie Power Station.

The energy hub vision has been put forward by government agency Scottish Enterprise, which has commissioned an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report.

East Lothian Council leader Willie Innes told the Courier the project could bring many jobs to the county by encouraging more businesses into the area.

He said: “It is still early days and we are committed to working with Scottish Enterprise to explore the potential of this strategically important national asset, as well as identifying any constraints or risks.

“The council has been working with Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Power and other partners to secure the future use of Cockenzie. These proposals offer a potential opportunity for the long term use of the site.”

The report states Cockenzie has been identified as a strategically important location for a major energy hub, in the Scotland National Planning Framework, and the new energy park would meet the Scottish Government’s plans for renewable energy.

But it admits the impact on the local community, marine life, habitat and the coastline itself would be huge.

Within the proposal are plans to build a new quayside, which is described as “critical” to the project going ahead.

The new Deployment Quay would be capable of 24/7 deep water access to allow the import and export on vessels which are 140 metres long, as well as having two dedicated berths for wind tower installation vessels to take completed wind turbines from the site to offshore developments.

The plans for the new quay also include reclaiming land from the sea, which would in total cover an area of 11.8 hectares.

A 50-metre lighting tower mast with 20-metre high masts, which would be designed to have lighting reduced when not required, would also be involved, but as a constant operation they would be constantly on, lighting up the industrial area.

The industrial area, including the former coal handling plant and land at the former Blindwells opencast site, would mean realigning the B1348 Edinburgh Road.

The development would have 30-metre-high buildings, including some 700m long and 100m wide to accommodate creating turbine blades.

And giant cranes, which can reach 156 metres into the sky, would be used.

The report confirms the project “represents an intensification of use of the Cockenzie site, rerouting of core paths and potential adjustment of John Muir Way, as well as significant impact on local landscape and seascape.”

And it reveals talks have been held already with council officials and statutory bodies, including Scottish Natural Heritage.

The project has already been put out to tender, inviting firms to get in touch with Scottish Enterprise.

The scoping report said there would be a direct impact on cultural heritage areas such as the Battle of Prestonpans site.

A spokesman for ScottishPower, which owns the land, said: “The Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework identified Cockenzie as a strategically important location for the development of an energy hub, and as such we support Scottish Enterprise with their study.”

David Leven, head of energy infrastructure at Scottish Enterprise, said: “We are currently looking at a number of options to fully unlock the economic development potential of the Cockenzie Power Station site.

“This report outlines an initial potential scheme which will now be looked at in more detail as part of the consultation process, which will commence in the coming weeks.”

Reaction to the proposals was mainly positive.

Prestonpans Community Council chairman Jimmy Yule said it was a great opportunity which could create thousands of jobs.

He said: “It is going to be a massive benefit to the local towns, which will get a lift from the jobs it will create and the boost it will give the economy.”

And he believed the site would also open the opportunity for cruise ships to dock in East Lothian.

East Lothian MSP Iain Gray said: “The proposals outlined offer a potentially fantastic opportunity for giving the site a positive future and maximising the number of local jobs created.

“The offshore wind industry has the potential to be huge in Scotland, and frankly, I want to see East Lothian get some of the benefits.

“However, there is clearly still a long way to go with developing the proposals.

Full consultation with local communities on the potential wider impact of such a substantial development will also be essential.”
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The Great Tapestry of Scotland to have a permanent home

Edinburgh Reporter - 29th May, 2014

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The Scottish Borders Council reached a momentous agreement today at a full meeting of Councillors held in Hawick. After a full year of careful consideration of proposals from across the country, a site in the Scottish Borders has been confirmed as the preferred option for a permanent home for THE GREAT TAPESTRY OF SCOTLAND, one of Scotland’s greatest works of art and a remarkable telling of our nation’s story.

Scotland’s people’s historian and Borders man, Alistair Moffat; the author, Alexander McCall Smith; and the artist, Andrew Crummy created this project which was transformed from artwork to stitched masterpiece by Dorie Wilkie and 1000+ volunteer stitchers from across Scotland, many of them from the Borders area. Councillors for the area voted overwhelmingly to approve a move forward and business studies will now be carried out.

For 18 days at the end of summer, queues snaked around Holyrood as people stood patiently for one and a half hours in the rain. None were waiting to listen to a debate or First Minister’s questions. All were desperate to go no further than the foyer where the tapestry was on display. From September 4th, 2013, the public flocked in large number to see the first showing of The Great Tapestry of Scotland. It is the longest stitched tapestry ever made anywhere in the world with 160 vivid embroidered panels and it tells the story of a nation. In less than three weeks more than 50,000 people came to marvel at it.

And now The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a step closer to finding a permanent base. Scottish Borders Council has today agreed with Alexander McCall Smith and Alistair Moffat, the co-chairmen of the tapestry trust that work should begin in earnest. The Leader of Scottish Borders Council, David Parker, has identified the key site for a new building designed to house this work of art. It will stand on a green field adjacent to Tweedbank Station, the terminus for the new Waverley Line. People from all over Scotland will be able to board a ‘train to the tapestry’, and lying midway between the arterial roads, the A7 and A68, the Tweedbank site is easily accessible by road.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is currently on tour, having completed a record-breaking run in Aberdeen where 53,000 people came to see it, so many in fact that the gallery was forced to schedule late opening nights and weekend hours. It is currently on show in Paisley at Anchor Mill where 10,000+ are expected to view it in just four weeks. It returns to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 1 July for 11 weeks. A permanent home in the Borders will be very appropriate, a stunning piece of embroidery finding its place in a region where textile production has formed part of its history and its future.

The business studies required by the council will be completed later this year. If these prove the case for a move to the Borders, the new home for the Tapestry is expected to bring a boost to tourism and education in the area.

David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council said:-”The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a very special and unique work of art. It will become a treasured historical Scottish masterpiece and has the potential to be a very significant visitor attraction. Locating it in Tweedbank in a purpose built facility will truly showcase this magnificent tapestry and the story that it tells of the 420 million years of Scottish history. Its location at the Tweedbank Station will afford many visitors a fantastic opportunity to take the train to the tapestry and also to view other Borders attractions such as Abbotsford, Bowhill and the Borders abbeys. We are at an early stage of the project’s development but I can see no reason why we can’t deliver something very special for the Scottish Borders.”

Alistair Moffat commented:”By any measure the Great Tapestry of Scotland is a cultural phenomenon. Massively popular, with queues winding around each venue it has visited, it reaches right across Scotland to appeal to all Scots. It tells our nation’s story, the story of a people, in the most vivid manner imaginable. All of the love and care that went into its making shines out to enrapture and set a glow on the faces of all who see it. It has been a privilege to write the narrative, decide what should be included, but nothing prepared me for the first time I saw it last September in the Scottish Parliament. I wept.

“For all that experience in one place, for the achievement of the stitchers in bringing our ancestors out of the darkness of the past and for the evident glory in the creation of one of the greatest works of art ever made in Scotland, I wept like a bairn – tears of joy, relief, gratitude and pride. It was moving almost beyond words to see the wonders that the Scottish people are capable of bringing forth. And as a Borderer I am delighted that Scottish Borders Council have had the vision to back the project to build a permanent home for this remarkable object at Tweedbank. The tapestry began its journey four years ago in the Borders as I started to make notes on what it might show and it is fitting that it should come full circle, that it should come back home.”

Alexander McCall Smith:-“When we started this project we very much hoped that we would be able to find the Tapestry a home that would be worthy of it. We hoped – but we were not sure. Now we have this magnificent offer from the Borders and our hopes are fulfilled. The Borders region is rich in history and it is entirely fitting that this great work of art celebrating the history of Scotland should be housed there. I am confident that this will become one of the greatest tourist attractions in Scotland and will give immense pleasure not only to visitors to our country but also to Scots themselves.

“This is, quite simply, the best news we could possibly have and I am most grateful to the Borders Council for showing such vision. I am also most grateful to my co-chairman, Alistair Moffat, whose love and knowledge of the Borders has helped to bring this splendid result about. All of us are delighted – the artist, Andrew Crummy, Dorie Wilkie and her team of stitchers, and the trustees of this marvellous, wonderful project: this is a great outcome for all members of the team.”
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