RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for the Best Building in Scotland

Back in June we announced that the Greyfriars Kirkhouse extension, home to the Grassmarket Community Project, was an RIAS 2014 Award winner and shortlisted for the prestigious RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award. There were 83 submissions to the RIAS 2014 Awards, ranging in cost from £26,000 to £25 million and competition was … Read more

Greyfriars Kirkhouse Extension

Building works

This month sees the stonework on the 16th century graveyard wall completed and capped off with a peaked rather than a hogsback coping stone. Work continues on the gable end wall of the tenement and on the roof the plant room chimneys are fixed and sealed in place. Most of the major works continue inside … Read more

Greyfriars Kirkhouse Extension

Building works

Construction work on the new extension to the Greyfriars Kirk House continues on track. In a few months time it will be home to the Grassmarket Community Project and will rival Dancebase at the other end of Grassmarket for architectural merit and community benefit. During the month work began on the 16th century graveyard wallhead … Read more

As autumn falls

There has been a lot happening this month. As we saw at the end of August, the roof had started going on. Well by the end of the first week in September, the vapour barrier had gone on ready for the insulation boards and cap sheet. Meanwhile down below, the glass went in for the … Read more

The walls go up

Building works

Despite the inclement weather at the start of the month nothing stops the build from continuing apace. With the street level flooring for the hall and service areas complete, the external and internal ground floor partition walls have gone up. Work on the flooring for the first floor around the double-height hall was completed early … Read more

Wet wet wet

It’s been a very wet month but work still goes on between downpours and the builders have attached the sill plates to cap the foundation walls, erected the frame for the frontage and started work on the walling to the back car park at Warden’s Close which will feature the service entrance and fire escape … Read more

The site starts to take shape

Kirk House floorplan

The foundations for the building are taking shape and the supports for the kitchen area have been erected. You can now start to see the plan of the building rising out of the ground. You can see from the drawing above that the front of the building will be the double-height Hub which will access … Read more

Greyfriars Kirkhouse Extension

On the 27th February work started on the £1.4m extension to the Greyfriars Kirkhouse. The new building has been designed by the award-winning Gareth Hoskins Architects, whose work also includes the £47.4m renovation of the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. The extension will provide extra classroom space for the work of the Grassmarket … Read more