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To celebrate Scotland’s forthcoming ‘Year of Architecture 2016’, the Dundee Institute of Architects is working closely with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland on a nation wide programme of events.

The D.I.A. will deliver a series of exciting public events in October 2016. Events will be held in Dundee and the surrounding D.I.A. Chapter area stretching as far afield as Pitlochry, St. Andrews, Arbroath, Perth & Crieff. Events will include city light projections, a touring crazy golf course and numerous general public and schools competitions including photography, building design and a race to assemble drainage pipes to transport a bucket of water.

Further details to be released later this year and a full programme of events will be publicised at the beginning of 2016.   Keep checking our website and Facebook pages!

CDM 2015

ajfitchet —  11 May 2015 — Leave a comment

On Tuesday the 5th of May the DIA welcomed Andrew Leslie of the Association for Project Safety to deliver a very insightful presentation on the new CDM 2015 Regulations.    These new Regulations will almost certainly affect every project our members are involved in so it was very useful to have Andrew through to describe the implications for us all.   The CPD event was very well attended and drew interesting questions from the audience.

We have uploaded the presentation CDM2015 Dundee for future reference.

The CDM 2015 Regulations and reference material is available on the APS website here.

RIAS Convention 2015

ajfitchet —  21 April 2015 — Leave a comment

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This year the RIAS are bringing the Convention back to Dundee!   Titled ‘Big Moves, Local Agendas‘ it is timed well to coincide with the V&A breaking ground, and the City being designated as the latest UNESCO City of Design.   The 2015 Convention rolls into town on the 15th and 16th of May, and the base is the Malmaison Hotel, ideally positioned overlooking the changing landscape of the Waterfront redevelopment.

Of course our new DIA President Christine Palmer will be in attendance at the Convention, and it will be an opportunity to also welcome the incoming RIAS President, Willie Watt, himself from the DIA area.

More details are available on the RIAS website (click here) with links to the full programme and booking form.

Forestry Commission Scotland and NHS Health Facilities Scotland are running a design competition for a ‘Garden Room’ at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The design competition will be formally advertised from Monday 27th April 2015, and the deadline for Stage 1 entries is the 26th of May.

Competition Brief:

A limited, two stage, collaborative design competition for architectural and multi-disciplinary practices working in Scotland. A collaborative approach is encouraged for those reaching Stage 2 to design and build a ‘garden room’ overlooking the Ninewells Community Garden within the Arboretum of Ninewells Hospital, Dundee for use by garden volunteers, visitors, patients, staff and local community groups.

There is a maximum budget of £50,000 to deliver the winning design including a modest design fee. Forestry Commission Scotland and BSW Timber Group will provide technical advice on deliverable designs for submissions short listed for stage 2. Submissions need to include a budget breakdown including materials and build costs. Subject to funding being available, Architecture and Design Scotland will support a public display of competition entries in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

Supporting documents (click on each to download):

– Competition brief

– Site masterplan

– Photo showing location of ‘Garden Room’

– Aerial view from SE 2008

– Consultation map and boundary

– Ninewells Hospital case study for background

– NCG Newsletter Winter 2015

Venue: Grampian Hotel, 37 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EH

Date: Tuesday 7th April 2015

This event is designed to help businesses interested in supplying the public sector, for the first time, or have already begun the process and are looking for some help.

Morning Session: Presentation

Time: 10am – 12 noon

Mary Mitchell (Corporate Procurement Manager at Perth & Kinross Council) and Sandy McCurdy (Business Advisor with Perth & Kinross Council’s

Business & Investment Team), will present the following:-

–          an overview of the processes involved in dealing with the public sector.

–          an explanation of the training events available to help businesses succeed.

–          A view of the trends in public sector contracts.

–          Question & answer session

Afternoon Session: Public Sector Surgery

Time: 1pm to 5pm

Mary Mitchell & Sandy McCurdy will be available for individual meetings with business people who have specific challenges and questions on supplying the public sector. These individual sessions can be booked as a half an hour time slot from 1pm until 5pm.

Delegate booking – please go to this link, where you will be able to book your place.





Kengo Kuma, the Japanese Architect behind the design for the new V&A Museum is in Dundee today to see the ground being broken this morning.  This marks an important step forward in the creation of the V&A Museum in Dundee.