The ARL Seminar: Case Study for Whole Life Carbon in Planning

The ARL (formerly the UKAA) Scotland Hub is delighted to be running an in-person seminar with the Keppie Design and Cortland Consult teams to explore the innovative One Cowcaddens scheme which is taking a vacant office building and creating a mixed-use and mixed-tenure residential-led development.

The former Buchanan House building in Cowcaddens has been the focus of an industry-leading design team under the direction of Global Mutual for their client and owner Davidson Kempner.  The team has undertaken a design journey that lays the foundations of an exemplary approach to the re-development of an existing but challenging building. The team evaluated the potential options for the building from re-purposing to deconstruction and new build, all while dynamically calculating the Whole Life Carbon impact of each option.

The outcome was the design and application for planning to build a new 500+ Build to Rent 1 and 2 bed apartments as well as over 80 build for sale homes. The development includes a new Community Hall Hub for use by the local community and businesses, as well as some of the most attractive city centre landscaping ever proposed. The project was awarded a UKAA Whole Life Cost Award in the Development Category for its groundbreaking work on designing to Net Zero in Build and Operation. The deconstruction of the existing building will see 97% of it reused. 


Iain Murray – Cortland Consult (Event Chair)

Neil Whatley – Keppie Designs

Heather Macsween – Keppie Design

Adam James – Global Mutual

Bruce Patrick – Savills

Eddie Beer – IN2 Engineering

Malcolm Buchanan – Woolgar Hunter

David Logue – Gardiner


Join us for networking drinks after the event courtesy of our hosts Keppie Design.

5.30pm Arrival: Welcome Drink

5.45pm -6.45pm Seminar

6.45-7.45pm Drinks

7.45pm Event close

Location:  Keppie Design, 160 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RL

Open to UKAA members and non-members alike





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