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Malcolm Fraser moves to Halliday Fraser Munro
30 Sep 2015 – Celebrated Edinburgh architect Malcolm Fraser has joined Aberdeen architecture practice Halliday Fraser Munro – more details on the Edinburgh Architecture site’s news page.

Scottish Poetry Library, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

Save the Scottish Poetry Library Building

Scottish Poetry Library by Malcolm Fraser Architects Edinburgh

Letter of objection from Malcolm Fraser Architect re a planning application to revise this wee gem of a building, readers are welcome to show their support for retaining The Scottish Poetry Library as it is. The application not only doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing but it removes an intriguing public realm. The proposal is a regressive step, comments welcome, Adrian Welch, Editor.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Lothian, Scotland
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation by Malcolm Fraser Architects
photo © David Morris
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation – 7 Feb 2014
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is a world class interdisciplinary research and teaching facility focused on key climate related challenges facing society. The ECCI will: bring together and direct high-quality research; address the significance of climate change at the science-society interface; inform political decision making; and establish Edinburgh as a leading university in the field.

Speirs Locks Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
Speirs Locks Studios by Malcolm Fraser Architects Edinburgh
photo © David Morris
Speirs Locks Studios
Four, nondescript, 1980s portal frame buildings have been skilfully and economically transformed by Malcolm Fraser into new technical teaching areas, including design studios, teaching rooms, a wardrobe department with paint, timber and stage workshops for the Royal Academy of Music and Drama.

RIBA Awards winner – 19 May 2011

Saltire Awards : Malcolm is the 2011 Annual Chair. 30 Mar 2011

Malcolm Fraser, Architect – Key Projects

Recent Building by Malcolm Fraser Architects (MFA)

Scottish Ballet, Glasgow, Scotland
Scottish Ballet by Malcolm Fraser Architects
image : David Morris
Scottish Ballet Glasgow – Scottish Design Awards Building of the Year 2010

Major Malcolm Fraser Buildings – featured, alphabetical:

Berwick Townspace, Scotland
Date built: 2008
Berwick Townspace by Malcolm Fraser Architects Edinburgh
image © Keith Hunter
Berwick Townspace
The brief required a business establishment, whose creative bustle works well within the traditional grain of a Berwicks close and courtyard pattern, in particular one that links out to surrounding streets, courts and buildings.

Dance Base – National Centre for Dance, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built: 2001
Dance Base
image © Adrian Welch
Dance Base
Dance Base – dance space: each of four studios is modelled around a different type of dance. Furthermore the architect is a dancer too and MFA describe the building with genuine passion. The studios are scattered in section and plan up the slope from the historic Grassmarket.
Best Building in Scotland winner in 2002 + Stirling Prize Shortlisted

Dance City, Newcastle, England

Newcastle Dance City
image © Morley von Sternberg
Dance City Newcastle
Dance City needed to create an environment in a new building that would allow for creative communication between its diverse users. Their existing building on a nearby site lacked a central unifying focus, and appeared intimidating to first time users. Its location was hidden from view and while a significant proportion of people in Newcastle knew the organisation, many did not know where to find it.

Princess Gate housing, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built: 2007
Fairmilehead homes by Malcolm Fraser Architects Edinburgh
image from MFA
Princess Gate

Scottish Poetry Library, Holyrood, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built: 1999
Malcolm Fraser, Architect
image © Adrian Welch
Scottish Poetry Library

Malcolm Fraser Buildings in Scotland – featured

MFA Designs, alphabetical:

Bank of Scotland Mound Branch Redevelopment, central Edinburgh

Bank of Scotland Headquarters : HBoS HQ
This is a major interior project by MFA.

Dovecot Studios – former Infirmary Street Baths, central Edinburgh

Victorian baths to weaving room, gallery, offices and residential for Dovecot Studios.
Dovecot Studios
A new tapestry studio and two large exhibition areas in the Old Town, a World Heritage Site. Dovecot, Britain’s leading tapestry company, re-inhabits the first public swimming baths opened in 1885 in Infirmary Street – saving a derelict building that was on the Buildings at Risk Register.

Holyrood Abbey Church, east Edinburgh
Date built: 2007
Holyrood Abbey Church
A fairly plain and humble extension and light touch redevelopment.

Opal Lounge, George St, Edinburgh New Town

Opal Lounge

Park Rangers, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Holyrood Park : Won by MFA in competition

Spence House, 22 Spylaw Bank Rd, Spylaw, Colinton Village, Edinburgh

Colinton House

Water of Leith Visitor Centre, Slateford, Edinburgh
Malcolm Fraser building : Water of Leith Visitor Centre

Wightman House, 15 Sciennes Gardens, Sciennes, Edinburgh

Malcolm Fraser house : Sciennes House

More projects by Malcolm Fraser, Architect, online soon

Location: North Bridge Studios, 28 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1QG, Scotland

Edinburgh Architects Practice Information

Malcolm Fraser Architect studio based in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

Malcolm Fraser Architects Edinburgh : Contact Details

Scottish Architecture

MFA – The Drum Housing, Bo’ness

Scottish Architectural Designs

Contemporary Architecture in Scotland

Scottish Architects

Scottish Architecture Designs – chronological list

Literature House for Scotland, John Knox House, Edinburgh
Winning Architects: Witherford Watson Mann ; Groves-Raines Architects Studios ; Studio MB
John Knox House Edinburgh building
photograph © Daniel Lomholt-Welch
Literature House for Scotland

Architecture Studios

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Website: – no longer active for this practice

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