Journal

It is irrefutable that the construction of the M8 motorway is of major historical importance to the City of Glasgow. Vast swathes of the city were cleared to make way for the wider motorway network, which includes the Kingston Bridge, and the fabric of the...

The recent events in the US, and elsewhere, following the death of George Floyd have been both frightening and hopeful. As a group of people we have all been moved, and although it’s not easy to know what to usefully say, we do believe that...

Our Sustainable Renovation Guide was published in late 2018 and discussed the principles of a more holistic approach to retrofit along with a number of practical examples. In 2019, John Gilbert Architects were commissioned to write a follow-up pamphlet to set out a range of...

John Gilbert Architects and our Building Performance service, Hab-Lab fully support the Architects Journal RetroFirst campaign. The scale of the climate emergency challenge requires meaningful retrofit of virtually all our building stock over the next 30 years. This retrofit must be financially viable, well informed...

  [gallery link="none" ids="16617,16618,16622,16623,16624" itemtag="div" icontag="span" captiontag="p"] Walking home today, I passed some roadworkers who were renewing the road surface. The contractors strap line being “Safe in the Knowledge”. However the firm clearly didn’t have the knowledge, or possibly care, to wash out their cement mixer at...

On 4th June 2019 the Scottish Government’s Working Group on Tenement Maintenance published their final recommendations for legislation to be introduced over the coming years to tackle the maintenance crisis facing Scotland’s buildings in common ownership. Currently 68% of all dwellings have some disrepair, whilst...

John Gilbert Architects is delighted to announce an exhibition and series of events to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Throughout April, May and June 2018 we are hosting an exhibition and talks which examine John’s career, tenements, housing and debating their future. We are delighted to partner with...

I think that one of the benefits of age is that you see how things change over a period of time. It seems no time at all since I was 40 and yet I have grown used to how I have weathered. The body doesn’t...

John Gilbert reflects on Royal Incorporation of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) report Tenement Health Check Policy which aims to raise the issue of lack of maintenance in Scotland’s tenemental housing stock. Building maintenance is the key to sustaining and future-proofing the fabric of buildings. Nowhere is this...

[gallery ids="16120,16119,16118"] Brigit Luffingham has recently completed her Masters in Architecture at Glasgow School of Art. As her dissertation Brigit chose to look at the link between heritage funding and social indicators to establish if there was a link between where a listed building is located...