Pennywell Residential Regeneration, Edinburgh – Barton Willmore

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Report on RIAS Council

June 2016

(At its meeting in March, Council agreed that, given the number of events planned for May and June this year, June’s Council meeting should be undertaken as an email exercise – updating budgets and only pursuing matters which are time critical).

Council adopted the Management Accounts up to the end of March 2016. The final out-turn figure is (£94,873) compared to the budgeted deficit of £52,949 – an overall adverse variance of £41,924. This is more than accounted for by an adverse variance of £44,344 predicted for the Festival of Architecture at this stage (note: in 2013 Council approved the establishment of a £100k guarantee fund for the Festival, which more than covers this projected overspend).

The Membership Report was noted, with 10 deaths, 1 removal, 5 resignations, 10 transfers to Retired, 5 reinstatements, 20 elections to Student Membership, 44 elections to Membership, 1 election to Affiliate Membership, 4 nominations to Fellowship and 3 nominations to Honorary Fellowship. The membership of the Royal Incorporation has risen to over 5,000, significantly more than at any time, in the Incorporation’s history. Keen member engagement, particularly with the Festival of Architecture 2016, has also seen our public and media profile rise considerably.

Council noted the positive responses to the Incorporation’s three point RIAS manifesto which was issued to prospective MSPs. Council also noted that for a number of years, the RIAS Conservation Committee has lobbied Historic England to grant equal status to RIAS Conservation Accredited practitioners as it does to other accreditation schemes (AABS and RIBA). This has now been agreed due to the significant endeavours of the Committee, particularly its Chair, Jocelyn Cunliffe and long serving member Robin Kent.

Council noted the update report on the Festival of Architecture 2016 including that over 300,000 visitors have already attended Festival events throughout Scotland – this is a remarkable achievement.

Council approved the revision to the RIAS policy on “The Role of the Built Environment in Creating Social, Economic and Environmentally Sustainable Places” as well as the guidance for Chartered Practice, kindly prepared by Richard Atkins and Sandy Halliday.