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Welcome to Jigsaw PR.

Based in Edinburgh, Jigsaw PR is a dynamic, independent consultancy delivering strategic communications, brand building and media relations.

Insightful communications, creativity and a commitment to achieving results underpin everything we do.

Our talented and highly experienced team delivers winning campaigns for brands, family businesses and SMEs across sectors including lifestyle, food & drink, finance, tourism, retail and property.

We bring something different to the table, a more flexible, tailored and integrated approach to your communications needs, collaborating with some of the best digital, creative and design heads to deliver integrated campaigns under one roof.

Audrey Cassels - Jigsaw PR

Audrey Cassels

Director

Founder of Jigsaw PR, Audrey has over 20 years’ industry experience working with leading consumer brands, family businesses and SMEs. With an energy that never wanes, Audrey’s one of life’s master jugglers, she lives and breathes her business, clients and loves a good social event or two!

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Alison Melton

Senior Consultant

Considered, diligent and creative, Alison’s got many feathers to her bow:  corporate and consumer PR, writer, events planner and TV reporter all wrapped up in one.  She’s a social butterfly with a nose for news!

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Chevi Davis

Senior Consultant

Our lovely stylish London PR, Chevi has a genuine passion for PR and valued member of the team with a background in consumer brands and media relations.

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Emma-Jane Kerr

Executive & Super Smart PA

EJ is one of those super, efficient executives with a sharp eye for detail. Efficient, calm, cool and organised, EJ is one in a million and helps keep all the little Jigsaw pieces organised and connected at all times!  

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Reputation matters, brands matter, stories rule!

At Jigsaw PR, we think differently, understand how to communicate and will drive your PR and marketing with focus, relevance and creativity – all of which will get you noticed.

We will help bring brands to life, protect and manage your reputation and tell your story effectively!

We work independently, and with our affiliate partners, to deliver creative, best-in-class campaigns integrating PR, digital, social, marketing and design services that deliver results.

Further information on campaigns and credentials are available on request. 


Brand building
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Our Clients

Our clients are our passion, their challenges our challenges. That’s why we work harder to exceed the brief!

 

McAlpine Miller
Parkhouse
Dewar's Distillery
Bellair
Brian Drumm
Edinburgh Clinic
Bruce Stevenson
Cornerstone Asset Management
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Scotty Brand
Laing
R&W Scott
Sparklearts
Moi
Studio LBA
The Printing Press
Glencairn Properties

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Glencairn Proposals for Quality Canalside Homes in Edinburgh

Glencairn Properties has unveiled detailed plans for a new canal side housing and commercial development in one of Edinburgh’s emerging property hotspots with the proposed scheme set to transform a former industrial site in the Fountainbridge area of the city. 

The leading independent Edinburgh-based developer has designed a mix of apartments with associated landscaping and parking creating a frontage to Lower Gilmore Place and to the Union Canal. 

The proposed plans include 30 private residential and 13 affordable apartments along with ground floor commercial space. The private apartments comprise 10 one-bedroom or studio apartments, 16 two-bedroom apartments, and four three-bedroom apartments. The proposed mix meets the guidance in the Edinburgh Local Development Plan for 25% of all new housing of 12 units or more to be affordable. 

The site is currently occupied by a small number of residential units as well as some vacant and existing commercial properties. These include a car repair garage and an office. A brick wall also screens the site from the canal front.
 
There are a number of large scale developments surrounding the site, including land formerly occupied by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries (Vastint Development), short stay serviced accommodation at Fountain Court Apartments, and the proposed mixed use housing developments at India Quay.

Glencairn Properties is submitting a full planning application for the first phase of the development, with the second phase being submitted for planning permission in principle.  

The application site forms part of the wider Fountainbridge area and is identified in the Edinburgh Local Development Plan as an area for comprehensive redevelopment.  The policies outlined in the report support the development of the site for housing-led, mixed use development. 

The site also falls within the Fountainbridge Development Brief zone, which establishes a comprehensive townscape and infrastructure framework for the Fountainbridge area.
 
The proposed development will include shared amenity space and shared surface parking at ground level, while roof gardens will offer views over the canal and surrounding area. To maximise the amenity value of the canal side location, the development includes recessed balconies which would create an attractive façade. 

The building has been designed to set back at the upper levels to ensure that the proposed massing does not impact on the surrounding buildings or garden areas. The entire build will be of a high quality in terms of both materials and design to ensure that it blends sympathetically with the area and surrounding architecture.  It will have generous floor to ceiling heights, not only to create spacious, inviting interiors but to generate and enhance the frontage onto to the canal.

Looking at where the proposed new development sits, it would act as a natural transition in terms of building and flow between the commercial heights of the developments towards the city centre and the residential heights of the surrounding buildings.  Blonde brick has been selected to give the development a domestic character and scale. The brick’s natural variation in colour and texture add richness to the facades while tonally matching the sandstone of the immediately adjacent tenement buildings on Leamington Road and Lower Gilmore Place.

The use of brick allows for considered details to delineate floor levels, highlight entrance porticos, and create depth at window and door reveals to give a sense of solidity. Bronze-toned metal balustrades contrast with the light sandy brickwork, framing porches and balconies. Windows are generally double leaf and full height which open in the form of Juliette balconies. The proportion of these windows echoes that of the surrounding tenement buildings. They are also bronze in colour to match the metalwork.
 
Daryl Teague, director of Glencairn Properties, said: 
“The site at Lower Gilmore Place is already identified as a redevelopment opportunity to create a quality urban environment, exploiting and enhancing its distinctive canal side location.  

Daryl continued: 
“Our plans fit well within the brief and have taken into consideration the highest quality design and build specifications.  We have built a reputation based on quality, design-led homes and our proposed development will deliver quality private homes for sale in a prime location within the centre. There’s a higher mix of student, office and proposed private rental sector development in this particular area of Fountainbridge. What are we proposing is to help to create more of a community by establishing increased opportunity for residential ownership in the area. 

“We recently held a community consultation and there was a suggestion that the plans could create congestion.  We have been extremely careful to strike a balance with parking and are actually aiming to discourage car ownership by potentially incorporating charging points for electric cars and spaces for the city car club. There are only ten spaces in the plans with two of those allocated to the office units.”

Partners on the project include ISA Architecture and Design Ltd, Scott Hobbs Planning, Rankin Fraser Landscape Architecture, Horizon M&E Services Design Ltd and Etive Consulting Engineers. 
For more information, please contact Glencairn Properties on 0131 629 3443 or visit http://www.glencairnproperties.com

Scottish businessman unveils £150m regeneration masterplan for Falkirk Town Centre

Visionary proposal for the redevelopment of the Grahamston area

A Falkirk-born and bred businessman is unveiling visionary plans designed to revitalise the centre of the town that has given so much to him and will stimulate a potential £50 million regeneration of the surrounding area.

Alistair Campbell OBE, the founder and managing director of property development company Bellair (Scotland) Limited, which is responsible for the successful Falkirk Business Hub, is proposing a redevelopment of the heart of the Town Centre focused around the Falkirk Grahamston railway station and surrounding area covering some 6.7 acres.

The Grahamston masterplan presents proposals for a mixed-use development with two main regeneration anchors: a new Civic Centre to house Falkirk District Council and its key services and a 500 seat Arts Venue within the immediate town centre.  New residential (offering a range of tenure options), commercial, leisure and retail space as well as improved parking with a new multi-storey car park, public plaza area with landscaping and link bridge improving connectivity are specifically designed to revitalise the town centre attracting inward investment. The plans also include improved transport connectivity with a new link created to the A9.

Around two thirds of the proposed Grahamston development would be allocated to housing with approximately 15 per cent for offices, 15 per cent for leisure activities such as the arts venue and hotels, and a further 5 per cent for retail.  These figures based on initial plans.  The masterplan could generate over £50m of direct investment for the town centre and an estimated overall boost of nearer £150m for the economy as a whole.

The creation of 300 new homes could attract around 1,000 residents to the area generating further economic spend.  The regeneration project would also support 500 jobs as a result of delivering the new commercial space and could create around 100 construction jobs during each year of construction. 

Commenting on the vision, Alistair Campbell OBE said: 

“I was born in Falkirk, have worked here all of my life and believe passionately in the long-term viability and future sustainability of the town and surrounding areas. I truly believe that this is a comprehensive masterplan, a deliverable visionary development with flexible components in the form of residential, leisure, commercial and transport improvements. 

“So many times in Scotland and indeed across the UK, we’ve seen the hearts literally ripped out of communities by developments that draw people away from the town centre.

“Our vision would do the exact opposite – the proposed plans represent the first major investment in Falkirk since we developed the Falkirk Business Hub.  We know there is demand for business space as we have literally had to turn away potential tenants for the Hub as it’s fully let. This development will help to draw people back into Falkirk’s historic town centre, creating extra footfall for the businesses that are already an integral part of our community and attracting other companies to be part of the next chapter in our story.

“The Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel are truly inspiring and iconic but we can’t ignore what’s happening in the centre itself. Economic development is vital to sustainability and our vision could help Falkirk to effectively self-heal creating a lasting legacy for the town.”

Bellair (Scotland) Limited has contributed significantly to the economic stimulation of Falkirk Town Centre with the opening of the Falkirk Business Hub in the former General Post Office building, which became vacant in November 2011. Bellair acquired the property to convert it to a business hub, which is now home to over 30 businesses and coffee shop premises with further possible tenants on an extensive waiting list.  

Not only has this created an attractive and highly functional workspace but it has retained one of Falkirk’s finest and most iconic buildings for the benefit of present and future generations.  The company has also created a business hub in Grangemouth, along with being a proven developer and investor in the local area. Testament to his work in this field, Alistair Campbell was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to the economy and town centre regeneration.  

Alistair Campbell added: 

“We don’t need to look far to see how other towns and cities have been able to regenerate the hearts of their communities. If we follow the examples set by our neighbours in Dundee and Perth then we too can bring the same economic benefits back into the centre of our community.

“The Grahamston vision could give a renewed focus to Falkirk Grahamston railway station, turning it into a thriving transport hub. It already benefits from links to Edinburgh – which is just 25 minutes direct - and beyond with Virgin Trains East Coast stopping at Grahamston en-route to London.

“It will also deliver much-needed housing for the centre of Falkirk, creating housing stock with the additional benefit of improved council facilities, shopping, business space and a state-of-the-art Arts venue benefiting the local and wider communities from a cultural perspective with facilities that could attract international performers.”

 “We believe the plans for the land, which Falkirk District Council currently owns the majority of, are achievable. I’ve invested significantly to develop this vision, assess its feasibility and present a viable investment and development opportunity for both the public and private sector.” 

Industry experts believe that the project would not only strengthen Falkirk but could also have  a positive impact on surrounding areas including Grangemouth and Larbert. It would allow a more collective vision for the entire district, bringing businesses and communities closer together.

In conclusion, Alistair said: 

“We have to stop thinking of Falkirk as a town. The area is fragmented with local communities competing for investment. We need to think collectively and share a united vision for the region. If the population of Falkirk district was considered as one, it would have a population to rival Dundee, one of the biggest economies in Scotland. Falkirk, longer term, should be seen on a city level and the Grahamston project could fundamentally help enable this.”

The Grahamston master-plan is now on display at The Falkirk Business Hub at 45 Vicar Street, Falkirk FK1 1LL and interested parties are welcome to view the plans.  Open hours are 8am to 9pm Mon to Thurs, 8-7pm Friday and 9-5pm Saturday.  An open evening will be held late summer and dates will be announced in the near future. For more information in the meantime or to arrange a meeting to discuss the plans in more detail, please email Grahamston@bellair.co.uk or visit www.bellair.co.uk or call 01324 614000 to make an appointment.  

To view a 360 photograph of the Grahamston area, visit https://roundme.com/tour/2d2960d01d8dd24745095d5d926f504a

Bellair Expansion with New Management Team on Board

Property investment and development company Bellair (Scotland) Limited has made two senior management appointments with Crawford Geddes and Colin Campbell joining the board as directors with responsibility for driving business growth.

Bellair (Scotland) Limited was founded by managing director Alistair Campbell OBE. The company as it is known today evolved into an all-sector property company in the 1970s from Alistair’s family-run plumbing business, George Campbell & Sons, which was established in Falkirk by his grandfather in the early 1900s. 

Alistair’s son Colin Campbell, aged 31, joins Bellair from Jones Lang LaSalle where he was an associate director in the capital markets team with responsibility for financial modelling and analysis of potential investment acquisitions for private clients, developers, blue chip organisations and foreign investors.  

During his time with the Jones Lang LaSalle Colin was involved in over £750m of property transactions including the sale of the Omni Centre to TH Real Estate and Port Hamilton, Scottish Widows headquarters, which represents the largest office sale in Edinburgh at £105.5m. 

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Crawford Geddes, aged 50, has held a number of senior positions in the property industry. He was partner in charge of the Edinburgh office of Fuller Peiser, which was acquired by BNP Paribas, a leader in global banking and financial services.  He left there in 2002 to become one of the founding directors of Keiller Edinburgh with responsibility for identifying and realising new commercial development and investment opportunities. Having sold down the Keiller portfolio he has latterly focused on retail schemes with national occupiers, joining Bellair earlier this year.

Commenting on the appointments, Bellair’s managing director Alistair Campbell OBE, said: “These new appointments come at a pivotal time as we are looking to grow the business.  Both Colin and Crawford bring a wealth of experience and this move represents an exciting new era of succession and expansion for Bellair.” 

Colin Campbell, director and fourth generation of the Campbell family to join the business, added:  “Our main aim with the ‘new’ Bellair is to take the company to the next level, building the business through targeted investment with a focus on development and asset management opportunities with a turnaround period of 18 to 24 months.” 

“We have an ambitious yet achievable business plan to take us there and are already delivering multi-scale projects, both independently and through joint ventures with a variety of stakeholders.”  

Bellair have most recently  spearheaded a proposed redevelopment of Falkirk Town Centre in July of this year with the unveiling of a £150m regeneration master plan focused around Falkirk Grahamston railway station and the surrounding area covering some 6.7 acres.

Crawford Geddes, director at Bellair (Scotland) Ltd, concluded: “This is an exciting time to join Bellair and it’s a move, which to some extent formalises a long-standing working relationship with Alistair Campbell.  Our combined expertise and network will help to leverage the business further.” 

For more information, please visit www.bellair.co.uk

PRP Clinic

Edinburgh Clinic Unveils Ground-Breaking PRP Therapy

Top specialists administering Platelet Rich Plasma
Joint Solutions, based at Scotland’s leading private day-case hospital The Edinburgh Clinic, has launched a revolutionary Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) aimed at treating sports-related injuries and worn-out joints. 

This ground-breaking therapy, which is only currently available in one other Clinic in Scotland, is a non-surgical alternative to treat joint and tendon pain whereby a patient’s own blood platelets are injected into the problem area to provoke the body’s own healing process.  

From an orthopaedic perspective, Joint Solutions, the country’s first fully integrated orthopaedic,  sports medicine and injury rehabilitation service, is employing the treatment method for conditions that have traditionally required the use of steroids or surgery, such as joint and tendon pain, Achilles tendinosis or Tennis Elbow. 

Until now, PRP has really only been available to sports athletes however Joint Solutions is bringing this high performance level care method to the wider public. 

The treatment process is straightforward and convenient. Blood is drawn from a vein in the arm, and a separation procedure undertaken by a Centrifuge machine then separately extracts and concentrates the desired body substances (ACP – Autologous Conditioned Plasma). These substances are injected directly into the affected area. The advantages to the patient are that it does not involve artificial drugs, is non-surgical, takes under 30 minutes from start to finish and has little or no downtime.

Mr Tim White MD FRCS, a leading Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, said: “Sports injuries, painful joints, knees, muscles, bones or pre-existing debilitating problems affect large parts of our population and avoiding surgery is usually first and foremost for most patients. Getting the right treatment is imperative and this new PRP method is an excellent non-surgical alternative for joint and tendon pain.

We are collaborating with other experts at the University of Edinburgh and around the world to bring this ground-breaking treatment to Edinburgh, and to contribute to the scientific understanding and development of this exciting field.

The Joint Solutions team includes Dr Carrie McCrea, a highly experienced Sports and Exercise Physician, Mr Tim White MD FRCS, a leading Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, Mr Sam Molyneux FRCS, MSC (Hons), BMedSCi (Hons), Specialist Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Louise Imrie, a specialist Sports Physiotherapist with previous experience of caring for Olympic level athletes, with other leading specialists also on board.  Dr Carrie McCrea and Louise Imrie have been appointed by Team Scotland as part of its medical team for Gold Coast 2018 and Bahamas 2017. 

PRP is available from £420.  For more information on the treatment and Joint Solutions Clinic, please call 0131 447 2340 or visit www.edinburghclinic.com

Notes to Editors:  
  • The Edinburgh Clinic is a private day-case hospital founded in 2008. Part of Aspen Healthcare, the clinic is located at 40 Colinton Road and offers fast access to appointments for out-patient consultation, on-site diagnostic imaging and day-case surgical treatment.  For more information, visit www.edinburghclinic.com  
  • Joint Solutions follow up treatment options (which are separate to the one-day appointment) can include: 
Surgery
Arthroscopic (keyhole)
Soft tissue procedures
Open (joint replacement)

Sports medicine treatment
Exercise prescription

Injury assessment and management 
Injections, including steroids or hyaluronate joint lubricant
Ultrasound or shock-wave treatment
Health promotion
DEXA scans
PRP injections
Female athlete assessments

Physiotherapy
Full body assessment to identify predisposing factors
Range of treatment techniques and modalities
Pre +Post-operative rehabilitation
Rehabilitation training and reconditioning
Individualised exercise programmes
Yoga-based rehabilitation

Mcalpine Miller Label Silks Collection Launches Summer 2017

New Ready-to-Wear Capsule Collection from Globally Acclaimed Artist

Sunday HeraldThe new McAlpine Miller Label luxury Silks collection is truly unique with beautiful fluid silk pieces featuring intricate print works by the globally acclaimed Scottish artist Stuart McAlpine Miller.
 
McAlpine Miller’s contemporary paintings are featured in Galleries and Collections around the world. Counting Sir Paul McCartney among his celebrity admirers, his art, which fetches from £30,000 up to six figures, has been transposed onto silk in a hotly anticipated first ready-to-wear capsule collection featuring images from recent exhibitions. 

The imagery flows effortlessly from canvas to playful printed silks showcasing McAlpine Miller’s statement multi-layered oeuvres where celebrated cartoon characters and superheroes overlap stylish European models and cultural icons, past and present, in a debate on aesthetic values. 
 
Eye-catching and provocative, this signature collection, which has been designed by Nikki McAlpine Miller, offers a bold kaleidoscope of colours with shaping that is effortlessly feminine. 
 
The collection features versatile 100% silk georgette pieces that are the epitome of elegance and look incredible day or night, dressed up or down: from floor-length gowns, playsuits and kimonos that will take you from the sunny beach bars of Dubai and Ibiza to contemporary eveningwear perfectly suited for any occasion. 
 
  • ‘Time traveller’s Wife’ fluid, fitting full-length robe, £695 - drape open as an over-layer or wear belted as a dress or evening gown
  • ‘Lipstick Enlistee’ romper, £395 - would look as good in a club as it would on the beach
  • ‘Table Top Disciples of Pose’ t-shirt, £295, and shorts, £145 - a cute set that can be mixed and matched as separates or worn together for luxuriant lounging
  • ‘Lipstick Enlistee’ kimono, £495 - perfect for the poolside or the bar
  • ‘Cos I Eat My Spinach’ diaphanous cami, £195, and palazzo pant, £395, with an all-over print featuring Kate Moss and Popeye that screams pure sass
  • ‘Super Fashion Victim II’ nightie, £295 - dare to bare in the bedroom or pair with jeans or leggings, depending on the mood!
  • ‘Cos I’m a Believer’ silk scarf, £195
Stuart McAlpine Miller recently had a sell-out exhibition of paintings at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery in New York, he is the artist in residence at The Savoy.
 
The new exclusive McAlpine Miller Label Silks collection is available through independent stockists including award-winning boutique Jane Davidson: or by order through Nikki McAlpine Miller.

About Stuart McAlpine Miller
Using subtle tones of paint McAlpine Miller creates the illusion of transparencies within his works. A reality that is so far-fetched that it becomes a busy blur of objects which portray the idea of an energy-laden consumer society. Contrasting themes of cartoons/superheroes, and stylish European models help to illustrate the unrealistic idealism that these celebrated objects present. Objects that we all desire, whereas the reality is as impossible as the existence of the Disney characters and Superheroes. These comic references do not only convey such, but the imagery also portrays the unimportance of the celebrated objects. How the subject matter overlaps and fades into each other not only shows forgotten memories and aspirations but also illustrates a feeling of a shallow existence.
 
The Artist graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA Honours in Drawing and Painting in 1990. He was also shortlisted for the Provost Award at Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museums in 1996.
 
He has enjoyed successful Solo exhibitions with galleries such as Connaught Brown, London; Duncan Miller, London; Ruth O'Hara, New York; Catto Gallery, London; Rebecca Hossack Gallery and Kings Road Gallery, London, amongst others.
 

Printing Press & Kitchen

Special Easter treat as kids eat free at Edinburgh’s Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch!

Edinburgh’s stylish Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is running an Easter promotion whereby kids eat free throughout the school holidays in April.

The kids eat free promotion is running from the 1st to 15th April 2017 (excluding Sundays) and gives  all children under 12, who are accompanied by a paying adult dining off the All Day menu, the choice of a two-course meal from the children’s menu for free. 

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen offers a lively atmosphere and lots of space so it’s the perfect child-friendly pit stop on George Street. Inspired by Scotland’s natural larder, chef Colin Fleming’s all day menu offers a selection of delicious seasonal dishes to choose from including Craft ale-battered fish and chips served with mushy peas; Spiced duck leg with creamed sweetcorn, pickled Perthshire rhubarb and pomegranate and a selection of 28-day-aged Tweed Valley steaks. The kid’s menu boasts a combination of traditional home comfort options and healthy alternatives that’ll win over even the fussiest of eaters.

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is located at 21-25 George Street EH2 2PB. Table reservations can be made on line via www.printingpressedinburgh.co.uk or please call 0131 240 7177 to book a table. 

For further information, images or to book a table for a media review, please contact Alison Melton at Jigsaw PR by email alison@jigsawpr.com or call 0131 466 1539. 

Notes to editors:
  • The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen based on Edinburgh’s George Street is situated in a listed Georgian townhouse and has recently undergone significant restoration as part of the multi-million-pound investment in The Principal Edinburgh George Street.
  • The restaurant’s name is a nod to the capital’s rich literary heritage: number 25 was home in the 1780s to the acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier, Robert Burns noted as being a frequent visitor; while in 1840, records show one John Oliphant living there – and Oliphant’s and Ferrier’s descendants founded Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses
  • Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is open seven days a week; serving lunch, dinner and late night bar snacks and cocktails

LBA North Berwick

LBA Secure Planning for Luxury Apartments in North Berwick

Leading Edinburgh-based architectural firm LBA has secured planning for a unique development of four luxurious apartments situated in a prime conservation area on the waterfront in North Berwick.

Enjoying uninterrupted views over the West Bay of North Berwick and to the Firth of Forth, this innovative and ambitious project for private clients Matthew Atton and Sarah Russell includes the conversion of a B-Listed former hotel property at 14 Westgate combined with a highly contemporary new two storey build to create four exclusive three-bed apartments. 

Blenheim House was built in the mid 1800’s as a private home for a wealthy stockbroker and his family. It was extended significantly by the same family n the early 1900’s. Although the property has remained in private ownership since, it operated during the Second World War as a holiday home for the war blinded and as a hotel since the early 60’s through to its closure in 2012. 

Working closely with Matthew Atton and Sarah Russell, as well as other specialist consultants, LBA has produced visionary plans to transform this dilapidated building and preserve its legacy with a change of use back to residential as well as creating an outstanding architectural development for North Berwick. 

The completed development will create four very unique properties finished to the highest specification. Two out of the four apartments will be located within the original B-listed building and will benefit from many of the traditional period features such as large rooms, original cornicing, sash and case windows and fireplaces.

The other two property designs incorporate new build with the traditional structure offering a more contemporary living space with expansive glazing and modern open plan living and kitchen spaces. However, LBA has taken great care to incorporate the character of the existing listed building to the new build elements whilst ensuring that the design is sympathetic and respectful to the surrounding architecture.  The existing grand main staircase and through areas such as entrance and fenestration will be incorporated to provide access to the upper flats.

Commenting on the build, Emily Anderson, project architect for LBA, said: 
“When working with listed period buildings, our design philosophy is to clearly and truthfully define the old and the new. The challenge with developments like Westgate is creating a balance between the careful repair and refurbishment of such an ornate and materially rich building with the new sharp yet subtle contemporary build element. This new build aspect should always remain appropriate and sympathetic to the building’s heritage and historical context. 

“We have embraced the building’s location within a conservation area within North Berwick and ensured that our designs are sympathetic to its context using materials identifiable within the area such as weathered timbers and mattified metals that tone beautifully with the backdrop of the water and lichened stone facades of the neighbouring properties.”

The development will also benefit from beautiful landscaping and gardens to both the front and rear of the building, along with two private parking spaces per flat.  The front aspect of the development will remain grand and impressive with symmetrical parking built either side of a classical porch entrance.  Stone paths will lead to the private main doors, flanked by box hedges, with lawn and planting to blur the edges between solid, yet permeable surfaces and private garden space. 

Lynsay Bell, managing director of LBA, added: 
“This is a really exciting design-led project for LBA, which will bring unique and innovative properties to market. 

“The key design solutions for us were to refine the new build element to ensure it is subservient to the traditional period property so we stepped the extension back at ground level and further back at the first floor tying in heights of the parapets with the delineating lines of the stone banding expressed on the south façade. 

“Design features such as sliding glass doors to the contemporary extensions contrasts beautifully with the traditional sash and case windows.  The addition of private balconies and easy access to external areas will open up incredible views over the Firth of Forth.”

Work is planned to commence on Blenheim House in early 2018 with properties expected for completion winter 2018. For more information, please contact LBA on +44 (0)131 226 7186 or visit www.studiolba.co.uk

Glencairn Properties

Last Opportunity to Buy at Craigmount Avenue in Corstorphine

Only two properties remain for sale at Glencairn Properties’ outstanding development at Craigmount Avenue in Edinburgh’s Corstorphine area. 

Craigmount Avenue is an innovative design-led development of luxurious four-bedroom family homes ideal for those looking for luxury living combined with the perfect location.  With stunning views of the Pentland Hills, these properties are located within close proximity to countryside as well as the tram line and main bus routes into the city and boast easy access to the M8 and M9 motorway network, Forth Road Bridge and west of Edinburgh. 

Built to the highest specification with sleek and contemporary contours, the two remaining homes at Craigmount Avenue include an end Terrace property and a Terrace build, both with a prevailing sense of unassuming sophistication. Set over three floors, the accommodation is spacious and luxurious with four large bedrooms, en suite facilities, an extensive kitchen and diner with 3m wide floor to ceiling glass doors leading to the garden and an extensive separate light filled lounge space on the first floor. The colour palette is neutral with Farrow and Ball colours on the walls. 

Bathrooms feature Grohe systems and underfloor heating throughout with striking German designer Hacker kitchens with Silestone worktops and a feature island with breakfast bar and state of the art Neff appliances as standard. 

Daryl Teague, director of Glencairn Properties, said: “These homes are incredibly unique with innovative and spacious designs based on urban luxe that set them apart from anything else on the market.  

“The location of the development really is ideal for family living and commuting. The area boasts excellent retail, social and leisure facilities and there’s highly reputable schooling from nursery through to secondary. There’s also superb transport links into the City, which makes Craigmount Avenue both accessible and convenient for commuters and families alike.” 

The last two homes for sale benefit from large turfed gardens with patio areas to the rear and private off street parking.  There are retained mature hedging and trees to the boundary of the development and privacy fences between neighbouring properties. 

The end-Terrace (plot 3) is priced at £485,000 with the terrace property (plot 4) priced at £550,000. The showhome is open this Sunday (9 April 2017) from 12-4pm. For further information, please contact Retties sales team on 0131 220 4160 or email mail@rettie.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Glencairn Properties on 0131 629 3443 or visit www.glencairnproperties.com

Scotland’s first fully integrated Orthopaedic, Sports Medicine & injury rehabilitation clinic unveiled by top specialists in Edinburgh

New Joint Solutions Service Launches at The Edinburgh Clinic

Scotland’s first fully integrated Orthopaedic, Sports Medicine & injury rehabilitation clinic unveiled by top specialists in Edinburgh

Scotland’s leading private day-case hospital, The Edinburgh Clinic, today (Wednesday 17 January) unveiled the country’s first fully integrated orthopaedic, sports medicine and injury rehabilitation service designed to bring the same high performance level care normally associated with sports athletes to the wider public.

The New Year brings a raft of self-improvement goals and resolutions with many thousands embarking on fitness and diet plans to get back in shape.  Whilst exercise is one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy, painful joints, knees, muscles, bones or pre-existing debilitating problems including sports injury, overuse or general wear and tear can be a real issue. Making the right diagnosis is key to getting the right treatment.  
The launch of Joint Solutions, which is a one-stop-shop service, is ultimately aimed at helping people stay active and healthy by managing injury as well as offering bespoke fitness and health programmes. Pain management and injury rehabilitation are often classed as non-urgent with patients facing long waiting times to be seen. These can be extremely debilitating with long waiting times to be seen.  However, this new service offers specialist expert advice from highly experienced senior doctors and top physiotherapists and access to state-of-the-art medical technology.  Joint Solutions work with the patient to identify their health or medical problem and to plan their treatment, whether this is surgery, injections, physiotherapy or a tailored exercise programme.

The founding team includes Dr Carrie McCrea, a highly experienced Sports and Exercise Physician, Mr Tim White MD FRCS, a leading Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, Mr Sam Molyneux FRCS, MSC (Hons), BMedSCi (Hons), Specialist Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Louise Imrie, a specialist Sports Physiotherapist with previous experience of caring for Olympic level athletes, with other leading specialists also on board.

Joint Solutions offers patients the unique opportunity to undertake an initial 25-minute consultation and examination with either a sports physician or orthopaedic surgeon (or both), an MRI scan (if required) and follow up 15-minute appointment with the clinic’s specialists to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan. All of this takes place in one appointment at the clinic’s hospital on 40 Colinton Road.

Commenting on the launch, Mr Tim White said:

“Physical inactivity and obesity are the largest morbidity factors today, yet you can add quality years to your life by making the right nutrition and exercise decisions.
 
“For many people good exercise and nutrition aren’t always put into practice yet it’s important to consider your health inside and out.  We know that people are busy and time is valuable but we’re not looking at short term fixes with Joint Solutions, we’re committed to providing our patients with the right tools to help maximise health and performance with a holistic approach all under one roof.

 “This knowledge based approach to health and injury management has often been something that only athletes could access. It’s a field we’ve all specialised in for many years so it was a natural progression for us to collaborate on Joint Solutions, which we believe is Scotland’s first and only fully integrated orthopaedic, sports medicine and injury rehabilitation service.“

The first patient to be treated by the team is Edinburgh-based Dental Surgeon Dr Willie Jack, aged 57 years old. An active cyclist, canoeist and rambler with properties in Edinburgh and Assynt, Dr Jack is an otherwise fit and healthy outdoor enthusiast bar who suffered with recurring pain from shoulder injuries incurred during years of playing rugby in his younger years.  Now semi-retired, Dr Jack was keen to continue to develop his outdoor sports interests. However, he knew he needed to be seen by a consultant but was reluctant to embark upon any surgical interventions whilst still practising as a dental surgeon. 

Commenting on his experience with the Joint Solutions team, Dr Jack said:

“My experience at The Edinburgh Clinic was painless and swift. I’d been carrying niggling shoulder injuries for a long time, years in fact. They’ve probably originated from rugby injuries sustained many years ago and frankly over time I’d learnt to live with them as a painful inconvenience.
 
“Now that I’m semi-retired and spending more time in the outdoors, with a view to becoming even more active, I needed to sort it out once and for all. However, by upping my sports and outdoor activities, I was also running the risk of making the pain even worse and doing longer-term damage to my shoulder.
 
“I contacted The Edinburgh Clinic and got an appointment straight away. I saw the Consultant Surgeon and had my shoulders MRI scanned right there and then. The Consultant had the results back within minutes of the scan being done.  I returned a couple of days later and was given a shoulder injection under ultrasound. It was that quick and easy, I was literally cycling a sportive in the Pyrenees a week later.
 
Dr Jack concluded:

“I can honestly say that I’ve never felt better. There’s a good chance that I’ll need surgery down the line but for the foreseeable future, I have some of the best clinical champions behind me who are proactively watching my back and keeping me active.”
 
An initial consultation with the Joint Solutions Clinic practitioners is priced from £545. For more information on opening hours and treatments or to book a consultation, please call The Edinburgh Clinic on 0131 447 2340 or visit www.edinburghclinic.com.

Notes to Editors: 
The Edinburgh Clinic is a private day-case hospital founded in 2008. Part of Aspen Healthcare, the clinic is located at 40 Colinton Road and offers fast access to appointments for out-patient consultation, on-site diagnostic imaging and day-case surgical treatment.  For more information, visit www.edinburghclinic.com  
 
Joint Solutions follow up treatment options (which are separate to the one-day appointment) can include:
 
Surgery
  • Arthroscopic (keyhole)
  • Soft tissue procedures
  • Open (joint replacement)
Sports medicine treatment
  • Exercise prescription
Injury assessment and management
  • Injections, including steroids or hyaluronate joint lubricant
  • Ultrasound or shock-wave treatment
  • Health promotion
  • DEXA scans
  • PRP injections
  • Female athlete assessments
Physiotherapy
  • Full body assessment to identify predisposing factors
  • Range of treatment techniques and modalities
  • Pre +Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation training and reconditioning
  • Individualised exercise programmes
  • Yoga-based rehabilitation
Consultants biographies:
Mr Tim White, Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon: Tim is a Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon specialising in acute injuries to joints, bones and muscles. He has been a Consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for ten years, and is head of the Trauma Service, responsible for the care of 6,000 in-patients and 35,000 out-patients a year, suffering from a range of injuries to the arms, legs, spine and pelvis. Tim runs the Acute Knee Injury Clinic at the Royal Infirmary, where, with one colleague he looks after all acute referrals from the Edinburgh region, as well as sub-specialist referrals from other Orthopaedic Consultants in the Lothians, the Borders, Fife, Perth and Dundee.  Tim regularly performs both arthroscopic (keyhole) and open surgery to treat injuries to cartilages, bone and ligaments.  He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons and is the Director of several national and international courses, training other Consultants and junior Surgeons in orthopaedic and trauma surgery. Tim is also the author of numerous scientific papers, book chapters, and a best-selling text book on orthopaedic trauma.

Clinical interests: Joint, bone & muscle injuries; joint, bone & muscle pain; sports Injuries; orthopaedics and trauma.

Sam Molyneux, Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon: Sam has been a Consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for four years. As part of his trauma work he deals with acute injuries to the upper limb (including shoulder, elbow and wrist and hand), the spine and lower limb (including pelvis, hip, knee, ankle and foot). He also leads a subspecialist hand and wrist clinic as well as an acute knee injury service at St John’s hospital in Livingstone. Sam also has a specific subspecialist interest in exertional compartment syndrome and exercise related pain and takes referrals for this from Orthopaedic Consultants all over South East Scotland. His Edinburgh Clinic work reflects this keen interest in maximising people’s function and getting them back to the activities they wish to enjoy.

Sam organises several local, national and international conferences and is the lead for orthopaedic training at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He is also the Treasurer for ARTOF – the Association for the Rational Treatment of Fractures – a group of highly regarded international experts dedicated to identifying optimal therapeutic strategies for patients with injuries.
 
Clinical interests: Hand and wrist injury, pain or stiffness; Sports injury; Knee pain/injury; Exercise/activity related pain and exertional compartment syndrome plus general trauma
 
Dr Carrie McCrea, Sports Physician: Carrie completed her medical training at the University of Edinburgh in 2004 and worked locally in hospital posts before completing GP training. After working as a GP partner for a number of years she left to concentrate on working within Sports Medicine full time.

Carrie has experience of working with high performance sport through her roles as Team Doctor for Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Scotland Women’s Rugby, Scotland Hockey and Scottish Swimming and by providing medical cover at the SportScotland Institute of Sport and the Scottish Football Association. She was employed at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a Venue Medical Manager and is heavily involved in developing services for mental health awareness and management in professional football most recently leading up Support in Sport in collaboration with the PFA and Hampden Sports Centre. She also works within the NHS as a musculoskeletal specialist, working alongside orthopaedic surgeons and other experts in the area. Carrie has a sporting background having competed nationally in hockey and believes regular activity is the key to physical and psychological wellbeing. Her work as medical advisor for Tribe yoga along with committed personal practice enables her to incorporate yoga principles into rehabilitation and management of patients.

Clinical interests: Exercise Prescription and Promotion, Injury management and prevention, Psychological Sports Medicine and Yoga Sports Medicine.

Louise Imrie, Specialist Sports Physiotherapist: Louise is a highly specialist Sports Physiotherapist who has worked for over 10 years full-time in High Performance Sport. She was part of the Team Scotland Medical Team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and part of Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Louise is currently lead physiotherapist for the British Swimming Open Water programme, and previously held the position of ‘Lead Physiotherapist for Aquatics’ at the Scottish Institute of Sport for 5 years. In addition, she has worked with the Scottish Hockey Union and worked full-time for the Scottish Rugby Union, with a number of international squads. Fundamental to Louise's approach as a physiotherapist are her attention to detail and full body approach.

She believes in taking a proactive approach to the body, health and well-being with the emphasis that prevention is better than cure. She strongly believes in the value of exercise programs and yoga to supplement everyday performance. Alongside, the role of physical activity for health and well-being, Louise is also a RYT 200-hour Yoga Teacher; she combines her knowledge and expertise of the body, injury, sport and performance to tailor yoga 1:1s to address individual needs and goals.

Clinical interests: Sport + Exercise Injuries; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Exercise Programs; Rehabilitation; Physical Activity + Exercise for Health + Well-being plus Yoga

 

Leading Insurance Firm Partners with Record Breaking Beaumont

Leading Insurance Firm Partners with Record Breaking Beaumont

Record breaking Scottish adventurer, presenter and author Mark Beaumont has teamed up with one of Scotland’s largest independent insurance brokers Bruce Stevenson as a corporate ambassador ahead of announcing plans for the largest expedition of his career in 2017.

The strategic three year partnership sees Mark Beaumont support the business across tailored events and charitable activities including launching a charity cycle in 2017. His role will also help to motivate and inspire some 90 staff across offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Borders. 
 
Mark initially shot to fame after completing an 18,000 mile round the world bike race and smashing the previous world record by 82 days.  He then cycled the length of the Rockies and Andes, a total of 13,000 miles.  Off the bike he has rowed the Arctic and survived after capsizing whilst rowing the Atlantic.  2017 holds some fresh challenges for the endurance athlete.
 
Commenting on the partnership, Mark Beaumont said: “I am delighted to be working with the Bruce Stevenson team.  They are a very successful, trusted and ambitious team, where I can add expertise at many of their events and business activities. In addition, I am building on the success of last year’s Africa World Record with the largest expedition of my career in 2017, so I am sure the Bruce Stevenson team will enjoy being a part of my world, where I continue to push the limits of endurance.”
 
Edward Bruce CEO, added: “This is the first time that we have brought in an ambassador such as Mark and it’s a fitting partnership. Mark is a highly motivational business ambassador and mentor. The passion and determination that drives Mark forward is inspiring and we look forward to developing the relationship to the benefit of our clients and employees.”

For more information, please contact Emma Strachan, Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers on 0131 553 2293 or visit www.brucestevenson.co.uk

Notes to editors:
Currently the largest independent insurance broker in Edinburgh and the second largest in Scotland, Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers were founded by CEO Edward Bruce’s father, David Bruce, in 1981 with Tony Stevenson.
 
The Chartered Insurance Institute granted Chartered Insurance Broker status to Bruce Stevenson in 2010, a title held by fewer than 100 brokers in the UK. The firm is also a founding member of the prestigious UNA Alliance, which represents twelve of the largest and most highly-respected independent regional insurance brokers throughout the UK.  The company also holds a prestigious three star accreditation for ‘exceptional customer service’ by Investors in Customers, one of less than 15% of companies to achieve this accolade on the first attempt and the second highest overall score of a financial services company in the UK. 

New TAG connected smartwatch on sale at Laing Edinburgh

New TAG connected smartwatch on sale at Laing Edinburgh

The first ‘Connected’ smartwatch from world renowned Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer, with Intel Inside and running Android Wear, is now available for sale at LAING EDINBURGH’s flagship showroom in George Street. 

Available online and in-store, the new TAG Heuer Connected has been developed in partnership with Intel and Google combining connectivity and computing intelligence with over 150 years’ Swiss watchmaking expertise. Its design is based on TAG’s existing Carrera line, is 46mm in diameter with a case, back and lugs made from grade 2 titanium, which is lighter and more scratch resistant than steel or gold.  An Intel Atom processor runs the Android Wear operating system, which enables a comprehensive range of connectivity options including music streaming, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Owners can also tap into apps such as Google Fit, Google Maps and exclusive apps for golf and trail walking amongst others.
 
This innovative water-resistant timepiece also boasts a digital watch face with three digital watch dials that mirror the Carrera’s analogue faces complete with hands, index, counters, date window and minute track.  It comes with a textured black rubber strap with red, blue, white, orange, green and yellow versions that are sold separately. The strap buckle is made from grade 2 titanium.
 
There is also a sapphire crystal touchscreen, a crown at 3 o’clock to help with navigation and the watch also benefits from a small microphone and 4GB of internal memory as well as an all-day battery life thanks to the latest generation lithium battery.
 
Laing’s Chairman, Michael Laing OBE, said: “This is an incredibly sophisticated smartwatch that has all the stylish aesthetics and engineering of a fine Swiss watch combined with state-of-the-art technology. It’s retailing at an accessible price point, which means the TAG Heuer Connected is also appealing to sports, walking and gym enthusiasts of all ages, whether purchased as an everyday timepiece or for its functional smartwatch capabilities.”
 
The TAG Heuer Connected is priced at £1100 and is available from www.laingedinburgh.com or visit the store at 72 George Street, Edinburgh.

Jeffreys Interiors

New Ji collection unveiled by Jeffreys Interiors

Acclaimed Scottish interior design house Jeffreys Interiors has launched an eponymous new upholstery range - The Ji Collection. 

Truly bespoke to Jeffreys and a first for this award-winning design house, the exciting new Ji Collection brings a touch of artisan country styling with a contemporary twist.
 
Offering a beautiful range of upholstery including sofas, occasional arm chairs and stools, this Collection reinforces Jeffreys’ commitment to craftsmanship, quality and heritage. Many of these designs feature artisan upholstery and traditional furniture making crafts such as the eight way Hand tied method, whereby each coil spring is held in place by eight strong knots.
 
Managing director Jeff Laing picked out a few of his favourite pieces including the new beautiful hand crafted Kincairney Chair. Creating a focal point for the hall or living room, this is a standout piece made with solid Kiln Dried Walnut wood which comes in a classic, neutral and naturally calming oatmeal or alabaster linen fabric - the perfect complement to bright, colourful accessories.  The Kincairney is also eight way hand tied thereby offering the ultimate guarantee of quality and comfort that will last the test of time.  Priced at £1191.
 
Truly stylish, the Stenton Chair in oatmeal linen comes in a walnut wood with a distressed chalk finish, is fully upholstered and features brass nail detailing for added contrast. Priced at £1391.
 
The Ballathie is a classic yet contemporary roll arm sofa, which comes in a walnut dry finish with Antwerp Oatmeal or Alabaster upholstery and no nails!  Available in three sizes: 180cm, 210cm and 240cm with prices starting from £2691.
 
Jeff Laing commented: “It has been a long held ambition of mine to launch a collection that’s bespoke to Jeffreys Interiors so it’s exciting to finally bring it to our clients. We have one of the best design teams in Scotland so have collectively chosen designs that will stand the test of time with the highest quality of finish, contemporary detailing and beautiful fabrics.”
 
Alison Vance, Design Director, added: “Our aim with this collection was to create affordable pieces with a luxury feel that reflect our character and individuality whilst complementing a variety of styles and living spaces. We’ve deliberately kept to a classic, neutral colour palette with natural materials and contemporary detailing that suits both country and urban living.”
 
The new Ji collection is available exclusively from Jeffreys Interiors from mid-May 2016.  
 
Jeffreys Interiors is located at 8 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh and The Old Church on Tay Terrace, Dunkeld. For more information please visit www.jeffreys-interiors.co.uk or call 0131 247 8010.

Latest breakthrough in glaucoma treatments launches in Scotland

  • First ever keyhole surgical method unveiled
  • U2 star Bono one of over 600,000 Brits suffering from glaucoma

Glaucoma can now be cured with the first ever keyhole surgical method, a simple yet innovative injection called the Xen Gel Stent.  

Unveiled at one of Scotland’s leading private day-case hospitals, The Edinburgh Clinic, the new Xen Gel Stent is a revolutionary treatment in the fight against one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness, which affects two in every 100 people over 40 years old.

Ophthalmic surgeon and glaucoma specialist, Dr Andrew Tatham comments: “This is without doubt the biggest breakthrough we’ve seen for years in the treatment of glaucoma. A tiny pliable drainage tube is injected into the eye, which allows excess fluid to drain thereby relieving high eye pressure and preventing damage to the optic nerve.  It’s a quicker and safer method than previous treatments with no requirement for stitches.”

It is believed that around 600,000 Brits suffer for glaucoma, which is essentially a narrowing of the vision causing a loss in peripheral and then central vision.  Excessive build up of liquid in the eye causes high pressure and damage to the optic nerve resulting in misery for over half a million people and for some irreversible blindness.

Glaucoma is most often treated using eye drops but many people eventually need surgery to help preserve their sight. The most common operation is known as a trabeculectomy, which involves creating a small drainage channel in the eye. Trabeculectomy requires a long operation during which several stitches are placed in the eye. There is also a small risk of the pressure in the eye becoming too low, which can reduce vision. This older form of surgery is more invasive and can have a long recovery period.

The Xen Gel Stent is less invasive than the traditional trabeculectomy method, at only 6mm long and the width of human hair, it can be injected easily and comes with a much faster recovery time. Surgery takes minutes and the eye is completely recovered within a few weeks. 

Dr Andrew Tatham, concluded: “As with any treatment, the Xen Gel Stent may not suit everyone however we are anticipating that many patients will benefit from it. There are real advancements being made in the fight against glaucoma and this new technological breakthrough follows closely on the back of the launch of the Triggerfish lens, which monitors eye pressure over a 24-hour period allowing a more effective and detailed picture of the patient’s eye health.

“Glaucoma is a debilitating disease and it’s encouraging that the medical advancements we’re seeing today will help ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people.”

The first patient to be treated by Dr Andrew Tatham in Scotland is a 60 year old retired police officer from Ayrshire, he said: “I was diagnosed with Glaucoma in my late 50s. It was thankfully caught early on and was managed with eye drops and laser surgery but to avoid further deterioration, I opted for this new procedure. The Xen Gel Stent was fitted in thirty minutes, I had a follow up appointment the next again day and can honestly say that I’m delighted with the results, it was a painless, straightforward procedure. I’d highly recommend anyone with glaucoma finding out more about this, its micro-invasive so you can’t feel the stent being fitted and wouldn’t know it was there, it’s also such a quick recovery time compared to other procedures.”

The Xen Gel Stent, is priced at £3,100 and is available from The Edinburgh Clinic, part of Aspen Healthcare.  For more information on opening hours and treatments or to book a consultation, please call The Edinburgh Clinic on 0131 447 2340 or visit www.edinburghclinic.com.

Carlowrie Castle opens as stunning exclusive-use venue on Edinburgh’s doorstep

Nine-bedroom Baronial Mansion Blends Rich Heritage with Modern Elegance & Luxurious Comfort.

Set amidst an expansive 32-acre estate on Edinburgh’s doorstep, Carlowrie Castle has opened its doors as a stunning luxury exclusive-use venue for weddings and private gatherings.  Only eight miles from Scotland’s capital, and a short drive from Edinburgh International Airport, this 19th Century mansion house has undergone lavish restoration under the careful watch of owner Andrew Marshall.  The end result is a remarkable retreat that blends rich heritage with modern elegance and luxurious comfort.

The first impression as you travel along the 150m tree-lined drive is breathtaking.  Designed by eminent Victorian architect David Rhind, and constructed in 1852, Carlowrie Castle is a striking example of a Scots Baronial mansion with grand stone façade, pitched dormers and high parapets.  From the main entrance, the grand hallway opens out to a light-flooded atrium with original flagstone floor and sweeping staircase to the upper level, which houses seven en-suite bedrooms.

The bedrooms all feature handmade beds and cabinetry, and sumptuous soft furnishings.  A perfect night’s sleep is guaranteed on bed linen made from the finest Egyptian 650 thread count cotton and Hungarian goose feather-stuffed top loaders, duvets and pillows.  There’s even a pillow menu to suit all preferences on pillow firmness.  Quarried Italian marble floor and wall tiles, nickel and copper freestanding baths by William Holland, walk-in showers and wireless Sonos speakers enhance the mood of extravagance in the generously-proportioned bathrooms and the towels are all 750GSM, the same as found in the seven-star Burj Al Arab in Dubai.  Each room offers decadent creature comforts in the way of robes and slippers, satellite TV, WiFi and Nespresso machines.  On the lower ground, with its own private courtyard and a wood-burning stove, sits Carlowrie One: a deluxe 115m2 two-bedroom, two-bathroom self-contained apartment that offers a real sense of seclusion for smaller, more intimate parties.  For an indulgent treat, a private chef can cook for guests in the high-end bespoke kitchen, equipped with state-of-the-art Mieleappliances and a wine fridge.  A butler can be called upon for an extra-special stay.

Carlowrie’s public rooms are equally as impressive: the lounge boasts an exquisite black and white marble floor and jaw-dropping glass chandelier; the library tall ornate bookcases, decorative cornicing, open fireplace and traditional herringbone parquet flooring.  Eye-catching art from Andrew’s personal collection adorn the walls throughout, including paintings from Cuban artist Raiber GoH and a specially commissioned canvas by Lucinda Burman of the Castle, which hangs above the fireplace in the drawing room.

To the east side of the Castle, the newly-built Orangery bestows panoramic views over the gardens, providing a breathtaking backdrop for events.  The Orangery seats 120 people and a marquee can be erected for larger functions for up to 450.  All food is freshly prepared by the Castle’s award-winning caterers, Wilde Thyme.

Beyond the manicured gardens on all sides extends the 32-acre estate, complete withtennis court, kitchen garden – where all herbs and vegetables are grown for the kitchen; an original Mackenzie and Moncur Victorian hothouse sheltering peaches, nectarines and grapes; grazing pasture and native woodland strewn with meandering paths for quiet walks.

In its entire history, Carlowrie Castle has only ever been residence to two families: the man who commissioned its build - Thomas Hutchison, and the Marshall family, who bought the property in 1982 as their family home and whose son, Andrew, now owns the property.

Its most famous inhabitant was Isobel Wylie Hutchison (Thomas Hutchison’s grand-daughter).  Isobel became an illustrious arctic explorer, botanist and author in her adult life.  Many of the plants she collected can still be found on the grounds and in the nearby Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh.

Andrew Marshall said: “I grew up in Carlowrie, it was quite a special place to call home so, when it came to renovating it as a private venue, it was a real labour of love for me.  The house has such a wonderful history that I wanted to preserve its heritage and treat the re-design sensitively so none of this narrative would be lost. I’m more than happy with what we’ve achieved.  But there’s still one room that remains a complete mystery: the tower on the west-facing side of the Castle.  It has a second floor with no obvious means of access at all as far as we know – the building still holds a secret or two!”

Carlowrie Castle can be hired from £4,050 for 24 hours (10am-10am) with full use of facilities.  And, for a truly individual experience, guests can take advantage of a host of incredible add-ons: chauffeur service from Edinburgh airport, personal training and yoga in the grounds, bedroom beauty treatments, whisky tasting, ceilidh dancing/displays, quad biking, treasure hunts, highland games, segways, cocktail making sessions, fireworks displays, personal shopping at Harvey Nichols, and many more.

Laing Edinburgh shines bright with new £1.7m George Street store

Laing Edinburgh becomes the largest jewellery store outside London.

In a historic move for Scotland’s most prestigious and finest independent family jeweller, Michael Laing OBE, chairman of Laing Edinburgh- celebrating its 175th anniversary this year - today (Friday 18th December)fulfilled a lifelong dream as he officially opened the doors to a new £1.7m store on the capital city’s prestigious George Street.

The new three-story £1.7 million flagship store occupies the corner site at 72 George Street, which formerly housed Barclays Bank. This stunning building, which has benefited from over a million pound invested in its design and fit-out replaces Laing’s diamond and luxury watch store at 29 Frederick Street, which Michael has occupied since 1978.

Destined to be a landmark on Scotland’s retail scene, the new store, alongside the adjacent office and workshops, makes Laing Edinburgh the largest jewellery store outside London, occupying 9,000sq ft.

The new store is beautifully decorated with a blend of traditional and contemporary feel. In addition to Laing’s fine diamond jewellery and luxury brands such as Astley Clarke, Rolex, Cartier, Jaeger le Coultre, Mikimoto and Marco Bicego, the outstanding 175th commemorative necklet will be on display here.

Commenting on the official launch of the new showroom, Michael Laing OBE, said:

“Today represents a significant milestone in our family history, opening such a magnificent store on Edinburgh’s George Street is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and the culmination of months of work to get to this point.

“We’d been looking for the right location for Laing on George Street for many years and when this prominent building came to market, we knew it was the right home for Laing. It’s a traditional Georgian building in a superb location and enjoys extensive window space so customers can more easily browse our luxury brands and diamond collections.

“We’re extremely proud of our new luxury showroom it’s a true celebration of timeless beauty and craftsmanship blending contemporary design with the traditional splendour of the Georgian period.

Laing Edinburgh commissioned Eric Young & Co, who have steered the property deal, alongside leading designers Skakel & Skakel.  

The new store is also home to Laing’s workshops and team of craftsmen and specialist designers as well as the service department, which caters to the city’s consistent demand for jewellery and watch repairs.

The second Laing Edinburgh showroom at 25 Frederick Street – which offers luxury brands including Omega, Longines and Chopard – remains in its current location.

For more information, please visit www.laingedinburgh.com or call the new store on 0131 225 4513.

Four new appointments at Cornerstone Asset Management

One of Scotland’s leading full-service independent financial advisory firms, Cornerstone Asset Management is investing in its continued growth with the announcement of four key appointments in the Edinburgh office.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Alan Reid, joins Cornerstone’s senior management team with a focus on business development for both corporate and private clients. Aged 55, Alan has held key director positions in the financial services industry including C.E Heath (Scotland), formerly Collins Halden (Scotland) Ltd and Balmoral Asset Management Ltd, where he played a major role in helping grow the business over the past decade. 

Prior to Alan’s position at Balmoral, he was managing director of Heath Consulting (Scotland) Ltd where he was instrumental in the management buy-out of C.E Heath forming Opus Consulting as a standalone wealth management business.  Alan will play a central role in developing strategic client relationships for Cornerstone and long-term growth.

Cornerstone has created a new management position with the appointment of Suzanne Reid as Operations Director.  Suzanne, with over 20 years’ experience in the industry joins the Firm from Turcan Connell Asset Management (Tcam) where she was responsible for a team of up to 20 staff reporting to the management team on all aspects of the operations function including change management and asset management administration. With a strong background in financial services and financial planning, Suzanne’s career has also included roles with Watson Wyatt Partners, Origen and Scottish Equitable.

Scott Snedden, aged 40 joins Cornerstone as a chartered financial planner from Balmoral Asset Management Ltd. With over 20 years’ financial services experience Scott has also worked with AEGON Scottish Equitable as a senior business analyst in the pensions department. A fellow of the Personal Finance Society, Scott is a specialist wealth management planner with particular expertise in corporate pensions and private clients. He was also an active member of the Junior Chamber International where he was awarded the Most Outstanding JCI Member in Scotland in 2010.

Cornerstone has also appointed Louise Melville as personal assistant to the management team. Louise has a long standing relationship with Alan Reid having worked with him for over 20 years and joins Cornerstone following a short sabbatical from the industry. 
Commenting on the appointments, Laurie Dempster, one of Cornerstone’s founding partners, said:

“These new appointments underline Cornerstone’s commitment to further growing our corporate and private client business. I have known Alan for many years so delighted to welcome him on board. It’s also exciting to welcome Suzanne, Louise and Scott to the Firm. These are new positions, which have been created as a result of the accelerated growth of the business.

“We are confident that our expanded team will be instrumental in helping leverage Cornerstone, as all bring a wealth of expertise and financial services acumen. They also join the business at a time when we are focused on delivering real growth and expansion south of the border.”

Cornerstone Asset Management was formed in February 2011 by Jason Hemmings, Alan Reid and Laurie Dempster. With offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow and further expansion plans underway, Cornerstone is focused on wealth management and corporate financial planning.

Groundbreaking lens helps abate 'thief of sight' tackling Glaucoma misery

The Edinburgh Clinic, one of Scotland’s leading private day case hospitals is offering a new electronic contact lens, akin to the type of technology seen in the Bond movies, in the fight against one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness.

Glaucoma is feared to affect half a million Britons, although more than half of all cases remain undiagnosed.

The Triggerfish contact lens is a new wearable technology that helps experts diagnose the cause of glaucoma earlier, potentially leading to better treatments and saving the sight of patients.The soft silicone lens contains a gold microprocessor, which is an electronic circuit that monitors fluctuations in pressure within the eye. Traditionally eye pressure is checked using an air puff test at the opticians but air puff tests capture just a split second of information. Eye pressure varies through the day so some patients may have a normal pressure on air puff but higher pressure at other times.

The Triggerfish contact lens monitors changes in the eye over an entire 24-hour period.The data can be downloaded from the lens enabling specialists to obtain a fuller picture of the eye’s health. Raised eye pressure is the leading cause of glaucoma so this sophisticated lens, which is handmade in Switzerland, is a ground breaking new device to help glaucoma specialists decide on the best treatment.

Commenting on the technology, ophthalmic surgeon and glaucoma specialist, Dr Andrew Tatham said: “Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” as it causes a gradual loss of vision, which is often undetected. As vision loss is usually slow and affects the peripheral vision first patients can lose more than half their vision and still not notice they are affected. Unfortunately once loss of vision has occurred it can’t be reversed but with the best tailored treatments we can halt the effects and prevent further damage. The earlier we can identify and treat this condition, the better chance we have of saving people’s sight."

Dr Andrew Tatham continued: “Glaucoma is caused when the eye’s natural drainage channels become blocked, fluid inside the eye is unable to drain, and the pressure inside the eye rises. Eye pressure fluctuates through the day, so depending on what the individual is doing and when the reading is taken, a single reading can be very misleading. The Triggerfish contact lens is the first device that is able to give us information about changes in the eye over 24 hours. Instead of a single frame we are able to see the full picture. Glaucoma is more common with age but can affect anyone so it is important to have regular eye examinations, especially if you are aged over 40.”

The Triggerfish, which is priced at £400, is available from The Edinburgh Clinic, part of Aspen Healthcare. Worn by the patient for twenty-four hours, Triggerfish allows the wearer to carry on with normal activities during that time. It can be used to detect causes of glaucoma and help specialists decide on the best treatment.

Dr Andrew Tatham concludes: “Glaucoma can affect anyone but certain people are more susceptible such as those with long or short-sightedness or those with a family member with the disease. It’s important that people with these conditions are especially aware of the dangers and take advantage of the technological developments available to them.”


Fashion with a conscience: Scottish womenswear label Ala Mairi launches second collection of luxury ethical fashion

Acclaimed Scottish womenswear label, Ala Mairi, has unveiled its second collection of luxury ethical fashions and accessories.

Inspired by sunsets in the Shetland Islands, this striking new designer collection features a dream-like colour palette and combines the finest of exclusive hand-loom woven fabrics created by traditional artisans in Scotland and embroidered by hand with 100% silks by women facing hardship in Pakistan. The result is a stylish capsule collection of unashamedly sumptuous and intricately made statement dresses, tops, shirts, trousers and scarves, with a conscience. 

Edinburgh-based designer and founder Fatima Mahmood fused cultures and skills to create the inimitable Ala Mairi brand - and the highly anticipated winter 2014 collection. Mahmood travelled to the Scottish Highlands in search of handloom weavers and lace makers to help create the fashion collection. The moody colour palette of blues, oranges and pinks offset with dramatic black reflects more than a nod to Shetland’s iconic St Ninian’s Isle beach and its infamous sunsets. 

Each garment is hand woven from luxurious silk, cotton and linen yarns such as Harris Tweed she sourced from British artisans before being fused with embroidery and hand dyed Pakistan by women facing hardship. The cultural mix of the finest craftsmanship from both continents is what makes Ala Mairi unique. 

The feminine Arch top (£390, left) features a dramatic asymmetrical hand woven panel. Made from 100% silk, the ivory top was hand dyed in Lahore.  

The understated Abbie dress (£550, right) features raglan sleeves with an asymmetrical neck detail. Artisans from Duns have hand woven threads of cream, grey and deep pink to create the playfully majestic colour palette. Made from 100% raw crepe silk, hand dyed in Lahore. 

The limited edition Naomi snood (£165, right) infuses Scottish heritage with Pakistani culture. Hand-dying skills passed down through generations of Lahorean hand dyers have been used to create unique diamond shaped ivory motifs onto 100% silk Prussian blue plush velvet. Scottish artisans have hand woven yarns of cream, copper and antique gold lurex with a subtle sophistication and refinement.

The limited edition Ava Scarf (£175, left) was crafted by artisans from Women’s Welfare Centres in Rawalpindi. Unique hand-dying techniques create a colourful palette reflective of Pakistan’s vibrant culture. Inspired by Fair Isle motifs, Scottish artisans have hand woven cream, pink, grey and gold lurex yarns to create a unique infusion of colour. The grey crochet panels have been hand embroidered with pearl beading by women in Rawalpindi.

As well as being a luxury ethical fashion brand, Ala Mairi is also a Social Enterprise with a vision to generate sustainable income for the workforces of Scottish and Pakistan artisans. The company has been awarded a Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark for its commitment to maximising social impact whilst minimising environmental impact.

Ala Mairi founder and designer, Fatima Mahmood says of her designs with a conscience: “This second collection sees the unique Ala Mairi trademark fusion between Pakistan and Scotland become further entwined, resulting in a stronger style look.

“We have worked hard on pushing the designs, the collaboration with artisans and the colour palette which makes this collection not only striking but incredibly distinctive.”

The new Ala Mairi collection is available to buy online at www.alamairi.com.

Dewar's World of Whisky reopens in Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy, Scotland, 4th April 2014 - Following a significant investment and three month redevelopment of Scotland’s iconic DEWAR’S® Aberfeldy Distillery visitor centre in Perthshire, the famed five-star DEWAR’S World of Whisky reopens its doors to the public today (Friday 4 April 2014).

The refurbished centre celebrates DEWAR’S portfolio and provides visitors with a more in-depth and engaging experience, showcasing historic memoirs, some of which have never been seen before.

In-keeping with DEWAR’S rich heritage, visitors to its spiritual Highland home, located just three miles from the birth place of John Dewar, will be welcomed with a brand new visitor experience. This world-renowned crafted Highland Single Malt has been produced at the Aberfeldy Distillery since 1898 and the visitor centre is located in one of the original buildings. The refurbishment has been undertaken with the utmost care, retaining many of the traditional features of this historical building.

A stunning and dramatic ‘stave tunnel’ installation, made from oak casks, leads visitors from the heritage centre to the hosting area and a new hand-crafted glass light feature has been created with hand-blown glass droplets fashioned on whisky droplets. To complement the existing heritage exhibition, there is also the feature archive wall, which showcases vintage memorabilia, signs and advertising campaigns from throughout DEWAR’S history.

The centre’s new café boasts a locally sourced menu offering an extensive selection of freshly prepared hot and cold dishes based on the finest ingredients. There is an enhanced dramming bar, which provides a homely yet stylish retreat with hand-crafted furniture, large sofas and a cosy fireplace, the perfect place to sample the range. And, the brand store has been redesigned to showcase the full DEWAR’SScotch whisky brand portfolio of multi-award winning premium blends including the iconic DEWAR’S White Label, DEWAR’S 12 year old, DEWAR’S 18 Year Old and the exclusive DEWAR’SSignature.

Charlotte Brown, General Manager of DEWAR’SAberfeldy Distillery visitor experience, says, “The refurbishment underpins our commitment to providing a premium service and informative DEWAR’Sexperience for the more than 32,000 visitors to the Aberfeldy Distillery each year. This is the authentic home of DEWAR’S, it’s the first and only distillery the Dewar family built, and the re-opening of our visitor experience marks an exciting milestone in the development of the brand story. We are proud to unveil our fully modernised visitor experience, which celebrates our portfolio and offers our visitors the chance to see some truly authentic artefacts including DEWAR’S mirrors, enamelled signs and bottles from throughout our history. There are also further developments in the pipeline this year, which we believe will appeal further to whisky lovers, visitors and locals alike.”

There are a variety of fun and informative Distillery tours to choose from including the Aberfeldy Tour (£7.50 per adult), Cask Tasting Tour (£15), Connoisseur Tour (£25), Blender’s Tour (£75) and Private Dewar’s Tour (£99). For more info, please visit www.dewars.com or call +44 (0)1887 822010.

Fair game with exclusive Early Bird ticket offer

The early bird catches more than the worm with a superb, added value ticket offer for the 2015 GWCT Scottish Game Fair, Scotland’s largest game fair and best annual outdoor show, held at Scone Palace in Perthshire.

For just £36, the Early Bird ticket offer, which is on available from 29 January, gives a family of four (two adults and two children, aged 5-15 years) an exclusive 10% discount on the gate price with the added benefit of a free Gold Parking pass (worth £12). Two or more adult tickets are also available for £34, per pair, with free Gold Parking.  This exclusive offer runs until 30 April and tickets can be purchased from the Game Fair website www.scottishfair.com.

Building on the success of last year’s event, which marked a milestone moment in the Fair’s history with the Commonwealth Baton travelling through the site, the 2015 three day event will once again take place at the scenic grounds of Scone Palace on the banks of the River Tay.  The Fair, now in its 27th year, is host to an array of lively shows, competitions and outdoor events for all the family over the weekend of Friday 3 - Sunday 5 July from 0930 until 1800 hours daily.

The Game Fair will celebrate the Year of Food & Drink with special chef events and cookery demos and the return of the popular Food Hall, which showcases the best of Scottish produce.  Other popular events returning this year include; gnat shooting, clay shooting, terrier racing, gun dogs, hill ponies, falconry, fly fishing and the spectacular freestyle mountain bike stunt team.   

The Fair offers a wealth of excellent shopping with over 300 traders exhibiting and selling the finest crafts, clothing, equipment and sporting goods as well as the fantastic Food Hall.

Run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, an independent wildlife conservation charity, the GWCT Scottish Game Fair captures the very essence of Scotland’s natural heritage and presents an excellent opportunity for all to engage with the countryside and discover more about the importance of conservation, Scotland’s game and wildlife management and sports.

Commenting on the Fair, Director David Noble, said:

“We are delighted to announce the Early Bird ticket for 2015, tickets are already selling fast and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from Scotland and further afield to enjoy this fantastic long weekend celebrating Scotland’s great outdoors.  We are predicting another sell out event this year, so I’d encourage our visitors to take advantage of this Early Bird Offer.”

For more information on the programme, events and all available ticket packages, please visit www.scottishfair.com or call 01738 554826 for more information.


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