Friday18 August 2017

RIAS unveils 2016 awards shortlist

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Winners named in June

A lookout tower, a new museum at St Andrews golf course and an industrial building for a pâté manufacturer are among 23 schemes that have been shortlisted for Scotland’s top architecture award.

The RIAS shortlist for its 2016 awards was whittled down from 67 entries and schemes range in size from a £900,000 refurbishment of Glasgow Women’s Library by Collective Architecture to a £66 million new campus for City of Glasgow College by Reiach & Hall.

RIAS president Willie Watt said: “While fees and procurement continue to challenge all of us our awards celebrate the very best that is being built in Scotland. This is a tremendous list which goes in scale from a small house extension/reconfiguration to major education provision.”

Judges for this year’s awards includes Denise Bennetts from Bennetts Associates, the director of architecture at Queens University Belfast, Alan Jones, and Stuart McKill, development director at Saint-Gobain.

Winners will be announced on June 15.


The shortlist

(Listed alphabetically with brief project description):

1 West Regent Street, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)

Ryder Architecture

“The challenge was providing 135,000 sq ft of offices while preserving a listed building and integrating this with an innovative new design that blended with its surroundings and added to the cityscape.”

Blakeburn, Roxburghshire (contract value not for publication)


“A complete overhaul of a nondescript mid-20th century dwelling to create a unique and elegant countryside home.”

The British Golf Museum and Café, St Andrews (contract value not for publication)           

Richard Murphy Architects

“The reorganisation places the café on the new first floor but changed the orientation by 90 degrees so most seats now look towards the Old Course.”

Castle MacLellan Foods, Kirkcudbright (contract value: £3.8m)

Taylor Architecture Practice Ltd

“This project aimed to create a well-designed, industrial building that was a pleasurable working environment with a welcoming frontage in a riverside setting.”

City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, Glasgow (contract value: £66m)

Michael Laird Architects/Reiach and Hall Architects

“Located at the edge of a major crossing of the River Clyde, the site marks a gateway in the city and projects the College’s importance as a civic institution as well as creating a new landmark.”

East Kilbride Health Centre, East Kilbride (contract value: £12m)       

Reiach and Hall Architects

“The idea was to create an impressive, brightly lit, social space at the heart of the building that the entire community of users could engage with.”

Forsinard Lookout Tower, Sutherland (contract value not for publication)    

Icosis Architects

“This tower was created to give conservation-minded visitors an elevated and striking look-out over the Flow Country and its blanket peat bogs and associated pools.”

Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow (contract value: £900,000)          

Collective Architecture

“This project reformed the internal spaces of the existing Bridgeton Carnegie Library with a design strategy that involved an informal reading area and open-plan mezzanine area within the former main reading room.”

Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm, Helensburgh (contract value: £6.6m)

Austin-Smith:Lord LLP

“The design ethos was to create a town centre with attractive, usable and flexible public spaces to support community events, festivals and markets.”

High Mill & Preparing Rooms, Verdant Works, Dundee (contract value: £1.7m)

James F Stephen Architects

“Modern interventions, such as an educational pod, have been sensitively designed to sit alongside the original industrial aesthetic.”

“it’s bigger on the inside”, Edinburgh (contract value not for publication)

David Blaikie Architects

“This “glass box” extension and remodelling of the ground floor rear rooms allows the new kitchen and dining spaces of this Category B listed, Victorian townhouse to “spill out” into a south-facing garden.”

Laggan Locks, North Laggan (contract value not for publication)

Sean Douglas & Gavin Murray (in collaboration with Oliver Chapman Architects)

“Scottish Canals was seeking to create a unique ‘stopping off’ opportunity at Laggan Locks on the Caledonian Canal for visitors.”

Lairdsland Primary School, Kirkintilloch (contract value not for publication)

Walters & Cohen Architects

“This 280-pupil school is designed to deliver the new Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and to be a beacon in its community and a quality learning environment.”

Midden Studio, Argyll and Bute (contract value not for publication)

Studio Weave

“This spiky, zinc-clad artist’s studio sitson a former Victorian midden, recalling the vernacular agricultural buildings nearby, the granite rocks that punctuate the landscape and the flourish of ‘Scottish Baronial’.”

Modern Languages Building, Clackmannanshire (contract value not for publication)

Page\Park Architects

“This pavilion teaching building forms a component of Dollar Academy’s new ‘Teaching L’, conceived as an open ‘quad’ at the heart of the campus.”

Polnoon, Glasgow (contract value: £6.1m)

Proctor and Matthews Architects

“The first phase of a 121-home extension to an historic, planned village, key objectives were to create vibrant streetscapes, and provide a thoughtful transition from historic, through contemporary, to rural.”

The Pyramid Viewpoint, Dunbartonshire (contract value not for publication)           

BTE Architecture

“This peninsula viewpoint overlooking Loch Lomond, taking the shape of a triangular platform at the end of a long, curved path.”

Ronald McDonald House, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)


“A 30-bedoom ‘home from home’ that provides comfort and shelter to the families of sick children being treated at a nearby hospital was the brief.”

Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)

Page \ Park Architects

“The building at the Glasgow Academy includes a new 178-seat auditorium, complemented by a generous foyer that wraps around the sculptural elliptical form.”

Sighthill Regeneration, Glasgow (contract value: £12.5m)

Collective Architecture

“This redevelopment provides 141 new-build houses and flats on a mostly vacant site to create new urban blocks that respond to the scale of existing flats.”

St Vincent Crescent Sub-station, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)

NORR Consultants

“The design brief was to house the substation in an enclosure appropriate to its Grade A listed neighbour with an elevational treatment that was modern and lively but still practical.”

The Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh (contract value: £3.5m (inc exhibition fit-out))

John McAslan + Partners

“This scheme introduces direct access to the historic museums via a new glazed linking building, adds a distinct street front visual identity and improves accessibility.”

Zinc-House, Angus (contract value not for publication)

LJR+H Chartered Architects

“Set in the agricultural landscape of Angus, a collection of abandoned farm sheds on the site forms the over-riding conceptual idea for ‘Zinc-House’.”





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  • City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus was designed as a joint venture between Michael Laird Architects and Reaich and Hall

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