Reiach and Hall’s Neil Gillespie was delighted that the firm’s Pier Arts Centre in Orkney won the RIAS’ Doolan Prize. But, like a proud parent dropping their eldest off at university, the win was tainted with sadness. The victory means the practice will finally have to metaphorically let go of one its favourite ‘sons’. Gillespie said: ‘The project is very dear to us, indeed since it’s completion there has been a bit of a loss.’ Yes, by next year the Pier’ll have a life of its own. Before you know it, it will be appearing down in ‘that there’ London, living it up with Kevin McCloud at the Stirling Prize.