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Scottish five to fight it out for £25,000 RIAS accolade

Five buildings are in the running for the title of best building in Scotland. The winner of the RIAS award for architecture, to be announced on Friday, will walk away with £25,000 - the largest sum for any UK architecture prize.

Arts buildings dominate the shortlist, making up four of the five, including the Stirling shortlisted Dance Base by Malcolm Fraser Architects. Only one non-Scottish practice entered, Munkenbeck + Marshall, which made it to the shortlist with its Mount Stuart Visitor Centre.

RIAS president Gordon Davies said the shortlist showed the great improvements made in Scottish design during the past 10 years. 'Scottish Architecture is in very good health, ' he said.

'There's a lot of talent around producing excellent work and a lot more opportunities.'

The shortlisted buildings are:

Stirling Tolbooth, Stirling, by Richard Murphy Architects;

Dance Base, Edinburgh, by Malcolm Fraser Architects;

Mount Stuart Visitor Centre, Isle of Bute, by Munkenbeck + Marshall;

Graham Square, New Build 3, Glasgow, by McKeown Alexander; and

The New Byre Theatre, St Andrews by Nicoll Russell Studios.

The judges will include Gordon Davies, Professor Andy MacMillan, sponsor Andrew Doolan and Barcelona-based architect Benedetta Tagliabue.

They will be looking for projects that show 'innovation, design excellence and competence irrespective of size or type'. The decision will be announced tomorrow at a ceremony in Edinburgh. Visit www. ajplus. co. uk to find out the winner.

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