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Two firms share UK architecture's biggest prize

Elder and Cannon Architects and Bennetts Associates share the spoils at Doolan Prize

The RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award was handed to two buildings for the first time in its history on Friday (7 November).

UK architecture’s biggest cash prize was awarded to both the Castlemilk Stables Restoration by Elder and Cannon Architects and the Potterrow development at the University of Edinburgh by Bennetts Associates.

The jury whittled the 11-strong shortlist down to three, including Gareth Hoskins Architects’ Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre (AJ 29.05.08), but was unable to find an all-out winner. The two practices will share the £25,000 prize money.

Jury member Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, said: ‘That the judges were unable to choose between this year’s joint winners is surely an indication of the tremendous design talent we are nurturing in Scotland. My congratulations go to Elder and Cannon Architects and Bennetts Associates.

‘Both projects, and the shortlisted entries, demonstrate how architecture and design can have a positive impact on our lives wherever we are and whatever we are doing.’

RIAS president Arnie Dunn added: ‘The winners are buildings of the highest standard and reflect two vital strands of contemporary Scottish architecture – the creative re-use of historic buildings and the huge importance of new buildings for tertiary education.’

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