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Doolan Prize: Elder and Cannon's Glasgow offices win £25,000 first prize

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Elder and Cannon has won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2010 with its Shettleston Housing Association Offices in Glasgow

Described as a ‘masterly essay in architectural understatement’ by judging panel chair Professor Andy MacMillan, the scheme saw off an impressive 11-strong shortlist to land the the £25,000 prize - still the largest architectural jackpot in the UK.

The judges chose the McManus Galleries, Dundee by Page\Park Architects for a Special Mention.

Jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the family of the late Andrew Doolan who founded the award, the prize was handed to the practice at a ceremony held in EMBT/RMJM’s the Scottish Parliament building.

MacMillan said: ‘The winning scheme is a masterly essay in architectural understatement. Its materials and detailing unify the design internally but the bringing together of two quite distinct eras of architecture externally is deftly done. Elder and Cannon Architects must be commended for creating a new work for Glasgow of international quality.’

Speaking about the quality of the finalists, fellow judge Edgar Gonzalez said: ‘Having worked on Scottish projects, the consistent quality across the shortlisted schemes was no surprise. However the fact that most of these projects are designed and delivered locally demonstrates the extraordinary skills and care of clients, architects and contractors, a huge asset for any small nation and something of which all Scots should be proud.’

Shettleston Housing Association Offices, Glasgow by Elder and Cannon Architects

Source: Andrew Lee

Shettleston Housing Association Offices, Glasgow by Elder and Cannon Architects

The full citation reads:

‘The former Co-operative halls, an Edwardian red sandstone building, is among the finest monuments within Shettleston. Its adaptation and extension provides a welcoming reception area, meeting rooms, open plan and cellular office spaces and a large boardroom. The roof of the extension is decked, providing an outdoor seating area.

‘The historic features of the former co-operative building, particularly the upper level proscenium and the double-height upper hall are respected within the new development. The two-storey extension provides the entrance to the linked spaces within. While its stripped-down contemporary form contrasts with the decorated sandstone of its neighbour, its scale is simultaneously respectful and distinctly of the current era. By extending the frame of the new building to the eaves level of its historic neighbour, these quite distinct structures are read as parts of an elegant entirety.

‘Internally the refurbished and new areas are naturally lit and ventilated. A palette of high quality materials creates an inviting suite of offices and meeting rooms. This is an important building for Shettleston. There is no question that new architecture of this quality will contribute to enhanced pride of place and hopefully serve as a catalyst to further high quality development in the area.’

Previous story (AJ 02.11.10)

RIAS announces Doolan Prize shortlist

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland has announced a shortlist of 11 buildings for the £25,000 prize

The judging panel for this year, chaired by Professor Andrew MacMillan, includes RIAS President David Dunbar, international architect Edgar Gonzalez and the renowned lighting architect Jonathan Speirs, RIAS fellow.

The Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the family of the late Andrew Doolan who founded the award.

Edgar Gonzalez commented: ‘This year’s shortlist exemplifies the immensely strong architectural culture of contemporary Scotland.’

The jury’s decision will be announced on the 19 November 2010.

An incorrect version of the below list was published in AJ 04.11.10, we apologise for any confusion.

The shortlist comprises the following buildings (listed alphabetically):

  • The Briggait Redevelopment, Glasgow

    Nicoll Russell Studios

  • 5 Fiscavaig, Skye

    Rural Design

  • The Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness

    The Pollock Hammond Partnership

  • House on a Hill, Aberdeenshire

    Paterson Architects

  • John Hope Gateway, Edinburgh

    Edward Cullinan Architects

  • McManus Galleries, Dundee

    Page \ Park Architects

  • Medical & Biological Sciences Building, University of St Andrews

    Reiach and Hall Architects

  • Raasay Community Hall

    Dualchas Building Design

  • Shettleston Housing Association Offices, Glasgow

    Elder and Cannon Architects

  • Tigh Na Cladach (House by the Shore), Dunoon

    Gokay Deveci Chartered Architect

  • The West Centre, Glasgow

    anderson bell + christie

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