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Shortlist for Scotland’s best building award announced

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The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has named the 12 projects in the running for the title of Scotland’s best new building 

The dozen contenders for the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland, which has historically come with a £25,000 first prize, are made up of the winners of the 2018 RIAS Awards.

The RIAS honours are equivalent to RIBA regional awards.

The schemes range from Lochside homes to an archive for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The projects also include Page\Park’s St Cecilia’s Hall Concert Room and Music Museum in Edinburgh and Collective Architecture’s Leith Fort housing scheme. However, there is no place for the £11.38 million Perth Theatre by Richard Murphy, who won last year’s Doolan prize.

The 2018 judging panel included RIAS president Stewart Henderson, Joanna van Heyningen of van Heyningen and Haward Architects and Rachel Tennant of Landscape Institute Scotland.

Henderson said: ‘The quality of architecture being produced the length and breadth of the country is hugely impressive. Practices, large and small, continue to demonstrate the strength and purpose of the profession in Scotland.

’The quality of contemporary Scottish architecture is well worthy of celebration. These awards demonstrate that buildings of all scales and throughout the country are exemplary in their design, execution and in what they deliver for their clients, users and communities.’

The prize is supported by the Doolan family and the Scottish Government. The winner will be presented in November.

Three of the schemes were also handed RIBA National awards (see the full list here): Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh by Allan Murray Architects; Lochside House, West Highlands by Haysom Ward Miller Architects; and  Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick by Reiach and Hall Architects.
 

Lochside House, West Highlands (value undisclosed) by Haysom Ward Miller Architects for a Private Client

Lochside House, West Highlands (value undisclosed) by Haysom Ward Miller Architects for a Private Client - an RIAS Award and RIBA National winner

Source: Richard Fraser

Lochside House, West Highlands (value undisclosed) by Haysom Ward Miller Architects for a Private Client - a RIAS Award and RIBA National winner

Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland finalist/RIAS 2018 award winners

Barmulloch Residents Centre, Glasgow (£1.5 million)
Collective Architecture for Barmulloch Community Development Company
Judges’ comments: ‘A very well designed and executed project. The building makes maximum use of the very tight site and has an elegant simplicity in the planning and detailing. A happy client reflected the success of the design solution and the quality of the spaces created.’

Bath Street Collective Custom Build, Edinburgh (£883,000)
John Kinsley Architects for Bath Street Collective Custom Build
Judges’ comments: ‘A well-worked, innovative solution to housing on a gap site. The design skilfully links the adjoining Georgian and Edwardian buildings in terms of height and building line alignment. The CLT structural solution allows total freedom of individual owner solutions on each floor. The panel were impressed with the quality of the project.’

The Black Shed, Isle of Skye (value undisclosed)
Mary Arnold-Forster Architect for a private client
Judges’ comments: ‘Initially the judging panel anticipated that this might be just another of this now frequently used building form in the Western extremes of the Scottish countryside. It was apparent however when visited that this building was elevated to a higher level. The immaculate standard of detailing, both internal and external, demonstrated that the client-architect team had worked to deliver a very fine, sustainable and energy efficient outcome. Beautifully simple in conception, painstakingly delivered.’

Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh (£26.3 million)
Allan Murray Architects for Children & Families Department, City of Edinburgh Council
Judges’ comments: ‘The judges were unanimous in their view that this was an exceptional project. Very impressive compact planning, allowing for large well-lit spaces. Excellent acoustic treatment and a very intelligent fire/smoke/ventilation strategy mean that both large multi-height atria are not enclosed by walls or screens. The plan and section are rational, legible and ordered.
‘There is an excellent relationship between inside and out at both main levels, and the public realm has been beautifully handled.’

Clydebank Leisure Centre, West Dunbartonshire (£21.9 million)
Kennedy FitzGerald Architects for West Dunbartonshire Council
Judges’ comments: ‘The judges felt this building was a successful addition to the local masterplan. This building was a clever delivery of a complex brief on a tight site. The external form and materials were confident while being restrained. The panel were impressed with the design solution with only marginal concerns over the quality of the pool environment.’

The Engine Shed, Stirling (£5.3 million)
HES with Reiach and Hall Architects
Judges’ comments: ‘The judges were unanimous in their view that this was an outstanding project. The re-use of the existing elements of the building together with the very subtle and well-executed extensions demonstrated considerable skill.’

Humpty House, Angus (value undisclosed)
Ben Scrimgeour Building Workshop for a private client
Judges’ comments: ‘This project challenged some of the judges to be in total agreement. The over-riding view, however, was that this is a first-class building. In some respects, very stark, it nonetheless delivered at both the detail and broader aspects of its creation. The amount of considered work which has clearly gone into delivering this house has resulted in an impressive outcome.’

Leith Fort, Edinburgh (£11.6 million)
Collective Architecture and Malcolm Fraser Architects for Port of Leith Housing Association/City of Edinburgh Council
Judges’ comments: ‘Clever interpretation of traditional Edinburgh Colony Housing for a modern development. Excellent realisation of a masterplan into a cohesive and well built “place”. Materials and detailing on the buildings were excellent.’

Lochside House, West Highlands (value undisclosed)
Haysom Ward Miller Architects for a Private Client
Judges’ comments: ‘This highly successful creation by the team of architect-client-builder impressed the judges. The scale, material choices, use of the setting and integration into the landscape were all excellent. A sustainable building making good use of wood was a delight to visit. The care in the design and in the building of this house makes it an exemplar of its genre.’

McEwan Hall, Edinburgh (value undisclosed)
LDN Architects for The University of Edinburgh
Judges’ comments: ’This project challenged the panel to agree a final conclusion on its merits. It is a skilful and well-worked solution to a testing problem with a very successful outcome for the building. There were some reservations over the scale and cladding of the entrance pod. Some felt the metal fin cladding was too heavy and the entrance area less generous than it could have been.’

St Cecilia’s Hall Concert Room and Music Museum, Edinburgh (value undisclosed)
Page\Park Architects for The University of Edinburgh
Judges’ comments: ‘Very cleverly designed solution to a constrained development in the historic Old Town. An elegant solution to a difficult and complicated brief. This is an outstanding project.’

Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick (value undisclosed)
Reiach and Hall Architects for The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Judges’ comments: ‘The judges unanimously felt that this was an impressive industrial building which created an ethereal and beautifully sculpted building. Security issues in the design of the landscape did not detract from the panel’s view that this was an excellent building. The relationship of the building to the historic context of the site and the adjacent wartime airfield, together with the references to the Caithness context of lochs and a difficult climate are beautifully articulated.’

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Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick (value undisclosed) by Reiach and Hall Architects for The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - an RIAS Award and RIBA National winner

Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick (value undisclosed) by Reiach and Hall Architects for The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - an RIAS Award and RIBA National winner

 

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