RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2016

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RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2016

Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building, Glasgow: RIAS Award for Architecture – Scottish Built Environment Prize

3 Nov 2016

RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture 2016

Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building, Glasgow Scoops UK’s Richest Architecture Prize

The Saunders Centre, Glasgow by Page\Park Architects has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2016. From a shortlist of eleven projects, all winners of RIAS Awards for 2016 (presented in June 2016), the judges selected the Saunders Centre as a clear winner. The award was presented at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland (Doolan Award winner for 2011) by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP alongside Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS (the late Andrew Doolan’s mother).

Photos : Andrew Lee

Saunders Centre Glasgow

The winner of this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award receives a gold medal cast by internationally renowned Scottish Goldsmith, James Brent Ward and a cheque for £25,000. This makes it the richest architectural prize in the UK and one of the most significant architecture awards in Europe. The award is generously supported by the late Andrew Doolan’s family and by the Scottish Government.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“Every year, through the shortlist for the Andrew Doolan Award, we see a display of the many benefits that great architecture can bring and we show the quality of Scottish design to the world.

During the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, we have been celebrating the best of Scotland’s architecture, both old and new. This year’s Festival of Architecture, organised by the RIAS and its partners, continues to be a fantastic success and tonight’s winner is a welcome addition to the hall of fame of great Scottish architecture.”

Saunders Centre Glasgow

The judges for this year’s award were David Dunbar PPRIAS (Chair), Iain Dickson PPRIAS and Eleanor McAllister OBE Hon FRIAS. The full judges’ citation for the winning project reads:

“This splendid new addition to Glasgow Academy’s campus is an elegant and subtle addition to the streetscape. The reinforced concrete structural frame is clad in a pattern of precast polished and honed finishes. This modular assembly rises from the podium for the raised ground floor, through a sequence of bay windows to a reinterpretation of the Glasgow dormer at roof level.

Saunders Centre Glasgow

The corner entrance signals the main circulation stair, appropriately spacious and robust, which comfortably accommodates class changeovers. The ground floor incorporates a teaching kitchen and provides access to the 178-seat auditorium, complemented by a generous foyer that wraps around the sculptural, oak-clad, elliptical form of the inserted auditorium. The new theatre space is available for assembly and teaching on a daily basis but also offers a further hi-tech performance space for theatrical and public events, enhancing the Academy’s relationship with the West End community around.

Saunders Centre Glasgow

On each upper floor, four general teaching labs, together with a sixth year lab, are arranged along a glazed break-out. An informal array of seating in these gathering spaces encourages chance meetings. The window bays overlook the historic main school.”

Saunders Centre Glasgow

Saunders Centre Building in Glasgow

The building was selected from a strong shortlist of eleven projects which represented a comprehensive range of building types.

RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture 2016 Shortlist

The shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award comprised this year’s RIAS Awards winners, as follows:

1. 1 West Regent Street, Glasgow
Ryder Architecture for More of Glasgow Developments Ltd

2. Blakeburn, Roxburghshire
A449 LTD for a private client

3. Castle MacLellan Foods, Kirkcudbright
Taylor Architecture Practice Ltd (T.A.P.) for Castle MacLellan Foods

4. City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, Glasgow
Michael Laird Architects/Reiach and Hall Architects for City of Glasgow College

5. Forsinard Lookout Tower, Sutherland
Icosis Architects for The Peatland Partnership – (RSPB, SNH, Forestry Commission, Highland Council)

6. Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm, Helensburgh
Austin-Smith:Lord LLP for Argyll and Bute Council

7. “it’s bigger on the inside”, Edinburgh
David Blaikie Architects for a private client

8. Lairdsland Primary School, Kirkintilloch
Walters & Cohen Architects for East Dunbartonshire Council

9. The Pyramid Viewpoint, Dunbartonshire
BTE Architecture for Scottish Government, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

10. Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building, Glasgow
Page \ Park Architects for The Glasgow Academy

11. Zinc-House, Angus
LJR+H Chartered Architects for a private client

The RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award was founded in 2002 by the architect and entrepreneur Andrew Doolan who sadly died in 2004. Andrew determined that this award would be the richest in the UK and that it should go to the best building in Scotland each year. The Award is now jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the Doolan Family.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was founded in 1916 and is the professional body for chartered architects in Scotland. Including student members, Honorary Fellows and retirees, the Incorporation has over 5,000 members. The RIAS promotes excellence in architecture in Scotland.

3. 2016 is the RIAS Centenary Year. To date, the Festival of Architecture 2016 has promoted over 460 events throughout Scotland and attracted an audience of over 850,000.

RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award

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RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture 2015

West Burn Lane, St Andrews Scoops UK’s Richest Architecture Prize

West Burn Lane, St Andrews
photo © Keith Hunter

RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture 2015

RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award Winners

2013
WASPS South Block, Glasgow
Design: NORD Architecture
Maggies Gartnavel
photograph : Dapple Photography

WASPS South Block

2012
Maggie’s Gartnavel, Glasgow
Design: OMA
Maggies Gartnavel
photo © Adrian Welch

Maggie’s Gartnavel

2011
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Design:Gareth Hoskins Architects
National Museum of Scotland
photo © Adrian Welch

National Museum of Scotland

Best Building in Scotland Award

2010
Shettleston Housing Association Offices, Glasgow
Design: Elder and Cannon Architects
Shettleston Housing Association Offices
photo © Andrew Lee

Shettleston Housing Association Offices

Best Building in Scotland Award 2010

2009
Small Animal Hospital, Glasgow
Design: Archial Architects
Small Animal Hospital Glasgow
photo © Andrew Lee

Small Animal Hospital Glasgow

Best Building in Scotland Award 2009

2008
Joint Winners

Potterrow, Edinburgh
Design: Bennetts Associates
Edinburgh Informatics
photo © Adrian Welch

Potterrow, Edinburgh

Castlemilk House Stables Block, Glasgow
Design: Elder & Cannon Architects
Castlemilk building
photo © Keith Hunter

Castlemilk House Stables Block, Glasgow

Special Mention:
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Inverness
Gareth Hoskins Architects Ltd

Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture : 2008

2007
Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
Design: Reiach & Hall Architects
Pier Arts Centre
photo © Gavin Fraser, Alastair Peebles

Andy Doolan Awards winner

Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture : 2007

2006
Maggie’s Highland Cancer Care Centre, Inverness
Design: PagePark Architects
Maggies Inverness
photo © Adrian Welch

Best Building in Scotland – Maggies Highlands

Best Building in Scotland Award 2006

2005
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Design: EMBT/RMJM

2004
St Aloysius College, Glasgow
Design: Elder and Cannon Architects

2003
An Turas, Tiree
Design: Sutherland Hussey Architects with Jake Harvey, Glen Onwin, Donald Urquhart and Sandra Kennedy

2002
Dance Base, Edinburgh
Design: Malcolm Fraser Architects




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