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City of Glasgow College Campuses

City of Glasgow College Campuses

Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects, working together in the Glasgow Learning Quarter consortium, have been selected as the preferred bidder for City of Glasgow College's new £228m campus development project.

This project has seen design collaboration between Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects since March 2012. The consortium, led by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, includes FES, ARUP Scotland, Hulley and Kirkwood, Rankin Fraser and Graven Images.

College Principle, Paul Little, noted:

"The plans reflect the College's world-class vision for the future ... commitment to this great city ... and provide an amazing new learning environment for the students of today and tomorrow, future-proofed for generations to come."

www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

Cathedral Street project page

Riverside project page



Civic Trust Success for Alloa and Stirling Campuses

Civic Trust Success for Alloa and Stirling Campuses

Both the Alloa Campus and the Stirling Campus for Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education are included on a list of 86 projects that have been selected to receive an Award, Commendation or Community Recognition at the 54th Annual Civic Trust Awards to be held in March of this year.

Reiach and Hall’s entries represent two of the five successful Scottish regional projects, assessed on their ‘architectural excellence, sustainability credentials, accessibility for all users and positive civic contribution’, with the judging panel noting that:

"the judging process has been rigorous and all the winners thoroughly deserve their success."

The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the very best in the built environment. Awards are given to projects of the highest quality design, but only if they are judged to have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.

List of winners

Stirling project page

Alloa project page



Education Architect of the Year

Education Architect of the Year

Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have been named Education Architect of the Year (6th form to university) at the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards 2012.

The judges were enthusiastic and noted that they had a hard time with this category. Reiach and Hall were chosen for an entry that they described as “dramatic and well-detailed”, encompassing its Stirling campus for Forth Valley College, the new Medical Science Building for the University of St Andrews and an exhibition space for the University of Edinburgh.

The judges were particularly struck by the potential of the unassuming buildings to be colonised by the students and to respond to changing requirements over the long haul. They felt the work was “the least flashy and the soundest architecture”, providing a blank canvas for its occupiers.

“A lot of buildings win awards and no one thinks about what they are going to look like in 30 years’ time.”

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Office Architect of the Year

Office Architect of the Year

Reiach and Hall Architects have been named Office Architect of the Year at the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards.

Reiach and Hall Architects' entry was led by the recently completed Dundee Council Offices. The judges noted that this project stood out for its inventiveness within the tightly restricted area of office design. It was also significant that it was built for a public sector client, and managed to pass through the Scottish planning regulations.

The architect had boldly retained a historic industrial building while adding an uncompromising contemporary structure.

The new building uses the old as its front door, creating a lofty loggia at the front intended for civic use. Behind this, the new building provides seven storeys of sustainable office space.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow, the practice has responded to the civic setting with a public arcade for George House.

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Site progress at Bannockburn

Site progress at Bannockburn

Work at our Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre continues, with the steel frame now complete. Work on the external envelope is now in progress.

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Conservation work begins at Bannockburn

Conservation work begins at Bannockburn

Forming part of the battle of Bannockburn project for the National Trust for Scotland, an extensive programme of conservation works has now started on the category A listed monuments on the Borestone site.

The monuments include the 1870 Flagpole, 1957 Cairn, 1964 Rotunda and the famous statue of King Robert the Bruce on his horse in bronze and granite.

The flagpole has been removed for major repairs – with plans to conserve and repair the original wrought iron base onsite, with lost decorative features reinstated. The upper pole is not original and has reached the end of its useful life and will be replaced. The original battle axe weathervane will undergo expert conservation repair off-site. New guywires and anchor blocks will be introduced. All of this will mean that a substantial flag, measuring around 23’ x 11.5’ / 7m x 3.5m, can be flown once again.

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BCI Award Dundee House

BCI Award Dundee House

Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have won a British Construction Industry Award for their design of Dundee House, the new civic centre and administrative headquarters for Dundee City Council.

The BCI Awards, now in its 25th anniversary year, recognise excellence in its broadest sense - the overall design, construction and delivery of buildings and are highly regarded in the construction sector and the most rigorously judged awards in the industry.

Dundee House was recognised in the £3M to £50M category which was strongly represented by some of the industries most successful architectural practices from across the UK - with the Judges noting that:

"this was a great example of creative re-use, symbolising the cultural and urban ambitions of the city, delivered by a collaborative and enthusiastic team."

Lyle Chrystie of Reiach and Hall said:

“We were lucky to have such expert client involvement, a highly motivated design team and a main contractor at the top of their game. It is delightful to receive such strong peer recognition in these difficult economic times.”

The project involved the integration of the existing DC Thomson print hall (1910) into the body of a new building which makes a significant impact on the city and provides a new public one-stop-shop on the ground floor. Galleries and bridges cross the void and provide access into the new build offices, which are organised in three blocks fanning out to the west. With low energy design the focus, incorporating natural and mixed mode ventilation, a rigorous facade was designed to minimise solar gain while maximising the use of natural light throughout the building. The striking and graphic quality of the building's facade has ensured that it has made a significant impact on the city.

Dundee House was built by Lend Lease with engineering consultancy from Buro Happold and cost management by Turner and Townsend.

www.bciawards.org.uk

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George House Open

George House Open

Property company Redevco has launched the comprehensive Glasgow office refurbishment, George House, by Reiach and Hall Architects.

Situated on the north side of George Square, adjacent to Queen Street Station, the £6.9 million refurbishment of the building provides a sleek, modern interior to meet the requirements of today’s occupier standards. With spacious flexible floor plates of 20,000 sq. ft, flooded with natural light, the refurbishment not only delivers on important environmental credentials [achieving a specification of BREEAM 'Excellent' and an EPC rating of 'B'] but is combined with fully DDA compliant contemporary entrance foyers; WCs and showers; 27 secure car parking spaces and 42 bicycle racks.

David Smith, Investment Director of Redevco, commented:

“The nine month refurbishment of George House is a significant investment in the property and in Glasgow’s commercial property market. Essentially, we have stripped the building back to a shell and fitted out to provide contemporary accommodation that is fit for today’s occupier.

"We're delighted to be launching this building today. It underlines our continued belief and commitment to the city."

Bill Colville, UK Regional Chairman of CBRE, said:

“The completion of George House marks a welcome milestone for the city which has seen new 'Grade A' stock diminish for over two years. The ability to provide good quality space is key to securing new inward investment and job creation to Glasgow enabling the city to attract new occupiers."

www.georgehouseglasgow.com

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New Glasgow City College

New Glasgow City College

Glasgow Learning Quarter, led by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. is one of two consortium teams to be shortlisted by The City of Glasgow College for the institution’s new £200 million campus development project.

This project has seen an open collaboration between Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects since March 2012; during the bidding process our teams have united with Sir Robert McAlpine, FES, Arup Scotland and Hulley and Kirkwood to create a detailed design dialogue which is now set to continue until the preferred bidder is announced in early 2013.

The project is financially supported by the Scottish Funding Council and at £200 million will be one of Scotland’s largest infrastructure projects - the investment will see major demolition and reconstruction on the college’s city centre campus on Cathedral Street and at its Thistle Street Riverside campus on the opposite bank of the River Clyde.

Once planning consent is achieved, construction is expected to start in mid-2013 with the first stages of the new campus opening in 2015 and the final phases in 2016.

The development will create a high quality sustainable learning environment for the college - formed in 2010 through a merger of Central College Glasgow, Glasgow Metropolitan College and Glasgow College of Nautical Studies.

On the Cathedral Street campus, the Allan Glen Building and the Business Learning Building will be demolished to make way for a new facility and the Riverside campus will undergo a complete demolition including that of the engineering and nautical buildings and halls of residence.



Office Architect of the Year Shortlist Announced

Office Architect of the Year Shortlist Announced

Reiach and Hall has made BD Magazine’s 6 strong shortlist for Office Architect of the Year. This award was open to architects working on the design of offices, whether new build or refurbishments of existing structures.

As the award process moves onto the next stage, the judges will now be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. Reiach and Hall chose to include their recently completed Dundee City Council Civic Offices, Proposals for George House Redevelopment in George Square Glasgow, The Scottish Water National Operations Centre [currently on site] and Aurora House, a speculative development in Clydebank [complete in 2009]. These projects either built or otherwise demonstrate the practices capability in this specific sector. Reiach and Hall are pleased to be recognised in such a strong category and well-known shortlist.

Judging will take place during the autumn, and all winners will be announced at the ceremony on 4 December 2012.



Education Architect of the Year Shortlist Announced

Education Architect of the Year Shortlist Announced

Reiach and Hall has made BD Magazine’s 6 strong shortlist for Education Architect of the Year [6th Form to University]. This award was open to architects working on buildings – whether residential or teaching facilities – in the higher education sector.

As the award process moves onto the next stage, the judges will now be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. Reiach and Hall chose to include the recently completed Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education, Alloa and Stirling Campus, the University of St Andrews New Medical Sciences Building [complete in 2010] and the University of Edinburgh’s InSpace Exhibition Space [complete in 2009], to demonstrate the practices expertise in this specific Sector. All projects have been completed in the last 3 years and help strengthen our current portfolio of work.

Judging will take place during the autumn, and all winners will be announced at the ceremony on 4 December 2012.



Stirling Campus Official Opening

Stirling Campus Official Opening

Scotland’s First Minister, The Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond MSP, was guest of honour at the official opening of Forth Valley College’s new £29 million Stirling Campus.

First Minister Alex Salmond:

"I am thrilled to be opening the hugely impressive Stirling campus of Forth Valley College. This £29m building is now one of the most advanced college premises in Scotland, and is set to deliver state-of-the-art facilities for the many hundreds of students who will come here to learn.

"Forth Valley College is extremely important to the community it serves, with in excess of 16,500 students and over 1000 apprentices. Earlier this year, it received an outstanding report from Her Majesty's Inspectors and, over the last 12 months, its partnership with Job Centre Plus has seen more than a hundred people enter employment with many others saved from redundancy.


"This new building opening comes less than a year after the completion of the college's £19m Alloa campus, and marks yet another stage on the transformation of the college estate in Scotland. The new facilities I am privileged enough to open today will help the dedicated staff of Forth Valley College carry on their life changing work with the people of this region for decades to come."

“I thought when I opened the Alloa Campus last year that it was the most stunning campus I had ever seen…..but the Alloa campus has now found a considerable rival in this wonderful new campus” (Stirling).

The completion of both the Stirling and Alloa Campus buildings marks a new era for Forth Valley College, transforming education and training across the area and beyond.

Mark Batho, Chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, which provided funding of £13.7 million for the campus, said:

“The Funding Council is delighted that its investment has helped to provide a new college campus for Stirling. Our main priorities right now revolve around Putting Learners at the Centre, and this modern new campus does just that, providing learners, staff and the wider community with an inspiring place to learn and work.”

Stirling project page

Alloa project page



Reiach and Hall wins two Saltire Awards

Reiach and Hall wins two Saltire Awards

The two projects entered for the Saltire Awards by Reiach and Hall Architects have both won Awards at the 75th annual Saltire Society Housing Design Awards, supported by the Scottish Government.

The Ackling Cook Bothy and the House at Roslin, were both recognised in the Alterations, Renovations and Extensions category and presented with awards by Scottish Minister for Housing and Transport, Keith Brown MSP.

This year the Saltire Society had an outstanding 70 entries in their awards process, making it one of the largest submissions in its history. Guest Chair Dick Cannon had said that the shortlist was beautifully conceived and executed and that:

"The Awards present an opportunity to raise aspirations and applaud vision and excellence, we are fortunate this year to have a significant number of outstanding projects confirming that design quality - committed to the intelligent use of energy and resources - remains exceptionally high in Scotland."

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Bothy project page

Roslin project page



Shortlisted joint entry to Brick Development Association Awards

Shortlisted joint entry to Brick Development Association Awards

Reiach and Hall Architects have been shortlisted in the 2012 Brick Development Association Awards with a joint entry for their Forth Valley College projects at Alloa and Stirling.

The awards acknowledge both buildings for their use of Petersen Tegl bricks in the Worldwide Brick category. In a recent interview for the brick development association publication, Director Neil Gillespie recognised that:

‘Reiach and Hall have been rediscovering the use of brick within our projects within the last few years and have been drawn to the beautiful Petersen bricks because of their richly varied colour and their wonderful haptic qualities.’

The two Further Education College buildings for Forth Valley College are similar in their Petersen Tegl brick specifications and detailing while at the same time reacting to two very different site conditions - Alloa is on a demanding site close to the town centre while Stirling is located on the broad carse of the meandering River Forth. As a result, the Alloa building is tense, dynamically projecting between mature trees over a steep slope, opening up dramatic views to the Ochil Hills to the north, whereas the Stirling building follows the lead of the languid path of the river and is relaxed, expressed as an open, generous form. In contrast to the depth of the facades at Dundee House, both college buildings use brick (Alloa D76 and Stirling D71) as a finely detailed durable skin that both acknowledges the taut, economic plans and simple forms while adding texture and a familiar surface. Stirling is further enhanced by the use of a black (D58) brick in vertical stretcher bond, giving depth and ruggedness to a hard used portion of the front elevation.

Stirling project page

Alloa project page



Design and Management of Learning Environments Conference

Design and Management of Learning Environments Conference

Reiach and Hall Director Andy Law will be speaking at the national conference for Design and Management of Learning Environments 2012.

Now in its 6th year, this series of annual conferences aims to provide estate managers and designers with an overview of the key requirements in developing good educational facilities.

The unique element of the events is the combination of all stages of the education process (schools, academies, FE, HE) into one day. Thus presentations explore how the lessons learned from one stage can inform and benefit the design and management of the others.

Andy Law will primarily be speaking on Innovation Procurement and Design, with reference to two of Reiach and Hall’s most recently completed projects – the Alloa Campus and the Stirling Campus for Forth Valley Colleges.

Following a joint procurement and design development strategy the projects have resulted in significant saving and produced two very different buildings.

Stirling project page

Alloa project page



Reference Primary School Design

Reference Primary School Design

Reiach and Hall have been involved in reference primary school proposals in association with the Scottish Futures Trust [SFT].

SFT, acting in partnership with East Dumbartonshire Council and stakeholders, wanted to consider and generate a footprint for a school, which could then be customised for use in different locations across Scotland.

As the central part of the exercise, Reiach and Hall and another architectural practice developed proposals for a new Lairdsland Primary School in the Southbank area of Kirkintilloch. A series of four workshops with parents, pupils and staff from the school were held and proposals developed to RIBA Stage C. The design, which features six enclosed outdoor classrooms and generous shared activity spaces is within both area and cost targets set by SFT. It would be expected to achieve BREEAM Excellent.

A number of councils have already expressed interest.

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Bannockburn Visitor Centre starts on site

Bannockburn Visitor Centre starts on site

Work has begun on this new visitor centre, at the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, with the ground-breaking ceremony, performed by Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, being held as part of the preparations for the 700th anniversary year in 2014.

The Design Team is now joined by Mansell Construction Services Ltd to realise the project which is a partnership between Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.

Bannockburn Visitor Centre will incorporate state-of-the-art interpretation space together with café, toilets, education space, shop and offices.

The new building design refers to traditional farm steadings and use of a courtyard, but through a shift in geometry and inventive use of materials, the new building transforms these familiar forms with an expression that is both contemporary and dignified. The project also comprises a significant conservation element of the existing monuments on the site.

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Scottish Water National Operations Centre on site

Scottish Water National Operations Centre on site


Reiach and Hall Architects with BAM Construction have progressed plans for Scottish Water’s new £15m National Operations Centre on site.

The project, to deliver an ultra-sustainable new build office with an intelligent control and data centre at Stepps near Glasgow, has found its way out of the ground with the construction of the ground, first and second floor slab.

Lorna McGregor, Scottish Water`s Head of Commercial Capital Projects, said:

“We look forward to working closely in the design and build of a superb facility which will host significant investment in enhanced technology to improve our customer experience through the Intelligent Control Centre … This also presents a great opportunity to provide a fit-for-purpose, energy-efficient, low-carbon office environment for many years to come.”

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Tom Bostock awarded Honorary Fellowship

Tom Bostock awarded Honorary Fellowship

Reiach and Hall Director Tom Bostock has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The University of Edinburgh in recognition of his association with the academic activities of the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art. The college expressed their gratitude for Tom’s input to its teaching and research and acknowledged his continuing involvement in the Annual Update in Architectural Management Course. Fellow Directors and staff of Reiach and Hall join the College in extended their congratulations on this achievement.



BCI Awards 2012

BCI Awards 2012

Reiach and Hall are one of 38 UK and 6 international practices to be shortlisted in the 2012 BCI Awards (British Construction Industry Awards), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Dundee House, for Dundee City Council, will be judged by industry experts with results announced in October this year.

www.bciawards.org.uk

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Forth Valley College Alloa Campus RIAS Awards 2012

Forth Valley College Alloa Campus RIAS Awards 2012

Reiach and Hall Architects are absolutely delighted that the Alloa Campus for Forth Valley College has been awarded an RIAS Award, in the inaugural year of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland’s award process. These awards are never easy to win especially given the standard this year was particularly high.

Winning awards takes years of hard work from everyone in the client, design and construction team and it provides great recognition of the effort involved – not only recognising the quality of the building but more importantly the commitment Forth Valley College is making towards improving their facilities for education and the community.

The Alloa Campus now moves forward for consideration in the Andrew Doolan Shortlist.

www.rias.org.uk

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Dundee Civic Offices RIAS and RIBA Awards 2012

Dundee Civic Offices RIAS and RIBA Awards 2012

Reaich and Hall Architects are absolutely delighted that Dundee House has been awarded both an RIAS Award and an RIBA Award. These awards are never easy to win especially given the standard this year was particularly high. These awards not only recognise the quality of the building but more importantly recognise the commitment Dundee City Council is making towards improving the contemporary architectural scene.

We see Dundee House as a building that sits in the city with some dignity and reserve. Over time we hope the building will become part of the city landscape with the loggia particularly adding to the life of the city.

Dundee House is now eligible for the Stirling Prize.

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AJ100 List 2012

AJ100 List 2012

Reiach and Hall have made a welcome return to this year's AJ100 list! With 21 qualified Architects, Reiach and Hall rank equal 96th in this year's table of top 100 UK architecture practices.

The AJ100 has been published annually since 1995 and recognises practices according to the number of architects employed. Editor of the AJ, Christine Murray, has congratulated this year's members noting that the ranking is a mark of business success!

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George House Phase 1 complete

George House Phase 1 complete

The first phase of refurbishment works on George House is nearing completion, bringing to the market almost 50,000 sq. ft. of office space across five floors in George Square in the heart of Glasgow. The revitalisation of George House by Redevco offers excellent access to all of Glasgow's public transport hubs, as well as to the city's wealth of amenities.

The second phase, involving a further 40,000 sq. ft. across five floors, is scheduled for completion in July 2012. The building has been comprehensively refurbished to a BREEAM "Excellent" standard, and an EPC rating of 'B' is also expected. The building can accommodate requirements from c.800 sq. ft. to 90,000 sq. ft. in typical floors of c.10,000 sq. ft. Parking spaces for 27 vehicles will be provided, together with 42 cycle racks.

www.dtz.com

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Concrete Elegance

Concrete Elegance

Reiach and Hall’s director Lyle Chrystie was involved in a lecture series for The Building Centre, London, entitled ‘Concrete Elegance’.

Lyle spoke about the recently completed Dundee House and how the new building re-uses and reinvigorates a listed derelict industrial building, whilst adding seven floors of modern office space for Dundee City Council’s new administrative headquarters.

The building has a floor area of 12,500m2 and contains accommodation for approximately 900 staff. An intricate web of corridors, light wells and glimpsed views dissolve gradually from dark intensity to panoramic lightness as one ascends through the building. The office spaces are subdivided and articulated by the massive concrete spine walls, and the west facade ‘tower’ incisions add to this framework of shifting views.

www.buildingcentre.co.uk

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RIAS Fellowships announced

RIAS Fellowships announced

Reiach and Hall Directors, Tom Bostock, Neil Gillespie, Andy Law, Lyle Chrystie and Carol MacBain have all been elected as Fellows of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) in a recent council meeting.

www.rias.org.uk

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Forth Valley College takes up residence in new Stirling home

Forth Valley College takes up residence in new Stirling home

The new Forth Valley College, located in Stirling, is the second further education building to be completed by Reiach and Hall Architects for Forth Valley College in the last few months.

The campus follows the languid course of the River Forth and is expressed as a relaxed, open, generous form. Using the same Petersen Tegl brick as in our Dundee House (D71) but in contrast to the depth of the facades at Dundee, the brick here acts as a thinly detailed durable skin that both acknowledges the taut, economic plans and simple forms while adding texture and a familiar surface to the building.

With social spaces at the heart of the scheme, providing a link between workshops and creative industries on the one hand and academic disciplines on the other, Forth Valley College Stirling Campus is the first public building to address the river.

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Two projects on the RIAS 2012 shortlist

Two projects on the RIAS 2012 shortlist

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced their shortlist for the inaugural RIAS Awards 2012, with Reiach and Hall’s Forth Valley College, Alloa and the New Administrative Headquarters for Dundee City Council amongst the 23 buildings nominated for award review.

The judging panel for this year included RIAS President Sholto Humphries, Dr Anne Lorne Gillies, Scottish singer, songwriter, broadcaster, author and academic, Robert Dye of Robert Dye Associates, London and Peter Wilson, Director of the Wood Studio at Napier University.

Sholto Humphries, President of the RIAS, commented:

“We had 71 submissions from throughout Scotland and ranging in scale from a few thousand pounds to over £60m. This number of entries is a tremendous vote of confidence and confirms that this new award is now the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.

From the shortlist, the judges will decide which schemes are worthy of an award. While we are considering an extraordinary range of projects of different scale and type, from a modest house extension to a multi-million pound museum refurbishment, we will be rewarding those projects which we feel best address the primary role of architecture that is improving people’s lives. We are not restricted in the number of awards we make and looking at the quality of this list, the task ahead of us will be a tough one.”

RIAS Shortlist Citations:

Dundee House

“The new headquarters for Dundee Council will be an important catalyst in the regeneration of this part of the city centre. It ingeniously combines an Edwardian publishing warehouse with bold new build extensions above and to the rear of the historic block.”

Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education, Alloa Campus

“The recent growth in buildings for all stages of education has generated some of Scotland’s most powerfully expressive new structures. Set within a mature landscape this new college is both inviting and stimulating.”

www.rias.org.uk

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Alloa project page



The Arena submitted for planning

The Arena submitted for planning

Reiach and Hall have recently submitted plans to the City of Glasgow Planning Department for a £44M hotel, restaurant and retail development as part of the Regeneration of Glasgow’s East End.

The project follows a sports-led programme in Glasgow’s East Dalmarnock area and includes the development of the Arena Retail and Leisure Park which will occupy a unique location. It will be the only site with direct access to the public piazza serving the new indoor Scottish Commonwealth Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, directly opposite Celtic FC and the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village development.

The development proposals include a major new 160 bedroom Tulip Inn hotel with extensive conference/banqueting facilities and secure underground car parking for 147 cars; several retail and restaurant units to serve both the local community as well as the significant amount of visitors to the area; dental and healthcare facility; and a ground level shoppers’ car park for a further 143 vehicles.

Kevin Fawcett, the Glasgow-based developer, said:

“This exciting new retail, restaurant & hotel development has been designed to meet the needs of both national and international athletes and visitors to Glasgow’s new world-class sports arenas as well as the local community. The number of visitors will be boosted by the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village development. I am very pleased that in the current economic climate The Arena Retail & Leisure Park development will provide over 400 new permanent local job opportunities at all levels, ranging from sales assistants/trainees through to senior management. I am delighted with the initial response from prospective occupiers, which is above current market expectations. I believe this is due to the site’s highly visible location at Springfield Cross, on the corner of London Road and Springfield Road. This development is an essential component of the regeneration of the area already being achieved by GCC and Clyde Gateway and will make a real difference to Glasgow’s East End and most importantly those who live there.

I am pleased to confirm that contracts have just been concluded with Louvre Hotels, a major international hotel group, who will operate the hotel under their ‘Tulip Inn’ brand."

Willemijn Geels, Development Director of Louvre Hotels Group, said:

“I am delighted that we have been selected to operate this new hotel which will be the UK’s first new Tulip Inn. Louvre Hotels Group is amongst the leading hotel operators in the world with more than 1,000 hotels in 40 countries across 6 different brands. Tulip Inn hotels, in the 3-star category, offer excellent quality, comfortable rooms and friendly personnel at an affordable price. We are very happy to re-introduce the brand to the UK market through this exciting project and are confident about the long-term growth potential for our brands in the UK."

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Planning for Scottish Water National OperationsCentre

Planning for Scottish Water National OperationsCentre

Reiach and Hall Architects' plans for Scottish Water’s new £15m National Operations Centre have received full planning permission following an application submitted in November 2011.

Together with BAM Construction, appointed as preferred bidder, Reiach and Hall will deliver this highly sustainable new build office providing 7,300sqm of office accommodation for 595 staff on a moorland site at Stepps, near Glasgow.

Work is scheduled to start on site in February 2012 and completion is expected in summer 2013.

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