Reiach and Hall win the real Stirling Prize
We are pleased to announce that The Battle of Bannockburn Visitors Centre has picked up a Stirling Society of Architects Award for Best Building 2014.
The Stirling Society of Architects Design Awards have been established with the aim of recognising and promoting the creation of good architecture and good design – to recognise Architects and Clients who have collaborated in the creation of well-designed buildings and to encourage others .
In particular, the awards seek to recognise some of the excellent work by local Architects created within the Stirling Chapter areas of Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. Entries are accepted from any Chartered Architect throughout Scotland who has completed a building in the Chapter area.
Maggie’s ranked in the top five most inspiring buildings of 2014
A review by The Observer critic, Rowan Moore, has identified five buildings as the most inspirational buildings in 2014 – with Reiach and Hall’s Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire included in the list.
Maggie’s was described as:
“One of the less ostentatious in the celebrated series of Maggie’s cancer centres. This is by the respectable Scottish practice of Reiach and Hall, rather than the international stars who often design the centres, and it offers simple pleasures thoughtfully achieved – a sheltered garden that can be experienced from an intimate interior with the help of a wide glass wall; perforated brickwork that allows sunlight to penetrate; a central light court. Not revolutionary, but good.”
Maggie's project page
Civic Trust 2015 Regional Finalist Revealed
Three Reiach and Hall projects – South Beach Medical Centre, Ardrossan, Bannockburn Battlefield Visitor Centre and Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire – have been announced as Regional Finalists of the 2015 Civic Trust Awards.
Ardrossan project page
Bannockburn project page
Maggie's project page
Scottish Property Awards Shortlist
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to be included in this year’s Scottish Property Awards Shortlist. Three projects have been shortlisted for the Architectural Excellence Award – South Beach Medical Centre, Ardrossan, Bannockburn Battlefield Visitor Centre and Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire. South Beach Medical Centre, Ardrossan, is also included in the shortlists for the Development of the Year (Public Building) Award and the Town Centre Regeneration Project of the Year Award with Irvine Bay Developments Ltd.
Ardrossan project page
Bannockburn project page
Maggie's project page
MIES ARCH 2015
The Bannockburn Battlefield Visitor Centre has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.
About the award:
“The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is granted every two years to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe. In this way, the Award draws attention to the major contribution by European professionals to the development of new ideas and technologies. At the same time, it offers both individuals and public institutions an opportunity to reach a clearer understanding of the cultural role of architecture in the construction of our cities. Furthermore, the Award sets out to foster architecture in two significant ways: by stimulating greater circulation of professional architects throughout the entire European Union in response to transnational commissions and by supporting young architects as they set off on their careers.”
Best Visitor Experience
The Battle of Bannockburn Experience has won the Association of Scottish Visitors Attractions Best Visitor Experience Award 2014. The award recognises excellence in the visitor experience provided by ASVA member organisations throughout Scotland.
Commenting on The Battle of Bannockburn Experience’s win, Chairman of the judges Bob Downie said:
“The Bannockburn Experience demonstrates perfectly how heritage attractions can bring history alive with great passion. With very little in the way of written information, the visitor journey relies on the spoken word, sound effects, 3D graphics and the ‘battle game’ experience. Visitors are able to handle weapons whilst standing in the middle of the battle and the 3D element is key to helping them feel immersed in the battle. Focusing on the stories of individual people at the character stations is a highly engaging way for visitors to get a real sense of how the battle would have affected people in 1314”.
Reiach and Hall worked with interpretations specialists Bright White Ltd, to incorporate the exhibition requirements.
SNBTS starts on site
Construction has started on Scotland’s new national blood centre – the National Centre of Excellence will be a hub for processing, testing, supply, research and development for blood and human donor tissues and cells, centralising these core functions at Heriot Watt Research Park, in Edinburgh.
Reiach and Hall’s design for the new Scottish National Blood Transfusion Services (SNBTS) was named preferred bidder as part of the New National Centre NPD Project bid, in April 2013, with planning approved in June 2014. Working for Interserve Kajima, Reiach and Hall are very much looking forward to the next stage in this important National Centre development.
R&H shortlisted for AYA 2014
Reiach and Hall Architects are thrilled to have been shortlisted for Office Architect of the Year in the BD Architect of the Year Awards 2014. This award is open to architects working on the design of offices, whether new build or refurbishments of existing structures structures. Judges look for evidence of all round design excellence and fitness for purpose across a body of work.
Our submission included Scottish Water’s National Operations Centre in Stepps, our refurbishment of George House on George Square in Glasgow and the more recent proposals for a speculative development at Kings Cross in London.
Winners will be announced in December.
Reiach and Hall has won a British Construction Industry Award
We were delighted to receive the Sustainability Award for Scottish Water at the 27th annual British Construction Industry Awards.
The awards cover every aspect of construction and represent the most admired and coveted projects in the construction industry.
Mark Hansford, Editor, New Civil Engineer, said:
“The calibre of this year’s winning projects experience leaves you in no doubt whatsoever that this is an industry that excels. It is a proud feature of the awards that every UK shortlisted project gets a visit from our judges and the energy and enthusiasm shown by the project teams was incredible.
Congratulations to the teams behind all the shortlisted projects for this year’s awards. They are all remarkable. And extra special congratulations to the ultimate winners – as you are truly remarkable.”
RSA Metzstein Architecture Discourse 2014
Reiach and Hall’s Director, Neil Gillespie, welcomed and introduced the internationally acclaimed architect Álvaro Siza - guest speaker at the inaugural RSA Metzstein Architecture Discourse.
Álvaro Siza is recognised as one of the world’s most significant contemporary architects. His work stems from and is grounded in his native Portugal yet its poetry and strength speaks to a global audience. Amongst his many honours Álvaro Siza has been awarded the RIBA Gold Medal 2009, The Alvar Aalto Medal 1988, The Pritzker Prize 1992, The Praemium Imperiale 1998 and the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement from the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.
The RSA Metzstein Architecture Discourse will continue annually with the RSA inviting a prominent architect or academic to Scotland to explore contemporary architecture through their work and thought.
Financial Close for SNBTS
Financial close has been reached on the National Centre for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service [SNBTS], to be built on the Heriot Watt Research Park on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Working for Interserve Kajima, the appointed JV company, Reiach and Hall has developed the design and worked with SNBTS and other consultants on the complex compliance and regulatory interfaces meaning construction of the £33m NPD funded facility will now begin, with work expected to be completed by November 2016.
This new purpose-built facility will consolidate a number of SNBTS’ core activities and related services, including the processing and testing of blood, tissues and cells, quality and regulatory functions and research and development. The design provides a highly resilient low energy BREEAM “very good” building and the M&E design features of the project include the use of gas powered combined heat and power systems and the addition of PV panels to the roofs of the National Centre and its energy centre.
The design team was led by Reiach and Hall, with Buro Happold providing engineering services on the project [supported by Balfour Beatty Engineering Services for M&E] and eXmoor Pharma Concepts advising in relation to Good Manufacturing Practice.
A Picture of Health
Reiach and Hall Architects has featured in a recent exhibition, A Picture of Health, which outlines the NHSScotland Design Assessment Process [NDAP – http://ads.org.uk/healthierplaces/guidance] – a world-leading approach where the experience of patients and staff is given a clear voice in the brief of new facilities and where those responsible for project delivery must show how this brief is going to be achieved as they apply for funding, embedding design quality into the permission process.
The A Picture of Health exhibition describes how strategic design briefs are now developed through user engagement at the outset of a project and captures the aspirations of client teams for facilities they are developing across the country. Reiach and Hall’s Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary Intensive Care Unit and Ardrossan Medical Centre are featured and the exhibition will be open to the public on 14 November at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.
Scotland + Venice 2014
Reiach and Hall has been curating this year’s Scottish contribution to the Annual Venice Architecture Bienalle, which gives Scotland a month-long residency in Venice from 26 September – 24 October.
The theme, Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014, has allowed Scotland + Venice to undertake fragments of research, aimed primarily at opening up debate within Scotland about what modern architecture was and what it might be.
Under the direction of Reiach and Hall, four teams have been focusing on a particular area of Scotland (East Coast, the Highlands and Islands, Glasgow and Edinburgh) and have produced a series of newspapers to support their projects.
Each group will be present at the Biennale for one week each throughout the residency and they will use the past to engage with the national pavilions. They will share their research in a past history and in return they will gather insight and references to other past histories from across the globe while reflecting on the future.
To find out more about Scotland + Venice 2014: Past + Future and each of the team's projects, visit the Architecture and Design Scotland website.
Reiach and Hall in the AJ
We are delighted to feature in the Architects' Journal with a Building Study looking at our newly completed Maggie’s Lanarkshire building. The project marks the 17th Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre with the charity celebrating their 18th anniversary earlier this year. Now open, Maggie’s Lanarkshire will provide practical and emotional support to the Lanarkshire community.
Ellis Woodman wrote that:
“Among the Maggie’s Centres built to date, Reiach and Hall’s contribution ranks as one of the least formally demonstrative but is none the less affecting for that. The building conveys a powerful empathy for the emotions of people undergoing one of life’s most challenging experiences and illuminates the capacity of nature to serve as a vehicle for their physical and spiritual regeneration.”
Maggie’s Lanarkshire Opens
We are thrilled to announce that our Maggie’s Lanarkshire, in the grounds of Monklands hospital in Airdrie, is now open. The new purpose-built centre was officially opened by golfer Colin Montgomerie and becomes the second Maggie’s centre to be built in partnership with the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation and Maggie’s with additional support from Walk the Walk.
Our Design Director Neil Gillespie gave a short speech at the event, noting that:
"We have enjoyed close and civilised co-operation with the design team of K J Tait, SKM, Speirs and Major and CBA Quantity Surveyors on the design of the building, along with collaboration at a more fundamental level with rankinfraser landscape architects on the design and idea of the gardens, and with the late Jonathan Speirs on the design of the golden lightcatchers. Furthermore; the builders, John Dennis, have against all contemporary modes of contracting, engaged with the design in the spirit of collaboration. The skill and refinement of their execution raises the building above its modest intentions."
Reiach and Hall is delighted to have completed on time and on budget and were honoured to share the day with Maggie’s Chief Executive Laura Lee and the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Co-founder Charles Jencks.
City of Glasgow Fly-through
The Architects' Journal have showcased an updated video fly-through for the City of Glasgow College. The joint venture with Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects was animated by Soluis Animations and allows a virtual tour of both the Riverside and Cathedral Street Campus building – both of which are progressing on site with Riverside due for completion mid-2015.
Cathedral Street project page
Riverside project page
Research and Necropsy Building, St Kitts, West Indies
Reiach and Hall is working with URS based in Glasgow, Belfast and San Juan (Puerto Rico), on a new veterinary research building containing laboratories to BSL2 and BSL3 for 24 research staff together with a large animal post-mortem facility. This follows preparation of a new master plan for the university campus as a whole which was completed by Reiach and Hall in 2013. The research building project was briefed in detail at the end of 2013 and was taken to RIBA Stage D by the team based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast: formal presentation and client sign-off was achieved in July 2014. The project has now been taken to 100% construction documentation stage by the URS team in San Juan, which has involved specifying the building in imperial units and complying with USA standards.
The aim is to produce a simple, flexible building based on standard laboratory modules using locally available materials and construction techniques as a response to the tropical maritime climate. The building has a steel frame, rendered blockwork walls, and uses an interplay of solid and perforated corrugated metal cladding to provide solar shading. The design exploits the steeply sloping nature of the site to achieve functional accommodation within harmonious shapes and proportions.
Reiach and Hall prepared speculative proposals for the refurbishment of a 1960s university building in Dundee. The scheme looked at the creative re-use of the existing structure to create some of the city’s coolest and most affordable urban pads. This residential element was mixed alongside ideas of culture in the city that would create a focus for activities such as exhibitions, theatre workshops, cabaret and music events. The project ideas would experiment with local and public ownership but would allow the development to thrive in the open market.
Maggie’s Lanarkshire Photography
A series of lifestyle photos have now been completed at our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire by Edinburgh-based photographers, broad daylight ltd. The team at Maggie’s Lanarkshire now offer practical and emotional support to people with cancer and their families and friends through a series of group and one-to-one sessions.
City of Glasgow Site Progress
Works on the Riverside Campus have progressed significantly. In the Halls of Residence the prefabricated toilet PODs have arrived and been positioned onsite, with the frames for many of the internal partitions being constructed. The external envelope has begun with the frame for three of the four elevations currently in progress. The steel frames for the seven story Education building and adjoining two story workshop block are nearing completion, with the precast concrete slabs being installed and floor screed applied from levels 1-3. Reiach and Hall continues to work alongside The Glasgow Learning Quarter consortium, led by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, and including Michael Laird Architects, FES, ARUP Scotland, Hulley and Kirkwood, Rankin Fraser and Graven Images.
Cathedral Street project page
Riverside project page
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to announce the appointment of a new director – James Grimley. James joins the current management team: Andy Law, Angus Wilson, Carol MacBain, Lyle Chrystie, Neil Gillespie and Tom Bostock.
A series of lifestyle photos have now been completed at The Battle of Bannockburn Visitors Centre. This set forms part of a lifestyle portfolio we have commissioned from Edinburgh based photographers broad daylight ltd.
Reiach and Hall Architects have been appointed as part of a multi-disciplinary project team to start work on an initial design for Meadowbank Sports Centre and Stadium.
Working alongside Deloitte and The Sports Consultancy, with key partners sportscotland and Edinburgh Leisure, the team will now prepare initial designs, a full business case and develop community and sport consultation.
Councillor Richard Lewis said:
"Meadowbank Sports Centre and Stadium aims to be a leading edge public sports facility fitting for the 21st century and for the capital of Scotland – a Meadowbank that can inspire future generations of athletes to get involved in sport and physical activity.”
Wishaw Site Progress
The steel frame for the NHSL Wishaw Health Centre is complete, with fire protection of steelwork ongoing. Positioned at the corner of Kenilworth Avenue and Library Road, the massing is now starting to take shape with the taller Health Centre side stepping down as you move further from the town centre to the lower 3-storey half which accommodates the library. This helps the building respond to the differing scales of context which surround the site. The intumescent painting of steelwork will be followed by the installation of windows with brickwork commencing thereafter.
Kilsyth Site Progress
The steel frame for the Kilsyth NHSL Health Centre is now complete and progress is moving quickly on site with Graham Construction. The installation of the sheathing insulation starts to give an indication of the building form, and forming the apertures for windows. Roofing works have also been commenced and external hard landscaping is starting to define the foreground of the building.
East Kilbride Site Progress
East Kilbride Health Centre is progressing quickly on site with the completed steel frame being treated with intumescent paint. Decking is currently being installed and upper level slabs are being poured. SFS and insulation to the external envelope is being installed, while brickwork is scheduled to commence in the following weeks. The building is already making its mark on the town, raising above the treeline and responding to its immediate urban context.
City of Glasgow College Riverside Progress
The steel frame outlining the residence block at the Riverside Campus, for The City of Glasgow College, has now been complete. This eleven story structure will contain student accommodation and social spaces for the students of the two new campus buildings in central Glasgow.
Reiach and Hall continue to work alongside The Glasgow Learning Quarter consortium, led by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, and including Michael Laird Architects, FES, ARUP Scotland, Hulley and Kirkwood, Rankin Fraser and Graven Images.
Aberdeen Sports Options Appraisal
Following on from the successful completion of Aberdeen Sports Village; Reiach and Hall Architects have been asked to prepare an options appraisal for a new changing pavilion and studios to extend the center and cope with the facility's user demand.
Aberdeen Sports Village opened in 2009 and has since established itself as the home of sport in the north east; recognised as a premier sport and exercise facility providing world class opportunities for everyone in the community. The Sports Village caters for, amongst others: squash, indoor and outdoor athletics, indoor football, gymnastics, strength and conditioning and fitness classes.
Aberdeen Sports Photography
A series of lifestyle photos have now been completed at our Aberdeen Sports Village. This set forms part of a lifestyle portfolio we have commissioned from Edinburgh photographers broad daylight ltd.
Planning Permission received for SNBTS National Centre
Following the Preferred Bidder announcement in March, Planning Permission has been received for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service’s New National Centre. The £33m building, being procured under the Scottish Government’s NPD programme, will be sited at Heriot Watt University’s Research Park at Riccarton. It is a sophisticated pharmaceutical manufacturing and research facility and will handle the processing and testing of all blood, tissue and cells donations in Scotland, providing a stimulating place of work for up to 400 people.
The private consortium is a joint venture between Interserve Investments and Kajima Partnerships, and construction will be by Interserve Construction. Building is due to start in August 2014, with handover in 2016. Following a six month commissioning and validation period the first donations will be received in spring 2017.
Commemorating the 700th Anniversary of Bannockburn
Reiach and Hall were amongst the 100 guests taking part in a torchlight procession to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.
Led by representatives of the National Trust for Scotland, the group set off at midnight, walking from our new visitor centre to the refurbished rotunda monument; the engraved ring beam poem, by Scottish writer Kathleen Jamie, was read aloud before a prayer of commemoration and a moment of contemplation.
Commemorating the thousands of men who lost their lives at the battle in 1314, a lone piper closed the event by playing a lament at the statue of Robert the Bruce.
AJ reviews RIBA Awards:
the last 5 Years
The Architects Journal have surveyed the RIBA Award list for the last 5 years describing the regional spread of awards winners in the UK.
Reiach and Hall are delighted to learn that we rank top in Scotland with 5 awards during this time.
Since 2000, the practice has collected a total of 12 RIBA National Awards.
RIBA Award for Scottish Water
Reiach and Hall Architects are thrilled to have been awarded an RIBA National Award for Scottish Water – The Bridge.
Celebrating architectural excellence in the UK, the RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally. No matter the shape, size, budget or location, RIBA Award-winning schemes set the standard for great architecture all across the country.
Scottish Water – The Bridge is now one of a 44-strong list of finalists which will be considered for the shortlist for this year’s coveted Stirling Prize.
RIAS Award for Scottish Water
Reiach and Hall Architects were delighted to collect an RIAS Award for Scottish Water – The Bridge at this year’s annual Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards ceremony.
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland announced 13 Regional award winners representing the very best of Scottish Architecture. Judges praised Scottish Water – The Bridge noting:
“A new Scottish classicism delineates this elegant office development at the edge of a business park. The restraint of the external forms and materials is continued within the dramatic central atrium.”
Scottish Water will now move forward to be considered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.
NPCS Submitted for Planning
Reiach and Hall Architects have now submitted designs for The National Performance Centre for Sport for planning approval. The proposals show a new elite sports facility built within the grounds of Heriot-Watt University to offer high-performance facilities for football, rugby, basketball, volleyball and other sports.
The project realises a partnership with Heriot-Watt University and the City of Edinburgh Council to deliver this high quality facility by 2016. Work is anticipated to start on site in early 2015.
Happy Birthday Maggie’s
18 years ago, in 1996, the first Maggie's Centre opened in Edinburgh, providing free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. There are now 17 Maggie’s Centres in the UK, amongst them our new Lanarkshire Centre - due to open officially later in the year.
We joined the birthday celebrations in London and would like to wish Maggie’s Happy Birthday and congratulations on a fantastic 18 years of support.
IHBC Summer School 2014, Edinburgh: The Art of Conservation
Reiach and Hall’s design director, Neil Gillespie, offered an architect’s response to the conservation issues in the context of design and regeneration at this year’s IHBC’s summer school. The IHBC – The Institute of Historic Building Conservation – were looking to discover if creative opportunities were available to the architect when responding to and seeking sympathy with existing fabric and places.
Neil’s talk, entitled “The Art of Conservation”, described the design methodology and contextual approach of Reiach and Hall in relation to a variety of projects, from the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness to Loudoun Hall Forecourt in Ayr to the recently completed Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre.
Bannockburn project page
Pier Arts project page
Scottish Design Awards Results
Reiach and Hall Architects were delighted to collect four awards at 2014 Scottish Design Awards which recognise design excellence amongst the Scottish Design and Architecture disciplines.
From the awards list, Scottish Water collected the award for Commercial/Office Project of the Year and the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre collected the award for Leisure/Cultural Building of the year.
The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre went on to win the Architecture Grand Prix and Reiach and Hall Architects were awarded Architectural Practice of the Year.
Winning such awards takes years of hard work from everyone in the design and construction team and it is great recognition of the effort involved.
Especially pleasing for Reiach and Hall is the Architectural Practice of the Year Award for the second year in a row. This shows that there is real strength and depth across our staff and that our high standards are recognised by our peers.
Bannockburn project page
Scottish Water project page
Ardrossan Medical Centre Now Complete
The new medical centre in Ardrossan has been completed and is now open to the public. Named the South Beach Medical Centre, the new £2.5 million facility will enable enhanced health and community services to be provided to the Ardrossan area. In addition to this, through the refurbishment and extension of this previously derelict Grade C Listed Police Station, the project has brought a real sense of urban regeneration to this area of the town. The project was awarded BREEAM Very Good and was procured through Hub South West Scotland Ltd, with Morrison Construction as the main contractor The medical centre was handed over to Irvine Bay Regeneration Company at the end of May.
Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of IBRC, said:
“The local community is delighted that we have completed such a needed and long-awaited development for the town that will primarily be of benefit to residents but will also be a valuable resource for tourists and visitors. Bringing this formerly derelict site back into use as a doctors’ surgery and healthcare centre is a great example of how buildings can be regenerated to provide vital services for the local area.”
Reiach and Hall reach No.76
Reiach and Hall jumped a massive 18 places, from 94 to 76, in this year’s AJ100 survey. The Architects Journal commented as follows:
‘An impressive 18-place jump this year for the Edinburgh-based outfit – its self-proclaimed strategy of ‘slow and steady wins the race’ ironically making it a candidate for this year’s Fastest Growing Practice award.
The firm’s recent output, including its low key but critically acclaimed Bannockburn visitor centre, which opened in March, mirrors this subdued and thoughtful confidence. The busy design studio admits it is still trying to ‘regain ground on fee levels’ and is battling back into the ‘lost sectors from the past few years’.
Yet the 50-strong firm still operates in a range of different sectors, from arts projects to housing, while its Maggie’s Centre is nearing completion.
Among the schemes which began coming out of the ground over the past 12 months is the £228 million City of Glasgow College campus, which will eventually cater for about 40,00 students.'
The Architects Journal, 23rd May 2014
Neil Gillespie and Reiach and Hall have been selected to represent Scotland in a month long residency at the Venice Biennale in October this year.
Reiach and Hall will organise four teams, each comprising an architect, an academic and two architecture students, which will each represent a different area of Scotland: Edinburgh and the Borders; Glasgow and the West; Highlands and Islands; and Dundee and Fife. The teams will spend the next three months researching Scottish Modernism in their geographical area before each spending a week based at the British Pavilion in Venice where they will present their research and organise events.
Neil Gillespie, director at Reiach and Hall and project leader, said:
‘We will be looking at a very specific period of Scottish Modernism, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, which was a very productive period for architecture in Scotland. We want to present our research in an experiential rather than a scholarly way and each team will be free to interpret the brief as they choose.’
City of Glasgow College
Work is now well under way on site for both campus buildings for the new City of Glasgow College project.
With demolition work now complete at Cathedral Street, a set of towering concrete cores have started to show the scale of the new 11 storey college building structure, while a steel frame signifies the beginning of the new Halls of Residence at the Riverside location.
Cathedral Street project page
Riverside project page
Reiach and Hall celebrated the completion of The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre and the refurbishment of the monuments with a party for staff and friends.
The event provided the opportunity to thank the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland for their support as our client but also gave us the chance to showcase the new building, helped along by Bannockburn pies and pints.
Maggie’s for Walk the Walk
A series of engraved bricks have been inset into the pathway at Maggie’s to signify the generous donation from Walk the Walk and Moonwalk Scotland. The charity donated £250,000 to the Lanarkshire project as part of the main project costs and has been recognised as a major donor alongside The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation and Maggie’s.
The bricks are installed as part of the garden path to encourage a walk through the landscape – Reiach and Hall’s Carol, Laura and Sarah are taking part in the Moonwalk Scotland in June to raise money for Maggie’s and Walk the Walk – donations welcome.
Team Reiach and Hall for Maggie's
Maggie’s Nears Completion
Works at Monklands Hospital on Maggie’s Lanarkshire near completion of phase 1. The new facility will provide a new permanent centre for practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer, their families and friends.
Phase 2 will see additional landscaping and an interior fit out. The centre hopes to be up and running in late summer 2104.
Weir Block at Forth Valley College completes
Refurbishment of the Mezzanine and Weir Block at Forth Valley College Falkirk Campus is now complete. The £500,000 works provide new office space and assist in the consolidation of all staff and student facilities within the Falkirk campus.
University of Edinburgh Monro Project reaches RIBA Stage D
Reiach and Hall are nearing the end of RIBA stage D on The University of Edinburgh Monro Project - with proposals to create a new facility to serve the Institute of Anatomical and Surgical Sciences at Hill Square, Edinburgh, in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
It is envisaged the new facility will provide modern amenities for advancing and promoting research, teaching and public outreach activities and give the feel of a new ‘mini-campus’ dedicated to the anatomical and surgical sciences.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine reaches RIBA Stage C
Reiach and Hall have been progressing work to RIBA Stage C for a new veterinary research facility for Ross University in St Kitts.
The project involves Masterplanning and the development of a New Research and Necropsy Building on the campus of the Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. This is a milestone project for Reiach and Hall Architects as it is our first international design commission.
University of West of Scotland reaches RIBA Stage C
Reiach and Hall’s design proposals for the Hamilton Campus of the University of West of Scotland have now reached RIBA stage C. The scheme involves a new campus building and associated landscaping with an ambition to provide 21st Century learning and teaching facilities, which then allow the university to maximise their contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland.
Refurbishment Work at Heriot Watt
Alterations and refurbishment of the William Perkin Building for the School of Engineering and Physical Science at Heriot Watt University started on site this month.
This project sees the installation and refurbishment of Biochemistry Laboratory facilities.
Scottish Design Awards Shortlist
Reiach and Hall Architects have two projects shortlisted in this year’s Scottish Design Awards nominations – Scottish Water, The Bridge and The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre.
It was noted that competition was tough but each judge was on the look-out for projects demonstrating design excellence and innovative approaches to construction, and this approach led to the nomination of 30 projects from around the country, distilled from over 100 entries. Award winners will be announced at the Scottish Design Awards ‘architecture rules’ branded event in Glasgow in June.
Bannockburn project page
Scottish Water project page
Health Centres Move Forward on Site
Work on the North Lanarkshire Health Centres moves on with a steel frame now visible on site for the Kilsyth Health Centre.
Kilsyth Health Centre is one of three new Health Centre developments for Hub South West, with others due for construction in Wishaw and East Kilbride. Graham Construction commenced work on the centre in early January with a scheduled completion date summer 2015.
RIAS/RIBA Awards 2014 Shortlist
Reiach and Hall Architects have two projects shortlisted in this year’s RIAS/RIBA Awards – Scottish Water, The Bridge and The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre.
A total of 27 projects have been shortlisted for a regional award with the winners to be announced at the annual RIAS Gala Dinner in June.
Bannockburn project page
Scottish Water project page
Reiach and Hall in the BD
In a monumental final edition of Building Design Magazine’s print edition, Reiach and Hall featured with a study of The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. The 4-page article covered a review of the building by editor Ellis Woodman, following a visit to the centre earlier in the year.
Ellis wrote that:
“Reiach and Hall has judged its building role astutely, its principle task being to mediate between two experiences of the landscape - one digital and one actual. The heritage centre’s expression may be recessive but appropriately so, ensuring that the rotunda maintains its status as the dramatic conclusion of the visitors’ journey. The scheme honours Robert Matthew’s vision but also the memory of the thousands that died at Bannockburn.”
Reiach and Hall in the AJ
A first look study of The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre was featured in the Architects’ Journal magazine, Issue no:10 Vol:239.
This gave a brief view of the completed building with comment from Neil Gillespie OBE:
“there is no archive of surviving artefacts to act as a portal to the great battle. Robert Matthews and Eric Stephenson responded to this void by marking the site with a rotunda. They used this atavistic form, set in a carefully orchestrated landscape, to give a sense of the magnitude of the event and the thousands of lives that were lost.
In designing a visitor centre which merely serves the battlefield and the listed monuments we attempt to create a structure that was serious almost grim, that had a certain difficulty or ambiguity of form and material. The building should on the outside present a solemn, reticent face while concealing an interior that is altogether lighter and more hospitable.”
Ministers Visit Ardrossan Medical Centre
Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, visited the site of Reiach and Hall’s new medical centre as the project nears completion in the next few months.
The new Ardrossan Medical Centre has been designed to provide enhanced health services in a modern, bright, purpose-built centre. The new facility will enable minor surgery and enhanced clinical services to be delivered locally as well as continuing to provide a range of community services such as health visiting, dietetics, podiatry, physiotherapy and district nursing.
SNBTS Move to Preferred Bidder
Reiach and Hall’s design for the new Scottish National Blood Transfusion Services (SNBTS) has been named as preferred bidder as part of the New National Centre NPD Project bid. Working for Interserve Kajima, Reiach and Hall are very much looking forward to the next stage in this important National Centre development.
The project will deliver facilities for the processing and testing of blood, tissues and cells and provide a base for research and development. The building, on the Heriot-Watt Research Park close to Edinburgh, will also include high quality office accommodation and garaging for operational vehicles. The building is designed to engender a strong team spirit and sense of belonging in staff who will be transferred to it from three existing sites.
Although a highly serviced and regulatory building, it will benefit from natural daylight virtually throughout, with a high degree of internal transparency centred around a linear arcade.
This development is being funded using the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) Model, and the experienced design team which includes Buro Happold and eXmoor Pharma Concepts is aiming for a construction start date in late 2014, with an anticipated completion of the National Centre in early 2017.
Bannockburn Opens to the Public
First Minister Alex Salmond led events to mark the public opening of the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre at the end of February 2014.
Our state-of-the-art visitor centre, which has been a joint project between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, commemorates the famous battle which took place on the site 700 years ago in 1314.
The First Minister was joined by members of the community and groups involved in the project for a ceremony celebrating its successful completion and the opening of the centre to the public. He also wrote the first entry in the visitor book and addressed the invited guests commenting:
“The highest compliment I can pay to this centre is that it rises to its setting. Through sensitive architecture, modern scholarship and stunning computer graphics, it will enable people from Scotland and around the world to understand why Bannockburn has resonated down these ages.”
Colin Montgomerie Visits New Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre
A private view of our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire allowed Colin Montgomerie and guests to see how work is progressing on the new centre, due to open later this year.
Colin’s charity, The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation – founded in memory of his mother who died of lung cancer – is the principle funder for this new Lanarkshire Centre for the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Trust.
Colin Montgomerie and Maggie’s Chief Executive Laura Lee met NHS staff, centre visitors and others who have contributed to the centre – including organisers of the Moon Walk Scotland, Walk the Walk, who have granted £250,000 towards the costs of Maggie’s Lanarkshire. Colin summarised the day with the following:
“It is wonderful to see the progress being made with the new Centre and to meet so many people who have played vital roles in making it happen. The building work is so close to completion now that it is easy to see the end result; a building I know will bring comfort, solace and relief to everyone who enters.”
Civic Trust Award
Reiach and Hall’s Scottish Water The Bridge has been selected by the Civic Trust Award Panel as one of their National/International Winners. The project will now receive a Civic Trust Award, Commendation or Community Recognition at the Award Ceremony in March this year.
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