SNBTS Site Progress
As we move closer to completion next year, the remaining scaffolding is being erected to allow the brick contractor DBM to proceed with the high level brick work around the main building. The office bay window façade has received a layer of temporary protection as the grid of brick piers and panels are erected. Brick work to other areas is much advanced and has been completed to parapet levels to north and west facades. Inside, the mechanical and electrical installation is proceeding at speed. The Energy Centre and main roof plant are almost complete, as is the heavily serviced interstitial plant floor. Underfloor heating and screed is being laid this week. The play of light as it moves around the building and its effect on the feel and animation of the key spaces can now be grasped.
Gordon Strachan visits ORIAM
Gordon Strachan led an SFA delegation to the new National Sports Performance Centre to view site progress on the new £33m multi-sport centre at Heriot-Watt University.
The Scotland coach was joined by assistant Stuart McCall and SFA chief executive Stewart Regan as they toured the ORIAM site – which is due to open to the public in August 2016.
“It’s terrific that the Scottish Government have recognised the need for such a top-class facility and it certainly looks impressive even at this early stage of the build process. It is one that should inspire the next generation of international players – not just in football – to fulfil their potential and we look forward to seeing this magnificent centre when it is complete.”
Catriona McAllister, Oriam’s chief executive, said:
“Everybody who comes to see the structure is blown away by the size and scale. In fact, all our partners are extremely impressed by the progress made so far and this was a fantastic opportunity for the SFA team to see the project first hand.”
GIA Awards success
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have won four Awards at this year’s annual GIA dinner (Glasgow Institute of Architects).
We received two design awards, one for our City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus (with MLA) as ‘Best Education Building’ and the other for our Maggie’s Lanarkshire as ‘Best Healthcare Building’.
Our Maggie’s Lanarkshire project was also awarded the ‘Wood for Good Award’ and, finally, the ‘Supreme Award’ of the night.
We are delighted to be recognised at these local chapter awards which demonstrate that the high standards of architecture are strongly represented in Scotland as ‘the quality, diversity and geographical location of the Award submissions continues to inspire, delight and challenge the judges.’
Maggie's project page
Riverside project page
Scottish Property Awards
Reiach and Hall with MLA have been shortlisted for the 2016 Scottish Property Awards for our work on the City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus.
The project is presenting in three award categories: Architectural Excellence (Public Buildings), Development of the Year (Public Buildings), and City Regeneration Project of the Year. We look forward to the awards ceremony in March 2016.
Waterfront Avenue Starts
Reiach and Hall Architects have resumed design work with Places for People, at Waterfront Avenue in Edinburgh. This project acts as Phase Two of the masterplan for a large mixed-use development, known previously as Upper Strand, Granton.
As a brief history of the project: Reiach and Hall completed Phase one in 2007, providing one of the first new buildings on a wedged shaped site, which released 130 one, two and three-bedroom homes, café, office and live work units. The masterplan was intended to initiate a significant regeneration project which would ultimately provide over 5000 homes in the Granton / Waterfront Avenue area.
Our current site is defined by ‘The Walk‘, our existing residential blocks completed in 2007 and the northern edge of a phased car park. A triangulated central courtyard is landscaped to provide amenity to the residents of both phases 1 and 2 and link the segments of the development. It is thought that our current proposals will add a further 73 dwellings arranged over 7 floors. The project is moving forward with great pace and we aim to submit the planning application in Feb 2016 and be on site towards the end of 2016.
Phase one project page
NDA Progress in Wick
The construction of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Archive continues to make progress onsite in Wick. The Archive building sees Reiach and Hall working with Morrison Construction, Arup and Horner + Maclennan towards completion in August 2016.
With precast panels for the archive walls onsite and the foundation work complete, the building formation is beginning to take shape. The first of the archive spaces have their internal roofs in place and work will continue to complete the remainder of the archives.
The development of the external envelope is moving forward, with the appointment of a sub-contractor for the entire envelope. In addition to this, the design team continue to work towards the issue of the internal packages.
Forth Valley College Falkirk
Design work is developing for the new ‘centre of excellence’ campus and headquarters for Forth Valley College on Grangemouth Road, Falkirk.
The new state-of-the-art college building, won through a competitive interview in July, sees the integration of Falkirk Arts Venue allowing the college to foster links with the culture and the arts, local industry, business and the wider community – while reinforcing its standing within the local community and building on the strong identity established at its earlier developments at Stirling and Alloa.
The design is currently being developed with the clients on the basis of a general strategy which gathers similar functions together including staff, general and specialist teaching and workshop spaces. The public facing elements of the development are located to create a ‘civic’ presence along Grangemouth Road. The theatre and sports accommodation flank the main entrance and act to announce the College and Arts Venue from the two main directions of approach, from Falkirk town centre and from the A9.
sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde
Reiach and Hall have submitted a planning application with Morrison Construction and sportscotland for designs at the National Centre at Inverclyde. The redevelopment of this centre will enable the facility to become recognised across the Scottish sporting landscape as the benchmark venue for fully inclusive residential sporting activities.
The National Centre has already achieved planning in principle and the decision on planning approval will be via delegated powers. As the project develops through detailed design including structural/service co-ordination, Morrison’s Construction have commenced enabling works on site – these works include the preparation of the retained sports hall accommodation ahead of demolition works and the formation of a new diverted road system leading to the existing car park.
Reiach and Hall’s work for the first stage of the City of Glasgow College at Riverside was celebrated today as the new building was officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and City of Glasgow College Principal Paul Little.
The City of Glasgow College, designed by Reiach and Hall and MLA, was described by Nicola Sturgeon as:
“world-class and an excellent example of our capital investment programmes at work. The Scottish Government is happy to have supported the construction of this new campus – part of a £228 million investment in the City of Glasgow College estate – and I look forward to visiting City Campus on Cathedral Street, too, when it opens next year.”
Principal Paul Little proudly welcomed more than 250 guests from all over the world for the milestone event. Principal Little said:
“This is a truly outstanding, world-class campus with the ‘wow’ factor. It represents a bold statement of intent by City of Glasgow College to lead the global maritime college community. Within that community, our Riverside Campus is now the most advanced of all colleges throughout the world.
We are making a significant contribution towards to the renaissance of Glasgow’s maritime industry. We have made a transformational difference with the opening of this new campus.”
Reiach and Hall and MLA continue with The City of Glasgow College Cathedral Street building which is due for completion August 2016.
Cathedral Street project page
Riverside project page
Reiach and Hall at MIPIM
Reiach and Hall were delighted to attend MIPIM UK 2015 as newcomers to the world’s most dynamic international real estate show for property professionals.
We exhibited as part of the Architects Journal stand named “Architecture Tomorrow” which provided a gallery of future British architectural projects. Reiach and Hall thought this was an exceptional opportunity to showcase our work in progress at the City of Glasgow College, Cathedral Street – now on site.
Reiach and Hall’s design director Neil Gillespie OBE and associate Laura Kinnaird have been asked to join a team of renowned architects travelling to Turkey to study the work of 16th-century architect Mimar Sinan.
The aim of the trip is to gather material for the AJ | turkishceramics book, ‘Sinan: The First Starchitect’ – exploring the life, work and wider world of Mimar Sinan.
Chairman of Turkishceramics, Bahadır Kayan said:
"We are proud to work with such prestigious architects in this project about Mimar Sinan, highlighting the greatest master builder of Turkish history to architects and designers in the UK.”
RIBA Stirling Prize
Reiach and Hall attended the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize with our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Shortlisted for the prestigious award.
Although we didn’t win, we have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone throughout the process.
Design director Neil Gillespie OBE summarised it best:
"It was not our intention to attract attention. Indeed from the outset we have attempted to make a quiet, still place that supported the wonderful work that Maggie’s carries out every day in aiding cancer sufferers and their families."
Reiach and Hall would like to thank Maggie’s for this opportunity and everyone who worked on this wonderful building, raising it well above its modest intentions.
AJ Video for Maggie's Lanarkshire
The Architects Journal continued the momentum in the build up to the RIBA Stirling Prize announcement by visiting Maggie’s and interviewing the team on the design. This short interview was shown on the AJ website alongside a public poll to test opinion on which project should win.
Maggie’s Lanarkshire came 2nd with 22% of the overall vote.
Video by Jim Stephenson
Reiach and Hall on the BBC
The ongoing RIBA Stirling Prize coverage continued with features on the BBC online – this included a short video interview with Neil Gillespie OBE, Reiach and Hall’s design director, and Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre.
Video by John Galliver
Reiach and Hall take over AJ Instagram
Reiach and Hall spent a week ‘taking over’ the Architects Journal’s Instagram account. This gave us the opportunity to showcase a number of our current and ongoing projects … as well as a few design bids we didn’t get.
It was a great opportunity to show how we work and we were delighted that lots of our study models and visuals were so well received – thanks AJ!
Nomination for Prime Minister's Award
We are delighted that our Maggie’s Lanarkshire building has been nominated for the 2015 Prime Ministers Better Public Building Award – an award that recognises publicly funded construction projects that are completed on time, on budget and bring real change to the community.
Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said:
“This one nation government is committed to supporting and working with the construction industry to deliver the high quality infrastructure Britain needs to compete internationally. The shortlisted projects are exceptional examples of how the government’s construction strategy is setting new standards in building major public works – British engineering at its finest.”
The Prime Minister's Award will be announced at the British Construction Industry Awards in October.
Reiach and Hall in London
As part of the various celebrations involved in marking 50 years, Reiach and Hall Architects hosted a drinks reception in London – giving the opportunity to toast to the next 50 years with our southern-based clients, friends and colleagues.
The event at St John’s Restaurant/Bar in Smithfield was well attended and not only provided the opportunity to catch up with some old and new faces, but it also gave us a chance to launch our Stravaigers book with many of the wanderers that had contributed to this publication in attendance.
RIBA Stirling Prize Stories
The RIBA Stirling Prize journey continued with a formal panel-style debate at the RIBA Headquarters on Portland Place, London.
The ‘RIBA Stirling Prize Stories’ was a unique event where all the RIBA shortlisted practices came together to reveal the stories behind their buildings. Chaired by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, each shortlisted practice was given a strict 10-minute slot to present the key ideas critical to the design of their nominated building.
Neil Gillespie OBE spoke on behalf of Reiach and Hall and discussed the ideas of fading light in our work and how the walls at Maggie’s create a sense of security while still remaining open to the hospital and community.
Neil Gillespie on RIBA Honours Committee
Our design director, Neil Gillespie OBE, was honoured by being asked to join the 2015 RIBA Honours Committee, responsible for selecting the 2016 Fellows as well as the winner of the annual RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Chaired by RIBA President Jane Duncan, Neil was joined by Sir Peter Cook, Victoria Thornton OBE and the 2015 Royal Gold Medalist, John Tuomey.
Dame Zaha Hadid was selected as the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Gold Medal, an award that is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen.
A total of nine International Fellowships were also awarded to non-UK architects – Neil personally nominated Peter MarKli for his work as a practising architect and also as Professor at the ETH in Zurich.
Finally, the RIBA Honours Committee recognised the 2016 Honorary Fellowships, with fourteen individuals from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds who have made a particular contribution to architecture in its broadest sense. Neil nominated Heinz Wirz, publisher and founder of Quart Verlag, who has documented a broad view of contemporary architectural practice through a series of thematic publications.
RIBA Royal Gold Medal
RIBA Stirling Prize: Architects Visit Jersey
Our design director, Neil Gillespie OBE, was welcomed to Jersey as part of an RIBA delegation which included representatives from each of the 2015 shortlisted Stirling Prize projects.
Neil led a presentation on our Maggie’s Lanarkshire building alongside talks by Graham Stirk (RSHP), Stuart McKnight (MUMA), Roisin Heneghan (heneghan peng architects), Niall McLaughlin (Niall McLaughlin Architects) and Paul Monaghan (AHMM). Tony Chapman gave a talk on the RIBA Stirling Prize history and showed a film about James Stirling – the pioneering and celebrated modern architect for whom the prize is named.
The RIBA Stirling Prize is now in its 20th year. We are delighted to have been shortlisted.
RIBA Stirling Prize
Stravaigers In a fading light
In 1944 Alan Reiach and Robert Hurd wrote a small book called Building Scotland: A Cautionary Guide, published by The Saltire Society. It is a mini-manifesto, an open call to architects. Reiach and Hurd saw the possibility of an architecture that looked forward yet was fortified by a shared sense of tradition, a common sense.
They saw the bright light of modernity and modernism clearly, yet they were firmly embedded in a culture that they knew and loved, and to them still held significance. Their message is still as clear and yet the call remains unanswered, some seventy years later. The brightness of that modernist light is fading.
To mark the fiftieth year of this merger of design and professionalism, we asked a number of figures from the territory of art and architecture to contribute to another wee book, a book of speculations, reflections and observations.
Reiach and Hall at 50
Reiach and Hall staff, friends, colleagues and clients celebrated 50 years (and counting) with a party at the Roxy Assembly in Edinburgh.
Reiach and Hall Architects was formed in 1965 through the amalgamation of Eric Hall and Partners and Alan Reiach and Partners.
As one of Scotland’s surviving architectural practices that formed in the 1960's, it is important for us to glance back and explore how architecture has changed, but in doing so, we also want to look forward and build on the last five decades of accumulated expertise and talent which have helped us to develop and deliver a sustainable approach to architecture and design.
We are immensely proud of our architectural past and are enthusiastic to see what the next 50 years has to offer.
SNBTS Site Progress
Construction progress has been rapid over the last few months as the building moves ever closer to becoming watertight. This milestone will allow Interserve Construction to move at pace with the mechanical and electrical installation. The main laboratory areas are by their nature very highly serviced and this aspect of the construction is key to the building's success. An entire service floor sandwiched between the ground and 2nd floor laboratories serves them from above and below. This highly complex part of the build is the main focus for ICL and BBESL over the coming weeks. Following the completion of the curtain walling envelope is the brick cladding. The perimeter brick set out is complete, allowing subsequent lifts to proceed efficiently and accurately. Exciting times.
Wick Site Progress
Construction work is progressing on site for the National Nuclear Archive in Wick. With work on the foundations well underway, the site team are due to begin construction of the primary archive walls, made from precast concrete panels in a twin wall construction. This makes for an exciting juncture in the project. The archive walls act as a vital structural and programmatic element within the building’s design, acting as both structural support for the roof above whilst enclosing the archive documents central to the building’s purpose.
Focus will soon turn to the external envelope. The project is due for completion August 2016.
Riverside Campus Handed Over
Reiach and Hall are delighted to say that the new City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus has been officially handed over to the client.
Staff and students will now be able to take advantage of their new £50M facilities which include a specialist nautical college, engineering workshops and halls of residence for 180 students.
The joint architectural team (Reiach and Hall and MLA) were only announced as preferred bidder in 2012 with proposals for two new campus buildings in the city centre. The completion of this first phase building represents 18 months of hard work by a dedicated and diligent team based in our joint site office.
The focus now shifts to Cathedral Street which should complete in August 2016.
Maggie’s Shortlisted for a Blueprint Award
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire has been shortlisted in this year’s Blueprint Awards in the Best Public Use Project (Privately funded) category.
The awards shortlist contains a range of projects from across the globe and recognises the best in design and architecture from the past year.
Brick Awards Shortlist
Reiach and Hall are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for a Brick Development Association (BDA) Award for Maggie’s Lanarkshire.
The brick walls at Maggie’s take up ideas of paradise, enclosure and fence, using a beautiful Danish hand-made Petersen brick that at moments in its peregrination around the site opens up to form a delicate perforated lattice – offering Maggie's a degree of separation from the hospital grounds.
Maggie’s Lanarkshire was expertly constructed by John Dennis Ltd and is being considered in the Best International and Worldwide category – the awards recognise excellence in design and construction using brick and is one of the most respected awards in the industry.
Work Starts in Wick
Work has now begun on site for the £20m National Nuclear Archive for NDA Properties Ltd in Wick.
The Archive will become the single facility to collect and store relevant records from all of the civil nuclear sites in the UK, as well as being home to the local Caithness Archive and will be accessible to the industry for international research and to the public.
The project is due for completion August 2016.
HLF for Kilmartin
The Heritage Lottery Fund has endorsed Kilmartin Museum Redevelopment’s application – as well as awarding first-round application for £400,000 to develop plans further with Reiach and Hall Architects.
Kilmartin Glen is home to over 800 internationally significant prehistoric and early historic sites, with monuments dating back over 5000 years – making it mainland Scotland’s most important archaeological landscape.
Success in the second-round application will provide the capital required to commence works in 2018, with the new museum opening in 2020.
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:
“As people have come and gone over the centuries, the standing stones of Kilmartin have stood firm representing over 5000 years of Scottish history. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are delighted to support the development of a project which will transform Kilmartin Museum so that it can perform its vital role in interpreting and promoting this internationally important landscape.”
We look forward to the continuing work on the museum with Kilmartin Museum Trust.
Site progress at Oriam
Work continues on-site for Oriam as they near the completion of the steel frame.
The North Games Hall frame is now complete and the majority of the large span trusses for the 3G Pitch are also in place – clearly showing the building's form and scale.
The structure is impressive and now sits as a landmark in the local context, with the uppermost sections already seen peeking up over the adjacent trees.
In a few weeks the pvc fabric roof will be stretched over the large curved secondary steels, finally giving form and a sense of enclosure to the structure.
The SNBTS project has reached an exciting stage in its construction. The concrete and steel frames are complete, roofed and are being infilled and clad externally. First fix for the M+E services are underway and internal partitions are being installed. The key spaces are now well defined and it is possible to get a sense of the interconnectivity – both physical and visual – between departments and beyond to the impressive landscape. The Arcade which acts as the key orientating and collecting space is now well defined, linking the administrative office building with the laboratory facilities. We are very excited about the prospect of installing a specially commissioned 50m long artwork for the facility by Dutch artist Steven Aalders.
R&H Win at Inverclyde
Reiach and Hall are delighted to have won a new project with Morrison Construction and sportscotland - the National Centre at Inverclyde. A fully inclusive facility with the vision to be a world-class residential venue for sport in Scotland.
The redevelopment of this National Centre Inverclyde will allow the facility to become recognised across the Scottish sporting landscape as the benchmark venue for fully inclusive residential sporting activities – the first in the UK. The design responds directly to the opportunities presented by the unique site wrapping around the landscape.
The project's focus is to provide an inspirational place to experience sport and deliver an integrated, safe and secure environment where athletes and coaches can focus on their sport development activities throughout their stay.
RIBA Stirling Prize Nomination for Maggie’s Lanarkshire
“We are absolutely delighted, if a bit shocked, to find ourselves on the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 shortlist.
It was not our intention to attract attention. Indeed from the outset we have attempted to make a quiet, still place that supported the wonderful work that Maggie’s carries out every day in aiding cancer sufferers and their families. Our design approach was simply based on the idea of walled gardens, beautiful handmade brick walls that screen a low, finely scaled building and sequence of gardens and courts.
The design and construction of this modest building has been the result of a very close relationship with our client, the design team and an extremely skilful and patient contractor in John Dennis Ltd.”
Professor Neil Gillespie OBE RSA(Elect) RIBA FRIAS
Swedish Midsummer Design Weekend
Carol MacBain and Claire Logan of Reiach and Hall have attended the Swedish Midsummer Design Weekend which took place in Stockholm during three sunny days in June.
Together, with 60 other guests from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, they took part in an unforgettable weekend filled with inspiration, new acquaintances and Swedish traditions.
Carol and Claire had a great trip, with the chance to visit a number of influential Swedish furniture designers based in Stockholm, giving them a much greater appreciation of Swedish design and manufacturing processes.
They also had time to visit some of Stockholm’s architectural wonders including The Woodland Cemetery and Stockholm Public Library.
Seven Lochs Heritage Project
We have now reached stage C with our proposals for the Seven Lochs Heritage Project in association with the Seven Lochs Partnership – this group has support from Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and GCV Green Network.
Reiach and Hall will work to RIBA stage D, assisting the Partnership group complete a Heritage Lottery Fund bid, by preparing proposals for the refurbishment of two visitor facilities - one at Hogganfield Park Gateway and the other at Drumpellier Gateway.
The two buildings require a mix of reorganisation, refurbishment and external works to enhance the visitor facilities and allow them to function as principle gateways to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.
Jack Kane Centre
Following our appointment through the Scape Framework, design work has now started on the refurbishment of the Jack Kane Sports Centre, Edinburgh.
The project includes a 250m outdoor Velodrome, a full size outdoor BMX track, two new 3G synthetic pitches and general upgrading works to the existing sports centre.
Proposals for St Leonards
Reiach and Hall prepared outline proposals for a new sports facility at St Leonards School in St Andrews.
St Leonards has an enviable reputation for sporting success. However it has become apparent over recent years that there is a growing need to upgrade the sporting facilities to improve the overall delivery of PE and also to bring the current facilities together within a single purpose-built complex.
The prepared scheme included a multi-purpose sports/assembly hall, studio spaces, fitness suite, classrooms, staff base, pool area, changing areas and storage in addition to external spectating terraces and external sports provision.
Falkirk Campus Appointment
We are delighted to have won the commission to design Forth Valley College's new Headquarters Campus in Falkirk. This represents the final element of the project to redevelop the entire College, with our campus buildings at Alloa and Stirling having been completed in 2011 and 2012. The new building represents a landmark opportunity for the town as well as for the College, with negotiations underway to include a new 400-500 seat theatre for Falkirk Council in the building.
As well as housing a full range of teaching departments including Engineering, Construction, Business Studies, Hair and Beauty and Computing, the new campus will become the College’s Centre of Excellence for Sport.
The architecture of education can make a real difference at a crucial phase of people’s lives and it is a privilege to engage in the challenges of such a project.
Oriam Site Progress
Oriam, Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport at Riccarton, Edinburgh, has taken a significant step forward following a period of demolition and ground-works.
The first pieces of steel have arrived on site and been put in place, giving us a true sense of the scale and proportion of the building relative to the landscape.
These sections consist of a vertical steel pier approximately 10m tall which then supports the (much) larger curved truss sections enclosing the full size indoor football pitch.
Other progress sees the existing Victorian garden wall that the building leaps over retired from its former use as the university car park enclosure. This will now host the second set of large curved beams that will ultimately house the nine-court games hall, fitness suite, and café.
Appointed for UCLan Project
We are delighted to have been appointed, with SimpsonHaugh and Partners, for the Engineering Innovation Centre project for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). This £30million project is one of the first stages of the University’s far-reaching £200million campus redevelopment plans.
The project is significant for our team for many reasons, not least because it is the first building to emerge from the Allies and Morrison Masterplan of the campus.
Our combined offices bring detailed local knowledge and civic buildings experience together with tertiary education and research buildings expertise.
We are looking forward to creating a new building for the University that will set the quality benchmark for the developments that follow. We hope to deliver the University a building they are proud of, which helps their researchers and encourages engagement with higher education.
First Look at Oriam Steelwork
Reiach and Hall got the opportunity to visit JD Peirce Contracts Ltd to see the progress on the Oriam steel sections for the first piers of the indoor football pitch. At 10m tall, these impressive sections support the 100m arch over the pitch.
The logistics of creating the unique members, which comprise this unambiguously steel building, has been an amazing process and a tour of the fabrication factory let us encounter a collection of subtle curves, titanic steel sections, and huge (yet shapely) plated piers.
We look forward to seeing these arrive on site and begin to fit together. This will be a key milestone for the project, and a great motivator as we advance towards an Autumn 2016 completion date.
AJ Review Decade of RIBA National Awards
The Architects Journal have once again provided a regional breakdown of RIBA award winners for the last 10 years, revealing which practices are concurrently successful in this prestigious award programme.
Winning an RIBA award is a real honour and marks considerable effort from the team involved and Reiach and Hall are delighted to have won 9 RIBA awards in the last 10 years.
With the help of the Architects Journal statistics we also know that we are joint 11th in the roll call of practices that have won the most RIBA awards in the UK.
Can you predict the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist?
The AJ editors have picked their favourite RIBA award winners to help you draw up their own Stirling Prize shortlist and Reiach and Hall are delighted that our Maggie’s Lanarkshire project is on everyone’s shortlist.
Predictions from Rory Olcayto [Editor of the AJ], Will Hurst [Deputy Editor], Richard Waite [News Editor], James McLachlan [Publications Editor], Owen Pritchard [Technical Editor] and Laura Mark [Senior Reporter] all list our Maggie’s Lanarkshire as a possible contender in the UK’s coveted Architecture Prize. We are in awe of the support and are excited to see the list in July… no pressure!
RIBA National Award 2015
Reiach and Hall are delighted to have been awarded an RIBA National Award 2015 for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire.
RIBA National Awards are the most rigorously judged awards for architectural excellence in the UK and an RIBA National Award winning building sets the standard for great architecture across the country.
Commenting on the recent awards, Reiach and Hall’s Design Director Neil Gillespie noted:
“We are delighted to receive both an RIAS Award and a RIBA National Award for Maggie’s Lanarkshire. It is a wonderful thing when a project that has been in our minds [and hearts] for so many years is recognised at this level by our peers. We are also extremely grateful to the Maggie’s team for giving us this opportunity and hope the building will serve them well in their important work.’’
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire is now one of a 37-strong list of finalists which will be considered for the shortlist for this year’s coveted Stirling Prize.
RIAS Award 2015
Reiach and Hall were thrilled to collect an RIAS Award for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire at this year’s annual Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards ceremony.
The RIAS announced 12 Regional award winners representing the “very best of Scottish Architecture”.
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire will now move forward to be considered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.
Historic Scotland Conservation and Climate Change Award
The South Beach Medical Centre in Ardrossan picked up the Historic Scotland special prize at this year’s RIAS Awards ceremony.
The medical Centre brings a real sense of urban regeneration to this area with the refurbishment and extension of the previously derelict Grade C Listed Police Station. Now open to the public, the £2.5 million facility enables enhanced health and community services to be provided to the Ardrossan area.
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.
BCI Awards Shortlist
Reiach and Hall are delighted that Maggie’s Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for a British Construction Industry Award 2015.
Maggie’s will be reviewed in the Building Project of the Year (up to £10M) category and will be visited in July by the judging panel.
These coveted awards cover every aspect of construction and represent the most admired projects in the construction industry.
AJ120 Position Revealed
Reiach and Hall Have jumped 5 places to reach No.71 in the Architects' Journal annual countdown of the largest UK practices.
The AJ comment that this has been:
“another strong year for the 61-strong Edinburgh-based practice as it continues its steady climb up the table. Its major focus has been the construction of the whopping £220 million City of Glasgow College – a two campus project in the city centre delivered for contractor Sir Robert McAlpine with Michael Laird Architects. At its peak, the scheme demanded 16 architects on site. The first phase, next to the river, completes this summer. The challenge for the year ahead, says the self-proclaimed ‘generalist’ practice is ‘maintaining both architectural quality and client service in an incredibly aggressive fee tendering environment’. In recent months it has been shortlisted for jobs in Brent Council and Coventry council and is looking for more joint ventures to ‘increase its geographical base’.
Scottish Design Awards 2015
Reiach and Hall were delighted to attend the Scottish Design Awards held this year at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.
It was a great night for the practice, with our two nominated projects picking up a total of five awards and a commendation – which was amazing!
Our South Beach Medical Practice, Ardrossan, received a commendation in the Regeneration Category and our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire collected a Lighting Award, an Engineering Award (for the wall), and also won Best Public Building.
Following this we were thrilled that the Architecture Grand Prix was awarded to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire.
Reiach and Hall also collected the award for Architectural Practice of the Year 2015. This is the third consecutive year that we have received this accolade, and it is especially pleasing that this is recognition from our peers.
Maggie's Project page
South Beach Project page
Work Starts on The Engine Shed
Historic Scotland’s Engine Shed project in Forthside, Stirling, has now started on site with Esh Border Construction.
Reiach and Hall will be acting as project architect alongside the Historic Scotland team to see the transformation of this derelict building into a world-leading education centre for building conservation in Scotland – creating and delivering educational resources and training on traditional building and materials.
Chair of Historic Environment Scotland, Jane Ryder, commented:
“Establishing a world-class facility at the Engine Shed is integral to this vision. By investing in the development of traditional building skills, it will help preserve and protect our nation’s historic environment for future generations.”
SNBTS Wins Silver
Reiach and Hall's New National Centre for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has won a silver award in the Best Social Infrastructure project category at the Partnership Awards 2015.
The award was won against a strong international field from the Netherlands, Australia, France and the UK. Reiach and Hall are working with Kajima Partnerships and Interserve. The project is currently in construction - due for completion in late 2016 and occupation in spring 2017.
Bannockburn gets an RICS Award
Congratulations to The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland who picked up an RICS Awards for The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre at the 2015 RICS Scotland Awards Lunch.
The award was for Tourism and Leisure Project of the Year, winning against the other category-shortlisted projects: N.N.R. Visitor Facility on the Isle of May and Advocates Close, Edinburgh.
The RICS Scotland Awards celebrate excellence in the built environment and showcase the talent of property professionals in the Scottish region and we are delighted to have a Reiach and Hall project included in this year’s winners.
Maggie’s Lanarkshire shortlisted for the AJ Building of the Year
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for the prestigious annual AJ120 Building of the Year award.
With more than two-thirds of the AJ120 practices having submitted a project for this award, we are absolutely delighted to make the final twelve and consider the shortlisting a fantastic achievement.
The winner will be announced at the AJ120 dinner in London in June.
Scottish Design Award Finalist
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have been included in the Scottish Design Awards 2015 awards list.
With two projects entered this year, we are pleased to see our South Beach Medical Practice in Ardrossan featured on the Regeneration shortlist and our Maggie’s Lanarkshire shortlisted for an Engineering Design Award (with SKM), a Lighting Design Award (with Speirs + Major) and Best Public Building.
The Scottish Design Awards are now in their 18th year and reward the top architecture firms and design agencies for their contribution to the country’s historic and contemporary design culture.
Winners will be announced at the annual Awards dinner in May.
Ardrossan project page
Maggie's project page
Reiach and Hall make the AJ120
Reiach and Hall Architects have made the AJ120 list for 2015 – the list of the top 120 architectural practices in the UK as named by the Architects Journal.
The list has been expanded by 20 practices this year, from 100 to 120, to commemorate the 120th year of the AJ.
Reiach and Hall will find out where it is placed in this year’s list at the Annual Members Dinner and Awards to be held at the Pavilion at the Tower of London on 3rd June.
Maggie’s shortlisted for RIAS Award and the Wood for Good Award
Reiach and Hall are delighted that our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for the RIAS / RIBA Awards 2015, with judges describing Maggie’s as “a respite from the clinical atmosphere and built form of the nearby hospital, this is a place of relaxation and contemplation.”
The 24 shortlisted schemes will be visited by the judges to determine which projects best address the key role of architecture: to improve the quality of people’s lives.
These awards bring together individual awards sponsored by the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland, Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland, and incorporate the RIBA Awards for Scotland.
Maggie’s has also been shortlisted for the Wood for Good Award.
NDA Archive gets planning
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted that designs for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)’s archive have been granted planning permission by Highland Council.
The new build facility, designed for a brownfield site near Wick Airport, is intended to store around 28,000 linear metres of paper and photographic records primarily concerning the history, development and decommissioning of the UK’s civil nuclear industry since the 1940s. The building will also provide a new home for the Caithness Archive.
The brief was to create a building of simple practicality. The ambition was to create a powerful and enduring building which was inviting and welcoming to the public. Set in the vast open Caithness landscape, the design aims to provide bold and dramatic form. A line that describes both the diagonal of the site and its alignment with North has generated a triangular building with accommodation arranged around a string of landscaped courts.
The NDA has appointed Morrison Construction and building will start on site in 2015, with completion due by the end of 2016.
Work starts on Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport [Oriam]
Reiach and Hall’s designs for Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport [Oriam] have moved onto site following a ground breaking ceremony at the Heriot-Watt University campus performed by The Minister for Sport, Jamie Hepburn MSP.
The £33m. elite sport centre will be built by Bowmer and Kirkland and will include a full size indoor 3G synthetic pitch for football and rugby, a nine-court sports hall, grass and synthetic outdoor pitches, as well as top-class facilities for hydrotherapy, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, changing, office accommodation and a classroom. The centre will allow for grassroots development through to high performance training.
Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn MSP said:
“I am delighted to be part of the ground breaking ceremony at Scotland’s new Sports Performance Centre. This multi-sport facility will equip Scotland’s top athletes with the necessary resources to compete on an international level, as well as inspire generations to come.”
Professor Julian Jones [Acting Principal of Heriot-Watt] said:
“We were delighted when our vision for Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre was chosen as the winning bid. Now that vision is becoming a reality. We believe that Oriam and all that it will offer to key athletes and the wider sporting public will strengthen Scotland’s sporting credentials and help to put the country firmly on the international sports stage.”
Island : a new publication available from the æfoundation
Island: Eight Houses for the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Island contains eight original and unique house designs by Angela Deuber, Pascal Flammer, Christ & Gantenbein, Neil Gillespie, Johannes Norlander, Raumbureau and Raphael Zuber for the Hebridean Isle of Harris in the far north-west of Scotland.
The publication Includes a foreword by Penny Lewis and an introductory essay by Cameron McEwan followed by eight booklets presenting drawings and visuals of each house.
New Community Launch
Reiach and Hall are delighted to have taken part in The Grandhome Trust’s new community launch in Aberdeen last week.
The new community of Grandhome will see almost £1 billion invested in up to 7,000 homes, a new town centre, a business district and amenities.
During the event on the Grandhome site on the north-west edge of Aberdeen, The Grandhome Trust unveiled the design for a new community building which will be built at the heart of the first neighbourhood.
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have won the brief to design Davidston Hall following an architectural competition held by the Trust late in 2014. The contemporary building will include a multi-use public space, a café and a small retail unit and is designed to host a wide range of events.
Reiach and Hall - Special Award for Scotland
Reiach and Hall Architects are thrilled to also have received the Special Award for Scotland at the Civic Trust Awards 2015.
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, Lanarkshire, was recognised at the annual awards ceremony, with the Judges commenting that:
“it is a building with a narrative that is suitably thoughtful and poetic for its users and makes an outstanding contribution to the quality of the built environment."
The Special Award for Scotland is sponsored by The City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council to distinguish projects that have demonstrated outstanding credentials in architecture, planning and design in the built environment.
Our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, Lanarkshire won one of eight Special Awards given to Civic Trust Award Winning projects.
Civic Trust Awards 2015
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to be recognised on the 56th annual Civic Trust Awards list, following the awards ceremony held at The Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, in London.
(From a total of 238 applications) 91 national and international projects were rewarded with a Civic Trust Award or Commendation. Our Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre received a Civic Trust Commendation and our Maggie’s Lanarkshire was given a Civic Trust Award.
Civic Trust Awards recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. 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.
Maggie's project page
Bannockburn project page
Scottish Property Awards 2015
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre and The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre have been recognised at the second annual Scottish Property Awards – with our Maggie’s Lanarkshire receiving the Architectural Excellence Award and our Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre being highly commended in the same category.
The awards are supported by the Scottish Property Federation. Chair of the organisation and member of the judging panel, John Hamilton, commented:
“The Scottish Property Awards give us time to reflect on great achievements in the sector and with a strong and impressive list of finalists we can be confident that the industry is in good health. The vast array of projects and teams considered prove a large volume of emerging and established talent in the design, development and management of commercial property. Congratulations to all the winners and we hope that this provides a positive incentive to organisations, teams and people as they continue in their hard work developing property investment in Scotland.”
Maggie's project page
Bannockburn project page
Lanarkshire Health Centre update
The Lanarkshire Health Centres are progressing rapidly on site with Kilsyth due to be completed at the end of March. East Kilbride will follow in May and Wishaw is due for completion later in the year. Brickwork has moved on now that the temperatures have risen and the internal spaces are taking shape as the buildings become watertight. Kilsyth is in the final stages of internal fit-out and finishes are nearing completion. The atria spaces at Wishaw and East Kilbride have now been uncovered as the crash decks have been removed, flooding the spaces with daylight. The advance to completion is steadily grounding each building within its immediate context as the final building forms and envelopes emerge.
Part III success
Reiach and Hall are pleased to announce that four members of staff have passed the 2015 RIBA Professional Practice Part 3 exam. Congratulations to Jayne Thompson, Laura Wardrop, Neil Brady and Nicola Bird on all their hard work.
Scotland + Venice in Scotland
Reiach and Hall follow up their contribution to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale with a return to Scotland and the opportunity to continue the conversations on Scottish Modernism with a local audience. Hosted by Architecture+Design Scotland at The Lighthouse, the Scotland and Venice exhibition showcases the diverse projects shown by Scotland in Venice since 2004 during its International Architecture Biennale.
The 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale entitled Absorbing Modernity 1914–2014 considered research into past histories as a way of reconstructing how architecture has arrived at its current situation and how we might speculate on its future. In response, Neil Gillespie led ‘Past + Future’ and relied on research by four groups, each comprising a practicing architect, an academic and two students, into aspects of modernity in Scottish architecture within the post-war period, 1950–1970.
The return to Scotland was accompanied by a final publication which allowed the groups to reflect on their time in Venice and the modernist architecture studies on show at the Biennale.
Edinburgh City Council have released Reiach and Hall’s visuals for the transformation of Meadowbank stadium. The project allows sport provision on the site to be enhanced, with the vision of a leading edge sports facility to inspire future generations of athletes to get involved in sport and physical activity.
Reiach and Hall note:
“Our preliminary design places the new building between the existing outdoor sports arena and London Road which achieves two aims – it maintains the facilities at Meadowbank, whilst enabling the creation of a welcoming building, with a strong civic presence on to London Road.”
City of Glasgow College Progress
Work on site for the City of Glasgow College is swiftly moving ahead - the Riverside Campus, which will be the home of the College’s nautical studies and student residences is due for completion in the later part of this year, with the Cathedral Street Campus following in early 2016.
Recent aerial views show the extent of the development and the scale of the city centre site. Cladding is almost complete at Riverside and the topping is now scheduled for March 2015.
Cathedral Street project page
Riverside project page
Urban Realm Top 100 Architects 2015
Reiach and Hall have ranked third in the Urban Realm top 100 Architects list.
The peer-led survey ‘doesn’t just capture the state of the nation in purely physical terms, it also brings to the fore the creativity and design nous exemplified by a profession well versed in difficult circumstances. Here we document some key recent projects and name Scotland’s best practices.’
Civic Trust Awards Progress
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to be included at National Level in this year’s Civic Trust Awards process.
Two projects – The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre and our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire – will now be considered for either an award or commendation from amongst the 91 strong list of recognised projects.
The presentation will take place at the 56th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony on 6th March at The Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, with 8 Special Awards presented to schemes that have demonstrated outstanding credentials in specific areas.
Bannockburn project page
Maggie's project page
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