Our National Sports Training Centre in Largs for sportscotland is set to re-open as a residential sports training centre for schools, elite clubs, athletes and the local community.
The building is designed as a fully-inclusive training and events venue for para-sports and is the first of its kind in the UK.
Sports minister Aileen Campbell said:
"It's wonderful to see it ready to open and to hear how sportscotland are going to maximise the use of the centre for all. "Facilities like Inverclyde, and the recently opened Oriam, are not just for elite athletes. They have been designed to ensure that communities can benefit too."
Commonwealth Games judo gold medallist, Graeme Randall, who is a sportscotland lead manager, said that the organisation was looking forward to welcoming its first guests. He also said:
"While generations of Scotland's best athletes have trained here over the years, at Inverclyde we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate and progress in sport."
RSAW Six Nations
The Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) is hosting a line-up for its own Six Nations ‘unmissable match’ in the form of the RSAW Spring School at Portmeirion on Friday 7th April.
The conference draws architects from six rugby-loving nations for a day-long exploration of thoughtful and responsible design. In a series of condensed ‘Inspiration Hours’, RSAW presents an interpretation of the multi-faceted impact of architecture – from a compassionate response to the refugee crisis in Europe to thoughtful civic design and imaginative new homes in sensitive settings.
Neil Gillespie will be representing Scotland, alongside for England: Jessica Reynolds, vPPR Architects, London; France: Christian Pottgiesser, Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles, Paris; Ireland: Grainne Hasssett, Hassett Ducatez Architects, Dublin and SAUL School of Architecture University of Limerick; Italy: Enrico Vianello, TAM Associati, Venice; and Wales: Chris Loyn, Loyn & Co, Penarth, Cardiff.
Reiach and Hall Architects have two projects shortlisted in this year’s RIAS Awards process – The City of Glasgow College, City Campus and the Oriam building for Heriot Watt University, City of Edinburgh Council and sportscotland.
These two projects are amongst 27 shortlisted for the 2017 awards.
The judging panel touring the selected buildings includes Karen Anderson FRAIS, Lorraine Landels Hon FRIAS, Stuart McKnight RIBAm MUMA and Ole Wiig FRIAS.
City Campus project page
Oriam project page
Performance Profile –
Our Oriam building has featured in the March edition of Architecture Today, focusing on the detail design of the new football hall, its structure and cladding.
The feature study highlighted the detail at the base of the piers to the football hall and included some of our detail drawings and concept models. These sculptural bases were inspired by Alberto Giacometti’s sculpted heads and were fabricated in steel plate to support the differential trusts from the arches, providing longitudinal restraint against wind loads.
Sustainable Project of the Year
Our City of Glasgow College, City Campus, has been shortlisted in the 2017 Construction News Awards as ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’.
The building was entered by Sir Robert McAlpine, the main contractor for this Higher Education College, and it represents the second phase in the super-college development for City of Glasgow College. (The Riverside Campus was completed in 2015.)
The City of Glasgow College’s two new city centre campuses will cater for 40,000 students and 1,200 staff over the 70,000sqm development in which City Campus offers departments of Construction & Built Environment, Art & Design, Creative Industries, Community, Care & Social Sciences, Business & Enterprise, Computing, Food, Hospitality & Tourism, Sport, Hair & Beauty, Languages & ESOL & Library Services.
Civic Trust Award
Our City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, has been recognised in the 2017 Civic Trust Awards.
The project, completed with MLA, has had a great awards history and this Civic Trust Award brings the total to nine architectural awards.
Alongside this we were shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 and the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2016 – and we were are thrilled that our work has received such recognition.
Neil Gillespie, has featured in a recent Japanese publication titled “COLLECTIVE: EAS_Y Vol.02”.
The publication was organised as part of the ‘support program for emerging artists for the next generation’s cultural creations by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan’ – which offers the foundation and opportunities for emerging artists, as well as local artists, to attend lectures to help improve their techniques and to gain experience to exhibit their works. The goal of the programme is to foster artists to the next level of creativity, at a global level.
Following a lecture series at N3 Art Lab, Yamaguchi, with talks from: Professor Isao Suizu (Aichi Prefecture University of Fine Arts and Music); Katsuhito Nishikawa (an international Japanese artist, living in Germany); Osamu Ikeda (representative of BankART1923 in Yokohama); and Jumaadi (a contemporary artist originally from Indonesia currently living in Sydney), a conclusive exhibition was then held at 4 locations in Japan which allowed emerging artists to participate.
Alongside the artists’ exhibited works – resources and videos from the publication were also displayed – Neil was invited to contribute a text for the publication. Neil wrote about his admiration for the Sesshu garden in Yamaguchi he had visited in 1999.
Planning at Guardbridge
Planning permission has been approved for the development framework at the University of St Andrews, Eden Campus, Guardbridge.
The proposals, prepared by Reiach and Hall Architects in 2016, represent a £24million development plan on the former paper mill site at Guardbridge to include an Advance Materials Centre (incorporating circular bio-economy, biorefinery and carbon reduction); a sandpit (a zero carbon integrated energy community to support industry and academia to create new ideas for innovation in a ‘sandpit’ environment); Eden Enterprise Centre (to provide capacity and support for innovators, start-ups and SMEs); and a location for a “living lab” environment (to maximise knowledge transfer and learning to the community).
The University of St Andrews’ Quaestro and Factor Derek Watson said:
“Our plans for Eden Campus are ambitious but with help from our partners in the Tay Cities region and government support we believe we can make a genuine contribution to the government’s strategic objectives and society as a whole.”
Scottish Property Awards
We are delighted that our Oriam building – for Heriot Watt University, The City of Edinburgh Council and sportscotland – has been highly commended at the 4th annual Scottish Property Awards.
The project, designed as Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, has received a recent burst of publicity as the 2017 Scotland Rugby squad have been using the facility as their training base during this year’s six nations tournament.
Coach Vern Cotter commented:
“It’s a great facility … now we can work on skill sets indoors in a positive environment.”
Reiach and Hall
Architect of the Year
We are delighted to be named 'Architect of the Year' and receive the prestigious Schueco Gold Award at the annual BD Architect of the Year Awards.
The Schuco Gold Award is presented annually to the practice that the BD AYA judges deem to have made the most significant contribution to British architecture over the past year.
The judges noted that our work showed both "creativity and flexibility" and recognised that we have made the Stirling Prize shortlist for two years in a row.
BD Editor Thomas Lane said:
“Reiach and Hall is a deserving winner. Their broad range of work includes ... Oriam at Herriot Watt, a simple sports centre with a roof elevated to an art form. Reiach and Hall’s confident handling of a diverse range of work is exemplary.”
We would like to thank the BD and our clients for their continued support and congratulate our whole team for their combined effort and talent, recognised by this award.
Reiach and Hall
Education Architect of the Year
Reiach and Hall are delighted to receive the 2017 award for Education Architect of the Year (Higher Education) at the BD Architect of the Year Awards.
The award, presented for a portfolio of work, was given to Reiach and Hall for a series of buildings that, according to the judging panel, "show both creativity and flexibility".
This is the second time we have received this title, having won previously in 2012. We are delighted that the judges have recognised our 50-strong range of projects which demonstrate the practice's growing education sector portfolio.
The entry included completed, current and future education projects, highlighting our work at Heriot Watt University with Oriam, completed in the last year.
Part 3 Success
Reiach and Hall are pleased to announce that we have a new architect – Stephen McCullough has passed his part 3 exam. Congratulations Stephen!
Education Architect of the Year 2017
Reiach and Hall has made the BD Magazine’s eight-strong shortlist for Education Architect of the Year [Higher Education].
As part of the award submission Reiach and Hall demonstrated a portfolio of work with around 50 education sector examples. These include built projects, projects on site and projects still at design stage.
This is a very active part of our portfolio and we continue to be excited with the changing needs of education and the design ideas associated with learning.
As the award process moves onto the next stage, the judges will now be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose through the overall body of work presented.
Reiach and Hall have featured in the very last printed edition of the ‘Brick Bulletin’ – a publication that we have admired for years.
The profile, entitled ‘The Art of Making’, captured an interview between Penny Lewis and Neil Gillespie, our design director. It looked primarily at the brick architecture of the practice in recent years but also recognised that for R&H this is not a passing fad, but more part of our tradition, with examples dating from the beginning of the practice in 1965 to the present day.
Neil also discussed the current rhetoric of the ‘biscuit boys’ and commented that:
"specifying in brick is now one of the ways in which British architects can retain some control over the design… contractors prefer industrialised systems… and the impulse to specify brick comes from the desire to have facades that are ‘made’ as opposed to ‘assembled’."
The Brick Bulletin continues as a digital edition.
Planning for Murchison House
Reiach and Hall have submitted planning to reactivate Murchison House, which is currently unoccupied and sits within the University of Edinburgh’s Kings Buildings Campus Estate.
The proposal does not substantially alter the external fabric of the grade B listed 1970s structure, however, it does attempt to rationalise the existing floor space and seeks to provide high quality office and teaching accommodation.
The proposals also aim to enhance and modernise the building for the latest standards; contribute to the streetscape and open space on campus; encourage the use of cycling by providing cycle parking and associated changing facilities for new occupants; and provide upgraded office and teaching accommodation within easy reach of public transport hubs and campus amenities.
Oriam in Urban Realm
The winter edition of Urban Realm magazine featured a building study on our newly completed Oriam building for Sportscotland, Heriot Watt University and the City of Edinburgh Council.
The building, complete in August 2016, is Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, based at Heriot Watt University. It is the home for Scotland’s future Olympians, Six Nations Champions and World Cup footballers as well as supporting local, national and community sport.
Urban Realm No2
Reiach and Hall have been ranked second 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.’
Scottish Property Awards
Oriam has ‘kicked off’ the awards year with a shortlisting for the 2017 Scottish Property Awards. The building is being presented in the Architectural Excellence category – focusing on public buildings completed in the last 12 months.
This is the 4th annual Scottish Property Awards – an independent programme which celebrates excellence in commercial property across the commercial and public sector in Scotland.
Reiach and Hall have won the Architectural Excellence Award for the last two years running – with our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow Riverside Campus (with Michael Laird Architects). Following this success, both projects went on to compete in the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2015 and 2016 consecutively.
Shortlisted 2017 Civic Trust Awards
Our Riverside Campus, for the City of Glasgow College, has been shortlisted in the 2017 Civic Trust Awards.
As an RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted project in 2016, we were enthused by judges’ notes that Riverside:
"is a project that explicitly celebrates Glasgow’s relationship with its engineering and maritime past; a civic scaled group of buildings appropriate to its riverside location and to the scope of the learning opportunities it provides for the Faculty of Nautical Studies and Faculty of Building, Engineering and Energy…. Whilst the campus occupies a site by a busy crossing to the south of the River Clyde the composition of the 3 buildings … engages not only with the river but with the wider city – creating a memorable addition to the skyline"
We now have the chance to receive a Civic Trust Award or commendation, with winning schemes to be announced at the 58th annual Civic Trust Awards ceremony in Winchester on Friday 10th March 2017.
Reiach and Hall have recently completed a fit-out for the new Bloomberg offices at Edinburgh Quay.
Bloomberg is the global business, financial information and news leader. With headquarters in New York they currently employ 15,000 people in 192 locations around the world.
This project relocates the current Edinburgh News Bureau from its existing location to a new site to allow for business expansion.
The fit-out provides open plan office area, including work spaces, meeting spaces, support spaces and comms room. The office space is fitted out to CAT A standard. The base build toilets were also refurbished.
Reiach and Hall’s New Stobhill Hospital has featured in a Greek book on Hospital Architecture.
The book summarises the evolutionary path of the ‘modern hospital’ and seeks to open a chapter on the importance of architecture – the author K. Xanthopoulous, also touches on the notion that the hospital development was meant not only to improve patients’ environment but also contribute to improving the conditions of everyday life and society.
Our New Stobhill Hospital was completed in 2009 – representing the first hospital of its kind to open in Scotland. Procured under PPP, the brief was for a true ACAD (ambulatory care and diagnostic) facility, with the ethos that the patient comes first!
New Stobhill Hospital contains over 20 departments accommodating general day surgery, ENT, gynaecology, urology, renal dialysis as well as outpatient clinics, diagnostic services and therapy care. The design was carefully developed to provide a supportive framework throughout the patient journey.
Planning for 10 George Street
Reiach and Hall have submitted planning for the refurbishment of 10 George Street, Edinburgh – with the ambition to provide high quality office accommodation for a leading investment management company. 10 George Street was designed by the practice in the late 1980s and secured an RIBA Award in 1992. We are delighted to be invited to revisit it.
The proposals will rebrand and renew the building, extending its useful life and bringing it up to the best in contemporary office standards. Proposals include the replacement of the existing curtain walling and a new extension to the upper floor, affording superb rooftop views over Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town.
Minor adjustments are being made to the existing floor plates together with a general improvement of the arrival experience for visitors and staff, with a new double height entrance and reception.
Reiach and Hall are working with Buro Happold and Cushman & Wakefield on the proposals.
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