Best Building in Scotland, RIAS Architecture Award, Sutherland Hussey Architects

Edinburgh Architecture News October 2003

Lothian Architectural News from 2003

Edinburgh News in October 2003

Scottish Public Pensions Agency: SPPA HQ, Galashiels
RMJM Architects

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Martin Hulse leaving
The Cockburn Association are looking for a new director

RIAS Award 2003
RIAS Award for Architecture: AN TURAS WINS
Best Building in Scotland
£25,000 prize donated by Andrew Doolan and Point Hotel Edinburgh
5 Scottish buildings were competing for the UK’s biggest architecture prize. The architects of the winning building receives £25k – one of the largest building awards in the world.

An Turas, Tiree

Westport, Evolution House, Edinburgh
Mossman Houses, Edinburgh
Kilncraigs Mill Redevelopment, Alloa
Radisson SAS Hotel, Glasgow
An Turas, Tiree

St James Food on 1
£2.7m conversion by CDA of an upper level of the St James Centre

Woodhorn Colliery Museum
RMJM Architects
Woodhorn Colliery Visitor Centre & Archive

Dynamic Place Awards 2003
Edinburgh buildings competing for the 2003 Dynamic Place Awards are the Queen’s Gallery, Mossman Houses, Flora Stevenson Nursery, the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Water of Leith Walkway.

CEC HQ to start
Work is set to get under way on the new £50m CEC headquarters next year after management signed a 20-year lease for the premises.

The Laban dance centre, in south-east London, beat off stiff competition from five other outstanding examples of British architecture. The other shortlisted buildings included the Tiree Shelter in Scotland by Sutherland Hussey Architects with Jake Harvey, Donald Urquhart, Glen Onwin and Sandra Kennedy

Nicoll Russell Studios’ centre for dance and drama at Dundee College, The Space Dundee, won The ADAPT Trust Access Award for excellence in accessibility, demonstrating that good design automatically includes good access facilities for people of all abilities.

LDN Architects’ conservation of Newhailes House in Musselburgh won The Crown Estate Conservation Award, for the best work of conservation which demonstrates successful restoration and/or adaptation of an architecturally significant building.

Allan Murray Architects
At the British Council for Offices Awards 2003, The Tun won in two categories:
Commercial Workplace Scotland + National Award

Diverting railways into tunnels is an idea that has been proposed in Edinburgh before, with a railway running in a tunnel under the southside. That proposal was to replace the current railway through Princes Street Gardens.
Now a tunnel has been proposed again, by experts Richard Rooley and Terry Wyatt, with an underground Waverley Station.


Aberlady Birdwatching
Planning Permission Granted for Waterston House, Aberlady:
The SOC’s plans for its new headquarters took a step forward with the granting of planning permission by East Lothian Council for the £750,000 Scottish Birdwatching Resource Centre at Aberlady.


Old News
A merger brings together two Edinburgh-based firms: Morris and Steedman – considered among Scotland’s leading post-war architects – and né Begg, best known for its work on heritage and conservation projects involving some of the country’s most famous buildings, such as Hopetoun House near South Queensferry.

Goodbye RFACS
A new and independent “champion” for good architecture and design in Scotland was announced today.
Provisionally named Architecture and Design Scotland, the non-statutory advisory public body will not only take over the design review role of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, but will also have a wider role in the promotion and advocacy of good design.
It will work with both the private and the public sectors, in support of the Executive’s policy on architecture.
Culture Minister Frank McAveety said:
“We hope to get the new body up and running by early 2005. As well as discharging the design review function of its predecessor, it will develop close partnerships with other organisations to promote and encourage better design through a range of new activities.
“These will include providing design advice and training; organising seminars and conferences; and producing guidance where relevant.
“We appreciate the work done over many years by the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, but the time has come for a change. Further details of the new body will be confirmed after we have held detailed discussions with the existing. Commissioners. Her Majesty the Queen has given her consent to the proposed changes”

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland warmly welcomes the announcement on 1 October of the creation of “Architecture & Design Scotland”. This body, a transformation of The Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, aims to champion architecture and design, and forge positive partnerships with other national and local agencies. The RIAS has promoted such a positive change for a number of years, particularly since the launch of the Policy on Architecture in October 2001.

The RIAS looks forward to assisting in the transformation process over the next 18 months, and working with the new Agency, building on the Incorporation’s current expertise and experience, in order to fulfil the aims of the Policy on Architecture for the benefit of all.

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