RIAS Awards, Delay to RIAS Award for Architecture

September 2003


RIAS Architecture Awards Delayed
The presentation date for this year’s RIAS Award for Architecture has been changed from 3 Oct to 23 Oct
It will take place between at the Point Conference Centre, Edinburgh.
Andrew Doolan: "the quality of architecture in Scotland is getting a lot better."

Doors Open Day
27 Sep
Doors Open Day Edinburgh list online

Still a ‘Street of Palaces’?
George Ferguson visited the Capital as part of a "wonders and blunders" tour of the UK in his role as president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. "Princes Street could be repaired by the removal of a few rotten teeth. There are good architects in Edinburgh that could contribute to that."

Grand Designs – Leith
Project currently being filmed for the new series of Grand Designs with Kevin McLeod, which will be running in 2004: The Old School House, Couper Field, Edinburgh – just off Coburg Street, above Neilsons Fireplaces.

Patrons Required
“Back in 1999, the Scottish Executive published a policy document on how to promote good contemporary architecture. More than 6,000 copies of the document were distributed in Scotland, the rest of the UK and continental Europe. More than 400 interested people attended public meetings to discuss it and 145 written responses were submitted – all positive signs that there was an interest out there in better architecture.
Since then, not a lot has happened. And there’s a reason for that.
Good architecture requires a good patron or it doesn’t happen. My house was commissioned and redeveloped (constantly) by politicians who, today, would be up before this inquiry or that one. But they had style and panache, unlike their contemporaries. They made great patrons. Brilliant architecture doesn’t come out of rules and regulations, only mad passion. Now who would like to design me that tombstone?”


Richard Murphy Architects’ Poltimore House, has reached the final of the RESTORATION tv programme: the final is being held on BBC2 Sun 14 Sep.

Stirling Work
RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist includes An Turas

RIAS Shortlist
Best Building in Scotland
£25,000 prize donated by Andrew Doolan and Point Hotel

5 Scottish buildings are competing for the UK’s biggest architecture prize. The architect of the winning building will receive £25,000 – one of the largest building awards in the world.

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

Queen of Comps
Architectural competition launched for Scottish University campus
Scotland’s Queen Margaret University College (QMUC) has launched an
international competition to find an architect for its new East Lothian
campus: more soon.

Telford College
The proposal for Telford College will be considered by the planning committee on 10 Sep. A roof made of plastic bubbles will be the centrepiece of a £60 million new college campus on Edinburgh’s Waterfront.

A £30m scheme to transform one of the city’s oldest store headquarters into offices and a pub and restaurant has won the backing of planners.

Height of Restrictions
“The Edinburgh World Heritage Trust today backed height restrictions on any new buildings on the fire-hit Cowgate site.…Mr Fraser has branded the height restrictions in a council planning brief "pathetic" and warned city officials they make his scheme no longer viable.”

Annandale St
images of Comprehensive Design Architects’ housing project, Broughton
also see new images for Harvey Nichols, New Town Tour

Croythorn House
Plans submitted for the revamping of the 1970’s Croythorn House on Ravelston Terrace have been given the go ahead by Edinburgh City Council’s planning committee.

West Holyrood Masterplan: John Hope, Architect
Masterplan reveals proposals to build shops, offices and flats on the massive campus owned by Edinburgh University and bordered by the Royal Mile and Holyrood Road. John Hope has drawn up a blueprint for the site, which is also eventually expected to include new academic buildings, conservatories, underground parking and gardens.

ForthQuarter retail operator announced: Morrisons Edinburgh


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