A Toast to Scottish Architectural Excellence




GEZE UK raised a glass to toast Scottish Architectural Excellence when it sponsored the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards Dinner for the fourth consecutive year.

Twelve award winners were revealed at the prestigious black-tie event which took place at The Hilton, Glasgow, in June. They were selected from a shortlist of 25 which encompassed a diverse range of projects.

Andy Howland, sales and marketing director for GEZE UK, presented an award to Allan Murray Architects Ltd, for Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh, which was noted to have an "excellent relationship between inside and out."

The £26.3m project for the Children & Families Department of City of Edinburgh Council saw the development of a four-storey building with state-of-the-art facilities.

The judges were unanimous in their view that this was an exceptional project with impressive compact planning, that created large well-lit spaces, excellent acoustic treatment and a very intelligent fire/smoke/ventilation strategy mean that both large multi-height atria are not enclosed by walls or screens.

The school which opened in February this year, has capacity for 1,165 students and boasts a range of hi-tech facilities including a new rooftop social area, outdoor dining space, soundproof dance studio, recording studio and new classrooms complete with interactive touch-screen boards.

The project also took one of the RIBA National Awards along with Lochside House, West Highlands and Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, in Wick.

Another winner was LDN Architects whose development of the 19th century McEwan Hall, for The University of Edinburgh, which incorporated GEZE products.

The 12 RIAS Award winners will form the shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, to be presented in November.

Said Andy: "The RIAS Awards again delivered an eclectic showcase of projects which were diverse in purpose, function and design. I was delighted that GEZE UK could again sponsor the awards dinner and witness the talent demonstrated through these works."

Stewart Henderson, President of the RIAS, said: "When shortlisting this year's entries for awards the panel were struck by the continuing high standard of submissions. The quality of architecture being produced the length and breadth of the country is hugely impressive."

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