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November/December 2016



Rio Conference

Rio Conference

Our director, Andy Law, travelled with Dr Alec Logan to Rio de Janeiro to present a symposium on Architecture and Primary Care at the World Conference of WONCA (World Organisation of Family Doctors).

The audience came from such diverse places as Brazil, Sweden, the UK and Japan. The one and a half hour event focussed on the importance of architecture in primary healthcare, exploring the cultural and strategic health/social care context alongside the benefits of providing excellent space.

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Planning for Roxburgh Place

Planning for Roxburgh Place

Reiach and Hall have submitted planning proposals to replace the existing two storey link building between the Lister and Pfizer building at Edinburgh University.

The new link will provide a new teaching facility connecting the existing buildings, as well as secure cycle racking, a refuse store and an external stepped and ramped entrance.

The internal spaces will allow for free circulation between the Lister and Pfizer buildings and address issues created by the multitude of levels to the existing buildings, stitching them together more effectively than the current link building.

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SNBTS

SNBTS

Work at our Scottish National Blood Transfusion building continues as Interserve and Balfour Beatty concentrate on the commissioning of the complex building services that support the main laboratories. The highly demanding and exacting procedures to verify and validate the laboratories continue apace to meet stringent regulatory standards.

The contracted lab furniture and equipment is now installed. Other key spaces are being finalised in readiness for fit out. These include the staff café fitted out by Reiach and Hall in conjunction with NHS’s in-house Aroma brand and the open plan offices with fit out by Reiach and Hall and furniture supplied by Langstane.

The 50m long by 4m high artwork by artist Steven Aalders has just received approval to proceed to manufacture by Norsign. We’re very excited at the prospect of this signature work moving one step closer to completion.

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October 2016



Inverclyde Progress

Inverclyde Progress

We are delighted to see the external envelope is now complete for the National Centre in Inverclyde for sportscotland – just 8 eight short months since Morrison Construction started to dig the foundations.

The ambition is to complete Phase 1 (the building fabric) before the end of the year and we are impressed with the general progress and pace on site.

The redevelopment of this centre will enable the facility to be recognised across the Scottish sporting landscape as the benchmark venue for fully-inclusive, residential, sporting activities – providing 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.

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Colour Strategies in Architecture

Colour Strategies in Architecture

An exhibition which explores the potential of colour to modify space and the way in which buildings are perceived will open at the AA in early November.

This exhibition accompanies the book ‘Colour Strategies in Architecture’ which was a research collaboration between the Haus der Farbe, Zurich and the University of Edinburgh.

Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to be feature as one of the six different strategies presented – in a collection of examples from 20th and 21st century architecture in Berlin, Zürich and Edinburgh.

‘Hushed Tonalities’ investigates Reiach and Hall’s work and looks specifically at Forth Valley College, Stirling and The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre.

The exhibition will run from 12/11/2016 to 16/12/2016.

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Team Reiach and Hall Survived

Team Reiach and Hall Survived

Congratulations to Team Reiach and Hall, who ran the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 2016.

The 'urban adventure race' was set around the streets of Edinburgh and involved a 10KM city based running route which was punctuated with 10 unique and challenging obstacle zones – each themed to test meticulous survival standards!

The R&H team was made up of David Dalgleish, Sarah Wilkinson, Stuart Kennedy, Douglas McCorkell, Wynne McLeish, Lewis Thomson, Charles Riach, Neil Brady-Campbell, Hannah Pritchard, Daniel Cardno and Kata Bota ... running to raise money for our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire.

Well done.

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BCI Award for Riverside Campus

BCI Award for Riverside Campus

We are delighted to have won a British Construction Industry Award for the City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus.

The BCI Awards recognise excellence in its broadest sense – the overall design, construction and delivery of buildings – and are highly regarded in the construction sector as among the most rigorously judged awards in the industry.

The Riverside Campus was recognised in the £3M to £50M category which was strongly represented by some of the most successful architectural practices from across the UK, with the Judges noting that:

“This impressive building with an amazing internal atmosphere has transformed marine teaching opportunities in Glasgow.

With outstanding collaboration between Client, Architect, Engineer and Contractor, this building showcases great value engineering with intelligent design and an educated approach to procurement and project delivery on an accelerated programme.”


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Maggies Lanarkshire on Landscape Shortlist

Maggie’s Lanarkshire on
Landscape Shortlist


Congratulations to rankinfraser landscape architects on making the shortlist for the 2016 Landscape Institute Awards.

The awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession – aiming to promote the art and science of landscape architecture; advance the knowledge and understanding of the discipline; celebrate the professional expertise; and reward schemes that demonstrate a high level of commitment to sustainability.

The winners will be announced in November 2016.

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Profession Reacts to 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize

Profession Reacts to
2016 RIBA Stirling Prize


The RIBA Stirling Prize announcement has brought with it as series of professional reactions on the Architects Journal website – giving architects the opportunity to respond to the judges’ decisions.

We have always known the importance of recognition from our peers and it is especially pleasing that we are mentioned in the profession’s reactions at this level…

Alan Dunlop, Alan Dunlop Architects:

"Many congratulations to Caruso St. John, it looks a very accomplished and considered work, beautifully detailed and executed as you have come to expect from such talented architects. My commiserations to Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird but also my congratulations for they have managed to produced something extraordinary, despite a restrictive design and procurement process. Without such committed and dedicated architects, The City of Glasgow College could have and probably would have been standard stuff, instead Glasgow has and exceptional new building on the Clyde riverfront that the city can be proud of."

Jerry Tate, partner, Tate Harmer:

"I think the best building won, which in the end must be the point about the Stirling Prize but I can’t help feel sad that the broad-shouldered toughness of the City of Glasgow College did not get the gong!"

Heinz Richardson, director, Jestico + Whiles:

"The Stirling shortlist pitted some very disparate but highly accomplished and exceptional buildings against each other. Choosing a winner was never going to be easy. Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery is a beautifully crafted and sensitive tour de force worthy of the prize and no real surprise. My personal favourite and stand out winner however was Reiach and Hall’s City of Glasgow College simply because it has gone beyond the creation of beautiful architecture and transformed a place."

Chris Boyce, design director, CJCT:

"An excellent choice, almost a conservative one, but curiously in the light of other ‘luminaries’ comments on the nature of baked goods being boring and only big shape making being cool. This is reassuringly rebellious!

Glasgow College is fabulous, and the Weston Library is a subtle tour de force, but Newport is simple but delicious - an English Rich Tea among the sparkly Viscounts."


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And the 2016 Stirling Prize Winner is

And the 2016 Stirling Prize Winner is…

… not us, unfortunately, however we were honoured to be included on the shortlist with such esteemed company and have really enjoyed the process. It has been especially rewarding to take part in the wider discussions this award generates.

We were extremely lucky to have a highly engaged and collaborative client group whose energy and commitment to the project went substantially beyond professional obligation and we would like to thank them for the opportunity. Hopefully our combined contribution to Glasgow will become a valued and loved part of the city.

Congratulations to Caruso St John and their Newport Street Gallery – the project is beautiful.

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Riverside Wins Alternative Stirling Prize

Riverside Wins Alternative Stirling Prize

This year the Architects Journal put together an alternative judging panel to test if one Stirling Prize jury would come to the same conclusion as another…

The alternative jury was made up of the AJ’s architecture editor, Laura Mark, Invisible Studio founder Piers Taylor, developer Martyn Evans and ex-AOC participation specialist Daisy Froud.

Together they visited all six buildings on the shortlist, and in a special feature documentary on the Stirling Prize at 21, our City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus was named as the alternative jury’s winner!

Martyn Evans said:

"When you really understood the story of how it got made, what an immense amount of work the architects had to do, you felt the institution was being challenged by the building, but in a way that felt very natural."

Piers Taylor added:

"The client could have just got a middle-ranking practice which could have just given them a commercial building, and they would have been quite happy. Every move beyond just giving that client an ordinary building was driven by the architect."

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Special Stirling Prize Issue

Special Stirling Prize Issue

For the second year in a row, Reiach and Hall Architects have been delighted to feature in the Architects Journal special Stirling Prize edition.

This is the AJ’s most anticipated issue of the year – providing a profile of each of the six projects shortlisted for the UK’s premier architecture prize with commentary, architects statements, materials boards, drawings, details and data.

Last year, the RIBA Stirling Prize celebrated 20 years and the AJ special edition showcased our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire. The 2016 edition has details of our City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus (completed with Michael Laird Architects) – we are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the AJ’s publication.

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AJ Video for Riverside College

AJ Video for Riverside College

The Architects Journal continued the momentum in the build up to the RIBA Stirling Prize announcement by visiting our City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus and interviewing the team on the design. The video was produced by Jim Stephenson with a Q&A led by the AJ’s architecture Director Laura Mark.

The short film is a great representation of the college and gives the AJ readers a fantastic insight into the design process, the brief and the building itself.

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Reiach and Hall Architects on the BBC

Reiach and Hall Architects on the BBC

The ongoing RIBA Stirling Prize coverage continued with features on the BBC online – this included a short video interview at our City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus with Lyle Chrystie, Reiach and Hall’s director, and Brendan Diamond of MLA.

The BBC also initiated an online public poll to test opinion on the result – the Riverside Campus received 19% of the vote and came third overall this year.

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Neil Gillespie nominates Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Neil Gillespie nominates
Paulo Mendes da Rocha


Our design director, Neil Gillespie OBE, was again part of the RIBA Honours Committee, responsible for selecting the 2017 Fellows as well as the winner of the annual RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Neil’s nomination was for Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil’s most celebrated living architect; and we are delighted that Paulo was selected and will receive the 2017 Royal Gold Medal.

Neil’s citation follows:

"Paulo Mendes Da Rocha has created a body of work, spanning six decades that has consistency, resonance and strength. Indeed it could be argued in today’s culture which is blinded by celebrity and profit that his work is of even more significance and relevance.

His work has a courage and clarity that few can match. His structures are daring and joyous. His use of concrete bold and innovative. His plans at a building scale or at a city scale are generous and expansive. He is passionate about people and society and how his buildings might serve them. These remarkable qualities are present even in his earliest works. There is a quality to his work that renders it timeless.

For many he represents one of the last great figures in architecture whose work, while serving society, has a poetic dimension that delves deeply into our architectural discipline."


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Rebuilding Scotland

Rebuilding Scotland

In the Year of Architecture, Design and Innovation, which coincides with the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary, Neil Gillespie was invited to prepare a Saltire Society pamphlet.

Neil used the Saltire Society’s 1941 publication
Building Scotland as his starting point. Published during the war, Alan Reiach and Robert Hurd’s book looked to a future where good architecture would be an intrinsic part of Scottish civic society. The post-war void would be filled with the clean lines of new hospitals and social housing. While there was much hope and optimism for the built environment, many of the buildings disappointed. Even today architects are still hamstrung by restricted budgets and short lead times, argues Gillespie. With little time allowed for design development it is small wonder that so many buildings lack the refinement and style that Reiach and Hurd hankered for.

This text provides an insight on what’s wrong with so much of modern architecture: from its uniformity to its reliance on system-built prefabrication, from the threat globalisation imposes on all things local and distinct to the curse of the “starchitect”.

Neil Gillespie’s call is clarion clear:

“Scotland needs to regain a relevant architecture culture that places people first through dignified and appropriate design.”

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September 2016



SNBTS Progress

SNBTS Progress

As we move towards the autumn, SNBTS moves ever closer to completion. It’s exciting to see the parkland setting – designed by Rankin Fraser – being sculpted out of what until recently was a huge muddy spoil heap and materials storage area. It will be grass seeded and planted with mixed woodland helping anchor our building to its site and will make a great amenity space for SNBTS’s staff when complete.

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Oriam Party

Oriam Party

Staff, clients and colleagues came together at ORIAM to celebrate the completion of our latest sports building – designed to provide Scotland’s athletes with the facilities, access and support services pivotal for international success.

Oriam is located in the parkland setting of Heriot-Watt University’s extensive campus in the west of the city and includes: an outdoor synthetic pitch; five outdoor natural football and two rugby pitches; 12 court sports hall; a full-size indoor 3G pitch; a café and a fitness suite; and world-class facilities for sports science and medicine including a hydrotherapy facility. The new facilities complement the refurbished facilities based at Heriot-Watt’s campus which include: eight squash courts; two new exercise studios; a four-court sports hall; sports performance laboratory; and a 60m x 40m indoor 3G synthetic pitch.

The indoor pitch in the new Oriam facility measures 116m x 76m with a playing height of 28m in the centre. It is the largest facility of its type in Europe.

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Appleton Tower

Appleton Tower

Reiach and Hall Architects have been appointed to fit-out the new level 9 shell space formed under the over-cladding project at Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh.

This new space for the School of Informatics is intended to provide new meeting spaces for commercialisation which in turn releases level 6 for the re-configuration of teaching accommodation.

Reiach and Hall designed Appleton Tower in 1963 and it was opened in 1968.


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RIBA Stirling Prize Stories

RIBA Stirling Prize Stories

The ‘RIBA Stirling Prize Stories’ was a unique event where all the RIBA shortlisted practices came together to reveal the stories behind their buildings, the things that inspire them, and what it would mean to win the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize.

Chaired by Simon Allford, director of AHMM who won last year with Burntwood School, the event gave each shortlisted practice a 10-minute slot to present the key ideas critical to the design of their nominated building. Lyle Chrystie spoke on behalf of Reiach and Hall and discussed the ideas of the City of Glasgow College and its relationship to the city and civic life.

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City of Glasgow College Opens

City of Glasgow College Opens

The new City of Glasgow College, City Campus, has opened to new and returning students in time for the academic year 2016-2017.

City of Glasgow College Principal and Chief Executive, Paul Little, said:

“This amazing project, on time and on budget, is a landmark occasion for City of Glasgow College, for this great city, and for Scotland and the UK - Our new City campus is a truly outstanding building which will transform our student experience with its vast open and inspiring, learning and teaching environment. Of the 800 or so learning spaces only one is a lecture theatre, such is the changing nature of Higher and Further education and one we are embracing.”

The new building is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities which include TV and radio studios, an aircraft training cabin, 16 professional cookery kitchens, creative design and photography studios, industrial-sized construction, craft and built environment area; there is also a fine dining restaurant and a city market with butchers, bakers and fishmongers which will be open to the public.

Although the City Campus is in operation for staff and students, the actual project will not complete until the autumn of 2017 because of additional works which involve the completion of demolitions, external spaces, landscaping and parking facilities.

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Inverness Justice Centre

Inverness Justice Centre

Reiach and Hall have revealed designs for the Inverness Justice Centre as part of a public consultation exhibition.

Eric McQueen, Chief Executive, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, said:

“This is a very exciting development and unique in its vision to bring together a range of organisations who work within the justice environment in the Highlands. With financial support in place from Scottish Government, the Inverness Justice Centre is a fantastic opportunity to improve the delivery of justice within a purpose-built fully integrated facility.

“We have a first class project team in place and are working with justice organisations to make sure we can provide the best environment and facilities for victims, witnesses and all courts and tribunals users, all within an accessible and high quality building which is supported by digital innovation and sustainable by design.”


The exhibition was also attended by Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, and forms part of the pre-planning application.

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St Kitts on Site

St Kitts on Site

Work has now begun on site for the New Research Building in St Kitts, West Indies.

The facility is located within the existing campus on the island of St Kitts and will contain three main components – research with biological laboratory accommodation and support facilities, a necropsy with post mortem examination facilities capable of handling large animals and a vivarium capable of housing animals up to the size of cats.

The project is due for completion September 2017.

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August 2016



First Competitive Goal Scored at Oriam

First Competitive Goal Scored at Oriam

The first ever competitive goal in Oriam was scored yesterday by 17 year old Jamie Gullan of Hibs in the 14th minute of the first ever real game on the indoor pitch. A volley from 12 yards into the bottom left corner. Despite Hibs twice taking the lead, Hearts pulled it back to 2-2.

Oriam is the home ground for Hibs U20’s this season with all of their home games being played in the building.

Interesting forthcoming games:

07/02/2017 : Rangers
21/02/2017 : Aberdeen
11/04/2017 : Celtic

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Scotland’s Top Ten Buildings Revealed

Scotland’s Top Ten Buildings Revealed

The RIAS have revealed the shortlist of the top ten Scottish buildings from the past 100 years, chosen from a 100-strong list published back in March.

We are thrilled that the list includes our Pier Arts Centre building in Orkney which was completed in 2007.

RIAS secretary, Neil Baxter, commented:

‘This brilliant list testifies to the extraordinary quality of Scotland’s buildings. The fact that so many are relatively recent demonstrates that our national architecture is in very good health. We have much to celebrate.’

The Top 100 was launched as part of the RIAS’s 2016 Festival of Architecture and all buildings are featuring in a major touring exhibition called Scotstyle.

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Festival of Politics

Festival of Politics

Reiach and Hall’s design director, Neil Gillespie, took part in a Festival of Politics 2016 panel discussion on “Healing Architecture” at the Scottish Parliament – alongside Professor June Andrews, Andrew Anderson, Lesley Palmer Parliament – in partnership with the Festival of Architecture 2016.

The initiative of the Maggie’s Centre was used to discuss the ethos of how architecture really can help improve people’s experience of healthcare. The debate also covered what architects, health providers and designers are doing to meet the challenge of one million people living with dementia in the UK.

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Nomination for Prime Minister’s Award

Nomination for Prime Minister’s Award

We are delighted that the City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus has been nominated for the 2016 Prime Minister’s 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.

The Prime Minister's Award will be announced at the British Construction Industry Awards in October.

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Nomination for Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award

Nomination for Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award

The City of Glasgow College has been nominated in the PAN Category – Health, Safety and Wellbeing – as part of this year’s British Construction Industry Awards.

This award seeks to recognise project teams that understand the importance of creating a safe and healthy working environment that promotes the industry as one that is attractive and welcoming to all.

The judges have looked for specific projects on the overall shortlist that demonstrate industry leading commitment to improving workforce health and safety and wellbeing.

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Oriam Handed Over

Oriam Handed Over

We are delighted to announce that our Oriam project was handed over this month and it swiftly opened to the public.

This new sports performance centre, in the grounds of Heriot-Watt University, is designed to provide Scotland’s athletes with the facilities, access and support services pivotal for international success.

The project realises a partnership with sportscotland, Heriot-Watt University and the City of Edinburgh Council and was delivered by Bowmer & Kirkland.

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Making Good Places

Making Good Places

We are taking part in an invited exhibition at the ‘Hippodrome’ arts space in Eyemouth, as part of the ongoing programme in the Festival of Architecture. #foa2016

Understanding that studios are full of creative work that never sees the light of day. Making Good Places is an exhibition which allows eight architects to explore the qualities of good places.

The show aims at opening up the creative process, to give an insight into how good places are made. It also explores good places through examples of well-crafted cultural and community spaces, and their context.

Featured designers include Reiach and Hall Architects, Richard Murphy Architects, Garber James, Snøhetta, Gaia Architects, Icosis and Malcolm Fraser.

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July 2016



Jack Kane Centre in for Planning

Jack Kane Centre in for Planning

We have recently submitted planning for the refurbishment of the Jack Kane Centre in Edinburgh.

Proposals, prepared for City of Edinburgh Council, include the addition of a new Olympic sized 250m outdoor velodrome and a regional level BMX facility, at Hunters Hall Park in Edinburgh, together with the re-covering of the existing artificial pitch and the addition of a new 60m x 40m artificial pitch.

The Jack Kane Centre itself, constructed in 1975, will be upgraded to meet the expectations of its users – improving the existing services within the building and allowing flexibility for modern equipment.

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Building Awards Shortlist 2016

Building Awards Shortlist 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are shortlisted for the 2016 Building Awards for Building Magazine Project of the Year, sponsored by Scheuco.

Our City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus (completed in August 2015, with MLA) is also currently shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, the RIBA Stirling Prize, the British Construction Industry (Best Building between £10-£50m) and the RICS Grand Final.

We are overwhelmed by the response to this project and would like to thank our peers for the continued recognition.

The results of the Building Awards will be announced in early November.

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RIBA Stirling Prize Nomination for City of Glasgow College Riverside

RIBA Stirling Prize Nomination for City of Glasgow College Riverside

We are delighted to find ourselves on the Stirling Prize 2016 shortlist, for the second consecutive year, with our City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus.

The building is the result of years of close collaboration, between the combined architects’ team of Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects alongside interior designers Graven Images, principal engineers Arup and Hulley and Kirkwood, contracting team of Sir Robert McAlpine and FES and, most importantly, the college itself.

For us, good buildings are only possible with good clients. We were extremely fortunate on this project to have a highly engaged and collaborative client group whose energy and commitment to the project went substantially beyond professional obligations.

In the twenty years the award has been running, only eight projects in Scotland have been selected for the Stirling Prize shortlist. We are humbled to have taken two of these places and look forward to seeing what lies ahead for our Riverside Campus.

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June 2016



Takahiro Selected to Represent Japan

Takahiro Selected to Represent Japan

Reiach and Hall Architects would like to congratulate Takahiro Iwasaki on being selected as the artist that will represent the Japan Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale which opens on 13 May 2017.

Takahiro is a former student of Reiach and Hall’s artist friend and collaborator Alan Johnston – studying ‘Arts Space and Nature’ as part of a Master of Fine Arts at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2005, Takahiro exhibited in our gallery, sleeper, as part of a collective work in his degree show year.

This Edinburgh / Japan connection is truly wonderful and extremely important not only for us at Reiach and Hall, but also for Scotland in general. We will continue to nurture these connections initiated by the collaboration of artist Alan Johnston and our design director Neil Gillespie in our sleeper gallery – bringing to Edinburgh a rich diversity of national and international art.

We look forward to seeing Takahiro’s intervention at the Japan Pavilion as he aims to create an exhibition that highlights the interesting aspects of the pavilion’s unique architecture, in an interactive manner.

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WAN Awards Shortlist

WAN Awards Shortlist

We are delighted that our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for the 2016 WAN Healthcare Award as one of six distinctively diverse projects from around the world.

The WAN Healthcare Award is the largest award of its kind, attracting entries from all over the world by offering an opportunity to gain recognition and exposure and promote the best in revolutionary Healthcare design. The Healthcare Award distinguishes human-centres designs that enhance the visitor experience, maximise operational efficiency and help improve patient outcomes – whether a hospital, clinic, care home or surgery.

Our building was judged alongside 31 longlisted projects from 10 countries – all varying in scale, budget and purpose. This year’s judges remarked that Maggie’s Lanarkshire “has been very skilfully handled in terms of how you work with the context but at the same time creates a sense of space, both inside and out the building. It’s a neat environment with hidden foyers and the spaces which the people occupy.”

It was also noted that:

“Design is simple yet elegant. The built solution is rich in details and use of materials. If my family member, friend or myself had cancer, this seems like a most wonderful setting to seek respite and help.”

This winner of this international competition will be announced online on 5 July 2016.

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RIBA National Award 2016

RIBA National Award 2016

Reiach and Hall are delighted to have been awarded an RIBA National Award 2016 for City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus.

RIBA National Awards are the most rigorously judged awards for architectural excellence in the UK, and a building that wins an RIBA National Award sets the standard for great architecture across the country.

Reiach and Hall Director Lyle Chrystie noted:

“We are delighted to receive both an RIAS Award and a RIBA National Award for The Riverside Campus.

It feeds the soul when a project that has been in our team’s minds [and hearts] for so many years is recognised at this level by our peers.

We are particularly grateful for the efforts of the client group and the wider team in realising the building – It has been a pleasure to be involved.’’


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RIAS Award 2016

RIAS Award 2016

Reiach and Hall were thrilled to collect an RIAS Award for our City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus at this year’s Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards ceremony.

The RIAS announced 11 Regional award winners representing the very best of Scottish Architecture.

The Riverside Campus is phase one in a two campus project for The City of Glasgow College (completed as a Joint Venture with Michael Laird Architects). Phase two, The City Campus on Cathedral Street, is due to open in the autumn.

Riverside will now move forward to be considered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

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Reiach and Hall make the AJ100

AJ100

The AJ100 – a yearly survey which covers fees, salaries, sectors and markets in UK architecture practices – has been released, measuring the number of qualified architects per practice.

Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to be ranked number 77, with a note from the editors that we are ‘the keystone of the Scottish architectural scene’.

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UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) Submitted for Planning

UCLan Gets Planning

We are delighted that our proposals for a new £30 million engineering innovation centre at the University of Central Lancashire has received planning consent from Preston City Council.

The new building, in the heart of Preston, was given the green light following consultations with community members and local stakeholders providing an invaluable link between academia and industry through its integrated teaching and research hub.

UCLan CEO Michael Ahern said:

“The approval for work to begin is an important moment for the University and the future redevelopment of Preston.

A true flagship development for the city, the EIC will be a powerful hub for developing and nurturing talent that will help the UK retain its place as a leader in engineering and innovation.”


He added:

“We’ve worked, and will continue to work, in consultation with local stakeholders on transformational plans which will create a world-class campus and a legacy that befits everyone – students, businesses and members of the local community.”

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City Landscape and Markets

City Landscape and Markets

We are delighted to see the ongoing transformation of our City of Glasgow College, City Campus – as it nears completion later this summer.

At the moment landscape works are almost there and the true scale of the campus is beginning to be revealed as it connects to the city and to Cathedral Street. The internal courtyard gardens are also planted with mature trees and plants that should be well settled before the college move in August.

The City Campus is Phase 2 in our overall City of Glasgow College project and provides specialist teaching facilities as well as a City Market which opens onto Cathedral Street – providing shop fronts for bakers, butchers and fishmongers.

A new commercial hair salon will also welcome clients on level zero and specialist fabricators are currently installing a bespoke aircraft cabin for cabin crew training – the first of City Air Fleet.

We are also really excited to see the completion of the TV production studios, 16 kitchens/bakeries, lecture theatres and construction hall.

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SNBTS Revealed

SNBTS Revealed

We are excited to see the scaffolding down at our SNBTS building –
a new National Centre for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service – marking the end of an exciting and busy month.

For the first time we have been able to appreciate the full composition and proportions of the brickwork and glass alongside views which have been closed off for months – across the fields and to the Pentland Hills. It is also great to see new light flooding into the building and animating the spaces.

We’re looking forward to the completion of the landscaping that’s currently ongoing and are grateful of the efforts being made in the closing weeks by Interserve Construction and their teams of subcontractors – it is beginning to show excellent results.

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Scotblood 2016 Conference

Scotblood 2016 Conference

The 2016 annual Scotblood Conference was held in Stirling University this month, with an excellent programme of national and international speakers discussing the current issues and future developments affecting the fields of blood transfusion, cellular therapy and transplantation.

Reiach and Hall Architects produced a 1:50 scale model for display on the SNBTS exhibition stand – the cross section model captured the key spaces of the scheme, hopefully imparting an understanding of scale, the high levels of natural lighting and the linking of departments.

The model cuts through: the 3 storey office block; the arcade and its principal circulation; the laboratories and blood manufacturing hall [separated by the massive trusses of the interstitial plant floor]; the courtyard and finally Tissues and Cells labs.

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Inverclyde Takes Shape

Inverclyde Takes Shape

Work on site at The National Centre at Inverclyde for sportscotland is progressing quickly – allowing us to see our ambitions of the ribbon façade develop through the landscape and tie the scheme together.

The building will eventually provide 60 fully adapted residential rooms, sports facilities and support services in an inclusive sports environment – benefiting the community, athletes and sports governing bodies – as the first of its kind in the UK.

At the moment the primary focus is on constructing the external envelope with the installation of windows, curtain walling, composite panel and roofing well underway. Internally, all floor slabs have been cast, the internal partitions and first fix services installation commenced within the residential accommodation.

The building’s form and the façade’s rhythm is now visibly evident on site, transformed from a structural frame. The volume of the internal spaces are beginning to emerge revealing their scale, quality and relationship with the landscape.

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May 2016



R&H to Speak at WONCA Europe & World Conferences

R&H to Speak at WONCA Europe and World Conferences

Reiach and Hall’s director, Andy Law, has been invited to speak at both the WONCA Europe and WONCA World Conferences this year.

WONCA Europe is the academic and scientific society for general practitioners in Europe – it has 47 member organisations and represents more than 75,000 family physicians in Europe. This year the conference will take place in Copenhagen from 15-18 June when the 5 Nordic countries – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark – will welcome delegates and key-note speakers for numerous lectures, workshops, symposiums and oral presentations.

The conference will highlight the issues of major importance to international primary care and draw on the best scientific knowledge to actively improve the ongoing development of the health care system.

WONCA World – ‘The World Organisation of National colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners and Family Physicians – is now in its 21st year. The 2016 conference is planned for Rio de Janeiro from 2-6 November, just a couple of months after the Olympic Games.

Andy will share his invaluable knowledge of the sector in a symposium entitled ‘Architecture in Primary Health Care’ alongside Dr Alec Logan – a Glasgow graduate and full-time GP in our Wishaw Health Centre.

Alex created Rocket as a West of Scotland Faculty newsletter, hoolet for RCGP Scotland and the Back Pages of the British Journal of General Practice, which he edited for almost 15 years.

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New Work

New Work

Reiach and Hall Architects have successfully secured two new jobs with the University of Edinburgh.

The new contracts are both for an architect-led multi-disciplinary design team comprising Reiach and Hall Architects, Alliance CDM and Harley Haddow.

The first project is to refurbish and fit out office space at Murchison House for Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI).

The second project focuses on the fit-out of an existing industrial warehouse unit for use in the University Collections Facility at South Gyle. The building is currently split into four separate units, of which the University occupies two. We will look at extending the collections facility into a third unit.

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Maggie’s on WAN Longlist

Maggie’s on WAN Longlist

Our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire has reached the long list stage of the WAN (World Architectural News) Awards.

The WAN Healthcare Award is a major international competition. It is the largest award of its kind, attracting entries from all over the world, promoting the best in pioneering Healthcare design.

The WAN Healthcare Award 2016 champions human-centred designs that enhance the visitor experience, maximise operational efficiency and help to improve patient outcomes – whether a hospital, clinic, care home or surgery.

We are delighted to be part of the judging process which continues until July 2016.

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Scottish Design Awards 2016

Scottish Design Awards 2016

Reiach and Hall were delighted to attend the Scottish Design Awards 2016. It was a great night for the practice, with our nominated projects collecting a total of four awards.

Our Oriam project, for sportscotland, Heriot Watt University and The City of Edinburgh Council picked up the award for Future Building – a category designed to reward buildings that are currently under construction.

NHS Lanarkshire Health Centres, in East Kilbride, Wishaw and Kilsyth, picked up the award for Health Project of the Year.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire won the Landscape Award with rankinfraser landscape architecture.

City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus collected the award for Public Building of the Year.

The City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus (designed in collaboration with Michael Laird Architects) also received the Architecture Grand Prix.

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BCI Shortlisting for Riverside Campus

BCI Shortlisting for Riverside Campus

The City of Glasgow College’s Riverside Campus has been shortlisted for the 2016 British Construction Industry Awards, in the Building Project of the Year (£10m to £50m) category.

Riverside Campus, by Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects, represents an amazing team effort from all disciplines and we are delighted to move forward stage 2 of the judging process.

The winners will be announced on 12th October 2016.

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Riverside Wins Facilities Management Award

Riverside Wins Facilities Management Award

The City of Glasgow College has won Project of the Year at the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Scotland Awards.

The Project involved the move into Riverside campus with the award recognising the sheer scale of Facilities Management delivery which involved all areas of soft and hard facilities management and migration. The college mobilised not only the estates and facilities team into new surroundings, but all staff into the new Riverside campus.

The BIFM Scotland Awards recognise outstanding performers in facilities management.

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Reiach and Hall Shortlisted for Moorside

Reiach and Hall Shortlisted for Moorside

In January 2016, NuGen commissioned the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Landscape Institute to run independent design competitions for architects and landscape architects respectively.

The idea was to find some of the best design thinking in the world to influence the Moorside Project – a new nuclear power station and a railway at Moorside, in Cumbria. The wider project, which begins to focus on this competition, includes some additional developments including worker accommodation at the Mirehouse site in Whitehaven and on other sites, all within West Cumbria.

The competition brief requested design ideas for a visitor’s centre and office building at the Moorside site and typical accommodation masterplan for the Mirehouse site.

Following a selection process Reiach and Hall are delighted to be included on a shortlist of six architectural finalists.

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Neil Speaks at the RIAS Convention

Neil Speaks at the RIAS Convention

Professor Neil Gillespie, OBE FRIAS RSA, was invited to speak at the RIAS Centenary Convention 2016.

The event, held over a day and a half, was entitled “World Greats and Great Scots” and was hosted by RIAS President, Willie Watt – sparking discussion and debate on architecture from both Scotland and abroad.

Delegates heard inspiring voices, not only from Scotland, but from Spain (including Benedetta Tabliabue and Rafael Moneo), Paris and London.

Karen Cunningham, curator of the Festival of Architecture 2016, noted that Neil’s presentation was both ‘moving and poetic’ as attempted to outline some common threads within our practice.

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Progress at SNBTS

Progress at SNBTS

Site progress has been rapid in the last few weeks with a big drive to complete the internal building packages. One of the most noticeable and uplifting changes can be seen in the arcade – the key space that mediates between the offices and laboratory areas.

The long awaited light baffles are being brought into position using MEWPS and lifting blocks. Once in place their effect on the modulation of the incoming light is immediately noticeable, transforming the direct light into a more complex composition of diffused reflections and subtle grading.

Direct light is also allowed to punch its way in between the fins, providing interesting accents and highlights. The large extents of glazing assists distribution of light deep into the plan while providing intriguing and unexpected reflections.

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UCLAN on the AJ

UCLAN on the AJ

Alongside Simpson Haugh Architects, we have revealed images of our work at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

Currently submitted for planning, the new £30 million engineering innovation centre will be the first building in the campus’ Allies and Morrison-design masterplan.

Arranged in two blocks, the plans feature a single-sided atrium which opens out onto a new civic square. The scheme is set to start on site later this year and is expected to complete in 2018.

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Sinan the Book

Sinan the Book

In November 2015 our design director, Neil Gillespie and associate, Laura Kinnaird, travelled to Istanbul with the Architects Journal to explore the world and work of Mimar Sinan, an architectural champion of the Ottoman Empire.

This research project allowed Neil and Laura the opportunity to immerse themselves in Sinan’s masterpieces throughout Istanbul and on return to the UK present research for a publication by Turkish Ceramics and the Architects Journal.

The launch of the book SINAN: the First Starchitect took place in late April at the Royal Academy in London. We are delighted to be part of this publication alongside some of the UK’s leading architects.

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Inverclyde Site Progress

The Dust of Everyday Life

Our director Andy Law was a guest speaker at this one-day symposium on the arts, mental health, stigma and social justice – programmed by the Mental Health Foundation and See Me, it expands on the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

The idea is to encourage discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas between people from the arts sector (artists, producers, programmers) and the mental health sector (health workers, activists, psychologists).

Andy’s role was to engage in the ideas of Architecture and Mental Health alongside Richard Murphy (from Richard Murphy Architects) and Angus Farquhar (from the arts organisation NVA) and discuss how architects – and artists with an interest in architecture – can create environments that help improve mental health. You can listen to recordings of the event here:

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April 2016



Inverclyde Site Progress

Inverclyde Site Progress

Works on site at Inverclyde are progressing swiftly with the structural frame now largely complete, floor slabs being cast and tertiary steelwork being installed to support the external envelope’s cladding. The building’s scale and proportions sit very comfortably within the landscape and the views afforded by the residential accommodation are breathtaking. The form of the ribbon façade has quite an impact on arrival and responds directly to the existing trees. This will provide the centre’s new identity and active frontage once complete.

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AJ100 Building of the Year

AJ100 Building of the Year

Reiach and Hall Architects are thrilled to be shortlisted for the AJ100 Awards for Building of the Year, with The City of Glasgow College – Riverside Campus.

With over two-thirds of the AJ100 entrants applying for this award, we are absolutely delighted to make the final six and consider it a fantastic achievement.

This is Reiach and Hall’s second consecutive year on this AJ shortlist; with a feature last year for the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire, which went on to the RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist and the RIAS Andrew Doolan Shortlist for Best Building in Scotland.

We look forward to the annual AJ100 dinner, where the winners are announced, on 8th June 2016.

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Reiach and Hall on Deezen

Reiach and Hall on Deezen

We are delighted that our work at The City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus has been showcased on Dezeen.

Dezeen is one of the world’s most popular and influential online architecture and design magazines – with the simple mission, to bring to its readership / to the public a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world.

The article on the City of Glasgow College project, designed in a joint venture with Michael Laird Architects, can be viewed here:

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HOME at the RSA

HOME at the RSA

Reiach and Hall’s Design Director, Neil Gillespie OBE RSA, presents with guest Tony Fretton on ideas of HOME as part of the 190th Annual Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition.

This year’s curated aspect explores ideas and work about what HOME might mean, from twelve distinguished architect Academicians and their guests, including prominent Scottish and international architects.

Everyone should have a home, and everyone should have some ideas about how they ideally would like to live. HOME has been curated by the exhibition convenor, Robin Webster RSA, and presents innovative houses which have been completed and working ideas for, as yet, unrealised projects.

HOME is part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.


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RICS Award

RICS Award

We are delighted to have received the RICS award for Design Innovation at the annual RICS Awards in Scotland. The Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and environment.

Principal and chief executive officer, Paul Little, said:

“I am delighted that City of Glasgow College has won the RICS Award for Design through Innovation. Riverside campus is the most modern, most technologically advanced and most future proofed maritime campus of all 230 such colleges anywhere in the world. This accolade underlines what we already know about our campus, that it is a stunning building which truly has the wow factor. Our students are enjoying the spaces and it is having a positive impression on our industry partners across the globe.”

In a joint statement, Lyle Chrystie, director of Reiach and Hall Architects, and Brendan Diamond, director of Michael Laird Architects, said:

“It is always a privilege to receive an award from our peers in the construction industry. The building embodies the ethos of both our practices; excellent design, commercial success and effective delivery. Riverside campus has won a number of accolades but our biggest award so far is the extremely positive feedback from its users. The building not only provides an innovative design solution to accommodate the college at Riverside but is also helping the college deliver enhanced learning outcomes for its students.”

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Reiach and Hall make the AJ100

Reiach and Hall make the AJ100

Reiach and Hall Architects have made the AJ100 list for 2016 – the list of the top 100 architectural practices in the UK as named by the Architects Journal.

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 8th June.

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Architects Conversations: Neil Gillespie in Conversation with Tony Fretton

Architects' Conversations: Neil Gillespie in Conversation with Tony Fretton

Join Neil Gillespie RSA and Tony Fretton on May 10th at the National Museum of Scotland as they discuss Abstraction and Familiarity as part of the Architects’ Conversations series.

"In its purest form Modernism proposed an abstract architecture for emerging mass democratic society that was free of the class distinctions embedded in the preceding Beaux Arts Classicism. However narratives were always present, from the proposition of classless itself to the sophisticatedly embedded stories of the route from Paris into the heart of the Villa Savoye. By the 1950s the Smithsons were consciously embodying narratives of popular culture and cultural history into their work, while Venturi was using those narratives to reject modernism’s social basis and make an architecture of gesture and commodification, that ultimately lead to debilitating eclecticism.

In my practice I advocate that abstraction is necessary in order to reconnect with the social aims of modernism. At the same time I aim for familiarity. The resolution will be the subject of the discussion with my valued colleague Neil Gillespie."


Tony Fretton is Principal of Tony Fretton Architects and Emeritus Professor at TU Delft.

Neil Gillespie OBE is Design Director of Reiach and Hall Architects and Visiting Professor at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen.

You can purchase tickets here: Architects' Conversations

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Scottish Design Awards: Future Building Nomination

Scottish Design Awards: Future Building Nomination

We are delighted that our progress for ORIAM has been recognised in this year’s Scottish Design Awards, in the Future Building Category - designed to reward buildings that are under construction but not yet complete.

ORIAM, which is due for completion later this year, has been designed for sportscotland, Heriot-Watt University and the City of Edinburgh Council, with the ambition to provide Scotland’s top sportspeople with the facilities, access and support services pivotal for international success.

The centre will comprise a full size indoor synthetic pitch, full size outdoor synthetic pitch, nine court sports hall, five outdoor grass football and two grass rugby pitches. It will also include a hydrotherapy suite, eight squash courts, two exercise studios, a four court sports hall and 60x40 indoor synthetic pitch, which can be booked as a whole or in sections. The centre will also contain world class facilities for sports science and medicine, a fitness suite, as well as conferencing, changing facilities and a café.

We were excited to share the progress of this project with the judges in this category and look forward to the results being announced at the Scottish Design Awards Bash in May.

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Scottish Design Awards: Public Building Nomination

Scottish Design Awards: Public Building Nomination

We are delighted that our City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus, which was designed in a joint venture between Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects, has been nominated for this year’s Scottish Design Awards.

Now in their 19th year the Scottish Design Awards reward top architecture firms and design agencies for their contributions to the Scotland’s historic and contemporary design culture.

The awards are open to all Scottish companies and celebrate the best design and architecture in the country.

This year’s chair of the judging panel, Heinz Richardson (Director of Jestico + Whiles), outlined the key characteristics of a winning entry, commenting:

“I will be looking for design that pushes the boundaries, addresses issues of sustainability and strives for excellence. Clarity of communication will be key.”

Winners of the 2016 Awards will be revealed at the annual Scottish Design Awards Bash in May.

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Scottish Design Awards: Health Nomination

Scottish Design Awards: Health Nomination

Our work for NHS Lanarkshire has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s Scottish Design Awards’ Health Building or Project Category.

In 2011 NHS Lanarkshire commissioned three new purpose built Health Centres in East Kilbride, Wishaw and Kilsyth to replace existing Health Centres that had been built in the 1970s. The new facilities significantly increase the level of state-of-the-art services available to patients within the Lanarkshire area.

Each new building incorporates a GP surgery and community healthcare facilities - Wishaw, the largest, also incorporates a library, housing office and council service desk.

The key ambition for this project as a whole is that although the health centres are very different from each other in scale and siting, they should be seen as a family of buildings with common themes and aspirations.

Winners of the 2016 Awards will be revealed at the annual Awards Bash in May.

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Scottish Design Awards: Direct Mail Nomination

Scottish Design Awards: Direct Mail Nomination

The 2016 finalists nominations for the Scottish Design Awards have been revealed, and we are chuffed to step outside our traditional architecture sector and be part of the design categories with Reiach and Hall’s 50th anniversary invitation, which has been nominated in the Direct Mail category.

The awards celebrate Scotland’s finest design and architectural agencies and now in its 19th year it shows no exception.

This year's nominees were chosen by an expert panel including Sophie Lutman, creative director, BrandPie, Martin Muir, creative director, Start Judge Gill, Heinz Richardson, board director, Jestico + Whiles and Penny Lewis, lecturer in History and Theory, Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Chairman Adrian Whatman, creative director of design at RAPP, said of the entries:

"They came, they saw and they conquered. As expected the entries for this year’s Scottish Design Awards turned out a great selection of work for the judges to debate…The standard was very high this year which for the judging panel made it harder but also more enjoyable to judge, the diversity and quality really shone through.”

The winners will be announced at the annual Scottish Design Awards bash in May.

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March 2016



Riverside Study on the AJ

Riverside Study on the AJ

Our work at The City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, has been showcased as part of the Architects Journal Building Study series.

The project, designed in a joint venture with Michael Laird Architects, features online with an in-depth study of the building and design approach.

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UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) Submitted for Planning

UCLan [University of Central Lancashire] Submitted for Planning

A planning application has been submitted for UCLan’s Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), a £30 million integrated hub for teaching, research and knowledge exchange which will bring together the region’s expertise from within academia and industry.

The flagship project will deliver a range of key objectives, including reclaiming Lancashire’s role as a national centre for advanced manufacturing, ensuring that local skills reflect social and economic needs, and increasing the number of females in engineering careers.

UCLan’s Rob Wallace, Dean, School of Engineering, said:

“This planning application sets out the University’s ambitious and exciting vision to boost levels of innovation through increased knowledge and industry partnerships, both nationally and internationally."

Reiach and Hall are working alongside SimpsonHaugh & Partners on this project.

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EAA Ambassadors Award Shortlist

EAA Ambassador Award Shortlist

Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects have been shortlisted in the 2016 EAA Awards for the City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus.

The Edinburgh Architectural Association, a local chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, recognises projects designed by registered architects of the Edinburgh Chapter - The Ambassador Award is a special category which allows projects to enter which are not located within the chapter area.

The results will be announced at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in May following an exhibition showcasing the shortlisted entries at the RIAS from mid-April.

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Riverside Campus Shortlisted for RIAS Award

Riverside Campus Shortlisted for RIAS Award

We are thrilled that our City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus has been shortlisted for the 2016 RIAS Awards - The Riverside Campus was designed in a joint venture between Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects and is the result of a combination of ideas about the city and the student experience.

Located at the edge of a major crossing of the River Clyde, the site marks a gateway in the city and projects the College’s importance as a civic institution as well as creating a new memorable landmark on the Glasgow skyline.

Our Riverside Campus is amongst 23 projects shortlisted for this year’s awards and Willie Watt, President of the RIAS, commented:

“It seems appropriate, in this RIAS Centenary year that we have such a strong and diverse shortlist…This is a tremendous list that fully demonstrates the privilege of living in our magnificent wee country and just how architects have embraced the responsibility that brings with it.”

The RIAS judges will now tour all of the 23 shortlisted projects and the results will be announced at the annual Gala dinner in June.

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East Kilbride Shortlisted for RIAS Award

East Kilbride Shortlisted for RIAS Award

Reiach and Hall are delighted that our East Kilbride Health Centre for NHS Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for this year’s RIAS Awards.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced a 23 project shortlist for its 2016 awards. The judging panel for this year, chaired by Willie Watt PRIAS, includes Denise Bennetts FRIAS (representing the Royal Institute of British Architects), Alan Jones PPRSUA Hon FRIAS, Andy Leitch (Forestry Commission Scotland) and Stuart McKill (Saint-Gobain).

Willie Watt, President of the RIAS, commented:

“It seems appropriate, in this RIAS Centenary year that we have such a strong and diverse shortlist…This is a tremendous list that fully demonstrates the privilege of living in our magnificent wee country and just how architects have embraced the responsibility that brings with it.”

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SNBTS Site Progress

SNBTS Site Progress

As we move closer to construction completion, the internal construction is continuing at a rapid pace with solid and glazed partitioning now in place. This, alongside the installation of light baffles to the central arcade roof, has allowed for the qualities of light within the space to be expressed clearly for the first time.

The mechanical and electrical installation is continuing towards the commissioning phase of the project within which the pharmaceutical verification and validation of the laboratories will be carried out.

Externally, scaffolding is being erected to allow the brick subcontractor to proceed with brickwork to the office bay window façade which will form the grid of brick piers and panels. The landscaping works have also commenced with the bicycle shelter now clearly legible. Finally, the internal furniture and fit out are being finalised in preparation for the handover period when SNBTS begin the move into the new National Centre.

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February 2016



Public Building Architect of the Year

Public Building Architect of the Year

Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have been named Public Building Architect of the Year at the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards 2016.

It is fantastic to see four of our leading Public Projects recognised for their architectural quality: Maggie’s Lanarkshire, The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Kilmartin Museum and the National Decommission Archive in Wick.

Stephen Fry may have put it best in his introductions on the evening, when describing architecture as a “glorious calling” as he thanked architects for their work in shaping a better world.

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Scottish Property Awards Architectural Excellence Award

Scottish Property Awards Architectural Excellence Award

The City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus has been recognised in the third annual Scottish Property Awards – receiving the Architectural Excellence Award.

The Scottish Property Awards is an independent program which celebrates excellence in commercial property, and this year they revealed 18 winners across 16 categories, with winners spanning the country.

The City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus was completed in a joint venture between Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects.

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Part 3 Success

Part 3 Success

Reiach and Hall are pleased to announce that five members of staff have passed their part 3 exam. Congratulations to Sam Boyle, Eilidh Izat, Fei Low, John Robson and Christina Stuart.

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Riverside Event

Riverside Event

Reiach and Hall Architects welcomed friends, colleagues and clients to an evening Launch Event at the newly completed Riverside Campus at City of Glasgow College.

Designed as a joint venture between Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects the Riverside Campus contains the Faculty of Nautical Studies and the Faculty of Building, Engineering and Energy – part of the specialist facilities include a working ship's engine room, cross-discipline project bases to encourage blended learning, an innovative multi discipline engineering hall and a ship's bridge simulation suite, alongside more generic teaching, learning/support spaces.

The evening (hosted by Reiach and Hall, Michael Laird Architects and Graven) was a great success and guests were able to tour the new building's specialist facilities, as well as relax in the main atrium space.

Principal/CEO, Paul Little opened the evening by saying that:

“the seven-story atrium provides a beating heart at the centre of this vibrant building, and is the entrance to the most modern, most technologically advanced and most future proofed maritime campus of all 230 such colleges anywhere in the world. Riverside’s wonderful learning areas are deliberately open and connected and my favourite feature, the outstanding seven storey high atrium window, offers staggering views from each and every floor. We are delighted with Riverside. Our students are enjoying the spaces and it is having a positive impression on our industry partners across the globe.”

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January 2016



Debrett’s 500

Debrett’s 500

A list of the 500 most influential and inspiring people in Britain has been revealed, including our very own Design Director, Neil Gillespie.

Joanne Milner, Chief Executive at Debrett's, said:

"The Debrett's 500 focuses on individuals who demonstrate outstanding qualities of influence, achievement and inspiration. It's a fascinating and eclectic showcase of talent celebrating the best of British throughout a number of areas, from film to fashion, and from politics to sport."

Neil shares the ‘Architecture and Design’ section with David Adjaye, Simon Allford, Sir David Chipperfield, Dame Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick, Sir Jonathan Ive, Lord Rodgers, Adam Caruso and Peter St John and Eric Parry, to name a few.

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City Campus Façade nears Completion

City Campus Façade nears Completion

The west façade of our City Campus for the City of Glasgow College is nearing completion. It is the last portion of the external envelope to be completed on this 59,000sqm project which is due to complete in the summer. The high performance unitised curtain wall façade is finished in natural silver anodising and is a combination of glazed and highly insulated metal panels. To the south, east and west elevations the curtain wall is over clad with a cast stone brise soleil which provides passive shading to the façade and a civic presence to the city.

The internal fit-out and building services installation is well underway with a significant portion of the teaching spaces virtually complete. Like our Riverside Campus, completed last summer, office and teaching accommodation is arranged around a central atrium space. The roof light to the atrium will shortly be revealed as the scaffold is dropped in preparation for finishes installation to the lower floors.

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Wick Archive Steelwork Starts

Wick Archive Steelwork Starts

With the formation of the archives completed, the construction of the steel frame has begun, making significant progress over December and January. The frame is primarily located on the south and east elevations, providing the basis for the staff and public spaces.

With this essential structure taking shape, the prism of the building is beginning to appear, along with the true north line that is central to the building form and landscape strategy. Another exciting development is the construction of the 8 metre high steel frame screen, shaping the first of three lochans. An opening in the screen will act as a gateway for pedestrians, bringing them to and from Ackergill Street.

The NDA Archive is due for completion in August 2016, with Reiach and Hall working alongside Morrison Construction, Arup and Horner + Maclennan.

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Urban Realm Top 100 Architects 2015

Urban Realm Top 100 Architects 2015

Reiach and Hall have been ranked fourth 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.’

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