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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