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SNBTS Site Progress

As we move closer to completion next year, the remaining scaffolding is being erected to allow the brick contractor DBM to proceed with the high level brick work around the main building. The office bay window façade has received a layer of temporary protection as the grid of brick piers and panels are erected. Brick work to other areas is much advanced and has been completed to parapet levels to north and west facades. Inside, the mechanical and electrical installation is proceeding at speed. The Energy Centre and main roof plant are almost complete, as is the heavily serviced interstitial plant floor. Underfloor heating and screed is being laid this week. The play of light as it moves around the building and its effect on the feel and animation of the key spaces can now be grasped.

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Scottish Property Awards

Reiach and Hall with MLA have been shortlisted for the 2016 Scottish Property Awards for our work on the City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus.

The project is presenting in three award categories: Architectural Excellence (Public Buildings), Development of the Year (Public Buildings), and City Regeneration Project of the Year. We look forward to the awards ceremony in March 2016.

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Forth Valley College Falkirk

Design work is developing for the new ‘centre of excellence’ campus and headquarters for Forth Valley College on Grangemouth Road, Falkirk.

The new state-of-the-art college building, won through a competitive interview in July, sees the integration of Falkirk Arts Venue allowing the college to foster links with the culture and the arts, local industry, business and the wider community – while reinforcing its standing within the local community and building on the strong identity established at its earlier developments at Stirling and Alloa.

The design is currently being developed with the clients on the basis of a general strategy which gathers similar functions together including staff, general and specialist teaching and workshop spaces. The public facing elements of the development are located to create a ‘civic’ presence along Grangemouth Road. The theatre and sports accommodation flank the main entrance and act to announce the College and Arts Venue from the two main directions of approach, from Falkirk town centre and from the A9.

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Reiach and Hall at MIPIM

Reiach and Hall were delighted to attend MIPIM UK 2015 as newcomers to the world’s most dynamic international real estate show for property professionals.

We exhibited as part of the Architects Journal stand named “Architecture Tomorrow” which provided a gallery of future British architectural projects. Reiach and Hall thought this was an exceptional opportunity to showcase our work in progress at the City of Glasgow College, Cathedral Street – now on site.

AJ Video for Maggie's Lanarkshire

The Architects Journal continued the momentum in the build up to the RIBA Stirling Prize announcement by visiting Maggie’s and interviewing the team on the design. This short interview was shown on the AJ website alongside a public poll to test opinion on which project should win.

Maggie’s Lanarkshire came 2nd with 22% of the overall vote.

Video by Jim Stephenson

Nomination for Prime Minister's Award

We are delighted that our Maggie’s Lanarkshire building has been nominated for the 2015 Prime Ministers 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.

Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said:

“This one nation government is committed to supporting and working with the construction industry to deliver the high quality infrastructure Britain needs to compete internationally. The shortlisted projects are exceptional examples of how the government’s construction strategy is setting new standards in building major public works – British engineering at its finest.”

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

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Neil Gillespie on RIBA Honours Committee

Our design director, Neil Gillespie OBE, was honoured by being asked to join the 2015 RIBA Honours Committee, responsible for selecting the 2016 Fellows as well as the winner of the annual RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Chaired by RIBA President Jane Duncan, Neil was joined by Sir Peter Cook, Victoria Thornton OBE and the 2015 Royal Gold Medalist, John Tuomey.

Dame Zaha Hadid was selected as the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Gold Medal, an award that is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen.

A total of nine International Fellowships were also awarded to non-UK architects – Neil personally nominated Peter MarKli for his work as a practising architect and also as Professor at the ETH in Zurich.

Finally, the RIBA Honours Committee recognised the 2016 Honorary Fellowships, with fourteen individuals from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds who have made a particular contribution to architecture in its broadest sense. Neil nominated Heinz Wirz, publisher and founder of Quart Verlag, who has documented a broad view of contemporary architectural practice through a series of thematic publications.

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Reiach and Hall at 50

Reiach and Hall staff, friends, colleagues and clients celebrated 50 years (and counting) with a party at the Roxy Assembly in Edinburgh.

Reiach and Hall Architects was formed in 1965 through the amalgamation of Eric Hall and Partners and Alan Reiach and Partners.

As one of Scotland’s surviving architectural practices that formed in the 1960's, it is important for us to glance back and explore how architecture has changed, but in doing so, we also want to look forward and build on the last five decades of accumulated expertise and talent which have helped us to develop and deliver a sustainable approach to architecture and design.

We are immensely proud of our architectural past and are enthusiastic to see what the next 50 years has to offer.

Riverside Campus Handed Over

Reiach and Hall are delighted to say that the new City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus has been officially handed over to the client.

Staff and students will now be able to take advantage of their new £50M facilities which include a specialist nautical college, engineering workshops and halls of residence for 180 students.

The joint architectural team (Reiach and Hall and MLA) were only announced as preferred bidder in 2012 with proposals for two new campus buildings in the city centre. The completion of this first phase building represents 18 months of hard work by a dedicated and diligent team based in our joint site office.

The focus now shifts to Cathedral Street which should complete in August 2016.

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Work Starts in Wick

Work has now begun on site for the £20m National Nuclear Archive for NDA Properties Ltd in Wick.

The Archive will become the single facility to collect and store relevant records from all of the civil nuclear sites in the UK, as well as being home to the local Caithness Archive and will be accessible to the industry for international research and to the public.

The project is due for completion August 2016.

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SNBTS Progress

The SNBTS project has reached an exciting stage in its construction. The concrete and steel frames are complete, roofed and are being infilled and clad externally. First fix for the M+E services are underway and internal partitions are being installed. The key spaces are now well defined and it is possible to get a sense of the interconnectivity – both physical and visual – between departments and beyond to the impressive landscape. The Arcade which acts as the key orientating and collecting space is now well defined, linking the administrative office building with the laboratory facilities. We are very excited about the prospect of installing a specially commissioned 50m long artwork for the facility by Dutch artist Steven Aalders.

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Swedish Midsummer Design Weekend

Carol MacBain and Claire Logan of Reiach and Hall have attended the Swedish Midsummer Design Weekend which took place in Stockholm during three sunny days in June.

Together, with 60 other guests from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, they took part in an unforgettable weekend filled with inspiration, new acquaintances and Swedish traditions.

Carol and Claire had a great trip, with the chance to visit a number of influential Swedish furniture designers based in Stockholm, giving them a much greater appreciation of Swedish design and manufacturing processes.

They also had time to visit some of Stockholm’s architectural wonders including The Woodland Cemetery and Stockholm Public Library.

Proposals for St Leonards

Reiach and Hall prepared outline proposals for a new sports facility at St Leonards School in St Andrews.

St Leonards has an enviable reputation for sporting success. However it has become apparent over recent years that there is a growing need to upgrade the sporting facilities to improve the overall delivery of PE and also to bring the current facilities together within a single purpose-built complex.

The prepared scheme included a multi-purpose sports/assembly hall, studio spaces, fitness suite, classrooms, staff base, pool area, changing areas and storage in addition to external spectating terraces and external sports provision.

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Appointed for UCLan Project

We are delighted to have been appointed, with SimpsonHaugh and Partners, for the Engineering Innovation Centre project for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). This £30million project is one of the first stages of the University’s far-reaching £200million campus redevelopment plans.

The project is significant for our team for many reasons, not least because it is the first building to emerge from the Allies and Morrison Masterplan of the campus.

Our combined offices bring detailed local knowledge and civic buildings experience together with tertiary education and research buildings expertise.

We are looking forward to creating a new building for the University that will set the quality benchmark for the developments that follow. We hope to deliver the University a building they are proud of, which helps their researchers and encourages engagement with higher education.

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Can you predict the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist?

The AJ editors have picked their favourite RIBA award winners to help you draw up their own Stirling Prize shortlist and Reiach and Hall are delighted that our Maggie’s Lanarkshire project is on everyone’s shortlist.

Predictions from Rory Olcayto [Editor of the AJ], Will Hurst [Deputy Editor], Richard Waite [News Editor], James McLachlan [Publications Editor], Owen Pritchard [Technical Editor] and Laura Mark [Senior Reporter] all list our Maggie’s Lanarkshire as a possible contender in the UK’s coveted Architecture Prize. We are in awe of the support and are excited to see the list in July… no pressure!

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Historic Scotland Conservation and Climate Change Award

The South Beach Medical Centre in Ardrossan picked up the Historic Scotland special prize at this year’s RIAS Awards ceremony.

The medical Centre brings a real sense of urban regeneration to this area with the refurbishment and extension of the previously derelict Grade C Listed Police Station. Now open to the public, the £2.5 million facility enables enhanced health and community services to be provided to the Ardrossan area.

The project was awarded BREEAM Very Good and was procured through Hub South West Scotland Ltd, with Morrison Construction as the main contractor. The medical centre was handed over to Irvine Bay Regeneration Company at the end of May.

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Scottish Design Awards 2015

Reiach and Hall were delighted to attend the Scottish Design Awards held this year at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

It was a great night for the practice, with our two nominated projects picking up a total of five awards and a commendation – which was amazing!

Our South Beach Medical Practice, Ardrossan, received a commendation in the Regeneration category and our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire collected a Lighting Award, an Engineering Award (for the wall), and also won Best Public Building.

Following this we were thrilled that the Architecture Grand Prix was awarded to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire.

Reiach and Hall also collected the award for Architectural Practice of the Year 2015. This is the third consecutive year that we have received this accolade, and it is especially pleasing that this is recognition from our peers.

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Gordon Strachan Visits ORIAM

Gordon Strachan led an SFA delegation to the new National Sports Performance Centre to view site progress on the new £33m multi-sport centre at Heriot-Watt University.

The Scotland coach was joined by assistant Stuart McCall and SFA chief executive Stewart Regan as they toured the ORIAM site – which is due to open to the public in August 2016.

Gordon noted:

“It’s terrific that the Scottish Government have recognised the need for such a top-class facility and it certainly looks impressive even at this early stage of the build process. It is one that should inspire the next generation of international players – not just in football – to fulfil their potential and we look forward to seeing this magnificent centre when it is complete.”

Catriona McAllister, Oriam’s chief executive, said:

“Everybody who comes to see the structure is blown away by the size and scale. In fact, all our partners are extremely impressed by the progress made so far and this was a fantastic opportunity for the SFA team to see the project first hand.”

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Waterfront Avenue Starts

Reiach and Hall Architects have resumed design work with Places for People, at Waterfront Avenue in Edinburgh. This project acts as Phase Two of the masterplan for a large mixed-use development, known previously as Upper Strand, Granton.

As a brief history of the project: Reiach and Hall completed Phase one in 2007, providing one of the first new buildings on a wedged shaped site, which released 130 one, two and three-bedroom homes, café, office and live work units. The masterplan was intended to initiate a significant regeneration project which would ultimately provide over 5000 homes in the Granton / Waterfront Avenue area.

Our current site is defined by ‘The Walk‘, our existing residential blocks completed in 2007 and the northern edge of a phased car park. A triangulated central courtyard is landscaped to provide amenity to the residents of both phases 1 and 2 and link the segments of the development. It is thought that our current proposals will add a further 73 dwellings arranged over 7 floors. The project is moving forward with great pace and we aim to submit the planning application in Feb 2016 and be on site towards the end of 2016.

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sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde

Reiach and Hall have submitted a planning application with Morrison Construction and sportscotland for designs at the National Centre at Inverclyde. The redevelopment of this centre will enable the facility to become recognised across the Scottish sporting landscape as the benchmark venue for fully inclusive residential sporting activities.

The National Centre has already achieved planning in principle and the decision on planning approval will be via delegated powers. As the project develops through detailed design including structural/service co-ordination, Morrison’s Construction have commenced enabling works on site – these works include the preparation of the retained sports hall accommodation ahead of demolition works and the formation of a new diverted road system leading to the existing car park.

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AJ Istanbul

Reiach and Hall’s design director Neil Gillespie OBE and associate Laura Kinnaird have been asked to join a team of renowned architects travelling to Turkey to study the work of 16th-century architect Mimar Sinan.

The aim of the trip is to gather material for the AJ | turkishceramics book, ‘Sinan: The First Starchitect’ – exploring the life, work and wider world of Mimar Sinan.

Chairman of Turkishceramics, Bahadır Kayan said:

"We are proud to work with such prestigious architects in this project about Mimar Sinan, highlighting the greatest master builder of Turkish history to architects and designers in the UK.”

Reiach and Hall on the BBC

The ongoing RIBA Stirling Prize coverage continued with features on the BBC online – this included a short video interview with Neil Gillespie OBE, Reiach and Hall’s design director, and Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre.

Video by John Galliver

Reiach and Hall in London

As part of the various celebrations involved in marking 50 years, Reiach and Hall Architects hosted a drinks reception in London – giving the opportunity to toast to the next 50 years with our southern-based clients, friends and colleagues.

The event at St John’s Restaurant/Bar in Smithfield was well attended and not only provided the opportunity to catch up with some old and new faces, but it also gave us a chance to launch our Stravaigers book with many of the wanderers that had contributed to this publication in attendance.

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RIBA Stirling Prize: Architects Visit Jersey

Our design director, Neil Gillespie OBE, was welcomed to Jersey as part of an RIBA delegation which included representatives from each of the 2015 shortlisted Stirling Prize projects.

Neil led a presentation on our Maggie’s Lanarkshire building alongside talks by Graham Stirk (RSHP), Stuart McKnight (MUMA), Roisin Heneghan (heneghan peng architects), Niall McLaughlin (Niall McLaughlin Architects) and Paul Monaghan (AHMM). Tony Chapman gave a talk on the RIBA Stirling Prize history and showed a film about James Stirling – the pioneering and celebrated modern architect for whom the prize is named.

The RIBA Stirling Prize is now in its 20th year. We are delighted to have been shortlisted.

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SNBTS Site Progress

Construction progress has been rapid over the last few months as the building moves ever closer to becoming watertight. This milestone will allow Interserve Construction to move at pace with the mechanical and electrical installation. The main laboratory areas are by their nature very highly serviced and this aspect of the construction is key to the building's success. An entire service floor sandwiched between the ground and 2nd floor laboratories serves them from above and below. This highly complex part of the build is the main focus for ICL and BBESL over the coming weeks. Following the completion of the curtain walling envelope is the brick cladding. The perimeter brick set out is complete, allowing subsequent lifts to proceed efficiently and accurately. Exciting times.

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Maggie’s Shortlisted for a Blueprint Award

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire has been shortlisted in this year’s Blueprint Awards in the Best Public Use Project (Privately funded) category.

The awards shortlist contains a range of projects from across the globe and recognises the best in design and architecture from the past year.

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HLF for Kilmartin

The Heritage Lottery Fund has endorsed Kilmartin Museum Redevelopment’s application – as well as awarding first-round application for £400,000 to develop plans further with Reiach and Hall Architects.

Kilmartin Glen is home to over 800 internationally significant prehistoric and early historic sites, with monuments dating back over 5000 years – making it mainland Scotland’s most important archaeological landscape.

Success in the second-round application will provide the capital required to commence works in 2018, with the new museum opening in 2020.

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:

“As people have come and gone over the centuries, the standing stones of Kilmartin have stood firm representing over 5000 years of Scottish history. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are delighted to support the development of a project which will transform Kilmartin Museum so that it can perform its vital role in interpreting and promoting this internationally important landscape.”

We look forward to the continuing work on the museum with Kilmartin Museum Trust.

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R&H Win at Inverclyde

Reiach and Hall are delighted to have won a new project with Morrison Construction and sportscotland - the National Centre at Inverclyde. A fully inclusive facility with the vision to be a world-class residential venue for sport in Scotland.

The redevelopment of this National Centre Inverclyde will allow the facility to become recognised across the Scottish sporting landscape as the benchmark venue for fully inclusive residential sporting activities – the first in the UK. The design responds directly to the opportunities presented by the unique site wrapping around the landscape.

The project's focus is to provide 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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Seven Lochs Heritage Project

We have now reached stage C with our proposals for the Seven Lochs Heritage Project in association with the Seven Lochs Partnership – this group has support from Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and GCV Green Network.

Reiach and Hall will work to RIBA stage D, assisting the Partnership group complete a Heritage Lottery Fund bid, by preparing proposals for the refurbishment of two visitor facilities - one at Hogganfield Park Gateway and the other at Drumpellier Gateway.

The two buildings require a mix of reorganisation, refurbishment and external works to enhance the visitor facilities and allow them to function as principle gateways to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

Falkirk Campus Appointment

We are delighted to have won the commission to design Forth Valley College's new Headquarters Campus in Falkirk. This represents the final element of the project to redevelop the entire College, with our campus buildings at Alloa and Stirling having been completed in 2011 and 2012. The new building represents a landmark opportunity for the town as well as for the College, with negotiations underway to include a new 400-500 seat theatre for Falkirk Council in the building.

As well as housing a full range of teaching departments including Engineering, Construction, Business Studies, Hair and Beauty and Computing, the new campus will become the College’s Centre of Excellence for Sport.

The architecture of education can make a real difference at a crucial phase of people’s lives and it is a privilege to engage in the challenges of such a project.

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First Look at Oriam Steelwork

Reiach and Hall got the opportunity to visit JD Peirce Contracts Ltd to see the progress on the Oriam steel sections for the first piers of the indoor football pitch. At 10m tall, these impressive sections support the 100m arch over the pitch.

The logistics of creating the unique members, which comprise this unambiguously steel building, has been an amazing process and a tour of the fabrication factory let us encounter a collection of subtle curves, titanic steel sections, and huge (yet shapely) plated piers.

We look forward to seeing these arrive on site and begin to fit together. This will be a key milestone for the project, and a great motivator as we advance towards an Autumn 2016 completion date.

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RIBA National Award 2015

Reiach and Hall are delighted to have been awarded an RIBA National Award 2015 for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire.

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

Commenting on the recent awards, Reiach and Hall’s Design Director Neil Gillespie noted:

“We are delighted to receive both an RIAS Award and a RIBA National Award for Maggie’s Lanarkshire. It is a wonderful thing when a project that has been in our minds [and hearts] for so many years is recognised at this level by our peers. We are also extremely grateful to the Maggie’s team for giving us this opportunity and hope the building will serve them well in their important work.’’

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire is now one of a 37-strong list of finalists which will be considered for the shortlist for this year’s coveted Stirling Prize.

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BCI Awards Shortlist

Reiach and Hall are delighted that Maggie’s Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for a British Construction Industry Award 2015.

Maggie’s will be reviewed in the Building Project of the Year (up to £10M) category and will be visited in July by the judging panel.

These coveted awards cover every aspect of construction and represent the most admired projects in the construction industry.

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GIA Awards Success

Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have won four Awards at this year’s annual GIA dinner (Glasgow Institute of Architects).

We received two design awards, one for our City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus (with MLA) as ‘Best Education Building’ and the other for our Maggie’s Lanarkshire as ‘Best Healthcare Building’.

Our Maggie’s Lanarkshire project was also awarded the ‘Wood for Good Award’ and, finally, the ‘Supreme Award’ of the night.

We are delighted to be recognised at these local chapter awards which demonstrate that the high standards of architecture are strongly represented in Scotland as ‘the quality, diversity and geographical location of the Award submissions continues to inspire, delight and challenge the judges.’

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NDA Progress in Wick

The construction of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Archive continues to make progress onsite in Wick. The Archive building sees Reiach and Hall working with Morrison Construction, Arup and Horner + Maclennan towards completion in August 2016.

With precast panels for the archive walls onsite and the foundation work complete, the building formation is beginning to take shape. The first of the archive spaces have their internal roofs in place and work will continue to complete the remainder of the archives.

The development of the external envelope is moving forward, with the appointment of a sub-contractor for the entire envelope. In addition to this, the design team continue to work towards the issue of the internal packages.

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Riverside Opens

Reiach and Hall’s work for the first stage of the City of Glasgow College at Riverside was celebrated today as the new building was officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and City of Glasgow College Principal Paul Little.

The City of Glasgow College, designed by Reiach and Hall and MLA, was described by Nicola Sturgeon as:

“world-class and an excellent example of our capital investment programmes at work. The Scottish Government is happy to have supported the construction of this new campus – part of a £228 million investment in the City of Glasgow College estate – and I look forward to visiting City Campus on Cathedral Street, too, when it opens next year.”

Principal Paul Little proudly welcomed more than 250 guests from all over the world for the milestone event. Principal Little said:

“This is a truly outstanding, world-class campus with the ‘wow’ factor. It represents a bold statement of intent by City of Glasgow College to lead the global maritime college community. Within that community, our Riverside Campus is now the most advanced of all colleges throughout the world.

We are making a significant contribution towards to the renaissance of Glasgow’s maritime industry. We have made a transformational difference with the opening of this new campus.”

Reiach and Hall and MLA continue with The City of Glasgow College Cathedral Street building which is due for completion August 2016.

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RIBA Stirling Prize

Reiach and Hall attended the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize with our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Shortlisted for the prestigious award.

Although we didn’t win, we have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone throughout the process.

Design director Neil Gillespie OBE summarised it best:

"It was not our intention to attract attention. Indeed from the outset we have attempted to make a quiet, still place that supported the wonderful work that Maggie’s carries out every day in aiding cancer sufferers and their families."

Reiach and Hall would like to thank Maggie’s for this opportunity and everyone who worked on this wonderful building, raising it well above its modest intentions.

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Reiach and Hall Take Over AJ Instagram

Reiach and Hall spent a week ‘taking over’ the Architects Journal’s Instagram account. This gave us the opportunity to showcase a number of our current and ongoing projects … as well as a few design bids we didn’t get.

It was a great opportunity to show how we work and we were delighted that lots of our study models and visuals were so well received – thanks AJ!

RIBA Stirling Prize Stories

The RIBA Stirling Prize journey continued with a formal panel-style debate at the RIBA Headquarters on Portland Place, London.

The ‘RIBA Stirling Prize Stories’ was a unique event where all the RIBA shortlisted practices came together to reveal the stories behind their buildings. Chaired by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, each shortlisted practice was given a strict 10-minute slot to present the key ideas critical to the design of their nominated building.

Neil Gillespie OBE spoke on behalf of Reiach and Hall and discussed the ideas of fading light in our work and how the walls at Maggie’s create a sense of security while still remaining open to the hospital and community.

Stravaigers In a fading light

In 1944 Alan Reiach and Robert Hurd wrote a small book called Building Scotland: A Cautionary Guide, published by The Saltire Society. It is a mini-manifesto, an open call to architects. Reiach and Hurd saw the possibility of an architecture that looked forward yet was fortified by a shared sense of tradition, a common sense.

They saw the bright light of modernity and modernism clearly, yet they were firmly embedded in a culture that they knew and loved, and to them still held significance. Their message is still as clear and yet the call remains unanswered, some seventy years later. The brightness of that modernist light is fading.

To mark the fiftieth year of this merger of design and professionalism, we asked a number of figures from the territory of art and architecture to contribute to another wee book, a book of speculations, reflections and observations.

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Wick Site Progress

Construction work is progressing on site for the National Nuclear Archive in Wick. With work on the foundations well underway, the site team are due to begin construction of the primary archive walls, made from precast concrete panels in a twin wall construction. This makes for an exciting juncture in the project. The archive walls act as a vital structural and programmatic element within the building’s design, acting as both structural support for the roof above whilst enclosing the archive documents central to the building’s purpose.

Focus will soon turn to the external envelope. The project is due for completion August 2016.

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Brick Awards Shortlist

Reiach and Hall are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for a Brick Development Association (BDA) Award for Maggie’s Lanarkshire.

The brick walls at Maggie’s take up ideas of paradise, enclosure and fence, using a beautiful Danish hand-made Petersen brick that at moments in its peregrination around the site opens up to form a delicate perforated lattice – offering Maggie's a degree of separation from the hospital grounds.

Maggie’s Lanarkshire was expertly constructed by John Dennis Ltd and is being considered in the Best International and Worldwide category – the awards recognise excellence in design and construction using brick and is one of the most respected awards in the industry.

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Site Progress at Oriam

Work continues on-site for Oriam as they near the completion of the steel frame.

The North Games Hall frame is now complete and the majority of the large span trusses for the 3G Pitch are also in place – clearly showing the building's form and scale.

The structure is impressive and now sits as a landmark in the local context, with the uppermost sections already seen peeking up over the adjacent trees.

In a few weeks the pvc fabric roof will be stretched over the large curved secondary steels, finally giving form and a sense of enclosure to the structure.

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RIBA Stirling Prize Nomination for Maggie’s Lanarkshire

“We are absolutely delighted, if a bit shocked, to find ourselves on the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 shortlist.

It was not our intention to attract attention. Indeed from the outset we have attempted to make a quiet, still place that supported the wonderful work that Maggie’s carries out every day in aiding cancer sufferers and their families. Our design approach was simply based on the idea of walled gardens, beautiful handmade brick walls that screen a low, finely scaled building and sequence of gardens and courts.

The design and construction of this modest building has been the result of a very close relationship with our client, the design team and an extremely skilful and patient contractor in John Dennis Ltd.”

Professor Neil Gillespie OBE RSA(Elect) RIBA FRIAS

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Jack Kane Centre

Following our appointment through the Scape Framework, design work has now started on the refurbishment of the Jack Kane Sports Centre, Edinburgh.

The project includes a 250m outdoor Velodrome, a full size outdoor BMX track, two new 3G synthetic pitches and general upgrading works to the existing sports centre.

Oriam Site Progress

Oriam, Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport at Riccarton, Edinburgh, has taken a significant step forward following a period of demolition and ground-works.

The first pieces of steel have arrived on site and been put in place, giving us a true sense of the scale and proportion of the building relative to the landscape.

These sections consist of a vertical steel pier approximately 10m tall which then supports the (much) larger curved truss sections enclosing the full size indoor football pitch.

Other progress sees the existing Victorian garden wall that the building leaps over retired from its former use as the university car park enclosure. This will now host the second set of large curved beams that will ultimately house the nine-court games hall, fitness suite, and café.

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AJ Review Decade of RIBA National Awards

The Architects Journal have once again provided a regional breakdown of RIBA award winners for the last 10 years, revealing which practices are concurrently successful in this prestigious award programme.

Winning an RIBA award is a real honour and marks considerable effort from the team involved and Reiach and Hall are delighted to have won 9 RIBA awards in the last 10 years.

With the help of the Architects Journal statistics we also know that we are joint 11th in the roll call of practices that have won the most RIBA awards in the UK.

RIAS Award 2015

Reiach and Hall were thrilled to collect an RIAS Award for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire at this year’s annual Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards ceremony.

The RIAS announced 12 Regional award winners representing the “very best of Scottish Architecture”.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire will now move forward to be considered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

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AJ120 Position Revealed

Reiach and Hall Have jumped 5 places to reach No.71 in the Architects' Journal annual countdown of the largest UK practices.

The AJ comment that this has been:

“another strong year for the 61-strong Edinburgh-based practice as it continues its steady climb up the table. Its major focus has been the construction of the whopping £220 million City of Glasgow College – a two campus project in the city centre delivered for contractor Sir Robert McAlpine with Michael Laird Architects. At its peak, the scheme demanded 16 architects on site. The first phase, next to the river, completes this summer. The challenge for the year ahead, says the self-proclaimed ‘generalist’ practice is ‘maintaining both architectural quality and client service in an incredibly aggressive fee tendering environment’. In recent months it has been shortlisted for jobs in Brent Council and Coventry council and is looking for more joint ventures to ‘increase its geographical base’.

SNBTS Site Progress

As we move closer to completion next year, the remaining scaffolding is being erected to allow the brick contractor DBM to proceed with the high level brick work around the main building. The office bay window façade has received a layer of temporary protection as the grid of brick piers and panels are erected. Brick work to other areas is much advanced and has been completed to parapet levels to north and west facades. Inside, the mechanical and electrical installation is proceeding at speed. The Energy Centre and main roof plant are almost complete, as is the heavily serviced interstitial plant floor. Underfloor heating and screed is being laid this week. The play of light as it moves around the building and its effect on the feel and animation of the key spaces can now be grasped.

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Gordon Strachan Visits ORIAM

Gordon Strachan led an SFA delegation to the new National Sports Performance Centre to view site progress on the new £33m multi-sport centre at Heriot-Watt University.

The Scotland coach was joined by assistant Stuart McCall and SFA chief executive Stewart Regan as they toured the ORIAM site – which is due to open to the public in August 2016.

Gordon noted:

“It’s terrific that the Scottish Government have recognised the need for such a top-class facility and it certainly looks impressive even at this early stage of the build process. It is one that should inspire the next generation of international players – not just in football – to fulfil their potential and we look forward to seeing this magnificent centre when it is complete.”

Catriona McAllister, Oriam’s chief executive, said:

“Everybody who comes to see the structure is blown away by the size and scale. In fact, all our partners are extremely impressed by the progress made so far and this was a fantastic opportunity for the SFA team to see the project first hand.”

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GIA Awards Success

Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have won four Awards at this year’s annual GIA dinner (Glasgow Institute of Architects).

We received two design awards, one for our City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus (with MLA) as ‘Best Education Building’ and the other for our Maggie’s Lanarkshire as ‘Best Healthcare Building’.

Our Maggie’s Lanarkshire project was also awarded the ‘Wood for Good Award’ and, finally, the ‘Supreme Award’ of the night.

We are delighted to be recognised at these local chapter awards which demonstrate that the high standards of architecture are strongly represented in Scotland as ‘the quality, diversity and geographical location of the Award submissions continues to inspire, delight and challenge the judges.’

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Scottish Property Awards

Reiach and Hall with MLA have been shortlisted for the 2016 Scottish Property Awards for our work on the City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus.

The project is presenting in three award categories: Architectural Excellence (Public Buildings), Development of the Year (Public Buildings), and City Regeneration Project of the Year. We look forward to the awards ceremony in March 2016.

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Waterfront Avenue Starts

Reiach and Hall Architects have resumed design work with Places for People, at Waterfront Avenue in Edinburgh. This project acts as Phase Two of the masterplan for a large mixed-use development, known previously as Upper Strand, Granton.

As a brief history of the project: Reiach and Hall completed Phase one in 2007, providing one of the first new buildings on a wedged shaped site, which released 130 one, two and three-bedroom homes, café, office and live work units. The masterplan was intended to initiate a significant regeneration project which would ultimately provide over 5000 homes in the Granton / Waterfront Avenue area.

Our current site is defined by ‘The Walk‘, our existing residential blocks completed in 2007 and the northern edge of a phased car park. A triangulated central courtyard is landscaped to provide amenity to the residents of both phases 1 and 2 and link the segments of the development. It is thought that our current proposals will add a further 73 dwellings arranged over 7 floors. The project is moving forward with great pace and we aim to submit the planning application in Feb 2016 and be on site towards the end of 2016.

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NDA Progress in Wick

The construction of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Archive continues to make progress onsite in Wick. The Archive building sees Reiach and Hall working with Morrison Construction, Arup and Horner + Maclennan towards completion in August 2016.

With precast panels for the archive walls onsite and the foundation work complete, the building formation is beginning to take shape. The first of the archive spaces have their internal roofs in place and work will continue to complete the remainder of the archives.

The development of the external envelope is moving forward, with the appointment of a sub-contractor for the entire envelope. In addition to this, the design team continue to work towards the issue of the internal packages.

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Forth Valley College Falkirk

Design work is developing for the new ‘centre of excellence’ campus and headquarters for Forth Valley College on Grangemouth Road, Falkirk.

The new state-of-the-art college building, won through a competitive interview in July, sees the integration of Falkirk Arts Venue allowing the college to foster links with the culture and the arts, local industry, business and the wider community – while reinforcing its standing within the local community and building on the strong identity established at its earlier developments at Stirling and Alloa.

The design is currently being developed with the clients on the basis of a general strategy which gathers similar functions together including staff, general and specialist teaching and workshop spaces. The public facing elements of the development are located to create a ‘civic’ presence along Grangemouth Road. The theatre and sports accommodation flank the main entrance and act to announce the College and Arts Venue from the two main directions of approach, from Falkirk town centre and from the A9.

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sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde

Reiach and Hall have submitted a planning application with Morrison Construction and sportscotland for designs at the National Centre at Inverclyde. The redevelopment of this centre will enable the facility to become recognised across the Scottish sporting landscape as the benchmark venue for fully inclusive residential sporting activities.

The National Centre has already achieved planning in principle and the decision on planning approval will be via delegated powers. As the project develops through detailed design including structural/service co-ordination, Morrison’s Construction have commenced enabling works on site – these works include the preparation of the retained sports hall accommodation ahead of demolition works and the formation of a new diverted road system leading to the existing car park.

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Riverside Opens

Reiach and Hall’s work for the first stage of the City of Glasgow College at Riverside was celebrated today as the new building was officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and City of Glasgow College Principal Paul Little.

The City of Glasgow College, designed by Reiach and Hall and MLA, was described by Nicola Sturgeon as:

“world-class and an excellent example of our capital investment programmes at work. The Scottish Government is happy to have supported the construction of this new campus – part of a £228 million investment in the City of Glasgow College estate – and I look forward to visiting City Campus on Cathedral Street, too, when it opens next year.”

Principal Paul Little proudly welcomed more than 250 guests from all over the world for the milestone event. Principal Little said:

“This is a truly outstanding, world-class campus with the ‘wow’ factor. It represents a bold statement of intent by City of Glasgow College to lead the global maritime college community. Within that community, our Riverside Campus is now the most advanced of all colleges throughout the world.

We are making a significant contribution towards to the renaissance of Glasgow’s maritime industry. We have made a transformational difference with the opening of this new campus.”

Reiach and Hall and MLA continue with The City of Glasgow College Cathedral Street building which is due for completion August 2016.

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Reiach and Hall at MIPIM

Reiach and Hall were delighted to attend MIPIM UK 2015 as newcomers to the world’s most dynamic international real estate show for property professionals.

We exhibited as part of the Architects Journal stand named “Architecture Tomorrow” which provided a gallery of future British architectural projects. Reiach and Hall thought this was an exceptional opportunity to showcase our work in progress at the City of Glasgow College, Cathedral Street – now on site.

AJ Istanbul

Reiach and Hall’s design director Neil Gillespie OBE and associate Laura Kinnaird have been asked to join a team of renowned architects travelling to Turkey to study the work of 16th-century architect Mimar Sinan.

The aim of the trip is to gather material for the AJ | turkishceramics book, ‘Sinan: The First Starchitect’ – exploring the life, work and wider world of Mimar Sinan.

Chairman of Turkishceramics, Bahadır Kayan said:

"We are proud to work with such prestigious architects in this project about Mimar Sinan, highlighting the greatest master builder of Turkish history to architects and designers in the UK.”

RIBA Stirling Prize

Reiach and Hall attended the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize with our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Shortlisted for the prestigious award.

Although we didn’t win, we have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone throughout the process.

Design director Neil Gillespie OBE summarised it best:

"It was not our intention to attract attention. Indeed from the outset we have attempted to make a quiet, still place that supported the wonderful work that Maggie’s carries out every day in aiding cancer sufferers and their families."

Reiach and Hall would like to thank Maggie’s for this opportunity and everyone who worked on this wonderful building, raising it well above its modest intentions.

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AJ Video for Maggie's Lanarkshire

The Architects Journal continued the momentum in the build up to the RIBA Stirling Prize announcement by visiting Maggie’s and interviewing the team on the design. This short interview was shown on the AJ website alongside a public poll to test opinion on which project should win.

Maggie’s Lanarkshire came 2nd with 22% of the overall vote.

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Reiach and Hall on the BBC

The ongoing RIBA Stirling Prize coverage continued with features on the BBC online – this included a short video interview with Neil Gillespie OBE, Reiach and Hall’s design director, and Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre.

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Reiach and Hall Take Over AJ Instagram

Reiach and Hall spent a week ‘taking over’ the Architects Journal’s Instagram account. This gave us the opportunity to showcase a number of our current and ongoing projects … as well as a few design bids we didn’t get.

It was a great opportunity to show how we work and we were delighted that lots of our study models and visuals were so well received – thanks AJ!

Nomination for Prime Minister's Award

We are delighted that our Maggie’s Lanarkshire building has been nominated for the 2015 Prime Ministers 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.

Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said:

“This one nation government is committed to supporting and working with the construction industry to deliver the high quality infrastructure Britain needs to compete internationally. The shortlisted projects are exceptional examples of how the government’s construction strategy is setting new standards in building major public works – British engineering at its finest.”

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

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Reiach and Hall in London

As part of the various celebrations involved in marking 50 years, Reiach and Hall Architects hosted a drinks reception in London – giving the opportunity to toast to the next 50 years with our southern-based clients, friends and colleagues.

The event at St John’s Restaurant/Bar in Smithfield was well attended and not only provided the opportunity to catch up with some old and new faces, but it also gave us a chance to launch our Stravaigers book with many of the wanderers that had contributed to this publication in attendance.

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RIBA Stirling Prize Stories

The RIBA Stirling Prize journey continued with a formal panel-style debate at the RIBA Headquarters on Portland Place, London.

The ‘RIBA Stirling Prize Stories’ was a unique event where all the RIBA shortlisted practices came together to reveal the stories behind their buildings. Chaired by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, each shortlisted practice was given a strict 10-minute slot to present the key ideas critical to the design of their nominated building.

Neil Gillespie OBE spoke on behalf of Reiach and Hall and discussed the ideas of fading light in our work and how the walls at Maggie’s create a sense of security while still remaining open to the hospital and community.

Neil Gillespie on RIBA Honours Committee

Our design director, Neil Gillespie OBE, was honoured by being asked to join the 2015 RIBA Honours Committee, responsible for selecting the 2016 Fellows as well as the winner of the annual RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Chaired by RIBA President Jane Duncan, Neil was joined by Sir Peter Cook, Victoria Thornton OBE and the 2015 Royal Gold Medalist, John Tuomey.

Dame Zaha Hadid was selected as the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Gold Medal, an award that is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen.

A total of nine International Fellowships were also awarded to non-UK architects – Neil personally nominated Peter MarKli for his work as a practising architect and also as Professor at the ETH in Zurich.

Finally, the RIBA Honours Committee recognised the 2016 Honorary Fellowships, with fourteen individuals from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds who have made a particular contribution to architecture in its broadest sense. Neil nominated Heinz Wirz, publisher and founder of Quart Verlag, who has documented a broad view of contemporary architectural practice through a series of thematic publications.

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RIBA Stirling Prize: Architects Visit Jersey

Our design director, Neil Gillespie OBE, was welcomed to Jersey as part of an RIBA delegation which included representatives from each of the 2015 shortlisted Stirling Prize projects.

Neil led a presentation on our Maggie’s Lanarkshire building alongside talks by Graham Stirk (RSHP), Stuart McKnight (MUMA), Roisin Heneghan (heneghan peng architects), Niall McLaughlin (Niall McLaughlin Architects) and Paul Monaghan (AHMM). Tony Chapman gave a talk on the RIBA Stirling Prize history and showed a film about James Stirling – the pioneering and celebrated modern architect for whom the prize is named.

The RIBA Stirling Prize is now in its 20th year. We are delighted to have been shortlisted.

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Stravaigers In a fading light

In 1944 Alan Reiach and Robert Hurd wrote a small book called Building Scotland: A Cautionary Guide, published by The Saltire Society. It is a mini-manifesto, an open call to architects. Reiach and Hurd saw the possibility of an architecture that looked forward yet was fortified by a shared sense of tradition, a common sense.

They saw the bright light of modernity and modernism clearly, yet they were firmly embedded in a culture that they knew and loved, and to them still held significance. Their message is still as clear and yet the call remains unanswered, some seventy years later. The brightness of that modernist light is fading.

To mark the fiftieth year of this merger of design and professionalism, we asked a number of figures from the territory of art and architecture to contribute to another wee book, a book of speculations, reflections and observations.

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Reiach and Hall at 50

Reiach and Hall staff, friends, colleagues and clients celebrated 50 years (and counting) with a party at the Roxy Assembly in Edinburgh.

Reiach and Hall Architects was formed in 1965 through the amalgamation of Eric Hall and Partners and Alan Reiach and Partners.

As one of Scotland’s surviving architectural practices that formed in the 1960's, it is important for us to glance back and explore how architecture has changed, but in doing so, we also want to look forward and build on the last five decades of accumulated expertise and talent which have helped us to develop and deliver a sustainable approach to architecture and design.

We are immensely proud of our architectural past and are enthusiastic to see what the next 50 years has to offer.

SNBTS Site Progress

Construction progress has been rapid over the last few months as the building moves ever closer to becoming watertight. This milestone will allow Interserve Construction to move at pace with the mechanical and electrical installation. The main laboratory areas are by their nature very highly serviced and this aspect of the construction is key to the building's success. An entire service floor sandwiched between the ground and 2nd floor laboratories serves them from above and below. This highly complex part of the build is the main focus for ICL and BBESL over the coming weeks. Following the completion of the curtain walling envelope is the brick cladding. The perimeter brick set out is complete, allowing subsequent lifts to proceed efficiently and accurately. Exciting times.

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Wick Site Progress

Construction work is progressing on site for the National Nuclear Archive in Wick. With work on the foundations well underway, the site team are due to begin construction of the primary archive walls, made from precast concrete panels in a twin wall construction. This makes for an exciting juncture in the project. The archive walls act as a vital structural and programmatic element within the building’s design, acting as both structural support for the roof above whilst enclosing the archive documents central to the building’s purpose.

Focus will soon turn to the external envelope. The project is due for completion August 2016.

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Riverside Campus Handed Over

Reiach and Hall are delighted to say that the new City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus has been officially handed over to the client.

Staff and students will now be able to take advantage of their new £50M facilities which include a specialist nautical college, engineering workshops and halls of residence for 180 students.

The joint architectural team (Reiach and Hall and MLA) were only announced as preferred bidder in 2012 with proposals for two new campus buildings in the city centre. The completion of this first phase building represents 18 months of hard work by a dedicated and diligent team based in our joint site office.

The focus now shifts to Cathedral Street which should complete in August 2016.

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Maggie’s Shortlisted for a Blueprint Award

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire has been shortlisted in this year’s Blueprint Awards in the Best Public Use Project (Privately funded) category.

The awards shortlist contains a range of projects from across the globe and recognises the best in design and architecture from the past year.

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Brick Awards Shortlist

Reiach and Hall are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for a Brick Development Association (BDA) Award for Maggie’s Lanarkshire.

The brick walls at Maggie’s take up ideas of paradise, enclosure and fence, using a beautiful Danish hand-made Petersen brick that at moments in its peregrination around the site opens up to form a delicate perforated lattice – offering Maggie's a degree of separation from the hospital grounds.

Maggie’s Lanarkshire was expertly constructed by John Dennis Ltd and is being considered in the Best International and Worldwide category – the awards recognise excellence in design and construction using brick and is one of the most respected awards in the industry.

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Work Starts in Wick

Work has now begun on site for the £20m National Nuclear Archive for NDA Properties Ltd in Wick.

The Archive will become the single facility to collect and store relevant records from all of the civil nuclear sites in the UK, as well as being home to the local Caithness Archive and will be accessible to the industry for international research and to the public.

The project is due for completion August 2016.

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HLF for Kilmartin

The Heritage Lottery Fund has endorsed Kilmartin Museum Redevelopment’s application – as well as awarding first-round application for £400,000 to develop plans further with Reiach and Hall Architects.

Kilmartin Glen is home to over 800 internationally significant prehistoric and early historic sites, with monuments dating back over 5000 years – making it mainland Scotland’s most important archaeological landscape.

Success in the second-round application will provide the capital required to commence works in 2018, with the new museum opening in 2020.

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:

“As people have come and gone over the centuries, the standing stones of Kilmartin have stood firm representing over 5000 years of Scottish history. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are delighted to support the development of a project which will transform Kilmartin Museum so that it can perform its vital role in interpreting and promoting this internationally important landscape.”

We look forward to the continuing work on the museum with Kilmartin Museum Trust.

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Site Progress at Oriam

Work continues on-site for Oriam as they near the completion of the steel frame.

The North Games Hall frame is now complete and the majority of the large span trusses for the 3G Pitch are also in place – clearly showing the building's form and scale.

The structure is impressive and now sits as a landmark in the local context, with the uppermost sections already seen peeking up over the adjacent trees.

In a few weeks the pvc fabric roof will be stretched over the large curved secondary steels, finally giving form and a sense of enclosure to the structure.

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SNBTS Progress

The SNBTS project has reached an exciting stage in its construction. The concrete and steel frames are complete, roofed and are being infilled and clad externally. First fix for the M+E services are underway and internal partitions are being installed. The key spaces are now well defined and it is possible to get a sense of the interconnectivity – both physical and visual – between departments and beyond to the impressive landscape. The Arcade which acts as the key orientating and collecting space is now well defined, linking the administrative office building with the laboratory facilities. We are very excited about the prospect of installing a specially commissioned 50m long artwork for the facility by Dutch artist Steven Aalders.

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R&H Win at Inverclyde

Reiach and Hall are delighted to have won a new project with Morrison Construction and sportscotland - the National Centre at Inverclyde. A fully inclusive facility with the vision to be a world-class residential venue for sport in Scotland.

The redevelopment of this National Centre Inverclyde will allow the facility to become recognised across the Scottish sporting landscape as the benchmark venue for fully inclusive residential sporting activities – the first in the UK. The design responds directly to the opportunities presented by the unique site wrapping around the landscape.

The project's focus is to provide 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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RIBA Stirling Prize Nomination for Maggie’s Lanarkshire

“We are absolutely delighted, if a bit shocked, to find ourselves on the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 shortlist.

It was not our intention to attract attention. Indeed from the outset we have attempted to make a quiet, still place that supported the wonderful work that Maggie’s carries out every day in aiding cancer sufferers and their families. Our design approach was simply based on the idea of walled gardens, beautiful handmade brick walls that screen a low, finely scaled building and sequence of gardens and courts.

The design and construction of this modest building has been the result of a very close relationship with our client, the design team and an extremely skilful and patient contractor in John Dennis Ltd.”

Professor Neil Gillespie OBE RSA(Elect) RIBA FRIAS

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Swedish Midsummer Design Weekend

Carol MacBain and Claire Logan of Reiach and Hall have attended the Swedish Midsummer Design Weekend which took place in Stockholm during three sunny days in June.

Together, with 60 other guests from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, they took part in an unforgettable weekend filled with inspiration, new acquaintances and Swedish traditions.

Carol and Claire had a great trip, with the chance to visit a number of influential Swedish furniture designers based in Stockholm, giving them a much greater appreciation of Swedish design and manufacturing processes.

They also had time to visit some of Stockholm’s architectural wonders including The Woodland Cemetery and Stockholm Public Library.

Seven Lochs Heritage Project

We have now reached stage C with our proposals for the Seven Lochs Heritage Project in association with the Seven Lochs Partnership – this group has support from Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and GCV Green Network.

Reiach and Hall will work to RIBA stage D, assisting the Partnership group complete a Heritage Lottery Fund bid, by preparing proposals for the refurbishment of two visitor facilities - one at Hogganfield Park Gateway and the other at Drumpellier Gateway.

The two buildings require a mix of reorganisation, refurbishment and external works to enhance the visitor facilities and allow them to function as principle gateways to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

Jack Kane Centre

Following our appointment through the Scape Framework, design work has now started on the refurbishment of the Jack Kane Sports Centre, Edinburgh.

The project includes a 250m outdoor Velodrome, a full size outdoor BMX track, two new 3G synthetic pitches and general upgrading works to the existing sports centre.

Proposals for St Leonards

Reiach and Hall prepared outline proposals for a new sports facility at St Leonards School in St Andrews.

St Leonards has an enviable reputation for sporting success. However it has become apparent over recent years that there is a growing need to upgrade the sporting facilities to improve the overall delivery of PE and also to bring the current facilities together within a single purpose-built complex.

The prepared scheme included a multi-purpose sports/assembly hall, studio spaces, fitness suite, classrooms, staff base, pool area, changing areas and storage in addition to external spectating terraces and external sports provision.

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Falkirk Campus Appointment

We are delighted to have won the commission to design Forth Valley College's new Headquarters Campus in Falkirk. This represents the final element of the project to redevelop the entire College, with our campus buildings at Alloa and Stirling having been completed in 2011 and 2012. The new building represents a landmark opportunity for the town as well as for the College, with negotiations underway to include a new 400-500 seat theatre for Falkirk Council in the building.

As well as housing a full range of teaching departments including Engineering, Construction, Business Studies, Hair and Beauty and Computing, the new campus will become the College’s Centre of Excellence for Sport.

The architecture of education can make a real difference at a crucial phase of people’s lives and it is a privilege to engage in the challenges of such a project.

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Oriam Site Progress

Oriam, Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport at Riccarton, Edinburgh, has taken a significant step forward following a period of demolition and ground-works.

The first pieces of steel have arrived on site and been put in place, giving us a true sense of the scale and proportion of the building relative to the landscape.

These sections consist of a vertical steel pier approximately 10m tall which then supports the (much) larger curved truss sections enclosing the full size indoor football pitch.

Other progress sees the existing Victorian garden wall that the building leaps over retired from its former use as the university car park enclosure. This will now host the second set of large curved beams that will ultimately house the nine-court games hall, fitness suite, and café.

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Appointed for UCLan Project

We are delighted to have been appointed, with SimpsonHaugh and Partners, for the Engineering Innovation Centre project for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). This £30million project is one of the first stages of the University’s far-reaching £200million campus redevelopment plans.

The project is significant for our team for many reasons, not least because it is the first building to emerge from the Allies and Morrison Masterplan of the campus.

Our combined offices bring detailed local knowledge and civic buildings experience together with tertiary education and research buildings expertise.

We are looking forward to creating a new building for the University that will set the quality benchmark for the developments that follow. We hope to deliver the University a building they are proud of, which helps their researchers and encourages engagement with higher education.

First Look at Oriam Steelwork

Reiach and Hall got the opportunity to visit JD Peirce Contracts Ltd to see the progress on the Oriam steel sections for the first piers of the indoor football pitch. At 10m tall, these impressive sections support the 100m arch over the pitch.

The logistics of creating the unique members, which comprise this unambiguously steel building, has been an amazing process and a tour of the fabrication factory let us encounter a collection of subtle curves, titanic steel sections, and huge (yet shapely) plated piers.

We look forward to seeing these arrive on site and begin to fit together. This will be a key milestone for the project, and a great motivator as we advance towards an Autumn 2016 completion date.

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AJ Review Decade of RIBA National Awards

The Architects Journal have once again provided a regional breakdown of RIBA award winners for the last 10 years, revealing which practices are concurrently successful in this prestigious award programme.

Winning an RIBA award is a real honour and marks considerable effort from the team involved and Reiach and Hall are delighted to have won 9 RIBA awards in the last 10 years.

With the help of the Architects Journal statistics we also know that we are joint 11th in the roll call of practices that have won the most RIBA awards in the UK.

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Can you predict the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist?

The AJ editors have picked their favourite RIBA award winners to help you draw up their own Stirling Prize shortlist and Reiach and Hall are delighted that our Maggie’s Lanarkshire project is on everyone’s shortlist.

Predictions from Rory Olcayto [Editor of the AJ], Will Hurst [Deputy Editor], Richard Waite [News Editor], James McLachlan [Publications Editor], Owen Pritchard [Technical Editor] and Laura Mark [Senior Reporter] all list our Maggie’s Lanarkshire as a possible contender in the UK’s coveted Architecture Prize. We are in awe of the support and are excited to see the list in July… no pressure!

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RIBA National Award 2015

Reiach and Hall are delighted to have been awarded an RIBA National Award 2015 for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire.

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

Commenting on the recent awards, Reiach and Hall’s Design Director Neil Gillespie noted:

“We are delighted to receive both an RIAS Award and a RIBA National Award for Maggie’s Lanarkshire. It is a wonderful thing when a project that has been in our minds [and hearts] for so many years is recognised at this level by our peers. We are also extremely grateful to the Maggie’s team for giving us this opportunity and hope the building will serve them well in their important work.’’

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire is now one of a 37-strong list of finalists which will be considered for the shortlist for this year’s coveted Stirling Prize.

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RIAS Award 2015

Reiach and Hall were thrilled to collect an RIAS Award for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire at this year’s annual Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards ceremony.

The RIAS announced 12 Regional award winners representing the “very best of Scottish Architecture”.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire will now move forward to be considered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

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Historic Scotland Conservation and Climate Change Award

The South Beach Medical Centre in Ardrossan picked up the Historic Scotland special prize at this year’s RIAS Awards ceremony.

The medical Centre brings a real sense of urban regeneration to this area with the refurbishment and extension of the previously derelict Grade C Listed Police Station. Now open to the public, the £2.5 million facility enables enhanced health and community services to be provided to the Ardrossan area.

The project was awarded BREEAM Very Good and was procured through Hub South West Scotland Ltd, with Morrison Construction as the main contractor. The medical centre was handed over to Irvine Bay Regeneration Company at the end of May.

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BCI Awards Shortlist

Reiach and Hall are delighted that Maggie’s Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for a British Construction Industry Award 2015.

Maggie’s will be reviewed in the Building Project of the Year (up to £10M) category and will be visited in July by the judging panel.

These coveted awards cover every aspect of construction and represent the most admired projects in the construction industry.

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AJ120 Position Revealed

Reiach and Hall Have jumped 5 places to reach No.71 in the Architects' Journal annual countdown of the largest UK practices.

The AJ comment that this has been:

“another strong year for the 61-strong Edinburgh-based practice as it continues its steady climb up the table. Its major focus has been the construction of the whopping £220 million City of Glasgow College – a two campus project in the city centre delivered for contractor Sir Robert McAlpine with Michael Laird Architects. At its peak, the scheme demanded 16 architects on site. The first phase, next to the river, completes this summer. The challenge for the year ahead, says the self-proclaimed ‘generalist’ practice is ‘maintaining both architectural quality and client service in an incredibly aggressive fee tendering environment’. In recent months it has been shortlisted for jobs in Brent Council and Coventry council and is looking for more joint ventures to ‘increase its geographical base’.

Scottish Design Awards 2015

Reiach and Hall were delighted to attend the Scottish Design Awards held this year at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

It was a great night for the practice, with our two nominated projects picking up a total of five awards and a commendation – which was amazing!

Our South Beach Medical Practice, Ardrossan, received a commendation in the Regeneration category and our Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire collected a Lighting Award, an Engineering Award (for the wall), and also won Best Public Building.

Following this we were thrilled that the Architecture Grand Prix was awarded to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire.

Reiach and Hall also collected the award for Architectural Practice of the Year 2015. This is the third consecutive year that we have received this accolade, and it is especially pleasing that this is recognition from our peers.

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