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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.

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.

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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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.

RSA exhibition

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.

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.

East Kilbride project page

Wishaw project page

Kilsyth project page

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.

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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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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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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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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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 he attempted to outline some common threads within our practice.

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.

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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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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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: 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.

50th anniversary publication

EAA Ambassador 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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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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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.

Architect of the Year Awards 2016

Architect of the Year Awards 2016

Reiach and Hall Architects have been shortlisted for Building Design's ‘Public Building Architect of the Year’. This award is open to architects working on any project of public function, including theatres, galleries, libraries, visitor centres, civic and religious buildings. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

The winners of the awards will be announced by writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry in London on 9 March.

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.’

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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The Dust of Everyday Life

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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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:

Full article

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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.

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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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.

Full article

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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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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.

Maggie's project page

Bannockburn project page

Kilmartin project page

NDA project page

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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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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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.

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 he attempted to outline some common threads within our practice.

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.

Project page

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.

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.

The Dust of Everyday Life

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:

Event Podcasts

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.

Project page

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:

Full article

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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.

RSA exhibition

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.

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.

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.

50th anniversary publication

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.

Full article

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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.

EAA Ambassador 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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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.

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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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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Architect of the Year Awards 2016

Architect of the Year Awards 2016

Reiach and Hall Architects have been shortlisted for Building Design's ‘Public Building Architect of the Year’. This award is open to architects working on any project of public function, including theatres, galleries, libraries, visitor centres, civic and religious buildings. Among other things, the judges will be looking for evidence of all-round design excellence and fitness for purpose over a body of work. The size of the projects featured will not be a factor in their deliberations.

The winners of the awards will be announced by writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry in London on 9 March.

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.’