Saturday, 16 July 2016

Celebrating One Hundred Years of Scottish Architecture

Ryder Architecture and Andy Howland, GEZE

GEZE UK was delighted to sponsor the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Centenary Awards Dinner, in Glasgow, and to present one of the awards which recognised a host of architectural achievements in Scotland.

There was a 23-strong shortlist vying for eleven awards which highlighted an eclectic range of projects- from a town centre redevelopment, a variety of new learning environments, a lookout tower with oil-rig style construction and views of the Flow Country, and the redeveloped British Golf Museum and Café at the famed home of golf, St Andrews.

Andy Howland, sales director for GEZE UK, presented awards to the joint winners in the category for Commercial/Industrial.

They were the Taylor Architecture Practice for the development of Castle MacLellan Foods, in Kirkcudbright (contract value: £3.8m), which saw the creation of a riverside industrial building, and Michael Laird Architects/Reiach and Hall Architects, for the City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, Glasgow (contract value: £66m), which created a new landmark on a major crossing of the River Clyde, organised round two civic spaces - a cloistered garden and a grand hall.

Taylor Architecture Practice and Andy Howland, GEZE

It was the third year running that GEZE UK has been one of the key sponsors for the event, which took place this year, at the Hilton Hotel.

The judging panel was chaired by Willie Watt PRIAS and included 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).

Andy Howland said: “It was a real honour to again support the RIAS awards dinner. It is a remarkable event which illustrates the incredible wealth of talent which has made its mark on the architectural landscape of Scotland and which reflects the eclectic range of needs that these buildings accommodate.”

Willie Watt, President of the RIAS, commented: “It seems appropriate, in this RIAS Centenary year, that we have such a strong and diverse list of winners. Our awards celebrate the very best that is being built in Scotland. This is a tremendous list which goes in scale from a small house extension/reconfiguration to major education provision.”

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