As a proud sponsor of the RIAS Emerging Architect Award, Saint-Gobain in Scotland has been part of the judging panel for the RIAS Awards 2016.
Stuart McKill, Sustainable Habitat Leader for Saint-Gobain in Scotland, was one of just five on the judging panel, who took the time to visit each shortlisted project to help with their decision-making. Now that all 23 site visits are complete, let’s take a look at some of the projects in the shortlist.
The British Golf Museum and Café, St Andrews by Richard Murphy Architects
After a major transformation, the new café, built on the roof of the museum, overlooks the world-famous golf course to stunning views. The project also involved remodelling the reception, shop and galleries and was completed in June 2015, just in time for the British Open.
©Richard Murphy Architects
Zinc-House, Angus by LJR+H Chartered Architects
The private home set in the open landscape of Angus has taken inspiration from surrounding farm sheds. Set over one-and-a-half storeys with a continuous roof, the project contains a house, garage/ office and carport.
©Zinc House, LJRH Architects
City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, Glasgow by Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects
The pioneering project has seen a state-of-the-art building constructed to improve the college facilities. The £228 million campus located on the banks of the River Clyde has been identified as a memorable civic landmark by the Glasgow Institute of Architects.
©Reiach and Hall Architects
Sighthill Regeneration, Glasgow by Collective Architecture
141 new-build houses and flats make up the Sighthill regeneration project. Commissioned by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Collective Architecture created three distinct urban blocks that respond to the scale of the existing flats, resulting in a strong neighbourhood identity through careful selection of materials.
©Collective Architecture Sighthill Regen
Forsinard Lookout Tower, Sutherland by Icosis Architects
The observatory over the peat bogs offers magnificent views of the Flow Country landscape and beyond. The steel and larch-clad tower was constructed with the optimum height for viewing in mind, giving both shelter and open-deck viewing.
©Icosis, Forsinard Tower
Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm, Helensburgh by Austin-Smith:Lord
The brief required a space that was an attractive and flexible space for community events, festivals and markets. The £7million public realm project also incorporates an ‘outdoor museum’ to showcase aspects of the town’s history. Newly widened pavements provide easier access to shops, the town centre and the sea front.
©Austin-Smith, Helensburgh Town Centre
The winners as selected by the Panel will be announced at the RIAS Centenary Dinner in June, with particular attention paid to the sustainability of projects.
For more information about the awards, visit: http://www.rias.org.uk/awards/rias-awards/