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Reiach and Hall Architects
Award winning Edinburgh based architects
Award winning Edinburgh based architects


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Reiach and Hall on RIBA Stirling Shortlist 2017

Reiach and Hall Architects are thrilled to be shortlisted for the third year in a row for the Stirling Prize and would like to recognise and celebrate the close collaboration between the combined architects’ team of Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects alongside interior designers Graven Images, landscape architects rankinfraser, principal engineers Arup and Hulley and Kirkwood, the contracting team of Sir Robert McAlpine and FES and, most importantly, our client the City of Glasgow College.

Speaking about the shortlist RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the building that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year.

“This year’s shortlisted schemes show exceptionally creative, beautifully considered and carefully detailed buildings that have made every single penny count. Commissioned at the end of the recession, they are an accolade to a creative profession at the top of its game. Each of these outstanding projects has transformed their local area and delights those who are lucky enough to visit, live, study or work in them…

“The City of Glasgow College’s new City Campus is an immensely confident contribution to the architecture of the city, and is testament to Scotland’s commitment to invest in high-quality further education. Unique elements like street-front ‘shops’ for the college’s trainee hairdressers and chefs to earn and learn add to the comprehensive facilities that raise the bar for higher education buildings.”

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HES Completes Engine Shed

Historic Environment Scotland have revealed their new national building conservation hub – combining research and visitor attractions – with an official opening by culture and tourism secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have worked alongside HES on this development in a consultancy role and are pleased with the pioneering new centre – set up to ensure knowledge, skills and materials are available to look after the country’s 450,000 traditional buildings which make up our important cultural heritage.

Fiona Hyslop noted:

“The new Engine Shed will couple state-of-the-art technology and world-leading innovation with our historic building traditions, inspiring a new generation to learn the traditional skills and use the authentic materials that will help to keep Scotland’s history alive.”

HES Chair Jane Ryder said:

“This marks a significant milestone in the journey of Historic Environment Scotland … the Engine Shed is a visible demonstration of our commitment to both leading and supporting the vital heritage economy … it is a wonderful living classroom with science and technology at its core, demonstrating that innovation can be inspired by the past.”

The newly revamped building is now home to HES’s building conservation research and education facility, as well as offering augmented reality experiences and interactive exhibits – the project involved a complete renovation of the existing building with new build extensions on either side.

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Inverness Justice Centre

Reiach and Hall Architects have been working alongside The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) and Robertson Construction to prepare revised plans for the new Inverness Justice Centre.

The centre will allow the courts service to move out of Inverness Castle, creating a landmark building in the city - Eric McQueen, Chief Executive said:

“Rather than simply a replacement sheriff court building, the justice centre will play a pivotal role in changing victims’, witnesses’ and offenders’ experience of the justice system, while providing high quality secure criminal courts, and flexible accommodation for our civil courts and tribunal users.”

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said:

“We are working with SCTS to deliver a justice system that is accessible and fit-for-purpose and the new Inverness Justice Centre will give the people of the Highlands access to modern facilities and support all in the same place, making a positive impact for local communities.”

Construction is planned to begin in late 2017 with contractor Robertson Construction Ltd to complete the main building works in 2019.


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Waterfront Phase 3

The latest phase of development at Granton Waterfront by Places for People has been submitted for planning to City of Edinburgh Council - this new proposal for 89 new homes is in the third phase of a wider residential community of around 450 homes. Reiach and Hall Architects are pleased to continue to be involved in the waterfront masterplan, having completed phase one in 2007 - the award winning ‘Upper Strand’ development.

Our proposals for Phase 3 take advantage of extensive views to the Forth and Edinburgh City Centre and will create a new courtyard, landscaped to provide amenity space and a high quality living environment for the residents. This communal green space is at the centre of the proposals and connects the existing development on Saltire Street with the proposed development. In addition, each of the apartments are dual aspect and are designed for good, natural daylighting with large full-height openable windows and/or balconies. All apartments meet or exceed the Council’s Design Guide advice on minimum internal floor areas.

Places for People Group Development Director Colin Rae said:

“Placemaking is at the heart of what we do as a developer which means we take inspiration from the surrounding area, to create vibrant and sustainable new communities where people will want to live.”

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City Campus Wins RIBA National Award 2017

Reiach and Hall are delighted to have been awarded an RIBA National Award 2017 for City of Glasgow College City Campus.

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

As a national awards winner the project will now be part of the longlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, which will be announced in October.

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AJ100: Building of the Year

City of Glasgow College, City Campus was awarded the AJ100 Building of the Year last night at the annual AJ100 dinner. This coveted prize recognises the finest building completed by an AJ100-listed practice in 2016.

Judges noted:

"Very few large-scale schemes of any sort achieve great quality at every scale. Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird’s building is masterful in both its macro-configurations of plan and elevations and in its finer details."

Jay Merrick

"A beautifully considered project. The completed building is alive, filled with natural light and easy to navigate. The materials are well-chosen and the detailing is pared. Every component has been handled with great skill and flair."

Alan Dunlop

"This is a large scheme that manages to bring daylight and energy into its interior, cleverly using the changes in level. The external staircases, courtyards and atrium all provide plenty of places for social interaction. The elevations are beautifully detailed."

Jane Wernick

We are delighted to be awarded this prize and to hold our place on the AJ100 list - we fully enjoyed our collaborations with City of Glasgow College, Sir Robert McAlpine, Michael Laird Architects, Graven, Arup, Hulley & Kirkwood, FES, rankinfraser landscape architects and Studio LR.

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AJ100: Client of the Year

We are delighted that our nomination of City of Glasgow College for Client of the Year was successful.

We have been working with the College alongside Michael Laird Architects, to deliver two highly complex buildings: the 2016 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Riverside Campus and the just-completed City Campus providing new facilities for 40,000 students and 1,200 staff. As client for one of the largest higher education developments in Europe, the college College has shown total commitment at every step of the design and construction process. Tenacity and attention to quality and detail have marked out the College’s approach, and these were essential attributes, given the project’s history of false starts, change of procurement route and the economic background of global recession.

We nominated the College because they clearly understand that architecture isn’t just about accommodating functions in line with the brief, but can itself be a tool to transform teaching away from ‘chalk and talk’ towards integrated group working and cross-disciplinary learning. Their wholehearted engagement in the project’s delivery will pay dividends and benefit generations of students to come over the two buildings’ life-cycles.

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AJ100: 96

The AJ100 – a yearly survey which covers fees, salaries, sectors and markets in UK architecture practices – has been released, measuring the number of qualified architects per practice.

Reiach and Hall Architects are ranked number 96 – the AJ have previously noted that we are ‘the keystone of the Scottish architectural scene’.

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RIAS Award

Reiach and Hall were thrilled to collect an RIAS Award for our City of Glasgow College City Campus at this year’s Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards ceremony.

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

The City Campus is phase two in a two-campus project for The City of Glasgow College (completed as a Joint Venture with Michael Laird Architects). The judges said:

"The initial impression is of immensity, boldly signalling the building's presence as an important place of learning. The palette and form of the building are deliberately restrained to generate something of skill, clarity and elegance, on the grandest scale."

City Campus will now move forward to be considered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

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Scottish Design Awards 2017

Reiach and Hall had a great night at the Scottish Design Awards 2017 where we collected a total of four awards.

City of Glasgow College, City Campus collected the award for Education Building of the Year 2017.

Our Oriam project for sportscotland, Heriot Watt University and The City of Edinburgh Council, picked up the award for Leisure/Culture Building of the Year 2017.

Oriam also received the Architecture Grand Prix 2017.

Reiach and Hall collected the award for Architectural Practice of the Year 2017. This is the fourth time that we have received this accolade, and it is especially pleasing that this is recognition from our peers.

Well done to everyone involved.
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