RIBA identifies three Scottish buildings among the best in the UK

High Sunderland by Lauder Monteith © Dapple Photography

The restoration of an iconic 1950s modernist house in Galashiel is one of three Scottish projects that have been named among the best new buildings in the UK.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 29 winners of the 2022 RIBA National Architecture Awards.

After regaining its former glory, High Sunderland suffered extensive structural and surface damage when a small fire broke out. Steel roof trusses, insulation, and much of the original wood paneling were destroyed in the accident by a mixture of fire and extinguishing water, and the original Klein fabric wood finishes in the master living room and master bedroom were damaged by smoke.

This was followed by an intense period of damage assessment on assignment, led by Monteith Loader Conservation Specialist Ian King, who worked alongside structural engineers David Narrow Associates and M&E consultants Harley Hado.

Also named on the list is Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus by Reiach and Hall Architects, the latest building in a decade-long redefinition of the college building following the previous successes of Alloa, Stirling and Falkirk.

RIBA identifies three Scottish buildings among the best in the UK

© Reiach and Hall Architects

Replacing a 1960s building that has reached the end of its useful life on the adjacent site, the new campus buildings harken back to the architecture of the era with tall, overhanging heights, embracing both the setting and the evolution of the Reich and Hall as a practice. Externally, this results in a building made of honeyed Pietersen brick, aluminum cladding, and a bit of corrugated concrete.

The judges said, “This is a building that knows where it needs money and an architect and client work in harmony to make sure it gets it.”

Completing the trio is Quarry Studios by Moxon Architects Ltd. Serving as the new office for the practice, Quarry Studios is a low-rise building located in a former quarry, surrounded by a dense wooded site of particular scientific interest in the Cairngorms National Park. The main studio and café buildings represent the private and public aspects of the practice: encouraging collaboration and focus and are a response to the practice’s growth in recent years.

RIBA identifies three Scottish buildings among the best in the UK

Speaking today, RIBA President Simon Alford said: “At a time when we need to bring people together and plan for a sustainable future, this year’s RIBA National Award-winning buildings offer a lot of hope. This is a strong group of buildings that are emerging, despite the turmoil Economic, political and social in the past few years, how remarkable architecture can appear even in difficult circumstances.

“As we begin to stabilize from the pandemic, I am particularly encouraged by the number and quality of new buildings designed to enhance community. From local cultural centers to re-accessible arts venues, these projects demonstrate the power of good architecture to lift spirits and enhance life.

“I am very pleased to see new and innovative solutions to meet the ever-increasing demand for high-quality, energy-efficient homes, showing what can be achieved by forward-thinking clients. From developments on the fringes of rural towns to improved social housing in cities, these winners have set a new standard and vision for the future of UK housing.

“Preserving and reusing existing buildings is an important part of our low-carbon future, and I am really encouraged to see this sensitive restoration and adaptation feature so prominently this year; with buildings that recognize their history, the needs of the present and the potential of a dynamic future. It is especially inspiring to see our first high school in The UK receives ‘Passivhaus’ environmental accreditation among our winners – a benchmark for investment in sustainable education buildings.

“I congratulate each customer, engineer, and team on their accomplishments.”

The winners of the 2022 RIBA National Prize are:

  • 100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects (London)
  • Aisher House, Sevenoaks School by Tim Ronalds Architects (Southeast)
  • BFI Riverfront by Carmudi Groark (London)
  • Creek House, by Seth Stein Architects Ltd (Southwest)
  • Fourth Valley College – Falkirk Campus by Reiach and Hall Architects (Scotland)
  • Guildford Crematorium by Haverstock (southeast)
  • New Hackney Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road from Henley Halebrown (London)
  • Harris Academy, Sutton by Architype (London)
  • Hawley Wharf by Alford Hall Monaghan Morris (London)
  • High Sunderland from Lauder Monteith (Scotland)
  • House in Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath (Northern Ireland)
  • Epstock Place School Dining Room by Macrinor Lavington (London)
  • Kiln Place by Peter Barber Architects (London)
  • LB Southwark SILS3 by Tim Ronalds Architects (London)
  • Lovedon Fields by John Pardy Architects (South)
  • Magdalene College Library by Niall McLaughlin Architects (East)
  • Master Domain Development by Niall McLaughlin Architects (South)
  • Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park by Banter Hudspeth Architects (London)
  • Quarry Studios by Moxon Architects (Scotland)
  • Sands End Arts and Community Center by Mæ Architects (London)
  • St John’s Church, Hackney by Thomas Ford & Company (London)
  • Suffolk Cottage by Haysom Ward Miller Architects (East)
  • Surbiton Springs from Surman Weston (London)
  • Sutton Hoo from Nissen Richards Studio (East)
  • Alice Hawthorne by Matthews Ryan (Yorkshire)
  • Fratry by Fielden Fowles (Northwest)
  • The Mitchell Building at the Skinners School designed by Bill Phillips Architects (southeast)
  • Slavery by Will Gamble Architects (East Midlands)
  • Winsford Cottage Hospital by Benjamin + beauchamp Architects (Southwest)

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