Private school wins best designed Scottish building of 2016

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A Science and Technology building constructed on a private school campus has been awarded the Best Building in Scotland prize for 2016, The Scotsman reports.

Glasgow Academy’s Saunders Centre, designed by Page\Park Architects, has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

The award was presented at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland by the cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP alongside Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS. the late Andrew Doolan’s mother.

The winner of this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award receives a gold medal cast by internationally renowned Scottish Goldsmith, James Brent Ward and a cheque for £25,000.

Ms Hyslop, said: “Every year, through the shortlist for the Andrew Doolan Award, we see a display of the many benefits that great architecture can bring and we show the quality of Scottish design to the world.

“During the year of innovation, architecture and design 2016, we have been celebrating the best of Scotland’s architecture, both old and new. This year’s festival of architecture, organised by the RIAS and its partners, continues to be a fantastic success and tonight’s winner is a welcome addition to the hall of fame of great Scottish architecture.”

The Saunders Centre was praised as a “subtle addition to the streetscape” and fought off competition from a host of acclaimed buildings including 1 West Regent Street, Glasgow and City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, Glasgow.

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