Three wins at the RIAS Awards 2024!

11 June 2024

We are pleased to announce that all three of our nominated projects have been named winners of the 2024 RIAS Awards - Scotland’s national architecture awards.

Retrofits and restorations dominated this year's list of 11 winners, which included homes, workplaces, community and cultural buildings. 

Our winning projects included:

The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

The Fruitmarket Gallery was formerly a light industrial building next to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, built in 1938. The building has been used for displaying art since 1974 but was completely remodelled in the 1990s in order to provide exhibition space for some of the world’s most important contemporary artists. Its success meant that it needed a complete refurbishment and extension. We were appointed to provide mechanical and electrical and environmental design for this key building on a sensitive site within Edinburgh’s conservation area. Read more.

“The jury was impressed by the clarity of the narrative behind the project, the rigour with which each gallery was considered and implemented and how well the architect had worked with an inspirational client team to develop a clear agenda for two very different spaces for exhibiting and experiencing art.” – RIAS Judges

Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow

Through adaptive reuse and internal reorganisation, Glasgow's revitalised Kinning Park Complex now offers community and creative workspaces across its three storeys. It includes several halls, a kitchen, office space and studios, home to local organisations, dance and sports groups, artists, musicians and community projects. Working alongside New Practice, we provided M&E design services for the refurbishment of this independent venue in the southside of Glasgow. Read more.

“Commending the architect on its ‘community-first’ approach, the judges noted how the process of careful listening had led to a cost-effective and discreet series of interventions that demonstrably maximises social value and community benefit.” – RIAS Judges

The Burrell Collection, Glasgow

The Burrell Collection is a Category-A listed building of international significance housing over 9,000 works of art. The brief included re-ordering the interiors, undertaking necessary and substantial repairs and improving its environmental performance. We provided a feasibility study and some advice to aid with an HLF funding application for a masterplan for the refurbishment and redisplay of the iconic museum. We were appointed to provide M&E design services for the complete redesign of the exhibition and archive spaces to RIBA Stage 3.

“In summary, the refurbishment is a considerate and bold reimagining of the Burrell Collection. By successfully synthesising careful repair and an exemplary retrofit, it has enabled wider access to this seminal late-20th century building, allowing visitors to engage with more of the Burrell’s important collections for generations to come.” – RIAS Judges