Maggies Gartnavel in Glasgow wins Doolan Awards

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At a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament, Maggie’s Gartnavel in Glasgow by Dutch architects, OMA, has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2012. From a shortlist of fourteen projects, all winners of RIAS Awards for 2012 (presented in June 2012), the judges selected the Maggie’s Centre as a clear winner.

All the shortlisted and winning projects will be on display at A&DS, The Lighthouse, from November 15th until December 13.

The award was presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP with Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS (the late Andrew Doolan’s mother).

Ms Hyslop, commented;

Scotland’s international reputation for creativity is reflected in the outstanding quality of our architecture. This excellence is demonstrated by the superb shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award in this, our Year of Creative Scotland – all of the nominated projects are exemplary and encourage ever higher standards. The Maggie’s Centre at Gartnavel is a building I know well. It is a tremendous resource for cancer patients and their families, a place of contemplation, support and healing. It is a huge credit to its enlightened client and to the sensitivity and skill of its architect.

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, one side of the medal depicts RIAS founder, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson with the recent, competition-winning, design by architect Robin Watson FRIAS on the verso, depicting a helical stair overlaid with a skewed Saltire (reflecting those on the Scottish Parliament ceiling) and a cheque for £25,000. This makes it the richest architectural prize in the UK and one of the most significant awards in Europe. The award is generously supported by the late Andrew Doolan’s family and by the Scottish Government. OMA generously donated the cheque to the Maggie’s Centre.

The full judges citation for the winning project reads:

This is an extraordinary building – a place of calm, simultaneously welcoming and open. Maggie’s Centres provide support for people with cancer, their families and friends. Exceptional architecture and innovative spaces make people feel better. This single-level building, a ring of interlocking rooms, is close to the Beatson Cancer Centre. The spaces feel casual but allow for privacy. The approach is about modest external expression, embracing a courtyard garden to generate a unique place of gentle contemplation and an exemplary caring environment.

The building was selected from a strong shortlist of fourteen projects which represented a comprehensive range of building types. The judges felt that five projects merited a Special Mention. These are:
Corinthian Club, Glasgow
G1 Group

Fore Street, Glasgow
Hypostyle Architects

Heathfield Primary School, Ayr
Holmes Miller

House at Boreraig, Skye
Dualchas Building Design

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Page\Park Architects
The panel of judges was chaired by Professor Andy MacMillan OBE FRIAS with Ian Gilzean FRIAS of the Scottish Government’s Architecture and Place Division, Kerr Robertson FRIAS of Glasgow City Council and Daphne Thissen Hon FRIAS, Cultural Attache, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The panel looked for projects which showed innovation and design excellence, irrespective of size or type. Other key considerations were: detailing, accessibility, environmental issues and technical skill. From the seventy one entries for the 2012 RIAS Awards fourteen were shortlisted for the ‘Doolan’.

Image; Charlie Koolhaas, courtesy of OMA

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