RIAS Awards 2014 – Special Award Winners

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On Tuesday 17th June the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) hosted its annual Awards Dinner and announced thirteen winners, representing the very best of current Scottish architecture.

The judging panel included Marjorie Appleton FRIAS, Doug Read PPRIAS, Liz Davidson OBE Hon FRIAS, Craig White RIBA and George Oldham RIAS RIBA, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Iain Connelly, President of the RIAS, commented:

83 submissions from throughout Scotland, ranging in cost from £26,000 to £125m, is a tremendous vote of confidence. It absolutely confirms that this award, in only its third year, is now the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.

In the third year of the restyled awards the RIAS has again teamed up with Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good and Historic Scotland but also this year with the Scottish Government for our three prestigious sub-category awards. The winners of two of the special case awards were:

Special Category Award for the Best Use of Timber
The winner of the Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland Award for the Best Use of Timber was:

The Inn at John O’Groats
GLM (Client: Natural Retreats)

Craig White, Chair of Wood for Good said:

The Wood for Good award winning project is an exemplar of how wood can be used from whole building structural solutions, prefabrication, cladding to elegant finishes. The use of local skills, labour and materials is testament to how a wood first approach is sustainable, innovative and supports local economies. The developer, designer, contractor and operator are all to be congratulated.

Special Category Award for Conservation and Climate Change

The winner of the Historic Scotland Award for Conservation and Climate Change was:
Knockando Woolmill
LDN Architects (Client: Knockando Woolmill Trust)

Historic Scotland’s Chief Executive, Ian Walford said:

Knockando Mill is a worthy winner of this year’s award. The commendable work at the wool mill was carried out sensitively and to the highest standards, to ensure a long term and sustainable future for this important site. The financial benefits for the local community will be felt immediately and the perpetuation of traditional skills such as spinning, warping and weaving, have been given a welcome boost thanks to the introduction of this new educational resource.

Image Credits
Pip Rustage
LDN Architects

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