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Orkney's Pier Arts Centre wins RIAS prize

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November 5 2007

The RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2007 was presented to Reiach and Hall for the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney at the Balmoral Hotel on Friday night. The £25,000 prize is the biggest cash award in British Architecture. One of seven buildings short-listed for the award, and one of two projects submitted by the Edinburgh architectural practice, The Pier Arts Centre is situated in the Orkney town of Stromness comprises of a permanent gallery space housing a collection of British contemporary art and new temporary galleries. Douglas Read, jury member said, “The jury had considerable debate in cutting the 20 entries down to the short-list of seven. That this should be so is a tribute to strength of Scottish Architecture today. The jury was particularly impressed with The Pier Arts Centre because of the seemingly effortless way in which the new gallery has been settled in beside its neighbours as an integral part of the townscape.” The shortlisted buildings were Princess Gate, a housing development in Edinburgh designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects; Hazelwood School in Glasgow for students with multiple disabilities, designed by Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop Architects; Maggie’s Centre, a cancer care centre in Kirkcaldy designed by Zaha Hadid Architects; Fettes College Sixth Form Centre & Residence in Edinburgh, designed by Page\Park Architects; Bridge Arts Centre in Glasgow designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects; New Arts Faculty building for the University of St Andrews and the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, both designed by Reiach & Hall Architects.

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