EAA name Boroughmuir High School as building of the year
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May 24 2018
The Edinburgh Architectural Association has awarded Allan Murray Architects the accolade of building of the year for their work in delivering a new Boroughmuir High School at Fountainbridge.
The school saw off competition from 58 entrants drawn from throughout the city and surrounding area owing to its ‘skilful resolution of a complex brief’ with a constrained site necessitating a compact and efficient volume arranged around interlinked atria.
In a statement the EAA wrote: "The judges felt that the project demonstrated skilful resolution of a complex brief. The arrangement of interlinking atria within a compact and efficient volume. How the atria organised relationship between the main entrance external public space, the assembly hall and the playground."
Just missing out on the top prize was St Cecilia’s Hall by Page\Park which topped the regeneration and conservation category in recognition of its flamboyant marriage of old and new.
Elsewhere Izat Arundell saw off the competition to win the best small project title with Porteous Studio, in a category restricted to projects with a contract value of £500k or less.
Perth Theatre may lie 40 miles from Edinburgh but that didn’t prevent Richard Murphy Architects from picking up an ambassador award for the best project delivered by an EAA architect outwith the chapter area.
Awards were also dished out for the most innovative use of timber, duly collected by John Kinsley Architects for Bath Street Collective Custom Build and finest student work, with recognition this year for Ila Colley of The Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture.
This year’s judging panel comprised Rob Goodburn RIAS and Tom Rainey RIAS, Denise Bennetts FRIAS, director of Bennetts Associates and Dallas Mechan - museums, archives and galleries manager at ON with Fife Cultural Trust.
St Cecilia's Hall emerged victorious in the regeneration & conservation category.Image Jim Stephenson
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