A fantastic day was had by all yesterday (May 9th 2013) at the RICS Scotland Annual Awards. The event, held at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh was hosted by Catriona Shearer and showcased some of the top building projects in Scotland over the past year.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh fought of competition from over 50 of the most impressive and prestigious projects to win the Project of the Year Award. The Project of the Year Award is presented to the project demonstrating overall outstanding best practice.
In addition to winning the Project of the Year, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery also won the individual category ‘Building Conservation’ that was sponsored by Wise Property Care. They were presented with this award by none other than The Rotter (a.k.a Les Meikle, MD of Wise Property Care) himself.
Chair of RICS Scotland judging panel, Laura Hall MRICS, commented:
“We were unanimous in selecting this project as a winner because it created a modern inspiring gallery through the restoration of a 120 year old building. The building redesign provided a quite radical new gallery with distinctly modern interventions. Public space has been increased by 60% and the circulation and accessibility has been improved in a manner that is both sympathetic and dynamic. Original fabric used where possible, including the relocated panelled library that looks as though it has always been in the new position. Altogether it is a very inspiring project.”
Les Meikle comments on RICS Scotland Awards Winners
“I thoroughly enjoyed the RICS Awards yesterday and would like to congratulate all the category winners and especially the Scottish National Portrait Gallery who won both the category sponsored by Wise Property Care and the overall award – a fantastic achievement and a worth winner.”
The winners of the individual categories
• Building Conservation – Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Scottish Project of the Year 2013)
• Commercial property – The Assembly Rooms
• Community Benefit - Bathgate Partnership Centre
• Design & Innovation - The Housing Innovation Showcase
• Infrastructure - Forth Bridge Restoration
• Regeneration - Clyde Gateway Regeneration
• Residential property - Archers Hall Development
• Tourism & Leisure - The Highland Club