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April 23, 2020
Arts & Culture

RICS Awards 2020


Arts & Culture

RICS Awards 2020

“It’s a multi-faceted gem” – Such a great compliment to receive from the RICS at today’s lunchtime Social Impact Awards, where our Edinburgh Printmakers project won the top prize – ‘Project of the Year’. The project also collected the Heritage Award for 2020.

RICS Social Impact Awards Head Judge for Scotland, Colin Smith, commented: “The Edinburgh Printmakers project has saved and creatively adapted one of the last vestiges of the industrial and social history of Fountainbridge, the former headquarters of the North British Rubber Factory. The project has ingeniously inserted a range of public facing new uses into the building, respecting its fabric, character and heritage, and done so in a way that provides access for all throughout and which opens the building out to engage with its emerging surroundings. It is a multi-faceted gem.”

He continued: “The built environment is an integral part of the Scottish economy but also makes a positive impact on our everyday lives. In these challenging times, it is warming to reflect on these winning projects, and how they are not only a demonstration of the breadth of talent within the profession, but showcase how buildings can make towns and cities across the country more inclusive and deliver communities which people can be proud of.”

Congratulations to everyone who worked on the project, and especially project architect Suzy O’Leary.