We were delighted on Friday night to receive two awards from the Glasgow Institute of Architects.
Our work at the Fair Maid’s House in Perth won a commendation in the Office, Commercial, Industrial, Leisure or Retail Category. The new architecture, in a palette of glass, steel and copper, appears to slide out of the less historically significant ‘link’ building adjacent, highlighting the importance of the Fair Maid’s House and Blackfriar’s wall, whilst not impacting upon the historic front elevation of the house. Passers by are given a glimpse into the workings of the Society through a series of glass screens.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery received an Award in the Conservation Category. Throughout the building, temporary partitions and lowered ceilings have been carefully removed to allow the robust spaces to work as originally intended. New openings at ground floor level have been formed and a new glass lift inserted to increase visibility and encourage visitor flow around the building. New mezzanine floors have also been inserted to create additional usable space.
The GIA President commented:
“The quality, diversity and geographical location of the Award submissions continues to inspire, delight and challenge the judges”
Both clients and Project Architects were in attendance to receive the awards and a good time was had by all.