City of Glasgow College campus shortlisted for 2016 Stirling Prize

The Riverside Campus at City of Glasgow College (RIBA/Keith Hunter)
The Riverside Campus at City of Glasgow College (RIBA/Keith Hunter)

The City of Glasgow College’s Riverside campus has been named on a six strong shortlist for UK architecture’s highest accolade.

The campus, designed by Michael Laird Architects and Reiach & Hall Architects, is the only Scottish project nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize 2016.

The prize is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.

The college will face competition fromthe underground Outhouse in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, as well as artist Damien Hirst’s new London gallery.

Also in the running are the Blavatnik School of Government and the restoration of the Bodleian’s Weston Library, both in Oxford, as well as a London housing estate at Trafalgar Place.

City of Glasgow College principal and chief executive, Paul Little, said: “City of Glasgow’s new super campus is stunning and we are delighted that it has taken pride of place among such amazing buildings on this shortlist.

“Our Riverside campus students and staff are enjoying a world class learning environment and the building has already made a hugely positive impact with our industry and education partners right across the globe.

“We have always said that our campus buildings are more than just that; their beautiful perceptive designs - deliberately open and connected - inspire collaboration, exploit synergies and foster partnerships.

“Riverside also has a real sense of place on the River Clyde and will no doubt enrich the life of our great city for many years to come.”

The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 6.

City of Glasgow College’s Riverside campus has won seven top architectural awards since it opened in August 2015.

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