City of Glasgow College welcomes RICS Design Innovation award

Glasgow City College - New Riverside Campus - September 2015The principal of City of Glasgow College has spoken of his delight after the Riverside Campus scooped the top prize for Design through Innovation at this year’s RICS Awards in Scotland.

The Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and environment.

Designed by Michael Laird Architects and Reiach & Hall Architects, Riverside Campus was one of three projects in the shortlist for Design through Innovation.

Principal and chief executive officer, Paul Little, said: “I am delighted that City of Glasgow College has won the RICS Award for Design through Innovation. Riverside campus is the most modern, most technologically advanced and most future proofed maritime campus of all 230 such colleges anywhere in the world.

“This accolade underlines what we already know about our campus, that it is a stunning building which truly has the wow factor. Our students are enjoying the spaces and it is having a positive impression on our industry partners across the globe.”

In a joint statement; Brendan Diamond, director of Michael Laird Architects, and Lyle Chrystie, director of Reiach and Hall Architects, said: “It is always a privilege to receive an award from our peers in the construction industry. The building embodies the ethos of both our practices; excellent design, commercial success and effective delivery. Riverside campus has won a number of accolades but our biggest award so far is the extremely positive feedback from its users. The building not only provides an innovative design solution to accommodate the college at Riverside but is also helping the college deliver enhanced learning outcomes for its students.”

All category winners will now automatically be entered in to the UK RICS Awards Grand Final, to be held at The Park Lane, London in October 2016, where they will compete against projects from across the rest of the UK.

Since Riverside campus opened in August 2015, it has been identified as a memorable civic landmark by the Glasgow Institute of Architects in the 2015 GIA Design Award for Education. It also won the Scottish Property Awards for Architectural Excellence for a Public Building and is currently in the running for this year’s Scottish Design Awards and the RIAS/RIBA Awards 2016.

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