Kelvin Hall takes top honours at RICS Scotland Awards

Kelvin Hall GlasgowThe £35 million refurbishment of Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall claimed the overall ‘Project of the Year’ honour as more than 30 of Scotland’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out at the RICS Scotland Awards 2017 yesterday.

The prestigious annual ceremony, held at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.

TV presenter and newsreader Catriona Shearer was the host for this year’s sell-out ceremony, which attracted more than 250 property professionals from across Scotland.

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Delivered by Page\Park Architects, Gardiner & Theobald LLP and McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Ltd for Glasgow Life, the category-B listed Kelvin Hall reopened to the public in August 2016 after a three-year development, which transformed the 90-year-old venue into a multi-purpose sports, culture and education building.

Also securing the Tourism and Leisure title, the judges praised the project for its complexity, diverse community outreach and “opening a new chapter in the history of the Kelvin Hall”.

The eight-category shortlist with category winners…

Building Conservation

Winner: Dalkeith Country park, Dalkeith

Shortlisted: Dalkeith Corn Exchange, Dalkeith, South Rotunda, Glasgow, St Columbkille’s RC Church Refurbishment, Rutherglen, The Capitol, Aberdeen, The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Wemyss Bay Pier Walkway, Wemyss Bay, Willowbank Student Accommodation, Glasgow.


Winner: Ineos HQ, Grangemouth

Shortlisted: 2 Powis Place, Aberdeen, Premier Inn, York Place, Edinburgh, The Capitol, Aberdeen

Community Benefit

Winner: Thistle Foundation Centre of Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Shortlisted: Harris Academy, Dundee. Kelty Community Centre, Fife, Windmill Community Campus, Fife.

Design through Innovation

Winner: Hazelwood Studio, Dumfries and Galloway

Shortlisted: Campus Futures Project, Glasgow Caledonian University, Eastwood Health Centre, Glasgow, Tigh Na Croit, Inverness.


Winner: Wemyss Bay Pier Walkway, Wemyss Bay

Shortlisted: Royal Highland Showground Livestock Crossing and Pedestrian Underpass, Edinburgh.


Winner: New Waverley, Edinburgh

Shortlisted: The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Waverley Arches, Edinburgh


Winner: Devon Lane, Winchburgh

Shortlisted: Coldrach, Upper Deeside, Parkview, Dundee, The Schoolhouse, Edinburgh, Tigh Na Croit, Inverness, Willowbank Student Accommodation, Glasgow.

Tourism & Leisure

Winner: Kelvin Hall Refurbishment, Glasgow

Shortlisted: Culardoch Shieling, The Cairngorms, Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Forsinard Lookout Tower, Sutherland, The Rings, Cupar.

Several Highly Commended certificates were also awarded by the judges to projects which impressed but were just pipped to the post by the winners.

These were: South Rotunda, Glasgow (building conservation), The Capitol, Aberdeen (commercial), Kelty Community Centre, Fife (community benefit) Tigh Na Croit, Inverness (design through innovation) and Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith (tourism and leisure).

RICS regional director for Scotland, Gail Hunter, said: “These exemplary built schemes are already having a positive impact on their local communities and are actively helping to ensure Scotland is one of the most attractive places in the UK to live, work and visit. The teams behind them should be incredibly proud as they have shown just what is achievable with vision and an innovative approach to collaboration.

“Despite the ongoing skills shortages in the construction industry, every year Scotland’s professionals continue to deliver world-class built projects. This just goes to show that we have some of the very best skilled property professionals and surveyors, who together are attracting significant investment into Scotland.”

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

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