We're delighted to announce our Project of the Year, the £35 million refurbishment of Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, and the other eight category winners for the RICS Awards, Scotland.

Over 35 of Scotland’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the prestigious 2017 RICS Awards, Scotland. BBC news reader Catriona Shearer hosted the sell-out ceremony, held at Edinburgh’s luxurious Sheraton Hotel, which attracted more than 200 local property professionals.

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Project of the Year (Sponsored by Colleys) — Kelvin Hall refurbishment

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

The redevelopment provides a public sports facility, complete with a multi-purpose sports hall, gymnastic academy and fitness studios; along with exhibition spaces, archives and teaching, and research facilities for Glasgow Life, University of Glasgow and National Library of Scotland. The holistic brief and design provides an exemplary cultural venue that offers modern sports facilities and publicly accessible storage for more than 1.5 million objects and screen archives, creating an unprecedented facility with public access for cross-collection research and collaboration.

Winners & Highly Commended entries:

Building Conservation (sponsored by Wise Property Care): Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith

This project represents the initial phase of conservation and redevelopment of Dalkeith Country Park, a 1,000-acre estate five miles from Edinburgh. It has been home to Dalkeith Palace since its construction in 1702 and owned by the 10th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

Works have been undertaken to ensure the preservation and protection of property assets, while welcoming significantly increased visitor numbers to celebrate the internationally renowned array of listed architectural features sited within the designed landscape.

  • Highly commended: South Rotunda, Glasgow

Commercial (Sponsored by Skia Sarnafil Plus): Ineos HQ, Grangemouth

The new Ineos HQ was conceived to replace several outdated buildings on the company’s estate at the Grangemouth petrochemical manufacturing complex, to provide modern and energy efficient accommodation. It was devised to bring together the majority of the company’s employees, allowing them to explore a completely new and collaborative way of working. Built over four floors, the new HQ contains 5,820 sq. m of office accommodation and facilities for 450 staff centred around an impressive full-height atrium space.

  • Highly commended: The Capitol, Aberdeen

Community Benefit (sponsored by Multiplex Construction): Thistle Foundation Centre of Wellbeing, Edinburgh

The Thistle Foundation is a charitable organisation who offer support to those with disabilities, enabling them to live independent lives, in their own homes. Replacing a former facility that was no longer fit for purpose and uneconomical to run, the new Centre of Wellbeing forms a hub for those who rely on the charity for support, in addition to increasing the community outreach of the Centre. Situated within a Conservation Area, the scheme also creates an enhanced public realm.

  • Highly commended: Kelty Community Centre, Fife

Design through Innovation (sponsored by Forbo Flooring Systems): Hazelwood Studio, Dumfries and Galloway

Hazelwood Studio is a unique project evolved from the derelict ruins of a small 19th-Century farm in Southern Scotland. The innovative adaptation of one of the ruined stone buildings to residential use involved the insertion of a contemporary ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) clad structure into the stabilised stonework. This captured its state at a specific point in time, helping to maintain the identity of an exceptionally beautiful place and providing a peaceful refuge for the client, and family, from the bustle of the city.

  • Highly commended: Tigh Na Croit, Garve, Inverness

Infrastructure: Wemyss Bay Pier Walkway, Wemyss Bay

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited, (CMAL) owns the Grade-A Listed historic timber walkway, which connects the Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal to Wemyss Bay Station. CMAL carried out a comprehensive upgrade and refurbishment of the existing Grade-A Listed timber walkway, which dates back to 1903. This included an extensive refurbishment of the vehicle linkspan, partial demolition and reconstruction of the existing 1970s load-restricted pier and renewal of pier fendering. Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal serves the Isle of Bute and the service carries approximately 675,000 passengers and 180,000 vehicles a year.

Regeneration: New Waverley, Edinburgh

The New Waverley is one of Edinburgh’s most significant regeneration projects, transforming the city’s Old Town. Artisan Real Estate Investors took over the seven-acre gap-site linking Waverley Station to the Royal Mile in 2011, and their ambitious vision is now becoming a reality. New Waverley is having a tangible effect on the surrounding community, creating a vibrant new district which is helping reintegrate this much-neglected part of the Old Town back into the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre.

Residential property (Sponsored by NHBC Scotland): Devon Lane, Winchburgh, West Lothian

Devon Lane set out with the ambition of creating a very high-quality community incorporating the stone farm steadings that have been on the site for more than 150 years, taking advantage of the idyllic rural setting. The new homes and lanes have been designed around this stunning context, making the very best of the views to the neighbouring duck pond and wider rural landscape creating a modern place to live with a strong sense of the past.

Tourism & Leisure: Kelvin Hall refurbishment, Glasgow

Kelvin Hall was originally built in 1927 as an exhibition hall. It reopened to the public in August 2016 after a three-year redevelopment, which transformed it into a multi-use sport, culture and education building. The refurbishment of the two most-western vaults and new extensions have delivered a new eight-court sports hall, gymnastics academy, fitness studios, exhibition spaces, archives and teaching and research facilities.

  • Highly commended: Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith

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