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WASPS South Block

Glasgow Building at 58-60 Osborne Street

8 Nov 2013

WASPS South Block Glasgow

WASPS South Block, Glasgow Scoops UK’s Richest Architecture Prize

Maggies Gartnavel
photograph : Dapple Photography

At a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament, WASPS South Block in Glasgow by NORD Architecture has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2013. From a shortlist of twelve projects, all winners of RIAS Awards for 2013 (presented in June 2013), the judges selected WASPS South Block as a clear winner. The award was presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP with Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS (the late Andrew Doolan’s mother).

Address: 111 Queen St in the Royal Exchange Building – from 1829

WASPS South Block, Glasgow

NORD Architecture (Client: Wasps Creative Industries CIC)

WASPS South Block:
Maggies Gartnavel
photograph : Dapple Photography

This new provision transforms a run-down historic hulk into a vibrant hub of creativity. For 20 years, this behemoth former workshop block was largely under used. Tight budgets resulted in the adaptation and re-use of much of the existing fabric.

The new development provides 96 attractive, flexible studios for creative businesses. One of the key priorities was to facilitate interaction between artists and creative professionals, a goal achieved in spaces which are light, bright, inspirational and avowedly new.

Best Building in Scotland

In her address, preceding the Doolan Award, the Cabinet Secretary announced a new joint Scottish Government/RIAS Award for Client of the Year. This follows the aspiration within the Government’s new architecture policy, Creating Places, for such a national award. This was followed by the surprise announcement of an inaugural winner of the Client Award (which will in future form part of the RIAS Awards, presented each summer). The first ever Scottish Government/RIAS Client of the Year Award was presented to Fr. Dermot Morrin (OP) who played a crucial role in the evolution of the RIAS Award-winning Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh. 8 Nov 2013

Address: WASPS South Block, 58-60 Osborne Street, G1 5QH




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