Our Office Wins at BCO Awards 2017 Regional Finals (Scotland) – Best Project up to 1500m2

Posted on April 7, 2017 by admin

We are very proud to announce that our office at 5 Advocate’s Close won British Council for Offices (BCO) Regional Award for 2017. We have received the trophy for the best office up to 1500m2 at the Scottish Awards Lunch in Glasgow earlier today.

As a winner at the Regional Awards, we will compete in our category at a national level and also bid to win the BCO ‘Best of the Best’ award in October 2017 at the National Awards Dinner at the Grosvenor House, AJW Marriott Hotel in London.

Advocate’s Close Named Britain’s Best Development!

Posted on October 16, 2015 by admin

Advocate’s Close – the ultimate accolade winner – Project of the Year at the national RICS Awards Grand Final at The Dorchester Hotel, London as well as the winner of Mixed Use Development at The Sunday Times British Homes Awards at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square on 16 October 2015!

Advocate’s Close Shortlisted for British Homes Awards 2015

Posted on September 7, 2015 by admin

Shortlists for Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015 have been announced!

We’re delighted to be shortlisted for Advocate’s Close in Mixed-Use Development category. All award winning and commended schemes will be presented at a luncheon at The London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Friday 16th October and will be listed on www.sundaytimes.co.uk/bha and on www.britishhomesawards.co.uk.


Advocate’s Close Wins Project of the Year at The RICS Scotland Awards 2015

Posted on April 24, 2015 by admin

Advocate’s Close wins “the overall, highly esteemed, Project of the Year which is awarded to the entry judged to have scored the highest against a strict set of criteria“ (as described on the RICS website) as well as the Regeneration Award, which honours exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coastal areas which have contributed to the viability of the area. Our development was also highly commended in both the Commercial and Tourism and Leisure categories at the RICS Scotland Awards 2015 Ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh.

Chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland judging panel, Colin Smith, said: “Retaining and regenerating all of the existing buildings and restoring historical building forms resulted in a development which fits well within its impressive surroundings, whilst the contemporary additions are sensitive to the historical elements.“


EAA 2015 – 26-31 Charlotte Square & Advocate’s Close Have Been Shortlisted Twice

Posted on March 11, 2015 by admin

The Edinburgh Architectural Association has announced a shortlist of projects for the 2015 EAA Awards. We are thrilled that two of our projects, Advocate’s Close & 26-31 Charlotte Square, have both been shortlisted twice. Each project has been included in the Building of the Year and the Regeneration and Conservation Award Categories and will go head to head at a drinks event at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Tuesday 31st March.

As noted on the EAA website, awards are designed to create a showcase for the Architectural profession to demonstrate its skills and contribution to the environment and the economy highlighting the excellent work undertaken within the EAA Chapter Area and by Architects in general.

An exhibition of all short-listed entries http://www.eaa.org.uk/about/news/2015/march/2015-eaa-awards-shortlist-announcement/ will be held in the RIAS Joyce Deans Room at 15 Rutland Square in Edinburgh from 19th March until 28th April 2015.

Advocate’s Close Has Been Shortlisted 3 Times for the RICS Scotland Awards 2015

Posted on March 6, 2015 by admin

Our Advocate’s Close has been shortlisted 3 times for the upcoming RICS Scotland Awards 2015. The project has been included in the Commercial, Regeneration and Tourism & Leisure categories. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh on 23rd April. As emphasized in the RICS press release, http://www.rics.org/Global/RICS%20Scotland%20shortlist%202015.pdf, the awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment, celebrating the achievements of professionals working in both the built and natural environment. We are delighted and honoured that our project has been recognized in this way by the RICS judges.

… and the band played on

Posted on December 10, 2014 by admin

– great time was had by all at our RIAS Doolan Award celebration party on Friday night!

The Doolan Judges Visit to Advocate’s Close

Posted on November 11, 2014 by admin

A lovely photo of the Doolan Judges, featuring the late, great Andy MacMillan, following their visit to Advocate’s Close back in August.

It has been almost a week since Morgan McDonnell claimed the Doolan Prize and the RIAS Gold Medal for the Advocate’s Close project in what has been an unprecedented success for the practice. We learned on the evening that the judges’ decision was unanimous – hugely rewarding to know given the calibre of the people involved.

Whilst saddened by the passing of Professor MacMillan, we are immensely proud to know that our work was appraised and appreciated by one of the greats of post-war British architecture, and honoured to have received the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award 2014.