Advocate’s Close Scoops Doolan Prize

Posted on November 7, 2014 by admin

Advocate’s Close has claimed the UK’s most valuable architectural prize – the Andrew Doolan Prize – and the RIAS Gold Medal for Best Building in Scotland at a ceremony held in Edinburgh on Wednesday. The redevelopment of 11 listed buildings and reinvigoration of the public realm in Edinburgh’s Old Town saw off 12 other shortlisted projects to scoop the award.

On presenting the prize, MSP Fiona Hyslop commented that “Advocate’s Close exemplifies the highest standards of place-making providing a vibrant new quarter in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and is a worthy winner of this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan award”, while RIAS President Iain Connelly commented “The complexity of what has been delivered and the architectural self-assurance with which it is achieved makes this an extraordinary, truly special and very deserving winner.”

The judges citation stated “The intricacy of the site acquisition process and the complexity of the three dimensional diagram that bridges two closes between the High Street, Cockburn Street and Market Street, with a fall of almost nine storeys from top to bottom, is remarkable. However it is the care and deliberation with which contemporary and historic have been brought together that is most deserving of praise.”

The prestigious honour caps an incredible year for both the project and the practice which has received a number of awards and commendations over the course of 2014. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for their dedication and effort to deliver such a fantastic project.

Charlotte Square & Advocate’s Close Shortlisted For RIAS Awards

Posted on March 25, 2014 by admin

We are delighted to share that two of our recently completed projects at Charlotte Square and Advocate’s Close have been shortlisted by the RIAS for their 2014 awards. Both projects have been recognised for their exceptional design and impact on their respective areas in the New Town and Old Town in the heart of Edinburgh.

Of Charlotte Square, the judging panel commented that “This prestigious development deftly connects a row of restored townhouses with new-build. The covered, linking, courtyard is an appropriate transition between the restored townhouses and the contemporary block behind.”

In reference to Advocate’s Close, the panel added that the redevelopment is “Urban weaving at its most complex, connected into the existing patterns of Edinburgh’s upper Old Town, the project connects refurbished historic properties with new-build. A substantial mixed development, full of interest.”

The two projects are amongst a total shortlist of 26 across Scotland. The award winners will be announced in June 2014.