International property and construction consultancy Gleeds is celebrating after two projects on which it acted as project manager scooped gongs in the architecture category at the Scottish Design Awards. Campus Central for the University of Stirling and Laidlaw Music Centre for the University of St Andrews were two of four Gleeds schemes to be nominated for prizes.
The Scottish Design Awards have been celebrating class-leading work, best practice, sustainability, and innovation in architecture and design for 25 years. After a two-year hiatus from in person events, they set out to honour the ‘best of the best’ at this year’s anniversary dinner, dedicated to shining a light on exceptional talent and projects from across Scotland.
The sustainably designed Laidlaw Music Centre at the University of St Andrews took home the award for best public building, while the £23 million Campus Central development was named best education project. The £12.5 million Laidlaw scheme is the first building dedicated to music in the University’s 600-year history and features one of the world’s first chamber halls with a moveable floor and 9m reverberation chamber. Meanwhile, Campus Central is the inspiring new home for the University of Stirling’s Student Services Hub, the Macrobert Arts Centre’s box office, Institute for Advanced Studies, and a host of flexible spaces for the student community.
Two further Gleeds projects were also nominated but narrowly missed out on awards. The HALO Enterprise & Innovation Centre for the HALO Urban Regeneration Company on which Gleeds acted as cost manager was shortlisted in the regeneration category, while the historic Gladstone’s Land building for National Trust Scotland, on which Gleeds building surveying team was appointed, was up for best interior design project in the interiors category.
Scott Ewing, regional director for Scotland at Gleeds, said, “I was incredibly proud to see no less than four Gleeds projects nominated at this year’s Scottish Design Awards, and of course thrilled that both Campus Central and Laidlaw Music Hall were recognised as best in class in their respective categories. These prizes acknowledge the stunning designs of PagePark and Flanagan Lawrence architects, and the team here at Gleeds is delighted to have played a role in bringing their visions to fruition. We are lucky enough to work on some fantastic projects here in Scotland, and I have no doubt that we’ll get to celebrate many more successes in years to come.”