IHBC welcomes Aberdeen Art Gallery success with Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award

The venue for the IHBC’s Annual School, Aberdeen, has seen its Art Gallery secure the prestigious 2021 Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

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…’This sets the scene perfectly for the ambitions of our IHBC 2022 Aberdeen School in June 2022.’…

IHBC Aberdeen 2022 School Committee convenor Douglas Campbell said: ‘We’re delighted that the City and Gallery have secured this renowned national award, not least given its international standing.’

‘This sets the scene perfectly for the ambitions of our IHBC 2022 Aberdeen School in June 2022.’

‘Of course the Gallery will feature in the programme for those attending in person.’

‘We are also making sure that the global scope of the School’s 17 June programme will be fully reflected through low-cost, virtual access, opening it to delegates from almost anywhere on the planet!’

Scottish Construction Now writes:

The flagship cultural venue for Aberdeen City Council has been refurbished and extended by Hoskins Architects to become one of Scotland’s leading cultural institutions, thereby demonstrating how contemporary architecture, historic building conservation and environmental responsibility can go hand in hand, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) said.

Through a decade-long redevelopment project, Hoskins Architects created new exhibition and education spaces, thoroughly upgraded the building’s services and environmental performance, and improved the gallery’s art handling, storage, back of house and study facilities. The special character and grandeur of the 19th century category A listed building has been preserved, and a dramatic copper-clad roof is among a series of striking contemporary interventions that have revitalised the gallery and its relationship with the city. Thanks to Hoskins Architects and their work with the team at Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Art Gallery, the building is now more welcoming, more sustainable, and more accessible.

The annual Doolan Award is assessed by an expert jury who look at each project’s architectural integrity, usability and context, delivery and execution, and sustainability. All types of building are eligible for the award, which is named in memory of its founder and patron, the architect/developer Andy Doolan, who died in 2004.

The architects of the winning building receive a £10,000 cash prize, making the Doolan Award one of the most significant architecture awards in the world. The award would not exist without Andy Doolan’s extraordinary generosity and vision, and his family have kindly continued their support. The Scottish Government also generously supports the award.

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