Saunders Centre scores a hat-trick at national awards

The recently completed Saunders Centre at The Glasgow Academy, on which Gleeds acted as both project and cost manager, has had its design excellence recognised with the award of three national accolades for architecture.

The scheme scooped both a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award and a Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland (RIAS) Award, as well as gaining further recognition thanks to Sarah Jane Storrie of designer Page/Park being crowned the Emerging Architect of the Year for her contribution to the project.

The Saunders Centre itself includes a new 166-seat auditorium, complemented by a generous foyer that wraps around the sculptural elliptical form. On each upper floor, four general teaching labs, together with a sixth year lab, are arranged along a glazed break-out and bay-windowed passage overlooking the historic main school. 

Having gained national recognition, the Centre is now in the running to be named the UK’s Building of the Year by the RIBA and has also been shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan ‘Best Building in Scotland’ title.

Commenting on the awards Gleeds Director in Glasgow, Alan Dickson, said: “I am delighted that the Saunders Centre has been acknowledged for its excellence with these three prestigious accolades. Gleeds has been involved with The Glasgow Academy for many years and have seen this project through from its inception, so it has been really rewarding to see the ambitious plans come to fruition and for the finished build to be receiving praise on the national stage”.