Riverside Maritime Campus Shortlisted for Prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2016

City of Glasgow College’s Riverside maritime campus is the only Scottish building and among only six buildings shortlisted for UK architecture’s highest accolade, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling prize 2016.

It is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.

City of Glasgow College Principal and Chief Executive Paul Little said:

“City of Glasgow’s new super campus is stunning and we are delighted that it has taken pride of place among such amazing buildings on this shortlist. Our Riverside campus students and staff are enjoying a world class learning environment and the building has already made a hugely positive impact with our industry and education partners right across the globe.

“We have always said that our campus buildings are more than just that; their beautiful perceptive designs - deliberately open and connected – inspire collaboration, exploit synergies and foster partnerships. Riverside also has a real sense of place on the River Clyde and will no doubt enrich the life of our great city for many years to come.“

Described a new landmark to delight and draw in visitors, improve education potential, and increase civic pride by the prize's organisers, the Riverside campus was officially opened in October 2015 by Scotland’s First Minister. It is the first phase of a £228 million twin-site super campus serving up to 40,000 students a year with 1200 staff and features state of the art facilities. City campus on Cathedral Street Glasgow is due to open in August 2016.

The six shortlisted buildings, over half of which are education buildings, will find out who the overall winner is on Thursday 6 October 2016.

City of Glasgow College Vice Principal & Project Sponsor Janis Carson said:

“We are so proud to have reached this stage of the competition. It is a testament to the diligence and attention paid to our very detailed and challenging brief through our close partnership with the development consortium and architectural design teams. The resulting accommodation is quite exceptional and reflects a comprehensive, thoughtful and creative interpretation of our very specific and complex requirements.

“The clever design has successfully incorporated very exciting requirements such as our state of the art ship simulation suite and our working engine room; areas already inspiring innovative teaching and learning at our College.”

In a joint statement, Lyle Chrystie and Brendan Diamond of Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects added:

“We are delighted that The City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus has been chosen to be on the Stirling Prize shortlist 2016.“The buildings are the result of years of close collaboration, between the combined architect’s team of Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall; interior designers Graven Images, the principal engineers Arup and Hulley and Kirkwood, the contracting team of Sir Robert McAlpine and FES, and most importantly the college itself.

“For us, good buildings are only possible with good clients. We were extremely lucky on this project to have a highly engaged and collaborative client group whose energy and commitment to the project went substantially beyond professional obligations. 

“In the twenty one years the award has been running, only seven projects in Scotland have been selected for this shortlist. We are humbled that the Riverside Campus is the eighth.”

City of Glasgow College’s Riverside campus has won an incredible seven top architectural awards since it opened in August 2015: Glasgow Institute of Architects – Education Building of the Year; RIAS Award; RIBA National Award; RICS Award – Design though Innovation Award; Scottish Design Award - Public Building of the Year Award; Scottish Design Award – Architecture Grand Prix and the Scottish Property Awards – Architectural Excellence Award. It is also currently shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Awards (BCI Awards) for Building Project of the Year and the esteemed RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

The 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is:

  • City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus by Michael Laird Architects & Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford by Herzog & de Meuron
  • Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, London by Caruso St John Architects
  • Outhouse Gloucestershire by Loyn & Co Architects
  • Trafalgar Place, Elephant and Castle, London by dRMM Architects
  • Weston Library, University of Oxford by WilkinsonEyre