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22 Oct 2021
Fife College net-zero college building, Eastern Scotland
Design: Reiach and Hall architects
Fife College Dunfermline Campus Net-zero Building
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Fife College Dunfermline Campus

6 Sep 2021
Kelvin Hall television and film studio, Glasgow, Scotland
Design: Reiach and Hall Architects
Kelvin Hall Glasgow television and film studio
image courtesy of architects practice
Glasgow City Council secured funding from the Scottish Government to develop a new television and film studio as part of the ongoing refurbishment of the city’s historic Kelvin Hall. The production facility will support Glasgow’s dynamic screen and creative industries sector; an industry estimated to be worth up to £500m to Scotland each year with 60% of its revenue generated in Glasgow.
Kelvin Hall television and film studio

13 Oct 2020
Grandhome Community – Landscape, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, Northeast Scotland, UK
Grandhome Community, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen landscape
photo © broad daylight
Grandhome Community, Bridge of Don
The new community of Grandhome, located in Aberdeen’s Bridge of Don area, has welcomed the opening of Davidston Square, a new, multi-use outdoor space located in the heart of its first neighbourhood. Designed by award-winning architects Reiach and Hall, the space will be available for residents to enjoy all year-round and in time will be used to host a series of community events.

12 Nov 2018
Fruitmarket Gallery Building Refurbishment

The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh has appointed Reiach and Hall Architects to lead the refurbishment of its existing gallery building and the opening-up of the neighbouring warehouse building. The project will breathe new life into The Fruitmarket Gallery, and bring the adjacent building into active cultural use.

Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh building
photo : Stefan Schäfer, Lich [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

The proposed redevelopment project will create a brand new space offering new opportunities for artist-led installations, performance and cross artform collaboration including live music, dance and theatre. It will also allow for new facilities for learning and participation and will renovate and revitalise the existing gallery spaces. The project will be completed in 2020.

Edinburgh-based Reiach and Hall Architects won the project against strong competition.

Fruitmarket Gallery Building in Edinburgh from above:
Fruitmarket Gallery Building in Edinburgh from above
photo : Chabe01 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Dr Fiona Bradley OBE, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery, said:
We are really excited to be working with Reiach and Hall on the redevelopment of The Fruitmarket Gallery. We are impressed by the clarity and openness of their approach. They share our values and, like us, are passionately committed to equality of access. They understand the local importance and international impact of The Fruitmarket Gallery, and we believe that they are the right practice to help us deliver a brave and progressive project.

Neil Gillespie, Creative Director of Reiach and Hall, said:
The exploration and presentation of contemporary art and art practice at an international level in Scotland is effectively carried by a handful of arts organisations. The Fruitmarket Gallery is a prominent member of this important group.

Fruitmarket Gallery Building
photo from Richard Murphy Architects

We are delighted to have been selected, against extremely strong and respected architectural practices, to assist The Fruitmarket Gallery in their ambition to extend the scope and breadth of the gallery’s capability, influence and reach.

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts, Creative Scotland, said:
The appointment of Reiach and Hall is a key milestone for the gallery, bringing it a step closer to achieving its ambitions for the future. We are delighted to be supporting this development, one of several important visual arts projects taking place in Edinburgh at this time, supported by Creative Scotland through the National Lottery. This development will enhance the existing Fruitmarket gallery space, breathe new life into the adjacent warehouse, and secure this important part of the city’s heritage as a space for artists and the public to meet into the future.

Ed – The previous refurbishment of the gallery, including external lighitng by artist Peter Fink, took place around 2001 and was designed by Richard Murphy Architects (the original architects of the art gallery conversion), with Project Architect being Adrian Welch, e-architect Editor.

The photo at the top of this page is taken by German architect Stefan Schäfer, a part-time collaborator with Adrian Welch on the Edinburgh Architecture website around 2000-2002.

Fruitmarket Edinburgh Gallery

Reiach and Hall beat Carmody Groarke and Page \ Park Architects to this project.


For forty years The Fruitmarket Gallery has been a key part of Scotland’s cultural landscape, showing world-class Scottish and International modern and contemporary art to ever-increasing audiences, last year attracting over 190,000 people to its exhibitions and events. The Fruitmarket Gallery has an international reputation as a successful public organisation. It is committed to providing exciting opportunities and a supportive environment for artists; to creating free, welcoming, inspiring and accessible social spaces for people; and to growing and diversifying the audience for contemporary art and culture.

The Fruitmarket Gallery first identified a need for change around 10 years ago and proposals have been ongoing since then. In 2011 the Gallery was awarded £100,000 Stage One Capital Funding from Creative Scotland to develop plans for improving the building. A further £1,400,000 was ring-fenced subject to the submission of a Stage Two Application and fully developed design and business plans.

In 2013, the Gallery appointed Hoskins Architects through a competitive interview process, also including SHS Burridge, Oliver Chapman Architects, Reiach and Hall Architects, Richard Murphy Architects and Malcolm Fraser Architects, to lead a multi-disciplinary design team to carry out improvements to the Gallery.

The adjacent warehouse building became available when the previous tenants, Waverley Leisure (who ran the building as the nightclub Electric Circus) retired. The Fruitmarket Gallery was given the chance to take over the lease which provided the opportunity to bring the building into cultural use, and Hoskins Architects designed a large scale, ambitious refurbishment and extension. Unfortunately, the Gallery was unable to secure the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund on which the fundraising for this proposal depended, the project was abandoned and Hoskins Architects stepped down.

At this time, the Gallery reassessed their vision and requirements to match the reality of the funding scenario, and carried out a feasibility study into a more modest proposal. This resulted in confirmation from Creative Scotland and other public and private funders who had pledged support for the project that the funding could be retained for this new smaller scheme. The project is now expected to cost around £3.7m. Alongside the successful bid to Creative Scotland for £1.4m, and with over £1.2m raised from other public and private sources, the Gallery has just over 25% left to raise to realise this still ambitious and vital cultural development for Edinburgh.

Fruitmarket Edinburgh Gallery Refurbishment by Reiach and Hall Architects

The Fruitmarket Gallery engaged RIAS Consultancy (The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) to manage the process of procuring an architect led multi-disciplinary design team through Public Contracts Scotland, to take the project forward. 18 practices submitted a European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) with relevant examples of their work. These were scored by a panel, with the highest scoring four practices – London-based 6A and Carmody Groarke Architects, and Scottish practices Page and Park and Reiach and Hall Architects – invited to interview on their approach.

The panel (which included members of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s staff and Board as well as Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge) were thrilled to have such reputable practices apply. They were hugely impressed with the range, detail and beauty of the architects’ work but were unanimous in their decision that Reiach and Hall best met with the strategic brief of the project and demonstrated the most thorough understanding of the Gallery’s vision for the future.

RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018 : Nucleus

Reiach & Hall Architects win the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018 with Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive in Wick.

The Jury included Ryder Architecture partner Gordon Murray, Anna Lui, director of Tonkin Liu Architects and Murray Kerr, director of Denizen Works.

The panel remarked: “As well as a national archive of the UK’s nuclear power industry, it is also the repository of the social history of Caithness. This building has many stories to tell.

“In an effort to give some depth of context to the rather anonymous site for the building on the edge of an industrial estate, the architects have drawn an allegorical tale on the landscape and big skies of the floe country and the magnificent horizontal light on which is founded the disposition of elements of the building- the pools of water and the triangular forms. However, for this jury, the rootedness of such a building firmly in the social and cultural history was a much more significant allegory. The building is a physical manifestation of the metaphysical, capturing both the identity and the nature of the space of its location.

“At a basic level the building is a sophisticated storage facility ordered along a logical system of servant and served spaces- the archive bunkers. However, it is with the addition of the support facilities and public archive in the triangulated forms, the planes of which shift in the vertical and the horizontal, and in the ‘lochans’ – the pools which signify each progressive level of security in the building, that the building comes alive. The long, triangulated prow creates a unique public space with a grand sense of arrival – this is indeed a public building. The immediate enclosure gives a sense of place where there was no context before.”

11 May 2018
Kilmartin Museum Building

Kilmartin Museum has received a confirmed grant of £3.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their Redevelopment Project.

Kilmartin Museum, Scotland
image courtesy of HLF

The project aims to transform Kilmartin Museum into a landmark venue that interprets and celebrates the global significance of Kilmartin Glen, one of the most significant archaeological landscapes in Britain.

19 Sep 2017
Inverness Justice Centre Building, Scotland
Inverness Justice Centre Building
image courtesy of architects
Inverness Justice Centre Building design by Reiach and Hall
Preparations to build Scotland’s first purpose-built Justice Centre in Inverness have taken another step forward after Highland Council approved the improved design.

21 Jul 2017
City of Glasgow College – Stirling Prize 2017 Shortlisted

The City of Glasgow College is one of six buildings on the shortlist for the 22nd annual Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building:

Stirling Prize 2017 Shortlist

23 + 22 Jun 2017
City of Glasgow College – A RIBA National Awards Winner in 2017

New Glasgow City College
photo © Adrian Welch

City of Glasgow College building designed by Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects.

One of 49 projects across the UK have been announced as winners in the 2017 National Awards for architecture, which distinguishes the UK’s most outstanding buildings and offers insight into construction, design, and investment trends in the country.

19 Jun 2017

Inverness Justice Centre Building
Inverness Justice Centre Building design
image courtesy of architects
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have brought forward revised plans for a new Inverness Justice Centre, building upon the initial concept conceived by Reiach & Hall Architects.

2 Apr 2017
Oriam – RIAS Awards 2017 Shortlist

Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre is shortlisted for RIAS Awards 2017.

Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre at Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus

Oriam Building by Reiach and Hall

9 Mar 2017
BD Architect of the Year Awards 2017 Winner

Edinburgh architecture practice Reiach and Hall named BD Architect of the Year

Reiach and Hall – Architect of the Year

7 Mar 2017
Justice Centre in Inverness, Scotland

A £23m justice centre in the Highland capital has been approved by planners, thus allowing the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service clearance to build.

7 Nov 2016
Maggie’s Centres Buildings News

Neil Gillespie appeared on BBC Two’s Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres TV programme last night featured all Maggie’s Centres.

Some filming – including by drone across the roof – at Maggie’s Lanarkshire, focused on the cooking (‘healthy’ fry-ups for the men!) and the sumptuous lightcatcher in the centre of the building.


Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Buildings

9 Sep 2016
Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, Heriot-Watt, West Edinburgh, Scotland

Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre

e-architect’s Isabelle Lomholt and Adrian Welch attended an opening event yesterday evening at Reiach and Hall Architects’ latest building, Oriam.

The concept was developed as a result of findings reported in the McLeish report into Scottish Football.

The aim is to provide our top sportsmen and women with the facilities, access and support services pivotal for successful performance on the international stage.

In 2012 the Scottish Government committed £25 m of funding and organisations were invited to bid to host and operate the centre.

Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre at Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus

Heriot-Watt University, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, were successful in their bid to host the new centre and worked with sportscotland and the partner sports to develop the design to ensure the creation of a world class performance facility.

Oriam Building by Reiach and Hall

31 + 30 Aug 2016

Justice Centre in Inverness, Scotland

Images revealed of Inverness Justice Centre by Reiach & Hall architects:

Concept designs of the new justice centre building in Inverness unveiled ahead of a public consultation exhibition of the plans in the city’s Spectrum Centre.

Justice Centre Inverness

3 Aug 2016

Edinburgh architects practice Reiach & Hall win the £23m justice centre in Inverness.

Inverness Castle building

The project will see the city’s courts moved from their existing home in Inverness Castle, freeing up the historic building to be transformed into a tourist attraction – a separate job for which architects have yet to be appointed.

16 Jun 2016

Riverside Campus is one of the 11 winners of the 2016 awards for the best in current Scottish architecture by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

1 Apr 2016
City of Glasgow College
New Glasgow City College
photograph © Adrian Welch
new photos of the City of Glasgow College building designed by Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects.

15 Dec 2015

GIA Design Awards News
The Glasgow Institute of Architects announced the 2015 GIA Design Awards winners:

The Maggie’s Lanarkshire building won not only the GIA Supreme Award but also the Healthcare Award and the Wood for Good Award.

Big winners of the night were Reiach and Hall Architects, who scooped not only a joint award with Michael Laird Architects for the Riverside Campus at City of Glasgow College but also the Best Use of Timber Award (supported by Wood for Good), an award in Healthcare and the beautifully engraved timber Supreme Award for Maggie’s Lanarkshire at Monklands Hospital.

Judges commented that “the building feels like it is sitting on the edge of a forest” and that “the quality of the winning building would have shone through whatever the competition”.

2015 GIA Design Awards winners: 51 entries from 33 practices, 7 categories including conservation and small works, and 3 special awards

Photographs: David Grandorge

City of Glasgow College, west Scotland
Design: Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects
Glasgow College Building
image from architects
City of Glasgow College – 4 Feb 2013
Glasgow Learning Quarter, led by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. is one of two consortium teams to be shortlisted by The City of Glasgow College for the institution’s new £200 million campus development project. This project has seen an open collaboration with Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects, both from Edinburgh.

31 Oct 2012
Forth Valley College, Stirling, central Scotland
Forth Valley College Building
photograph © Keith Hunter
Forth Valley College Stirling building

12 Oct 2012
BCI Award Dundee House
Dundee Council Offices
image © Dave Morris
Dundee Council Offices Building
Reiach and Hall Architects are delighted to have won a British Construction Industry Award for their design of Dundee House, the new civic centre and administrative headquarters for Dundee City Council. The BCI Awards, now in its 25th anniversary year, recognise excellence in its broadest sense – the overall design, construction and delivery of buildings and are highly regarded in the construction sector and the most rigorously judged awards in the industry.

City of Glasgow College, Scotland
19 Sep 2012 – Glasgow Learning Quarter, led by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. is one of two consortium teams to be shortlisted by The City of Glasgow College for the institution’s new £200 million campus development project. This project has seen an open collaboration with Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects, both from Edinburgh.

News from Reiach and Hall Architects in 2011

Forth Valley College Alloa
Forth Valley Alloa Campus
photograph © Dave Morris
The new Alloa Campus building for Forth Valley College : Reiach and Hall Architects. 8 Nov

Reiach and Hall Win Seven awards in this year’s Roses Design Awards

This Edinburgh architects practice were delighted to collect an unprecedented seven awards at this year’s Roses Design Awards.

Success included:

– Gold Award for Proposed Building of the year, given to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Lanarkshire
Maggies Lanarkshire
image © Reiach and Hall Architects

– Gold Award for Commercial Office Building of the year, given to Dundee House for Dundee City Council Civic Offices.
Dundee Council Offices
image © Dave Morris

– Gold award for Low cost building of the year, given to the Weavers Cottage in the Ettrick Valley;
Weavers Cottage
image © Reiach and Hall Architects

– Silver Award for Healthcare Building of the year, given to Stobhill Hospital Ward Extension;
New Stobhill Hospital Ward Extension
image © Michael Wolchover

– Bronze Award for Healthcare Building of the year, given to Glasgow Royal Infirmary Intensive Care Unit;
Glasgow Royal Infirmary ICU
image © Dave Morris

Reiach and Hall also collected the Chairman’s Award for Weavers Cottage in the Ettrick Valley and Architectural practice of the year.

Winning awards like these takes years of hard work from everyone in the design and construction team and it’s a great recognition of the effort involved. Especially pleasing is the Practice of the Year Award. This shows that there is real strength and depth across all our staff and that their high standards are being recognised by our peers. We are delighted.

Reiach and Hall Nominated for Seven Roses Awards
Roses Awards – 9 Aug 2011
Reiach and Hall Architects nominated for seven awards in the Roses Awards. Lyle Chrystie of Reiach and Hall said “We are delighted to receive such broad recognition of our work.”

Maggies Lanarkshire, near Glasgow, Scotland
Maggies Lanarkshire
image © Reiach and Hall Architects
Maggies Lanarkshire – update 7 Jun 2011
At its heart, the design of the Maggies Centre at Monklands General Hospital is a tale of enclosed gardens, a linked sequence of external rooms perforating a low building that in turn acts as a mediator and connector between these sources of light and air. A brick wall binds the site enclosing this gathering of human scaled spaces, catching sunlight and creating sheltering places.

Aberdeen Sports Centre Building, northeast Scotland
Aberdeen Sports Village
photo © Ioana Marinescu
Aberdeen Sports Village – award. 14 Mar 2011

Roslin House, near Edinburgh, southeast Scotland
Roslin House
photo © Gavin Fraser
Roslin House

News from Reiach and Hall Architects in 2010

Medical & Biological Sciences Building, University of St Andrews
Medical & Biological Sciences Building
photo © Andrew Lee
St Andrews Medical School Building

Best Building in Scotland – shortlisted, 2 Nov 2010

Key Buildings by Reiach and Hall

Reiach and Hall Buildings, alphabetical:

Beatson Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Beatson Institute
photograph © Paul Zanre
Beatson Institute

Evolution House, West Port, Edinburgh, Scotland

Evolution House

George House, Glasgow, Scotland
George House
image : Reiach and Hall
George House

National Nuclear Archive Scotland, Wick
National Nuclear Archive Scotland
image : Reiach and Hall
National Nuclear Archive Scotland

Site H Building, Edinburgh Park, west Edinburgh, Scotland

Reiach and Hall : Site H Building

Stills Gallery, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

Reiach and Hall Architects : Stills Gallery

Succoth Heights, North Murrayfield, west Edinburgh, Scotland
Succoth Heights

Wolfson Medical School, west Glasgow, Scotland
Wolfson Medical School

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Location: 6 Darnaway Street, Edinburgh EH3 6BG, UK

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