Glasgow Academy Science and Technology Building, Saunders Centre, Scottish School Architecture, Photos
The Glasgow Academy Science and Technology Building News
The Saunders Centre Building in Scotland: School Facility design by Page \ Park Architects
3 Nov 2016
The Saunders Centre News
The Saunders Centre wins RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture 2016
The Saunders Centre, Glasgow by Page\Park Architects has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2016. From a shortlist of eleven projects, all winners of RIAS Awards for 2016 (presented in June 2016), the judges selected the Saunders Centre as a clear winner.
The award was presented at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland (Doolan Award winner for 2011) by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP alongside Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS (the late Andrew Doolan’s mother).
1 Nov 2016
The Saunders Centre – Glasgow Academy Science and Technology Building
Design: Page \ Park Architects
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
The Glasgow Academy Science and Technology Building
Photos: Andrew Lee
The requirement to meet current needs and expectations to keep abreast of the most advanced teaching in the sciences has resulted in a significant and substantial new urban block for the Academy.
The building includes a new auditorium with 178 capacity and support facilities. Suitable for both lectures and small performances, this space is available for use by the wider community complemented by a generous foyer that wraps around the sculptural elliptical form.
Surmounting this floor of teaching, and lecture spaces and catering for the shared spaces (served by a new HE lab) is a floor each for Physics, Biology and Chemistry. 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.
This overall setting has benefitted from our briefing and interiors team working with the school to design every aspect from the laboratory layouts to the break out study spaces. The design of fittings, selection of loose furniture and graphic working of the glazed partitions and signage bring together both the architecture and interior.
The reinforced concrete structural frame is clad in a pattern of precast polished and honed finishes, in a modular assembly that rises from a ground floor pilaster faced open foyer, through a sequence of bay windows to a reinterpretation of the Glasgow dormer at roof level.
The project, situated in a sensitive conservation area, required careful negotiation with both the local authority and residents through the process. The Academy hosted regular community meetings to engage with, inform and mitigate any concerns surrounding the project. This process strengthened these community relationships and allowed the project to progress smoothly.
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