St Andrews development wins top architecture award

1_Sutherland Hussey_WBL_(c)Keith Hunter

West Burn Lane in St Andrews has been awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2015.

The commercial residential development, by Edinburgh-based Sutherland Hussey Harris, fought off competition from 11 other shortlisted projects. The award was presented at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP alongside Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS.

The winner received a gold medal and a cheque for £25,000. This makes it the richest architectural prize in the UK.

Fiona Hyslop said, “Once again, both the worthy winner and the strength of this year’s shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award have shown that the quality of Scotland’s new architecture stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world. In both our contemporary architecture and our built heritage, the RIAS has a great richness upon which to draw for its Festival of Architecture during the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in 2016. The Scottish Government is pleased to support both of these initiatives to celebrate and promote Scottish design excellence.”

The judges’ citation for the winning project stated that the development had been “expertly woven into the existing fabric of St Andrews, although uncompromisingly contemporary, the development acknowledges the historic street pattern and scale of its special context”.


The shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award comprised this year’s RIAS Awards winners, as follows:

  1. Arcadia Nursery, Edinburgh          

Malcom Fraser Architects for The University of Edinburgh


  1. Dalmunach Distillery, Moray

Archial Norr (Inverness Studio) (for Chivas Brothers (part of Pernod Ricard))


  1. Highland Steading, Blairgowrie     

Marcus Lee/FLACQ and cameronwebster architects (for a private client)


  1. Lamb’s House, Edinburgh  

Groves-Raines Architects Ltd (for Groves-Raines Architects)


  1. Laurieston Transformational Area, Glasgow      

Page\Park Architects and Elder and Cannon Architects (for New Gorbals Housing Association)


  1. Maggie’s Lanarkshire, Airdrie        

Reiach and Hall Architects (for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres)


  1. The Mill, Scottish Borders

WT Architecture (for a private client)


  1. Regency Dormer, Edinburgh         

Konishi Gaffney Architects (for a private client)


  1. Rosefield, Edinburgh          

A449 LTD (for Format Scotland LTD)


  1. The Shields Centre, Glasgow        

Anderson Bell + Christie Architects (for hub West Scotland)


  1. Theatre Royal, Glasgow     

Page \ Park Architects (for Scottish Opera)


  1. West Burn Lane, St Andrews         

Sutherland Hussey Harris (for EASTACRE Investments LLP)