City wins 2017 RIBA National Awards

Just a week after winning three top architectural awards in one night, City of Glasgow College’s City campus is now among 49 ‘exemplary projects’ won as part of  the 2017 RIBA National Awards.

Being part of this prestigious winning group now puts City campus in the pool of projects competing for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year.

The new state of the art campus in the heart of Glasgow’s learning quarter scooped the 2017 RIAS and RIBA Award for best current Scottish architecture, as well as the Architects’ Journal’s top prizes; the AJ100 Building of the Year and AJ100 Client of the Year awards.

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

“We are absolutely delighted. Being one of the winning projects in the RIBA National Awards on top of securing three prestigious architectural awards last week is quite incredible. We are truly redefining what college education means and our extraordinary twin site campus, created from a challenging design brief set by our project team and innovative thinking from our architects is simply stunning.

“Ultimately a great vision combined with great design results in a great building. I’ve no doubt it will be an iconic feature of Glasgow’s city scape for generations to come.” 

The RIBA National Awards provide insight into emerging design trends, as well as showing how well the profession responds to economic drivers.

Winning the RIAS and RIBA award puts City campus on the shortlist for the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award which will be presented in November 2017.

The building also recently collected the award for Education Building of the Year 2017 at the Scottish Design Awards and is currently in the shortlist for this year’s British Construction Industry Awards: Major Building Project of the Year [over £50m].

  • Riverside campus has won 11 architectural awards since opening its doors to staff and students in August 2015.
  • Building of the Year is presented to the finest building completed by an AJ100 listed practice in the last 12 months.
  • Since opening to staff and students in August 2016, City campus has welcomed over 10,000 visitors.
  • City of Glasgow College’s £228m twin site super campus comprises City campus on Glasgow’s Cathedral Street and Riverside campus on the Clyde
  • It is overall number one in the Scottish sector for success in student attainment and top two in the UK for WorldSkills

The 58,787 sq. metres City campus in the heart of Glasgow’s Learning Quarter opened its doors to students in 2016. It features:

  • 1000 learning spaces and a library resource over four floors
  • Advanced technology with high quality classrooms
  • Industry standard TV and Radio studios
  • Fully equipped aircraft training cabin
  • 16 professional cookery kitchens
  • A mini hospital

The 21,403 sq. metres Riverside Campus opened its doors to staff and students in August 2015 and features:

  • First 360 degree Shipping Simulation Suite in Scotland
  • One of the most modern working ships engine rooms in the UK
  • First women-only engineering and construction classes in Scotland
  • State-of-the-art Nautical Chart Rooms
  • Marine skills centre with jetty, rescue lifeboats and free fall lifeboat