City of Glasgow College’s City campus has been shortlisted as the only Scottish building in the running for architecture’s highest accolade, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling prize 2017.


Presented to the architects of the best new UK building in the past year, it is also the second successive year that the college has appeared on the sought after six-strong shortlist. 


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


“We are absolutely delighted that our super college campus has again featured on this incredible list of the UK’s finest architecture. Two years in a row is quite incredible. Our students and staff are really enjoying the amazing spaces in what is undoubtedly a world class learning environment.


“Just like our maritime campus, shortlisted last year, our stunning City campus is already making a significant impact with our industry and education partners across the UK and beyond. However we have always said that our campus buildings are more than just that; their beautiful perceptive designs - deliberately open and connected – inspire innovation and collaboration; exploit synergies and encourage partnerships. City also has a real sense of place within Glasgow’s learning quarter, proudly sitting shoulder to shoulder with top universities and will no doubt continue to be an architectural icon for many years to come.“


The judges said that the college campus not only had an “immense scale which also signals its presence as an important place of learning” but also made an important contribution to Glasgow “in massing, composition and generosity of the public route through the grand stepped atrium space”. City campus was officially opened in October 2016 by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney who also described it as “jaw- droppingly elegant”.


The City campus site completed a £228 million City of Glasgow College development designed for up to 40,000 students a year with 1300 staff. It brings together six major faculties in 300 high-tech classrooms and specialist teaching facilities including a multi-purpose lecture theatre, a library resource over four floors, industry standard TV and radio studios, a fully equipped aircraft training cabin, 16 professional cookery kitchens, a mini hospital, art gallery, sports halls, creative design and photography studios, industrial sized construction, craft and built environment spaces as well as a fine dining restaurant, modern hair and beauty salons which are open to the public.


City of Glasgow College Depute Principal and Project Sponsor, Janis Carson, added:

“We are so proud to have again reached this stage of the competition. It is a real reflection of the diligence paid to our very detailed and challenging brief through our close partnership with our development consortium and architectural design teams.

“The campus is an extraordinary building and the clever design has successfully incorporated some complex requirements such as our TV and radio studios, aircraft training cabin and ultra-modern restaurant spaces while keeping the focus firmly on the well-being of our students. The spaces are already inspiring innovative learning and teaching at our College.”

In a joint statement, Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects added:

“We are delighted that The City of Glasgow College has been shortlisted for the second year in a row to be on the prestigious Stirling Prize shortlist– with Riverside Campus shortlisted in 2016 and City Campus now in the running for the 2017 prize.

"The Stirling Prize is awarded each year to the project that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year and we are thrilled to have not one but two opportunities to showcase our work for City of Glasgow College’s new supercampus.

"These buildings, which have already made a substantial contribution to Glasgow’s urban environment, 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, landscape architects rankinfraser, 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.

The 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize winner will be announced on Tuesday 31 October from the following shortlist:


  • Barrett’s Grove, Stoke Newington, east London by Groupwork + Amin Taha

  • British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, Bloomsbury, London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

  • Command of the Oceans by Baynes and Mitchell Architects for Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent

  • City of Glasgow College - City Campus, Scotland by Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects

  • Hastings Pier, East Sussex by dRMM Architects

  • Photography Studio for Juergen Teller, west London by 6a architects