NORD receives the 2013 Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award

Alan Pert’s architectural practice NORD (Northern Office of Research & Design) has been awarded the 2013 Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award on 7 November 2013 at the Scottish Parliament.

NORD’s project involved the conversion of a rundown Edwardian workshop, WASPS South Block in Glasgow, into artists’ studios. The team received the prestigious Doolan award from The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for “adapting a behemoth Victorian city block into new studios, gallery space and visitor facilities is crisply and ingeniously achieved. An intelligent and appropriate facility within a very creative city.”

NORD picked up a Gold medal and cash prize for the award, described as one of Europe’s most significant architecture awards.

WASPS South Block also received an Historic Scotland Special Category Award (Conversation & Climate Change) earlier this year. Ian Walford, Historic Scotland’s Chief Executive, described the project as “a prime example of the efforts and ingenuity being taken across the historic environment to ensure it plays its part in combating climate change and delivering long term sustainable uses for traditional buildings.”

Professor Alan Pert is Director of the Melbourne School of Design.

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