RIAS & the Crichton Trust unveil shortlist for Crichton Project

RIAS & the Crichton Trust unveil shortlist for Crichton Project

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Crichton Trust have revealed the five teams shortlisted for a competition to design a £15 million new cultural building in Dumfries and Galloway.

Following the launch of the competition in the summer, 69 teams entered, which is the largest response ever to a RIAS design competition. The shortlist contains an impressive group of architecture practices – large and small, both from Scotland and from further afield – each showcasing creative and intriguing collaborations through varying dynamics.

The five shortlisted teams are:

Caruso St John with Loader Monteith Architects

Alongside: London Structures Lab (structural engineer), Max Fordham (M&E), Gardiner and Theobald (quantity surveyor), Nigel Dunnett Studio (landscape architect)

Hoskins Architects

Alongside: Arup (civil, structural, fire and accessibility engineer), Max Fordham (M&E), Thomas and Adamson (quantity surveyor and project director), Rankin Fraser (landscape designer), Simon Leach Design (exhibition and heritage interpretation designer), Andrew O’Hagan (novelist and essayist), Lucy Byatt (curator and critic)


Alongside: Tom Stuart-Smith (landscape design), Ritchie + Daffin (environmental and services engineer), Eckersley O’Callaghan (structural engineer), Gardiner and Theobald (quantity surveyor and project manager)

O’DonnellBrown Architects with White Arkitekter and Ekkist

Alongside: ZM Architecture (heritage and conservation specialists), McLeod + Aitken (quantity surveyor), Civic Engineers (civil and structural engineer), Harley Haddow (M&E), Landuse Consultants (landscape architects), Carbon Futures (environmental consultant)

Sutherland Hussey Harris and Graeme Massie Architects, with ScottWhitbyStudio

Alongside: Morham and Brotchie (quantity surveyor), Grizedale Arts (artist curator), Whitby Wood (structural engineer), Karen Guthrie (community gardens/landscape specialist), Max Fordham (M&E and sustainability)

Each team will now be awarded an honorarium of £20,000 to develop their proposals ahead of an online public exhibition in December, and the winning team will be revealed in early 2023.

The new building will contain exhibition and archive facilities to house the Crichton Archive, and the Crichton Heritage Centre: enhancing people’s understanding of the Crichton’s 180 year heritage and innovation in the provision of mental health care and arts and health.

Find out more about the competition via www.thecrichtonproject.com, or read about the shortlist announcement on The Architects’ Journal.