Triple Shortlisting at RICS Social Impact Awards

Newly developed for 2020, the RICS Social Impact Awards seek to recognise the built environment's positive and transformational contribution to society.

Prior to the shortlisting, a team of judges assessed the human, social and environmental impact of hundreds of schemes across a total of twelve regions, as well as the innovation and collaboration that went into bringing those projects to fruition. Aberdeen Art Gallery and The Registers, Edinburgh are two of just 35 schemes to be shortlisted in Scotland, with Strawberry Field, Liverpool one of 27 in the North West of England.

Shortlisted in the Heritage category, the redeveloped and expanded category A-listed Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and War Memorial complex has a significant presence within the city and houses an exceptional collection, particularly of Scottish Colourists and contemporary artists. The architectural improvements (outlined on the project page) have created a new synergy across three previously largely unconnected spaces, allowing the client to programme related activities across the entire site, leading to greater public participation and a greater sense of ownership. A wider schools and students programme of facilitated and self-led visits using the new bespoke Learning Suite enables more learners to be accommodated.

Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum Manager;
“We’re delighted Aberdeen Art Gallery has received this recognition in the RICS Social Impact Awards. Through the hard work of the entire team we have created a place where more people of all ages and abilities can access their heritage and the collections displayed within the Gallery. A more family-friendly environment has been created throughout with improved visitor facilities, and a wider schools and students programme of facilitated and self-led visits using the new bespoke Learning Suite enables more learners to be accommodated.”

The Registers, shortlisted for Commercial, was a prominent urban site in the heart of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site & New Town Conservation Area. The project includes a comprehensive redevelopment of the under-utilised area bringing new life to the existing, redundant buildings and surrounding lanes. The mixed-use development carefully knits together requirements for Grade A office space & a high-quality restaurant, cafe, bar, & retail units into a complex, historic setting on the south east corner of St Andrew Square.

Alasdair Tooze, Project Architect, Hoskins Architects The Registers;
“We are thrilled the West Register Street development has been shortlisted in the commercial category of the RICS Social Impact Awards. Whilst elements of the site and brief have undoubtedly been challenging, working through them with Chris Stewart Group and the wider development team has been a thoroughly rewarding process, bringing a complex and almost forgotten corner of the Edinburgh New Town back to the fore, to become a vibrant part of the city and celebrating the fine Gothic Venetian styling embedded in this fantastic mixed-use development.”

In the North West, Strawberry Field, Liverpool, shortlisted in two categories (Education and Leisure), is a new 1,360m2, training and visitors centre for The Salvation Army. It provides a specialist educational hub for young adults with learning disabilities, alongside a visitor destination that builds on the site’s famous association with John Lennon and the 1967 pop hit. The exhibition, cafe and shop support the Salvation Army’s Steps to Work programme and generate opportunities for young people to overcome barriers to employment.

Chris Coleman-Smith, Director, Hoskins Architects Strawberry Field;
“We’re delighted Strawberry Field has been shortlisted in both the leisure and education categories of the RICS Social Impact Awards. It has been a privilege to work in collaboration with the Salvation Army and the wider team on this innovative project which has transformed a disused site into a major visitor destination and an educational hub for young adults with learning disabilities, creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential."

Full shortlist here:

27 February, 2020

Disrupt Lectures

In response to the climate crisis the Disrupt Lectures series promotes dialogue within the construction industry in order to collectively implement rapid & meaningful change. Improvements in the way we design and build can not only benefit our environment but also equip us to provide additional value to our clients and building users through cost savings, durability and maintenance benefits.

Heavy Metal

In the first of the Disrupt Lectures series Roy Fishwick of Cleveland Steel outlines the benefits of reusing steel components reclaimed from demolition. New guidance from The Steel Construction Institute makes it simpler to do this and Roy has been exploring how to bring this process into mainstream construction. The London 2012 Olympic Stadium designed by Populous and BuroHappold Engineering reused steel components to provide dramatic environmental and cost benefits. Please join us to discuss the potential for adopting this approach.

19 February, 2020

Vacancies: Experienced Architects & Part II Architecture Graduates/Recently Qualified Architects

We currently have openings for experienced architects and enthusiastic Part II architecture graduates/recently qualified architects to join us in our Glasgow studio, initially for a six-month fixed term. The successful applicants will work alongside architects, associates and directors, on a wide range of projects.

Our practice is a busy and creative environment with an award-winning portfolio of projects across a whole range of sectors. We are looking for the right people to help us build on that success by joining our talented teams working on recent new project wins and our existing, varied workload.

We look for people who are articulate, curious, creative and interested in design. We want good designers, good communicators and people who want to contribute as part of a team.


Experienced Architect

Experience working closely with design teams and contractors to deliver a range of work packages is essential. The office uses Revit, Vectorworks and Adobe Creative Suite packages and knowledge of these is preferred but not essential. Experience in producing tender and construction drawing packages is desirable.

Part II graduate Architectural Assistant/Recently Qualified Architect

The ability to sketch beautifully and produce top quality visuals is a must. The office uses Revit, Vectorworks, Sketch-up and Adobe Creative Suite packages, a knowledge of which would be preferred but is not essential. Experience in producing tender and construction drawing packages would be an advantage, as well as some site experience.


Our office is fast paced, friendly, focused and fun. It’s a great place to start and grow your architectural career.

Hoskins Architects is an equal opportunities employer. No agencies, please.

Please email your CV and examples of work to:

Successful applicants will be invited for interview and required to present their portfolio.

23 January, 2020

Strawberry Field opens to the public on 14th September 2019

Strawberry Field, Liverpool, the site made famous by The Beatles song - Strawberry Fields Forever, will welcome visitors for the first time on Saturday 14th September 2019.

A new 1,360m2 visitor and training facility designed by Hoskins Architects, with training and work placement hubs focuses on young people with learning disabilities, helping them gain employment through the ‘Steps to Work’ programme set up by The Salvation Army.

Visible through the historic gates the visitor centre includes an exhibition space, glazed gift shop and café space which overlooks and opens onto the landscaped garden. The training centre, with its greater requirement for privacy, is located deeper within the site with a discrete entrance.

Below a light-weight upper floor sits a brick plinth that contains education facilities with direct access to the training garden. A generous shared stair at the heart of the building encourage interaction between building users, while a large over sailing roof plane creates sheltered edges and physically unites the elements to create a pavilion in the park.

More information on this worthwhile project, as well as information on how to support it, can be found on the websites below:

13 September, 2019

Aberdeen Art Gallery - Opening Date Announced

Aberdeen Art Gallery will re-open to the public on Saturday 2 November, it was announced today.

The date will mark the completion of a redevelopment project which has brought the most significant investment since it first opened in 1885.

Aberdeen Art Gallery is home to one of the finest collections in the UK, including works by important Scottish artists, designers and makers such as Henry Raeburn, Joan Eardley, Samuel Peploe, Rachel McLean, Bill Gibb and James Cromar Watt, as well as nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists including Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Claude Monet.

A key element of Aberdeen City Council’s City Centre Masterplan, the project is transforming the Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall into a major cultural attraction which is expected to attract around 250,000 visits annually - making it one of Scotland’s most-visited galleries.

Since work began in 2015, the Schoolhill complex of buildings has been completely reimagined and transformed by Hoskins Architects and exhibition designers Studioarc to meet both the needs of visitors and requirements for the care of the nationally recognised art collection.

The £34.6million project includes investment in the fabric of the buildings, new exhibition and display galleries, improved visitor facilities and an enhanced activity programme.

Improvements include:

- Restoring and modernising the Grade A-listed building and significantly improving access and way-finding for all visitors, including creating level access from Schoolhill and opening up vistas throughout the building as well as views across the city from the new second floor.

- Increasing the number of spaces for the display of the permanent collections from 11 to 18, and the number of items on display from approximately 300 in 2015 to over 1,000 in 2019.

- Re-interpreting the collections to provide a more enjoyable and enriching visitor experience, including the use of digital interactives and personal in-gallery playlists.

- A striking new top floor housing The BP Galleries which will host three national and international touring exhibitions a year. BP recently announced £1m support for the project.

- Repairing and modernising the Cowdray Hall, preserving its celebrated acoustic and enhancing its status as an excellent small-scale concert venue.

- Improving the overall visitor experience by providing a more visually welcoming entrance area, clearer signage, enhanced retail and catering facilities and new learning and activity spaces.

- Refurbishing the Remembrance Hall and re-establishing it as a quiet place for reflection, honouring lives lost in conflict.

Full Press Release here:

18 June, 2019

Weltmuseum Wien wins Kenneth Hudson Award at the European Museum of the Year Awards

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) (presented by the European Museum Forum (EMF)) and the Council of Europe Museum Prize are the longest running and most prestigious museum awards in Europe.

EMF/EMYA is dedicated to promoting excellence in innovation and public quality in museum practice, encouraging networking and exchange of ideas and sustainable best practices within the sector. EMF/EMYA works within an overall framework of a commitment to citizenship, democracy and human rights, to bridging cultures and social and political borders, and to sustainability.

At the 2019 Award Ceremony, held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 25th May the winners of the following five awards were announced:

The European Museum of the Year Award; The council of Europe Museum Prize; The Kenneth Hudson Award; The Siletto Prize; The Portimao Museum Prize

Our heartfelt congratulations go to our friends at Weltmuseum Wien who were announced as winners of the Kenneth Hudson Award.

The EMF describe The Kenneth Hudson Award as “an award in honour of the founder of EMYA. The award goes to a museum, person, project or a group of people who have demonstrated the most unusual, daring and, perhaps, controversial achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museum in the society and carries forward the spirit of Kenneth Hudson. The Kenneth Hudson Award winner is chosen by the EMF Board of Trustees, and is not necessarily selected from the pool of the EMYA applicants.

Of the Weltmuseum, they state: “Few European museums face in depth the colonial past or address its continued legacies in the 21st century. With unique intellectual honesty, the Weltmuseum acknowledges the dilemmas embedded in its collections and strives to create a new identity as a contemporary museum that celebrates the cultural abundance of the planet and promotes respect for human rights, integration, and intercultural coexistence.”

Our congratulations also go to all other winners; further details are available on the EMF website:

05 June, 2019