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The conference will review a number of key issues relating to current procurement practice and will include presentations from Brian Jukes on the economics of the Scottish procurement scene, President of the Stirling Chapter, Stephen Lynas RIAS, giving the contractor's perspective, David McCallum, Head of Procurement, Facilities and Estates at SEPA, from the client perspective, Willie Watt FRIAS on the current European and UK procurement regimes and Barry White, CEO of the Scottish Futures Trust, on the mechanisms being employed by the SFT. The event will also include an introduction to our recent procurement report and will be hosted by the RIAS President, Sholto Humphries and chaired by RIAS Secretary Neil Baxter.

We anticipate a predominantly architectural audience but will be widening out the invitation to other professionals and contractors within the industry.

This event is designed as the first of a series to explore the issue of procurement specifically relating to the particular complexities of construction procurement. We are very keen to work constructively with the Government on this and have issued an invitation to them.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception at 5.00pm

For full details click here

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SSA Building of the Year Award 2011

Aim & Objectives

The Stirling Society of Architects Design Awards have been established with the aim to recognise and promote the creation of good architecture and good design generally – to recognise architects, and clients, who have collaborated in the creation of well designed buildings and to encourage others .

In particular, the awards seek to recognise some of the excellent work created by local architects and created within the Stirling Chapter area comprising Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas. Entries are accepted from any Chartered Architect throughout Scotland who has completed a building in the Chapter area.

The award has initially been established to recognise the best building in the chapter area with other projects of exceptional merit being awarded commendations.

The winner of the Chapter Design Award is granted automatic free entry to the annual RIAS Doolan Prize, an award that carries a £25,000 prize.

Judging Process

The judging process follows a procedure where the three judges, generally the President of the RIAS, Professor Andy MacMillan one of Scotland’s most celebrated living architects and a joint winner of RIAS’s inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award” and the SSA Chapter President initially meet to consider all of the award entries on the basis of the photographic, drawn and other information submitted accompanying the entries. From this initial discussion and appraisal there follows a visit to the shortlisted entries in order to decide on the eventual winner.

Awards - 2011

Entries have now closed for this years awards kindly sponsored by Hadden Construction. Judging has been carried out by Sholto Humphries RIAS President, Professor Andy MacMillan and SSA President Stephen Lynas. There was a shortlist of 7 entrants comprising:

Bracewell Stirling Consulting with the Frew House, Torwood

Bracewell Stirling Consulting with the Crosbie House, Torwood

Bracewell Stirling Consulting  with the South Stand, Falkirk Stadium

Turato Architecture with the Murray House Extension, Stirling

Lewis & Hickey with the Library Refurbishment, University of Stirling

Arka Architects with 7a-c Scott Avenue, Polmont

Arka Architects with Cairneymount Church Conversion, Maddiston

The Award winner will be announced on Thursday 29 September at 5pm at the Gean House, Tullibody Road, Alloa following our Autumn CPD Event.

SSA Design Awards 2009 - Winner : Easter Greenrigg Steading , ARKA Architects

Judging Process

The judging process follows a procedure where the three judges, David Dunbar (as then “president elect” of RIAS – now President), Professor Andy MacMillan one of Scotland’s most celebrated living architects and a joint winner of RIAS’s inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award” and Paul Stephen (as the President at the time) initially met to consider all of the award entries on the basis of the photographic, drawn and other information submitted accompanying the entries. From this initial discussion and appraisal it was decided to visit a number of entries in order to decide on the eventual winner.

The Coach House (Commendation)

The judges felt that this project had been carefully considered and thoughtfully detailed. It created some much needed additional space to a family home and the use of natural light created an impression of space which belies the extensions modest size.

The judges were also aware that projects of this nature are often commissioned without the services of a Chartered Architect and it was felt that this was an excellent example of the added value and excellent design which can be achieved through using a Chartered Architect.

It was felt that this project was worthy of a Commendation and that it embodied many of the merits of the overall winning project albeit on a more modest scale.

Easter Greenrigg Steading (Award Winner)

The judges felt that this project eschewed quality throughout, from the overall design, through attention to detail and the specification of quality finishes.

The design has successfully made the most of the wonderful views to the surrounding countryside and has made the most of an existing rural building to create modern homes encompassing an awareness of three dimensional space within the public spaces.

However, although the entry submission for this project was specifically for one unit, the judges unanimously felt that the development worked cohesively as a whole and that this was a key factor in the overall success of the development.

Falkirk based practice ARKA Architects swept the board at the inaugural design awards for the S.S.A, a chapter of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland. The event was held in the Best Western Park Hotel, Falkirk on 22nd October 2009. Sponsored by Ibstock Brick, the award was open to all practices across Scotland and called for entries for any project completed in 2007 & 2008 in the chapter area that covered Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire.

The entries received covered a wide range of projects from which a short list of 6 were drawn up - 3 of which were ARKA projects. Following a day of judging by David Dunbar, president of the RIAS and celebrated architect, Professor Andy MacMillan the winning entries were selected.

It was ARKA’s Easter Greenrigg Steading development for local developer GRS Homes that walked away with the top SSA ‘Best Building’ design award 2009. As well as wining the award, the project now goes forward automatically for the ‘RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture’ -  the largest monetary prize award for Architecture in the UK with a top prize of £25,000.

The commendation award also went to ARKA for their innovative extension to a converted Coach House next to Dollar Park in Falkirk. The project received the ‘judges commendation’ for its highly detailed and innovative response to the project brief.

Easter Greenrigg project Architect Ryan Marshall commented, “  I am delighted that we have won these awards , not just for us as a practice but also for our clients who do put a lot of trust in us. Being afforded the trust and belief in your ability by someone brings a lot of responsibility and when you undertake a project like Easter Greenrigg steading that tries to challenge the norm, that trust is put to the test, especially in the current economic climate!. I am extremely happy to say that this has paid off and that the award is a testament to the belief shown in our ideas by Graham Scott at GRS homes. It would have been easy for him to look for a more straightforward design but he gave us the freedom to express our ideas. This has been rewarded in the sale of all the properties and indeed this award.  I hope that other developers/house builders can perhaps start to think a little more out the box in terms of what they build in the local area. I think in the current climate people are questioning how they spend their money and are asking more questions of what they are being offered. That can easily apply to both new houses and extensions.

We have a number of local projects & developments on the drawing boards and I hope that our designs can be seen as a positive contribution to the urban fabric and to the image of the town as a whole."

Paul Stephen, President of the SSA commented: “ This event, the first event in the chapter history, is aimed at drawing attention to our built environment across central Scotland in the Stirling chapter area. It is intended that this will be come an annual event on the awards calendar. A lot of good work is done in the chapter and the S.S.A Design award is a vehicle to raise awareness of this work and celebrate it. In doing so it is hoped that, as with the success seen in the Glasgow and Edinburgh chapter awards, public interest can be stimulated and that the desire for well designed buildings and public spaces can further developed with in the chapter.”

SSA Design Awards 2010 - Winner : Hippodrome Theatre, Pollock Hammond Partnership

The Hippodrome, built in 1911, is the earliest surviving purpose built cinema in Scotland.  It was commissioned by cinema pioneer Louis Dickson and designed by a local architect Mark Steele in a prominent corner position between the historically busy port area and the Main Street of Bo’ness.  It is an A-listed building, in recognition of its importance in the history of cinema and the development of 20th Century architecture. 

The Hippodrome was built during Bo’ness’s heyday as a centre for heavy industry and coal mining as well as one of Scotland’s largest export shipping ports.  Today the town is primarily a commuter town since the decline in the coal industry and dock closure in the mid 20th Century. 

Along with the town’s general decline the Hippodrome was closed as a cinema in the 1960’s and used for nearly 20 years as a bingo hall.

The building lay derelict and empty for nearly 20 years and was subject to damp, fire and vandalism.  It was contributing to the town’s decline and its condition and appearance was detrimental to its significance.

The Hippodrome has now been restored and returned to the use for which it was originally built, a small picture house cinema which is operated by Falkirk Council. 

Much of the original fabric and character has been repaired with a decorative scheme reflecting that of 1926. 

The local community has a new community resource and a revitalised town centre which is a boost to local businesses.

CBE Forthcoming Events

The CBE in Glasgow hold numerous seminars throughout the year.

Information on all CBE seminars and booking details from: CBE Website

Stirling Council - Planning Department

Paul Stephen and Sandy Dawson from the SSA met with Stirling Council, Planning in July 2007. Notes of their meeting can be read by clicking on the link below:

Notes of Meeting

Stirling Council Agents Forum

The Stirling Council Agents Forum was held on 25 June 2008, covering the following topics:

  • Planning Act 2006 and Draft Regulations
  • E-Planning
  • Proposed changes on Redundant Rural Buildings Policy
  • Customer Survey 2008
  • Planning Performance and Service issues

Clackmannanshire Council Development Quality Customer Forum

Modernising the Planning System

On 2 June 2007, Clackmannanshire Council hosted a morning seminar on various matters covering the new Planning Act and also the E-Planning service which is programmed to go live later this year. The development quality department have kindly allowed us to publish the presentations made at their seminar for the benefit of members and the various presentations are available for download from this page. Should you have any queries regarding the content of any of the presentations please contact Clackmannanshire Council's Development Quality Team on: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


75th Anniversary Dinner

Friday 28 November 2008 - a very successful and enjoyable Celebratory Dinner was held at Stirling Highland Hotel to recognise the 75th Anniversary of the Stirling Society of Architects.

2010 AGM & CPD

This year's AGM and CPD is provisionally arranged to be held in Gean House, Alloa on Thursday 25th March 2010. As well as being informative, this day in the calendar is always a great opportunity to meet up with fellow colleagues! Details to follow ...

 Interested in becoming a member of the Chapter Council - find out more here.

 Any questions, feel free to contact Chapter Secretary Moira Bain by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About the SSA

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Stirling Society of Architects (SSA) website.

As a key Chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the SSA seeks to promote architecture and improve the quality of both our built and natural environments. The SSA seeks to achieve those goals by promoting education initiatives, general awareness, professional development, liaison with local government, professional and other groups. This website represents one component of those efforts, which are underpinned by the annual SSA Awards which underline both the talent which is available locally and of course many clients’ desire for exemplary design.

The SSA is here to help and wishes to actively engage with clients, practices, architects, and the general public throughout the Forth Valley area. We hope that this website will be a significant step towards that ambition.

Please have a browse through our online directory of Chartered Architects where our members demonstrate a broad depth of design skills combined with local experience.

The ability of members in the Chapter area (and in other areas) is extensive, with individuals and practices available to handle all project types from the smallest domestic extensions to the most prestigious of commercial or public buildings. Because our members live and work in the Chapter area they know well the Planning and Public Authorities with which detailed liaison is required to bring building projects from conception to successful completion; they understand the local issues involved; and – crucially - are locally based and therefore on hand and available to ensure that your projects are successfully delivered.

If you need specific information, have a query regarding our services, or any comment on the Chapter or Architecture please get in touch. We’d be delighted to hear from you.


Kevin Spence RIAS


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