IN just under a year since re-opening, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh has been shortlisted for nine top awards for both architecture and as an outstanding events venue.
Nominations include the prestigious RIAS Awards, Scottish architecture’s national awards, with the judges saying: “The historic elegance of this important suite of performance and reception spaces has been wholly respected through restoration and adaptation, giving them a whole new lease of life and an economically positive future.”
Following a £9 million restoration project completed last year, both Assembly Rooms and LDN Architects have received accolades in the RICS Awards with three shortlistings in the Building Conservation, Community Benefit and Commercial categories.
They have also been recognised for Regeneration and Conservation by the Edinburgh Architectural Association.
In the Scottish Design Awards, which celebrate the best creative work from Scottish-based firms, Edinburgh-based LDN is named as a finalist in the Best Use of a Listed Building for its work on transforming the venue.
Earlier this year, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh was up against stiff London competition in the Cool Venue Awards, making it to the finals, and has just been announced as a finalist in two categories – the Best New or Refurbished Conference Venue and the Best Awards Venue – in the national Conference Venue and Supplier Awards in London.
Cllr Richard Lewis, Culture & Sport Convener, City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We are honoured to have received so many nominations for what is undoubtedly one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings.
“The refurbishment breathed much-needed new life into the venue, combining sensitive and significant repairs and renovation with fully modernised events facilities fit for the 21st century. Virtually everyone who has seen the results has been blown away and interest has been overwhelming.”
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