University of Edinburgh Business School commended in Scottish architectural awards

The building project to create the new Business School was commended in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2011 announced this month. The School was commended in the 'building conservation' category.

Developed by RICS to celebrate the best new projects in the built and natural environment, the RICS awards are free to enter and are recognised as the 'Oscars' of property professionals. 

The building awards category look at the contribution that conservation can make in its widest sense, and looks for the highest standards of restoration and renovation. It pays particular attention to the introduction of new and sustainable uses, which will ensure the survival of the historic building or structure into the future. 

In this category the judges also look at the use and re-use of building materials and the techniques employed. Evidence of detailed background research undertaken is important, plus an explanation of how this research has informed the approach taken to the overall scheme.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is an independent, representative professional body which regulates property professionals and surveyors in the United Kingdom and other sovereign nations.

The Business School's architects LDN submitted an entry for the awards.