Design Awards 2011
Marischal College is arguably the finest secular, historic building in Aberdeen. With the primary elevation being 400ft long and 80ft high, this impressive structure is one of the largest granite buildings in the world, second only to the El Escorial Palace in Madrid. The magnificent gothic building strikes an imposing presence across the city’s skyline and forms a vital addition to the urban landscape.
Holmes were commissioned by Aberdeen City Council to undertake the redevelopment of the Grade A Listed Marischal College as their new Council headquarters office. Project comprised the full façade retention of the A Listed Marischal College building and full installation and fit-out of open plan office space within to create 14000sqm net floor space with fit-out for 1400 staff.
A sensitive and sustainable design approach was adopted which focused on creating an appropriate design solution that preserved and enhanced the established identity of this landmark building. One of the greatest challenges was to ensure the design and arrangement of internal spaces were suited to a modern office environment whilst integrated with existing structure, fenestration and historical details.
The final results have exceeded expectations with the restored and cleaned white granite facades, sparkling in the sunlight. The gleaming exterior acts as a metaphor for the rebirth of the building with not only a different use, but also having been handed over to the people of Aberdeen and with the people welcomed into the building.