New chapel praised

The new chapel at St Albert's Catholic Chaplaincy in George Square has won four architecture accolades.

St Albert's Catholic Chaplaincy

The building, which was completed in late 2012, came top in two categories in the 2013 Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards.

Designed by Edinburgh alumnus Stuart Allan, of Simpson & Brown architects, the new house of worship won awards for best new building and best use of wood in a building.


Located in the rear garden of 23-24 George Square, the chapel is much larger and more accessible than its predecessor.

It is open all day until early evening and has two entrances - one through the basement of 23 George Square and the other from George Square Lane.

The chapel has also received praise from the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Awards.


Judges for the My Place Awards described it as “a beautiful and inspiring building which offers world-class design, a gathering place and a new space for contemplation and prayer”.

They added that the building is “modest but intricately constructed” and they highlighted its “meaningful and thoughtful relationship with its surroundings”.

It has also been shortlisted for the 2013 The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards.

The 12 buildings will now compete for the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.


The chapel has also been named on a list of Britain's best new building projects.

It is one of 43 buildings in the UK to receive an award for architectural excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba).

It will now go forward for Riba's top award, the Stirling Prize. This year's winner will be announced on 26 September in London.

Masses are held every weekday at 5.15pm and at 1.10pm during term time. Visitors are welcome.