City sites line up for award

The Scotsman Steps and the National Museum of Scotland are among those in the running for a new Scotland-only architectural awards scheme.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is holding its first national awards. Also nominated is the recently revamped National Portrait Gallery and a “garden room” for a private house in Edinburgh.

Sholto Humphries, president of the RIAS said: “We had 71 entries which is a tremendous vote of confidence.”