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RIAS Consultancy

RIAS Consultancy was established by the RIAS in 1994. We have unrivalled experience in managing the full range of competitive processes for selecting design teams, from 'competitive interviews' through to design competitions.

Our experience is particularly relevant in the context of helping public sector clients where projects must follow EU Procurement Rules, including the need to provide a robust audit trail.


Our client list is extensive and includes Audit Scotland, Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Scottish Enterprise, Royal Blind, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Executive, Scottish Museums Council, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Royal Observatory, NHS Lothian and many of Scotland's universities, colleges, councils, housing associations and arts venues.

We provide an impartial and multi-disciplinary source of advice to clients of the construction industry consistent with their existing level of knowledge and experience of construction procurement.

Our aim is to create better-informed clients of the construction industry, from those who use it regularly to the occasional client whose need for a building project is infrequent and who cannot be expected to fully understand the complexities involved in the process.

A Complete Service

We are at the forefront of the new techniques being introduced to improve quality and value in construction such as:

  • Partnering,
  • risk and value management,
  • benchmarking,
  • balancing quality and price in the selection of design team consultants and contractors,
  • key Performance Indicators and Design Quality Indicators.

as well as the more basic functions of successful building procurement which include:

  • Preparing a brief,
  • choosing a procurement route,
  • controlling cost and programme,
  • maintaining quality,
  • interpreting information from consultants and contractors,
  • energy-efficient design and sustainable development.

Our clients come from both the public and private sectors. In addition to 'better-informed client' services, a number of specific commissions have been completed in relation to the preparation of:

  • Case studies of completed projects,
  • factsheets,
  • conference, seminar and workshop presentations,
  • guidelines for project monitoring,
  • databases of consultants' experience,
  • procurement strategies.

We would welcome an opportunity to discuss these and other services in the context of the differing needs of individual clients. Please contact RIAS Consultancy


Aberdeen Performing Arts
Albyn School, Aberdeen
An Lanntair Arts Centre
An Tuireann Arts Centre
Anniesland College
Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh
Argyll & Bute Council
Audit Scotland
Canmore Housing Association
Carnegie Dunfermline Trust
City of Glasgow Council
Clydebank College
Clydebank re-built
Communities Scotland
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited
Dumfries and Galloway College
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Dunfermline Museum + Art Gallery
Dumfries Theatre Royal
East Ayrshire Council
East Lothian Council
East Lothian Housing Association
East Renfrewshire Council
EDI Group
Edinburgh City Council
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Eildon Housing Association
Falkirk Council
Fyne Homes
Girvan Community Development Ltd
Glasgow City Council
Glenkens Community & Arts Trust
Glenrothes College
Govanhill Housing Association
Home Group
Highland Housing Alliance
High School of Dundee
Jewel & Esk Valley College
Langside College
Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Lerwick Port Authority
Live Active Leisure, Perth
Margaret Blackwood Housing Association
Merchant City
Midlothian Council
National Galleries of Scotland
NHS Lothian
North Glasgow College
North Lanark Council
North View Housing Association
Orkney Islands Council
Perth Theatre
Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust
Places for People Group
Queen Margaret University
Royal Blind
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Scotland’s Garden Trust
Scottish Arts Council
Scottish Ballet
Scottish Borders Council
Scottish Borders Construction Industry Forum
Scottish Borders Housing
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Enterprise Borders
cottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire
Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh & Lothian
Scottish Enterprise Glasgow
Scottish Executive
Scottish Government
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Museums Council
Scottish War Blinded
Shetland Islands Council
The Arches Theatre
The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
The Five Churches Property Committee
The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Observatory
Theatre Workshop
University of Aberdeen
University of Dundee
Waterfront Edinburgh
Waverly Housing
West Dunbartonshire Council
West Lothian Council
West Lothian Youth Theatre