15 Rutland Square, in the heart of Edinburgh's West End, is a unique and elegant setting for business meetings or entertainment. Home to the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for nearly a century, this building has served Scotland's architects and played host to royalty, ambassadors, politicians and leading figures from the world of architecture, the arts and public life. 15 Rutland Square offers a variety of rooms and spaces, relaxed but efficient service and excellent facilities for business meetings or distinguished entertaining.

Hiring

The Incorporation's Council Room and a comfortably appointed basement meeting room (seating up to 16) are available at highly competitive rates. Catering for all scales and types of meeting is negotiable, from simply coffee/tea and biscuits up to full, five-course, set meal.

If you are interested in using the facilities at 15 Rutland Square or would like to know more about what is on offer or detailed pricing of events, please view the RIAS Letting Brochure or contact Veronica Low on 0131 229 7545 or at vlow@rias.org.uk.

History

15 Rutland Square was the townhouse of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson (1834 - 1921), one of Scotland's most distinguished architects, who designed Glasgow Central Station, Mount Stuart House on Bute and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. He was founder and first President of the RIAS and bequeathed the house and its furnishings to the Incorporation.

The building, which dates from the 1830s, was designed by the architect John Tait and sits within a masterplan by Archibald Elliot, in the western-most area of the Edinburgh's New Town. The interiors of the building, also by Tait, have been sensitively adapted as offices and meeting rooms to address the needs of a dynamic creative profession.

Note: unfortunately, like many of Edinburgh's historic buildings, 15 Rutland Square is not wheelchair accessible.

The Building and Facilities

Upon entering 15 Rutland Square a small entrance hallway gives way to the bookshop/reception area. A Members Room with comfortable seating sits just behind the bookshop. This room is named in honour of Dr. Joyce B. Deans CBE, the Incorporation's first woman President. Both the bookshop and the Joyce B. Deans Room are open to visitors and the Incorporation's Members during the working day. However, by evening, both these rooms are suitable for small gatherings, receptions or pre-dinner drinks.

On the first floor at 15 Rutland Square is the large and impressive Council Room, the most elaborately decorated of the Incorporation's rooms. The meeting table (Sir Robert Rowand Anderson's dining table) comfortably seats up to twelve, although this room can be set out, theatre style to accommodate up to forty. The adjoining Library is suitable for catering. As the two rooms are separated by a sliding screen, they can be used in tandem for receptions of up to sixty guests or a sit down meal for a maximum of forty guests.

The Council Room displays one of Scotland's finest collections of Twentieth Century portraiture, depicting virtually all of the Incorporation's Past Presidents, with works by some of Scotland's best known portraitists. The Library still contains its historic bookcases and a particularly fine architecture collection.

Much of the Incorporation's interior decor and its services and toilet accommodation were extensively upgraded in 2009/2010. All the public rooms in the building have full wireless internet connectivity. The Council Room features a large screen monitor to facilitate PowerPoint presentations.

Getting to No. 15

As with many city centre buildings, public transport links to 15 Rutland Square are excellent. On street parking is limited and while there is a large public car park at Haymarket, within comfortable walking distance, arriving by train or bus is the preferred option for most visitors.

Rail Connections

15 Rutland Square is around ten minutes stroll from Edinburgh Haymarket Station which connects to Glasgow, Fife and the North. Waverley Station, a ten minute bus ride away, connects with all these destinations and also southwards on the East Coast line.

Hotels

15 Rutland Square is conveniently located for all the Edinburgh city centre hotels and guesthouses. The nearest large hotels are the Caledonian at the corner of Rutland Street and Lothian Road and the Sheraton at Festival Square. Smaller local facilities are available at the Rutland Hotel, Hudson's Hotel and the Roxburghe. The West End is rich in high quality speciality retail outlets and a broad range of bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. The Usher Hall, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Traverse Theatre and Filmhouse Cinema are all less than five minutes walk from 15 Rutland Square.