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Top Scottish housing schemes pick up major Saltire awards

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Projects by Proctor & Matthews, Kraft, Paper Igloo have triumphed in the 2015 Saltire Housing Design Awards

A pioneering 121-home development at Polnoon in Eaglesham by Proctor & Matthews Architects was awarded a 2015 innovation in housing award by the Saltire Society. The Scottish Government-backed scheme south west of Glasgow was described as a ‘conservation area of tomorrow’ because of the standards it set in urban planning.

Kraft Architecture received a similar gong for its ‘refurbished house’ at the BRE Innovation Park in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. The four-in-a-block retrofitted maisonettes showcase different materials to test ways that homes can be upgraded while vacant, or when tenants have been temporarily decanted.

Paper Igloo’s refurbishment of the Old Farmhouse at Invergarry won the Saltire Medal, a winner-of-winners accolade for the awards’ other categories. The 10-year project has an original farm dwelling at its centre but is flanked by new larch-clad ‘barn’ structures.

Awards guest chair artist Toby Paterson praised the standard of entries as “outstanding”.

“The housing design awards were established to recognise and celebrate Scottish architecture and I firmly that our 2015 winners are shining examples of the very best of Scotland’s architecture,” he said.

Scotland’s housing minister Margaret Burgess said the awards were a ‘tribute both to the skills of the architects and the vision of the clients’ involved with the schemes.

Winners in full

The pioneering 121-home development at Polnoon in Eaglesham by Proctor and Matthews Architects

The 121-home development at Polnoon by Proctor and Matthews Architects

Innovation in Housing
Polnoon (Proctor & Matthews Architects)
Refurbished House, BRE Innovation Park (Kraft Architecture)

Alterations, Renovations and Extensions
1 Rosefield Avenue Lane, Portobello, Edinburgh (A449 Architects)
The Mill, Southside Steading, Kilbucho, Peebles (WT Architecture)
The Old Farmhouse, Faichem, Invergarry (Paper Igloo)

West Burn Lane by Sutherland Hussey Harris

West Burn Lane by Sutherland Hussey Harris

Multiple Housing Development
West Burn Lane, St Andrews, Fife (Sutherland Hussey Harris Architects)
West Pilton Crescent, Edinburgh (Malcolm Fraser Architects/Harrison Stevens)
Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area - Phase 1A, Glasgow (Page\Park Architects and Elder & Cannon Architects)

Single Dwelling
Murphy House, Hart Street, Edinburgh (Richard Murphy Architects)

Landscape in Housing
West Pilton Crescent, Edinburgh (Malcolm Fraser Architects/Harrison Stevens)
Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area - Phase 1A, Glasgow (Page\Park Architects and Elder & Cannon Architects)

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