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Top Scottish housing schemes win Saltire Society awards

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Projects by Richard Gibson Architects, Konishi Gaffney and HLM have picked up 2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards

The winning architects were selected from four categories at an event held in Edinburgh last week that also celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Saltire Society, the organisation set up in 1936 to champion the understanding of the culture and heritage of Scotland.

Among the victorious schemes was a low-energy house in the Highlands region, which won the Single Dwelling New Build award for HLM.

Muckle Roe Chapel, a three-bedroom renovation scheme by Richard Gibson Architects on the Shetland Islands and A449 Architects’ redevelopment of a mid-20th century home picked up awards in the Alterations, Renovation and Extensions category.

Konishi Gaffney’s Sunken Extension, which was shortlisted for the 2016 AJ Small Projects Awards, received a commendation in the same category.

Meanwhile Brindley Associates won a Landscape in Housing award for its work on the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The housing development in the city’s east end has been turned into 700 new mixed-tenure homes, having housed 6,500 athletes during the games.

Jim Tough, executive director of the Saltire Society, said: ‘As ever I have been very impressed by the design, innovation and attention to detail that is present in all of this year’s shortlisted entries.

‘The feedback from the judges is that the decisions on the overall winners were particularly hard to make, which is testament to the calibre of architectural talent in Scotland today.’

In addition, John Gilbert Architects won a Innovation in Housing award for the second year running with its Hab-Lab.

Edinburgh University student Michael Mallinder-Macleod was named at the ceremony as winner of the Saltire Society International Travel Bursary. Mallinder-Macleod will now travel to Denmark and The Netherlands to interview architects involved in designing new models for housing the elderly and he will publish a report with recommendations for Scotland’s elderly housing sector.

Winning projects 

  • Blakeburn Cottage by A449 Architects, winner, Alterations, Renovation and Extensions 
  • Muckle Roe Cottage by Richard Gibson Architects, winner, Alterations, Renovation and Extensions 
  • Tigh Na Croit by HLM Architects, winner, Single Dwelling New Build
  • Athletes’ Village by Brindley Associates, winner, Landscape in Housing
  • Hab Lab by John Gilbert Architects, winner, Innovation in Housing 

Commended projects

  • Sighthill Regeneration by Collective Architecture, commended, Multiple Housing
  • Sunken Extension, Edinburgh, by Konishi Gaffney, commended, Alterations, Renovation and Extensions
  • Tudsbery Court, Edinburgh, by Smith Scott Mullan Associates, commended, Landscape in Housing
  • The Rings, Fife, by Chambers McMillan, commended, Innovation in Housing


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