Saltire Awards 2010: Housing Design Scotland

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13 Sep 2010

Saltire Awards 2010 – Winners

McAslan and Culture Minister Unveil Saltire Society Housing Design Awards in Scottish Capital

The Saltire Society has presented its 2010 Housing Design Awards at a high profile ceremony in Edinburgh – with Scottish Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop MSP handing out the accolades.

Skye practice Rural Design sported the largest smiles of the afternoon, after their striking timber house at Fiscavaig was not only awarded in the ‘Private Dwelling-New Build’ category, but also enjoyed the honour of becoming the first ever recipient of the ‘Saltire Medal’.

The Saltire Medal is a special award and cash prize chosen by the inaugural guest chair of the awards – and current world architect of the year – John McAslan. The accolade was introduced as part of a raft of changes to this year’s scheme, which enjoyed a dramatic surge in entries in 2010.

Colin Andrew Smith Architect’s spectacularly situated ‘Rock House’ in Perthshire also picked up an award in the same category as 15 Fiscavaig, where the judges also commended Roxburgh McEwan’s ‘Bookend Cottage’ in Tobermory.

In what has been another year of financial austerity for architects and house-builders alike, it was perhaps unsurprising that the ‘Renovations, Alterations and Extensions’ section received numerous submissions; with Studio KAP architects in Glasgow scooping two of the coveted awards for projects in Glasgow and Lochgilphead. Archial Architects were also awarded in this category for their stylish renovation and conversion the ‘Clocktower’ building – an imposing former Jute Mill on the Dundee’s waterfront.

In the ‘Large Scale Housing Development’ section Elder and Cannon Architects picked up both an award and a commendation for projects in Clydebank and Edinburgh respectively. And after being the only ‘Small Scale Housing Development’ short-listed; Gokay Deveci’s ‘Tigh Na Cladach’ (in guest chair John McAslan’s native Dunoon) received a commendation from the judging panel.

Mr McAslan congratulated the extremely high quality of entry to this year’s scheme, which has seen a 100 % increase in submissions on 2008/09. He also explained his choice for the inaugural Saltire Medal:

“The quality of entries for this year’s Saltire Society Housing Design Awards was extremely high, which made the final selection a difficult exercise. The Medal winner, Fiscavaig, stood out for its innovative use of materials and design which took account of its surroundings and setting.

The standard of architecture currently being produced in Scotland is extraordinary and Fiscavaig is a perfect example”

Guest of Honour Fiona Hyslop MSP stressed the importance of schemes like the Saltire Society’s in ensuring a diverse, innovative housing stock for Scotland:

“I was delighted to see a dramatic increase in the number of entries for this year’s Awards. This interest demonstrates that the industry shares this Government’s ambitions for better quality housing in Scotland. Given the economic pressures facing society as a whole, it is important that we see good design as a means to provide good value. Crucially, good design allows us the opportunity to deliver more for less.”

Saltire Medal Winner
Fiscavaig House Skye
photo from the architect
Fiscavaig House, Isle of Skye : rural design

2010 Saltire Awards – awards & commendees

Large Scale Housing Development

Awards
Queen’s Gate, Clydebank (Elder and Cannon Architects)

Commendations
Inglis Point, Edinburgh (Oberlanders Architects)
– Wauchope Sq Phase Two (Elder and Cannon Architects)
Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh (Allan Murray Architects)

Private Dwelling – New Build

Awards
– Rock House, Kenmore (Colin Andrew Smith Architect)
15 Fiscavaig, Isle of Skye (Rural Design)

Commendations
– Bookend Cottage, Tobermory (Roxburgh McEwan Architects)

Renovations Alterations and Extensions

Awards
Clocktower, Dundee (Archial Architects Ltd)
Sutherland Avenue, Pollocksheilds (Studio KAP Architects)
Auchoish Steading, Lochgilphead (Studio KAP Architects)

Commendations
Russell Place, Edinburgh (Arcade Architects)
Circus Lane, Edinburgh (WT Architects)

Small Scale Housing Development

Commendations
Tigh-na-Cladach (House by the Shore), Dunoon (Gokay Deveci Architect)

The Saltire Society Housing Design Awards awards seek to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the best house-building, master-planning, and housing-design in Scotland.

The awards have been existence since 1937, and are supported by The Scottish Govt, Architecture and Design Scotland, The Chartered Institute of Housing (Scotland), Homes for Scotland, and The Chartered Institute of Builders.

8 Jul 2010

Saltire Housing Design Awards Shortlist

It seems that not all design awards schemes are struggling with dwindling submission numbers in the current economic climate. The Saltire Society Housing Design Awards – the oldest awards scheme of its kind in Scotland – has today unveiled a diverse, nationwide shortlist of projects for its 2010 competition.

The society also announced a recession-beating 100% increase in entries over last year’s scheme.

After a major re-vamp of the awards – which included enlisting world architect of the year John McAslan as the inaugural guest chairman – the shortlist contains several already lauded projects; including Colin Andrew Smith’s ‘Rock House’ at Kenmore in Perthshire, Konishi-Gaffney’s ‘Japanese House’ in Edinburgh, and Skye architects Rural Design’s private house at Fiscavaig.

Despite only one project making the shortlist for the ‘small scale housing development’ section (Gokay Deveci Architect’s ‘Tigh Na Cladach’ in Dunoon), the runners in the’ large scale housing development category include Allan Murray Architects’ redevelopment of a prominent 1960’s office block at Ravelston Terrace in Edinburgh, Anderson Bell Christie’s contemporary city terraces at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth Square, and two competing schemes by different architects at the Craigmillar development in Edinburgh.

Inaugural guest chair of the awards John McAslan welcomed the increase in submissions, and was keen to note the extremely high quality of work on this year’s Saltire shortlist… “I am absolutely delighted that the Saltire Awards have managed to increase their entry numbers so dramatically over previous years; and also with the exceptionally high standard of work submitted this year.

“There are some really fine examples of contemporary housing design represented on the shortlist, particularly in the new build and renovation / alteration sections. As a Scot, I am greatly encouraged to find that even in difficult times this kind of work is still being commissioned and built throughout Scotland.”

The full 2010 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Shortlist:

Large Scale Housing Development

1) Ravelston Terrace Apartments, Edinburgh (Allan Murray Architects)
2) Inglis Point, McEwan Place, Edinburgh (Oberlander Architects LLP)
3) Wauchope Square Phase One, Craigmillar, Edinburgh (Page/Park Architects)
4) Queen Elizabeth Square, Rutherglen, Glasgow (Anderson Bell Christie)
5) Wauchope Square Phase Two, Craigmillar, Edinburgh (Elder and Cannon Architects)
6) Queen’s Gate, Clydebank (Elder and Cannon Architects)
7) Microloft, Cellar Bank, Edinburgh (Studio DuB)
8) Lochrin Development, Edinburgh, (Michael Laird Architects)

Small Scale Housing Development

1) Tigh-na-Cladach (House by the Shore), Dunoon (Gokay Deveci Architect).

Private Dwelling – New Build

1) Merchiston Villa, Edinburgh (Allan Murray Architects)
2) Rock House, Kenmore, Perthshire (Colin Andrew Smith Architect)
3) Japanese House, Edinburgh (Konishi-Gaffney Architects)
4) 15 Fiscavaig, Fiscavaig, Isle of Skye (Rural Design)
5) The Long House, Husabost, Isle of Skye (Rural Design)
6) Bookend Cottage, Tobermory (Roxburgh McEwan Architects)
7) Tigh Na Dobhran, Arduaine, Argyll (Studio KAP Architects)
8) Tigh Na Gcearc, Lochwinnoch (Nord Architecture Ltd)
9) Frisealach, Lochailort (Helen Lucas Architects)

Alterations, Renovations and Extensions

1) Russell Place, Edinburgh (Arcade Architects)
2) Circus Lane, Edinburgh (WT Architects)
3) Clocktower, Dundee (Archial Architects Ltd)
4) Bulloch House, Dungoyne (Studio KAP Architects)
5) Sutherland Avenue, Pollocksheilds (Studio KAP Architects)
6) Auchoish Steading, Lochgilphead (Studio KAP Architects)

The Saltire Society Housing Design Awards seek to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the best house-building, master-planning, and housing-design in Scotland.

The awards have been existence since 1937, and are supported by The Scottish Govt., Homes for Scotland, The Chartered Institute of Builders, and Architecture and Design Scotland – which will sponsor two awards categories. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh on 13th September.

31 Mar 2010

McAslan to Chair Re-vamped Saltire Awards

World Architect of the Year John McAslan is to return home to Scotland this summer to judge one the country’s most prestigious design awards schemes: The Saltire Society Housing Design Awards.

The awards are presented by the Saltire Society, which today announced that Mr McAslan is to become the competition’s first ever guest chair; a role which has been created as part of a major re-vamp of the scheme for 2010. As well as chairing the judges, Mr McAslan will also present a new award called ‘The Saltire Medal’, for which he will select his own favourite project from this year’s winners.

The awards are Scotland’s oldest housing awards scheme, and are entering their eighth decade. They seek to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the best house-building, master-planning, and housing-design in Scotland. The distinctive blue plaques which the Society presents can be found on housing projects of all scales and intentions throughout the country.

Mr McAslan – who recently returned from advising the Clinton Global Initiative on the reconstruction of Port Au Prince in Haiti – welcomed his appointment as the inaugural guest chair of the competition; ‘I’m delighted and honoured to be asked to be The Saltire Society Housing Design Awards’ first guest chair. I’m looking forward to celebrating what I know is a rich vein of Scottish housing design talent that is creating solutions for the pressing issues of today and tomorrow.

Mr McAslan also stressed the importance of engaging in awards like Saltire’s ‘I would urge everyone from architects, to building developers, to housing associations to submit all their eligible projects. Over the years, I know my practice has benefited from the recognition that comes with winning prestigious awards.’

Awards panel convener Simon Winstanley welcomed Mr McAslan’s comments, and was keen to point out that his involvement comes as part of a raft of changes to the scheme; ‘The Saltire Society is extremely pleased to welcome John McAslan to it’s inaugural housing awards chair; his reputation and achievements around the world really do speak for themselves and we are very pleased to welcome him back to Scotland to chair our panel.

‘John’s presence is part of several changes we have made to the awards this year’ Mr Winstanley continued. ‘We have created 4 new categories, a brand new award in the Saltire Medal, and made it easier for architects, developers and housing associations alike to submit their work. We very much hope to see an enthusiastic response from what we believe is still a vibrant Scottish housing industry.’

The awards are one of twelve competitions run by the by the Saltire Society, and are judged by a diverse panel of industry specialists. They are open to all house-builders, developers, housing associations and practising architects who have completed projects in Scotland over the last three years.

The awards are supported by The Scottish Govt., Homes for Scotland, Architecture and Design Scotland, and The Chartered Institute of Builders. For more information on the awards, the Saltire Society, and the judging panel; please visit www.saltirehousingdesignwards.org

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