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Housing Design Awards Shortlist + Brief History

4 + 1 Jul 2016

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Winners

2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Winners

The winners of the 2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards and the recipient of the Saltire International Travel Bursary were announced at a special ceremony in Edinburgh on the 30th of June 2016.

Now in their 79th year, the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards celebrate excellence and achievement in Scottish house building and place-making and are part of a busy programme of special events and awards planned to celebrate the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary year.

Those at the ceremony were lucky to hear a lively discussion between this year’s guest chair,Kirsty Wark, and former chairs Malcolm Fraser and Toby Paterson about Scottish housing design through the years.

Winners were recognised across Scotland in four different categories, each receiving a Saltire plaque:

• The remodelling of a farm building in the Borders, Blakeburn Cottage, won an award in theAlterations, Renovation and Extensions category and was selected to win the coveted Saltire Medal and accompanying £1,500 prize.

• The renovation of Muckle Roe Chapel on Muckle Roe Island, Shetland, also won an award in the Alterations, Renovation and Extensions category.

• Tigh Na Croit, a new build project in Ross-shire won an award in the Single Dwelling New Build category.

• Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games Athletes Village won an award in the Landscape in Housing category.

• Hab Lab, a project that explores how the ‘Performance gap’ found within new and existing housing stock can be eliminated, won an award and accompanying £1,500 prize in theInnovation in Housing category.

Edinburgh University student Michael Mallinder-Macleodscooped the Saltire International Travel Bursary, created in partnership with the British Council Scotland, for a submission titled ‘Housing an ageing population: How are our neighbours doing it?’

Michael will now travel to Denmark and the Netherlands to interview architects involved in designing new models for elderly living and meet with residents to discuss their ideas for better housing. He will then publish a report with ideas and recommendations for Scotland’s elderly housing sector.

Receiving commendations from the judges were two projects in Edinburgh; Sunken Extension in the Alterations, Renovation and Extensions category, and Tudsbery Court in the Landscape in Housing category. An innovative wheelchair accessible holiday cottage in Fife, called The Rings, and the regeneration of the Sighthill area in Glasgow also received commendations in their categories.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP said at the ceremony: “In this, the 80th year of the Saltire Society, these Awards continue to set a benchmark for excellence in the design of individual housing and in the creation of great places.

“Highlighting exemplary practice in housing, the Saltire Society’s Awards promote projects that showcase the importance of design in delivering good quality across all tenures and house types.”

Jim Tough, executive director of the Saltire Society said: “The Housing Design Awards were the very first Awards scheme initiated by the society, and have been around longer than any other design awards in Scotland.

“Established in 1937, the Awards not only promote the importance of good design and housing for all, but have evolved to help to honour and encourage creativity, excellence and innovation in modern Scottish place-making.

“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. ”

16 Jun 2016

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Shortlist

2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Shortlist

The shortlists for all five award categories in this year’s Saltire Society Housing Design Awards have been announced ahead of the annual awards ceremony, which will take place in Edinburgh at the end of this month.

Now in their 79th year, the awards celebrate excellence and achievement in Scottish house building and place-making and are part of a busy programme of special events and awards planned to celebrate the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary year.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 30 June at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. The event will feature a special ‘Test of Time’ discussion as part of the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary celebrations as well as marking 2016 as Scotland’s official Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Chaired by Jude Barber, Kirsty Wark will join former chairs, Malcolm Fraser and Toby Paterson, to review the history of the awards, discuss which winners have indeed stood the ‘Test of Time’, and explore themes that will inform the future of house building in Scotland.

The winners in each of the five categories will be announced at the special ceremony as well as the recipient of the coveted Saltire Medal and accompanying £1,500 prize fund.

The Innovation in Housing award continues to be benefit from financial support from the Scottish Government, with the winner of this category receiving a separate £1,500 cash prize.

Also to be announced at the event will be the winner of the Saltire Society International Travel Bursary for architecture, created in association with the British Council Scotland as part of a £50,000 ‘Inspiring Scotland’ programme of funding to support emerging new talent across many art and design disciplines in celebration of the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary.

Commenting on this year’s Saltire Society Housing Design Awards shortlists, judging panel guest chair Kirsty Wark said: “I am very much looking forward to chairing this year’s Housing Design Awards in such a significant year for the Saltire Society, particularly when 2016 is also the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in Scotland. There’s so much creativity in the housing sector in Scotland, such thoughtful forward thinking architecture and design which enhances our cityscapes and landscapes, so that our houses can be a joy to experience, either dwelling in them…or admiring them!”

Convener of the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards, Jude Barber from Collective Architecture, said: “The standard of shortlisted entries has, as ever, been immeasurably high and we are particularly pleased to welcome Kirsty Wark to the role of Annual Guest Chair. Kirsty is one of Britain’s most experienced television journalists, winning several major awards for her work and we think she will be a terrific addition to this year’s awards ceremony.

“The Housing Design Awards were established to celebrate Scottish architecture and it is great to have this opportunity to recognise all these brilliant achievements in Scottish house building and place-making.”

“On behalf of the Saltire Society and the Housing Award Panel, I would like to wish all those shortlisted the very best of luck.”

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Shortlist 2016

2016 Shortlisted entries:

Multiple Housing Development

Ronald McDonald House, Glasgow

Ronald McDonald House Glasgow - shortlisted at Saltire Society Housing Design Awards
photo from architects

Sighthill Regeneration, Glasgow

Alterations, Renovation and Extensions

Blakeburn, Melrose

Saltcoats Steading, Gullane, East Lothian

Sunken Extension, Edinburgh

Solen Vinklar, Edinburgh

East Claremont Street, Edinburgh

Muckle Roe Chapel, Shetland

Single Dwelling New Build

Tigh Na Croit, Gorstan, Ross-shire

Landscape in Housing

Tudsbury Court, Craigmillar

Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, Glasgow 
Commonwealth Games Athletes Village townhouse
photograph courtesy of City Legacy

Commonwealth Games Athletes Village

Blakeburn, Wester Housebyres, Roxburghshire

Stoneywood (Part One), Aberdeen

Innovation in Housing

Panmure, Glasgow

Hab Lab

Aboyne Grange, Aboyne

Anderston Regeneration Phases 4&5, Glasgow

The Rings, Cupar

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards

The Saltire Society was instrumental in various initiatives to restore and refurbish Scottish housing, notably in areas such as The Old Town, Edinburgh.

Saltire Society : Test of Time Exhibition 2007

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards: 2003 PR
The 2003 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards were presented 4 Dec 2003 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

The Saltire Society was established in 1936 to help preserve and promote Scottish culture. It makes a series of awards for excellence, one of which is for Housing Design.

The Saltire Society Awards are supported by the Scottish Executive.

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards:-
Samaritans Hospital, Glasgow
Commissioner – Govanhill Housing Association
Architect – Vernon Monaghan Architects

Murdoch Nisbet Court, Newmilns, Ayrshire
Commissioner – Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association
Architect – Page and Park

Dundonald, Ayrshire
Commissioner – Ayrshire Housing
Architect – Wren Rutherford A-S:L

Mayar Bhan, West Kilbride
Commissioner – Kevin Cooper, Catherine Cooper
Architect – Kevin Cooper, Catherine Cooper Architects

Merchiston Mews, Edinburgh
Commissioner – Mr & Mrs R S Mossman
Architect – Arcade Architects

Royal Park Terrace, Edinburgh
Commissioner – Douglas Robertson
Architect – Zone Architects

Hart Street, Edinburgh
Commissioner – Richard & Claire Barlas
Architect – Zone Architects

The Granary, Elie
Commissioner – Tim Neilson
Architect – McKeown Alexander

The Windsor Hotel Site, Dunoon
Commissioner – Queens Cross Housing Association
Architect – Elder & Cannon Architects

Ferry Road, Edinburgh
Architect – Oliver Chapman Architects

Karen Anderson, Convener of the Adjudicating Panel said “each year the Saltire Housing Design Awards Panel aims to award and commend the designers, builders and commissioners of new housing in Scotland that contributes to the quality of life of those who live within them, and to the wider Scottish community within which they are located. This year we were pleased to award a higher than usual number of projects. There was a good mix of smaller projects for private developers, and larger ones for Housing Associations. Unfortunately this year there was no award to a large private sector development. We consider each of the awarded projects demonstrates that well designed contemporary homes can significantly enhance our Scottish towns, cities and country areas and can contribute to their future sustainability.”

Saltire Society : Housing Design Panel
Karen Anderson (Convener) Anderson Bell Christie
Alison Blamire Arcade Architects
Andrew Burrell The Burrell Company
David Cameron Saltire Society
Ian G Fraser Halliday Fraser Munro
J E Gibbons Scottish Executive
Ian Gilzean Scottish Executive
Penny Lewis Carnyx Group Ltd
Bill Macpherson MKW Design Partnership
Hunter Reid Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Ric Russell Nicoll Russell Studios Architects
Adrian Stewart Chris Stewart Architects
Ian White Ian White Associates (Landscape Architects)
Simon Winstanley Crallan & Winstanley

Saltire Society Awards : PR 2002

The announcement of the winners of this year’s Saltire Society Housing Design Awards will take place on 7 November 2002 at The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow. The awards will be presented by Dr Elaine Murray, MSP, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport and the prize giving will be followed by two lectures and a discussion. Gordon Benson, Benson & Forsyth Architects, the designers of the Museum of Scotland and Jonathan Woodroffe, S333 Studio in the Netherlands will talk about their work and housing design.

The Saltire Society was established in 1936 in order to conserve and promote Scottish cultural life. The founders, were strongly influenced by the work of Sir Patrick Geddes and under the leadership of Robert Hurd, Geddes’s son-in-law, Saltire set out to improve the quality of the built environment. In 1937 they established a Housing Design Award that, with the exception of the war years, continued and developed to reflect the changing concerns of the time.
Hurd was keen that new homes, whether rural or urban, respected Scottish design traditions. Today’s panel rewards architects and developers producing new homes that have a strong relationship to their environments and involve successful ‘place-making’. Currently panel members are particularly keen to promote the development of a more thoughtful approach to the layout and design of private sector suburban developments. The panel also look for innovation in the planning, construction, energy efficiency of new homes, as well as encouraging the creation of affordable homes in areas where the market has failed to deliver.

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards – PR 25 Oct 2002

Location: Scotland

Rennie Mackintosh

James Stirling

Alexander Thomson

Historic Scottish Houses

Scottish Castles

Saltire Society : Design Awards 2006

Scottish Architecture – Selection

Skye House, Isle of Skye
Camustianavaig House

Maxim Office Park, Motherwell
Maxim Office Park

Scottish Architect

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