The winners of the Argyll and Bute Sustainable Design Awards 2012 have been chosen. The overall winner is Tigh-na-Cladach in Dunoon which was designed by G Deveci and was in the large scale residential category. The judges described the work as ‘setting a high benchmark for future affordable housing, and important lesson for private housing developers on how new housing can be successfully developed.’
A commendation was given to the former Rothesay court house which was entered by Collective Architecture under the re-development and refurbishment category. It was commended by the judges for ‘clearly demonstrating community interest and enhancing the environment as well as being sustainable in terms of reusing a much loved existing building.’
Also commended was the workshop at Kilmory Knap, designed by ECRU Architects and entered in the new build non – residential category. The judges described it as a ‘gem’ which ‘demonstrates that architecture and craft can bring joy to the humblest of buildings’.
Under the same category was the Marine Sciences Building at Dunstaffanage which has been commended as well with the judges commenting ‘While not unduly capitalizing on the locus genii, especially the setting and views through orientation and site planning, functionally the building achieves very high standards and provides an enviable learning facility.’ It was designed by The Argyll Partnership.
White House in Grishipol on Coll has been commended in the small scale residential category and was designed by WT Architecture. The judges said, ‘The retention and reinvention of this import local landmark is an exemplar of radical intervention in the conservation of a listed building. The resultant modern house with its high sustainability credentials provides an enviable home worthy of its location and setting.’
In the same category was the Square House in Taynuilt which has also been commended and the judges described it as aiming at ‘a new low energy vernacular for building detached homes in the Highlands. This it does with minimal fuss and not a little style.’ It was designed by Roxburgh McEwan Architects.
Lead Councillor for Planning and one of the judges, Sandy Taylor said, “The standard of entries was very high and it was a tough job picking the winner but Tigh-na-Cladach really stood out. It sets an unmatched example of exceptional design in terms of response to the site and setting, building performance and architectural solutions in the context of social housing budget constraints.”
For more information http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/sustainable-design-awards-2012-winners