Helensburgh’s Outdoor Museum – an integral part of the town centre’s regeneration – has been shortlisted for another two prestigious national awards.
Designed by Austin-Smith:Lord, the museum was shortlisted for the Chairman’s Award in the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Awards. The award was won by the Isle of Harris Distillery. However, being shortlisted with the other impressive nominees is regarded as a real achievement.
The innovative project was also nominated in the Most Enterprising Museum category at the Arts and Business Awards. The winner was a success for Argyll and Bute - with the honour going to Auchindrain Museum, near Inveraray.
Established in 2010, the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards are unique in Scotland and regarded as a national celebration of good local design and conservation nominated and evaluated by local people. The aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that community. For more information see - http://www.myplaceawards.org.uk/news.aspx.
The Arts & Business Scotland Awards celebrate outstanding, creative and innovative partnerships between the cultural and business sectors – see http://www.aandbscotland.org.uk/arts-and-business-scotland-30th-annual-awards/.
The council’s regeneration of Helensburgh town centre, part of its £30 million CHORD project, has won a number of other awards – including a Scottish Design Award – and has been shortlisted for a number of others. Completed in 2015, the bold project has revitalised the town and was undertaken to improve economic activity and enhance the visitor experience using attractive and flexible public space. It can also support community events, festivals and markets.