Community hub and civic square among the top winners of Scots architecture awards

A COMMUNITY hub in North Lanarkshire and a civic square in the East Lothian town of Prestonpans have been each awarded the more prestigious category prizes in an annual awards ceremony celebrating architecture and design.

The Scottish Design Awards – organised by the publisher of Scotland-based Urban Realm magazine – last night whittled down entries from 120 organisations, to choose – among others – the winners of the Architecture Grand Prix title and also the architecture judging panel’s Chair’s title.

The Prestonpans civic square prize was for the Chair’s Award (it also took the Regeneration title), while the community hub took the Architecture Grand Prix gong (it also took the Education Building or Project title).

The architecture judging panel was chaired by Heather Claridge, director of design at the Scottish Government agency, Architecture & Design Scotland.

The architecture prizes, below, comprised half of the prizes being doled out by the Scottish Design Awards, the other half – to be found here – being for design.

Grand prix 

Newmains & St Brigid’s Community Hub, North Lanarkshire – BDP Ltd

Chair award 

Prestonpans Civic Square, East Lothian – rankinfraser landscape architecture, Narro, Irons Foulner, Morham and Brotchie, Alliance CDM

Architecture practice


Young architect

Adelle Jess, jmarchitects


Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Perthshire  


Gold: Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen – Arup

Interior design – projects under £250k 

Gold: Thomson’s Coffee HQ, Glasgow – Technique Architecture and Design

Interior design – projects over £250k 

Gold: Discovery Point Dome Gallery – Aim Design


Gold: Prestonpans Civic Square – rankinfraser landscape architecture, Narro, Irons Foulner, Morham and Brotchie, Alliance CDM

Silver: Queen’s Quay, Clydebank – MAST Architects

Residential – single home 

Gold: Ceangal House – Loader Monteith

Silver: Glendale Cottage: Harmless House – Ann Nisbet Studio

Residential – multi-unit 

Gold: Simon Square, Edinburgh – Fraser/Livingstone Architects

Silver: The Linen Quarter, Pilmuir Works, Dunfermline – jmarchitects

Affordable housing 

Gold: North Gate, Gorbals, Glasgow – Page\Park Architects

Silver: Primrose Street, Alloa – Bracewell Stirling Consulting

Health building or project 

Gold: Broadford Hospital, Skye – Oberlanders Architects, Rural Design Architects

Silver: Linac + Admin Building, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh – HLM Architects

Education building or project 

Gold: Newmains & St Brigid’s Community Hub – BDP Ltd

Silver: University of Edinburgh, The King’s Buildings Nucleus – Sheppard Robson

Commercial / office / hotel building or project

Gold: The Scapa Noust, Orkney – NORR Consultants Limited

Silver: Virgin Hotels Edinburgh, hotel building – Ica Studio

Public building

Gold: The Burrell Collection – Glasgow Life

Silver: The Bothy and Tùr at Cuningar Loop, near Rutherglen – jmarchitects


Gold: Coatfield Lane, Leith, Edinburgh – Collective Architecture


Gold: Greyfriars Charteris Centre, Edinburgh – Konishi Gaffney

Silver: Civic House, Cowcaddens, Glasgow – Collective Architecture

Low-cost project schemes under £200k 

Gold: Bracklinn Falls Bridge, Callander – BEAM Architects, Cake Engineering

Silver: The Truss House, near Fraserburgh – Gokay Deveci

Public realm / landscaping 

Gold: Lochgilphead Front Green – Erz Ltd

Silver: Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen – LDA Design

Master planning 

Gold: Ladyfield, Dumfries – Collective Architecture

Picture credit: rankinfraser landscape architecture

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