Competition award for Edinburgh district masterplan

DESIGNS for a district in east Edinburgh have been recognised by awards run by one of the UK’s main architecture magazines.

The designs – by the local practice, Collective Architecture, and for land released by the redevelopment of the Meadowbank sports arena – have been chosen as winners of the masterplanning category of the awards run by the Architects’ Journal (AJ).

Says AJ, here: “Always one of the hardest categories to judge, this year’s masterplan submissions again varied significantly in scale, settings, ambition and stage of development.

“Indeed, the overall winner – a rigorously thought-out, as-yet unbuilt scheme in Edinburgh – and the highly commended entry – a traditionally designed, part-constructed extension to Newquay [in Cornwall] – could not be more different.”

Adds the AJ: “Collective Architecture’s proposals for a £100 million green neighbourhood on a challenging brownfield site next to the redeveloped Meadowbank stadium in the Scottish capital was praised by the jury for its ‘true placemaking’.

“The judges were also impressed by the whole-team collaboration on the 596-home ‘low-car, low-carbon’ community, the way the scheme will knit into the existing urban fabric, and how public consultation and debate had properly and positively informed the proposals.”

Read the full list of winners, here.

Picture credit: Collective Architecture