EAA Awards 2011
The Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards were announced and presented at a drinks reception in the Balmoral Hotel on Thursday 14th April attended by over one hundred architects, sponsors and their guests.
Twenty four entries were submitted this year and 12 short-listed projects were visited by the judging panel in February. Awards were made in four categories: Building of the Year; Conservation and Regeneration; Small Project, and Ambassador. The judging panel comprised Robert Black, Past-President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association, Rev Dave Richards, Rector of St Paul’s and St George’s, whose church building won the EAA Building of the Year Award in 2009, Bob Serafini, a journalist who writes for the Glasgow Herald, and Ian Stewart, Vice-President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.
Robert Black said “Yet again, there was an extremely high standard of entries, despite the difficult times for the construction industry. It was a real pleasure to visit buildings with such a high level of design that are clearly enjoyed and appreciated by owners and users.”
Building of the Year
The Building of the Year Award was won by Ingenium Archial for Kingsland Primary School in Peebles. The School is sensitively located on a prominent gateway site on the outskirts of Peebles, sitting into the side of a hill located above the River Tweed. Extensive use is made of incorporating both indoor and outdoor spaces into the building design. The completed building provides a stimulating environment for teachers and pupils that noticeably enhances learning and well-being. Allan Murray Architects was commended for their office building ‘The Cube’ at Leith Street, Edinburgh. This building is a careful intervention of a commercial building into a tight and complex urban site. The Building of the Year Award is sponsored by Schueco UK Ltd.
Conservation and Regeneration Award
LDN Architects received the Conservation and Regeneration Award for the University of Edinburgh Business School. LDN have successfully refurbished, upgraded and extended a 1960’s grade B listed Robert Mathew designed building in George Square. The building is now clearly articulated and legible, incorporates modern environmental services, and presents a fresh and contemporary image for the Business School. HAA was commended for the redevelopment and extension of Arup Associates’ seminal building for Ove Arup and Partners at South Queensferry. The completed building is sensitively thought out and executed, with a well thought out approach to sustainability issues. The Conservation/Regeneration Award is sponsored by Interserve.
Small Projects Award
Two commendations were made in the Small Projects Award category, both to the same architect, Craig Amy. Craig Amy has successfully, in both these projects, made careful interventions and adaptations to existing buildings, in completely different contexts. The first project forms a small gallery and studio for artists who have a disability, mental health problem or are from a disadvantaged background. The ‘Gallery on the Corner’ is an imaginative conversion of an existing shop and basement in a listed Georgian building in the New Town. The second project provides additional living space, including the framing of external spaces, in a neatly designed and configured extension to a modern detached house in Newbattle, with the new extension setting up a dynamic interrelationship and interplay with the existing building. The Small Projects Award is sponsored by Laurence McIntosh.
An Ambassador Award was also made this year. Two projects were shortlisted in this category. This award is for a project by an architect, who works within the EAA Chapter area, but for a project that is not located within the Chapter area. The judges did not visit the properties. The award this year was made to WT Architecture for the ‘The White House’ on the Isle of Coll. The house is ingeniously and delicately built around and within an old ruined house, is beautifully detailed and conceived, and respects the history and landscape of the locality. The Ambassador Award is sponsored by Russwood Ltd.