Now in its 35th year, the GIA Design Awards celebrates the work of design projects within the construction industry and acts as a barometer for the work of its Chapter practices, all of which are eligible to enter schemes both at home and abroad.
Architects working outside of the Chapter area – which stretches north from the Scottish Borders along the west coast to the islands of Argyll – are welcome to submit projects completed in the GIA area and each year the awards recognise some truly remarkable projects.
Dr Lori McElroy MBE, Programme Director of SUST at The Lighthouse, presented an award and two commendations in the sustainability category at the recent awards, whilst the award for Best Use of Timber was won, for the second time, by Tog Studio for their work on the Noust Boathouse on Tiree. Meanwhile, broadcaster and adventurer Mark Beaumont was a guest speaker at the Awards Dinner, with guests including Architects Benevolent Society External Relations Manager, Laura Tomlinson.
Underlining the wide range of building projects completed during 2014, other winners included Kirkmichael Primary School in South Ayrshire by Holmes Miller; the refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow by Page/Park Architects; and the Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh by BMJ Architects with Ryder Architecture.
In total, there were twelve design awards and nine commendations, with the Scottish Scenic Routes pilot project in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park picking up each one.
The Supreme Award was given to the Seona Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art by Steven Holl Architects with JM Architects. The Sustainability Award was given to the Refurbishment of Bridgegate House in Irvine, by Ian Springford Architects.
For more information about the GIA Design Awards, please visit: www.gia.org.uk.