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Russwood was pleased to attend the Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards as sponsors of the Ambassador Award, in the Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 1st April. Attending alongside architects, sponsors and guests were Russwood’s Liz Mackenzie (Flooring Manager) and Craig Myerscough (Cladding Sales).

 

With a total of forty six entries and 11 short-listed projects for the 2014 awards, the judges had their work cut out deciding on winners in five categories: Building of the Year; Conservation and Regeneration; Small Project, Wood and Ambassador.  The variety and standard of project submissions made picking favourites, for us, particularly challenging - but as expected we tend to bias towards those including timber (and definitely those that have incorporated Russwood timber… we can’t help ourselves!)

 

Russwood offers heartfelt congratulations to all award winners, but with the aforementioned bias in mind, we have to firstly pay particular homage to the winner of the Wood Award, the Helix Café Pavilion by Keppie Design.  The first of three buildings planned, the Pavilion utilises Russwood’s Scotlarch® cladding to stunning effect, and was “designed to create an extrusion out from the timber decking, wrapped entirely in open jointed cladding” (Ben Rainger, Keppie Design).  Indeed, the Scotlarch® timber makes up all of the cladding and decking within the Helix, with the addition of GripDeck® slip resistance underfoot for public safety.

 

Another winner we are pleased to focus on is the winner of the Small Projects Award, WT Architecture, for their flat extension at Inverleith Row.  This small but perfectly formed extension adds a covetable living space, and one that manages to be both contemporary yet sympathetic to the original building’s classic Georgian architecture.  The clean and fresh design incorporates Russwood’s Chateau Natural Prime Engineered Oak flooring throughout the bright and airy interior, adding a tactile finish underfoot.

 

Finally, we offer our congratulations to Lee Boyd Architects commendation in the Regeneration and Conservation category, for The Haining.  The first phase of renovation for this A-listed Palladian building has seen the conversion of the Coach Houses into six artist workspaces.  These impressive glass fronted spaces, sitting within the original stone arches, provide a perfect blend of historic and contemporary as befits the vision of the client, The Haining Charitable Trust.  The small amount of Scotlarch we supplied for the project is less visible, although as it is housing the heating for the workshops in a most sustainable fashion, it is possibly still worth a mention.

 

For further information about the awards, please go the Edinburgh Architects Association website and, to see a full list of the winners, please see below:

 

The shortlist and results are:

 

 

Building of the Year: Sponsored by Equitone

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation - Malcolm Fraser Architects
Orchard Neuk - A449 Ltd
The Edinburgh Drinking Water Project - BDP

WINNER - Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation - Malcolm Fraser Architects

 

Regeneration and Conservation: Sponsored by Marshalls

Abbotsford - LDN Architects

Dunimarle Castle & Chapel - GLM

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation - Malcolm Fraser Architects

The Haining - Lee Boyd

WINNER - Abbotsford - LDN Architects

COMMENDATION - The Haining - Lee Boyd

 

Small Projects:

Alpine House - Smith Scott Mullan
Inverleith Row, Flat extension - WT Architecture
National Mining Museum - Purcell
28 Rosefield Avenue - Konishi Gaffney Architects
194 Whitehouse Road - David Blaikie Architects

WINNER - Inverleith Row, Flat extension - WT Architecture

COMMENDATION - National Mining Museum - Purcell

 

Wood Award: Sponsored by Forestry Commission Scotland & Wood for Good

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation - Malcolm Fraser Architects

Helix Café Pavillion - Keppie Design

Orchard Neuk - A449 Ltd

194 Whitehouse Road - David Blaikie Architects

WINNER - Helix Café Pavillion - Keppie Design

 

Ambassador Award: Sponsored by Russwood

Alexander Graham Bell Centre @ Moray College - JM Architects

Daliburgh Primary - 3D Reid Ltd

Helix Café Pavillion - Keppie Design

Primark Newcastle - 3D Reid Ltd

Window on Wild Lindisfarne - Icosis Architects

WINNER - Window on Wild Lindisfarne - Icosis Architects

COMMENDATION - Primark Newcastle - 3D Reid Ltd