Monday 9 September 2013

Housing Design Awards Announced!

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Guest Chair Lesley Riddoch today announced the 76th Saltire Society Housing Design Awards with Margaret Burgess, Minister for Housing and Welfare presenting the Awards at a ceremony in Glasgow. The Awards reward and advocate innovation and excellence in Scottish house building and place-making.

From a diverse shortlist of projects – described by Lesley Riddoch as ‘herculean efforts to create real homes not just four walls and a roof’, the judging panel awarded three awards, three high commendations and two commendations.

The coveted Saltire Medal, for the Guest Chair’s favourite projects was awarded to Artist Residence, a project in Perth which saw artist Arthur Watson and architect Fergus Purdie work collaboratively to create an idiosyncratic live-work environment within a tight, vacant plot in Perth town centre.  

Nord Architecture took home the second award for Westbourne Drive in Bearsden, where client and architect have transformed a suburban house in Bearsden, Glasgow creating a light and airy interior with a sophisticated, balanced exterior.   

The third and final award was presented to Chambers McMillan Architects for their family designed home that creates an entirely stair-free, spatially exciting and joyful home for all, nestled comfortably in its compact mews site in Portobello town centre.

The full results of the 2013 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards are as follows:


The Ramp House, Portobello: Chambers McMillan Architects (Single Dwelling)

Artists Residence, Perth: Fergus Purdie Architects (Single Dwelling)

Westbourne Drive, Bearsden: NORD Architecture (Alterations/Renovations/Extensions)

High Commendation:

Turf House, Kilmaluag, Skye: Rural Design (Single Dwelling)

Little Ennochie, Finzean, Banchory:Michael Rasmussen Associates (Alterations/Renovations/Extensions)

Passive House, North Berwick: Brennan & Wilson Architects (Single Dwelling)


Grange Loan, Edinburgh: Helen Lucas Architects (Alterations/Renovations/Extensions)

Dunsmuir Street, Govan: Anderson Bell + Christie Architects (Large Scale)

Saltire Medal:

Artists Residence, Perth: Fergus Purdie Architects

Innovation in Housing Award

South Seeds Energy Snapshot Report

The South Seeds Energy Snapshot project aimed to take an innovative and strategic approach to improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock in the Southside of Glasgow with a hope that it would develop an inexpensive approach, which other community groups tackling energy efficiency could replicate.


Innovation in Housing Commendation

Stewart Milne Design Excellence Report


Saltire International Student Travel Bursary

An Award to the value of £1500 was made to:

Anna Barbieri, Andy Casey, Chloe Fawcett and Sniedze Riekstina from the Glasgow School of Art

for their group project ‘Woodlands Densified’, a housing project proposing a strategic regeneration of Glasgow’s tenement courtyards, illustrated by a prototype situated along Woodlands Road in Glasgow.



Celebrating both the Saltire medal and Awarded schemes Lesley Riddoch said:

The imagination, care and expertise that has gone into the work of the winning and commended awards is apparent. From large scale housing developments to unique and distinctive single homes we have been excited to see housing design in Scotland at its best in the Saltire awards.

Panel Convener Jude Barber said:

‘The housing award winners each address an owner’s particular housing need through skillful handling of place, light and volume.  The artist residence goes beyond its creative live-work ambitions to generously provide an on-street gallery and communal rear backcourt for other residents.  The Ramp house is a joyful family home, which addresses the daughter’s physical needs in a spatially imaginative way.  Westourne Drive skillfully transforms the interior and exterior of an existing suburban house to allow owners to remain in their family home.  The Innovation Award to South Seeds for their Energy Snapshot Report demonstrates how a grass roots community group is seeking ways in which to harness energy within existing housing stock for the benefit of local residents in an inner city area of Glasgow. 



An exhibition of the shortlisted projects for the Housing Awards, Innovation Award and Student Travel Bursary can also be viewed from 4th September until 16th October 2013 at Architecture and Scotland, Level 2, the Lighthouse.


This has been made possible with the support of Architecture and Design Scotland.


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