Tuesday 11 June 2019

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2019

Intended for Owners, Clients, Architects, House-builders and Housing Developers of all shapes and sizes, the length and breadth of Scotland, the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards have recognised everything from single dwellings in the remotest reaches of the Highlands, to large-scale commercial developments in the country’s major urban centres. The Saltire Society Housing Design Awards have celebrated good housing made for the people of Scotland for over 80 years and we are pleased to announce the 2019 shortlist.  

In the multiple dwelling category the shortlisted properties show a considerable range of locations and creative answers to urban challenges such as Collective Architecture’s Anderston Phase 4&5 in Glasgow and Trail Architects’ Rainings’ Stairs Development in Inverness. In the single dwelling category, the panel shortlisted six rural homes, including Porteous Architecture LLP’s The Handmade House on Lewis, which converted a disused mission hall into a striking home, and Sutherland & Co.’s Syderf in East Lothian, an extension designed for children and young people to inhabit and enjoy while visiting their family. Innovation is at the heart of the Saltire Housing Design Awards and we are pleased to shortlist two properties which are pushing boundaries in the urban landscape. Admiral Street, by CCG used innovative techniques and materials to create social housing and mid-market rental properties in Glasgow. Thomas Robinson Architects’ Auchineden Barn, also in Glasgow, worked to the Passivhaus “Enerphit” Standard to convert an old farm building to a very efficient home.

Awards and commendations will be awarded at a ceremony hosted by the Saltire Society at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood on 25 June 2019. The Chair’s Medal will also be awarded alongside the CIOB Good Building Award.

The 2019 chair of the panel is Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Director, Nick Barley.

Nick Barley: “The Saltire Housing Design Awards celebrate houses that improve lives; new houses that make Scotland a better place to live. To achieve that takes good design, certainly, but also partnerships with developers, housebuilders, clients and communities. The buildings on this year’s shortlists are inspirations for everyone fighting for Scotland to be a better place for its citizens. They are affordable, accessible, high quality homes in which residents told us they love living. I hope that many more Scottish housebuilders will find ways to work with architects of this quality in the future.”

Nick brought a valuable perspective from beyond the housing industry to the proceedings, including the vast tour of Scotland undertaken by the panel as they visited every longlisted property before confirming the shortlist. Not only does this ensure that the panel have satisfied their requirements to the fullest but also upholds the integrity of these prestigious awards.

The Scottish Government continue to support the Awards and sponsors the Innovation in Housing award which sees a cash prize of £1,500 for the winner. The Award celebrates the pioneering spirit. It is intended to complement the Scottish Government’s vision for their housing policy, to encourage innovative and original projects and ideas, which will promote debate and implementation.


The Judges

Back Row L to R: David Jamieson, Alistair Dickson, Bruce Newlands, John Brennan, Nick Barley, Steven Tolson and Suzanne McIntosh

Front Row L to R: Chris Simmonds, Tamsin Cunningham, Helen Lucas, John Shepherd and Heather Macnaughton

Photo by Chris Smith


The shortlisted in the Multiple category are:


Anderston Phase 4 & 5, Collective Architecture, which has worked to rejuvenate Glasgow’s great thoroughfare, Argyle Street, through 14 years of work.


Brunswick Road, Edinburgh, ISA Architecture & Design, which provided tenure blind properties with a reduced height to remain sympathetic to location.


Laurieston 1C, Glasgow, Page\Park Architects, which strove to honour the history of this urban site while providing sustainable affordable housing. 


Kesson Court, Elgin, ICOSIS Architects,which worked to create community in a fully accessible, bright space and communal garden. 


Pennywell, Edinburgh, Barton Willmore, which provided tenure-blind neighbourhood within the wider Pennywell project with a focus on safety and accessibility.


Raining’s Stairs, Inverness, Trail Architects, which tackled an incredibly challenging landscape with an innovative response, creating the maximum number of properties.



Powell Hall  and Whitehorn Halls, St. Andrews, HLM Architects, which create excellent environments for students directly from their university.



The shortlisted in the Single category are:


An Cala, Skye, Dualchas Architects, a home and guest-house, which offers a feeling of being on the very edge of the sea and rocky shore.


The Black House, Skye, Dualchas Architects, which connects sea and coast with an open, sleekly designed home.


Handmade House, Lewis, Porteous Architecture LLP, a converted mission hall created and built by an architect couple on a challenging budget.


The Invisible House, Skye, Rural Design, which created a striking structure which complements its dramatic landscape on the Isle of Skye.


Loch Leven Low Energy Home, Perth and Kinross, Kirsty Maguire Architect Ltd, a comfortable, low maintenance, low impact,contemporary home for a retired couple.


Sydserf, North Berwick, Sutherland & Co., a contemporary, child-focused extension on a rural home for a growing extended family. 



Shortlisted for Innovation in Housing are:


Admiral Street, Glasgow, which was constructed on unused urban land using an innovative hybrid of solutions manufactured offsite and CCG’s ‘iQ’ enhanced closed panel timber frame system to provide 35 one and two-bedroom apartments in a mix of social and mid-market rent.


Auchineden Barn, Glasgow, which aimed for the aim Passivhaus “Enerphit” Standard which requires that the annual energy load for heating is not more that 25kwhrs per annum in a conversion. This standard was met within an urban context and in a typical farm building.


Please join us at our Housing Design Awards ceremony on Tuesday 25 June 2019 at The Scottish Parliament. Book your place now.


About the Saltire Society

Founded in 1936, the Saltire Society and its members continue to believe that culture is at the heart of who we are as individuals, as a community, as a country.  The Society is non-partisan membership organisation, welcoming members from all over Scotland and internationally. They are inclusive in outlook, international in our perspective and independent in our views. The Saltire Society promotes the best of what we are culturally in Scotland. They promote all that’s best in Scottish culture and support or highlight great skills or artistic talents that are not often covered in the mainstream media.  They promote excellence in many fields through a series of national awards and scholarships. The Society also want to promote the best of Scotland for the future, ensuring that great people and their works are part of the legacy we give to future generations.


About CIOB

The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. CIOB are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.  They have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and have been doing that since 1834. Their members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. CIOB accredit university degrees, educational courses and training. Their professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.


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