Tuesday 25 June 2019

Housing Design Winners Announced!

The 2019 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards held yesterday (25 June) and presented by Nick Barley and the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart, saw Kesson Court by ICOSIS Architects in partnership with Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association receive three awards.


Winning the Saltire Housing Design Award, the CIOB Good Building Award and scooping the Saltire Medal, Kesson Court provides high quality, sustainable housing that replaces older flood damaged housing in Elgin.   The court comprises of 18 flats and 3 wheelchair accessible cottages all energy efficient, fully accessible and with high levels of natural daylighting. The inclusion of a central garden area with planting beds and a communal garden room engenders a sense of community.

The Isle of Lewis’ The Handmade House by Porteous Architecture LLP, was presented the Saltire Housing Award for a single dwelling.  The Handmade House, built on a challenging budget, takes inspiration from traditional island ‘airidhs’ (summer houses), found close by to it and echoes the vibrant colour and creative spirit of these quirky buildings.


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

Nick Barley: “The buildings celebrated at this year’s Saltire Housing Design Awards 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.”

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing said:

“Good housing design is vital to the health, prosperity and growth of our nation.  Through good design, we can help to realise the potential in our communities by creating and sustaining a vibrant, inclusive society.” 

“By showcasing our best new housing, these Awards nourish the debate on how we can create Scotland’s homes of the future.”


Auchineden Barn by Tom Robinson Architects was presented the Saltire Innovation in Housing Award (with a £1500 cash prize), supported by the Scottish Government and intended to complement their vision for future housing policy, encouraging innovative and original projects and ideas.  A progressive renovation of a typical Scottish farm building, Auchineden Barn saw a house that uses minimal energy and is, at the same time, extremely comfortable to live in.

Programme Director of the Saltire Society, Sarah Mason said of the Awards:

"The Saltire Housing Design Awards were the first Awards established by the Society in 1937 and have continued to be an important moment in Scotland’s architectural calendar.

The Awards promote the importance of good design and housing for all and have evolved to help to honour and encourage creativity, excellence and innovation in modern Scottish place making.

We have been impressed by the design, innovation and attentions to detail that is present in the projects celebrated and are particularly pleased at the exceptional examples of social housing developments, and innovation projects which resonate with the awards founding principles.

We are, as ever, grateful to the time and effort put in by all who take part in the Awards and especially to our judges who have the difficult task of deciding the Awards."

Commendations were presented to another eight impressive builds from all over Scotland, including Barton Willmore’s Pennywell in Edinburgh, which provided 177 tenure-blind homes and worked to create a sense of community for all residents. Also selected was Raining’s Stairs in Inverness by Trail Architects. Trail worked with local community bodies and the local authority to address the specific site complexities and make a tangible and meaningful impact on this part of Inverness. Sydserf, North Berwick, created by Sutherland & Co, was commended by the judges for creating a space to accommodate visits from their clients’ growing families with a focus on design for children.


Full list of Multiple Dwelling Commendations:


Anderston Phase 4 & 5,Collective Architecture, which has worked to rejuvenate Glasgow’s great thoroughfare, Argyle Street, through 14 years of work. Phases 4 & 5 restore important vistas towards the city centre from Glasgow’s West End and vice versa, stitching Anderston back into the surrounding area.


Brunswick Road, Edinburgh, ISA Architecture & Design, which provided tenure-blind properties with a reduced height to remain sympathetic to location. Brunswich Road provided pedestrian links created through the site to Brunswick Road and landscaped amenity space between blocks.

Pennywell, Edinburgh, Barton Willmore, which provided tenure-blind neighbourhood within the wider Pennywell project with a focus on safety and accessibility. Built with community at its core, the development of 177 new homes is a distinctive and desirable place to live.


Raining’s Stairs, Inverness, Trail Architects, which tackled an incredibly challenging landscape with an innovative response, creating the maximum number of properties. The project team worked to make a tangible and meaningful positive impact on this part of Inverness.



Full list of Single Dwelling Commendations:


The Black House, Skye, Dualchas Architects, which connects sea and coast with an open, sleekly designed home. The house was designed around the clients’ collections and their wish to display these.


The Invisible House, Skye, Rural Design, which created a striking structure which complements its dramatic landscape on the Isle of Skye and minimises its impact on the open panoramic view from the roadside passing the site.


Loch Leven Low Energy Home, Perth and Kinross, Kirsty Maguire Architect Ltd, a comfortable, low maintenance, low impact, contemporary home for a retired couple. Entertaining family is the focus of the house with the large double-height dining and living space forming the heart.


Sydserf, North Berwick, Sutherland & Co., a contemporary, child-focused extension on a rural home for a growing extended family.  Sutherland & Co worked to respond thoughtfully to existing found situations to create positive symbiotic relationships between old and new.





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