The Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2018 were announced at a ceremony at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation presented by Allan Little, Guest Chair of the Awards.

The Saltire Medal

Leith Fort, Edinburgh

Architect: Collective Architecture / Malcolm Fraser Architects
Client: The City of Edinburgh Council / Port of Leith Housing Association
Contractor: CCG Ltd

Leith Fort is a superbly executed development the respects the special history and character of Leith while creating homes that match the needs of those who live in them. At a time when there is a crying need for more social housing and affordable private housing in the Scottish capital, Leith Fort is an inspiring example of what is possible on a limited budget: homes that are affordable, generously proportioned, and in a spacious urban setting that is designed to promote neighbourliness, community and a sense of ownership, belonging and local pride among the residents.


Single Dwellings Commendations

Westside, Penicuik

Roxburgh McEwan Architects: Architects
Michael Rummey & Jenny Cowan: Client
PJM Joinery & Building Ltd: Contractor
AED Ltd: Structural Engineer
McLeod & Aitken: Quantity Surveyor

A rural home that sustains its household. It revisits the traditional Scots longhouse and adapts it for homeworking and a rental annexe for tourists. Upstairs is open to the roof that gives their rooms a sense of spaciousness. Westside co-exists well in its Borders setting with an unadorned yet elegant utility. It is a compelling example of how well-designed housing contributes to an economically active countryside.


Single Dwellings Awards

Due West, Argyll

Cameron Webster Architects: Architects
Mr and Mrs Turner: Client
TSL: Contractor
David Narro Associates: Structural Engineer

An exquisite home against a cliff close to Craobh Haven that immerses the visitor in magnificent views out over the west coast. Built off two rocks, it combines ambitious engineering with a beautiful and precise resolution of the building at every scale. Due West is an exceptional project in combining a real feeling for drama with the sense of being a much-loved home.


Milbuies House, Edinburgh

Cameron Webster Architects: Architects
David and Robert Gillan-Reid: Client
George Bolton Ltd: Contractor
David Narro Associates: Structural Engineer

An exceptional transformation of a post war modernist house into a beautifully composed, contemporary home. By virtue of a bold yet straightforward strategy to cover its existing courtyard, the building opens out into a series of spacious, light and well-proportioned rooms. Impeccably finished, it is truly transformational yet remembers to remind us of its original qualities.


The Coach House, Arnothhill, Falkirk

:thatstudio Chartered Architects: Architects
Stephanie Wilson: Client
George Bolton Ltd: Contractor
David Narro Associates: Structural Engineer
Gray and Dick: Glazing
Matheson Plumbing: Zinc Cladding & Roofing 

EcoCoil: Ground Source and UFH

Burlington Stone: Flooring
Russwood: Timber Cladding
NB Connect: Electrics
MGM: Kitchen
Andrew Lee: Photographs

A home modest in size but with great ambition and an exemplar as how to build appropriately in the grounds of substantial Victorian villas. Two sliding window walls open out to the courtyard and completely convinces in its intention to blur boundaries between inside and outside. It has a sense of spaciousness that belies its compact footprint. Beautifully designed and constructed, this is an exceptional contribution to Falkirk’s built environment.


Inclusive Family Home, Edinburgh

Chambers McMillan Architects: Architects
Pamela and Walter Anderson: Client
Orocco Joinery: Contractor
James Lewis SDC: Structural Engineer

A nondescript semi-detached bungalow in Edinburgh, renewed and recast to accommodate the special needs of a family member. A new extension opens out to the garden; it feels generous and dispels any sense of the institutional. The commitment and expertise of the architects along with the enthusiasm of the client create an exceptional project that leverages a modest budget to produce a truly inclusive home.


Claddens Holdings, Lenzie

John Gilbert Architects: Architects
Joe McManners & Margaret Kerr: Client
David Walsh Carpentary: Contractor

A house that is exceptional in delivering integrated sustainable design in Scotland. Conceived as a Passive House to exacting standards of energy conservation, it also addresses with great rigour the ecological choices to be made in building materials and finishes. With elements of self-build, the relationship between client, contractor and architect are mutually collaborative and supportive. It is robust but carefully detailed and shows elegance, strength and depth in its design.


Multiple Dwellings Commendations

Fortune Place, Moredun

Smith Scott Mullan Associates: Architects
Castle Rock Edinvar, part of the Places for People Group: Developer
Hart Builders Ltd: Contractor

Housing in southern Edinburgh for older people that has a strong and confident presence to the street. Individual apartments are well designed that lead to generous communal facilities organised around courtyard gardens. Fortune Place is exemplary for its successful and coherent resolution at a both human and urban scale.


Park View, Dundee

Page\Park Architects: Architects
Whiteburn Projects Ltd: Client
Hart Builders: Contractor
Elliot & Co Structural Engineer
Harley Haddow M+E: Engineers
Graham Sinclair: Quantity Surveyor

A housing development in the western suburbs of Dundee with expansive views south across the Tay. An existing reform school is refurbished and extended with care, accompanied by a series of new build apartments.  Their gable ends face the street with an entirely appropriate scale and presence. This is an exemplar development that knows its market well and rewards them with a building generous in both space and specification.


Multiple Dwellings Awards

Leith Fort, Edinburgh

Collective Architecture / Malcolm Fraser Architects
The City of Edinburgh Council / Port of Leith Housing Association Client
CCG Ltd: Contractor
Harrison Stevenson: Landscape Architect
Will Rudd Davidson: Structural Engineer
David Adamson & Partners: Quantity Surveyor

An exceptional project that regenerates a historic site in Edinburgh with a mix of mid-market and social rent housing. A legible and straightforward masterplan is sophisticated and elegant in its execution. The individual apartments are distinctive and generous. Leith Fort works sensitively in its historic context and connects well with surrounding streets.  It is an outstanding development that encourages in so many ways a sense of community and belonging.


Powis Place, Aberdeen

Carson and Partners: Architects
Alumno Developments: Client
Kier Scotland: Contractor
Turner and Townsend: Project Manager
Fairhurst: Quantity Surveyor / Structural Engineer / Civil Engineer
Hawthorne Boyle: Landscape Mechanical and Electrical Building Services Engineer

A student residence in Aberdeen that has a confident and sophisticated presence on a challenging corner site at the edge of the city centre. Its residents enjoy outside space both in a protected courtyard and a penthouse terrace with expansive views. This is an exceptional project demonstrating how commoditised housing built to a budget can be a significant work of architecture.


Innovation in Housing Awards


Linkwood View, Elgin

Kraft Architecture LTD: Architect
Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association LTD: Client
Springfield Properties PLC: Contractor

An increasing ageing population brings challenges for us to have the right type of housing and care support for older people. This extra care housing project has developed a form of independent living that caters for a range of care needs and provides independent living within a social interactive setting.  The project demonstrated how a collaborative partnership can meet people’s care needs by employing the skills, experiences and resources of a private developer, Springfield Properties, Hanover Housing Association and Health and Social Care Moray.  While this extra care development meets the needs of older people it is open to those across the age spectrum.  It is particularly pleasing to see the benefits of an inter-generational approach where younger and older people live successfully in the same place.


High Commendation

Countesswells Phase 1, Aberdeen

Optimised Environments Ltd (OPEN): Masterplanner / Architect /
Landscape Architect
Countesswells Development Limited: Client
Fairhurst: Structural Engineers
Ironside Farrar: Environmental Consultants

In order for Scotland to build more housing, increasingly planners are releasing large scale housing land.  However, large sites require large infrastructure commitments that need large scale funds at the start of the project which is often a barrier to effective development.    At Countesswells the commitment to front end investment has been achieved by a dedicated investment company to be responsible for the master planning, infrastructure, landscape and services leaving house builders to concentrate on building houses.  This project unlocked funding barriers by having the support of Aberdeen City Council to enable Countesswells to obtain a UK Government HM Treasury loan guarantee that provides lenders with the confidence to fund infrastructure.  This Treasury loan guarantee was the first to be made available for housing purposes.


Award for Innovation in Housing

Bath Street Collective Custom Build, Edinburgh

John Kinsley Architects: Architects
Bath Street Collective Custom Build: Client
Create Engineering: Structural Engineers
HM Raitt and Sons: Main Contractor

In Scotland housing is almost exclusively produced by developers and housing associations. There are very limited opportunities for self-builders, particularly on urban sites. The Bath Street project has addressed this by bringing together four families to act collaboratively to develop and produce a contemporary tenement on a gap site in the capital city. The Bath Street project is a genuinely innovative form of procurement in Scotland that has produced four very cost-effective flats in an urban context.

What is particularly impressive is that in doing so it has produced high quality contemporary architecture. The dwelling is very low energy and uses cutting edge construction techniques but is carefully integrated into the street scape and urban form. Furthermore, in bringing together the families to make the buildings, it has also made a community. The project had to overcome a number of organizational, legal and technical hurdles to achieve this outcome, but in demonstrating the applicability of a model more frequently used in Europe, the project serves as an exemplar for this type of development in Scotland.