BOTANIC COTTAGE WINS MY PLACE AWARDS 2017

THE BOTANIC COTTAGE, EDINBURGH WINS THE SCOTTISH CIVIC TRUST MY PLACE AWARDS 2017

THE ISLE OF HARRIS DISTILLERY WINS THE CHAIRMAN'S AWARD

The winning and commended projects in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2017 were announced today, 23 March, by Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing and Colin McLean, SCT Chairman, in The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

The winning project is The Botanic Cottage, Edinburgh

The Botanic Cottage, Edinburgh, a project by architects Simpson and Brown for the Royal Botanic Garden, involved moving an 18th century building,  stone by stone, across Edinburgh and rebuilt in the Royal Botanic Garden with all the stones and timbers going back in the correct place.  It looks as good as it did 250 years ago.  The project is built to the highest possible standards and has quickly become a joyous community and education facility.

John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust said:
"This is a fantastic project which meets all the criteria and more for the My Place Awards.  Passion, determination, quality, design, community engagement and civic pride are in abundance in this wonderful and surprising restoration project.  Edinburgh has a new civic asset to be proud of."

The Isle of Harris Distillery on Tarbert won the Scottish Civic Trust Chairman's Award.

The first legal distillery in the Isle of Harris has been established with the aims of addressing issues of population decline and the related challenges facing the fragile local economy in this remote Outer Hebridean location. The result of several years of much community engagement, the distillery build has now come to fruition, opening its doors to the public in October 2015.  The judges were hugely impressed by the quality of the design and build but, more importantly, by the project's clear wider benefit to the Island of Harris, its inhabitants and many visitors.

SCT Chairman, Colin McLean said:

"The distillery has created 18 high quality, permanent well-paid jobs in a place where they were badly needed. The distillery works canteen is now well used by local people looking for a place to meet and blether. It has created a renewed sense of sprit on the island. It is truly The Social Distillery".


2015 a Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award will recognise a building, landscape or public realm project that has had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and has delivered tangible benefits to that community.  Also, a Scottish Civic Trust My Place Civic Champion Award will be presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of their local heritage. Any community based group can nominate a project or person. These can include:  local civic trusts affiliated to the Scottish Civic Trust, community councils, history societies, arts groups, development trusts and community action groups.  Entries must be recently completed projects. These can be new build, restoration, conservation, redevelopment, landscape or public realm projects.   Examples of previous entries and winners can be viewed at www.myplaceawards.org.uk
Entries for both categories will be published online and the winning and commended entries will be presented at a special ceremony at The Lighthouse in March 2015
Launching the 2015 awards at the Scottish Civic Trust annual conference on 29 October, Alistair Scott, Scottish Civic Trust Chairman said:
"The Scottish Civic Trust welcomes nominations for the My Place Awards 2015 from community groups across Scotland.  The Awards, now in their 6th year, go from strength to strength.  We are hoping for a record number of entries and would encourage anyone who cares about their local heritage and community to consider nominating a project."
The 2015 Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards were launched at the Scottish Civic Trust Annual Conference on Wednesday 29 October 2014 at Maryhill Burgh Halls
For further information contact Pauline McCloy-Turtle at the Scottish Civic Trust on 0141 221 1466 email awards@scottishcivictrust.org.ukFULL LIST OF WINNERS AND COMMENDATIONS

Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2017

WINNER
The Botanic Cottage, Edinburgh

Nominated by the Cockburn Association
Designer: Simpson and Brown
Client: Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Connecting Communities Along the Carron
Nominated by Along the Carron Association
Client: 16 communities along the River Carron

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Inverness Campus

Nominated by Inverness Civic Trust
Designer: HarrisonStevens
Client: Highlands and Islands Enterprise

COMMENDED
Boulder Path Gardens and Bathgate Road Verges Improvement Project, Blackburn

Nominated by Community Action Blackburn
Client: Community Action Blackburn/West Lothian Council & WESLO Housing

COMMENDED
Whithorn Roundhouse, Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway

Nominated by Whithorn and District Community Council
Designer: Hazel Smith
Client: The Whithorn Trust

SCT CHAIRMAN'S AWARD
WINNER

Isle of Harris Distillery, Tarbert
Designer: John Coleman
Client: Isle of Harris Distillers

RUNNER-UP

Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline
Designer: Simon Laird Associates
Client: Fire Station Creative

CIVIC CHAMPION
WINNER
Fiona Wyllie
Nominated by Kilmaronock Community Council

HIGHLY COMMENDED
JAMES HARRIS

Nominated by Coupar, Angus and Bendochy Community Council

Full all the nominations here