Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow is the overall winner

The Scottish Civic Trust My Places Award 2012 has been won by Maryhill Burgh Halls, designed by JM Architects and nominated by Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust.

The winner of the Civic Champion Award is Hunter Reid. Hunter is also the Project Co-ordinator of the Maryhill Burgh Halls project.

The Chairman of the judging panel, Angus Kerr said of the winning project: "This is a fantastic civic building which has involved the community at every stage."

About Hunter Reid, he said: "Hunter has had a huge impact on many different communities and on a national level, improving the quality of housing, leading projects to restore historic buildings, and inspiring local people to get involved to improve their own environment."

Hunter ReidOver eight years of work has resulted in a modern public hall, café, 10,000 square feet of office space, two recording studios, a nursery for 40 children, meeting rooms, and heritage space, all wrapped around an outdoor courtyard. The project mixes sensitive restoration with contemporary design, using dynamic building regeneration, sustainable uses, and a well-defined business plan, to ensure that the Halls again fulfil their original purpose as the beating heart of Maryhill's community.

19 projects in total were submitted.  5 nominations were received for the Civic Champion category.  The winner and commendations were announced on Tuesday 27 March by Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

Derek Mackay, MSP: These Awards show the way good design can bring real benefits to communities and have a positive impact on quality of life.  Our best new architecture and places also help to reinforce local and national cultural identity and support a dynamic image of Scotland abroad."

Angus Kerr, SCT Trustee and Chair of the judging panel: "The Scottish Civic Trust Awards go from strength to strength.  Projects across Scotland have all competed to win this prestigious award.  The standard of entries was exceptionally high and evidence of the pride that people have in their cities, towns and villages.  This is one of the few national awards where projects and people are nominated by local communities and where recognition is given to good civic buildings and places."

There were also two Commendations and 2 High Commendations

 Lambhill Stables, Glasgow
Architect: Holmes Miller
Nominated by Lambhill & District Community Council.

The judges said:
"This is a lovely project with an extraordinary range of activities.  A real community hub which reminds local people of their heritage"

Linlithgow Burgh Hall
Architect: Malcolm Fraser Architects
Nominated by Linlithgow Civic Trust

The judges said:
"The redevelopment and re-imagining of Linlithgow Burgh Hall is exceptional.  The project, from start to finish, has delivered a real community asset".

Fair Maid's House, Perth
Architect: Page/Park Architects
Nominated by Perth Civic Trust

The judges said:
"This was a building that really reaches out the community.  There are very clever configurations of rooms and space with some extremely attractive details."

Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm
Architect: Holmes Miller
Nominated by Kilmacolm Civic Trust

The judges said:
"The building has a great feeling, lovely and light.  The whole project has regenerated and rejuvenated the centre of Kilmacolm."

Jack Searle was also Commended in the Civic Champion category.  Jack was nominated by Dundee Civic Trust.  The judges said: "Jack's commitment to the Dundee/Tayside area over 50 years has been outstanding."

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards are nominated by local civic trusts, amenity societies and community councils around Scotland.  The purpose of the awards is to recognise projects and individuals that have made a real impact on local communities and which promote the historic built environment and good contemporary architecture. The Awards are supported by the Scottish Government.