Launch of My Place Awards

January / February 2010


The buildings, spaces and places we make for ourselves impact on our day-to-day lives.  The importance of place and place-making has become increasingly important.  Local communities aspire to improving their neighbourhoods, and can be all too often thwarted by poorer quality development.  However, there are many examples of developments that add value to our places. 

In recognition of the importance of good places for local communities, the Scottish Civic Trust announces its new awards programme dedicated to finding Scotland's thriving architectural design successes that contribute to making local places better. 

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards aims to celebrate quality developments as nominated by the civic organisations that care passionately about their neighbourhood.

In this its first year, a Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award will be made to a winning project that contributes positively to local place-making.  It may be a new building or a conservation project or an improvement scheme for a public space or park.  The award is not intended to be for 'professional merit', with architects or developers seeking accolades for their own projects.  Instead, projects will be nominated by local civic groups and they will then be assessed on their architectural, heritage and/or place making benefits.  The aim is to identify and commend recently completed projects and buildings that have a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that local community.

To be a nominating body, you must be affiliated to the Scottish Civic Trust.   Entry is free.

Launching the awards, Terry Levinthal, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust explained

"The Scottish Civic Trust MY PLACE AWARDS are unique in Scotland.  This initiative is a national celebration of good local design and conservation as nominated and evaluated by local people."