Grassmarket Community Project wins My Place Awards 2014

The Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh, designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects has won the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2014.

Graham Boyd won the Civic Champion award for a town trail project in Kilmarnock.

The awards were presented by Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning at a special ceremony at 10.30 AM on 27 March 2014 in The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

The Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh, designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects has won the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2014.

Graham Boyd won the Civic Champion award for a town trail project in Kilmarnock.

The awards were presented by Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning at a special ceremony at 10.30 AM on 27 March 2014 in The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

MY PLACE AWARDS WINNER

The Grassmarket Community Project, nominated by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, is a new facility in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, offering support, encouragement and meaningful opportunities for local people in an inclusive and engaging environment.  It offers a range of social activities, educational classes and social enterprises to enable people to progress towards healthier and more sustainable futures.

view from Cowgatehead

The Project developed from a long-standing partnership of the Greyfriars Tolbooth and Highland Kirk and the Grassmarket Mission.  As well as providing excellent services for its staff and members it also offers a first-class conference and meeting room venue for organisations across Edinburgh.

The judges said:
"This is a high-class facility for its members and wider Edinburgh community.  It is a people-led project which radiates warmth, humanity and sense of equality.  It is innovative, full of natural light, and has been woven seamlessly into the fabric of the adjoining buildings, streetscape and Greyfriars Churchyard.

Both designers and client deserve wide recognition for this jewel of a project which enhances and uplifts Edinburgh's Grassmarket.  It is a worthy winner."

 

CIVIC CHAMPION WINNER
Graham Boyd, nominated by Ayrshire Architectural Heritage Trust, has been the main driving force behind the Kilmarnock 'Town Trail for Primary Schools'.  His voluntary input in producing this invaluable resource deserves to be recognised along with all the other work he has done, much of it with the Kilmarnock and District History Group, to remember, preserve and promote the heritage of Kilmarnock.

My Place Awards Civic Champion Nomination G Boyd Photo

The judges said:
"Graham has successfully brought back to life the history and heritage of Kilmarnock in an accessible and fascinating new resource.  Not only does the Town Trail tell the story of Kilmarnock for young people but it promotes civic pride and respect for place and people.  It is a terrific voluntary effort with lasting impact."

Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning said:
"The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards highlight the potential of good architecture to not only improve the lives of people but to bring together communities and to make places that are valued."

Angus Kerr, Chair of the Judging Panel said:
"The diversity of the entries and the passion, drive and commitment of the designers, users and clients has been truly inspirational."

 

Being nominated for a My Place Award or a Civic Champion Award is an achievement in itself.

The Scottish Civic Trust would like to congratulate all of the projects and people nominated in 2014 and we would like to thank all nominating bodies, clients, designers, architects and community groups who helped make this year's awards happen.

To view all of this year's nominated projects see our 2014 gallery HERE

To view a showcase of all winning, highly commended and commended projects and people see our Scottish Civic Trust news item HERE

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