My Place 2015 winners

Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2015 Winners announced

Scotland's best Civic Project and Civic Champions 2015 honoured

North Edinburgh Grows, a community garden design for North Edinburgh Arts has won the top prize in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards.


North Edinburgh Grows image for press release

Image credit - Edinburgh Grows: Garden looking towards North Edinburgh Arts © Katie Fulton Photography


The prize was presented by Marco Biagi, MSP, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment at a special ceremony at The Lighthouse on 26 March.

Nominated by North Edinburgh Arts, and designed by Anta Architects and lying at the centre of the physical environment of Muirhouse the North Edinburgh Grows project has provided a place to create, recycle, try out new ideas, grow, read, rest and play.

The judges said about the project:

"The North Edinburgh Grows project is both inspiring and humbling.  In the face of many challenges the designers, client and local community have transformed an unloved bit of land into a remarkable resource for local residents and visitors.   It is exactly the sort of project which the My Place Awards were set up to acknowledge - inventive, playful, life-enhancing and civic-minded.  It is a worth winner."

The joint winners of the Scottish Civic Trust Civic Champion category were also presented.   They are John Dods, nominated by the Cramond Association for his outstanding contribution to the natural history and heritage of Cramond and Ann Laird, nominated by Dennistoun Conservation Society for his campaigning to protect and improve Glasgow's West End.

John Dods image John Dods, Joint Civic Champion Winner 2015 

The judges said of John:

"John is a remarkable authority in many areas.   The breadth of his knowledge and the scope of his achievement in terms of promoting and preserving local heritage and advocating for better places and engaging communities is second to none.   His commitment to Cramond and its communities is inspiring and second to none."

Ann Laird image Ann Laird, Joint Civic Champion Winner 2015

The judges said of Ann:

"Ann's contribution to the heritage and history of Glasgow is remarkable.  Over many years she has shown herself to be a force of nature when it comes to celebrating and promoting community participation in design, planning and placemaking.   She is, in every sense, a tireless campaigner for the betterment of the city and her legacy will be long-lasting."


About the awards
The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards is a unique scheme in Scotland that celebrates good local design, conservation, placemaking and civic prided as nominated by local people.   They are supported by the Scottish Government.

This year the Scottish Civic Trust received 18 nominations for the project category and a record breaking 9 Civic Champion nominations for the people category of the awards scheme.

Marco Biagi, MSP, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment said of the awards:
"The My Place Awards celebrate places which are delivering positive benefits in their communities.   Through the Civic Champion award it is great to see individual people recognised for their efforts improving the quality of Scotland's places."



My Place Awards Civic Champion Joint Winners: Ann Laird and John Dods

My Place Awards Project winner: North Edinburgh Grows

My Place Awards Project Highly Commended Projects:
Clearburn Natural Play & Picnic Area, Saint Ninian's Hall Development.

My Place Awards Project Commended Projects:
Grand Fountain Restoration, Paisley, Martyrs Kirk Research Library, Lanark Memorial Hall.



For more information on the My Place Awards winners visit our My Place Awards winners showcase HERE

For more information on the individual projects and Civic Champions visit our online gallery HERE

All nominated projects, Civic Champions and winners outcomes will be available to view at a specially designed exhibition at The Lighthouse, from 27 March to 6 May 2015.

For more information on the My Place 2015 exhibition visit our online event page HERE


Top image © 2015 - Donald MacLeod - all rights, issued on behalf of the Scottish Civic Trust
Image credit for John Dods: © Kathleen Dods
Image credit forAnn Laird: © Gregor Reid Photography