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Press Release - 25th May 2016

Award Winners from the left: Mr Duncan Porteous, Mr Rob English, Mrs Diana Calvert, Mr Geoff Calvert, Mr Alasdair Macleod, Dr Gordon Anderson, Mr Andrew Marshall, Mr Christopher Graham.

Award Winners from the left: Mr Duncan Porteous, Mr Rob English, Mrs Diana Calvert, Mr Geoff Calvert, Mr Alasdair Macleod, Dr Gordon Anderson, Mr Andrew Marshall, Mr Christopher Graham.

Design Awards for the Hebrides

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently recognised outstanding achievements in building design at its third Design Awards event held last week in the Woodlands Centre, in Stornoway.

The evening was a relaxed event, with awards presented by Cllr. Gordon Murray, Comhairle Design Champion.  After the event, Cllr Murray commented that: “All of the developments we have awarded deserve recognition, and the high quality of design in the nominations is testament to the fact that those recognised are reaching an exceptional standard.  We look forward to the next round of Awards in two years, and hope to encourage more nominations – we should not be too modest to recognise and celebrate the success of our new and restored buildings and those who make it all possible.”

During the evening, those in attendance heard a personal reflection on architecture and design from Dr Gordon Anderson of local practice Anderson Associates.   A key remark that resonated with the audience was that “We are all here because we appreciate good design and it enriches our lives."  The aim of the Awards is to recognise the contribution that well designed buildings bring to both people and landscape, whether you are using the building or viewing it while passing by, travelling through the islands.

Top awards went to buildings in Great Bernera in Lewis and three of the top four Awards went to Harris.  The winners were: 8A and 8B Borrisdale; 2a Croir; Iomairt an Obain, 2 East Tarbert; and the Tarbert Hub.

In closing the prestigious event Keith Bray, Head of Development Services with the Comhairle, thanked all those who had made submissions to the awards and again noted the high quality of the nominated developments.

The Awards will be held again in 2018, and the Comhairle looks forward to the opportunity of recognising once again the exceptional effort and results of those involved in creating the future built development of the Outer Hebrides.

Full award winners were:

Housing – Self Design

Winner –   8A and 8B Borrisdale          

Housing – Architect/Designer

Winner –   2a Croir                                                                              
Commendations: The Acres, Island Road and 12 Scaristavore                

Business / Non-domestic

Winner –  Iomairt an Obain, 2 East Tarbert      
Highly Commended - Daliburgh School 
Commendation  - Isle of Harris Distillery 

Conservation

Winner – Tarbert Hub              


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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