My Place Awards 2016 Winners announced




Louis Wall (left) and the Atlantic Islands Centre (right)
Louis Wall (left) and the Atlantic Islands Centre (right)

A new community facility and visitor centre, designed by Shauna Cameron Architect, on the Isle of Luing, one of Scotland’s slate islands in Argyll and Bute has won the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2016.  The awards were presented on Tuesday 22nd March at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

The centre was developed to spearhead sustainable development on the island. It opened in the summer of 2015 and has quickly become established as a focal point for community life. The centre is a sustainable and inspiring example of community-led regeneration on a small island. It has greatly improved the quality of life on the island of Luing and made it a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

Judges’ comments: “The Centre is a model of community engagement, benefit and cohesion.  The beautiful island of Luing and its strong community have got behind this transformative project which has provided jobs, increased tourism and given the island a focal point for meeting, talking and sharing.   It is an example of civic society in action, on a small scale but with imagination, passion and, above all, determination in the face of many challenges.  The Atlantic Islands Centre is a worthy winner of the My Place Awards 2016”

Louis Wall, nominated by South West Railway Adopters Gardening Group, won the Civic Champion award.  Six years ago Louis noticed his local station, Stranraer, was lacking in colour and life so, with approval, he set about transforming it with imaginative and colourful plants. Since then, he has achieved plantings at 20 stations in the South West of Scotland with the involvement and support of many volunteers, local groups, communities and schools. He works long days to achieve his objectives: making the stations of South West Scotland bloom with vibrant colour.

John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust said: “This is the seventh year of the My Place Awards.   It has grown from being a modest celebration of placemaking, heritage and people to become a remarkable record of achievement and a celebration of Scotland’s heritage and places, old and new.   This year, we received a record number of entries in both categories – 28 projects as well as 14 individuals put forwards as civic champions.  Nominations were made by local civic trusts, community councils, heritage organisations and other voluntary groups”

Ian Gilzean, Scottish Government Chief Architect said: “The My Place Awards demonstrate the way in which well-considered buildings, places and activities can make an immense difference to life within communities. These projects provide far more than physical facilities, they are conduits for social interaction and they help to build the kind of connections that strengthen communities. They show the importance of approaches to place which consider people first.



NOMINATED BY: Glasgow Women’s Library
ARCHITECT / LEAD DESIGNER: Collective Architecture CLIENT: Glasgow Women’s Library

Project summary
The project facilitated the major refurbishment of the former Bridgeton Public Library in the heart of the East End, an area of multiple deprivation that has suffered decades of neglect and industrial decline. The library makes a significant contribution to local cultural and architectural heritage at the heart of the East End and is both sensitive to the original building and confident in its new design.

Judges’ comments
The new library is significant on both a local and national level. Locally, it has breathed new life intothe old public library with a bold but sensitive design that has drawn its vision from the area’s community with a sense of responsibility and respect.  Nationally, it celebrates the lives, histories and achievements of Scotland’s women through the ages.  The library is welcoming, accessible and open to all, men and women. The library’s facilities and rich programme of activities are multi-faceted and it has become much more than simply a place of books; it is a vibrant and supportive place which has become a focal point in the lives of many in the community.We strongly recommend a visit.


NOMINATED BY: Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust
ARCHITECT / LEAD DESIGNER: Doug Reid, Partner, and James F Stephen Architects
CLIENT: Dundee Heritage Trust

Project summary
The gallery at Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works is an exciting and ambitious £2.75 million project which has completed the restoration of the category A-listed Verdant Works site, securing a sustainable future for this nationally important complex. The development has almost doubled the size of the existing museum, transforming the oldest part of the building, the High Mill of 1833, into a stunning cathedral-like gallery and learning space.

Judges’ comments
The High Mill Open Gallery addition to the Verdant Works museum is an important element in the transformation of a challenging area in Dundee which has suffered from the loss of traditional industries.  The spacious new gallery is functional, adaptable and very impressive in its scale and open design, filled with information and echoes of Dundee’s once proud and vibrant jute-making past.


NOMINATED BY: Historic Kilmun Management Board
ARCHITECT / LEAD DESIGNER: Icosis Architects / Stephen Newsom Architect
CLIENT: Argyll Mausoleum & St Munn’s Church, Kilmun

Project summary
The main aims of the project were to restore and conserve the historic Argyll Mausoleum and artefacts and to open it to the public in a fitting and sensitive manner. All the input has been from a small team of dedicated volunteers who not only manage the project but welcome visitors, carry out fundraising and organise community events. It is a great example of community-led regeneration and restoration.

Judges’ comments
With a modest budget, the trust and its volunteers have beautifully restored this important historic building and its associated artefacts, making them more accessible as well as raising the profile of the wonderful, atmospheric location.  The work has been carried out with great care and attention to detail and we were particularly enchanted with the tiny but beautiful visitor centre.   The volunteers have successfully put this architectural jewel back on the map and their work is to be commended.


NOMINATED BY: Haddington and District Amenity Society
ARCHITECT / LEAD DESIGNER: Nicola Hall, Director, Lee Boyd
CLIENT: Patrick and Linda Flockhart

Project summary
The Humbie Hub is the central focus for the village of Humbie community and has met with resounding success. The shop and post office have been transformed beyond recognition and new accommodation has been created for local businesses one of which provides high speed broadband for the community. In a short time, the Hub has become a favoured venue for outings for coffee or a light lunch, drawing visitors from all over the county.

Judges’ comments
Facing many challenges, the owners have, with the full support and involvement of the community from this small rural settlement in East Lothian, created a new, vibrant and attractive facility for both residents and visitors to enjoy local produce, beautiful scenery and a warm and welcoming presence.  The Hub has brought people together in new and unexpected ways and offers a template to inspire other rural communities.



Project of national significance
NOMINATED BY: Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland
ARCHITECT / LEAD DESIGNER: multiple contributors
CLIENT: The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust

Project summary
The estate is a fantastic example of successful heritage-led regeneration in Scotland extending across architecture, interiors, collections, landscape, education/training and activities.  The project uses heritage as a vehicle in a bold and vigorous campaign to change things for a depressed local community with high levels of unemployment. Tourists and local visitors enjoy the landscape free of charge while other facilities generate profit to make the estate sustainable in the long term.

Judges’ comments
We were very keen to recognise the national significance of this superb and ongoing restoration project.  The quality throughout is extraordinarily high, from conservation of furniture and artefacts to the restoration and reconstruction of buildings, monuments and gardens.  The intervention of His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay has been key to the stunning transformation of the house and estate which have been saved for the nation.



The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards scheme is unique in Scotland as it is a national celebration of good local design and conservation as nominated and evaluated by local people.  It is not an industry award.

Its aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that community.  Entries in all categories will be assessed on their architectural, heritage and/or place making benefits.

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards are supported by the Scottish Government.

The awards were established in 2010.

For more information about the My Place Awards

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