Clydebank scoops design awards

05 Jun 2006

Clydebank has just scooped the Scottish Design Awards 2006, winning three of the twelve top national awards.

The prestigious Chairman's Award went to Clydebank Re-built, the town's urban regeneration company, for the quality of its regeneration projects and for its ground-breaking work with the local community.

Chairman of the Design Awards architecture jury, leading Scottish architect, John McAslan said he had singled out Clydebank Re-built this year, rather than an architectural practice, because the renewal work they are undertaking offers "significant hope for the future".

"This award to Clydebank Re-built is not just for the quality of the regenerative projects commissioned to date, but also for understanding the critical role regeneration plays in Scotland's towns and cities", stated Mr McAslan .

"In the town of Clydebank, the modest placemaking and workshop projects completed to date have begun the process of repair and renewal which offers a significant hope for the future".

Two Clydebank Re-built projects - the John Knox Street workshops and the Public Realm Improvement Scheme Phase 1 - also won top awards for the architects.

JKS Workshops, which were formally opened at the end of last year by First Minister Jack McConnell, won the 2006 Best Regeneration Project award.

The 21 starter workshops complex with their unique Singer-stitch pattern design on the exterior was designed by young architect of the year 2005, Reiner Nowak of Glasgow-based architects Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop.

JM Architects won the 2006 Landscaping Award for Clydebank Re-built's public realm project, improving the streetcape in Dumbarton Road and around the ClydebankTown Hall at SolidarityPlaza.

"These awards are a tremendous recognition of the work we are all doing in Clydebank", said Eleanor McAllister, managing director of Clydebank Re-built. "It is also a tremendous achievement, as it is unique for any town or city to win three top awards in one year in the Scottish Design Awards."

Chairman of Clydebank Re-built, John McFall MP said "We are delighted that Clydebank has won these prestigious awards for architecture and design.  It shows that Clydebank and Clydebank Re-built is in the forefront of Scotland's urban regeneration for its design and its involvement of local residents ".

Des McNulty local MSP for Clydebank added  "These awards highlight that Clydebank is on the national map for the design and quality of its regeneration projects.   It is a great boost to the work being done to regenerate the town".

Clydebank rebuilt was set up less than four years ago as one of the first pathfinder urban regeneration companies in Scotland.    It is a public-private partnership involving West Dunbartonshire Council and Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire, with additional funding from the Scottish Executive and the European Regional Development Fund.

 

For further information contact

Eleanor McAllister
Managing Director
Clydebank Re-built
0141 951 3420
Email eleanor@clydebankrebuilt.co.uk

or John Brown
0141 959 4380
07881 818474

  • John Knox Street workshops

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