An Cridhe (pronounced ‘an creeya’), a new community centre on the Isle of Coll in Argylle and Bute, has won the top prize in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards.
Also announced was the winner of the My Place Awards Civic Champion 2013 – Duncan Campbell. Duncan was nominated by Colinton Conservation Trust and Colinton Amenity Association for his outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the heritage of Colinton in Edinburgh.
The Awards were presented by Derek Mackay, Planning Minister on Thursday 28 March 2013 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.
An Cridhe, designed by Anderson Bell Christie architects, is a multi-purpose facility which serves as a social and cultural lynchpin for the islanders as well as providing business opportunities. An Cridhe improves the long term sustainability of the island by increasing confidence in the viability of life on Coll and by encouraging sustainable economic growth. The name An Cridhe translates from Gaelic as ‘the heart’.
The judges of the awards said:
An Cridhe is a tour-de-force of community-led development. The project, remarkable in its simplicity, works on so many levels. Value-for-money comes screaming out of the design and concept. The project is vibrant, dynamic, multi-functioning and achieves what it set out to do – become the heart of the flourishing community of Coll. It is a worthy winner.
Duncan Campbell, winner of the Civic Champion award has planned, implemented and facilitated the funds raised for several extremely successful projects, including: Colinton’s Public Art Project, the Phoebe Anna Traquair Railings and the Long Steps. He is described as a listener, a communicator as well as a sleeves-up, hands-on person.
The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards, supported by the Scottish Government, celebrate buildings, landscape, public realm and civic projects that have had a positive impact in local neighbourhoods and delivered tangible benefits to their communities. The Civic Champion was announced as a new category in 2011 for individuals who have made a significant contribution to heritage of placemaking in their local community. There were 25 entries to the main award and 5 nominations for the Civic Champion category.
Derek Mackay, Planning Minister said:
The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards celebrate the real difference good architecture and good design can make to the lives of communities. Scottish Ministers are pleased to support these Awards, which also recognise the important contribution made by committed individuals to improving Scotland’s places through the Civic Champion award.
Alistair Scott, chair of the judging panel said:
This year we had a record number of entries to the My Place Awards which are going from strength to strength. It was a privilege for the judges to visit so many fantastic examples of community-led projects across Scotland from a chapel to a dark sky observatory. This award scheme is all about places and the people who work hard to make them special.
Also on show at the exhibition will be the nominees and winners of the young photograpy competition.
Two young photographers snapped up the top prizes in a photography competition for young people run by the Scottish Civic Trust. Octavia Gaston, age 12, from West Kilbride Primary School won 1st prize in the Primary School category for her atmospheric photograph ‘Glenelg at Night’. Samuel Davies, age 17, of Braidhurst High School, North Lanarkshire, won in the Secondary School category with his stunning picture of an illuminated Glasgow University.
Speaking about the awards Ray Entwistle, Scottish Civic Trust Chairman and chair of the judging panel said:
Young people need to feel connected to their local cities, towns and streets. The My Place Photography Competition gives them the opportunity to think about the places and buildings that surround them in new and imaginative ways. The judges were enormously impressed by the quality of the entries this year. Congratulations to all the pupils and their teachers.
You can see all the winning entries at www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk