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Awards

The Trust believes that positive contributions to the urban environment should be publicly recognized. To that end the Trust sets up a jury to assess the contribution to the urban environment made by buildings erected in the past year or years and to recommend where Awards should be made.

2017

Projects completed since mid 2014 were considered for this year's award.

The Civic Trust award was given to The High Mill, Verdant Works. The High Mill is a Category A Listed Building which was formerly part of the original flax mill complex. It had fallen into a state of dereliction as a result of water ingress which caused considerable damage to ironwork and the failure of its timber floors. As a result of this, which at one point led to an application to demolish it, the restoration was a particularly complex matter. The restoration has provided a glazed link to Verdant Works which leads to a bright area with an enclosed meeting room. This educational space has been designed in a contemporary manner, to complement the existing building rather than to try to replicate what was previously there. The main feature of the High Mill restoration resulted from a decision not to replace the upper level floors and this has allowed the creation of a very attractive gallery and exhibition space. The gallery without the upper level floors is, of course, quite different from the original, but really contributes to the overall feature of the Mill and the modern uses to which it can be put. The quality of the restoration which has sought to not 'over restore' the old building is most impressive.

The High Mill, Verdant Works
The High Mill, Verdant Works

Commendations were also given to six projects: Seabraes Bridge, an interesting new bridge over the railway at Riverside which links with existing pedestrian and cycle paths as well as Perth Road via new steps/ramps; the Leaf Room at Ninewells Community garden, the design for which features an attractive leaf shaped roof and uses local timber; the former Parkview School which has been converted into apartments whilst retaining the character of the Listed Building and features an attractive courtyard along with nicely designed new housing; the new Harris Academy which has replaced the former Listed Building, making good use of the sloping south facing site to provide accommodation fit for modern educational needs; the Young People's Inpatient Unit at Dudhope House which sits comfortably within its landscape setting and features an attractive combination of timber, dark brick and steel; the DC Thomson building at Meadowside which has been comprehensively upgraded with major external improvements to the roof and features a light and attractive public reception hall.

2014

Twenty one projects completed between June 2012 and May 2014 were assessed on design, enhancement of the civic realm, materials, sustainability, accessibility, retention of historic buildings and removal of eyesores. Two awards were given. The restoration of the magnificent Malmaison building which had lain empty for 20 years on the corner of Whitehall Crescent and Shore Terrace is a key element of the Waterfront project, giving it a real stimulus. It is a landmark building that has set the bar for what will follow. The stonework and external features have been carefully restored with an impressive new entrance, signage and lighting. The internal adaptation to create a hotel, restaurant and conference facilities respects the key elements of the building. The developer and owner was M.E.C. Services (International) Ltd, the architects Curious and project managers Thomas and Adamson.

Malmaison
Malmaison

The Crescent is an exciting new development in the heart of Whitfield which provides a new library, NHS and other community and retail facilities. With its bold design the 2-storey crescent shaped building makes a major contribution to revitalising the area. The attractive open space in front of the building features public art, has potential for hosting outdoor community events and links well to the Ballumbie primary school. Client and architects were Dundee City Council and the contractor Muirfield Contracts.

The Crescent
The Crescent

Commendations were also given to five projects - District 10, Seabraes Yards which provides much needed flexible space for the digital media sector; Broughty Ferry railway station refurbishment which has retained the traditional buildings linked to the re-erected signal box; the Wellcome Trust CTIR research facility (The Discovery Centre) on the University of Dundee campus; St Aidan's Centre a former church remodelled by Broughty Ferry New Kirk to provide community and meeting facilities; and Ninewells Medical School's library extension and Gannochy lecture theatre refurbishment providing state of the art facilities for medical students.

2012

In 2012 the Trust's Award was given to the Hillcrest Housing Association for its headquarters building at Dundee Technology Park (one of 15 projects completed between March 2010 and May 2012 considered by the jury). The Trust considers the £5.3 m, 7,200 sq m development's striking external appearance a beacon of good design which sits well in the landscape when viewed from all sides. It provides a superb working environment for 85 employees in a highly energy-efficient and sustainable building. The architects were Nicoll Russell Studios, the client Hillcrest Group and the main contractor W H Brown.

Hillcrest Housing Association HQ
Hillcrest Housing Association HQ

Commendations were also given to the remarkable £48m transformation of the former Northern College to create the Dundee College Gardyne campus; the loving restoration of Aystree House in West Ferry to its former Arts and Crafts glory, creating 6 luxury flats; and the Council's foresight and imaginative planning to create the Riverside Nature Park from the former "Coup" landfill waste site.

2010

In 2010 the Trust's Award was given to the major refurbishment of the McManus Galleries and the associated regeneration of Albert Square. The long term future of this A Listed Building has been secured by extensive underpinning of its foundations. Alterations to the building have been carefully carried out including a new main entrance on the south side and internally, a new lift and staircase. The high quality of external landscaping, both hard and soft, has created an attractive setting for the Galleries and the removal of traffic from the south side has allowed the formation of a pleasant pedestrian area. The designer was Page/ Park Architects, the client was Dundee City Council and the contractor was Muirfield Contracts.

The McManus Galleries
The McManus Galleries

In addition the Trust gave three Commendations. These were for: the West Port Development, a mixed use development including retail, casino, restaurants and serviced apartments; the restoration of Clement Park House which was built in 1854 for James Cox and is the largest surviving Jute Baron's house in Dundee; and the construction of a new Grove Academy.

2009

In 2009 the Trust's Award was given to The Clock Tower which is located at Camperdown Dock. The building, which dates from 1877, is A listed and has been restored and converted into twelve apartments. The conversion has been carried out in a sympathetic manner which has retained the character of the building. Key elements of the building such as the cast iron columns and brick arches have been retained and incorporated as features within the housing, and the clock has been restored to working order. The designer was Archial Architects, the client Unicorn Property Group and the contractor Tricorn Construction.

The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower

In addition the Trust gave four Commendations. These were for: the conversion of historic buildings at the former Panmure Shipyard into housing; a housing development at McVicar's Lane/Perth Road which also involved the restoration of a Listed Building; a housing and restaurant building on the site of the former Byzantium restaurant on Hawkhill; the new St Paul's RC Academy on Gillburn Road.

2008

In 2008 two Awards and a Special Award were given. The first Award went to the restoration of Gardyne's Land, High Street, one of the city's most historic buildings. The designer was Simpson Brown, architects, the client Dundee City Council and the contractor W.H.Brown

Gardynes Land
Gardynes Land

The second Award went to the Restoration of Baxter Park by Dundee City Council. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Park was restored to its original design by Sir Joseph Paxton. Specific elements were the restoration of the Pavilion, replacement of the boundary railings and gates, and the construction of a new Centre for community activities in the Park.

Baxters Park
Baxter Park

The Special Award was given to the Tayside Building Preservation Trust for their work over the years on a number of historic buildings in Dundee including the Sea Captain's house.

The Trust also gave a Commendation to a housing redevelopment by Hillcrest Housing Association at Alexander Street/Carnegie Street. The development has introduced well designed and distinctive housing into this inner city regeneration area.

2007

In 2007 the Trust's Award went to Glenogil, a bespoke house at Ogilvie Road, Broughty Ferry which overlooks the River Tay near the Royal Tay Yacht Club. The designer was the Voight Partnership, the client Mrs J. Elvidge, and the contractor Pert Bruce Construction.

Glenogil
Glenogil

In addition Commendation was given to Borders Bookshop, a reconstructed engine works moved from its original site to become an attractive new bookshop.


2006

In 2006 the Trust's Award was given to the Queen Mother Building for Applied Computing. Designed by Page and Park for the University of Dundee, this eco friendly building was built by Brown Construction.

Queen Mother Building
Queen Mother Building

In addition the Trust presented three Commendations in 2006, the first for the conversion of Edward Street Mill, the second for the extension to Forthill Primary School and the third for the Scottish Reporters Administrative Offices in Commercial Street.