Alexander Graham Bell centre wins prestigious design award

Alexander Graham Bell Centre

A Moray building has received an award in the Education Building or Project category at the prestigious Scottish Design Awards.

The new Alexander Graham Bell Centre (AGHC) at Moray College UHI received the award at a ceremony in Glasgow attended by industry leaders.

Designed to support Moray’s ground breaking work in digital healthcare, the AGHC was the result of a ¬£6.5million investment considered critical in helping diversification in the local economy.

The building was funded by Moray College UHI, NHS Grampian, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.

AGHC offers three floors of state-of-the-art facilities that meet a growing number of business needs and has already received a warm welcome in the local community after hosting a wide range of events since its opening earlier this year.

The building was designed by a JM Architects team led by Rod Duncan, Steven Milford and Claire Ford. Rod Duncan explained that the existence of the listed Academy building at Moray College set a particular challenge for the design team.

He said: “The relationship to the listed academy building set the precedence for our design and the opportunity to transform the entry and visual connection of the College to the historic fabric of Elgin was critical to our design philosophy.”

The AGHC received the award alongside the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation at the University of Edinburgh, while the Port Glasgow Community Campus was given a commendation.

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