Moray projects feature high an Highlands and Islands design awards

Alexander Graham Bell Centre gathers another design award

Building projects in Moray have been recognised in the Highland and Islands Architectural Awards with several taking top prizes.

Moray College UHI’s Alexander Graham Bell Centre designed by JM Architects added to a growing list of accolades when it was named as the best overall project at the Awards, held recently in Skye.

Meanwhile the Forres-based architects LDN won an award for New Life for Existing Buildings in recognition of their restoration work on the Knockando Woolmill, with the same firm also netting a prize for best small project for extension work on a home in Kingussie.

The awards were fund-assisted by Moray Council while planning officers from the local authority were involved in the early stages to ensure projects met with as little delay as possible in the planning process.

Manager of the council’s planning department, Beverly Smith, said that both buildings were worthy winners: “Our specialist, Craig Wilson, worked extensively with LDN Architects and Historic Scotland on the Knockando Mill project to ensure the historic interests of the building were protected and enhanced.

“And our early discussions with JM architects led to a complex planning application getting through the planning process with the minimum of delay. I think this is a good example of how early contact with planning officers can get projects on the ground more efficiently.

“From the outset it was clear that the architects of both buildings wanted to create outstanding buildings, so we congratulate them on their deserved success.”

The IAA Design Awards 2014 are sponsored by Russwood and partnered by The Highland Council, Moray Council and the Forestry Commission Scotland.

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