Angus Design Awards winners announced

Published on Wednesday 24 April 2019

Congratulations to The Zinc House at Monikie winner of the Angus Design Awards Building of the Decade.

The awards, held at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath tonight (Tuesday, 23 April 2019) celebrate the very best of building, design, development and restoration in Angus over the past ten years. Their purpose is also to inspire and encourage exceptional design quality in future proposals.

Angus Design Awards
Photo by Mark O’Conner (LJR+H Architects).

Members of the public judged The Zinc House Monikie owned by Mr & Mrs Callison and designed by LJR+H Architects and University of Dundee, to be the winner, making their informed choice via an online vote hosted by The Courier. As overall winner, they received the Heinz Voigt Memorial Award. Sponsor and presenter of the award was David Laing of DJ Laing.

Heinz Voigt was a talented and respected designer who contributed significantly to the built heritage of Angus. He was proud to call Angus home and was an active and supportive member of our community.

Angus Provost Ronnie Proctor, who welcomed winners and invited guests to the awards ceremony, said: “As a council, we have a vision to make Angus a great place to live, work and visit. The quality and design of new development is very important in delivering that vision.

“We wanted the Angus Design Awards to showcase the exceptional work and imagination of our talented designers and developers. I’m delighted to say it has exceeded all our expectations.

“Good design delivers benefits for everyone in Angus. For residents, it can reduce energy costs, improve health and well-being, enhance safety, engender civic pride and promote social inclusion. The creation of well-designed places where people want to live and to visit can also help to attract further investment in the area.

“We have talented designers and developers her in Angus who recognise the benefits of good design. These awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise the exceptional development that has taken place over the last ten years and the positive contribution that has been made to our environment. We also hope these awards will raise the profile of good design by demonstrating what is possible and by encouraging more high quality development.

Category winners are –

Best new individual house:

Winner:  Humpty House

(Client and designers: Ben & Rosemary Scrimgeour / Building Workshop. Sponsor

 and presenter of award: Brian Binnie – Denfind Stone)

Best new development:

Winner: Old Orchard Kirkton of Craig

(Client: Mr & Mrs Adam/Mr & Mrs Ross /Mr & Mrs Trail /Mr & Mrs Keillor; Designer: Garry Adam Architect. Sponsor and presenter of award – Mark Guild – Guild Homes)

Best restoration/ conversion:

Winner:  Chapelpark Forfar

(Client: Angus Council Housing Service. Designer:  Angus Council Architects. Sponsor and presenter of award:  Brandon Bryant - Pert Bruce) 

Best extension:

Winner: Usan Coastguard Tower

(Client:  John Pullar. Designer:  Garry Adam Architect. Award presented by Margo Williamson (Chief Executive of Angus Council)

In all, there were 44 entries across the four award categories, encompassing a wide variety and range in scale of development…from modest house extensions, to large scale industrial buildings. Judges had the unenviable task of agreeing a shortlist of 13 from that number.

Thanks to our judges for their time and careful consideration - Philip Long, Director of V & A Dundee; Lucy Byatt, Director at Hospitalfield; Graham Brown, The Courier’s Chief Reporter in Angus; and Margo Williamson, Chief Executive, Angus Council.

Thanks too to our sponsors - Denfind Stone, Guild Homes, DJ Laing Homes and Pert Bruce Construction without whom the awards ceremony would not have been possible.  And thanks to everyone who voted in the awards.