The leaf room, Dundee wins 2018 Scottish Civic Trust ‘My Place Award’

Scottish Civic Trust websiteThe winning and commended projects in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2018 were announced on 20 March, with the winners of the ‘My Place’ Photography Competition for young people were also announced.

The Scottish Civic Trust writes:

The Leaf Room was designed for patients, staff and visitors to Ninewells Hospital and Medical School. It sits beautifully in the landscape at the edge of an area of mature woodland just to the south of the hospital. The roof has the appearance of a folded leaf, which is tilted at one end to assist in the collection of grey water for recycling. The roof overhangs the main activity space which can be used for various purposes ranging from talks and concerts to children’s sessions and quiet contemplation.

Gaby Laing, Heritage Officer at the Scottish Civic Trust said: ‘The Leaf Room totally encapsulates what the My Place Awards are all about: a beautifully and sensitively designed asset loved and used by the community. Modest in its approach, the Leaf Room truly delivers far beyond its remit. In 2018, all eyes may be on Dundee for the opening of the new V&A, but the Leaf Room goes to show how much Dundee already has to be proud of in terms of civic pride and architecture.’

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards were established in 2010 by the Scottish Civic Trust. They are unique in Scotland as they are a national celebration of good local design and conservation as nominated and evaluated by local people.  This is not an industry award. Their aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that community.  Entries in all categories will be assessed on their architectural, heritage and/or place making benefits.

The awards also recognise Civic Champions who have made outstanding contributions to placemaking in their local community and/or celebrating and protecting the local historic environment. Instead of inviting nominations the judges chose to recognise individuals connected to the shortlisted projects who shone through the judging process. TwoCivic Championswere chosen this year. Betty Cosgrove, Chair of Calton Area Association, was singled out for her contribution to the community in Calton, and her engagement with St Luke and the Winged Ox in Glasgow. The DG1 Neighbours were rewarded for their work with the Dumfries Neighbourhood Street Design Project.

The winners of the My Place Photography Competition for young people were also announced.

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