Awards for Broughty architect

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WELL-KNOWN Broughty Ferry Architects, Nicoll Russell Studios, have enjoyed further success. The award winning, design led practice which is currently working on projects from Aberdeen to Ashford in Kent, has won two major national awards.

The practice’s senior partner Ric Russell explained: “The awards from the National Civic Trust are for our Briggait project in central Glasgow for Workshop and Artists, Studio Provision Scotland (WASPS).

“It was wonderful when we were initially commissioned to develop such a prestigious project in the heart of the central belt because we often find that it is strangely difficult to win local work in the Tayside area when we are competing against large Glasgow and Edinburgh practices.

“Now the feelgood factor generated by winning such a prime project in the middle of Glasgow has been amplified by the project winning both a National Civic Trust Award and the Special Civic Trust Award for Scotland, the only one awarded this year.

“That is particularly pleasing because they come hard on the heels of similar success last year in Edinburgh when we won the Edinburgh Architectural Association’s Best Building Award.”

The Briggait project has involved the redevelopment of an entire block of Grade A Listed buildings which are located immediately adjacent to the River Clyde. The project involved Glasgow’s historic Fish Market being converted into a multi function arts centre for WASPS to offer artists’ studios, artists’ workshops and exhibition space. It has seen the creation of new purpose designed accommodation within the smaller of the Market Halls, the retention of the major Market Hall as an exhibition space and the careful conservation of the building’s fabric.

Mr Russell continued: “It is always wonderful to bang the drum about the talent and skills available locally so obviously our success at the Civic Trust’s gala awards dinner in Manchester was particularly pleasing. I think it is fair to say that Broughty Ferry grabbed the spotlight on the night.”

“The recession has been challenging for everyone but success like this makes us quietly optimistic for the future, we just have to keep doing the right things.

“From our Broughty Ferry base we are currently shortlisted to extend the Scottish Parliament and to develop kiosks for the Olympics along London’s Oxford Street. Clearly we would like to win significant projects like these but hopefully our passion for the local area is clear.

“Our desire is always to be a local practice, to serve the local community and importantly to retain high quality graduate employment here in Tayside.”