Seven awards in one night for local architects

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BROUGHTY Ferry architects’ practice Nicoll Russell Studios has pulled off a major coup by winning no less than seven awards on the same night.

Their success kicked off when they were awarded a special mention in the prestigious Doolan Award which is run by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government. The practice’s recently completed headquarters for Hillcrest Group located in Dundee’s Technology Park won that accolade against a very strong short-list.

Nicoll Russell Studios’ partner Doug Binnie enthused: “It is a privilege to have been awarded a special mention in the Doolan Award. We have been short-listed two years in a row which is really quite something and this award is the icing on the cake.”

Nicoll Russell Studios also won five Dundee Institute of Architects awards on the same evening.

Partner Willie Watt commented: “We had a lot of entries in this year’s awards and hoped that we would do well across all categories. As in every year the competition was stiff but we won the Best Building Award for Hillcrest, the Best Small Project for the redevelopment of a former council house, the Best Client Award, two Ambassador Awards and the DIA Supreme Award.”

He continued: “The DIA awards are a great showcase for the talent available in the local area, and this year many of our submitted projects were in the DIA Ambassador Award category which covers work by DIA members out with the chapter area (the whole of Tayside and North East Fife).

“In this category we won awards for our major projects at the Briggait in central Glasgow and the Howden Park Arts Centre in Livingston.

“It may come as a surprise to some that these projects have been designed in Broughty Ferry and that they have already won major awards such as the National Civic Trust’s Special Award for Scotland and the Edinburgh Architectural Association’s Best Building Award respectively. So it is great that their success has been recognised and applauded locally.”

Doug Binnie stated: “Thursday was a very good night for us and we hope it is a springboard for us locally and nationally. Winning a special mention in the Doolan, the DIA’s Supreme Award and another five awards all on the same night is special and will put a real spring in everybody’s step for months to come.”

m Pictured at the DIA Awards are, from left - Graeme Keillor, Hillcrest Group; and Graham Steel, Agnes Hegedus, Alice Turpie, Doug Binnie, Scott Turpie, David Tipping, Ric Russell OBE; Gerry Farquharson, John Graham and George Masson, all Nicoll Russell Studios.