Design awards for Broughty architect

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BROUGHTY Ferry’s high profile architecture practice Nicoll Russell Studios has gained yet more success with major national awards.

Partner and spokesman Doug Binnie explained: “We are delighted that Hillcrest Group’s headquarters on the Dundee Technology Park continues to pick up a large number of awards and that the client is such an eager champion of the building and how it works. The headquarters’ success started with a Special Mention in the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Scottish Government’s prestigious Doolan Award, the Dundee Institute of Architects’ Supreme Award and many others. It has been shortlisted for this year’s RIAS awards the outcome of which will be announced later this month.”

“That said, the two awards which we are most excited about have just been announced. Sustainability is now a subject at the forefront of everyone’s mind. We are therefore delighted that Hillcrest was awarded the Scottish Design Awards’ Sustainability Award. This is the first time that one of our buildings has been so successful in this event and to be judged to have created the most sustainable building in Scotland is wonderful. Such praise highlights the very important functional advantages of the building’s design, and it advertises the skills our staff can offer in the field of sustainability.”

He continued: “The headquarters has also won a British Council of Offices Scotland Award. Our success recognises how well the building works as a workplace with a predominantly desk-based function. Its function, performance, work environment and ultimately client satisfaction were some of the critical success factors acclaimed by the judging panel.”