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Best re-use of a listed building to be showcased at Scottish Design Awards

3 February 2011

Architects and designers from across Scotland are being asked to showcase the best re-use of a listed building at the Scottish Design Awards.

Nominations are open until Friday 11th February for this year's awards which highlight some of the best design work being carried out in Scotland.

The Best Re-Use of a Listed Building Award, which Historic Scotland has sponsored for the past four years, provides a platform to look at the many projects which successfully combine old and new design, techniques and materials.

Past entries have had a wide range of uses, incorporated different design and building techniques, and have been among some of the most exciting projects to reinvigorate our historic environment in some time.  

They have also shown that designing sympathetically around an existing historic or architecturally significant building can allow excellent design and skill to shine through.

Debbie Mays of Historic Scotland said;

“Our historic environment is a hugely important asset, providing a sense of identity, continuance and community.

“In the right circumstances, incorporating new design and architecture into historic buildings can breathe new life, bringing together past architectural achievements with new design and techniques.

“The entries are always very diverse and showcase the innovative work that is being driven by Scottish architects and designers and we very much look forward to seeing this year’s entries.”

The awards are judged by a panel of industry experts and are open to all architects, engineers and designers based in Scotland, however both international and domestic projects can be put forward for consideration.  

For more information visit or contact Kim Baran at the Carnyx Group on 0141 559 6078 /

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

For further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858