Several Wins for Gray & Dick
Several Wins for Gray & Dick at The Scottish Design Awards 2021We're proud to say that two projects we were involved with saw success across several categories at this year's Scottish Design Awards.
Several Wins for Gray & Dick at The Scottish Design Awards 2021
The results are in, and we're proud to say that two projects we were involved with saw success across several categories at this year's Scottish Design Awards.
The awards are open to architects, engineers, graphic, interior, and digital designers, celebrating Scotland's most outstanding design work.
Both Lower Tullochgrue and Glenkinchie Distillery were awarded for their innovative approaches, led by Brown &Brown Architects and Michael Laird Architects, respectively.
Lower Tullochgrue is the refurbishment and extension of a traditional house in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and won the Chairman's Award for Architecture. It also received an award for Best Single Residential.
Once a dilapidated steading, it has been replaced by a contemporary extension, featuring a timber and glass upper volume above a stone plinth, with the site's existing topography maintained at all times.
Brown & Brown's brief was to create a home that numerous members of a large family could use, both collectively and in smaller family groups. It features large social spaces, separate guest accommodation in the form of a small, detached block, and refurbishment of the original house to provide bedrooms for different family members across a large age range, with varying levels of mobility.
The building has a substantial focus on views and its overall connection to the landscape, so choosing a Sky-Frame Pivot door (supplied and installed by the team at Gray & Dick) was the perfect choice for achieving a seamless merge between the outside and inside. Lower Tullochgrue was one of the first projects in the UK to feature this product.
Also known as 'The Garden Distillery', Diageo-owned Glenkinchie won in the Building Re-Use category at this year's awards. Located in East Lothian, it is the Lowland home of the world-famous Johnnie Walker.
In early 2019, plans were approved to transform its Victorian-era red brick warehouse buildings into a multi-level cultural and sensory visitor experience, telling the stories of Glenkinchie, its 125-year partnership with Johnnie Walker and its contributions to Scotch whisky. Working with Michael Laird Architects, Gray & Dick operated as the specialist design contractor on elements including the Rimex architectural cladding, the feature window and the entranceway.
The arrival experience was recognised as a crucial aspect from the very outset of the project. The resultant feature window and entrance design was chosen to provide views of East Lothian's rolling hills, allowing light to reach deep into the building. It's also a nod to the important connection with the communities for whom the distillery was once a central part of life.
Gray & Dick is thrilled to have been involved with both of these exceptional projects, and we want to congratulate Brown & Brown and Michael Laird on their well-deserved awards. We look forward to working with them both on more exciting plans in the future.
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