Former pupil in line for award

Craighead & Woolf's premises in Randolph Place, Edinburgh.'Contributed photograph
Craighead & Woolf's premises in Randolph Place, Edinburgh.'Contributed photograph

A FORMER Montrose Academy pupil has been named as a finalist for a national award which recognises excellence in design.

Alan Craighead, of Edinburgh-based company Craighead & Woolf, is in the running for the Kitchen Showroom of the Year category in this year’s kbbreview Awards which are organised by kbbreview, the UK’s leading magazine for the kitchen and bathroom industry.

The premises, in the city’s west end near George Street and Charlotte Square, were opened in September 2011.

After leaving Montrose Academy, Alan went on to study design at Duncan of Jordanston College of Art at Dundee University, graduating in 1985. He then worked for two years as an interior architect for a Scottish architectural practice for two years designing restaurants and nightclubs before taking was supposed to be a temporary job in kitchen design at a top kitchen showroom in Edinburgh.

By 1990 he was showroom manager and in 1992 became a self-employed kitchen consultant and manager, trading under the name Craighead Design. After establishing his own showroom he changed the trading name, for marketing reasons, to ‘Craighead & Woolf - Kitchen Architecture’ and the business was incorporated in 2003.

Alan said: “When the recession hit I decided that the time had come to fundamentally change the business. We weren’t going to batten down the hatches, the battle chest was to be opened and we were to come out fighting with everything we had.

“We found the perfect location in the winter of 2010 in the very heart of the financial district in Edinburgh’s West End. This location not only ticked all of the above boxes but also had good transport links in the form of trams, buses and trains, almost the first place you arrive if coming to Edinburgh by car from the north or south. The central location meant that we could service clients from all areas of Edinburgh without having to have the overheads of a satellite further down the development road.

“We feel very honoured to be nominated as a finalist for the kbbreview Awards. The awards are renowned in this industry, we are thrilled to be recognised for our showroom design and look forward to the awards in March.”

Tim Wallace, editor of kbbreview, said this year’s competions has had a record number of entrants

He said: “As always the standard of submissions is incredibly high.

“The kbbreview Awards set out to recognise and reward excellence in the kitchen and bathroom industry, and Alan should be very proud of being a finalist. The judging process is rigorous and extensive and judged by renowned industry professionals. We would like to congratulate Alan on being nominated as a finalist and wish him the best of luck for the finals.”