Office and flat scoop awards

he winning team with the overall award, pictured left to right are Mike Beattie, Nick Bradford, Kerry Smith, Sandy Munro and Jamie Pert.
he winning team with the overall award, pictured left to right are Mike Beattie, Nick Bradford, Kerry Smith, Sandy Munro and Jamie Pert.

A capacity crowd turned out to the George Hotel in Montrose for the biennial Montrose Society Civic Awards.

The overall winner was a new office - the base of Account Tax Ltd - and flat building at Traill Drive, in Montrose, which nestles in between existing golf club buildings at the Links.

This was commissioned by local accountant Nick Bradford, designed by Montrose firm Kerry Smith Architects and built by local contractors Pert-Bruce Construction.

The external judge, retired Aberdeen architect Mike Beattie, said: “This striking new building has clean sharp modern lines and yet it sits very well in its location and golf links environment.

“There has been great attention to detail, and the bold external stair to the upper floor is an integral part of the design.”

The project also picked up a second award for craftsmanship in recognition of the outstanding joinery detail of the building.”

The winners in the other categories were:

New buildings: Lunan Bay Farm Shop and Café by Kerry Smith Architects for Hew Blair-Imrie; New Links Cottage Kinnaber by Kerry Smith Architects and Peterkin Homes for Rob and Jill Inglis; The Stables Western Road by Nicol Russell Studios, Broughty Ferry, for Barbour and Somerville; The Passive House Craig by Gary Adam Chartered Architect and Pert-Bruce Construction.

Renovations and extensions of existing buildings: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre for a World War Two building to new shop and reception, which was self-contracted; Scurdy Ness Lighthouse for glass extension of Keepers’ House by Kerry Smith Architects, Esk Glazing and Seaton Joinery; Conservatory extension at Old Montrose Pier Cottage by Bon Accord Glass, Aberdeen.

Public realm and townscape improvements: Highway realignment at ‘Big Tree Bends’ Lunan by Angus Council, Noel Regan and Sons, Livingston; Creation of Woodland Walkway at the House of Dun by ground staff and volunteers of the National Trust for Scotland.

Craftsmanship: Replacement Georgian door and windows Graham’s Vennel, Castle Place, by Sturrock’s Joinery for Roadrunners Caterers; Sliding door and other joiner work at Traill Drive by Pert-Bruce Construction.

Montrose Society president Sandy Munro said: “We have been spoiled for choice with the selection of entries, and with our eventual winners this year.

“We are grateful to our external Judge Mike Beattie in helping us to decide on the award winners, and the overall winner.

“These are some outstanding examples of how good design and execution can make Montrose and its surrounding area a more pleasant place to live.”