Faithlie Centre wins Design award
The Faithlie Centre in Fraserburgh won the Conservation and Building Adaption category at the for the 2020 Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards.
The ‘event’, which was originally due to be held in October, took the form of a web showcase this year; a dedicated website having been created to show the finalists and announce winners.
Prince Charles pre-recorded a video message for the online showcase, to highlight his personal links with Aberdeenshire and announce the overall winner.
The Prince’s Foundation, which has assisted numerous projects in Aberdeenshire over the years, were keen to be involved in the innovative showcase.
Speaking in the video, The Duke of Rothesay said: “For over a decade, these awards have been important for promoting and recognizing new design, as well as building conservation and adaptation across Aberdeenshire.
"Of course, Aberdeenshire could hardly be closer to my heart. Ever since my childhood, I have cherished this very special part of the world where I have had the opportunity for many years to meet local people and visit all parts of the county.”
The Conservation and Building Adaption award focuses on the re-use of existing building stock.
Projects demonstrate either exceptional standards in the field of conservation or deliver an appropriate new use for a previously underutilised structure.
The Faithlie Centre reopened in February 2020 following significant investment and redevelopment.
The other category winners were – Building Communities for the Future: Foveran Village, Business Enterprise: The Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar, Innovative Single House Design award: Drummargettie in Crathie; with The Fife Arms Hotel also winning the overall award.
Paul Macari, head of Planning and Environment with Aberdeenshire Council, leads the team running the awards.
He said: “Awards like these help the community realise good design doesn’t need to be inaccessible and elite, it can be for everyone.
"The range of nominations and finalists was quite diverse, which allows us to reflect on the role of design in our heritage and in the future of Aberdeenshire.”