Annual Awards Ceremony for 2016

The Civic Society Awards Ceremony for 2016 took place at the Town & County Hall on 26 October 2016 and was attended by award winners and a number of our members.



The awards sub-committee, under the chairmanship of Alan Silver, were delighted to have made, in addition to the main Award, a number of awards under the categories of Mentions and Commendations.  This year there was also an Award for Craftsmanship.

Principal Award


Causeway View – the former Causewayend Primary School.  It sits proudly looking out on the busy Mounthooley Roundabout.  This part of Aberdeen that has had its fair share of road improvements over the years and with that, more than its fair share of poor development.  Despite this, the Causewayend School was always a beacon in the area and it has a new lease of life as a block of student accommodation called Causeway View Student Housing.  The old granite building has been kept and converted and very little has changed to the main elevations.  Meanwhile the new building adjacent to it is a clever reflection.  The materials are different, but the windows have a vertical emphasis with some spaced in a geometric pattern and others random.  The new elevation steps in and out, giving verticality to the elevation to Powis Place.  Each of the stepped elevations are distinctly different, be it through the fenestration, the roof treatment, the height and the stepping.  There are granite panels that have been introduced to the elevation that take their inspiration from the towers in the original building.  It is impressive that the new building does not overshadow the existing building.  The new part is a little larger, but not that much.  A great addition to Aberdeen’s built environment and a lovely example of the successful preservation of a large and prominent granite building.



Award for Craftsmanship

Doors at St Nicholas Church – the refurbished door on the north side of the kirk, closest to Schoolhill.





Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital Garden and Reception Area – a garden in front of the Children’s Hospital at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

 2 Powis Place brick-built student accommodation that looks a bit like a converted warehouse on the corner of Powis Place, Fraser Place and Canal Road.

 Replacement Windows at St Clement Street and Buchan House York Place - an old warehouse building at the harbour that has had new sash and case windows fitted in a traditional style.

 Robertson Family Roof Garden at ARI - a tranquil space in the middle of what is often not a tranquil place on a roof above Accident and Emergency at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

 Kingshill View, Prime4, Kingswells - a new office for A2+B


64 Kirk Brae, Cults - a new and modern looking house positioned in a narrow gap site up Kirk Brae in Cults.


Shop Fronts at 364 and 366 Great Western Road – a restored shop front on a prominent corner site in the West End of Aberdeen.


Ardent West     a new seven storey office building on North Esplanade West


Railings at 20 The Chanonry, Old Aberdeen - elaborate railings with a traditional in appearance around a small garden on the corner of The Chanonry and Don Street in Old Aberdeen.