2018 Award Winners

Aberdeen Civic Society is delighted to announce the winners of awards for 2018.

The Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel on St Andrew Street is one of the winners. It recently opened for business in an existing granite building located in the heart of Aberdeen. The conversion retains much of the existing building, which is very large and was previously a part of Robert Gordon University. Of particular note is the way that the work has been done to convert the building into an hotel without very many changes, particularly when seen from the street.

Cognito on the Corner, the second winner, lies on the corner of Mid Stocket Road and Beechgrove Terrace. This is a clever conversion of a former bank building into a delightful café/bistro serving the community of Rosemount and beyond. The work done to the building makes it a lovely feature on a prominent corner site.

Dominic Fairlie, Chairman of Aberdeen Civic Society said, “It gives us great pleasure to be supporting two projects this year, both of which involve the re-use of some of Aberdeen’s lovely granite heritage. We give awards for projects that improve or add to our built environment and increase street activity and there is no doubt that both make a significant contribution in this regard.”

Murray Todd, General Manager at Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel, added: “We are very pleased and excited to be presented with this award from Aberdeen Civic Society.

“Since opening in August this year Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel has quickly become a popular venue for guests to overnight, relax, socialize and dine, with many enjoying the unique and striking original features that can be seen throughout the hotel and restaurant and from the street. It’s great to be recognized for the hard work and efforts that have made in retaining these aspects that make the building so iconic and distinctive.”

Nicky Turnbull, owner of Cognito on the Corner, said, “We tried to stay true to the heritage of the building, taking it right back to how it would have looked in the 1900’s ...bespoke curved hardwood windows, with a modern twist including tri-fold windows, hand made by quality local trades men makes the building really spectacular.”