The Civic Trust Awards recognise the very best in architecture, urban design, landscaping and public art, awarding projects of the highest quality design, which are judged to have made a positive contribution to the local environment – and helped improve the places where we live.
The Clydebank Public Realm, Phase 1a in Clydebank, Scotland scheme was announced as the winner of the Hard Landscaping Award in this hotly contested category.
The West Dunbartonshire Council contemporary townscape scheme forms part of the major regeneration of a former ship building area, which had drifted into decline. Using modern contrasting materials, including in situ concrete and grey granite walls, black polished granite and stone paving, the architects, JMarchitects and landscape designers, Wooltack Barn Marloes, worked together to create a seating area which is protected against skateboards and gives visitors a place to relax on two levels.
This plaza forms a pleasant space, which although close to noisy through-traffic is well used and provides a safe place to enjoy the area. The scheme has started to rejuvenate the area, linking the town to the River Clyde, creating an identity and reflecting the heritage of the area in the public realm.
Fraser Higgins, Commercial marketing controller for Aggregate Industries commercial hard landscaping, said: “Aggregate Industries featured range, Charcon, is delighted to be associated with the Civic Trust again. The regeneration and improvement of both rural and metropolitan areas continues to be immensely important for the sense of well-being they can provide for both local residents and visitors.
“The award is of special significance to Aggregate Industries in combining an appreciation of good hard landscaping design with the recognition of schemes that positively relate to their settings and the people they serve.
“The development and use of creative, practical and durable hard landscaping solutions are vital elements in the process of creating lasting sympathetic, accessible and comfortable environments. Our aim is to encourage attractive schemes that demonstrate a unique approach to hard landscaping, with a strong emphasis on innovative design.”