April 4, 2023
Shortlist My Place
Scotland has an exceptionally rich built heritage and in recent years community groups have been seen to play an increasingly important role in the preservation and development of locally significant buildings and public realm. Scottish Civic Trust which seeks to help people connect with their built heritage recognises this contribution with the annual My Place Awards. The 2023 shortlist of community led built environment projects has just been announced with the ten contenders coming from Dumfries and Galloway (3), Argyll and Bute (3), Dundee, Perth and Kinross, South Lanarkshire and Scottish Borders. May the best building win.
Scottish Civic Trust was set up in 1967, to help people connect to their built heritage and take a leading role in guiding its development. In its infancy, it successfully campaigned for the restoration of Edinburgh’s New Town, was instrumental in the revitalisation of New Lanark and can also claim credit for bringing Doors Open Days to the United Kingdom.
Through supporting amenity groups, the Trust’s original objectives were:
- Well-informed public concern for the environment of town and country
- High quality in planning and in new architecture
- The conservation and, where necessary, adaptation for re-use of older buildings of distinction or historic interest
- Knowledgeable and therefore effective comment in planning matters
- The elimination of ugliness, whether resulting from social deprivation, bad design or neglect
Broadly speaking, we are still working towards the same objectives today.
Our 2023 My Place Awards received entries from community-led built environment projects across Scotland, and our judges have shortlisted six projects for further judging. They include an inclusive playpark, a converted station house, a bustling town square that was once a derelict lot, a vibrant community hub in what was once an at-risk building, a multi-purpose village hall in a remote area and a revitalised local park.
Learn more about the 2023 My Place Awards shortlisted projects by watching the short films below.
The winner of the 2023 My Place Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 24 April – be sure to follow us on Twitter to be kept in the loop!