BDP wins GIA conservation award for adaptive reuse project
Architecture practice BDP picked up a special conservation award at this year’s Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) Design Awards for its Ayr Grammar Campus project.
The full refurbishment of a Grade B Listed building that was originally home to Ayr Academy also received a commendation in the education category.
Designed by BDP’s Glasgow studio team, the sensitive restoration of the historic building located on the edge of the 17th Century Citadel of Ayr offers a contemporary learning environment in a historic setting, bringing together the multi-generational community in one facility.
Following full consultation with parents, pupils, staff, South Ayrshire Council, and the wider community, the new education hub has been created to offer a nursery, a primary school, a Community Arts Centre, and a new home for the Ayrshire Archives and Registry which houses the repositories for historical records and the Ayrshire fine art collection.
Lindsey Mitchell for Ayr Grammar, BDP, said: “What a fantastic week for BDP! We are incredibly proud to receive this commendation and the special award for conservation at Ayr Grammar.
“We understand that architects have a responsibility to design educational buildings for a diverse range of needs and to go above and beyond to create meaningful experiences in these spaces. Ayr Grammar is a great example of our approach to the restoration of historic buildings and how their reuse can be sustainable and relevant to contemporary education, providing spaces that deliver both academic and social benefits to the wider community. We have successfully breathed new life into a fantastic building.”
The GIA Awards win follows BDP picking up Architectural Practice of the Year at the annual Learning Places Scotland Awards last week, with Maidenhill Primary School and Nursery also winning the award in the Inspiring Learning Spaces Category.
The winners were announced at a dinner held at the BAad in Glasgow on November 25.
Architects and industry experts came together to celebrate the very best architecture being produced at the GIA Annual Members Dinner and Awards Ceremony which was held at the BAad in Glasgow. This year’s guest judge was Ingrid Petit - one of the RIBAJ’s ‘Rising Stars’ of 2020.