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Revolutionary District 10 offices win architecture awards

Revolutionary District 10 offices win architecture awards

A revolutionary building made from 37 recycled shipping containers has swept the board at the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) awards.

The £1.7m District 10 office space, which is the first of its kind in Scotland and intended to be a creative industries hub, took home the Best Public/Commercial Building Award, the overall Supreme Award and a commendation in the Best Interior Design category.

Scottish Enterprise, which was behind its creation, also took home the Best Client Award for the project.

District 10 will now be put forward for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building In Scotland Award, which is the largest architectural prize in the UK and considered one of the most significant in the world due to its £25,000 prize.

More than 200 people attended the DIA awards this month, which was sponsored by Andrew Shepherd Construction.

The glitzy annual event was held at Invercarse Hotel and acts as a showcase of the best local architecture.

Ged Young of Aim Design Architects, the company behind District 10, said: "This is a wonderfully positive story for the city. The building is a first for Scotland and Dundee and we are delighted for District 10 to receive the recognition that these awards celebrate.

"This project is yet another step towards the delivery of a successful waterfront and we look forward to the future commencement of the V&A and surrounding development with great anticipation and excitement."

Image courtesy of Dundee Waterfront.

District 10 has a high level of energy sustainability and is accredited as a BREEAM excellent project. It provides 15 rental units for up to 4 people and has already become home to several early-stage creative businesses.

It was opened in September last year at Seabraes, a former railway goods yard located to the west of Dundee’s waterfront.

The project was joint funded by Scottish Enterprise, the European Regional Development Fund, Tayside charity Matthew Trust and received a financial boost from the Scottish Government’s capital investment in shovel ready projects.

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Architectural brilliance

More than 70 entries were received for the awards. The other winners were:

Best Residential Project – ARKTX (winner), LJR+H (commendation)

Best Use of Timber – Garry Adam Chartered Architect

Best Interior Design – Archial NORR

Best Regeneration/Conservation Project – Archial NORR (winner), Peter Inglis Architect (commendation)

Best Small Project (under £250,000) – MacroMicro Studio (winner), Voigt Partnership (commendation)

DIA Ambassador Award – CASA

DIA ‘On The Drawing Board’ Award – Voigt Partnership

Best Student – Alistair Hudson

Colin Doig, president of the DIA, said: "The rise in the economy is helping bring through some great quality design and architecture in and around Dundee and that can be seen in the very high standard of entries in this years' awards.

"It is a very exciting time for architecture and the built environment in Dundee. It was a great night with worthy winners and the high number of entries was encouraging.

"These awards show just how relevant and important high quality architecture is in this area."

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