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Grassmarket Community Project claims Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Award

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March 28 2014

Grassmarket Community Project claims Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Award
Grassmarket Community Project, a centre for Edinburgh's dispossessed, has been named sole winner in the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Awards - after being nominated by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.

Designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects the scheme won over judges who were impressed by both the positive impact the work is having on the local community as well as the heritage and architectural benefits brought.

In their citation the judges dubbed the project: “a high class facility for its members and wider Edinburgh community”, adding: “It is a people led project which radiates warmth, humanity and a sense of equality. It is innovative, full of natural light, and has been woven seamlessly into the fabric of the adjoining buildings, streetscape and Greyfriars Churchyard.

“Both designers and client deserve wide recognition for this jewel of a project which enhances and uplifts Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. It is a worthy winner.”

Grassmarket Community Project cost £1.4m to build and provides support to over 300 people from a range of different backgrounds.
Double height volumes have been inserted behind an 8m tall kirkyard wall
Double height volumes have been inserted behind an 8m tall kirkyard wall
Monumental skylights rise like the tombstones amidst the A-listed Greyfriars Kirk
Monumental skylights rise like the tombstones amidst the A-listed Greyfriars Kirk

The constrained site was formerly occupied by light industrial buildings
The constrained site was formerly occupied by light industrial buildings
Wood  work, cookery and art classes are offered inside with a large hall available for wider community use
Wood work, cookery and art classes are offered inside with a large hall available for wider community use

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