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Advocate’s Close wins another big award…


In December last year we brought you news about a Curtis Moore contract that won a prestigious award when the Royal Incorporation of Architects awarded it Scotland’s Best Building.

We are therefore delighted to note the building has won another high profile award, this time from the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), they have awarded it Project of the Year.

The award was presented at a lunchtime event hosted by broadcast Journalist Sian Williams at the Dorchester in London.

David Tuffin FRICS, Chairman of the judging panel commenting on the award said, “Careful conservation, coupled with sensitive interventions and a clever use of new material and finishes, has produced an imaginative mixed-use scheme, including a new hotel, 50-serviced apartments with views over the city, offices, restaurants, cafés and bars. These combine to produce a commercially sustainable and elegant addition to the Old Town.”

Curtis Moore is delighted to have been involved in what has proven to be a truly award winning project.  It was a particularly challenging and labour intensive project due to the fact we were adding to building from the 16th century, so we felt a great duty and responsibility to consider the history.

The position of the site also meant that it was not possible to use a crane to hoist materials to roof level meaning every item had to be manually carried up scaffolds.  Overall, a fantastic piece of historic architecture and it is a privilege to be part of it’s modernisation.

You can read the original blog post about Advocate’s Close here.




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