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Sawmill named best Scottish building

LOCKERBIE Sawmill has won two prestigious architectural awards

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By Christie Breen
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Sawmill named best Scottish building

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) named the sawmill at Steven’s Croft as one of Scotland’s best new buildings in the RIAS Awards.

And it also won the specialist ‘Wood for Good’ award.

It was designed by Edinburgh architectural firm, Konishi Gaffney for James Jones and Sons.

Rob MacKenna, general manager at James Jones Lockerbie, said: “We are delighted with the recognition the new building has received. The striking design and innovative use of solid and engineered timber products are a great example of how timber can be used to deliver high quality office and meeting areas. Konishi Gaffney architects were able to articulate this in the building’s design and it’s fantastic their efforts, and those of the project team, have been recognised.”

Lockerbie is the largest single site sawmill complex in the UK and the most technically advanced, so a new building was needed to accomodate site visitors and provide additional office space. Konishi Gaffney designed it using many of James Jones and Sons’ own products, choosing to minimise the use of steel and maximising timber to celebrate its use in an aesthetically pleasing and sustainable material.

Andy Leitch, director at Wood for Good, said: “Lockerbie Sawmill is an excellent illustration of how you can maximise the use of sustainably sourced wood products to achieve high quality buildings, that not only look and feel good, but achieve high energy performance and lock up lots of carbon from the atmosphere for at least the lifetime of the building.”

The winners of the RIAS Awards will now become the ‘longlist’ for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, one of the most significant architecture prizes in the world. The winner will be announced in November.

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