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Sawmill shortlisted again for top design prize

LOCKERBIE Sawmill has been shortlisted for another national award for its design and construction.

The site is up for the prestigious Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2022, which is a national best building prize run by the Royal Incorporation of Architects (RIAS).

And it is up against Forth Valley College, High Sunderland, Jedburgh Grammar Campus and Quarry Studios, Aberdeenshire.

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.

The RIAS stated: “Konishi Gaffney did not have to look far for materials for the new offices and visitor centre at the UK’s largest sawmill: the building acts as a demonstration project, almost entirely erected from James Jones and Sons’ own products with an approach to minimising the use of steel and maximising timber.

“This ode to sustainable timber construction showcases the company’s ambition as well as its operations; presenting a flagship for Scotland’s timber industry.”

The award is named in memory of its founder and patron, the inspired architect/developer Andy Doolan, who died in 2004.

The architects of the winning building receive a £10,000 cash prize.

Lockerbie Sawmill recently won the specialist ‘Wood for Good’ award.

General manager Rob MacKenna said at the time: “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.”

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