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Banffshire buildings announced as finalists in design awards


By Kyle Ritchie

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Three building projects in the Banffshire area have been named as finalists in the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards.

The silversmithing centre in Banff; the renovation of 49 to 53 Bridge Street in the town and the pavilion at the Castle of Park near Cornhill have all been recognised.

The silversmithing centre was designed by Michael Ritchie of Mantell Ritchie Chartered Architects.

The Smiddy silversmithing centre in Banff is a finalist in the awards.
The Smiddy silversmithing centre in Banff is a finalist in the awards.

Based at Old Market Place, it is known as The Smiddy and is run by Vanilla Ink.

The building was once a blacksmiths workshop and lay derelict for more than 30 years until Aberdeenshire Council rebuilt the workshop as part of Banff’s regeneration programme.

Vanilla Ink opened it in September 2018 where it runs silversmith and jewellery making classes.

LDN Architects designed the development at 49 to 53 Bridge Street, which has recently been completed.

The North East Scotland Preservation Trust was behind the project that has created silversmith’s quarters.

The derelict, category B listed building was completely refurbished and converted into three small town houses.

The houses will be let out to student silversmiths and others attending courses at The Smiddy, and visitors to Banff.

The pavilion at the Castle of Park was designed by Jill Andrews.

It was constructed in 2018 and is used for various events including weddings, ceilidhs, conferences and meetings.

A total of 27 finalists will now be judged in the next stage.

A spokesman for the awards said: "After this year’s first round of virtual judging, we are happy to announce that we have 27 finalists going through to the next stage of judging of the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards 2020.

"The submissions this year have showcased the highest quality of architecture in Aberdeenshire, which all deserve well earned praise and acknowledgement.

"We would like to thank all those who provided submissions, without you we would not be able to run the award scheme, which gains further recognition each year.

"We are now looking at how best to conduct phase two of the judging, which normally comprises of site visits, which is currently under review, with a virtual celebration of this year’s winning schemes planned for the new year."

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