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Lockerbie visitor building scoops Scottish Design Awards

James Jones’s new visitor building has won two awards in the Scottish Design Awards 2021, winning both the Architecture award for a ‘Commercial / Office / Hotel Building or Project’ and the overall ‘Architecture Grand Prix for Architecture’.

The Scottish Design Awards are open to all architects, engineers, graphic, interior and digital designers to celebrate class leading work, best practice, sustainability and innovation in all its forms.

The Judges said “As a business, they’re putting their stamp on the building. Simple, elegant, sustainable and a showcase for its owner”.

The Lockerbie site is the largest single site sawmill complex in the UK and the most technically advanced. As such, pre-pandemic, Lockerbie received a high number of visitors – including small groups of customer visits, customer training courses, academic institutions, and industry events.

The idea for the building recognised the need to provide increased office accommodation, better visitor facilities, and the opportunity to host on-site training courses and industry meetings, which previously had to be conducted offsite. James Jones & Sons held a design competition between two architectural firms and the winning team was Konishi Gaffney from Edinburgh, led by Kieran Gaffney.

Kieran Gaffney said “We are really pleased and proud to have been recognised in these awards. Both in the commercial category, which had some very strong work, and the Grand Prix for Architecture which is a very exciting achievement. Working with James Jones & Sons on their visitor building was a brilliant opportunity to showcase their materials and explore the possibilities of timber construction. We’d like to thank them for their trust in us; our consultant team for their expertise and the builder for their hard work and patience. Lastly thanks to the Scottish Design Awards for this huge honour.”

Speaking about the awards, Rob MacKenna, General Manager at James Jones Lockerbie site said “We are delighted the new building received two architectural awards in last week’s virtual ceremony. 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 its fantastic their efforts have been recognised by the Scottish Design Awards. Congratulations to all of the evening’s winners, thanks to Scottish Design Awards as virtual hosts, and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our Lockerbie site very soon”.

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