Chair’s Award for Architecture

Prestonpans Civic Square

Gold Award

Prestonpans Civic Square is the principal public space in the East Lothian coastal town. The regeneration of the square was driven by Prestonpans Community Council in partnership with East Lothian Council and the Preston Seton Gosford Area Partnership. The square had become tired, was a magnet for anti-social behaviour and did not provide an appropriate setting for the Category B Listed war memorial designed in 1922 by William Birnie Rhind (RSA). The design brief required: removal of an elevated viewing […]

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Architecture panel chair, Heather Claridge, Design Director of Architecture & Design Scotland said about the project:
“A small intervention has become a bigger catalyst. It's raised the bar and makes you turn your head. Simple moves have transformed this site and opened up views of the sea, in the process a new public space has been sensitively created that promotes improvement and is a destination in itself”