Lewis-based firm Porteous Architecture LLP has won a major national award.

 

This was part of the 2019 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards held on Tuesday 25 June.

 

They were presented by the Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Nick Barley, who chaired the judging panel and the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart.

The event saw Kesson Court by ICOSIS Architects in partnership with Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association receive three awards.

 

And the The Handmade House by Porteous Architecture LLP, was presented with the Saltire Housing Award for a single dwelling.  

 

They stated: “The Handmade House, built on a challenging budget, takes inspiration from traditional island ‘airidhs’ (summer houses), found close by to it and echoes the vibrant colour and creative spirit of these quirky buildings.”

 

Duncan Porteous, one of the two partners with Fiona Porteous, said: “It's quite a big deal for us as a small island architect to win an award like this when we're up against some top competition from the rest of Scotland. 

 

“We were the only project in the Western Isles to make the shortlist.”

 

Another local business - Maciver Consultancy Ltd - was the structural engineer for the project.

 

The aim of the project was to “to extensively remodel and upcycle an unprepossessing former church hall building to create a small creatively designed family home.  Another important aim was to create a unique, contextual piece of architecture on a very tight budget. Given its location in a dramatic island landscape, we wanted the house to be culturally relevant and place specific.”

 

They add:” The house was designed to take advantage of solar gain from the extensive south facing windows and 10metre continuous rooflights. For health and wellbeing it is important to have enough daylight -especially in the winter months. 

 

“The house works symbiotically with our adjacent croft. The three wind turbines on the croft produce electricity for several houses, so our heating is mainly via a simple electric boiler. As our croft is a woodland croft the wood burning stove in the main living space, has a continuous supply of sustainable fuel.” 

 

Porteous Architecture LLP recently opened a new office in the 'Business Hub' at 9 Bank Street in Stornoway, in addition to its bases in Achmore and West Harris.

 

Nick Barley said of the awards: “The buildings celebrated at this year’s Saltire Housing Design Awards are inspirations for everyone fighting for Scotland to be a better place for its citizens. 

“They are affordable, accessible, high quality homes in which residents told us they love living. I hope that many more Scottish housebuilders will find ways to work with architects of this quality in the future.”

 

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing said:

“Good housing design is vital to the health, prosperity and growth of our nation.  Through good design, we can help to realise the potential in our communities by creating and sustaining a vibrant, inclusive society.”  

 

“By showcasing our best new housing, these Awards nourish the debate on how we can create Scotland’s homes of the future.”

 

Programme Director of the Saltire Society, Sarah Mason said:

"The Saltire Housing Design Awards were the first Awards established by the Society in 1937 and have continued to be an important moment in Scotland’s architectural calendar.

 

“The Awards promote the importance of good design and housing for all and have evolved to help to honour and encourage creativity, excellence and innovation in modern Scottish place making.

 

“We have been impressed by the design, innovation and attentions to detail that is present in the projects celebrated and are particularly pleased at the exceptional examples of social housing developments, and innovation projects which resonate with the awards founding principles. 

 

“We are, as ever, grateful to the time and effort put in by all who take part in the Awards and especially to our judges who have the difficult task of deciding the Awards."