RGU student wins award for Peterhead project

Andrew's idea for Peterhead's Seagate.
Andrew's idea for Peterhead's Seagate.
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A Robert Gordon University (RGU) student has been announced as one of the winners of a Scottish architecture awards scheme for his exploration of inner town living in Peterhead.

Andrew Stewart (23), who graduated with a Masters of Architecture degree last month, won the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best fifth year student as part of the awards scheme, organised jointly by Architecture + Design Scotland and the RIAS.

He was also highly commended in the sustainable design category, winning praise from judges for his powerful work examining the regeneration of Peterhead through the introduction of new harbour housing.

The former Kinross High School pupil looked at how to challenge the perception that suburban living is superior to living in the town centre, by creating a modern take on traditional fishing cottages based at the harbour.

He explained: “I have tried to re-interpret the density of traditional fishing cottages located throughout the north-east in a way that is appropriate for a waterfront housing development in the 21st century.

“These would be mixed use properties, with the potential for work/live townhouses or executive flats that offer generous living spaces flooded with natural light, creating an environment that people want to live in.”

He added: “The UK has an abundance of unimaginative, poor quality houses that people don’t want to live in but have little other choice.

“Therefore I was very proud to see that my proposal for an alternative housing typology was seen as a successful alternative. Being highly commended in the award for sustainable design was an achievement higher than what I ever expected.