Traditional craftsmanship honoured in design awards

It might be across the pond but lime wash is honored again for maintaining award winning traditional building make-over and preservation. This article was printed in The Press and Journal of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Craigievar Castle’s £500,000 renovation project recognised with distinction

By Alistair Beaton

Published: 09/03/2010

Traditional craftmanship used in the painstaking restoration of one of the north-east’s most historic castles was recognised last night with a top award at an Aberdeenshire Design Awards ceremony.

Craigievar Castle reopened to visitors early this summer after being closed for two years as teams reharled the National Trust property near Alford, after removing a cement-based mix that had coated the building since the 1970s.

The £500,000 renovation was launched after it was found the treatment had been trapping moisture and causing serious dampness in the 17th-century castle.

A traditional and breathable lime wash replaced the harl, and returned the A-listed castle to its original appearance.

Specialist teams from Laing Traditional Masonry – which is based at Castle Fraser Stables, near Kemnay – rounded off the project earlier this year by hoisting in place several replacement stone water spouts they had carved to match surviving features and lookalike cannon high on the tower.

Managing director Steven Laing said it had been a great honour to play an important part in restoring one of Scotland’s most prestigious castles to its full glory.

At a reception in Haddo House, near Tarves, last night the Craigievar Castle project topped the craftmanship section with the award of a distinction to the firm and clients the National Trust.

The awards are organised by the council’s planning and environmental services team to recognise exceptional design by architects and artists, builders and craftsmen across the area.

The top award from 161 entries saw the inaugural presentation of the Ian Shepherd Award go to Banff-based architect Mantell Ritchie for the Salmon Bothy project at Portsoy with clients Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

It also topped the conservation category.

The Ian Shepherd Award is named in memory of Aberdeenshire Council’s former principal archaeologist who died last year at the age of 58.

Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee chairman Councillor Peter Argyle said: “We chose the designs that had the most visual impact, and overall Portsoy’s salmon bothy had both aesthetic and historical significance worthy of the new award.”

Other categories’ commendation winners were: Rural landscape design – Ellon’s Viewing Pavilion, designed by the Prince’s Foundation for the community and the Portlethen Moss project carried out by Aberdeenshire Council along with Portlethen Moss Conservation Group and Forestry Commission Scotland; Public Art – Fraserburgh’s Radio Square feature created by Aberdeen architects Halliday Fraser Munro for Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership.

A project at Little Maldron Mill at Torphins by Aberdeen architect Gokay Deveci took commended awards in both the housing and sustainability categories.

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