A Very Civic Award

It’s always a pleasure to win an award, and last week we won a rather special one.
The Scottish Civic Trust is the national body for the civic movement in Scotland. It engages proactively with local groups and communities to improve Scotland’s buildings and encourage an active interest in all aspects of the built environment. Put simply, it is an important champion of Scotland’s places. 
So we were honoured, not only to be nominated for, but also to win, their Chairman’s ‘My Place Award’ for 2017 at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Lighthouse Building last week. The award was collected by our director Ron MacEachran who reported back to our team in Harris…

"The Isle of Harris Distillery, the Social Distillery, is delighted to have received the Scottish Civic Trust Chairman's 'My Place' Award, acknowledging the distinctive distillery design and its economic and social contribution to Harris.”
The award is unique in Scotland as a celebration of good local design and recognises projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered tangible benefits to that community.
SCT Chairman, Colin McLean said​:

"The distillery has created 18 high quality, permanent well-paid jobs in a place where they were badly needed. The distillery works canteen is now well used by local people looking for a place to meet and blether. It has created a renewed sense of spirit on the island. It is truly The Social Distillery”.
Our thanks go to the trust and its Chairman for considering us for this award and we’re grateful to have our work, and that of our architect John Coleman, acknowledged in this way. 

We look forward to many more years of being a positive part of island life, as our story here in the heart of our Hebridean community continues to be told.


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