Coldingham Luckenbooth wins Civic Society award

The Coldingham Luckenbooth is a multi-functional community facility. Architects for the project were Bain and Swan.
The Coldingham Luckenbooth is a multi-functional community facility. Architects for the project were Bain and Swan.

The multi-functional Coldingham Luckenbooth has won the Berwickshire Civic Society’s 2014 Architectural Award.

The project was praised by the society for its contribution to the local heritage, its bold use of colourful vernacular materials and design details that enhance its setting in the Square at Coldingham. The judges also highlighted the very positive contribution this building made to the village as a multi functional Post Office, museum, tourist information centre and café.

Opened in 2012 the Coldingham Luckenbooth was a community project that was driven by the potential loss of the village Post Office. Its continued presence in the village was seen as critical for the local community and was enhanced by the addition of visitor facilities and income generating functions to support it.

The Berwickshire Civic Society Awards were launched in 2007 and unlike other awards, entries for the Berwickshire Civic Society Architectural Awards are selected by local people.

Chairman of the society Matthew Gibb said: “We have been delighted with the response to the award this year. Each entry had deserving qualities but three of the entries were felt to be outstanding: Bughtrig, Horseupcleugh near Longformacus and the Coldingham Luckenbooth. The decision as to which one should receive the award proved extremely difficult because each was so different.

“In the end the judges had to make a difficult decision with so many projects of such high quality on the shortlist this year. After much deliberation we decided that we would like to award special commendations to Bughtrig and Horseupcleugh and commendations to Coldingham Priory and Kimmerghame Water Tower, but that the Berwickshire Civic Society Architectural Award this year should go to the Coldingham Luckenbooth.”

The awards were presented at the society’s 2014 AGM on Monday evening.

There were five projects shortlisted for the awards - Coldingham Luckenbooth, Bughtrig, Horseupcleugh, Coldingham Priory and the Water Tower at Kimmerghame.