Galson business centre makes awards shortlist

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Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, the community land trust covering the North of the Isle of Lewis have beaten the regional competition and will now be pitted against national and international peers with the hope of lifting the winning award for “Community Benefit” for their unique, low carbon business centre at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2012.

There are four categories in the competition: Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Regeneration or Design and Innovation.

In addition, all shortlisted projects aspire to win the highest accolade, the revered RICS Project of the Year award, won in 2011 by The Town Hall and Apartments, Bethnal Green.

The business centre situated on the community owned Galson Estate was completed in October 2011 and since then has enjoyed recognition at a local and regional level, winning the awards in their categories at the Outer Hebrides Design Awards and The SCDI Business Excellence Awards.

The centre (pictured above) was made possible with funding from BIG Lottery Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, LEADER and the Trust’s own resources.

Lisa Maclean, Commercial Development Manager for the Trust commented: “This recent nomination is very welcome and to be selected alongside some globally recognised developments is very exciting.

“The vision for the business centre was always to create something special and unique for the community and also to demonstrate different uses of energy efficiency technologies in construction.

“It is a great space to work in and with offices and meeting rooms for rent; others have to chance to enjoy it also!”

The RICS Awards will take place at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in October.