Eildon development wins design award

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A 54-flat single block housing development on the site of an old textile mill in Galashiels has won a presitgious design award.

Eildon Housing’s £6.7million Laidlaw Court was named the Waterside Development of the Year at last week’s Scottish Home Awards.

The Selkirk-based association beat off competition from some of Scotland’s biggest private housebuilding companies to lift the prize.

Laidlaw Court was officially opened in October 2010 and sits on the previously derelict site of the former Laidlaw & Fairgrieve mill at Lower Buckholmside.

A grant of £4.16million from the Scottish Government allowed Eildon to proceed. The design solution for what had been a steeply sloping site, comprising redundant mill lades and partially demolished buildings, all close to the main A7 road, was recognised by Scottish Home Award judges as being particularly impressive.

It was noted that the architects, Patience and Highmore, had maximised the impact of the site with a striking design that is fitting for this landmark position in the town as well as maximising the proximity to the Gala Water with a carefully constructed riverside walkway.

All the flats – a mix of affordable rent and shared equity – are now occupied.