Bathgate Centre Wins Low Carbon Award
The BDP designed Bathgate Partnership Centre for West Lothian Council has won the new build category of the Low Carbon Building Award. The awards were announced by Carbon Trust Scotland, in partnership with Urban Realm, for schemes which best deliver reduced energy demand and emissions, sustainability and a high quality of occupant experience.
The Bathgate Partnership Centre project evolved out of the desire to consolidate council services and community facilities in Bathgate under one roof. The multi-stakeholder two-storey building comprises a public ground floor level with community facilities, library, council services and café, and an upper level of open plan offices. The new building provides a feeling of belonging and pride by being clearly identifiable as an integral part of the local community, as well as being modern, sustainable, attractive, spacious and practical to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Paul Wedgwood of Carbon Trust Scotland, said: “The standard of entries to both categories was extremely high this year and really set the bar for the process of designing and creating a low carbon building.”
John Glenday, editor of Urban Realm, added: “It is heartening to see such diverse and effective low energy responses being adopted in Scotland. Both winners demonstrate that large or small, public or residential, big budget or not, low carbon principles can and should lie at the fore of all that we do.”
The other winners on the night were Adam Dudley Architects and Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association in the refurbishment category.