The Newlands Centre in Romanno Bridge, designed by Cooper Cromar for Newlands Development Trust, has been given a Commendation in the Works to Existing Buildings category at the Scottish Border Design Awards 2013.
Organised by the Built and Natural Heritage Team, the awards are intended to recognise and promote examples of recent good design in the Scottish Borders in line with Scottish Border Council's policy in the Adopted Local Plan.
Completed in December 2011, The Newlands Centre comprises a refurbished primary school and an adjoining new build state-of-the-art community Centre housing a sports hall, fully-equipped kitchen with dining areas, a dedicated nursery and playgroup, along with IT, adult learning and library facilities.
The Judges commented: “This complex building achieves architectural cohesion by careful use of materials throughout which are also used to break up the mass of the building, in particular the large sports hall to the rear.
"Internally there is clarity between the “old” and “new” with a top lit link corridor helping to bridge the two elements and successfully addresses a change of level between the old and new elements.”
The Practice liaised closely with both local school community parent groups and Scottish Borders Council throughout the duration of the project, using funds raised through a successful lottery application to create the facility. The final design promotes a fully sustainable design solution both in terms of materiality and orientation and the project has proved to be a major asset to the local community.