Waitrose, Helensburgh was revealed as the Best Retail Project at the Scottish Design Awards last night.
Designed by Cooper Cromar and described by Waitrose as their most successful store, the contemporary and unique 36,500ft² store sits proudly on the banks of the River Clyde across from the new Hermitage Academy, forming a gateway to the town of Helensburgh.
The judges commented on how Cooper Cromar were “raising the genre” in a tricky sector for architects and for the excellent execution of the project.
The entrance to the bright and spacious store is framed by a striking inverted gullwing timber clad roof, providing a warmth of materials and welcoming, uplifting environment. Designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, the stores sustainable design is complemented by large expanses of glass which aim to merge the boundaries between inside and out.