Pathhead Street Design wins Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing

Five community projects, four in Scotland and one in Ballymena, Northern Ireland have received awards totaling £13.5k to improve local public spaces.

• Carnegie UK Trust recognises community led efforts to  improve public spaces

Following the launch of the first Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing, the prize fund was raised from £11.5k to £13.5k due to the strength of the entries received. The competition is to benefit projects in Denny near Falkirk, Auchencairn in Dumfries & Galloway, Kirkcaldy in Fife and Greenock in Inverclyde as well as Ballymena.

The competition was run in partnership with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) and celebrates how well designed public spaces, created with and for local people, can improve local resident’s health, provide new spaces for communities and promote community enterprise and regeneration.

Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, said: "Much of the Trust’s work over the last 100 years has focused around the impact our environment has on our wellbeing and what we can do to improve our public spaces. The Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing celebrates the hard work that community groups are carrying out across the country to help make this happen”.

Iain Connelly, President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), said:
“Well done to the Carnegie Trust and to all the winners. This initiative highlights the benefits of well-designed environments. That has to be a good thing.”

Alan Jones, President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) said:
“We are delighted, as representatives of the architectural profession, to be involved in a project which shares our goals. Congratulations to the worthy winners.”

Margaret Burns, Chair of NHS Health Scotland, one of the judges who helped select the Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing winners, said: “I was delighted to be part of the judging panel for the Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing. It can’t be underestimated the importance of place and the built environment and good design in promoting health and tacking health inequalities.”

An overall winner will be announced following the completion of the 5 winning projects in September.

The Winners

Winning projects needed to demonstrate how good design can create opportunities for improved health, local regeneration, skills development, community enterprise or social interaction. The winning projects are:

• the Macara Park project which aims to improve Macara playpark in Denny, Scotland, as a space that the entire community can enjoy,
• the Auchencairn Initiative-Link Park project which aims to create a recreational wildlife garden in Dumfries & Galloway on fertile wasteland in the centre of the village of Auchencairn,
• the Ballymena Arts Partnership which aims to support the regeneration of the Borough of Ballymena, Northern Ireland through a series of arts and cultural events,
a Sustrans and Fife Council backed project to support travel ‘Make your move Kirkcaldy’ which explores the relationship between place quality, community and active travel and
• the Belville Community Association project in Greenock, Scotland, will create a community garden and serpentine wall on derelict wasteland following demolition of three highrise residential blocks.