Award is 'Walk in the Park' for AT student

An Inverbervie local has received a prestigious award at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment End of Year Show 2011.

Jamie YorkstonJamie Yorkston received his accolade at the exhibition’s private opening event on Wednesday 15 June. The End of Year Show, which is now open to the public until Thursday 30 June, showcases a range of student projects, spanning architecture, surveying, architectural technology (AT), and construction design and management.

Jamie (20), who comes from Hillview Gardens, received the Simpson Shield Technology Award for his first year AT project to design a visitor centre in Duthie Park, Aberdeen.

The central theme of the ‘Gateway Centre’ design was sustainability, in terms of using sustainable, locally-sourced materials such as Kemnay granite, as well as taking into account the facility’s social and economical sustainability.

The centre, which was inspired by the German Huf Haus design, features a grass roof to help the building fit into the park’s natural surroundings and also to slow down the flash response of the rain water draining into the River Dee.

Jamie explained: “Duthie Park is one of Aberdeen's main green areas that people love to use so I had to be aware at all times that the aesthetics of the building would play a huge part of the centre’ success. Grass roofs are not a common sight within the Aberdeen area so I hoped this would become a focal point for the users of my design. I found the idea of selecting and justifying the materials for my building quite tricky. It has certainly opened my eyes just how much planning goes into an individual design.”

Commenting on his award, he said: “I thoroughly enjoyed this project and am really pleased to have been awarded the Simpson Shield in recognition of my work. I feel that I put a huge amount of work into each aspect of the course and to get an award for it has just made working hard even more worth it. I am very pleased that my work and efforts are being recognised and makes me want to carry on working in the same manner.”

On the day, fellow Inverbervie student, Fiona Martin, received a certificate of commendation in the Aberdeen Civic Medal category for her design of a sheltered housing facility on Jack’s Brae in Aberdeen.

Taking place at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment on Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, the End of Year Show is open to the public from daily up to Thursday 30 June inclusive, Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm and Sunday 11.00-5.00pm. For more information, visit:


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