Quality planning award for Coatbridge building

Carnegie Library

The regeneration of the former Carnegie Library in Coatbridge has been recognised at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2018.

The red sandstone ‘Beaux Arts’ style building won an award in the Place category, which highlights innovation in any architectural building or place.

North Lanarkshire Council worked with Clyde Valley Housing Association (CVHA) to transform the building, which is a prominent landmark in the town centre. It was designed by Alexander Cullen, built in 1905 and financed by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Supported by funding from Historic Environment Scotland, CVHA brought the vacant property back into use with the development of 12 affordable, modern flats with outdoor amenities.

The award was presented to CVHA by Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government, housing and planning, at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

“Thanks to sympathetic design and planning, this historic building has been transformed and given a new life as well as bringing new homes into the town centre,” said Councillor Harry Curran, convener of the planning sub committee.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this major project on receiving this prestigious award and, importantly, providing modern, quality homes for local people within the town centre.”

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