Award for work on Apple House at Fasque

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A project near Fettercairn has been received top honours from the Aberdeenshire Design Awards 2014.

@rchitects Scotland projects at Fasque picked up two distinctions and a memorial award at the event, which saw a further 21 projects from across the Aberdeenshire region recognised at a special ceremony in Haddo House.

The awards, organised by Aberdeenshire Council, are held only every two years to recognise local projects that have demonstrated exceptional merit in their execution.

The Judges said they were impressed by the exceptional standard of the projects submitted.

The Apple House at Fasque, a project undertaken by @rchitects Scotland Ltd who are based in Forfar, was the outstanding winner of the evening receiving the Ian Shepherd memorial award and a distinction in the conservation category.

The project was described by judges as a “superb restoration project” using traditional skills and materials received.

The ‘B’ listed building originally dates from 1972, but by 2008 due to a lack of maintenance and an appropriate use the building had fallen into disrepair and was on the ‘At Risk Register’.

This project saw the building restored and converted into a small bridal suite.

A further project by @rchitects Scotland Ltd. was recognised for the restoration of a unique and distinctive John Bolding copper canopy bath carried out by Catchpole and Rye from Kent The bath, now back in full working order and situated at Fasque, received a distinction in the craftsmanship category.

Paul Fretwell of @rchitects Scotland Ltd commented: “It is always a great pleasure to receive such recognition for our projects.

“The awards reflect the hard work and commitment of everyone involved from the client at Fasque, the various individual contractors including obviously Catchpole and Rye, Aberdeenshire Council and Historic Scotland.”