Dunfermline firm shortlisted as the UK’s self-build architect of the year

Published: 23 Sep 2014 03:30

A Fife architecture firm is in the running for two major industry awards after being shortlisted as the UK’s Best Self-Build Architect and in the Best Eco Home category of the Build It Awards 2014.

It’s the first time Dunfermline-based Allan Corfield Architects (ACA), which specialises in one-off house builds, has been shortlisted for the coveted roll of honour, which celebrates the cream of Britain’s self-build industry.

ACA, which has increased its team six-fold in the last two years, has been nominated for its role in building Amor House at Gleneagles – a state-of-the-art Scottish eco home built with structural insulated panels (SIPS) – which has already been nominated for House of the Year and will feature in Home Building & Renovating Magazine later in 2014.

The Fife firm designed and built the contemporary five-bedroom home to a high specification earlier this year – with a view overlooking the famous Gleneagles Golf Course – in conjunction with Dalgety Bay-based SIPS Industries.

Thanks to their combined expertise, the 1.5-storey house, which is complemented by large triple-glazed windows overlooking the Perthshire countryside, was wind and watertight within two weeks of construction starting and has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of 96% A.

ACA, which was founded in 2009 and is now in its fifth year, is one of the first architectural firms to specialise in the design and build of SIPS homes and is a member of the UK SIPS Association.

It’s become the only indigenous Scottish firm to be nominated in this year’s Build It Awards – in association with BuildStore – which have been designed to celebrate all aspects of self-build and renovation, including completed projects, products, services and suppliers.

The firm will go head to head with English Brothers, JMP Architects, LA Hally Architects, LAPD Architects and ORME Architects, which are all based south of the border, for the top title – to be decided by Build It magazine readers.

Results will be revealed at a Gala Awards Dinner and ceremony chaired by editor Anna-Marie DeSouza at the Hilton in Swindon on October 23.

ACA Managing Director Allan Corfield said: “Even being shortlisted for these two awards is great recognition for our team and we’re delighted to be up there alongside the industry’s top names.

“We’re proud to be the only Scottish supplier nominated and pleased that a self-build project so close to home is also receiving recognition.”

Readers are invited to vote for the local firm, which is also set to be featured on Channel 4’s Building the Dream series, for which one of its self-build projects in Biggar is currently being filmed, via www.self-build.co.uk/best-architect-2014

The Building the Dream programme is scheduled to hit TV screens in early 2015.

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