Architects build up their reputation with another top award

The team at Atka architects, Sandy Wilson, Adam Toleman and Ryan Marshall
The team at Atka architects, Sandy Wilson, Adam Toleman and Ryan Marshall
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A Falkirk-based architect’s firm has been recognised for transforming an old disused stone building into a vibrant family home.

Arka Architects won the RIAS Stirling Society of Architects’ Best Building 2012 ‘Highly Commended’ award recently for the conversion project on Myretoun Barn in Menstrie after being approached to come up with a design that would exploit the setting at the foot of the Ochil Hills.

It’s the third year out of four that the practice has walked away with an award at the event.

Previous wins include Best Building in 2009 for Easter Greenrigg Steading in Slamannan and the top award in 2011 for Cairneymount Church in Maddiston.

And this year, four of Arka’s projects made the final shortlist of 16, which included submissions from architectural practices across the country.

Other shortlisted projects included Riech and Hall Architects and its work on the multi-million pound Forth Valley College campus in Alloa and Falkirk Council’s Saint Bernadette’s Primary School.

Arka’s latest award comes after a successful year, which saw it having five projects shortlisted at the prestigious Scottish Home Awards 2012.

Adam Toleman, director of the Cockburn Street practice said: “It was good to see the high quality of architectural projects represented at the award ceremony and even better to have received one of the top prizes.

“As a practice, we work hard at delivering the best possible solutions within our client’s budget.

“An award for us is also an award for our clients and the faith they put in us to deliver their dream.”

Ryan Marshall, the Myretoun Barn project architect, said: “It has been a good year for us and the highly commended award for Myretoun Barn is one which we greatly appreciate.

“Conversions of old buildings are always quite tricky as they can be quite unforgiving.

“However, this was a great opportunity to work on a project with a stunning location and all the hard work and effort we put in to the project has paid off with a fantastic house for our client and this award.”