Holmes Miller scoops gold for HMP & YOI Stirling at Scottish Design Awards

Architecture firm Holmes Miller has been announced as the winner of the Health Building or Project category at last night’s Scottish Design Awards.  

In what was a record for the Glasgow-based practice, it was named as a finalist in eight categories, covering each of its key sectors – education, leisure, retrofit and public building – as well as Architectural Practice of the Year and Young Architect of the Year. 

Organised by Urban Realm in partnership with The Drum, the Scottish Design Awards celebrate excellence in architecture, art and advertising. Winners across the 34 categories were selected from more than 150 businesses and individuals who submitted entries. In a highly competitive field, Holmes Miller was pronounced the winner of the Health Building or Project category for its work on HMP & YOI Stirling, a groundbreaking new 100-person custodial facility for women in Scotland. 

The new HMP & YOI Stirling custodial facility won the gold prize for its focus on trauma-informed design and rehabilitation. The practice has created a therapeutic environment based on safety, respect and dignity that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people in custody, staff and visitors. 

Reflecting on its win, Holmes Miller highlighted its steadfast commitment to people-focused, sustainable architecture. 

Callum Houston, managing director at Holmes Miller said: “It’s always inspiring to see our work being recognised by our industry peers, but having been named as finalists for a record eight categories among a pool of the best and brightest talent in Scottish architecture is a huge achievement in itself.  

 “This award is a reflection of the hard work, creativity and dedication of everyone in our team. We have always strived to place the end user at the centre of our designs to ensure every project meets the unique needs of both the client and the community. We are over the moon to receive this recognition and look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of excellence in our field.”