Top award for Stranraer’s Castle Green

The Castle Square by night
The Castle Square by night

A CEREMONY at The Burrell Collection in Glasgow recently saw the bi-annual Saltire Society Award for Art in Architecture in Scotland awarded to Matt Baker and David Ralston for their work on the Castle Square public space project in Stranraer.

There are four artworks closely integrated into the overall scheme these are Wiel, Greywacke and Bubbles by Matt Baker and The Erratice by David Ralston.

The Council employed Smith Scott Mullan Associates (Edinburgh) to design the project, which was complimented by the judges as a fine example of collaboration between artists and architects that ties together as a whole and makes a useful cultural contribution to a place.

Stranraer was lucky enough to benefit from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund to the tune of £790,000 and this together with a further half a million of council funding made the work to the square and surrounding streets possible.

The project to transform Castle Square is part of a co-ordinated Masterplan that will see the town Centre and the Waterfront transformed as Stena prepare to relocate to Old House Point at Cairnryan.

Established in 1971, the Award is for works of art which are designed and incorporated as intrinsic parts of buildings. The competition is open to all craft workers and artists.