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International architecture award for Verdant Works Dundee

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Verdant Works in Dundee has scooped a Civic Trust Award for architecture after a transformation that took it from a dilapidated building to a popular museum, visitor attraction and venue.

The Open Gallery at High Mill, part of the restored Verdant Works, was recognised in the conservation category of the 2018 Civic Trust Awards for its 'outstanding architecture, planning and design'.
 
 
Verdant Works, a former jute mill, joins winners across the world including Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and London. Its owners Dundee Heritage Trust said the award “puts Dundee firmly on the international map in terms of design and culture”.
 
The Civic Trust Award went to James F. Stephen Architects who helped develop the building from the point of collapse to its reopening to the public in 2015. Owned by Dundee Heritage Trust, Verdant Works is an important social history museum, visitor attraction and venue in Dundee.
 
Dundee Heritage Trust opened Verdant Works – with the public’s help – in September 1996 and completed the second phase a year later.  Late 2015 saw the opening of High Mill, the oldest part of the building and a stunning space which recently hosted the Great Tapestry of Scotland.  Many of the items in the museum are donated by residents of Dundee, who consider it the home of the jute industry in Scotland.
 
Dundee Heritage Trust also runs the historic RRS Discovery ship and visitor attraction which sits next to the new V & A Museum of Design, due to open at Dundee’s waterfront in 2018.
 
The transformation of a derelict and dangerous building
 
Paul Jennings, Executive Director of Dundee Heritage Trust, said: “We are delighted to see the High Mill Project at Verdant Works getting this international recognition from the Civic Trust. It was an ambitious and innovative scheme that transformed a derelict and dangerous building into stunning new galleries and learning spaces and gave us the facilities to host lots of new activities and events. Dundee is now firmly on the international map as a cultural and design centre, and we’re proud to be part of that.
 
 “Dundee Heritage Trust is a small charity and couldn’t have achieved this amazing result without the support of our staff, volunteers, the professional team and contractors and all of our funders.”
 
Visit the Verdant Works website.
 
Image copyright Verdant Works/James F. Stephen Architects
 

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