Kirkcudbright factory project recognised with prestigious architectural award

The award winning Castle MacLellan Foods building
The award winning Castle MacLellan Foods building

A striking factory project in Kirkcudbright that was delivered by Esh Border Construction has been singled out for a prestigious award from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

The Livingston-based construction company, part of Esh Group, delivered the £3.8million redevelopment project last year for pâté manufacturers Castle MacLellan Foods – and managed to do so while ensuring the Dumfriesshire production facility remained operational throughout.

Designed by Taylor Architecture Practice Ltd, the cutting edge extension was recognised recently by the RIAS when it announced the winners of the 2016 award for the best current Scottish architecture.

The project aimed “to create a well-designed, industrial building that was a pleasurable working environment with a welcoming frontage in a riverside setting.”

A stunning new reception block now provides an impressive and dynamic welcome for staff and visitors alike.
This rises up to a bridge, which spans the main goods-in area and links to the upper level of the existing factory.

The RIAS shortlist for its 2016 awards comprised 67 entries and schemes, ranging in value from £900,000 to £66million.

Esh Border Construction and Taylor Architecture Practice now go forward to be considered for the prestigious RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, supported by the Doolan family and the Scottish Government.
The overall winner will be announced in November at the National Museum of Scotland.

Among the highlights of the complex works programme at the Castle MacLellan facility were a new freezer building and dry goods facility, a new goods-in area – which was completed while accommodating regular deliveries throughout the day – a distribution corridor, additional storage buildings and new staff areas.

The expansion project began in January 2014 and, across several challenging phases, was completed on target in October 2015.

It immediately delivered a 50 per cent increase in production capacity for Castle MacLellan’s 100 full-time staff and 80 seasonal staff. More than 1,000 tonnes of pâté can now be produced annually at the factory.

Regional Managing Director, Simon Phillips said:

“Castle MacLellan’s food production facility represented many unique challenges for Esh Border Construction, so it’s gratifying for us that the project has since been singled out by the RIAS out of so many others that were identified across the country.

“We worked closely with the manufacturer and architect to deliver a practical yet striking design that was as versatile as it was pleasing to the eye, helping Castle MacLellan to completely maintain and then significantly enhance its production levels.

“It’s even more rewarding to note that the project will now go on to be considered for the Best Building in Scotland Award in November – the largest architectural prize in the UK.

“Overcoming the project’s many challenges was essentially down to hard work, careful planning and excellent collaboration – from the site manager to the great contractors we had on board.

“Every one of us is proud to be recognised for the significant technical accomplishment that the project represented.”