Learning Places Scotland Awards Winners 2021

Thank you to everyone that entered, attended and sponsored the Learning Places Scotland 2021 Awards. The judges greatly enjoyed reviewing your submissions and are confident that 2021 was our best year yet!

All were hotly contested and highly prized by the winners who were announced at the Awards Dinner on 23 November 2021, at the Hilton, Glasgow.

From all of us at Learning Places Scotland, we would like to say a huge congratulations to everyone who won an award or received highly commended. We hope to see you again next year!

Awards Categories Winners

Technology: Transforming Learning, Teaching and the Curriculum 

Criteria: This award recognises innovation in the briefing, design, development and delivery of learning and teaching by using technology to provide equity of education provision in the 21st century.

And the winner is……

West Lothian Education – #Digiken

Category Sponsor: Atkins 

Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) 

Criteria: This award recognises excellence and innovation in the briefing, design, development and delivery of ELC facilities in a community setting to ensure that children get ‘the best start in life’, focusing on innovation in meeting the ‘quality of experience’ for early learners through the creative use of space, and learner led experiences.

And the winner is……

Argyll and Bute Early Years Outdoor Spaces

Highly Commended

East Dunbartonshire Early years

Category Sponsor: Faithful+Gould 

Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Learning Space

Criteria: This award recognises sustainability practice across all levels of decision making in existing and new build learning spaces to support improved performance of the key spaces, and more user driven sustainable behaviours.

And the winner is……

Merkinch Primary School & Family Centre

Category Sponsor: HLM Architects 

Architectural Practice of the Year 

Criteria: This award recognises an architectural practice which has demonstrated excellence in translating the needs and expectations of Scottish learning and teaching policy ambitions into designs for learning spaces and places which meet the needs of users, innovate to meet future needs and functionality, provide inspiration and deliver value to clients.

And the winner is……


Category Sponsor: Morrison Construction  

Client of the Year

Criteria: This award recognises the passion, direction and innovation that a nursery, school, college, university or local authority has shown in either a new build or refurbishment project to ensure clear alignment of the education and community objectives across all stages of decision making.

And the winner is……

Scottish Borders Council

Highly Commended

East Ayrshire Council

Category Sponsor: Space Zero 

Consultancy of the Year 

Criteria: This award recognises a multi-disciplinary or construction consultancy company (including building and quantity surveyors and project management companies) that have a proven track record of delivering/helping to deliver outstanding education projects in Scotland.

And the winner is……

Faithful + Gould

Category Sponsor: McLaughlin & Harvey

Contractor of the Year

Criteria: This award recognises a main contractor that has demonstrated outstanding work in the Scottish education sector.

And the winner is……

  • Morrison Construction

 Category Sponsor: VELUX Commercial 

Recognition Award

Criteria: New for 2021, this award recognises the innovations that education settings have made in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The judges will be looking for information on your experiences, what you did, what you think worked, and what you will carry forward.

And the winner is……

One Child at a Time Project – West Lothian Inclusion & Wellbeing Service

Highly Commended

Fife College – In cell learning in lockdown

Category Sponsor: Kier Construction

Innovation in Delivering Value 

Criteria: This award recognises innovation that has helped contribute to value, experiential for users, monetary and/or collaborative ways of working in the design of learning spaces.

And the winner is……

Merkinch Primary School and Family Centre, Inverness

Category Sponsor: Available

Pupil/Student Experience 

Criteria: This award recognises a learning establishment which has undertaken a buildings/facilities investment that significantly improves the pupils/students’ learning and social experience and positively enhances their health and wellbeing.

And the winner is……

University of Glasgow: James McCune Smith Learning Hub

Highly Commended

Buckstone Primary School Learning Orchard, Edinburgh

Category Sponsor: Robertson Group

Inspiring Learning Spaces 

Criteria: This award recognises innovation in the creation of inspiring spaces across learning stages, in existing and new build spaces, that help support and promote new and different ways of learning/teaching and can be easily replicated across the learning estate.

And the winner is……

Maidenhill Primary School

Highly Commended

James McCune Smith Learning Hub, University of Glasgow

Category Sponsor: Portakabin 

Project of the Year

Criteria: This award recognises an ELC setting, school, college, university new build or refurbishment project which provides exemplar demonstration of a number of principles of Learning Estate Strategy principles and transferrable lessons for other projects.

And the winner is……

University of Glasgow – James McCune Smith Learning Hub

Category Sponsor: Glulam Solutions