East Lothian Council

George Johnstone Centre finalist in UK Civic Trust Awards

Published Friday 14th February 14

George Johnstone Centre

Council designed building in Tranent wins national award

The George Johnstone Centre in Tranent is a finalist in the 2014 UK Civic Trust Awards. The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects that demonstrate high quality architecture or design, have demonstrated sustainability, are accessible to all users and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.

The Centre, designed by the Council’s Property Projects team, serves as a central hub for a range of council services under one roof, including housing and tenancy advice, council tax and rent payments and general enquiries; as well as a library offering free Wi-Fi and public access computers with capacity to hold a larger range of books and provide dedicated areas for children and teenagers, meeting, event and activity spaces.

Councillor Tim Day, Cabinet Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing, said:

“This is a tremendous achievement and honour for East Lothian. The Centre was designed and purpose built to accommodate the diverse needs of both council services and requirements for the local community. In addition to offices it also provides meeting and event space for local groups to use, a library and a focal point for the town.”

The winners will be announced at the National/International Civic Trust Awards Ceremony, which is taking place on Friday 7th March at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Cllr Tim Day and Margaret O’Connor, formerly of cultural services, will represent East Lothian Council at the awards.

This is the second major property award for the Centre. In November 2013, both the George Johnstone Centre and the John Gray Centre, Haddington received Commendations as ‘exemplary public architecture’ at the SCALA Civic Building of the year Award.

The George Johnstone Centre has been named in honour of a brave miner who, in 1929, saved the lives of more than 50 men at Fleets Pit, Tranent, after the bottom of the pit became flooded. The men took five hours to find an alternative way out but all were rescued and survived thanks to the early warning given by George Johnstone.

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