Simon Square, recently completed, has been shortlisted for the 2022 Structural Timber Awards.

The building is an essay in a new timber, Urban Vernacular: a traditional Scottish tenement built in a contemporary way, out of healthy, vapour-open, carbon-locking solid structural timber and with the form embracing light, view and openness. This is the first commercial developer-led heavy timber residential development in Scotland, with technology evolved to allow the exposure of the timber internally while exceeding Scotland’s high acoustic requirements. It sits on a wee historic square in Edinburgh’s Southside and replaces a low-rise builder’s yard, surrounded by a diversity of 19th century stone tenements and institutional buildings, and recent residential in conventional, sub-“heritage” fawn brick.

The final awards ceremony will follow in October.

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