Blair’s award for dry dock design

Blair MacIntyre is pictured
Blair MacIntyre is pictured

A Westhill man has won a prestigious award in recognition of his achievement in the final year of his Architectural Technology (AT) honours degree at Robert Gordon University.

Blair MacIntyre (pictured), of Dawson Wynd, received the ‘Best Stage Four AT Student’ accolade at the opening ceremony of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment End of Year Show 2011.

The show, which launched on June 15 with a private opening and prizegiving ceremony, exhibits a range of student designs, sketches and intricate models, spanning architecture, surveying, AT and construction design and management disciplines.

Blair, 21, was selected for his prize for his design of a new artist quarter in Govan’s graving docks. At the beginning of the second semester, he and his fellow stage four AT students were tasked with finding new uses for a neglected riverside area of Glasgow – a trio of graving docks (a type of dry dock) just west of Glasgow Science Centre.

His own solution was to redesign the dilapidated buildings into an artist quarter, comprising working and living areas. This included two large studios, an art gallery and a graffiti park. Just next to this, one of the buildings was also re-imagined as a series of townhouse apartments.

Blair said: “It’s a real honour to have been selected as the best student in my year. It certainly goes a long way to making the 14-hour days worth it!”

Looking to the future, Blair will graduate in July before returning to the Scott Sutherland School to undertake a Masters in Architecture, joining at year three of the programme.