Edinburgh practice honoured for sustainable development

EDINBURGH-based Kettle Collective is calling for architects to be at the forefront of tackling carbon reduction after winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

This is the second Queen’s Award for Kettle Collective, having previously been honoured with an award for International Trade in 2016.

“Sustainable design is at the core of everything we do,” said Kettle’s MD Colin Bone. “It is a great honour to have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for our sustainable design. We set up Kettle Collective to make a difference, not just to the quality of the lives of the people living and working in our projects, but most importantly on making a positive impact to the natural environment on a large scale.”

Probably best-known for designing the Falkirk Wheel, design principal Tony Kettle is also behind the River Clyde Crossing bridge, the largest opening cable-stay road bridge in the world, as well as the concept for St Petersburg’s LEED Platinum, low energy Lakhta Centre, Europe’s tallest building.

Kettle is an international business with satellite studios in Dubai and Oman, as well as a presence in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, St Petersburg and Shenzhen.

Tony Kettle said, “We continually learn from different cultures and are designing new buildings and communities across the world that are not only truly sustainable in a built environment, but that celebrate the place.”

The Hunter Foundation, in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, is currently developing the Hunter Global Leadership Centre on the banks of Loch Lomond, designed by Kettle Collective. The centre will be Scotland’s first dedicated leadership training centre, designed to be carbon neutral for energy usage.

Sir Tom Hunter, philanthropist and founder of The Hunter Foundation, said, “It’s fantastic news that the Kettle Collective has won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development as recognition of its work leading the sustainability charge.”