Glasgow Pub Wins International Design Award

Date: 07/07/2011

A Glasgow pub has scooped an international award for best designed pub. 

At a high-profile awards ceremony in London lastnight (7 July 2011), Stravaigin, in Glasgow’s West End, was named best designed pub in the prestigious UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, which recognise the quality of design in hospitality venues.

The popular pub in Gibson Street beat off competition from five venues in London all of which were also short-listed in the best pub category. The winning design was developed by Claire Kinna of Glasgow firm Surface ID, who worked in collaboration with Stravaigin’s owner Colin Clydesdale and his partner Carol Wright. 

UK's best designed pub: Interior shot of Stravaigin Glasgow

In its third year, the International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards receive entries from the world’s top architects, designers and hospitality operators. The awards, which are judged by a panel of influential personalities from the design and hospitality worlds, attracted entries from all over the world including venues in Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.

In September 2010, Stravaigin re- opened following a redesign which saw the pub and bistro extend to incorporate the next door shop which had been home to a hairdressers.

Remarking on her award winning design, Claire Kinna of Surface ID said: “Our main challenge was to link the old and new space in a way that retained the character of the original, while also introducing some new design concepts. In particular, we wanted to work with original craftsmen and combine their pieces with an eclectic mix of reclaimed objects to create a unique environment with lots of character.”

The reclaimed and reinvented pieces include: an old fashioned soda siphon remodelled as a light fitting; reclaimed pine parquet flooring from a whisky bond in Dumbarton; wooden panelling on walls and ceilings from a burnt out Italian ice cream shop in Dumbarton Rd; wine racks from a stately home in the Borders and an old Glasgow close door for the bar frontage .   

Many of the items had been collected over the years by owner Colin Clydesdale: “We wanted to reflect our Eat Global. Think Local ethos in the design of the pub, by incorporating many of the interesting pieces from Scotland’s architectural past that we have found over the years. 

“We love the effect and so do our customers, which is what really matters but nevertheless, it’s nice to know a wee pub in Glasgow can be a world beater in the style stakes.”

Glasgow Home To Best Designed Pub 2011, Stravaigin (mp3)

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