Childhood home of Conan Doyle shortlisted for top design award

posted 2 Apr 2010, 09:08 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
A childhood home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, now a school helping vulnerable youngsters, is in the running for a prestigious design award.

Liberton Bank House in ­Edinburgh, where the Sherlock Holmes creator boarded in his youth, is one of 16 entrants in the inaugural Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards that will reward the best building for providing “good, local design and conservation”.

Also on the shortlist is a former country estate stable now owned by the community in Castlemilk, Glasgow, and the restoration of a 177-year-old suspension bridge in Aberdeen.

The Scottish Civic Trust said that, because the contenders are chosen by people within the community and not the industry, it is unique and has brought a diverse palette of projects.

Liberton Bank House was home to Conan Doyle and Mary Burton, a pioneering educationalist and a leading advocate of women’s suffrage.

It is now a “second chance” school run by the Dunedin Trust charity, helping vulnerable young people between 10 and 18 who have struggled in education because of learning difficulties, medical concerns or social, emotional or behavioural problems.

Full story: The Herald