Thursday, 6 March 2014
Success for Klin Group at Scottish Property Awards
The Klin Group has been recognised at the inaugural Scottish Property Awards 2014, winning the award for Town Centre Project of the Year for the restoration and transformation of Kilmarnock’s Opera House.
[Pictured: the Klin Group team at the Scottish Property Awards.]
The event, which took place in Edinburgh, celebrates the best new commercial and public property developments in Scotland.
The judges recognised the coordinated effort to create high quality, modern accommodation for over 250 Council staff in the heart of Kilmarnock via private enterprise.
The former building was subject to a devastating fire in 1989 and was regarded as causing economic blight and being a barrier to town centre regeneration. The Klin Group repaired and conserved the B listed façade and rebuilt and modernised the interiors. The Opera House was built in 1875 and had been derelict for 22 years.
The redevelopment is considered a significant boost to the regeneration of Kilmarnock Town Centre and has resulted in increased footfall, which has helped stimulate the local retail trade and contribute to the town centre economy.
Marie Macklin (pictured above), CEO of The Klin Group, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised by the Scottish Property Awards for our work and commitment to the Kilmarnock Opera House development. This is a project very close to my heart, which succeeded due to tenacity, innovation and partnership working. I'm incredibly proud of this restoration project and the benefits it has delivered, and continues to bring to the Kilmarnock area.”
The event was well attended by over 450 of Scotland’s top property experts and followed an open competition which attracted 61 entries from 45 companies including developers, agents, funders and architects. 15 awards were presented in total.