Laura Grimond Award

laura grimond


Laura Grimond (left) was one of the founders of Orkney Heritage Society and had a keen interest in Orkney's built heritage. In 1968 she led the campaign to prevent Papdale House from being destroyed to make way for the School Hostel and her bequest allowed the purchase and restoration of the houses at the Strynd. The Laura Grimond Award is named in her honour.



We hope to be able to run the award in the near future, but below is general information for prospective entrants:



This is an award for BUILDING EXCELLENCE in ORKNEY.

Any building of character, or the restoration of any old Orkney building, completed between April 2011 and  April 2013, may be entered. The Awards are for old and new alike. Judging is done on exterior appearances only. All entries must be completely finished, together with the garden and landscaping.

The awards are framed certificates, signed by the judging panel.

Completed entry forms must be returned by April 30th 2013

Judging will take place during the summer and the results published in the autumn.
Entry Forms and details from
Orkney Heritage Society,
PO Box 6220

or use the CONTACT FORM to request an entry form by email

The 2009 Laura Grimond Award Winners were:


Restoration of The West Manse, Westray


Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
Byre at Heddle, Firth
Buan House, Firth


Westray Heritage Centre, Westray

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