Award for Eskbank house!

Gerry and Susan Goldwyre at Eco House, next to Water Tower.'They are to appear on a TV programme about the design.

Gerry and Susan Goldwyre at Eco House, next to Water Tower.'They are to appear on a TV programme about the design.

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Eskbank’s Gerry Goldwyre is the architect of his own success, after the home he designed scooped a top award.

Gerry and his wife Susan’s Cemetery Road home – named RP9 after a section of planning policy – was one of five finalists in the Designer House category of the Scottish Home Awards 2011.

The presentation dinner, attended by around 600 guests, was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last Thursday.

Gerry (52), an architect, artist and twice winner of Masterchef, said: “It’s just unbelievable. You could have scraped us off the ceiling.

“It’s just fantastic for us to get recognition from our peers.

“I felt so proud because there were designs by some of the best architects in the country.

“And it’s fantastic that a home in Midlothian won.

“We’ve had Dalkeith nominated for a Carbuncle award – it’s nice to get some good news!”

It’s not the first time RP9, which was completed last year, has been recognised – having emerged winner of the ITV gameshow ‘May the Best House Win’.

Situated within the Eskbank Conservation Area near the River North Esk, the house was built on special foundations where a minimal amount of concrete was used, with timber pads to protect the tree roots around the site.

The insulation is made from recycled polystyrene plastic and coffee cups.

Local renewable materials have been sourced to construct the one-and-a-half storey house, which is heated by a single wood burning stove.

A man of many talents, Gerry and his wife Susan (52), an architect and biologist, own and run the Water Tower restaurant in Dalkeith.

Susan said: “I’m extremely proud of Gerry for his hard work and tenacity. It’s a great award and we were not expecting to win it. The idea for the house has been in Gerry’s head for years and years.”