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Gallie Craig's Unique Award Winning Construction

For such a development to be allowed in such a beautiful and unspoilt landscape, it was necessary for some unique and innovative design concepts to be applied.

As a result of our success in this goal, today, Gallie Craig Coffee House and Tea Room is the proud owner of a prestigious Green Apple Award. The Green Apple Awards are operated on an annual basis by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist and non-profit environment group dedicated to promoting environmental best-practice around the world.

Their campaign "supports the British Government's Civic Pride Initiative to recognise the efforts being made to protect, preserve and enhance the built environment". The Green Award was granted because the building is a low-impact construction that nestles into the natural contours of the landscape with the slope of the hillside extending across its turf roof. There is a filtration system incorporated into the roof, retaining rainwater, with water also being provided from a seventy foot borehole.

At a cost of some 350,000, most of the expenditure was invested in making the building virtually invisible. Work began in October 2003 with the digging out of the site, with the retaining wall being completed during December 2003 and January 2004.

The frame was erected during March and April 2004 and construction was completed in October 2004. Proudly on display in the restaurant are the Dynamic Place Awards certificates commending Gallie Craig Coffee House in the Built Environment category of the Dynamic Place Awards 2005 and Harvey Sloan as Individual of the Year Award in the Dynamic Place Awards 2005.

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