Scotland’s best house builders were revealed at the Scottish Home Awards, held at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh last Thursday.
The who’s who of the Scottish house building industry donned their finest for the black tie event, which saw CALA Homes crowned Large House Builder of the Year for its dedication to delivering exceptional growth in a number of new locations.
Edinburgh-based S1 Developments picked up the award for Small House Builder of the Year for delivering high quality luxury housing.
A drinks reception started off proceedings before broadcaster Grant Stott took to the stage to serenade co-host Catriona Shearer with a comedy version of an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. The duo continued to entertain the 550 guests throughout the evening, breaking up the award presentations with the occasional joke, while dance group Taste of Brasil had everyone in awe of their moves.
A total of 18 awards were made after 66 companies from across Scotland progressed to the finals of the competition, sponsored by Ross & Liddell.
“The Scottish Home Awards was a really enjoyable night as always,” said Kirsty McLuckie, The Scotsman’s property editor and chair of the judging panel.
“Grant and Catriona were fantastic hosts and the Brazilian dancers went down really well with the audience.
“The highlight is always the presentation of the awards themselves and witnessing the real delight of the winners.”
The awards recognised the excellence of both private builders and housing associations.
CCG’s Panmure Street development in Maryhill, Glasgow, stood out as the winner in the Affordable Housing Development of the Year category, sponsored by Scotland on Sunday, while the award for Architectural Excellence, sponsored by The Scotsman went to HLM Architects for its outstanding Highland build, Tigh Na Croit, Gorstan.
“We are absolutely delighted to have won this award and first and foremost believe it’s a great testament to the vision of our wonderful clients,” said Ross Barrett, associate in HLM’s Glasgow office and lead architect on Tigh Na Croit.
“As a practice, we are well respected for our commercial and public sector work across the country but we firmly believe that small, well-crafted projects such as this have a great benefit to our practice and help demonstrate our inherent sustainable and high-quality design approach.”
Before dinner, guests heard an update on the progress of another sustainable design, the Ripple Retreat. Lynne McNicoll, founder of the small cancer charity It’s Good 2 Give, was excited to announce that the roof of the retreat on the banks of Loch Venachar was ready to go on.
Money raised on the night will help the charity continue its vision of creating a unique space where families of children with cancer can escape from the stress of a hospital environment.
An auction provided a break in proceedings as Stott played auctioneer, encouraging guests to bid for some fantastic packages including a whisky masterclass and tickets to T in the Park.
The winners were chosen by a 12-strong judging panel which faced some tough decisions due to a 20 per cent increase in entries for 2016.
“It is clear from the high quality of the entries that house builders are striving to meet and exceed client aspirations in terms of design, build quality and price,” said Andrew Cunningham of Ross & Liddell who was one of the judges.
“The Scottish Home Awards continue to play an important role in supporting and promoting house builders by ensuring recognition and acknowledgement of excellence and innovation.
“Congratulations to all our winners in another exciting year showcasing and rewarding the strength and depth of housebuilding in Scotland.”
Large affordable housing development, housing associations (more than 100 units), sponsored by SFHA
GHA – Sighthill, Glasgow
Small affordable housing development, housing associations (less than 100 units), sponsored by SFHA
Southside Housing Association and Loretto Housing Association – Mosspark Boulevard, Cardonald, Glasgow
Affordable housing development, private builders, sponsored by Scotland on Sunday
CCG and Queens Cross Housing Association – Panmure Street, Maryhill, Glasgow
Apartment development, existing buildings, sponsored by DAW Signs
S1 Developments – Ellersly House, Edinburgh
Apartment development, new build, sponsored by DAW Signs
MNM Developments – Harbour Green, Portobello, Edinburgh
Architectural excellence award (single dwelling house), sponsored by The Scotsman
HLM Architects – Tigh Na Croit, Gorstan, Garve, Highlands
Renovation of the year
Laurel Homes – Dunlop Manor, Ayrshire
House of the year, sponsored by Cupa Pizarras
Avant Homes – The Westbury
Customer service excellence, housing association, sponsored by Wolffe
Linstone Housing Association
Customer service excellence, private builder, sponsored by Wolffe
Development, age exclusive
Castle Rock Edinvar – Fortune Place, Edinburgh
Large housing development, sponsored by David Phillips
Dundas Estates – Calderwood Village, Coatbridge
Small housing development
Whiteburn – Parkview, Dundee
Starter home, sponsored by Ross & Liddell
Bellway Homes – Pyrus
Show home of the year, sponsored by Designer Contracts
Queensberry Properties – Woodcroft, Edinburgh
Housing association (less than 2,000 units), sponsored by Bank of Scotland
Craigdale Housing Association
Housing association (more than 2,000 units), sponsored by Aareon
Thenue Housing Association
House builder (less than 150 units), sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland
House builder (more than 150 units) , sponsored by Space & Time