Commercial property: Deadline nears for home awards entries

Businesses have until 28 March to enter submissions to the competition that celebrates the best of the nation's architects, housebuilders and developers.

The Scottish Home Awards 2017. Hosted by KDMedia at the Glasgow Hilton on Thursday 15th June. Picture by John Young / All images © 2017 All other rights are reserved. Use in any other context is expressly prohibited without prior permission.

The 11th annual awards ceremony will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 14 June and will highlight excellence in new home creation.

The awards, sponsored by property company Ross & Liddell, are expected to attract more than 60 housebuilders from across Scotland.

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Included in the 18 categories is a new community contribution award that will recognise the efforts of a private builder or housing association to make a significant contribution to a community or charity. Once again, businesses will be vying for the top title of Scotland’s best housebuilder, which was won by Robertson Homes last year.

S1 Developments came out on top in the small housebuilder of the year category.

Andrew Cunningham, director at Ross & Liddell, will be reviewing submissions as part of the judging panel.

He says: “The Scottish Home Awards has established itself as a high-quality awards programme which measures, through rigorous assessment of entries, the ever-improving standards within the industry.

“The opportunity to have an active role in the assessment of new homes across Scotland is a privilege and a great pleasure.

“I am looking forward to meeting my fellow judges to reviewing the merits of the various development types, meeting differing needs, in locations throughout the country.”

The 15-strong panel of judges also includes Kirsty McLuckie, The Scotsman’s property editor, Karen Anderson, chair at Architecture & Design Scotland, Dan Macdonald, chief executive officer of Macdonald Estates, and David Gaffney, chair at Ambassador Group.

KD Media, the organiser of the competition, has launched a new format for written entries which includes a streamlined entry form to make the submission process easier.

There is no fee to enter and the competition is based on a written submission with images, plans, testimonials and credentials. The finalists will be revealed in April.

The awards ceremony supports charity It’s Good 2 Give and the management of the Ripple Retreat, a short-stay holiday home for young cancer patients and their families on the banks of Loch Venachar, in the Trossachs National Park.

Housebuilder (fewer than 100 units) sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

Housing association (more than 1,500 units) sponsored by Aereon

Housing association (fewer than 1,500 units) sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Housing

Affordable housing development (private sale) sponsored by Priory Bridge Landscaping

Affordable housing development (social rent) sponsored by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Development (age exclusive)

Apartment development (private sale)

Community contribution award NEW sponsored by The Scotsman

Customer service excellence award sponsored by Wolffe Design Edinburgh

House of the year

Innovation in design


Large housing development (private sale) sponsored by Hyperoptic

Small housing development (private sale)

Renovation sponsored by Construction & Property Recruitment

Residential letting team sponsored by City Lets

Starter home sponsored by Ross & Liddell

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