The wait is al­most over for fi­nal­ists

To­mor­row night will see the bright­est and best in the prop­erty sec­tor re­warded for their in­no­va­tion and skill

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - Herald Property Awards 2016 -

TO­MOR­ROW night, se­nior fig­ures from Scot­land’s house build­ing in­dus­try and its as­so­ci­ated pro­fes­sions will gather in Glas­gow for The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land in As­so­ci­a­tion with Bur­ness Paull.

These awards, which are now in their 10th year, are the most pres­ti­gious of their kind and fol­low­ing a record en­try, the Crowne Plaza Ho­tel will be packed for the an­nounce­ment of this year’s win­ners.

Amongst the au­di­ence will be de­vel­op­ers, sales t eams, es­tate agents, hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions and many oth­ers, hop­ing to hear their projects named amongst the win­ners.

In pre­vi­ous years, so­cial hous­ing has ex­celled, lead­ing the way in qual­ity and in­no­va­tion but there have been wins too for many large and smallscale de­vel­op­ments, in­di­vid­ual houses and restora­tion projects and as the scale of new house build­ing i n Scot­land ac­cel­er­ates once more, the field this year is wide open f or wins i n any sec­tor.

Last month, An­drew McFar­lane, con­sul­tant with DM Hall Sur­vey­ors, and chair­man of the judg­ing panel said some de­vel­op­ers had clearly ex­celled. “Their prop­er­ties were way ahead of the pack and stood out be­cause of their in­no­va­tive de­sign and qual­ity fin­ish.”

To­mor­row night the iden­tity of those homes will be re­vealed along with the win­ners in all 16 of this year’s cat­e­gories and if the re­sults are grat­i­fy­ing for the suc­cess­ful house builders, they also serve to re­as­sure pur­chasers of win­ning prop­er­ties on the qual­ity of their new homes.

Scott Peterkin, part­ner, Bur­ness Paull be­lieves that the dy­namism and en­ergy of the Scot­tish house build­ing in­dus­try should be cel­e­brated. “The stan­dard of con­struc­tion and the re­silience of the in­dus­try makes the Her­ald Prop­erty Awards a unique event, and one that Bur­ness Paull is very proud to be part of,” he says.

This year the lead­ing law firm is also spon­sor­ing the Com­mer­cial Project of the Year award.

Mean­while Chris Peace, man­ag­ing di­rec- tor of Peace Re­cruit­ment, spe­cial­ists in the con­struc­tion, prop­erty and en­gi­neer­ing sec­tors and spon­sor of the Best Fam­ily Home for vol­ume builders, has de­scribed the short­list in this cat­e­gory as “im­pres­sive” and be­lieves the judges will have had a tough time in de­cid­ing upon a win­ner.

At Lowther Homes, part of the Wheat­ley Group, and spon­sors of the Best Fam­ily Home cat­e­gory for niche builders, Di­rec­tor Gil­lian Lavety says she has been very im­pressed by the stan­dard of f i nal­ists and i s now ea­ger to dis­cover the even­tual win­ner.

Brian Ful­ton, di­rec­tor, Ross & Lid­dell, spon­sors of the Best Lux­ury Homes Cat­e­gory, be­lieves that to­mor­row night’s win­ner in this cat­e­gory will be “ex­cep­tional”, while Gary Daw, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Daw Vis­ual Mar­ket­ing So­lu­tions and a long-time spon­sor of t he Best Show Home award, says: “The awards are al­ways a fan­tas­tic event and we wish every one of those fi­nal­ists short­listed in the Best Show Home cat­e­gory the best of luck.”

Phil Pren­tice, Chief Of­fi­cer with Scot­land’s Towns Part­ner­ship which is spon­sor­ing Best Town­scape Re­gen­er­a­tion and Best Hous­ing Re­gen­er­a­tion has been im­pressed by the range of en­tries in both cat­e­gories, while Keith Ben­zie, Client Part­ner with Space & Time Me­dia, which is spon­sor­ing the Prop­erty Team of the Year cat­e­gory says: “I wish all the teams in­volved the very best of luck on the night.”

Jonathan Ri­ley, man­ag­ing part­ner, Ret­tie, spon­sors of the Res­i­den­tial Sales Team of the Year cat­e­gory says to­mor­row night’s awards will be a chance to ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion made by sales staff.

“They re­ally do con­trib­ute such a great deal to the suc­cess of the house build­ing in­dus­try in Scot­land,” he says.

And Jen Paice, CEO, SafeDe­posits Scot­land, spon­sors of the Res­i­den­tial Let­ting Team of the Year cat­e­gory, says: “On be­half of ev­ery­one at SafeDe­posits Scot­land, I’d like to con­grat­u­late all fi­nal­ists and wish ev­ery­one the best of luck on the night.”

CROWNE GLORY: The ball­room will be packed with hope­fuls and their sup­port­ers.

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