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
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.