Scot­land’s finest bricks

Search be­gins for the coun­try’s very best homes and de­vel­op­ments

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OVER the coming weeks and months, many of the new­est homes in Scot­land are set to come un­der close scru­tiny by some of the prop­erty in­dus­try's most re­spected fig­ures.

They’ll be judged on build qual­ity, use of space, stan­dard of fin­ish and scru­ti­nised for ev­i­dence of in­no­va­tive use of ma­te­ri­als. They'll be as­sessed on how well they meet the de­mands of mod­ern living and whether they are a pos­i­tive ad­di­tion to the streetscape and the wider com­mu­nity.

Sat­isfy all th­ese cri­te­ria and the de­vel­op­ers of the best homes, apart­ments, so­cial hous­ing and re­gen­er­a­tion schemes could find them­selves win­ners of the prop­erty in­dus­try’s most pres­ti­gious ac­co­lades, The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land.

Since they were launched more than a decade ago, The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land have es­tab­lished them­selves as the in­dus­try’s gold stan­dard, en­cour­ag­ing ex­cel­lence and in­no­va­tion and pro­vid­ing buy­ers with an in­de­pen­dent mark of qual­ity.

Now the search is on to find this year’s most out­stand­ing new homes and Andrew McFar­lane, con­sul­tant with DM Hall and Chair­man of the judg­ing panel says: “Ev­ery year The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land seek out the best in new home build­ing across Scot­land, iden­ti­fy­ing ex­cel­lence, in­no­va­tion and a com­mit­ment to meet­ing the needs of buy­ers and res­i­dents. This year we hope to find more high qual­ity new homes.”

The win­ners will be re­vealed at a glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony in Septem­ber, but be­fore then judges will travel the length and breadth of Scot­land, visiting ev­ery sin­gle prop­erty be­fore draw­ing up a short­list of this year’s top con­tenders.

Last year marked the 10th an­niver­sary of the awards and win­ners in­cluded Devon Lane, a pro­ject by Ste­wart Milne Homes Cen­tral Scot­land in the West Loth­ian vil­lage of Winch­burgh, which was named best de­vel­op­ment in Scot­land and Wheat­ley Group’s GHA di­vi­sion in part­ner­ship with Cru­den Homes West for the cre­ation of 100 new en­ergy-ef­fi­cient homes, some of which are wheelchair ac­ces­si­ble, at North To­ry­glen, which was named Af­ford­able De­vel­op­ment of the Year.

Wheat­ley Group won again with its Cube Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion di­vi­sion in part­ner­ship with Ruc­hazie Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion for Mil­ncroft Road, where a derelict site had been trans­formed by the cre­ation of 60 new homes for so­cial rent, mid-mar­ket rent and shared eq­uity own­er­ship.

Other win­ners in­cluded Avant Homes, Miller Homes, CALA Homes (West) and Ap­sis So­lu­tions, Charles­fort and the Four Acre Trust for The High­burgh Col­lec­tion in Glas­gow’s west end.

New to the event for 2017 is the Scot­tish Build­ing So­ci­ety, which is spon­sor­ing this year's In­di­vid­ual New Build or Small De­vel­op­ment Award.

John Lloyd, the So­ci­ety's Head of Sales says: “Scot­tish Build­ing So­ci­ety is de­lighted to be in­volved in The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards 2017.

“We have been help­ing peo­ple in Scot­land to buy their homes since 1848 and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our support of a healthy and vi­brant prop­erty mar­ket.”

The award for Best Re­gen­er­a­tion Pro­ject will be spon­sored by Scot­land’s Towns Part­ner­ship and Phil Pren­tice, STP Chief Of­fi­cer, says: “Scot­land is a na­tion of towns and our fu­ture so­cial and eco­nomic suc­cess will de­pend heav­ily on how we in­vest, nur­ture, in­no­vate, support, re­pur­pose and re­gen­er­ate our towns. Scot­land’s Towns Part­ner­ship is pleased to be work­ing with The Her­ald again in 2017 to show­case the best re­gen­er­a­tion projects tak­ing place across the coun­try.”

“There is so much re­gen­er­a­tion progress be­ing made across Scot­land's towns and cities. Places like In­ver­ness, Pais­ley and Dundee are rein­vent­ing their role and func­tion us­ing cre­ativ­ity, dig­i­tal, life sci­ence’s and en­ergy as new 21st cen­tury drivers. This event high­lights the best of th­ese re­gen­er­a­tion projects and en­cour­ages others to fol­low suit.”

As well as prop­er­ties and de­vel­op­ments be­ing recog­nised, the awards ac­knowl­edge the work by teams in the prop­erty in­dus­try.

Keith Ben­zie, Client Part­ner with Space & Time Me­dia, which is one again spon­sor­ing the Prop­erty Team of the Year award, says: “Space & Time Me­dia have been heav­ily in­volved in the new build sec­tor in Scot­land for over 15 years and it’s an ab­so­lute plea­sure to spon­sor The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards again in 2017. We wish all the en­trants the very best of luck.”

Daw Signs and Daw Kitchens are once again spon­sor­ing The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gary Daw said: “The New Homes In­dus­tries most pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade to the build­ing in­dus­tries lead­ing de­vel­op­ers, large and small, Daw are pleased to work with many of the de­vel­op­ers who have en­tered the fi­nal phase of the com­pe­ti­tion and wish ev­ery­one the very best of luck and suc­cess on the night.”

Mait­land Walker, Man­ag­ing Part­ner of Ret­tie West End LLP says: “The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards recog­nises those in the in­dus­try that are best in class.

“Ret­tie & Co are de­lighted to once again spon­sor the event and to ac­knowl­edge those where best is a bar that can al­ways be raised.”

Brian Ful­ton, Di­rec­tor, Ross & Lid­dle, spon­sors the Best Lux­ury Home cat­e­gory, said: “Ross & Lid­dell are once again pleased to be part of The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for 2017.

“Early en­quires from the build­ing and de­vel­op­ment fra­ter­nity, pre-launch, stands as tes­ta­ment to the high re­gard with which the awards are held across Scot­land. We look for­ward to the judg­ing process which will com­mence in the coming weeks.”

And Tom Bar­clay, Wheat­ley Group Di­rec­tor of Prop­erty and De­vel­op­ment, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion is spon­sor­ing the Best Fam­ily Home for small-scale de­vel­op­ers, says: “We are de­lighted to be part of the Her­ald Prop­erty Awards again this year.

“One of our pri­or­i­ties at Wheat­ley is in­creas­ing the sup­ply of af­ford­able, qual­ity hous­ing across our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Our com­mer­cial sub­sidiary Lowther Homes, which has a grow­ing port­fo­lio of homes for mar­ket and mid-mar­ket rent, plays a key role in that by of­fer­ing peo­ple who are look­ing for a home more choice.”

He adds: “But we’re al­ways very keen to learn more about the good work go­ing on across Scot­land.

“The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land are a great op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the very best ex­am­ples of house­build­ing and re­gen­er­a­tion across Scot­land.”

PODIUM PEO­PLE: Win­ners cel­e­brate their suc­cesses at last year’s Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land at which the best de­vel­op­ers, de­sign­ers and com­mu­nity projects were recog­nised.

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