This year’s award categories
THERE are 14 separate categories in this year’s Herald Property Awards for Scotland and between them they cover all sectors of the new build market – from luxury homes and stylish show homes to renovations, regeneration projects, social housing initiatives and homes built with families in mind. There are awards too for property professionals who have demonstrated outstanding service to their companies and their customers.
BEST SHOW HOME SPONSORED BY DAW SIGNS
Making an intelligent use of interior space and enhancing the home’s potential and its appeal to purchasers through style, colour, fixtures and fittings will be the strict criteria on which this award is judged.
BEST LUXURY HOME – FOR DEVELOPERS BUILDING MORE THAN 50 UNITS PER YEAR SPONSORED BY ROSS & LIDDELL
At the top end of the market, the emphasis is on excellence of design and quality of finish and the judges will be looking for evidence of attention to detail, both within the home and in the landscaping that surrounds it.
BEST FAMILY HOME – FOR DEVELOPERS BUILDING MORE THAN 50 UNITS PER YEAR SPONSORED BY DAW KITCHENS
High quality, value-for-money housing with the practical features that families need, is the focus of this category.
BEST FAMILY HOME – FOR DEVELOPERS BUILDING LESS THAN 50 UNITS PER YEAR SPONSORED BY LOWTHER HOMES, PART OF WHEATLEY GROUP
Family homes should be affordable but also adaptable, capable of meeting the changing needs of growing families. Judges will be looking for adaptability, space saving ideas, safety and convenience.
Whether it is in a stand-alone scheme, or part of a larger development, the winning property will be thoughtfully designed, with a hi-spec finish that will appeal to the target market.
BEST RENOVATION / CONVERSION
This award recognises enterprising development or sympathetic conversation of a dated or derelict property which retains the best features of the original building while creating a modern home appropriate to 21st century living.
INDIVIDUAL NEW BUILD OR SMALL DEVELOPMENT SPONSORED BY SCOTTISH BUILDING SERVICES
Both individual new build properties and small developments (maximum of 10 units) are eligible to be entered into this category, where the judging criteria will include design, location and energy efficiency.
BEST REGENERATION PROJECT SPONSORED BY SCOTLAND’S TOWNS PARTNERSHIP
Open to projects of all sizes and scales as well as both public and private sector companies and partnerships. Entries should show innovative use of brown field sites as well as architectural design and consideration for green issues.
PROPERTY TEAM OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY SPACE AND TIME MEDIA
This award is open to any outstanding team supporting the delivery of homes, whether directly employed or acting as external consultants. Judges will be looking for evidence of how the winning team has distinguished itself from others.
RESIDENTIAL SALES TEAM OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY RETTIE & CO
Juggling the sometimes conflicting demands of clients and purchasers takes skill and diplomacy as well as an in-depth knowledge of the housing market. The judges will be looking for teams that can perform at a high level.
RESIDENTIAL LETTING TEAM OF THE YEAR
Increasing regulation and competition have defined this sector in recent years and the judges will be looking for evidence of best practice in dealing with both tenants and landlords.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR
This category is open to registered social housing providers, charity, trust or public body in partnership with a local authority and/or a developer for rent and/or shared ownership.
Consideration will be given to the use of sustainable materials and building techniques, as well as the development’s impact on the local environment.
COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
The winner in this category could be a new build, renovation or fit out project of any size or scale. Entries should show innovative use of materials and building techniques as well as architectural design and consideration for green issues.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY SCOTLAND'S HOMES
Site layout, design, range of house types and local amenities are key criteria in this category. Judges will be looking for a development which has been carefully planned to make the most of its location, resulting in a pleasant and desirable place to live.