This year’s award cat­e­gories

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - Herald Property Awards 2017 -

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.

BEST APART­MENT

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.

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