Judges are on top rung of the lad­der

The awards panel, which rep­re­sents the cream of the in­dus­try, will leave no stone un­turned to en­sure The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards recog­nise the coun­try's finest

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - Real Estate -

THE dead­line for some en­tries into this year’s Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land has now passed and while for most peo­ple the hol­i­day sea­son is about to get un­der way, judges in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion are knuck­ling down to a long, hot sum­mer of site vis­its and in­spec­tions in order to scru­ti­nise ev­ery sin­gle en­try in Scot­land’s most rig­or­ous prop­erty awards.

No as­pect, from lay­out and fin­ish, to streetscape and build qual­ity, will es­cape their ex­pert gaze.

Ten judges in to­tal are in­volved this year and they read like a Who’s Who of lead­ing fig­ures in Scot­land’s prop­erty in­dus­try.

An­drew McFarlane, char­tered build­ing sur­veyor and a con­sul­tant with DM Hall, is once again Chair of the judg­ing panel. An­drew has been in­volved with The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land since they were launched over a decade ago and he has un­ri­valled knowl­edge of the Scot­tish prop­erty in­dus­try and of the new de­vel­op­ments that con­tinue to shape it. Doreen Smith is another long-stand­ing panel mem­ber. Doreen is an in­te­rior de­signer with an im­pres­sive lists of clients, in­clud­ing most of the ma­jor de­vel­op­ers and she is the cre­ative force be­hind Sophia & Joseph, which de­signs and man­u­fac­tures lux­ury cush­ions and fab­rics.

Tom Bar­clay, Direc­tor of Prop­erty and De­vel­op­ment for Wheat­ley Group and a former Scot­land Chair­man of the Royal In­sti­tute of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors and Ali­son Glen of Barham Glen Ar­chi­tects, a prac­tice with ex­per­tise in eco­log­i­cal de­sign, are both fel­low judges, along with Brian Ful­ton, a direc­tor with prop­erty man­age- ment and main­te­nance firm Ross & Lid­dell. Sara Ser­avalli, founder of mar­ket­ing and events agency, Dou­ble S Events joined the panel for the first time last year and she re­turns, along with Richard Blair, direc­tor of AHR Ar­chi­tects, who works in a range of sec­tors in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, ed­u­ca­tion and health­care.

There are three new judges this year in­clud­ing Gail Hunter, direc­tor of RICS Scot­land. Gail also sits on the board of Safe De­posits Scot­land as well as the NHBC Scot­tish com­mit­tee and she is an NHBC coun­cil mem­ber. Mean­while Donna Mil­ton, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Arneil John­ston, is an ex­pert in housing strat­egy de­vel­op­ment and, as a con­sul­tant, she has given ad­vice to lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ment, regis­tered so­cial land­lords, statu­tory bod­ies and the public sec­tor. She is a Char­tered Mem­ber of the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Housing.

And also join­ing the panel this year is Bev­er­ley Brown, a fa­mil­iar fig­ure to read­ers of Scot­land’s Homes, which she ed­its, and where she keeps read­ers up to date on de­vel­op­ments within the prop­erty in­dus­try through her “Voice of Prop­erty” col­umn.

Bev­erly’s ca­reer in prop­erty be­gan three decades ago with a 10-year spell as PR Man­ager for Slater Hogg & How­i­son.

She has an in-depth knowl­edge of the peo­ple within the in­dus­try, of the move­ments in the mar­ket and of new de­vel­op­ments across Scot­land.

She says: “Af­ter 30 years I’m still pas­sion­ate about prop­erty and I am very much look­ing for­ward to see­ing the best of the cur­rent new build homes in my role as a judge for The Her­ald Prop­erty Awards for Scot­land.”

BEST IN SHOW: Des Clarke will en­ter­tain guests as the gala night dec­o­rates the high­est achiev­ers.

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