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 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.”
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