‘Tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity’ for residential grand de­signs

The Oban Times - - Business -

PEO­PLE

across Ar­gyll and Bute who have com­pleted residential de­vel­op­ments in the past three years, could be in line for a pres­ti­gious de­sign award.

Recog­nis­ing, pro­mot­ing and cel­e­brat­ing ex­am­ples of ex­cep­tional de­sign qual­ity, these are the third de­sign awards or­gan­ised by Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil.

It gives de­vel­op­ers the op­por­tu­nity to have their work en­dorsed and lauded by the re­gion’s plan­ning pro­fes­sion­als.

Pol­icy lead for Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil’s plan­ning and reg­u­la­tory ser­vices, coun­cil­lor David Kin­niburgh, en­cour­aged de­sign­ers across the re­gion to en­ter, say­ing. ‘ These awards give peo­ple a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to have their work pro­fes­sion­ally en­dorsed by the coun­cil’s plan­ning team.

‘Our plan­ning ser­vice works to sup­port sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth, mak­ing things hap­pen and en­cour­ag­ing ex­cep­tional de­vel­op­ments.

‘ These awards will celebrate great de­sign and re­ally raise aware­ness of what is ex­cep­tional. This is a won­der­ful chance to show­case the very best in sus­tain­able de­sign in Ar­gyll and Bute.’

Open to any­one from within the re­gion , from com­mu­nity groups to pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ers, the dead­line for en­tries for the de­vel­op­ment awards is Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 30.

A short­list will be drawn up in Oc­to­ber, with site vis­its from the judg­ing panel ex­pected later that month.

Win­ners and honourable men­tions are set to be an­nounced at an awards cer­e­mony in Jan­uary 2016.

There are four cat­e­gories: small scale residential de­vel­op­ments; larger scale hous­ing projects; com­mer­cial, com­mu­nity, in­dus­trial (called non-residential) build­ings; and re­fur­bish­ments of ex­ist­ing build­ings.

The 2015 awards will con­sider com­pleted projects that have a Build­ing (Scot­land) Act 2003 Com­ple­tion Cer­tifi­cate dated be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2012 and June 30, 2015.

Pre­vi­ous awards have high­lighted high qual­ity de­vel­op­ments which com­bine in­no­va­tive de­sign with su­perb en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance, and have in­cluded projects across the area, from small is­lands to large main­land towns.

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