Council’s Design Award scheme back for 2011

SBC design scheme - Wyndhed, Lauder
SBC design scheme - Wyndhed, Lauder

A MONTH on from a Coldingham house winning ‘Grand Designs’ home of the year, Scottish Borders Council have launched their own search for the best designed local buildings.

Last held in 2009, the Scottish Borders Design Award Scheme, is intended to to recognise and publicise examples of recent good design in the Borders and entries are now being sought for this year’s competition.

Launching the scheme at the inaugural Scottish Borders Design Forum meeting recently, Councillor Carolyn Riddell-Carre, Executive Member for Planning and Environment said: “This award scheme represents a positive element in our drive to improve design standards by recognising and highlighting examples of good design already completed.”

“The Administration of the Council was elected in May 2007 to commit itself, as a priority, ‘to defend the character of the Borders by raising standards of building design, including renewable requirements’ - part of The Bright Future for the Borders.

“To date the Council has very much taken forward this priority through the production and adoption of the Supplementary Planning Guidance on Placemaking and Design, launched in January 2010, which is now embedded in the assessment of development proposals; the establishment of a Scottish Borders Design Forum not only to promote good design but to educate and inspire all those involved in new developments to raise their standards; and the continuation of the biennial Scottish Borders Design Awards which I was pleased to launch and invite entries to be submitted.”

This year, there are four separate entry categories: New Build (individual buildings); Placemaking (new developments that contribute to creating a sense of place); Work to Existing Buildings (including conversions/ extensions) and Shop Fronts.

All types of projects are eligible from small to large scale, urban or rural, domestic or commercial - and if appropriate, applications can be considered for more than one category or award.

Projects must be within the Scottish Borders area and have been completed in the period between January 1 2009 and March 31 2011.

Either the owner or the designer can make applications to the Award Scheme, and there is no entry fee.

Submissions should be made no later than Monday, August 29.

Details and application forms are available from the Heritage and Design Team, Environment and Infrastructure, Council HQ, Newtown St Boswells (tel. 01835 826563) or online at www.scotborders.gov.uk/designawards2011

A panel of independent experts will judge the competition in September, with the winners being invited to an awards ceremony at the next Scottish Borders Design Forum meeting in October.

A certificate and cast aluminium plaque will be presented to the winner in each category and, at the judges’ discretion, commendations may also be made.