A Chirnside house came within a whisker of taking home one of the top accolades at the Scottish Borders Design Awards 2013 last week.
The awards were handed out at a ceremony at Scottish Borders Council HQ, Newtown St Boswells on Friday and Ar Fardach, at Newsteads Farm was commended in the New Build Residential category, being pipped at the post by Plummerswood in Innerleithen.
The design award scheme was first established in 1984 and runs every two years.
Its purpose is to: recognise and publicise examples of good building design; educate and inspire all those involved in new development and raise the overall standards of building design.
Councillor Ron Smith, SBC’s Executive Member for Planning and Development and Chair of the Planning and Building Standards Committee commented: “We are keen to promote high quality design across the Scottish Borders that respects the local context, whether in a rural or urban setting or whether it is a new building or works to an existing property.
“I have been heartened by the number of entries submitted for the Design Awards this year and am sure that the judges did not have an easy task in coming to a decision in each category.”
A total of 30 entries were received across the various categories of building type.
The independent judging panel was chaired by Ian Lindley with David Suttie representing the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI) and John Lane representing the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
Ian Lindley, Chair of the Judging Panel added: “The panel considered all the entries submitted and selected a total of 13 buildings for site visits, covering the length and breadth of the Scottish Borders over a two day period in carrying out the judging. “
Other winners on the night were Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building for best New Build Commercial and Stewards House, Frogden, Kelso for works to an existing building.
The next Scottish Borders Design Awards will be held early in 2016 as part of SBC’s contribution to the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
The Scottish Government has given this year long designation to enhance participation in and understanding of our built environment and to celebrate the quality of our architectural heritage and contemporary design.
The 2016 Awards will also be used to celebrate previous winners of the award scheme.