SBC launches best designed buildings awards for 2013

Thistlegorm - commendation for rural new build 2011
Thistlegorm - commendation for rural new build 2011

The search is on for the best designed buildings in the Scottish Borders, with the launch of the Scottish Borders Design Award Scheme 2013.

Last held two years ago, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is running the awards again and entries are now being invited for the competition. Organised by the Built and Natural Heritage Team, the awards are intended to recognise and promote examples of recent good design in the Scottish Borders in line with SBC’s policy in the Adopted Local Plan.

Launching the 2013 Design Award Scheme, Councillor Ron Smith, executive member for Planning and Environment, said: “We are keen to promote high quality, modern, innovative design across the Scottish Borders that respects the local context - whether rural or urban - and these awards enable such projects to be recognised.

“As chair of the Planning and Building Standards committee, I know that my fellow committee members want to support innovative design and sustainable technology which will complement and enhance our Borders’ environment.”

Winners in 2011 included Legars Farm at Hume; Thistlegorm at Buskings Farm in Coldingham; and Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth.

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 between January 1 2011 and March 31 2013.

Either the owner or the designer can enter the competition and submissions should be made no later than Monday, September 2.

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 late 2013. 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.

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: www.scotborders.gov.uk/designawards