Homes for Scotland reveals 2018 awards shortlist
The shortlist for Scotland’s premier home building industry awards has been announced as Homes for Scotland prepares to celebrate the sector’s successes at the largest annual gathering of its kind.
With entries showcasing the high quality work that the industry produces and the significant value it adds to Scotland’s social wellbeing and economic success, those companies achieving finalist places are:
Private Development of the Year – large (100+ units) sponsored by NHBC
Private Development of the Year – medium (26-99 units) sponsored by Allied Surveyors Scotland
Private Development of the Year – small (up to 25 units) sponsored by Blackadders
Affordable Housing Development of the Year sponsored by Anderson Strathern
Innovation and Best Practice sponsored by Hacking & Paterson Management Services
Supporting Organisation of the Year sponsored by Ground Developments Ltd
Reflecting the robust nature of the awards programme, and the stringent judging criteria honed over the last two years, this year’s independent judging panel will again be undertaking site visits to all the shortlisted entries in the Private and Affordable Housing Development categories. In addition, those companies shortlisted for Private Development of the Year will also be considered for the prestigious Homes for Scotland Home Builder of the Year award through a rigorous interview process.
Winners will be revealed at the Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch (sponsored by Burness Paull) at the EICC on Friday 25 May which will be hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield. Now in its 16th year, places at the event are limited, with some 1,100 senior industry representatives and guests already confirmed to attend.
Chair of the independent judging panel Andy Mitchell, former land director at CALA Homes, said: “I am delighted to be involved in judging Homes for Scotland’s Awards, which have a reputation of being the most credible in our industry.
“The whole judging panel is determined to build upon this with a strong shortlist demonstrating the pride, passion and professionalism of those involved in delivering the majority of much needed new homes across the country.”
Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s awards, with both shortlisted developments located in Newton Mearns.
The housebuilder is nominated for Private Development of the Year (large) for its Castle Grove development and Private Development of the Year (small) for its Red Lion site.
Joanne Casey, director at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, said: “We’re proud to be shortlisted for not one, but two, categories at this year’s Homes for Scotland Awards. Thank you to our talented and dedicated design, site, and corporate teams who’ve all ensured our developments are worthy of being shortlisted. We look forward to hearing the results in May.”
Perth housebuilder Stephen has been shortlisted in the ‘Private Development of the Year’ (small) category for the 20 cottages being created at Chapelton, Aberdeenshire, which will ultimately become Scotland’s largest new town.
The two and three bedroom semi and detached cottages set in attractive courtyards complement the firm’s range of two to six bedroom homes, many of which are already occupied.
John Stephen, managing director, said, “These cottages are proving extremely popular since being added to the town’s street scene, with ten of them reserved off plan in the first few months. We have received an extremely positive response to the layouts with buyers and Chapelton residents alike commenting on the versatility of the homes and the lifestyle that they provide, particularly to those downsizing. These properties have their own distinctive character and we hope the courtyards will create small communities around their own private green spaces, adding to the owners’ sense of pride and place.”
Morrison Construction has been shortlisted in the Supporting Organisation of the Year category which recognises the important contribution associate businesses make towards the delivery of homes and wider value contributed to the industry.
The firm’s submission referenced the complex waste water works undertaken during the past three years in the Highlands to future-proof prime development land while connecting the new town of Tornagrain with the nearby Inverness Airport Business Park and Castle Stuart Golf Links.
Morrison Construction operation’s director, Stephen Slessor, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted at the Homes for Scotland Awards, it is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.
“Our people work very hard for our clients to deliver infrastructure of the highest standard, which benefit the communities we work and live in for many years into the future.”