Aberdeenshire Council design awards

Entry to the Aberdeenshire Design Awards is now open.

The scheme gives people the chance to vote for the most creatively conceived structures in the area from housing, to art or conservation projects.

The awards take place every two years and recognise design in seven categories – business, conservation, craftsmanship, housing, public art, rural landscape development and sustainability - with an emphasis on innovation and sustainability.

Vice-chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee Jill Webster said: “It does illustrate that we are getting the message across that the council is expecting a higher quality of construction in Aberdeenshire.

“I would like to see some more of the volume house-builders [entering the awards scheme]. We should be expecting as much from them as the individual houses.”

New build, regeneration, conservation, restoration, conversion and extensions may all be considered eligible for nomination for a design award and anyone can submit an entry as long as the building or project is located within Aberdeenshire.

Past winners have included The Salmon Bothy in Portsoy and Craigievar Castle in Alford – both highly commended in the conservation category in 2010, with the castle also picking up a ‘distinction’ for craftsmanship.

Entries must be in by February 17 and winners will be announced in September.

Nominations forms are available for download from Aberdeenshire Council’s website.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts including architects, artists and councillors.

For information on the Aberdeenshire Design Awards Scheme contact Shaun Norman on 01467 628632.