The achievements of the Scottish housebuilding sector reached during the challenges of the last year, are set to be highlighted with the launch of the national annual awards programme for housing in Scotland.

The 14th annual Scottish Home Awards, sponsored by Ross & Liddell, is supported each year by over 100 companies working directly in housing.  The programme recognises excellence in the creation of new homes and place-making across the country with the presentation of 20 awards for individuals, teams and companies chosen by an independent judging panel.

This year’s programme is being planned as a hybrid event which will combine the format of a digital broadcast, together with the return of the live dinner, scheduled for Thursday 16 September in Glasgow.

The awards which each year attract rising numbers of entries from housebuilders and housing associations from across Scotland, are supported by one of Scotland’s largest property management firms, Ross & Liddell. 

Andrew Cunningham, Director, Ross & Liddell, commented:

“The Scottish Home Awards are more important than ever this year as we want to highlight the extraordinary effort of the housing industry in working through the pandemic of the last year.   It is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to reward resilient, hard-working teams and take a moment to shine a light on achievements.  I look forward to reviewing and debating this with the judging panel but most of all, we are very hopeful of getting back together as an industry for the annual celebration in September.”

Kirsten Speirs, Director of KDMedia which founded and operates the annual programme, commented.

“Our hybrid event plan gives us the best of both worlds this year.  We are cautiously optimistic that case numbers will continue to decline to the point when live events can return by the Autumn and we have a plan in place for that.  Meanwhile, our highly successful digital broadcast platform has also been further developed and offers anyone unable to attend the event in person with the option of watching a live broadcast from home.”

Entrants have until Wednesday 26 May 2021 to complete their submissions for consideration.  The finalists will be revealed in July.

The awards support ‘It’s Good 2 Give’ and the management of The Ripple Retreat a luxury residential retreat on the shores of Loch Venacher in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.  The award-winning respite home is gifted to young cancer patients and their families for short stay visits.

The Scottish Home Awards 2021 Categories:

·        Housebuilder of the Year (more than 100 units)  

·        Housebuilder of the Year (less than 100 units)

·        Housing Association of the Year

·        Social Housing Developer of the Year NEW

·        Affordable Housing Development of the Year (private sale)

·        Affordable Housing Development of the Year (social rent)

·        Apartment Development of the Year (private sale)

·        Community Contribution Award

·        Green Infrastructure Development of the Year - Sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage

·        House of the Year – Sponsored by Cupa Pizarras

·        Housing Regeneration Project of the Year

·        Innovation in Design - Sponsored by Wolffe

·        Large Housing Development of the Year (private sale)

·        Small Housing Development of the Year (private sale)

·        Renovation of the Year - Sponsored by Construction & Property Recruitment

·        Residential Letting Team of the Year  

·        Show Home of the Year

·        Starter Home of the Year - Sponsored by Ross & Liddell

 

The Judging Panel 2021:

Dan Macdonald, CEO, Macdonald Estates

John Boyle, Director of Research & Strategy, Rettie & Co.

Mike Bruce, Director, Weslo Housing Management

Heather Chapple, Director of Design, Architecture & Design Scotland

Lyle Chrystie, Director, Reiach & Hall Architects

Colin Cumberland, Director, Eskgrove Homes

Andrew J Cunningham, Director, Ross & Liddell

Sue Evans, Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee, Architecture & Design Scotland

Kieran Findlay, Editor, Scottish Housing News

Stephen Garvin, Head of Building Standards, Scottish Government

Claire Hall, Regional Services Manager - Scotland, RICS

Derek Logie, CEO, Rural Housing Service

Faisal Choudhry, Head of Savills Scotland Residential Research

Malcolm MacLeod, Director, NHBC Scotland

Kirsty McLuckie, Property Editor, The Scotsman