The search has begun for Scotland’s best new homes with the launch of the 2020 Scottish Home Awards, sponsored by Ross & Liddell.   

The 13th annual programme is Scotland’s largest awards initiative which is designed to benefit the housebuilding community, helping housebuilders and housing associations sell, rent and promote their developments and businesses more effectively.  The programme includes a range of categories which cover excellence in new home creation and place-making across the country. 

This year sees the introduction of a new category, the Green Infrastructure Development of the Year.  Supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, it will recognise the efforts of a private developer or housing association to deliver multi-functional green infrastructure that benefits both place-making and the natural world, to build healthy and sustainable communities. 

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 continue to highlight excellence in the creation of new homes and provide a platform that allows individual companies, organisations and teams to promote their successes.  It is a privilege to have an active role in the judging process and I look forward to assessing the merits of this year’s entries.”

Entries are now being invited in advance of judging day which will be chaired for the second year by Dan Macdonald, CEO of Macdonald Estates.  He commented;

“The residential development industry plays a hugely significant role and makes a massive contribution to the Scottish economy.  It is also a place where the necessity of integral policy between the industry, private and public sector, planning and the requirements of the market require to be painstakingly pulled together.

“It is essential that we take the necessary time to celebrate the success of our industry, the creation of quality vibrant and sustainable communities and the passion of those teams working within the private and public sectors to deliver new housing.  This is what we seek to achieve at the Scottish Home Awards and as we continually upgrade the awards platform, we are thrilled to introduce a new category on green infrastructure this year which will recognise the work done to create healthy and sustainable communities.”   

The 14-strong Scottish Home Awards Judging Panel is bolstered by the arrival of four new members who bring with them experience in property development, community improvement, design and placemaking.  Behnam Afshar joins from AMA (New Town), Sue Evans and Heather Chapple from Architecture & Design Scotland and Lyle Chrystie for Reiach and Hall Architects.

Entrants have until Thursday 6h February 2020 to complete their submissions for consideration.  The finalists will be revealed in March, prior to the annual awards dinner and celebration which takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Thursday 11th June 2020.

The awards are operated in support of ‘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.