Aberdeenshire firms up for awards double

Denwell Cottage

TWO Aberdeenshire firms have received recognition after two of their collaborations were named as finalists at a UK-wide self-build housing awards.

Scotframe and Cairnrowan Custom Homes are in contention for Best Timber Frame Home for Denwell Cottage in Insch, Aberdeenshire, while Glencommon near Banchory has been shortlisted in the Best Self Build under £250k category at the BuildIt Awards, which take place next month in London.

Inverurie-headquartered Scotframe provides full kit packages for housing and commercial projects. Cairnrowan Custom Homes, based in Udny, builds all its homes using Scotframe’s Val-u-Therm PLUS system.

Glencommon, designed by Fiddes Architects, was built in just seven weeks. The four-bedroom detached timber frame home is clad in a mixture of Siberian larch timber and a modern slate wrap-around. Its running costs are estimated to be less than £600 a year.


Denwell Cottage, designed by Annie Kenyon Architects, is a four-bedroom home which uses a mix of timber cladding, a glazed gable, white render and a slate roof. The building was complete within 14 weeks to a set budget.

Malcolm Thomson, sales director at Scotframe said, “These two projects are perfect examples of how regular collaboration can result in benefits for both the end customer and the companies themselves. Both homes are not only beautifully designed by their respective architects, but importantly when it comes to self-build projects, they were built smoothly, efficiently and to a high quality within just a few weeks – and that has a lot to do with how successfully we work together with Cairnrowan Custom Homes.”

Gregor Davidson from Cairnrowan Custom Homes added, “We’re a young company, having only started out in 2016, but we’ve quickly built a reputation for building A-rated, extremely energy efficient homes, thanks in no small part to our partnership with Scotframe. I’m absolutely delighted that two of our recent collaborations in our home area of Aberdeenshire have received this recognition at a UK level.”