Scottish Borders Design Awards return after three-year break


THE Scottish Borders Design Awards have returned following a three-year break, with entries being accepted for projects completed between January 2018 and August 2021.

The event seeks to promote and celebrate good building design in the area and to also strengthen links between builders, architects, planners and other professions in construction.

All types of projects are eligible; from small to large scale, urban or rural, domestic or commercial – applications may also be considered for more than one category or award.

This year, there are four separate award categories:

  • New build (individual buildings) residential
  • New build (individual buildings) non-residential
  • Placemaking (new developments that contribute to creating a strong sense of place)
  • Work to existing buildings (including extensions/conversions)

Deputy leader of the Scottish Borders Council, councillor Simon Mountford, commented, “These awards celebrate the highest quality building designs and projects across the area and reflect the Council’s priority to see buildings enhance their surroundings. There is absolutely an emphasis on sustainable design, as clearly the use of more sustainable materials in construction and increased energy efficiency of all properties are of critical importance in meeting climate change obligations.”

A panel of independent experts, chaired by John Fordyce of The Borders Distillery, will judge the entries, with the winners being invited to a ceremony to receive their awards.

John Fordye, MD of The Borders Distillery, commented, “I am delighted to have been asked to chair the judging panel for the 2022 Scottish Borders Design Awards and look forward to seeing some fantastic entries. I am very proud that the distillery received an award in 2018. The award reflected the work that had gone into the sympathetic conversion of an unused listed building, which had been on the Buildings at Risk Register, into a thriving business in the centre of Hawick.

“We always wanted the distillery to enhance the local area and to stand out for all the right reasons, and the award was great recognition for the work of all those involved, from the architects to the construction team.”

To access an entry form, click here. Entries should be submitted no later than 13 December 2021.