Aberdeenshire Design Awards open for submissions

Communities, businesses, agents and owners are being encouraged to submit their entries now for the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards 2023. 

Now in their 13th year, the Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards will be given to outstanding design achievements in the categories of Business and Community Enterprise, Conservation and Building Adaptation, Innovative Single House Design (including extensions), Landscape and Biodiversity Design and Building Communities for the Future.

Eligible projects include extensions, single houses, commercial properties, landscaping schemes, regeneration projects and the creation of new communities. Submissions will be open until Friday 23 December 2022. The first phase of judging will take place in March 2023, ahead of further judging in July 2023, and the winners announced at a ceremony in Aberdeenshire on 5October 2023.

The Awards were established in 1997 as a means of raising the profile of good innovative design. Taking place every two years, the awards provide a benchmark for the quality of recent development and the effectiveness of planning policies. It also seeks to inspire excellence and innovation across Aberdeenshire.

The judging panel will feature the chair and vice chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), four external professional advisors and the winner of last year’s student award.

There are three tiers of award: Distinction, Highly Commended and Commended along with the Ian Shepherd Award given to the entry considered to be the best of all those submitted.

Paul Macari Head of Service for Planning and Economy said, “This is the part of the process which is the most exciting, seeing the innovative projects being submitted and getting the opportunity to be amazed by the range of projects underway in the North east of Scotland. I encourage everyone, be that homeowners, developers, students or designers, to look at the categories. I feel sure there is something for everyone in there.”

To submit an entry, read the category descriptions or to see previous winners, please follow the link: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/built-heritage/aberdeenshire-design-awards/