Submissions to The Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2014 in association with Wheatley Group close on Friday, June 27, so there are only two days to go to return entry forms.
Since their launch in 2007, The Herald Property Awards have set the standard for new homes, with a rigorous judging process that seeks out excellence in design.
The focus has been on domestic homes, although in 2012 the Woodhouse Coffee Shop at Kippen carried off an award, but this year ‘Best Commercial Property’ is in a category all of its own.
Meanwhile within two categories, the judges will scrutinise more than just individual homes, but the whole environment in which they sit.
In deciding on the winners of the ‘Development of the Year’ and the ‘Affordable Housing Development of the Year,’ the judges will be scrutinising streetscapes, the way in which properties within the development relate to each other and the sense of community, as well as the design of individual homes.
Some of the most innovative solutions have come from the social-housing sector, including in 2013 when Port of Leith Housing Association won ‘Affordable Development of the Year’ for Lindsay Road, a £13.6 million waterfront development, compromising 58 social rent and 53 mid-market rental properties, which included a wide range of housing types from one-bedroom through to four-bedroom apartments.