Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018, Architecture in Southern Scotland

Scottish Borders Building Design Awards in 2018

Architecture in southern Scotland: Architectural News

23 Mar 2018

Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018 Winners

2018 Scottish Borders Building Design Awards

Hunt on for best new Borders building

The search is on again for the best designed new buildings in the Borders, with the launch of the Borders Building Design Awards 2018.

The awards intend to promote good building design in the Borders and to strengthen links between builders, architects, Council planners and other professionals in the industry.

Councillor Tom Miers, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Planning and Environment, launched the 2018 awards at Marchmont House in Berwickshire, which scooped an award in 2016 and is hosting this year’s event.

Scottish Borders Building Design Awards 2018

Councillor Miers said: “The Borders Building Design Awards aim to encourage the highest quality building design across the Borders whether it is modern, innovative or traditional.

“Good building design is a priority for this Council. It enhances our surroundings and quality of life, and is essential if we want to attract new jobs and investment to the Borders.

“Our sponsors are a huge part of these awards because creating a legacy of great building design in the Borders is down to the industry itself and these companies are putting their money where their mouth is in this belief.”

Hugo Burge of Marchmont House added: “We are delighted to host these awards, celebrating excellence in creativity in the built environment, which is very much a fit for our aspirations.”

Alongside Marchmont House, property consultants Knight Frank, independent builders’ merchant MKM Building Supplies and window, door and offsite building suppliers Sidey Solutions are sponsoring the 2018 awards.

James Denne from Knight Frank’s Borders office said: “These awards help to underline how important the quality and design of the buildings we all live and work in are to The Scottish Borders.

“Period houses and buildings, conversions and new build projects all have a part to play in developing our quality of life in this beautiful part of the country.”

The competition was last held in 2016 as part of a range of activities to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 and the Festival of Architecture.

This year, there are four separate entry categories:
• New Build (individual buildings) residential
• New Build (individual buildings) non-residential
• Placemaking (new developments that contribute to creating a sense of place)
• Work to Existing Buildings (including conversions/extensions)

All types of projects are eligible from small to large scale, urban or rural, domestic or commercial, and if appropriate, applications can be considered for more than one category or award.

Projects must be within the Scottish Borders area and have been completed (or will be completed) in the period between 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2018.

Either the owner or the designer can make applications to the awards, and there is no entry fee.

Submissions should be made no later than Friday 11 May 2018. Details and application forms are available at

The forms are also available by writing to the Lead Officer (Built Heritage & Design), Scottish Borders Council HQ, Newtown St Boswells, TD6 0SA, phone 01835 826563 or email [email protected].


A panel of independent experts who represent the Royal Town planning Institute Scotland (RTPI) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), chaired by Mr Hugo Burge, will judge the competition in June, with the winners being invited to an awards ceremony thereafter in autumn 2018 at Marchmont House.

A certificate and cast aluminium plaque will be presented to the winner in each category and, at the judges’ discretion, commendations may also be made.

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