Aberdeenshire Design Awards launched for 2012

AN AWARDS scheme aimed at improving the profile of good design in Aberdeenshire will run again over the next year, following approval by councillors.

Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee authorised the planning service to progress arrangements for the 2012 Aberdeenshire Design Awards.

The awards scheme first started in 1997 and aims to promote excellence and innovation in architecture, craftsmanship and landscape design.

The awards will begin this year in October, with a deadline for applications in February 2012.

The judging panel will then carry out the first phase of the selection procedure in April, closely followed by site visits to determine which projects receive recognition at the awards ceremony in September.

ISC chairman, Peter Argyle, said: “The design awards are an excellent way to celebrate the best of design and innovation in Aberdeenshire.

“We are committed to improving the standards of design, to benefit this and future generations, and these awards give an opportunity to recognise those who have gone that extra mile.

“I believe they will continue to influence and inspire those responsible for developments and projects throughout Aberdeenshire.”

There are three levels of award covering the seven distinct categories of business, conservation, craftsmanship, landscaping, housing, public art and sustainability.

The council’s six area committees will also be asked to nominate projects when they receive presentations on the awards.

Vice-chair of ISC, Jill Webster, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing all the submissions to the awards this year, as there have been some exciting projects in the past.

“The awards have already left a legacy of excellent design, craftsmanship and commitment in Aberdeenshire’s built environment and I believe can only improve on that.”

The judging panel will comprise the chair and vice-chair of ISC, the head of planning and building standards and six external professional advisors.