Recognising the efforts made to ensure the strongest possible platform for recovery within the new build market, the winners of trade body Homes for Scotland’s prestigious awards scheme have been revealed at the organisation’s largest ever ceremony.
(L-R: Lunch sponsor rep Elaine Farquarson-Black from Burness Paull, Scotland football coach Gordon Strachan, Springfield MD Innes Smith, chair of the judging panel Dundee Director of City Development Mike Galloway and MediaScotland media partner rep and judge Mike Hartley.)
Focused on the theme of “Foundations for the Future”, the 2015 Awards showcased a commitment to not only raise standards across the industry but also overcome the barriers that still impede the building of much needed homes across all tenures.
The awards were presented in front of a record crowd of some 900 senior industry representatives and their guests at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Friday 15 May, the largest such gathering of its kind.
Springfield Properties picked up the top Home Builder of the Year award
for its use of bold and innovative approaches to housing delivery, customer care and employee engagement, whilst Bill Robertson of Robertson Homes was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to home building across 50 years.
A special award was also granted to former Homes for Scotland Director of Planning Allan Lundmark in recognition of the valued role he has played not only as a leading figure within the trade body’s senior management team, but also as a trusted industry advisor.
Mike Galloway, Director of City Development, Dundee City Council and chair of the independent judging panel, said:
“Ensuring Scotland has enough homes of all tenures in the right locations to meet its diverse needs is key to tackling the country’s housing challenge and these longstanding awards show that we have an industry that has an ongoing commitment to raising standards by recognising and promoting best practice.
“This year’s judging panel was looking for demonstrations of excellence across a whole range of areas which are key to the future success of not only the home building sector itself but also the local communities they serve.
“Given the thousands of homes Scotland desperately needs, I hope that the awards will prove to be a further encouragement to all builders of what can be achieved in what are still challenging circumstances.”
The full list of winners is detailed below:
(sponsored by Archial Norr)
winner: Mactaggart & Mickel Homes
Employee of the Year
(sponsored by Clancy Docwra)
winner: Heather Henderson – Springfield Properties
(sponsored by Ground Developments)
Bill Robertson CBE
Best Customer Service Initiative
(sponsored by Celotex)
winner: Springfield Properties
commended: Miller Homes
Best Partnership in Affordable Housing Delivery
(sponsored by Forster Roofing)
winner: Rettie & Co, Cruden Group, Hillcrest Housing Association, City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Futures Trust (Sailmaker Apartments, Leith)
commended: Dunedin Canmore Housing Association and City of Edinburgh Council (Little Road Phase 1, Merchants Court, Edinburgh)
Best Home Design
(sponsored by Registers of Scotland)
winner: Robertson Homes (Azure Grand, Westercraigs, Inverness)
Best Development – large (26+ units)
(sponsored by NHBC)
winner: CALA Homes (East) (Albert Dock, The Shore, Edinburgh)
commended: EMA Architects and Glencairn Properties (Bellevue Colonies, Edinburgh)
commended: McTaggart Construction and Robertson Homes (Urban Union) (Laurieston, Glasgow)
commended: Places for People (Roman Fields, Twechar)
Best Development – medium (11-25 units)
(sponsored by ZPG)
winner: Eildon Housing Association (Dunwhinny Gardens, Peebles)
commended: Springfield Properties (Corstorphine Mews, Edinburgh)
Best Development – small (up to ten units) (sponsored by Allied Surveyors Scotland)
winner: Springfield Properties (Powderhall Gate, Edinburgh)
Best Supporting Company
(sponsored by Brodies LLP)
winner: First Mortgage
Homes for Scotland Home Builder of the Year 2015
(Further information on what made these submissions stand out to the judges can be found here.
To read about new HFS Chair Jim Mather's call for the "evolution" of the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme, click here