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Midlothian Council Awards : Architecture

Midlothian Awards For Good Design

28 Apr 2004

Midlothian Council Awards

Awards Information


If you’re an architect, designer or property owner and planning to take part in the first Midlothian Council Awards For Good Design, you’ve now got under two months to get your entry in!
Created to recognise the very best in building and landscape design throughout the Midlothian area, the deadline for all entries is 30 June – with the winners to be invited to a formal presentation ceremony in September.
The three categories for the Awards for Good Design are:
· New buildings, which can include substantial extensions to old buildings.
· Restoration or alteration of existing buildings, including craftsmanship
· Landscaping associated with the above categories or other developments.
All the entries will be judged by the Awards for Good Design panel, which will be chaired by award-winning musician and artist Alison Kinnaird, who lives in Midlothian.
The other judges on the panel are Councillor Keith McIntosh, Chair of Midlothian Council’s Planning Committee, Paul Miller on behalf of the Landscape Institute, Alan Fay from the Royal Town Planning Institute and Irene Barkley for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
Cllr Keith McIntosh, said: “So far all the indications are that the standard of entries submitted will be very high, which will make coming up with a winner a challenging business for the panel! Our hope is that this new award will encourage architects, designers and developers to follow the highest standards of architectural and landscaping design in our area and help raise the quality of design in towns and villages across Midlothian.”

The winner in each category will receive a certificate and a cast iron plaque to be displayed at the building or site location. Additionally, an exhibition of the entries is planned to go on display in local libraries and other council buildings.
For more infoon the Midlothian Awards and how to submit your entry, contact:
Ian J Young, Projects Manager, Strategic services, Midlothian House, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith – 0131 2713 463 – ian.j.young@midlothian.gov.uk

Awards For Good Design Planned For Midlothian

A new awards scheme to recognise and foster the very best in Midlothian building design has been given the go-ahead by Midlothian Council.
The Awards for Good Design, which will be open to architects, designers and owners of high-quality buildings in Midlothian, will be divided into three categories:
New buildings (which can include substantial extensions to existing buildings)
Restoration or alteration of existing buildings – including
Landscaping associated with either of the above categories or with other developments

The Midlothian Awards will take place every two years – with the first ceremony due to be held in 2004 – and any building project completed since 2001 will be eligible.
Applications for the 2004 Awards should include drawings, photographs and text, and should be submitted on an A1 board by 30 June 2004.
Chairing the judging panel will be Alison Kinnaird MBE, a Midlothian based glass artist and professional Scottish harp player, who last year won the Creative Scotland award for her work.

The panel will also include the Chair of Midlothian Council Planning Committee, Keith McIntosh and representatives from the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and The Landscape Institute in Scotland.

Councillor McIntosh, said: “We are keen to encourage the highest standards of architectural and landscaping design in new developments in Midlothian.
There may have been some missed opportunities in the past, but the Scottish Executive through guidance such as ‘Designing Places’ is now encouraging Councils to use the planning system to achieve the highest quality of design in all new developments. It is hoped that the Awards scheme will prove a worthwhile incentive in helping raise standards in developments in towns and villages throughout Midlothian.”

The best project in each category will earn the winner a certificate and a cast iron plaque to be displayed on the building or at the project site. It is planned that the Awards entries will form the basis of a public exhibition that will be displayed in local libraries and other Council premises.

Midlothian Awards information issued by Midlothian Council

For more information about the Midlothian Council Awards for Good Design 2004, contact Ian J Young, Projects Manager, Midlothian Council, Strategic Services, Midlothian House, Buccleuch St, Dalkeith. 0131 271 3463

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