Nominate your favourite buildings for design awards

APPLICATIONS are now being received for Aberdeenshire’s Design Awards scheme which gives people the chance to vote for the most creatively conceived structures in the area from housing, to art, or conservation projects.

Entries must be in by Thursday, February 17, 2012 for the design scheme which takes place every two years and recognises design over seven categories, with an emphasis on innovation and sustainability.

The categories are Business; Conservation; Craftsmanship; Housing; Public Art; Rural Landscape Development and Sustainability. Entries will be judged by an expert panel including architects, artists and local councillors.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services Stephen Archer stressed the importance of ‘good design’ at the launch of the awards in October and said it was important that design in the area is celebrated and promoted.

Vice-chair Cllr Jill Webster added: “It does illustrate that we are getting the message across that the council is expecting a higher quality of construction in Aberdeenshire.“

Nomination forms are available for download from Aberdeenshire Council’s website at