Design award for Foveran Village
Foveran Village has been named as a winner at the 2020 Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards.
From a total of 75 entries, down to 27 finalists across six categories, as well as three student finalists, deciding the ultimate winners was no easy task for the judges.
The judging panel were impressed with the submissions which were of an extremely high standard, showcasing the highest quality of architecture and landscape design to be found in Aberdeenshire.
Foveran Village scooped the Building Communities for the Future award.
The judges felt this project should be recognised for taking the risk of trying something different and felt this should be positively encouraged.
They welcomed the generous plot sizes and the interesting landscape features which they would like to see again when they start to mature.
The simplicity and contemporary nature of the house design was also noted, and they felt the scale and variety of housing should be commended, a real template for further development in this location.
His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, pre-recorded a video message for the online showcase, to highlight his personal links with Aberdeenshire and to announce the overall winner.
The Prince’s Foundation, which has assisted numerous projects in Aberdeenshire over the years, were keen to be involved in the innovative showcase.
Speaking in the video, The Duke of Rothesay said: “I am delighted to have been asked to say a few words about Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards.
"For over a decade, these awards have been important for promoting and recognizing new design, as well as building conservation and adaptation across Aberdeenshire.”
Paul Macari is the Head of Planning and Environment with Aberdeenshire Council, and leads the team running the awards.
He said: “Awards like these help the community realise that good design doesn’t need to be inaccessible and elite, it can be for everyone and plays an important role in establishing communities and creating a sense of place.
“The range of nominations and finalists was quite diverse, which allows us to reflect on the role of design in our heritage and in the future of Aberdeenshire.”
Provost of Aberdeenshire Bill Howatson said: “Now in our 12th year, the continuing range of innovative, imaginative and inspiring designs which we see entered into the awards never fails to impress.
“I am very much looking forward to sharing our winning projects with you."
He added: "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the judging panel, and indeed all those who have participated and contributed towards this scheme.”
For more award winners turn to page 17 .