Support sought for 2014 Design Awards

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An Aberdeenshire-wide scheme that recognises excellence in design is to get underway this month, subject to the support of councillors.

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee will be asked to support arrangements for the 2014 Aberdeenshire Design Awards when the group meets today (Thursday).

The Aberdeenshire Design Award was established in 1997 as a means of raising the profile of good design, with the most recent award ceremony taking place in September 2012.

Taking place every two years, the awards provide a benchmark for the quality of recent development, the effectiveness of policies and the development management process. It also seeks to inspire excellence and innovation across Aberdeenshire.

If arrangements for the 2014 event are supported, the authority’s six area committees will be given a presentation on the project and asked to nominate projects in their communities.

Nominated schemes could be in the running for three levels of award covering the seven categories of Business, Conservation, Craftsmanship, Housing, Public Art, Landscape Design, and Sustainability. The council’s planning service received 106 entries in the 2012 awards, and is hopeful of securing increased numbers for 2014. Under the proposed awards plan, the search for nominations would begin immediately and run until February 21, 2014.

A judging panel would be set up, featuring the chair and vice-chair of the Infrastructure Services Committee, the director of Infrastructure Services and six external professional advisors.

The panel would be responsible for the first phase of the selection procedure in April next year, after which site visits would be undertaken to determine which projects receive recognition at an awards ceremony.