Design awards shortlist given

There is to be representation from Deeside and Donside in the first ever Cairngorms National Park Design Awards with four nominees from the areas.

The Judges have whittled down the entries to a shortlist of twenty which includes sites in Strathdon, Dinnet and Ballater.

The awards were set up to ensure that the “unique aspects of the Cairngorms are cared for, sustained and enhanced” according to the award’s organisers.

The sites were: Bellabeg House in Strathdon, the Burn o Vat view point, the Cheesemaking Dairy in Dinnet and Habitat in Ballater.

There is strict criteria the sites must meet before they are considered for shortlisting by the judges.

The top prize will go to the site that can meet these best.

Among the criteria are how well the sites make use of locally available and sourced materials, use of local people in the design and construction of the development and how environmentally friendly it is.

Other concerns of the judges are how the site contributes to the park, how well it makes use of existing materials on the site, or reuses materials from elsewhere, creativity, innovation and affordability.

The judging panel has written up the shortlist of twenty after 56 entries from local sites were received,

The five-man panel includes Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Peter Argyll, who is Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee and a patron of the park.

Other panel members the nominees will be hoping to impress are: Roddy Langmuir a Senior Architect with Edward Cullinan Architects in London, Ben Tindall who has his own Architecture practice and has been newly elected to the Board of the National Trust for Scotland, Roger Clegg- the Chairman of Kirriemuir Landward West Community Council and who has been Convenor of the Association of Cairngorms Community Councils (AoCC) since 2010 and Duncan Bryden- a Convener of the awards board a self-employed rural development consultant.

The winners will be announced at a special evening event in Boat of Garten community hall on Thursday 29 November 2012.