The Scottish Home Awards was founded in 2007 to recognise excellence in the Scottish housebuilding industry.
It is an independent awards programme, run for the benefit of the housebuilding community, with the objective of helping house builders and housing associations sell, rent or promote their properties more effectively.
The best house builders in Scotland have been announced following the annual Scottish Home Awards in Edinburgh with 18 winners revealed in Scotland’s largest independent awards competition.
The Scottish Home Awards, sponsored by Ross & Liddell, crowned 16 housebuilding companies with awards following a meticulous judging period by the country’s leading housing experts. They were presented last night to companies highlighting excellence in new home creation over the last year with focus on design, marketing and customer care across the industry.
Avant Homes collected the most prestigious award, Large Housebuilder of the Year, delivering exceptional growth and a large portfolio of properties. This year, they announced plans to double the number of homes they build by 2023, demonstrating their impressive business growth and ambition. Avant Homes were also finalists in a further six categories.
Long-established Edinburgh based company, Wemyss Properties Limited, were crowned Small Housebuilder of the year after the judges agreed that their consistency on quality products and service deemed them the most favoured for the award. Wemyss Properties were also highly commended in Apartment of the Year Award for their residential development, Newbattle Terrace in Morningside and highly commended in the Customer Service Excellence Award.
It was an exciting night for UK Heritage Developer, City & Country, who were victorious in two of this year’s awards. The innovative company won both the Apartment Development of the Year and the Renovation of the Year (Multiple Dwellings) for their renovation of the former children’s hospital and school, The Playfair at Donaldson’s in Edinburgh, turning the grand structure into residential luxury apartments.
Other private developments which collected awards included Places for People, David Wilson Homes and Queensberry Properties. More success at the ceremony came from Glasgow Housing Association, Eildon Housing Association and BMC Developments all winning one award each.
McTaggart Group took home the Community Contribution award whilst CALA Homes celebrated continued success winning the Customer Service Excellence Award. House of the Year went to Robertson Homes for The Calico in Inverness and Innovation of the Year was won by Glencairn Properties for Woodhall Drive in the capital.
River Kelvin Properties and Cruden Homes (East) each won the award for Showhome of the Year and Starter Home of the Year respectively. Umega Lettings were triumphant in the Residential Letting of the Year award, sponsored by Citylets.
With a record 68 housebuilding companies entering the event, the glittering awards ceremony saw almost 600 guests in attendance. The event is sponsored and supported by one of Scotland’s largest property management firms, Ross and Liddell.
Andrew Cunningham, Director of Ross and Liddell, this year’s Home Awards headline sponsor, commented:
“The Scottish Home Awards provide a vital link between the housebuilding industry and the buyer who is looking for high quality buildings from respected and successful businesses. Yet again we have seen a huge range of entries from across the country and the decisions made by the judging panel have often been difficult due to the high standard of work going on. Congratulations to all the winners announced in the 2018 Scottish Home Awards, I hope they enjoy their win and shout it from the rooftops!”
The awards were also a fundraiser for ‘It’s Good 2 Give’, a small charity who have built The Ripple Retreat, a luxury residential retreat on the shores of Loch Venacher in the Trossachs National Park. The property is gifted to young cancer patients and their families. This year, the awards were also supporting the British Red Cross who are raising money to help people affected by The Grenfell Tower disaster in London 2017.