Great Tapestry of Scotland building among design award winners

THE WINNERS of the Scottish Borders Design Awards 2022 were announced on Wednesday 23 February at a ceremony hosted at the Borders Distillery in Hawick, a former design award winner.

The Scottish Borders Council award scheme was first established in 1984, and has since run every second year, showcasing some of the best new building designs and renovations in the region, with the aim of inspiring the highest quality future designs and sustainable developments.

The winners were as follows:

Design Award for New Build (Residential): Beekeeper’s House, Roxburgh

Design Award for New Build (Commercial): Great Tapestry of Scotland, Galashiels

Commendation for New Build (Commercial): Jedburgh Grammar Campus

Design Award for Placemaking: Caerlee Mill, Innerleithen

Design Award for Works to an Existing Building: Stow Station House

Commendation for Works to an Existing Building: Compact Accessible House, Kelso

In recognition of the climate emergency, this year’s awards put increased emphasis on sustainability and this criterion was embedded in all categories.

A total of 27 entries were received across the various categories. The independent judging panel was chaired by John Fordyce of the Borders Distillery, with Richard Slipper representing the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland and Kerry Nicol representing the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Councillor Simon Mountford, SBC’s Executive Member for Enhancing the Built Environment and Natural Heritage said: “The entries for this year’s awards have shown an exceptionally high quality of building design right across the Scottish Borders.

“The judges have certainly not had an easy task in selecting the winners and hopefully the winning and commended designs will inspire future projects in the region and beyond.

“A high quality built environment is vitally important to our aim to deliver places where people want to live, work and visit.”

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