Rewarding talent in design at Galashiels

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WINNERS of architectural design awards in the Borders will be made known next week.

And at the same time a seminar will be held involving national and local experts,

The Scottish Borders Design Forum and Design Awards take place on Saturday, November 12, at the Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels from 9.30am-1.20pm. It’s free and is open to all.

The half-day event includes talks from Karen Anderson from Architecture and Design Scotland; Steve Tolson from RICS; Allan Swan of Bain Swan Architects and Fraser Swalwell of White Young Green.

The forum is an arms-length group – supported by Scottish Borders Council and by South of Scotland Creative Clusters Project – which seeks to promote good design practice in the built environment across the Borders.

The awards are biannual with the aim of acknowledging the best of architectural design in the region.

There are three categories: new build (individual buildings); placemaking (new developments that contribute to creating a sense of place); work to existing buildings (including conversions/ extensions) and shop fronts.

Councillor Carolyn Riddell-Carre, executive member for planning and environment, said the council was committed to defend the character of the Borders by raising standards of building design, including renewable requirements.

She commented: “To date, Scottish Borders Council has taken forward this priority through the production and adoption of the Supplementary Planning Guidance on Placemaking and Design, which is now embedded in the assessment of development proposals; the establishment of a design forum not only to promote good design, but to educate and inspire all those involved in new developments to raise their standards and the continuation of the biennial design awards.

“This combined event represents a positive element in our drive to improve design standards by recognising and actively promoting good practice in the design of our built environment.”

The event is open to all, but anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact business@scotborders.gov.uk or by calling 01835 825060.