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Conservation and building adaption

This category focuses on the re-use of existing building stock. The scheme must either demonstrate exceptional standards in the field of conservation or deliver an appropriate new use for a previously underutilised structure through renovation, restoration or re-development. It should bring new life into the property whilst retaining its character and interest.

Entries must have been completed within the past two years.

There are a number of things you should know before you enter the design awards:

Judging criteria

Projects must show exceptional merit and quality to receive an award. In addition to the individual category requirements all entries will be judged on the overarching criteria of:

  • sustainability - response to envisaged context, natural capital, energy, transport and health
  • innovation - demonstrate how you use innovation to deliver a low energy, low carbon, sustainable solution that is cost effective and deliverable
  • cost - your project should reflect the long term cost benefit of the design

What to submit

For this category, you will need to provide a supporting statement that must not exceed 300 words and should be included within A1 PDFs. It should clarify how your entry complies with both the overall and category specific judging criteria.

As well as your supporting statement, you will need to submit a location plan and images.

Before you submit your entry, ensure that it is in the correct format: 

  • 2 x A1, single sided, landscape orientation
  • PDF format, no crops or bleed
  • High resolution files, minimum 300dpi for printing
  • CMYK colour no spot

How to submit

The entry period for nominations is now closed.

You can submit your entry online by completing the nomination form and attaching each A1 PDF file individually (the total size of both files should not exceed 25MB).

View the Aberdeenshire design awards privacy notice (pdf 196KB).

Judging process

You will receive an acknowledgement for your entry which will be automatically entered into the first round of judging taking place on 24th March 2020.

The second judging stage and site visits (for the built categories) will take place on 28th and 29th May 2020.

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 1st October 2020 with all entrants being invited to attend.

The judging panel for the 2020 awards will comprise:

  • The Chair and Vice Chair of Infrastructure Services Committee
  • The President of the Aberdeen Society of Architects
  • A Senior Casework Officer from Historic Environment Scotland
  • A Scottish Natural Heritage Landscape Policy and Advice Officer
  • A senior lecturer from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture
  • Final year architecture student at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Joint President of the 57°10 Architecture Society