The Turra Coo which stands at ‘Coo Corner’ on the High Street in Turriff received a ‘Distinction’, the highest accolade at last nights Aberdeenshire Design Awards at Haddo House.
The Aberdeenshire Design Awards are aimed at promoting good design and celebrating the work of architects, builders, artists and other professionals in producing designs of exceptional merit and quality within Aberdeenshire. The awards are organised by the planning section of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Service every two years and this year 106 entries were received across seven categories: Business, Conservation, Craftsmanship, Housing, Rural Landscape, Public Art and Sustainability.
Six projects received the highest accolade, Distinction, across a number of categories:
- Public Art: The Turra Coo
- Sustainability: Westerton Wood
- Craftsmanship Mill of Eslie, Huntly Arms Hotel, Westerton Wood
- Conservation: Huntly Arms Hotel, Threadneedle Street
- Housing: Westerton Wood, The Goat Shed
Councillor Peter Argyle, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee and of the judging panel, said in his opening speech that he was struck by the level of workmanship and the elements of sustainability that were becoming embedded in many projects commending all of those who entered and won awards.
A judging panel of architects, artists and councillors travelled the length and breadth of Aberdeenshire to make site visits to the 28 shortlisted entries in July.
Cllr Argyle said
We are now in a position where we have an up to date Structure Plan, matched by an up to date Local Development Plan. Both are supportive of new development, encouraging of both new housing and new employment opportunities across the whole of Aberdeenshire.
The message is abundantly clear: Aberdeenshire is open for business and has a planning service that is flexible, positive in outlook and approach and staffed by professionals of whom we can be justifiably proud.
As a council we will work with developers in a spirit of partnership and with our communities. This means that all of us – planners, councillors and communities – can be more demanding and robust over questions of design.
We welcome development – but only where the questions of placemaking, design and execution have been given deep and meaningful thought.
We can create something special in this corner of Scotland, something in which future generations can take pride, something they can value, something that says, loudly and clearly, this is our place. This is our spirit. This is Aberdeenshire, the best in Scotland.
Vice-chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Alan S. Buchan, said
It has been a pleasure to be involved in the judging of these awards as it has really given me an insight into some of the amazing design work which is on display across Aberdeenshire.
We saw many great examples of craftsmanship, of sustainability, conservation and public art throughout the process, all of which add an important dimension to our communities and our heritage.