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Don’t forget your entries for National Park’s first ever design awards

10th July 2012

Do you know of a building, alteration, a piece of exceptional craftsmanship or landscape design in the Cairngorms National Park that you think deserves some recognition? If the answer is “yes” then don’t forget to make your nominations in the first ever Cairngorms National Park Design Awards – but do it quickly because entries close on 31 July 2012.


The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is looking to celebrate all aspects of good design, not just the expensive or iconic.  Everything from the detail on a window or the design of an extension to larger buildings or housing estates, contribute to the look and feel of the National Park.  So whether you’re a professional or have just seen something you think is good design, we want to hear about it.


There are four categories:

  • New buildings
  • Extension or alteration to existing building
  • Design in the landscape
  • Craftsmanship

All nominations will be considered by a panel of five judges, Chaired by Architect, Roddy Langmuir with other judges: Architect Ben Tindall, Chairman of the Association of Cairngorms Communities (AoCC) Roger Clegg, CNPA Planning Committee Chairman Duncan Bryden and his Deputy, Peter Argyle.


Each entry will be assessed against a number of criteria and in all cases will need to reflect the principles of good design set out in the Cairngorms National Park Sustainable Design Guide. The criteria include:

  • use of locally available / sourced materials
  • use of local people in the design and construction of the development
  • how environmentally friendly it is
  • how it contributes to the special place that is the Cairngorms National Park
  • how it relates to what is around it, whether that be other buildings, or the wider landscape its relationship with its surroundings
  • how well it makes use of  existing materials on the site, or reuses materials from elsewhere maintaining or re-use of resources
  • creativity and innovation – not an off the shelf solution, but one which makes the most of its individual location
  • affordability

Entries must be within the Cairngorms National Park and have been completed since 2003. They can be submitted by anyone who thinks it’s worthy of an award including owners, architects, designers, developers, builders, community groups or a member of the public provided the owner’s consent is obtained. Further details can be found at

A shortlist will be drawn up from the entries and judging will take place August – October 2012. The awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held in the National Park in late 2012.

Further details of how to apply can be found on our website . If you require assistance or have any questions about your application, please contact Alison Lax on 01479 870563 or email: [email protected]