Celebrating 80 years of Excellent Housing Design

Now in their 80th year, our Housing Design Awards have been rewarding and advocating innovation and excellence in Scottish house building and place-making for longer than any other design awards in Scotland. They are a highly regarded, long-standing example of the Society’s commitments, aims and objectives.

Intended for Owners, Clients, Architects, House-builders and Housing Developers of all shapes and sizes, the length and breadth of Scotland – the awards have recognised everything from single dwellings in the remotest reaches of the Highlands, to large-scale commercial developments in the country’s major urban centres.

Successful entrants agree that recognition by the Society’s panel of industry leaders is a major enhancement to their image and profile, and a ringing endorsement of their work.

Continued Funding

The Scottish Government continue to support the Awards and sponsors the Innovation in Housing award which sees a cash prize of £1,500 for the winner. The Award celebrates the pioneering spirit. It is intended to complement the Scottish Government’s vision for their housing policy, to encourage innovative and original projects and ideas, which will promote debate and implementation.  Last year’s winner Hab Lab by John Gilbert Architects is a project that explores how the ‘Performance gap’ found within new and existing housing stock can be eliminated.

Other winners from last year included and Blakeburn Cottage (A449 Ltd), the remodelling of a farm building in the Borders that through careful handling ensures the home sits holistically within its landscape. Muckle Roe Chapel, (Richard Gibson Architects)a modest new build extension and refurbishment to an existing chapel that both respects its previous use and its relationship to the existing community and Sighthill Regeneration (Collective Architecture), which  sees strong architectural forms and clear articulation of materials allowing the development to sit proudly in its context of a wider masterplan for the area.

2017 Awards

The awards ceremony is due to take place at the Centre for Carbon Innovation in Edinburgh in June and will be guest chaired by Dame Seona Reid. Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said of the awards:

"We are committed to delivering great places and high quality housing across Scotland. Our  proposals to transform the planning system emphasise this need, supporting economic growth, the delivery of houses and increasing community involvement in planning decisions. For eighty years now, the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards have promoted innovation and design quality.  They are a celebration of good practice from which inspiration can be drawn when delivering the housing that communities across Scotland require."

David Jamieson, Convenor of the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards, also contended:

"The need for the Saltire Housing Design Awards are as great today as when they were established in the 1930s.  While there is a welcome push from government to build more social housing we want to encourage and challenge builders to have a commitment to good design quality, to achieve a balance between cost and quality. The Saltire awards promote the best design and quality housing and we recognise that good housing is a significant contributor to good health and well-being.

The awards panel comprises 14 professionals from all backgrounds of the Scottish house building industry and it is the most rigorously judged of all the design award schemes in the UK.  With a requirement to visit all shortlisted projects in the flesh and interview tenants and homeowners we have a strong understanding of what constitutes the best of Scotland’s housing.  We are seeking new entries that demonstrate imagination, quality and a commitment to ensuring all of our citizens have homes worthy of a modern, caring Scotland."