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Stunning Aviemore house up for national honour


By Tom Ramage

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The unusual house which is just outside of Aviemore. Picture: Chris Smith
The unusual house which is just outside of Aviemore. Picture: Chris Smith

A stunning new house off the beaten track by Aviemore features on the shortlist for the best new homes created in Scotland this past year.

The property at Lower Tullochgrue is up for the prestigious 2021 Saltire Housing Design Awards.

The eye-catching design is cited for honours in the single property category.

The house was designed by Brown & Brown Architects working with Spey Building & Joinery of Kingussie, the Design Engineering Workshop in Glasgow and quantity surveyors McLeod & Aitken, of Inverness.

“It was a great project to work on with a great team,” said builder Angus Reid-Evans based in the Badenoch capital.

“Brown & Brown are always good to work with.

“Mind you, there were two lockdowns to deal with, not to mention barn owls and bat surveys and the like, but together we created a really nice family home in a very nice location.”

Building firm boss Angus Reid-Evans is no stranger to winning awards.
Building firm boss Angus Reid-Evans is no stranger to winning awards.

The shortlist includes five other finalists – two properties in Kelso, South Uist, Arisaig and Kippen.

The winners of the 2021 Saltire Housing Design Awards will be announced online next week.

Judging panel convener John Brennan said: “As more of our population ages, providing housing that is supportive and anticipates our changing needs is critically important and we see exemplars of this approach in this year’s awards cycle.

“There is a latent demand for better designed, and life- affirming housing and work submitted to the awards this year show how distinctive and well considered homes can be delivered by developers on the most constrained of sites.”

The awards are open to entries from owners, clients, architects, housebuilders and housing developers from across Scotland.

The judging panel seeks projects that add positively to Scotland’s architectural and social landscape.

A room with a view from Lower Tullochgrue. Picture: Chris Smith.
A room with a view from Lower Tullochgrue. Picture: Chris Smith.

As well as for single properties, there is also a multiple property category for entries to include four affordable housing projects.

Four of the finalists are based in Glasgow, one in Perth and the other in Edinburgh.

Sarah Mason, director of the society, said she was delighted that the awards are back for 2021 after the enforced Covid break.

She continued: “This year, we have been particularly impressed by the sensitivity shown by designers and builders to existing buildings as well as the innovation in design. The society is particularly pleased at the exceptional examples of mindful social housing developments, builds with sustainability in mind and community building.

“At its best, housing can improve a community, its health and wellbeing, adding positively not only to Scotland’s architectural but also its social landscape.”

The Saltire Housing Design Awards – supported by the Scottish Government – work to encourage good, affordable, adaptable and environmentally sustainable housing in Scotland.


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