#Herald Property Awards 2018

Two of the projects i photographed earlier in the year have had success in the Herald Property Awards 2018, and it is always good to see photographs I’ve been commissioned to take, helping to present these designs to a wider audience. As a photographer I spend a lot of time on site looking closely at the buildings, whilst setting up shots and often waiting patiently for the light and weather to be favourable. This time is essential to photograph projects well, but also enables a close insight into the project, and drawing on my background in architecture I often notice it is in the small details, landscaping elements , and use of space around the development that set projects apart. Setting up a large camera pointing at peoples homes is always a point of curiosity for residents and after explaining to people that my job is photographing buildings, and there is no need for them to be perplexed, i often get to hear feedback on the design and delivery of housing. It was evident with both of these projects that residents felt the homes contributed to the area and offered a high level of satisfaction and well being for families and residents of the properties

Dougrie Drive in Castlemilk, was designed by Elder and Canon Architects for Glasgow Housing Association and the Wheatley Group offering both affordable housing and amenity housing offering support and communal living for local residents. It had already picked up Scottish Homes award for ‘ best large scale affordable housing project’ and it received award for ‘Development of the Year’ at the Herald awards. It is a great example of how social housing can enhance the local area, combining both the benefits of traditional tree lined streets and secure, supported flatted developments around a shared courtyard. ( see 4 photos below )

Harvie Street by Collective Architecture picked up the award for Best Regeneration Project, in a project also on behalf of Glasgow Housing Association that  sees a mix of 80 new build affordable housing units and 20 mid market rented homes within a refurbishment project to the old  Tram Depot in Cessnock, Glasgow. The project attracts both new and existing residents to the area and provides affordable housing near Festival Park. ( see 4 photos below )

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