Award joy for Aberdeenshire housebuilding duo

Two Aberdeenshire companies are celebrating after their collaboration was named the Best Self Build Home under £250k at the UK-wide BuildIt awards in London.

Scotframe and Cairnrowan Custom Homes picked up the accolade for their partnership on ‘Glencommon’, near Banchory, Aberdeenshire which was designed by Fiddes Architects.


The judges were impressed by how the project combined a simple footprint with clever architectural touches. Built in just seven weeks, this extremely energy-efficient four-bedroom detached timber frame home has a contemporary design, and is clad in a striking mix of Siberian larch timber and a modern slate wrap-around.

Headquartered in Inverurie, Scotframe manufactures and supplies full kit packages for housing and commercial projects. Established in 1989, the company now has 160 employees and a £35 million turnover. It has two manufacturing facilities in Inverurie and at Cumbernauld as well as sales offices and showrooms at Inverness, Dundee and Swindon.

Cairnrowan Custom Homes, based in Udny, builds homes which are A-rated for energy efficiency, air-tight and quick to build. The company builds all its homes using Scotframe’s Val-u-Therm PLUS system, and the close relationship between the two businesses has allowed them to develop their own bespoke detailing for projects and work quickly and efficiently as a team.

Malcolm Thomson, sales director at Scotframe, said: “It was fantastic to win the award for Best Self Build under £250k. ‘Glencommon’ has been beautifully designed by Fiddes Architects and due to the efficient partnership working between ourselves and Cairnrowan Custom Homes, the house has been built to a high specification within just a few weeks. It is an exemplar of what can be achieved through regular collaboration and the benefits it can bring to clients.”

Gregor Davidson from Cairnrowan Custom Homes added: “We’re proud to have received this award for our work on Glencommon. We love working on projects which are contemporary and energy efficient whilst meeting the goals of our clients in terms of design, space and importantly budget. We only started out in 2016, but we’ve quickly established a reputation for building extremely energy efficient homes, so we are truly delighted to win this award which is testament to our close collaboration with Scotframe.”

Scotframe and Cairnrowan were also finalists in the Best Timber Frame Home category for ‘Denwell Cottage’ in Insch, Aberdeenshire, designed by Annie Kenyon Architects. The two companies regularly collaborate on homes of all sizes.

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