This week has seen the launch of the third Outer Hebrides Design Awards which will celebrate high quality developments completed throughout the Outer Hebrides and will be presented in the categories of Housing, Business/Non-domestic and Conservation.

The Comhairle’s Design Champion, Cllr. Gordon Murray said: “The Comhairle is proud to announce the launch of the 2016 Outer Hebrides Design Awards.  Since the launch of the Awards six years ago, the Comhairle has been taking pro-active steps in encouraging good design in the Outer Hebrides and the results are becoming more and more evident as recently designed developments are completed."

"Professional designers, architects and members of the public are showing a stronger commitment to enhancing the quality of our buildings to complement the beauty of the natural environment and tradition of the existing built heritage of the Outer Hebrides.  It is vital that we recognise the high quality developments in the islands.  The Design Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the work put into creating successful developments, and the starting point for working even harder to have more quality buildings in the running for the next round of Awards in 2018.”

Nominations may be made by anyone – from the developer themselves, or architects and designers, builders, community groups, or any other person.

Nominations should be submitted on the appropriate Nomination Form available from the Comhairle offices in Stornoway, Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay, and on the Design and Planning pages of the Comhairle website

They can also be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to one of the main Comhairle offices marked for the attention of ‘Design Awards c/o Planning Service’. 

All entries must have been completed in the 2 years prior to the closing date of 25 March 2016.