IAA awards shortlist

More than 30 architectural projects across the Highlands and Islands have been highlighted as examples of how excellent design of buildings and places can bring benefits to individuals and communities, as the Inverness Architectural Association (IAA) unveils its 2010 Design Awards shortlist.In March, the award organisers called on local architects to showcase the best of their work and around 70 award entries from across the region were received. The judges created a shortlist in four categories: new build, new life for old, place making and innovation.

Entries vary in scale, purpose and budget and illustrate the diverse skills of architects in the area. They include a garden tower fit for Royalty at the Castle of Mey, a sparkling new public toilet in Golspie, one of the highest profile buildings in the region – the Highland Archive Centre - and Orkney apartments converted from a building previously used to test aircraft engines.

According to IAA President Calum MacLean, the region should be celebrating success, not dwelling on negatives. “The Highlands and Islands, like most areas of Scotland, has a legacy of some questionable development to deal with. However, there has also been some fantastic work produced by architects here demonstrating that design has a key role to play in the success of any project and our aim is to celebrate the best of these projects" he pointed out.

“The number of entries to the competition has fallen from previous years – reflecting the economic climate – but the quality has been extremely high. " he added. "The shortlisted projects highlight the benefits of investing in design. In challenging economic circumstances good design will add value to any project, without increasing the cost.”

Members of the public will have the chance to see the shortlisted entries in their area at local exhibitions to be held between June and October, starting with a display at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness from 10th – 25th June.

The winning projects in each category will then go forward to the regional final, where winners from all areas across the Highlands and Islands will be brought together and the overall winners announced.

The IAA is also inviting the public to participate in the awards by submitting nominations for the Best New Building in the Highlands and Islands. Nomination forms will be available at the exhibitions or ideas can be submitted by email to awards@highlandarchitects.org

“We hope the public will come along to our exhibitions taking place over the summer. We also invite the judges of the Carbuncle Awards to come and see for themselves that the area’s architects are among the best in the UK and can hold their heads high”, said Callum.

IAA Design Awards 2010 Full Shortlist:

Central Highlands

New Build

Smithton Church, Inverness – Reynolds Architecture The Highland Archive Centre – LDN House at Southside Road, Inverness – Affordable TM

New Life for Old

House at Clachnaharry, Inverness – Reynolds Architecture Isobel Fraser Residential Home, Inverness – Thomas Munro & Co House at Millness, Strathglass – Maxwell & Co

Place Making

Millers Yard, Cromarty – Calum Anton


House at Chanonry Point, Fortrose – Thomas Munro & Co West Highlands

New Build

House at Fiscavaig, Skye – Rural Design

The Black Shed, Skinidin, Skye – Rural Design Raasay Hall – Dualchas Building Design Lochalsh Helath Centre – Wittets Ltd Stott House, Badralloch, Wester Ross – Neil Sutherland Architects

New Life for Old

Houses at Bank Street, Plockton – Rural Design House at Burnside, Elgol, Skye – Dualchas Building Design Place Making Market Street, Ullapool – Matheson Mackenzie Ross East (Moray and Nairn)

New Build

Seascape, Nairn – Porteous Architecture

Fisher Cottage, Findhorn – Affordable TM Nairn Police Station – Colin Armstrong Associates Extension to SEN Unit, Nairn Academy – The Highland Council New Life for Old The Hirsel, Forres – LDN Architects Northern Highlands

New Build

The Black House, Clashnessie, Assynt – Dualchas Building Design Public Toilets, Golspie – The Highland Council Gordonbush Fishing Lodge – Neil Sutherland Architects Golspie Business Park (for Scottish Natural Heritage) – hri-architects New Life for Old Caithness Horizons Visitor Centre, Thurso – The Highland Council Creel Cottage, Littleferry – ANTA Architects Place Making Castle of Mey Garden Tower – ANTA Architects Housing development at Red Row, Staxigoe, Caithness –Thomas Munro & Co Orkney and Shetland

New Build

House at Balaskerry, Upper Sound, Lerwick – Redman + Sutherland Architects House at Grunnabreck, South Nesting, Shetland – Redman + Sutherland Architects

New Life for Old

Extension at Sandwick Junior High School, Shetland – Shetland Islands Council Anderson Buildings, Scalloway, Shetland – Redman + Sutherland Architects Hatston Apartments, Kirkwall, Orkney – Leslie Burgher Covingtree House, Kirkwall, Orkney – Leslie Burgher

Place Making

Harbour House, Lerwick, Shetland – Richard Gibson Architects

• The IAA is a chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and covers the entire Highlands and Islands, taking in an area from Shetland to Lochaber and the Western Isles to Moray.

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