Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction has been shortlisted for a Scottish RICS Award

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CH Architects and Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust are delighted to announce that the Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction has been shortlisted for a Scottish RICS Award 2018 in the following three categories: Community Benefit, Design Through Innovation, and Tourism and Leisure.

After being destroyed in a fire in 2013, the Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction reopened in May 2017 to much acclaim from both the community and further afield. Built by local charity the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust; the attraction has a range of new features for visitors to enjoy. Designed by local architect Catriona Hill of CH Architects, the unique building is based on the concept of a salmon, inspired by the fish regularly seen leaping at the falls.

The awards which are known as the property Oscars highlight the great talent involved in shaping Scotland’s built environment. The twenty-seven shortlisted properties are the most innovative and collaborative projects delivered in Scotland this year.
The eight categories for 2018 are; Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential, and Tourism & Leisure.

Helen Houston from the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust said, “The new Falls of Shin visitor centre opened on May 13 last year and by mid February 101,000 people had visited the building. It’s becoming a well used part of the community, which is exactly what we hoped for. We were fortunate because we had the most amazing team who bought into the idea that this was about creating a sustainable community facility. It’s wonderful that this has been recognised.”

Catriona Hill added, “CH Architecture are delighted to be nominated for the awards particularly given the strength of this year’s entries.”

The category winners will then go forth for the acclaimed Project of the Year title, awarded to the scheme that demonstrates outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. Last year saw Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall win the esteemed title after its three year renovation transformed the 90-year-old venue into a multi-purpose sports, culture and education building.

Chair of the RICS Awards 2018, Scotland judging panel, Colin Smith of Turely said: “This year we have received some extremely diverse and outstanding projects from all over Scotland. Each and every project showcases the exceptional talent behind these buildings of our future. The variety of projects highlights the development that is happening right across our nation and I am confident 2018 will be a hotly contested year. I look forward to celebrating the successes of Scotland’s exceptional talent and projects at this year’s ceremony in April.”

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2018, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.