Falls of Shin wins a prestigious Scottish RICS Award

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CH Architecture and Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust are delighted to announce that the Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction has won a Scottish RICS Award in the Tourism and Leisure category. The awards which are known as the property Oscars highlight the great talent involved in shaping Scotland’s built environment.

Photo of The team receiving the RICS award
From left David MacLeod, Valerie Houston, Catriona Hill and Helen Houston.

Over 37 of Scotland’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the RICS Awards on the 19th April 2018. BBC Scotland presenter, Catriona Shearer hosted this year’s ceremony, held at The Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh, which attracted over 200 property professionals.

The eight categories for 2018 were: Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential, and Tourism & 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 and designed by local architect Catriona Hill of CH Architecture, the unique building is based on the concept of a salmon, inspired by the fish regularly seen leaping at the falls.

Commenting on the Falls of Shin, the Awards judges said: “Located in a northern part of the Highlands, this project demonstrates how a remote community can provide sustainable employment for local people as well as managing a well-loved natural resource… The Trust has demonstrated sound commercial judgement to local economic development, emphasised by using local skills and experience in the design, delivery and operation of this excellent visitor attraction.”

Helen Houston from the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust said, “We were fortunate because we had the most amazing, creative team with CH Architecture, WSD Inverness and William Gray Construction who bought into the idea that this was about creating a sustainable community facility. We could not have delivered this project without them. It’s wonderful that this has been recognised.”
Catriona Hill from CH Architecture added, “I am delighted that Falls of Shin has won this award given the calibre of the other nominees in this category.”

The Falls of Shin 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.

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