Falls of Shin wins two Inverness Architectural Association awards

Catriona Hill of CH Architecture at the Inverness Architectural Association Awards 2018
Catriona Hill of CH Architecture at the Inverness Architectural Association Awards 2018


On Friday 2nd November 2018, the Inverness Architectural Association (IAA) which is the Highlands & Islands Chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland, held its prestigious biennial awards at Eden Court Theatre to celebrate and recognise the projects that have that have enhanced the landscape and identity of the region between 2016 – 2018. The IAA ‘patch’ covers the entire Highlands and Islands, including Lochaber and Moray.enhanced the landscape and identity of the region between 2016-2018.

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust was delighted to have two of its building projects: Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction and The Barn in Ardgay, shortlisted at the awards. On the evening – Falls of Shin won the ‘Best Use Of Timber’ and ‘Placemaking’ awards, and was Highly Commended for ‘Best Building’. Meanwhile ‘The Barn’ was Commended in the ‘New Life for Old Buildings’ category.

Both buildings were designed by Meanwhile – after winning best building in the Tourism and Leisure category of the Scottish #RICSAwards earlier this year – today Falls of Shin is also going head to head with the other regional winners at the national Grand Final in London. Wish us luck!

Catriona Hill of Ardgay based practice CH Architecture. Valerie Houston from the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust team that project managed the builds said, “We are absolutely delighted that CH Architecture has been recognised in these awards – we couldn’t have asked for a better architect.”

Catriona Hill commented: “The quality of the entries this year was so high that it was humbling just to be shortlisted in the awards – but to win the ‘Placemaking’ and ‘Best Use of Timber’ categories was particularly meaningful because they were so pertinent to the Falls of Shin site.”

The judging panel said: “Visitors of any age seem to understand the connection between the building, the river, the fish design theme, of salmon leaping and mystic Celtic mythology of water sprites in the river (…)  The appeal of this centre to the general public of all ages is testament to its success in terms of delight in design and the experience of what it provides (…) All credit is due to the architect, client and team in their co-operative approach from the initial concept, creativity, through design development, and construction.

All buildings would claim to be unique by their authors. This building’s uniqueness is a celebration of achievement and dialogue, working together at many levels and displaying sensitivity to harmony in biodiversity of location and the unique culture of its people.”