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Russwood offer congratulations to all winners of the RIAS Awards, announced this week at the annual Awards dinner in Glasgow. 

Of the 83 entries, 13 winners were announced as representing the very best in current architecture within Scotland, with the building types ranging in cost and scale from £26,000 to £125 million, demonstrating the range and versatility of the entries. 

Russwood paid particular attention to the three Special Category Awards, two of which featured our trademark cladding; Russwood Scotlarch®.  The Historic Scotland Award for Conservation and Climate Change was awarded to LDN Architects for their sympathetic revival of Knockando Woolmill, which featured both our Scotlarch® cladding and Maritime Pine flooring.  Historic Scotland’s Chief Executive, Ian Walford said of the project:  “The commendable work at the wool mill was carried out sensitively and to the highest standards, to ensure a long term and sustainable future for this important site”.

GLM Architects were awarded the Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland Award for the Best Use of Timber for the Inn at John O’Groats, which features a colourful array of vacuum coated Scotlarch® cladding on the exterior of the new accommodation attached to the iconic Inn. Craig White, Chair of Wood for Good said:  “The Wood for Good award winning project is an exemplar of how wood can be used from whole building structural solutions, prefabrication, cladding to elegant finishes. The use of local skills, labour and materials is testament to how a wood first approach is sustainable, innovative and supports local economies.”

The third and final Special Category Award, the Scottish Government Scotland’s Client of the Year, was presented to Robin Baker Architects, for their outstanding re-imagining of the Art Deco era Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy.  This worthy project featured Russwood’s Natural Prime Oak flooring throughout the entrance and foyer.  Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop MSP said: “Good clients share this government’s belief that the creation of high quality buildings and places can enhance and benefit the communities in which their projects are set.” 

We were also delighted to see Morgan McDonnell Architecture Ltd win a prize for the Advocates Close, project in Edinburgh and indeed all the prize winners for receiving such a prestigious accolade.  The 13 prize winners will now be entered into the shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, to be presented in November at the Scottish Parliament.  We wish them the very best of luck.