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Russwood would like to congratulate all winners of the RIAS Awards, which were announced this week and recognise architectural achievement in Scotland.  Of the 75 entries, 12 were named the best buildings in Scotland, with the building types ranged in cost and scale from The Ghost of Water Row in Govan (a fleeting pavilion which was built with materials donated in kind, and designed only to appear in the dark) to the £30m Duncan Rice Library in Aberdeen, which was conceived to mark the ice and light of the North.

Of particular interest to Russwood were two of the winning projects which featured our trademark cladding; Russwood Scotlarch®.  The Turf House in Skye (previously featured in Grand Designs – read about it in our news article here) was created by local architects Rural Design for clients Indi and Rebecca Waterstone. According to RIAS, “this is architecture of a relatively modest scale, but significant ambition.”

The second winning project which has already been an unprecedented success in architectural and design circles was Dunfermline High School, led by architect Diarmid McLachlan of Fife Council Property Services. Again, we were delighted to note the impressive Scotlarch®-clad entrance to the school, which was noted for its resource efficiency.  The judges stated that, “The sheer scale of this major new secondary school demanded a simple, navigable plan and separation of facilities. This is well achieved with materials and art enhancing the daily experience of its users.”

We were also smiling to see Acanthus Architects df’s The Dutch Barn achieving a commendation (see photo of the internal above featuring a Russwood 17th Century oak floor).

All 12 winners will now be entered into the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, which will be presented at the Scottish Parliament on 7th November – we will keep an eye out for the winner (but don’t envy the judges their tough task!).