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Venture to the historic Brodie Estate in Forres, pass the imposing Brodie Castle and a new addition appears on the horizon. Timber-clad, unassuming but with a striking pin-sharp roof form, the new building draws visitors in to reveal a wonderous new garden beyond.

The project design team including Hoskins Architects and erz landscape architects, with McGregor Construction appointed as Main Contractor, delivered the overall scheme for the National Trust for Scotland whose ambition was for Brodie Castle and Estate to become the premier family-focused heritage attraction in the north of Scotland.

Russwood’s SILA A/B® grade of Siberian Larch cladding was chosen for the purpose-built visitor centre to give a calm, rustic aesthetic appropriate for the subtle insertion of the building into the historic estate. Meticulous detailing of the timber cladding and metal roofing, however, set the building apart from the vernacular barn. The warm timber cladding on the entrance elevation is tightly detailed to accentuate the roof form, and the timber corner addressing the approach is eroded to create an obvious entrance, inviting visitors to explore within. The Siberian Larch was also an excellent fit for the architects’ requirements for a low-impact material.

“Russwood were helpful throughout, providing assistance with specifications and sample materials,” Hoskins Architects said. “Later in the design process, they were happy to review and give comment on the architects’ bespoke timber details, an important part of the overall design. The advice given throughout allowed us to confidently appraise the situation and decide on a suitable way forward.”

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