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Autumn 2016 saw the first students move into the stunning new purpose built halls of residence at the University of the Highlands and Islands on the Inverness campus.  Designed by architects Keppie Design and built by Robertson Construction, the £6m scheme comprises 137 single bedrooms, 9 enhanced accessible rooms and 4 studio rooms, each with en-suite shower room facilities and sharing a communal kitchen space. The project is the first phase of a range of developments designed to support the development of UHI, and will be operated by specialist developer Cityheart.

In keeping with the holistic ethos of the Campus Masterplan, Keppie Design looked locally for the sustainable timber cladding, and Russwood was able to supply the large quantities of timber required whilst maintaining very high quality. Having worked with Russwood on a number of previous projects, the client was confident of its reliability as a supplier.

Keppie Design said: “We received a very attentive and professional service from Russwood during the detailed design stages of the project, from the provision of a variety of samples from their wide range of profiles available, to the technical and design advice on fixing of the larch.”

Russwood Siberian larch SILA was selected for the exterior cladding, moulded to profile RW006 and vacuum coated to two different colours: Teknos FI-036 and FI-044. The design utilises different board orientations, arrangements and colours, highlighting key architectural features and framing the windows in pairs with accentuated timber surrounds. The final effect is a contemporary interpretation of the Highland vernacular, creating a striking appearance,   whilst also achieving a warm and tactile finish that welcomes students to their new homes.


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