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Skye Gaelic College building officially opened

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October 21 2015

Skye Gaelic College building officially opened
Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic College has officially opened a £4.5m administration and education facility at Kilbeg on the Isle of Skye, designed in partnership by Holmes Miller and Rural Design.

The Ian Noble Centre adopts a double pitched form punctured by window openings and an angled gable entrance.

Project director Douglas Jack said: “The partnership brought together the large scale education experience of Holmes Miller and the local design presence of Rural Design to create a truly inspiring piece of campus architecture which sits confidently into its island setting.  The collaboration was inspired by the timely appearance of Rural Design’s Alan Dickson on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme just at the time of the public tender.”

Photography by Andrew Lee.
Classrooms are interspersed amongst offices and craft rooms
Classrooms are interspersed amongst offices and craft rooms
The building is finished in white render, Caithness stone and natural slate
The building is finished in white render, Caithness stone and natural slate

3 Comments

Ian Nairn Jr
#1 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 23 Oct 2015 at 20:47 PM
Looks great. Welcoming and solid detailing right down to the handrails.

As a matter of interest, I'd be interested to learn what the glazed panels hanging around the stairwell are for?
George Buchanan
#2 Posted by George Buchanan on 24 Oct 2015 at 14:46 PM
Agree with #1 Looks great! Well done HM and Rural Design
Alan Dickson
#3 Posted by Alan Dickson on 25 Oct 2015 at 07:16 AM
Thanks for comments - glazed panels were part of the fire strategy to limit smoke movement up the stairwell .

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