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October 14 2016

Trio of buildings named best in the Outer Hebrides
A trio of buildings have been named as the best in the Outer Hebrides as part of a poll conducted by An Lanntair and the Western Isles Architects Group in which 500 people participated.

‘Building our Islands’, held to mark the Festival of Architecture, saw The Boatman’s Tower at Lews Castle, Nicolson Institute Clock Tower (sole remnant of a demolished school) and Store Girnal ( a modest tin roofed structure which may have once served as a blacksmiths forge) win out over the competition.

Kathryn Lamont Smith, project manager and head of marketing for An Lanntair, commented: “It is wonderful to see so many people engaging with the project and learning about the wide range of architectural heritage throughout the Outer Hebrides. We are now looking forward to the next stage when we will be working with local schools and producing very special community events where we will light up the chosen buildings in a spectacular way.”

The project was backed by the RIAS amongst others with lighting installations and community events planned for the winning structures in March 2017.

Photography by John Maher
An Italianate clock tower is all that remains of an historic Stornoway school, demolished in 1975 and since rebuilt
An Italianate clock tower is all that remains of an historic Stornoway school, demolished in 1975 and since rebuilt
Store Girnal, an unprepossessing tin roofed structure, made the top three
Store Girnal, an unprepossessing tin roofed structure, made the top three

1 Comment

Islands of sanity
#1 Posted by Islands of sanity on 14 Oct 2016 at 16:18 PM
Well done for holding competition and public poll, but I am gobsmacked that the wonderful new building that houses the Isle of Harris Distillery isn't included.

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