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Carbuncles make front page news in Inverness

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March 22 2010

Carbuncles make front page news in Inverness
The Inverness Courier has picked up on Urban Realm’s ongoing Carbuncles campaign with a behind the headlines look at the judging process.

Urban Realm said things were “very clearly going awry” in the Highland town, stating: “Far from focusing on its unique Highland identity an identikit sprawl of nowhere spaces are being built.”

Andrew Bruce, partner at HRI Architects, was brought on board to defend Britain’s northernmost city, citing the Raigmore ward block and Kessock Bridge as: “defining building and engineering elements in a huge landscape.”

Concluding Bruce said: “There is no doubt that we – architects and planners, actively supported by the council – must do better in explaining and illustrating what architectural and environmental quality is, in fighting for it and in preventing the worst excesses of the developer led market, by insisting that better standards are required and enforced.”

A shortlist of Carbuncle towns 2010 will be published in the May edition of Urban Realm magazine.

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