Urban Realm names Scotland's top architectural practices
January 16 2013The Rooflight Company and Highland.
The Skye based business saw off competition from much bigger outfits in the central belt to take the crown after winning plaudits for a succession of increasingly innovative housing developments, culminating in Kendram House, which are serving to turn local opinion away from the blight of kit homes which have spread across much of the Highlands.
Commenting on the win Rural’s Alan Dickson exclaimed simply: ‘wow… I’ll get my hard hat on!’’
Rural’s rise pipped a number of more familiar faces to the top spot, including Malcolm Fraser Architects, prominent campaigners for high density/high quality family housing, who finished a close second and Page\Park who settled into third on the back of a seminal year that included the likes of Bridgeton’s Olympia and Rosslyn Chapel visitor centre - as well as a raft of new project wins.
Commenting on the findings Urban Realm editor John Glenday said: “These results will surprise many, not least some of the smaller practices whose standing puts them above some of the big beasts.
“Dig a little deeper however and the impact practices like Rural are making on places like Skye is perhaps more profound than the rapid evolution our biggest cities are currently experiencing.
“Skye today is a very different place from 20, 10 or even five years ago and this is in large part down to the work of practices such as Rural and Dualchas who are transforming not just the landscape - but the attitudes to design of those who live there.
“Far from being a backwater Skye is now the place to go to see cutting-edge housing design in Scotland.”
A full summary of the 100 practices to make the grade can be viewed on our UR100 feature.
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