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Dualchas to partner with Reuilf Ramstad on satellite St Kilda visitor centre

March 30 2016

Dualchas to partner with Reuilf Ramstad on satellite St Kilda visitor centre
A partnership comprising Dualchas Architects and Reuilf Ramstad Architects of Norway are to collaborate on the design of a St Kilda visitor centre on the Isle of Lewis.

Backed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and managed by Ionad Hiort, a charitable company, the project will raise awareness of the UNESCO world heritage site through the display of island artefacts and interpretation displays.

Neil Stephen, director of Dualchas, said: “Our connection to the Hebridean islands and experience of development in rural communities on the west of Norway should give us a specific insight into what is required.”

“This has to be a true collaboration which gives the wider community of the Western Isles a sense of ownership. With careful thought, ambition and flair, the centre will emerge not only as a celebration of these magical islands but as a world-class hub that is a driver of investment and change.”

The proposed centre will also serve as a template for ‘remote access’ to heritage sites which are too sensitive or inaccessible to host such facilities directly.

A master plan concept is expected to be in place by the end of May.


Andrew Marshall
#1 Posted by Andrew Marshall on 31 Mar 2016 at 13:01 PM
An amazing opportunity, it is great to see world class architecture written into the brief. Really looking forward to seeing this come to fruition.
#2 Posted by Oberlander on 31 Mar 2016 at 21:43 PM
Unusual design team combination - certinly different to usual central belt or London practices. Sounds interesting project though
D to the R
#3 Posted by D to the R on 31 Mar 2016 at 22:26 PM
Stop the press .... Never gonna happen .... You heard it here first
#4 Posted by Geers on 31 Mar 2016 at 23:44 PM
@#3 why do you say that?
D to the R
#5 Posted by D to the R on 1 Apr 2016 at 22:16 PM
@#4 ... Location - Investment - Funding? All are a massive challenges I'm not sure it'll ever be deliverable
#6 Posted by Maya on 2 Apr 2016 at 15:14 PM
Agreed, it's not a real project. What competitive tendering was this subject to if it is indeed backed by public investment?
#7 Posted by J on 2 Apr 2016 at 20:22 PM
Project was advertised through the Public Contracts Scotland website as a two stage PQQ/tender. It is for the delivery of masterplan options.
Nairn's Bairn
#8 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 5 Apr 2016 at 19:04 PM
Reuilf Ramstad are fantastic architects, look forward to seeing this.

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