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Recognition of excellence as finalists in our region

Three award shortlistings in the upcoming RICS UK Awards

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Christine Kiltie


20 March 2024

Last week saw the judging visits take place at the sites of three Oberlanders projects shortlisted for the upcoming RICS UK awards.

The annual RICS awards showcase the most aspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure and highlight projects that demonstrate value.

In conjunction with Thomson Gray, the National Treatment Centre, Highland for NHS Highland has been shortlisted for the RICS Scotland – Public Sector award. As part of a wider collaborative design team, a shared ethos of stakeholder led design ensured the delivery of a state-of-the-art elective care hospital. Since opening, the hospital has exceeded expectations in clinical throughput and patient experience due to the clinical flow performance operating at twice the anticipated pace.

Also shortlisted for RICS Scotland – Public Sector Award is the Gateway to Nature Centre serving the National Trust for Scotland’s nature reserve at Corrieshalloch Gorge near Ullapool. Oberlanders worked closely with the wider design team which included Gardiner Theobald, Narro, Rybka and Horner + Maclennan to provide a gateway to the unique nature reserve which is successfully delivering a new and enriched visitor experience.  The project is a wonderful example of cohesive team working to design and deliver a complex engineering solution on a hard to reach and challenging site, within the constraints of the pandemic and escalating construction costs. 

The final project to be shortlisted is Strathnaver Museum for RICS Scotland – Heritage award. The refurbishment project started over ten years ago and has been a labour of love for the dedicated volunteers and design team who have worked hard to ensure this northern cultural beacon is preserved for future generations.  A range of specialist skills resulted in a carefully constructed design team which included Oberlanders, WSD Scotland, Fairhurst, MAAC Studio, CDMM, O’Brien Construction and Alder Specialist Building Surveyors. The response to the project has been overwhelming, with dwell time increasing as visitors stay longer and with increased gift shop sales enabling a successful outlet for local products and publications.

RIAS Quarterly magazine recently highlighted the project in their Retrofit feature.  Read more here.

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National Treatment Centre, Highland

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Gateway to Nature Centre, Corrieshalloch Gorge

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Strathnaver Museum

Each of these results reflect the strong, cohesive and collaborative team working that was at play across all project design teams. We're really excited for regional events later in the year.

Catriona Hill


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