Local architect selected for Kinloch project

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THE CARNOUSTIE Centre Action Group took a significant step in bringing the new Kinloch Centre Project into realisation this week.

Eight architectural practices, one from as far afield as Ireland, tendered for the chance to design a concept for an exciting new Hub for Carnoustie.

This number was narrowed to four architects who made their presentations to members of the CCAG on Monday at the Burgh Chambers. Chair of the group Alison Paget said: “All the designs were exciting and involved an enormous amount of work far beyond what had been asked for, however we felt that Broughty Ferry architects Nicoll Russell Studios best met the criteria we had set.

“They have long experience in working with charities such as ourselves and have been of great assistance in helping with funding arrangements for similar projects elsewhere. Not only are they a prestigious local firm, they have also designed comparable buildings as far apart as Stornoway and the south of England and countless places in between.

“The concept design is a starting point and will be altered by other considerations as we move towards fruition.”

Jim Simpson, CCAG secretary, said: “We finally have a tangible design to take forward to the community for further input and ideas and I would urge the people of Carnoustie to come along to a presentation by Nicoll Russell Studios at our AGM on March 23 at 7.30 p.m. in the Royal British Legion hall. The Kinloch Project will serve everyone in the community for years to come and it’s still not too late to have your say.”

The chosen preferred architect’s concept designs, along with the other short-listed proposals will presently go on display in the town and there will be further opportunities for the general public to make their views known.

All four architects who produced detailed concept proposals did so on the understanding that no firm appointment would be made until funding was in place to take the concept to planning stage. They regarded this as such a prestigious project that they have all effectively done the design work for nothing.