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More recognition for classy chapel renovation

| Written by Neil Riddell

Richard Gibson Architects director Adrian Wishart (left) with the company's IAA award. Right, the renovated Muckle Roe Chapel. Photo: Brian Gray Richard Gibson Architects director Adrian Wishart (left) with the company's IAA award. Right, the renovated Muckle Roe Chapel. Photo: Brian Gray A LOCAL architect has won a second award for its acclaimed renovation of the Muckle Roe Chapel.

After winning a Saltire Award back in June, Richard Gibson Architects won further recognition at the IAA (Inverness Architectural Association) Awards in Inverness on Friday. Two houses designed by the same firm, one in Sandwick and another in Tresta, were also commended in the new building award category.

The chapel triumphed in the “new life for existing building” category. The Muckle Roe Chapel was originally built in 1911 as a place of worship for the local community, and the IAA said it had been “meticulously renovated and extended” by the architects, creating “an ideal rural retreat for visitors with a spectacular sea view”.

The building is owned by Bogi Vang, from Faroe but living and working in Aberdeen, and his wife Senga, who is from Muckle Roe. They bought the disused chapel in 2012 to convert into a home for when they visit the isles.

Three architectural judges came to Shetland in September to view each building. The ceremony then took place at Inverness’s Eden Court Theatre on Friday evening as part of the biennial IAA convention.

Richard Gibson Architects director Adrian Wishart said: “We were quite surprised to have had three of our designs recognised amongst such a diverse range of projects from across the Highlands and Islands.

“The Muckle Roe Chapel extension and conversion seems to have again captured the judges’ attention, which both we and the chapel owners are delighted about.”

In all Richard Gibsons was shortlisted for four projects, while Redman + Sutherland also had one nomination.

Cumliewick in Sandwick was commended. Photo: Richard Gibson Architects Cumliewick in Sandwick was commended. Photo: Richard Gibson Architects Langerview in Tresta was also commended. Photo: Barbara Johnson. Langerview in Tresta was also commended. Photo: Barbara Johnson.

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