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Tributes paid to man who designed Mareel

Architect Gareth Hoskins, who designed Mareel, has passed away.

TRIBUTES have been paid to Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins, whose company designed Shetland’s cinema and music venue Mareel, after he died aged only 48 at the weekend.

Hoskins Architects confirmed that its founder and managing director passed away at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday following a short illness.

Former Shetland Arts director Gwilym Gibbons, who ran the organisation and worked with Hoskins during Mareel’s conception and construction, said: “Deeply saddened to hear the news of the untimely death of Gareth Hoskins.

“I had the privilege and pleasure to work closely with Gareth on the Mareel project and he was a truly inspirational man and an extraordinary talent.”

In 2006, Hoskins Architects won a national competition to design Mareel. Photo: Ian Leask

In 2006 the firm won a national competition to design Mareel, which eventually opened its doors in August 2012.

Co-director of Hoskins Architects Chris Coleman Smith said on Monday: “Everyone at Hoskins Architects has lost an exceptional architect, a visionary and a gifted leader, but above all a very good friend.

“Gareth leaves a huge gap, he was such a special person. We appreciate the very many messages of condolence that have already been received.”