As we enter autumn in a busy year, an update…UPSTAIRS Gallery
Our hall and circulation space is being adapted and converted to offer a City centre ‘pop-up’ gallery facility for artists in all media.
UPSTAIRS will stage monthly exhibitions of local and highland based artists, sculptors, photographers and applied artists. See www.upstairs.scot
UPSTAIRS will open in October this year and is inviting artists to apply to exhibit; watch local press and social media for news!
We are completing a number of small projects for Inverness College, including new facilities at the Scottish School of Forestry and Nursery facilities on the main UHI Campus. We look forward to working with the college on further projects in future.Brachla Harbour
This exciting development continues to work its way through the planning process. Further high quality imagery by Node Graphics has been completed…Housing
HRI │ Munro are working on a number of “one off” housing designs, including these exciting projects at Balloch and Balvaird above Dingwall.Treetops, Balloch
This leisure/tourism project is progressing through community engagement before the formal planning application stage; a public ‘open day’ to enable local people to view and comment on the proposals was held late last month, well attended and with a number of positive contributions.Fraser & Sons, Chapel Street
An External Re-landscaping project for Fraser and Sons Funeral Directors’ in the centre of Inverness is now coming to fruition on site, involving new building rendering and high quality hard landscaping, lighting and tree works to the frontage. This project is due for completion at the end of September.Heritage and Conservation projects
Our Conservation Architects Catriona Duguid and Colin Munro are working on a range of projects including a number of Ecclesiastical buildings and no less than three traditional shopfronts on Academy Street in Inverness!
We have increased staff numbers to accommodate a busy workload. Welcome to Gavin Fraser, who joins HRI|M as an Architectural Assistant; and Architectural technologist Sylwia Kolek-Gruszczynska assisting with current industrial work on a contract basis.
Congratulations to Vicky Hazell who has passed her part III RIBA exam to qualify as an Architect; and to senior Architect Catriona Duguid, who has been accredited as a Conservation Architect by RIAS.
The Practice is currently busy with a number of new projects:Brachla harbour, Loch Ness
This major tourist related development on Loch Ness side will create a major new visitor facility on the Loch. It is currently submitted to the Highland Council for planning consideration.Treetops, Culloden
Another visitor related project, Treetops will offer innovative woodland lodges, a new restaurant, café and equestrian facilities on a beautiful site close to Balloch and the Culloden Battlefield west of Inverness city.Norbord, Ardersier
HRI|M are working with Norbord at Ardersier in developing a major expansion of their production facility; an extremely large industrial project on a fast tracked programme.
Our Conservation Architectural work is also growing, with a number of ongoing ecclesiastical, memorial and historic building projects; including Inverness Cathedral, where we’re in the early concept planning stage of an exciting development programme; and the conservation and renovation of Soldier’s tower in Wick; a fascinating 19th Century memorial to Caithness men who fought in Napoleonic and pre – WW1 campaigns!
We are commissioned by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) for the design and procurement of an onshore operating and maintenance facility for the proposed 84 turbine offshore wind development planned for the Moray Firth; the largest offshore wind project in Scotland.
The project will comprise the conservation and redevelopment of two blocks of the original 18th Century Pulteneytown development designed and planned by Thomas Telford as one of the world’s first planned industrial estates, built to serve the (then) large scale fishing industry.
Originally built to service industry from the sea, it is particularly appropriate that these buildings will once again be fulfilling their purpose; albeit with a function that Telford could never have foreseen!
1 July 2016 – HRI Architects today announced it has acquired the long-established architects’ practice Thomas Munro & Co. The new firm will be among the largest Architects practices in the Highlands.
Founded in 1898, Thomas Munro & Co. is one of the oldest practices in Scotland.
All staff will be retained by the new firm, bringing total staff numbers to 10.
Its principal, Colin Munro, will continue as a consultant to the new firm, which is to be called HRI Architects Incorporating Thomas Munro. HRI will relocate from its current premises in Queensgate to Thomas Munro & Co. premises at 62 Academy Street, at the corner of Academy Street and Strothers Lane.
HRI and Thomas Munro and Co have between them designed a wide range of well known Inverness and Highland buildings and are working on diverse current projects including Inverness Cathedral renovation and alteration works, onshore buildings for the ‘MeyGen’ tidal renewable project in Caithness, and a range of public, commercial and residential developments.
The incorporation brings together specific expertise and experience in commercial and residential architecture and historic building and conservation work.
“We are delighted to be incorporating Inverness’s longest-established architectural practice to create a new, medium-sized firm – the largest locally based practice in the Highlands,” noted Andrew Bruce, founder of HRI Architects. Bruce will become Managing Director in the new firm, and HRI co-director Mark Williams will become Technical Director.
“I am pleased that the firm founded by my grandfather Thomas Munro will continue in a new form,” said Colin Munro. “I look forward to making an active contribution to the new practice,” he added.
HRI Architects was established in 1997.
We are delighted to see that our extension and alteration project at Gowanlea in Aberdeenshire has made the cover of the July edition of Hombuilding & Renovating Magazine. For more information on the magazine please click here. For more information on the Gowanlea project please click here.
After an 8 month development, assessment and audit process, HRI Architects are proud to announce that we have been approved for Certification under ISO 9001, by the British Assessment Bureau.
ISO 9001 Certification is the benchmark for Quality Management and Practice across all areas of operation and we're delighted to have achieved this!
Designed by HRI Architects the onshore component of the MeyGen subsea turbine project is progressing well. The Power Conversion Unit developed by ABB and built by local contractor John Gunn & Sons Ltd is nearing completion and internally the conversion units along with their associated electrical equipment components are being installed. The site was a hive of activity when HRI Architects director Mark Williams made a periodic inspection of the works on the 7th June. When this development at Ness of Quoys on the Pentland coast near John O’Groats is complete it could be generating as much as 400MW of electricity connected to the national grid.
The Venice Biennale is the largest exposition on Architectural thinking in the world, a vast collection of diverse, challenging and engrossing exhibits which force re-examination and consideration of our thoughts and preconceptions about what Architecture is and what it can (and should) be doing in today’s world.
Thanks to CGI and VR specialists Soluis HRI Architects' Director Andrew Bruce went and had a look, and was able to attend the opening of the Scotland Exhibit ´Prospect North´ at the Ludoteca Santa Maria Ausiliatrice on the Fondamenta di S.Anna.
HRI Architect's director Andy Bruce is leading the development of this major and exciting project for the Highlands & Islands Architectural Association (HIAA)as a contribution to the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland's (RIAS) Festival of Architecture 2016. For more information on Frozen Music please visit www.frozenmusic.scot and for the wider Festival of Architecture www.foa2016.com
HRI Architects are delighted to announce the completion of new offices for Russwood. HRI Architects were commissioned by Russwood to design their new offices situated alongside the Newtonmore railway station with open views across the Cairngorms. As the pre-eminent suppliers of high quality timber cladding and flooring products in Scotland the project offered a great opportunity to respond to the landscape, the clients spatial and operational needs as well as being a showcase for Russwood’s high quality products.
For more information please visit the project page here
HRI Architects are working with our sister company JNESpace on the development of a major new product range, known as ASSIST - factory made units able to provide accessible facilities to existing properties.
It has been a busy start to the year at HRI Architects. Here's a snippet of some of the projects in the pipeline for development in 2016: Developmental feasibility work for J.C. Rennie's woollen mill in Mintlaw; development projects for the Coul House Hotel in Contin; ongoing school renovation projects for the Highland Council; and numerous residential projects across the north of Scotland including Aberdeen, Strathpeffer and Balloch.
HRI Architects are urgently looking for an experienced Architect or Architectural Technologist for our Inverness office to work on a diverse range of projects.
We are looking for an applicant with experience running jobs, excellent technical knowledge, familiarity with Scottish Building Standards, and is capable of working with minimum supervision. Experience with Microstation Powerdraft would also be considered an advantage.
This appointment will be a contract based post initially but may be extended for the right applicant.
Please send CVs and examples of work to firstname.lastname@example.org
The first 8-flat JNESpace project is now in construction for The Highland Council, for completion in September 2015. The system offers high quality, competitive cost, carbon neutral environmental efficiency and savings of up to 50% on traditional construction periods. For more information please visit www.jnespace.com
HRI Architects are delighted to announce the launch of their new website. Building on the popularity among our clients of the previous version, this 2015 re-launch introduces greater responsiveness and improved cross-device usability.
HRI Architects would like to congratulate Victoria Hazell who has this month successfully completed her Part II examinations.
The RIBA's examination in Architecture for office based candidates, on which Victoria was enrolled, is a distance learning course run through Oxford Brookes University that enables candidates to study for formal qualifications while gaining valuable in practice work experience.
With little respite, Victoria is now working diligently towards her final Part III examinations that will in due course see her qualify as an architect.
Victoria has been with practice since 2007 and is an integral member of the HRI team.