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Raining's Stairs housing overlooking Inverness Castle among "best" of current Scottish architecture - alongside world-famous V&A museum in Dundee - say Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

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Raining's Stairs housing overlooking Inverness Castle among "best" of current Scottish architecture - alongside world-famous V&A museum in Dundee - say Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Inverness Courier - 31st May 2019


NEW housing overlooking Inverness Castle is one of the “very best” examples of current Scottish architecture.

The Raining’s Stairs development was named as one the 10 winning examples in the annual Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland awards. The accolade placed it alongside such world-famous new builds as the V&A museum on the banks of the River Tay in Dundee, which was also one of the 10 winners.

Praising the Raining’s Stairs houses, which were designed by Trail Architects, the judges said: “This social housing development is an inspired but pragmatic and affordable resolution of a difficult, extremely steep and almost inaccessible site.

“Its implementation has transformed and revitalised what was an all but abandoned no-go area of the city. The pleasant and now frequently used external public stairway and pedestrian route... gives access to a series of external landings serving the three tiers of housing which provide 16 much needed flats.

“The architect’s innovative layout has intentionally enabled the main living area of each flat to benefit from attractive southerly views, further adding to the desirability of these cleverly planned affordable homes.”