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Ionad Iain Nobail
Ionad Iain Nobail
Ionad Iain Nobail
Ionad Iain Nobail
Ionad Iain Nobail
Ionad Iain Nobail

Ionad Iain Nobail, Kilbeg, Sleat, Isle of Skye

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The Iain Noble Centre is a multi-use education and administration building for the Gaelic College Sabhal mor Ostaig in Sleat on the Isle of Skye. The design team was an innovative partnership between Glasgow based Holmes Miller Architects and Skye based Rural Design.

The simple double pitched form is punctuated by a variety of openings. The angled gable entrance celebrates its public functions, of meeting room and cafe, together with the principal's office directly above the entrance recess.

Simplicity of form and detailing has been essential to the success of the project.

The building is highly sustainable with an “Excellent” BREEAM assessment and EPC “A” rating. The heating is provided by a biomass energy centre and electricity supplied by roof mounted photovoltaic panels.

This project was achieved through strong teamwork in a design and build contract with Robertson Group.

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  • Client

    Sabhal Mor Ostaig

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  • Completion


  • Team

    Rural Design – Alan Dickson, Steven Mckenna. Holmes Miller – Douglas Jack, Clara Garriga, Isabel Garriga

  • Photography

    copyright Andrew Lee