Kirk is in na­tion’s top 10 build­ings

The Oban Times - - News -

HAV­ING al­ready ac­quired a cer­tain air of an­tiq­uity and a con­sid­er­able rep­u­ta­tion as one of the top at­trac­tions in Ar­gyll and Bute, St Co­nan’s Kirk has made it onto Scot­land’s top 10 build­ings from the past 100 years. The win­ner will be an­nounced at the Fes­ti­val of Ar­chi­tec­ture fi­nale on Novem­ber 18.

Led by the Royal In­cor­po­ra­tion of Ar­chi­tects in Scot­land, the Fes­ti­val of Ar­chi­tec­ture 2016 is an en­gag­ing, in­clu­sive and Scot­land-wide cel­e­bra­tion, high­light­ing the rich­ness and breadth of Scot­land’s ar­chi­tec­ture and the world qual­ity of its built land­scape.

The fes­ti­val is a key part of Scot­land’s Year of In­no­va­tion, Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign.

For the kirk to be placed among the top 10 build­ings is an im­pres­sive achieve­ment as the Scot­style se­lec­tion process was ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive, with more than 400 nom­i­na­tions re­ceived from the pub­lic.

Nes­tled on the banks of the stun­ning Loch Awe, St Co­nan’s Kirk has been pro­vid­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors with a most en­chant­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, steeped in a family’s his­tory, dis­play­ing un­con­ven­tional ap­proaches to de­sign, and mag­i­cal and al­most un­be­liev­able sto­ries that sur­prise and de­light those of ev­ery age.

Nei­ther con­ven­tional, nor slav­ishly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of any par­tic­u­lar style of ar­chi­tec­ture, it is per­haps larger and more elab­o­rate than the ac­tual needs of the con­gre­ga­tion.

‘ We are ab­so­lutely thrilled that St Co­nan’s Kirk has been se­lected as one of Scot­land’s top 10 build­ings in this high pro­file fes­ti­val and its po­si­tion achieved through pub­lic vot­ing is tes­ta­ment to the pos­i­tive ar­chi­tec­tural im­pact it has to so many peo­ple,’ said Rosie Camp­bell-Pre­ston, chair­woman of the Friends of St Co­nan’s Kirk.

The friends are an or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished in 2014 with the aim of sup­port­ing the preser­va­tion of the her­itage the Kirk, pro­vid­ing a fo­cal point for the lo­cal com­mu­nity, de­vel­op­ing a cen­tre for the arts and ed­u­ca­tion, and help­ing to raise funds to main­tain the fab­ric of the kirk and its grounds.

The top 10 se­lec­tion was de­cided by pub­lic vote and now the pub­lic has been tasked with se­lect­ing the win­ner. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on how to vote for St Co­nan’s please visit www.foa2016.com/scot­style or to find out more about St Co­nan’s Kirk, go to www.stco­nan­skirk.org.uk.

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