THE Nucleus building in Wick has scooped an awards double for its design.
Both the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presented awards with both bodies having judged the building as being one of the nation’s top pieces of architecture.
As one of 12 regional winners of an RIAS award, Nucleus will now be considered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, which will be announced later in the year.
With regard to RIBA, it records more than 600 entries each year and through the regional process this is shortlisted to a final 49 awards, presented to projects across the UK.
Nucleus, which opened in February 2017, is home to the archives of the UK civil nuclear industry and the historical archives of the county of Caithness.
The records of the nuclear industry date back over 70 years and include plans, drawings, photographs, film, microfiche and documents.
The historical archives date from the 1589 to the present day and consist of documents in different formats including charters, minute books, correspondence, maps, photographs and plans.
David Flear, the former chairman of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, was at the forefront of efforts to attract Nucleus to the north.
He said: “I am delighted that the building has
been successful in these awards.
“I have heard many people complimenting the design of the building by saying how well it fits in to the natural landscape.
“There are 30 staff there in total who are in the Nucleus building and this is a reward for the hard work they’ve put in to making Nucleus a success.”