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Strathnaver Museum shortlisted in two categories in RICS Awards

By Alan Hendry

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The refurbished Strathnaver Museum at Bettyhill is shortlisted in two categories.
The refurbished Strathnaver Museum at Bettyhill is shortlisted in two categories.

A north coast museum is in contention for national accolades, less than a year after it was relaunched following a major upgrade.

Strathnaver Museum is shortlisted in two categories – heritage and refurbishment/revitalisation – in the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards for Scotland.

The finalists will be judged by an expert judging panel.

The Bettyhill attraction holds a collection of agricultural, domestic and cultural artefacts and tells the story of the Highland Clearances.

It is located in the former Parish Church of Farr.

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They seek to recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies.

Other categories are residential development, community benefit and public sector.

The chairman of the judging panel, Colin Smith, said: “It is inspiring to see such inspirational projects in Scotland shortlisted for these awards. It is a true testament to the dedication of surveying professionals despite challenging times in recent years.

"I wish all of the projects the best of luck.”

More details are available at www.rics.org/training-events/rics-awards/uk-awards

Organisations still have an opportunity to enter an additional six categories – to be judged nationally – and have until April 26 to submit their entries. Among the national categories is a new ambassador of the year award.

Strathnaver Museum was officially relaunched last year following a four-year closure and a £2.3 million project to upgrade the facility and build a new annexe.

Also shortlisted in the RICS Awards are Corrieshalloch visitor centre in Wester Ross and the National Treatment Centre Highland in Inverness, both in the public sector category.

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