Plans Approved for

Perth and Kinross Council has granted Planning Consent for a National Curling Academy on a near three-acre site in Kinross designed by Archial Architects, one of the largest architectural practices in Scotland and the UK,

The planning bid, submitted by the Kinross Curling Trust, was supported by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, the sport’s governing body in Scotland. The plans comprised proposals for a six-rink ice pad, changing facilities, gym, cafe, curling museum, offices and associated facilities. Parking will also be provided for around 130 cars.

Charles Smith, director at Archial Architects, said, “The general design features of the building reflect the intentions for a world class facility. The elevational treatment of the building is suitably distinctive and will enhance the site’s sense of identity and linkages to the adjacent rural character, using natural, sustainable materials such as timber cladding within the scheme, which creates a horizontal emphasis to the building.

“The use of different materials externally relates directly to the internal composition, therefore linking the internal space arrangements with the external appearance which, in turn, relates to the site and its origins.

“Whilst the development is to become an integral part of one of Kinross-shire’s main settlements, the palette chosen specifically reflects the rural setting, enhancing the natural materials and complementing the landscaped setting.”

The National Curling Academy is scheduled to be operational in time for the 2010/2011 season. Kinross was chosen as the location for the new National Curling Academy because of its historic links with curling. Instituted in 1668, Kinross Curling Club is believed to be the oldest curling club in the world.

It is the intention that once the new facility is established, the existing curling rink and swimming pool within the Green Hotel will be decommissioned.

The Archial Group Plc employs around 150 staff in Scotland, operating from offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.


For further information please contact:

Charles Smith T: 01224 586277

Issued on behalf of Archial Group Plc by Liquorice Media tel 0141 564 8058

Date 24th  November 09


Notes to Editors


  • In addition to Archial Architects, The Archial Group Plc incorporates: Sparch (providing architectural solutions that match the energy and growth of fast-moving emerging markets in Asia); Alsop (creating challenging solutions that push the limits of conventional ideas about architecture in a provocative and colourful style); Archial Services (with a portfolio of specialist services in Planning and Sustainable Futures, a dedicated team of category experts deliver creative solutions to add value to all architectural projects) and Archial Special Projects (operating worldwide, this is a vehicle for collaborative commissions that draw upon the strength of the Archial Group, combined with the skills and expertise of other external consultants.
  • The Archial Group Plc has created a philosophy it calls Intelligent Architectural Design which incorporates the five dimensions required to achieve the optimum design solution: creative integrity; economic performance; environmental responsibility; social contribution and personal experience.


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