Another nomination for local architect

Dalmore distillery in Alness, refurbished by JAM Studio architects.
Dalmore distillery in Alness, refurbished by JAM Studio architects.

LOCAL architectural design specialist JAMstudio has been shortlisted in the Public Building category at the prestigious AJ Retrofit Awards, in recognition of its work in revitalising the visitor centre at The Dalmore distillery.

The nomination recognises how JAMstudio designed and project managed the £1m refurbishment of The Dalmore Visitor Centre, the renowned highland distillery near Inverness.

JAMstudio tapped into the history and modern-day global success of The Dalmore, one of the world’s most luxurious whisky brands, to create a unique visitor experience.

Scottish craftsmanship, innovative LED lighting, wood, silver, lush velvet, leather, back-lit frosted glass and sparkling glass mosaics were used to create a superb quality of finish to the refurbishment to reflect the quality of The Dalmore brand.

Director Marie-Louise Dunk, who leads the business with husband John Wingate, said: “This nomination is a fantastic achievement for all of us at JAMstudio. It’s an exciting opportunity for the business but we know we’re up against some tough competition.

“We aimed to create an experience to remember and feel like we have brought a new concept to distillery tours while making The Dalmore’s heritage the centrepiece of the exercise.”

The AJ Retrofit Awards, run by magazine The Architects’ Journal, took place in London yesterday evening Wednesday, (September 12). JAMstudio was the only Scottish nominee in the Public Building category.

JAMstudio has been nominated for the Student Placement Award as part of this year’s Northern Star Business Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday, October 11. It has also clinched a number of awards for its dynamic and technical approach to design.

A leading commercial and residential architectural design specialist, JAMstudio has recently moved into larger office space at Netherton Business Centre at Fetternear, outside Kemnay, to cope with increased demand for its services.