Mareel has won 2 commendations at the Inverness Architectural Association (IAA) Awards which cover the North of Scotland and the Islands. At the awards event held in Skye on Friday 7 November, Mareel picked up a Commendation for Best New Building and another for Best Building Overall.
These Commendations are the latest in a string of architectural awards and commendations received by Mareel, including a Commendation from the Civic Trust Awards, and awards from RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for architectural excellence.
Managed by Shetland Arts Development Agency, Mareel is the UK’s most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre.
The building, designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects, is situated in a prominent quayside area in Lerwick, adjacent to the Shetland Museum and Archives and incorporates: a live performance auditorium, two cinema screens, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, education and training spaces, a digital media production suite, broadcast facilities and a cafe bar with free, high speed wi-fi internet access.
Providing a year round programme of film, live music, education and other performance events, Mareel is a hub and a focus for the creative communities not just in Shetland but beyond, and a catalyst for the creative industry sector in Shetland.
Shetland Arts’ Marketing Officer, Lisa Ward, said: “Mareel is an exceptional building and we are very proud to see it acknowledged by these national institutes for architectural excellence.”