Doors Open Days 2018 celebrates architecture in all its forms - from the very ancient to ultra-modern, well-loved to little-known. Enjoy free access to buildings you wouldn’t normally get into as well as special events at public buildings.
Some this of this year's buildings are designed by RIAS Members, including:
Eden Court Theatre: 1976 Law Dunbar Naismith (now LDN) and Page Park 2008 Bishops Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September, 12 noon - 2.00pm. http://pagepark.co.uk/project/architecture/eden-court-theatre/
Designed in 1976 by Law Dunbar Naismith (now LDN Architects) Eden Court Theatre is an important cultural facility for the Highlands region of Scotland. A desire to expand their artistic programme led this award-winning redevelopment, designed by Page Park, including a major extension to include a studio theatre, two cinemas, two studios and dressing rooms.
Highland Archive and Registration Centre: 2009 LDN Architects LLP Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5SS. Saturday 1 September. Behind-the-scenes tour times are 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. Uncover stories from the past at the Highland Archive and Registration Centre. Designed by LDN Architects LLP, the building is situated along the river from Bught Park and is the state-of-the-art home for the historic records of Inverness-shire, Ross & Cromarty, Sutherland and Nairnshire. Pop in any time between 11am and 4pm, or why not book a place on one of the three behind-the-scenes guided tours?
Inverness Town House - James Matthews and William Lawrie (1878-81), LDN Architects oversaw the conservation work completed in 2018. High Street/Castle Street, Inverness, IV1 1JJ. Sunday 2 September, 10am - 5pm This Victorian Gothic style building was designed by James Matthews and William Lawrie, following a competition, to replace the previous Town House on this site.
Doors Open Days is a national event run by Scottish Civic Trust. Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk. Doors Open Days, along with Scottish Archaeology Month, take place throughout Scotland in September and are part of European Heritage Days.
Inverness City Heritage Trust has been set up to take a strategic view of the repair and maintenance needs of the buildings forming the historic core of the city and to co-ordinate a programme of conservation work funded by grant assistance. The Trust will also give advice, produce publications and organise events and exhibitions for people interested in the history of buildings and architecture in Inverness, Scotland.