The 630m2 office, opened by chairman of Forestry Commission Scotland‘s national committee Calum MacDonald, has been built using locally grown, certificated timber. It is adjacent to the previous office and on land once occupied by a sawmill.

Inverness-based HRI Architects in association with Fife practice Hurd Rolland, were commissioned to build an outstanding example of what could be achieved using Scottish grown and certificated timber.

Douglas fir was used for the main structure, while exterior cladding was Scots pine and larch. Larch also features in handrails and the building fabric.

Skirting boards and architraves were made from ash, while floors and stairs are oak. OSB made using Sikta spruce and Scots pine was produced by Norbord.

“This is a magnificent example of what can be achieved,” said Calum MacDonald. “I hope it will inspire and encourage the timber and building industries to think even more positively about the use of timber for construction and provide a welcomed catalyst for other similar projects to follow.”