The highly anticipated Highland Construction and Property Dinner of 2022 made a triumphant return after a lengthy hiatus caused by the global pandemic. This remarkable event, held on Friday, 18th November 2022, at the exquisite Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, proved to be a resounding success, raising an impressive £17,500 in support of three local charities.
The beneficiaries of this generous fundraising effort were The Oxygen Works, an organisation dedicated to offering oxygen therapy and personalised assistance to individuals residing in the Scottish Highlands and Islands who are coping with various health conditions; Ness Bank Inverness Foodstuff, a vibrant community that extends a helping hand, meals, and companionship to individuals facing diverse day-to-day challenges; and Marie Curie, the preeminent end-of-life charity in the UK, operating diligently in the Highlands.
The Highland Construction and Property Dinner, a sold-out affair, is an annual collaboration between esteemed organisations such as the Scottish Building Federation, the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This year, the event was superbly hosted by Liam Christie, who skillfully conducted the charity raffle and auction, adding to the excitement of the evening.
During the event, the prestigious Industry Excellence Award was bestowed upon Colin Armstrong, a renowned architect with an illustrious career spanning over three decades. Colin has been involved in a myriad of projects of varying scales across numerous market sectors in the Highlands and Islands. As the founder of his own practice, Colin Armstrong Architects, he has consistently exhibited a deep personal interest in sustainable construction, emphasising its vital importance.
Colin Armstrong receiving his award
Captivating the audience with post-dinner entertainment was Jim Robertson, a former solicitor and Procurator Fiscal who regaled the attendees with captivating anecdotes and cherished memories from his long-standing career. Jim’s presence was warmly received, adding a delightful touch to the already enchanting evening.
Jim Robertson entertaining guests
Witnessing the resurgence of this cherished gathering after enduring the challenges imposed by COVID-19 restrictions was truly remarkable. The unwavering support and dedication shown by the local community were a testament to their commitment to philanthropy and camaraderie. As the curtains closed on this memorable occasion, anticipation for next year’s event was already palpable, with participants eagerly looking forward to another unforgettable experience of camaraderie and charitable giving.