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KHBT wins Inverness contest with 'tilting pier'

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KHBT has won a competition for a new public art installation in Inverness with a proposal for a new tilting pier

The London and Berlin-based studio – set up by OSA founders Karsten Huneck and Bernd Trümpler to deliver permanent projects in 2010 – defeated sculptor Tania Kovats and artistic duo Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion to win the high-profile commission.

Planned to complete next summer, the pivoting structure was designed in collaboration with Glasgow-based collaborative Sans façon set up by Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees.

According to KBHT, the project for The Highland Council will create a new social space and viewing area overlooking the River Ness.

The practice said: ‘The mechanism tilts slowly as the crowd gathers on the pier, and stops just above the water level. The tilting mechanism can be restrained to not come down further than a certain level during high water events or locked in a up position during extreme events.’

KHBT's competition-winning proposal for a new public art installation in Inverness

KHBT’s competition-winning proposal for a new public art installation in Inverness

Councillor Ken Gowans said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to make a lasting impression on the future cultural and artistic landscape of our city centre.

‘The gathering place will provide a new focus and vibrancy with lasting impact on the River Ness area. All the final art projects will be subject to public consultation to determine their final form and to ascertain cultural and social relevance to their location by the local community.’

Three locations have been shortlisted for the new landmark which will be funded by The City of Inverness Common Good Fund, Creative Scotland, The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

A planning application is expected to be submitted next month.

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