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Architect ‘guilty of unacceptable conduct’ over Skye holiday home

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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has handed the designer of a home on the Isle of Skye a £1,500 penalty order after finding her guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Mary Arnold-Forster’s three-bedroom Tigh Port na Long design, which is clad in Siberian larch, was completed in 2011 and has previously been featured in Architects’ Journal.

According to the ARB, the scheme’s clients said they were pleased with the design, but unhappy with Arnold-Forster’s handling of problems that arose with it.

They said the structure’s slate flooring and heating system had been inadequately specified, and that Arnold-Forster had failed to obtain their permission for all variations to the contract related to the build.

An ARB hearing in Glasgow earlier this month also found that the architect had failed to apply cost savings to the contract in a reasonable time.

In a statement, the ARB’s professional conduct committee said that while there was no suggestion Arnold-Forster was anything other than a highly-competent architect, it was plain that she had been ‘overworked’ at the time of the complaints relating to Tigh Port na Long.

‘Arnold-Forster’s failure to attend to the matters found proved was serious’” it said.

“In deciding the penalty, the committee took account of a number of mitigating and aggravating factors but concluded that a penalty order in the sum of £1,500 was the appropriate sanction.”

Arnold-Forster, a principal at Dualchas Architects, declined to comment.

The proffessional conduct committee’s full report can be read here.

Tigh Port na Long, on the Isle of Skye

Source: Dualchas Architects

Dualchas Architects’ Tigh Port na Long holiday home on the Isle of Skye


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