RIAS Awards 2014


18 June 2014

RIAS Awards 2014

Robin Baker Architects receive an RIAS 2014 Award and the Friends of the Birks are recognised by the RIAS and Scottish Government as Scotland's Client of the Year.

RIAS Awards badge

"It is a great honour to receive an RIAS 2014 Award as the architect for the Birks Cinema and also a Commendation in the Conservation and Climate Change category. I am delighted that the RIAS and the Scottish Government have recognised the very important role of the Friends as good clients and they fully deserve this award for Scotland's Client of the Year."

28 April 2014


The Birks Cinema received a Highly Commended Award at the Scottish Civic Trust My Places Awards 2014.

The Judge's commented "This wonderful small building project has already had a significant impact both for the local community and the health of the High Street. It has been delightfully restored with something to offer people of many different ages. It is a terrific example of how a small cinema in the heart of a town can offer family entertainment, foster civic pride and help regenerate the local area."

Scottish Civic Trust My Places Awards 2014

The photograph shows the architect Robin Baker and Dianne Strang of the Birks Cinema Trust receiving the award from Derek Mackay MSP Minister for Local Government and Planning at the Awards ceremony at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Photograph by Donald Macleod.


Robin Baker Architects are delighted that the Birks Cinema is one of 26 projects shortlisted for the RIAS Awards 2014.

Comments from the judges:
"This substantial Art Deco historic cinema, long derelict, provides a new 100-seater auditorium and a café/bar generating life, engagement and a cultural focus within a property which has been thoroughly reinvigorated."

The judges are due to visit the cinema on Friday 25th April and the awards dinner is to be held on June 18th at the Glasgow Hilton.

27 February 2014

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

Robin Baker Architects were delighted to receive the Highly Commended award in the Town Centre Regeneration category at the Scottish Property Awards 2014.

Scottish Property Awards 2014:
Robin Baker and his wife, Claire Hewitt, at the Awards dinner in Edinburgh.

The restored Art Deco cinema, located at the corner of the main town square, has brought new life into the town centre and is encouraging visitors and new investment to the town.

The award is recognition of the achievement of a small but active group within the town of Aberfeldy who were inspired by Charlotte Flower, a local chocolatier who founded the Friends of the Birks Cinema, to donate their time to further the social and economic development of the town.

Robin Baker said that the renovation of the derelict cinema, that was on the Civic Trust Buildings at Risk Register, is a prime example of a community led town centre regeneration project as expounded in the Scottish Government National Review of Town Centres 2013 to make the best use of existing resources to enliven our town centres with a new sense of community and enterprise.

Scottish Property Awards logo

21 November 2013


The Birks Cinema received the Supreme Design Award and the Best Client Award. This means that the project will be included for the Andrew Doolan Award 2014 for the best building in Scotland.

DIA Awards

19 November 2013


The Birks Cinema has been selected as a Finalist in the following categories:

Architectural Excellence Award (Public Buildings)

Town Centre Regeneration Project of the Year

Scottish Property Awards logo

RIAS Awards 2014
Robin receiving the award from the RIAS President Ian Connelly and Charlotte Flower accepting the award for the Friends from the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP.
Tower Buildings, Station Road
Birnam, Perthshire PH8 0DS

Tel: 01350 728116