Archial Architects, one of the largest architectural practices in Scotland and the UK, has secured a commission from the Kinross Curling Trust to design a National Curling Academy in Kinross.

Set to be located on the Market Park site in the heart of Kinross, the new academy will feature a six sheet curling rink, with full supporting facilities, offices, meeting rooms and a museum.

Charles Smith, director at Archial Architects, said, “This state-of-the-art curling facility in Kinross will cater for local curlers and national elite squads alike and looks set to become the genuine curling centre of Scotland – which effectively means the curling centre of the world.

“And having designed the new curling rink in Aberdeen, completed three years ago, host to the European Curling Championships later this year, Archial can stake a claim to be a world leader in curling rink design.” The National Curling Academy is scheduled to be operational in time for the 2010/2011 season. Kinross was chosen as the location for the new National Curling Academy because of its historic links with curling.

Instituted in 1668, Kinross Curling Club is believed to be the oldest curling club in the world. The Archial Group Plc employs around 200 staff in Scotland, operating from offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.

ENDS For further information please contact: Charles Smith T: 01224 586277 Issued on behalf of Archial Group Plc by Liquorice Media tel 0141 564 8058 Date 18th May 09

Notes to Editors

• In addition to Archial Architects, The Archial Group Plc incorporates: Sparch (providing architectural solutions that match the energy and growth of fast-moving emerging markets in Asia); Alsop (creating challenging solutions that push the limits of conventional ideas about architecture in a provocative and colourful style); Archial Services (with a portfolio of specialist services in Planning, Facilities Management and Sustainable Futures, a dedicated team of category experts deliver creative solutions to add value to all architectural projects) and Archial Special Projects (operating worldwide, this is a vehicle for collaborative commissions that draw upon the strength of the Archial Group, combined with the skills and expertise of other external consultants. • The Archial Group Plc has created a system it calls Intelligent Architectural Design which incorporates the five dimensions required to achieve the optimum design solution: creative integrity; economic performance; environmental responsibility; social contribution and personal experience.