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Kettle Collective design Ripple Retreat charity respite

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Kirsten Speirs of The Scottish Home Awards told us how much the awards have helped support charities. In order to contribute to the exemplary work that charity 'Its Good 2 Give!' are carrying out, Kettle Collective offered to design a purpose built respite centre available for children affected by cancer and their families to visit for short breaks. The special retreat is to be equipped for this special purpose and is to be a restful, safe place to escape, relax and come together as a family.

"The key driver of good architecture is surely to uplift hearts, there is no greater need than this project and we looked to create a design worthy of the cause," said Tony Kettle. The site is on the southern bank of Loch Venachar in Perthshire, a wonderful location on the waters edge with beautiful views down the loch to the west and over the water to the hills to the north. It was this that initially inspired Tony Kettle's design for the 'Ripple Retreat' as is evident from the rippling roof of the building which mirrors the loch.

The Ripple Retreat design is a simple, elegant and linear structure with an undulating, roof wrapping around an open interior. A secure terrace extends the linear form of the building and overlooks the rippling loch and hills. An industrial and energy efficient finish will be achieved using concrete and high performance glazing.

Planning permission for the Ripple Retreat was received in May 2014 and construction will commence on completion of fundraising of £1million. Lynne and Ian McNicoll, founders of 'It's Good 2 Give!' are working towards this with great enthusiasm and momentum and are now nearing £650,000 after momentous efforts and contributions from commercial and private communities. "We are absolutely delighted to be working with Tony and his team at Kettle Collective on our Ripple Retreat. Donations both financial and in-kind are steadily coming in but we do need more to create our Retreat!"

Approaching the beginning of its third year, Kettle Collective has evolved into a dynamic design studio led by Tony Kettle as Design Principal. With headquarters in Edinburgh and studios in London, Dubai, Moscow and St. Petersburg the Collective is competing internationally with current projects also situated in Oman and Morocco. Previously, Tony Kettle was noted for high profile, low-energy designs such as The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland and The Lakhta Centre Gazprom Tower in St. Petersburg. More recently, Kettle Collective, proving longevity with successful green design, has won an open international design competition for the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Innovation Centre as part of the new Dubai Solar Park.

If you would like to donate or get involved in the cause, please visit: and for more information about the architecture please visit:

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