Jim Milne CBE, chairman and managing director of Balmoral Group, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) for his contribution to the country’s built environment through its manufacturing industry.
The presentation was made in Aberdeen by RIAS president Robin Webster OBE PRIAS RIBA who was joined by members of the Aberdeen Society of Architects for the ceremony.
Mr Webster said: “Beyond his immediate commercial interests Jim has actively supported the Aberdeen Society of Architects in its quest to improve the architectural environment in and around the city and his encouragement in the 2016 and 2017 Architecture Festivals was very much appreciated.
“The RIAS is extremely grateful and is pleased to bestow this Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his ongoing support.”
The Fellowship joins the many gongs awarded to Mr Milne over the years. He was awarded the CBE in 1994; received an honorary doctorate from Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University in 1999 and was made Burgess of Guild in the City of Aberdeen during 2004. Mr Milne became Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen City in January 2007 and received a Degree Honoris Causa from the University of Aberdeen in 2008. In 2011, he was inducted into the Entrepreneurial Exchange’s Hall of Fame and, in 2013, was made Honorary Doctor of Business Administration by Edinburgh Napier University.
George Simpson, a member of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, said: “Jim’s commitment and support for the region’s built environment has been unwavering in the 27 years I have known him, both as a leading businessman and developer.”
“One of his most enduring projects must be the transformation of the former Michelin site at Loirston, on the south side of Aberdeen city, into what has become one of Aberdeen’s leading business areas.
“Balmoral Park is now home to the company’s numerous divisions while the adjacent Balmoral Business Park accommodates Audi and Mini automotive complexes and a high specification three-storey office pavilion.”