Scenic Routes success by alumni continues in the third competition
The third competition phase was launched in August 2015, we are very proud of the further success of our recent alumni and we look forward to visiting their projects once completed by the end of March in 2016.
The architectural press reviewed and praised the design wins in the face of lots of competition, to create small installations for visitors "in some of the most important and scenic sites in all of Scotland'. The projects feature in our Awards gallery.
TOMINTOUL - 'Conecting Contours' by Dan Tyler and Angus Ritchie of Processcraft. Winner
DEVIL'S ELBOW - Iodhlann. Ruairidh Campbell Moir of BARD. Shortlisted
BANAVIE - Concluded without a design selected for construction. Dan Tyler and Angus Ritchie were shortlisted
Launched in 2013, the high-profile £1.5 million Scottish Scenic Routes pilot programme aims to boost tourism and rural employment by creating new visitor attractions. In the latest phase, Dan and Angus will see 'A Language of Stone' their design for a roofless stone observation hut built at the A939 at Tomintoul. They are now working as emerging design studio Processcraft. Shortlisted was Ruairidh Campbell Moir who has founded new studio BARD.
Duncan Bryden, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority commented, “Excellent, sustainable design is something that we strive for here and I feel we have definitely found that in the winning design”. In Phase Three entries will be built for the Cairngorms National Park, at the Devil’s Elbow and Tomintoul adjacent to the AA93 and the A939 respectively. The winners each received a prize of £5,000 and a mentoring package from a Cairngorms National Park Authority design team and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. In total, some 72 proposals were received for projects at the three locations and the judging panel, project sponsors and partners in the Initiative wish to recognize and thank all the entrants for their considerable endeavours throughout the competition’s tight two-stage timescale. Commenting on the results, Brian Wood, Deputy Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) Board said:
I am really pleased that the competition has produced two very creative designs for sites in Glenshee and near Tomintoul. Once constructed these, together with the installation at Corgaff scheduled to be in place in November, will give us an outstanding scenic route along the eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park, from Glenshee to Grantown-on-Spey. This will encourage more people to experience and enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of the Cairngorms.
It was officially unveiled by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead, who commented,
The Scenic Routes scheme brings together Scotland’s world renowned landscape with emerging design talent. Previous phases of this initiative have delivered projects with real impact and I have no doubt that this phase will produce the exceptional quality that Scotland’s landscape deserves. Good luck to all the young designers who have entered their designs. I look forward to visiting the completed projects in Spring 2016, which will be an excellent showcase for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
PHASE TWO of the initiative saw our alumnus' designs win the competition for an installation in the Cairngorms National Park, at a snow-road view point on the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul Road, overlooking Congarff Castle. Through 2014, 72 proposals were received for three different locations and the judging panel thanked all the entrants for their considerable endeavours throughout the competition’s tight two-stage timescale. Duncan Bryden, convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, said,
Excellent, sustainable design is something that we strive for here and I feel we have definitely found that in the winning design
THE WATCHERS - in the Cairngorms (Corgarff) by John Kennedy. Winner.
NA CRIOCHAN: THRESHOLD OF TERRITORY in the Cairngorms by Ruairidh Campbell Moir. Commended.
John Kennedy is congratulated on another win in the second competition, with his design for an installation in the Cairngorms National Park at a snow-road viewpoint on the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul Road, overlooking Congarff Castle.
PHASE ONE of the scheme saw our alumni and students' designs selected to be the winners in a new national competitiion, for four locations within the Park; at Inveruglas and Falls of Falloch, Loch Lubnaig and Balquidder Glen followed. The competition attracted 90 innovative designs from some of Scotland's most talented young architects; John Kennedy, Ruairidh Campbell Moir and Sean Edwards (in a team of three) had their designs chosen. The 500K initiative was funded by the Scottish Government and also received sponsorship from MAKlab, Russwood and Gillrick Metalwork.
Jury: Craig Mitchell (Managing Director of Macdonald Hotels), Bill Jamieson (freelance writer and speaker), Duncan Bryden (Chair of the Cairngorms National Park Authority), Katie Hughes (Director of Estates, Scottish Canals), Lucy Richards (Creative Director, Studio LR Design Agency) and John Ramsay (Landscape Architect, CH2M Hill).
FALLS OF FALLOCH - 'Woven Sound' by John Kennedy. Winner.
LOCH LUBNEAI BEAG - 'Faerie Hollow', 'Sloc nan Sitheanachat' by Ruairidh Campbell Moir. Winner.
INVERUGLAS - 'An Ceann Mor' by Sean Edwards (and team). Winner.
LOCH VOIL - 'The Lookout' by Dan Tyler and Angus Ritchie. Specially selected to be constructed.
The Tower at Inveruglas by Sean Edwards and team was reviewed in an article in Wallpaper magazine, in a feature by Caroline Ednie.
'The Lookout' was a multi award winning project, winning a GIA Final Year Parchment 'Special Award' (for 5th Year students in design), the second place in the APS National Student Design Awards and buing selected to exhibit as part of the New Contemporaries 2015 Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. Articles on The Lookout:
Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
BBC NEWS JUNE 2014
Ruairidh Campbell Moir commented:
The Scottish Scenic Routes competition is a tremendous springboard into the profession and one that is a significant ‘leg-up’ into industry. A combination of the harsh economic climate, fewer potential commissions and an un-built portfolio of works all but slams the door shut on many young architects and landscape architects.
‘The sites identified and the competition brief offered a tantalizing opportunity to cut your teeth on a potentially live project. As competitions go, it has been very inclusive and also fair to the entrants by recognising the time and resources required by designers in order to produce a submission.