Projects will be on Caledonian Canal and in Cairngorms National Park

Winning designs announced for Scottish viewpoints

Young Scottish landscape architects and architects were invited to design viewpoints that celebrate the beauty of the Caledonian Canal and the Cairngorms National Park as part of the Scottish Government’s Scenic Routes Initiative (as described in the Spring 2014 issue of Landscape ). 

The project, which draws inspiration from the success of a similar scheme in Norway, aims to enhance the visitor experience of Scotland's landscape by creating innovative installations that celebrate, and improve access to, some of the nation's most majestic scenery.
 
In the Cairngorms National Park, four entries were shortlisted for the viewpoint on the A939 Cock Bridge to Tomintoul Road, with the winning submission being ‘The Watchers’ by John Kennedy. The site lies on one of the ‘snow roads’ and overlooks the 16th century Corgarff Castle and Ben Avon, in the heart of the National Park. The Highly Commended Award went to Ruairidh Moir for his design ‘Na Criochan: Threshold of Territory’. 
 
‘Excellent, sustainable design is something that we strive for here and I feel we have definitely found that in the winning design,’ says Duncan Bryden, convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority. ‘The Cock Bridge to Tomintoul road takes you through some high and wild land, which is exactly what makes it such a scenic route. I can’t wait to see the finished result and the impact that it has on our visitors.'
 
Five entries were shortlisted for the Caledonian Canals site at Laggan at the northern tip of Loch Lochy which sits within the majesty of the Great Glen. The Highly Commended award went to ‘Forest-Loch-Reflection’ by Melissa Lawson and Ross Aitchison. The winning entry ‘Harbour Rest’ by Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray was chosen for its attractive and striking design in timber which cleverly uses the facilities building to draw attention to the wonderful view of the loch. 
 
‘Laggan is a wonderful spot which overlooks a world-class canal and attracts thousands of visitors each year,’ says Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals. ‘Scotland’s canals already attract 22 million visits a year from all over the world and this project is a great example of how being innovative and bold will ensure we continue to deliver more for every pound of public money that we spend,’ he adds.
 
The goals of the Scenic Routes initiative include enhancing the experience of visitors to Scotland's outstanding landscapes; stimulating and sustaining rural economies and employment; attracting private investment in the tourist industry; and harnessing and celebrating the nation's outstanding young design talent. 

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