Scottish Scenic Routes design competitions open

The Scottish Scenic Routes project seeks to involve new architects and landscape architects in the development of a series of interventions along Scotland's most scenic roads.

The Nevis range. Image: MorgueFile
The Nevis range. Image: MorgueFile

The third batch of competitions, launched on 10 August, focus on three different locations, each with a specific brief in response to the quite different and distinctive design challenge / opportunity it presents to competition entrants.

The first competition site is at Banavie where Neptune's Staircase, the UK's longest flight of canal lock gates, forms the entrance to the Caledonian Canal and the Great Glen as well as providing one of the finest views of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain.

The second site is at the Devil's Elbow, a natural lay-by and stopping place on the A93 for walkers intending to access the four Munros that lie west of Glenshee.

The third site is on the northern outskirts of Tomintoul, a small, planned settlement with strong claims to be the highest village in the Highlands, and is a disused quarry that is used as a stopping place to access the natural viewpoint to the River Avon and the Cairngorm mountain range beyond.

The competitions are open to architects and landscape architects still within five years of having completed RIBA Part II or the achievement of Graduate landscape Architect status. Entrants can enter one or more of the competitions. Entries are due by 24 August - see the Scottish Scenic Routes website for more.

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