The winners of the Second Phase of Scotland’s Scenic Routes Competition, a project to involve young architects in the development of a series of interventions along Scotland’s most scenic paths, have been announced. The £500K initiative has been backed by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority, Cairngorm National Park Authority, Scottish Canals and Edinburgh Napier University. Inspired by the National Tourist Routes programme in Norway the competition was open to all recently qualified architects, landscape architects and Part II Architecture students.
The winners and Highly Commended Entries for the two selected sites are:
Cairngorms National Park, view point on the A939 Cock Bridge to Tomintoul Road overlooking Congarff Castle and Ben Avon:
Winner: John Kennedy, “The Watchers”
Highly Commended: Ruairidh Moir, “Na Criochan”
Caledonian Canal, Laggan at the northern top of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen:
Winner: Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray “Harbour Rest”
Highly Commended: Melissa Lawson and Ross Aitchison “Forest Loch Reflection”
The jury tasked with selecting the winners were: 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).