Scottish Scenic Routes Competition Launched

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New competitions for young architects launched

The Scottish Scenic Routes project is a new £500k initiative backed by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Canals and Edinburgh Napier University.

Taking its lead from the National Tourist Routes programme in Norway, the project seeks to involve young architects in the development of a series of interventions along Scotland’s most scenic roads. The first phase of the project will see three sites in the LLTNPA area developed as pilots by March 2014 through architectural competition. It is anticipated that the programme will extend into 2014 and beyond, with further competitions each year aimed at recently qualified young architects and landscape architects and post Part II students with the opportunity to practice and gain the valuable experience currently missing to many because of the economic situation in the construction industry. Previous experience is not required and a mentoring process with a team of consultants has been put in place to ensure delivery of the projects.

The Scottish Scenic Routes project and the first three competitions will be launched on Wednesday 28 August 2013 at Carrochan, the Balloch headquarters of LLTNPA and eligible architects and landscape architects are invited to register to attend and to learn more about the project and the sites selected for this stage of the process by clicking here

The competition is open to all young architects and landscape architects, individually or in a team, who have gained ARB registration within the last 5 years. It is also open to post Part 2 students. Young practices, with fewer than 10 members, can enter if all the principals have qualified within the last 5 years. Entrants need to be able to carry out the project if selected. LLTNPA is the project sponsor and is managing the contractual process.

The initiative is being backed by The Wood Studio at Edinburgh Napier University which undertook a fact finding mission to Norway back in 2010 to progress the idea.

Any enquiries should be directed to woodstudio@napier.ac.uk

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