Aberdeen students exhibit mountain biking centre plans

Biking centreAberdeen architecture students will unveil their ideas for a new mountain bike trail centre in Kirkhill Forest, as part of a project which aims to inspire the development of the sport.

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has been working with Robert Gordon University (RGU) students on a project to design the perfect trail centre.

The designs will go on display at RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment on Tuesday, February 10, as part of an open meeting to bring the local mountain biking community and various stakeholders together to discuss the potential for developing mountain biking in the area.

Graeme McLean, project manager at Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, said: “Scotland is recognised as one of the best destinations in the world for mountain biking. Our world-class facilities, stunning scenery, varied terrain and progressive access legislation make for a perfect combination.

“We recognise that there is a geographic gap in trail centre provision in the north east of Scotland and we hope that the inspiration which the student exhibitions will provide will help the mountain bike community to realise what might be possible within the area.”

Architecture lecturer at RGU, Gillian Wishart, said: “Good building design and placement can greatly enhance the offering within trail centres, providing a central ‘hub’ to foster community and offering opportunities for local businesses to tap into this important visitor economy.

“Using Kirkhill Forest, west of Aberdeen, as an example site, our students have been formulating ideas as to how best to incorporate architecture into trail centres. We hope that this will provide inspiration for future development of mountain biking facilities across Aberdeen City and Shire.”

Calum Murray, communities, recreation and tourism manager at Forestry Commission Scotland, added: “We are really looking forward to seeing the results of the students’ work over the past few months. “It will be a great starting point, showing what is possible when we bring together the combined knowledge of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, alongside the potential partnership opportunities with Forestry Commission Scotland and the vision of the students.”

The meeting will take place at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Robert Gordon University on Tuesday, February 10.

There will be an exhibition of the students work from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, followed by a short presentation and workshops with Graeme McLean from Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and Calum Murray from Forestry Commission Scotland. The event is free and open to all.

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