Fraser/Livingstone Architects wins competition to design Achmelvich beach hub
Fraser/Livingstone Architects (FLA) has won an invited competition to design a pair of timber pavilions with screened loggias and overhanging turfed roofs at Achmelvich Beach, Assynt.
Such is the popularity of the beach’s white sands, turquoise sea and backdrop of Assynt’s jaggedy, dragon-backed peaks, considerable visitor pressures have led the local Assynt Development Trust to take the lead and collaborate with Highland Council to improve and extend the car park and provide a beach hub, with toilets, showers, charging points and a ranger’s hut.
FLA has designed a pair of timber pavilions, on a terrace overlooking beach, machair and car park, which will be constructed in brut dowel-laminated-timber, with screened loggias and overhanging turfed roofs.
Announcing the win the practice wrote: “DLT is the simplest mass-timber technology with baulks of timber secured by a hardwood dowel which, taking on moisture, expands and locks panels of timber that can be low-grade, fast growing – perfect for locally-grown Scottish timber. FLA is therefore working with local sawmills and contractors to make the project a healthy material, carbon lock and circular economy exemplar.
“With business plan by Community Enterprises, the project is now in for planning and off for funding.”