Latest Scottish Scenic Routes architecture design competition winners revealed

Tomintoul A Language of Stone
A Language of Stone

The winning entries for the third group of design competitions to be built as part of the widely acclaimed Scottish Scenic Routes initiative have been revealed.

Judges selected two designs from a shortlist of four for sites within the Cairngorms National Park at the Devil’s Elbow and Tomintoul adjacent to the AA93 and the A939 respectively.

The winners each receive a prize of £5000 and a mentoring package from a Cairngorms National Park Authority design team and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

Daniel Smith and Philip Zoechbauer were announced as winners for Devil’s Elbow for their ‘A Languaue of Stone’ entry while ‘Connecting Contours’ saw Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler (Processcraft) emerge victorious at the Tomintoul site.

Both projects will be built by Spring 2016.

Cabinet secretary for rural affairs, food and the environment, Richard Lochhead, said: “Scenic Routes brings together Scotland’s world renowned landscape with emerging design talent.

“Previous phases of this initiative have delivered projects with real impact and I have no doubt that this phase will produce the exceptional quality that Scotland’s landscape deserves.

“Good luck to all the young designers who will have entered their designs. I look forward to visiting the completed projects in Spring 2016, which will be an excellent showcase for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.”

Brian Wood, deputy convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) board, said: “I am really pleased that the competition has produced two very creative designs for sites in Glenshee and near Tomintoul. Once constructed these, together with the installation at Corgaff scheduled to be in place in November, will give us an outstanding scenic route along the eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park, from Glenshee to Grantown-on-Spey. This will encourage more people to experience and enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of the Cairngorms.”

A third competition site at Banavie went without a winner after judges deemed that the three shortlisted submissions were ‘insufficiently robust’ to meet the design challenges presented by Scotland’s longest flight of canal lock gates.

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