Highlands & Islands

Winning designs for viewpoints at Corgarff and Laggan

The winners of a competition to enhance the viewpoints at two scenic areas in Scotland have been announced.

Designs were sought from young architects for sites at Corgarff in the Cairngorms National Park and at Laggan on the Caledonian Canal.

The competition was held as part of the Scottish government's Scenic Routes Initiative. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has praised the creativity of the entries.

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In the Cairngorms National Park category, four entries were shortlisted for the viewpoint on the A939 Cock Bridge to Tomintoul Road.

The site overlooks the 16th Century Corgarff Castle and Ben Avon.

The winning submission was The Watchers by John Kennedy, from Greenock.

The highly commended award went to Ruairidh Moir, from Lewis, for his design called Na Criochan: Threshold of Territory.

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Duncan Bryden, convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, said: "We want our visitors to have the best experience they can as they explore and travel round the UK's largest national park.

"Excellent, sustainable design is something that we strive for here and I feel we have definitely found that in the winning design."

He added: "The Cockbridge to Tomintoul Road is known throughout the country because it's the first to close due to snow and that's because it takes you through some high and wild land, which is exactly what makes it such a scenic route."

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Mr Kennedy graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde in 2012 and works in the London office of an international architecture practice.

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The Caledonian Canals' site at Laggan is at the northern tip of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen.

Five entries were shortlisted for this viewpoint.

The highly commend award went to Melissa Lawson and Ross Aitchison. Both graduated from Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 2013 and now work in Edinburgh.

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The winning entry called Harbour Rest was designed by Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray, who are graduates of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow.

Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said: "Laggan is a wonderful spot which overlooks a world-class canal and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

"Scotland's canals already attract 22 million visits a year from all over the world and this project is a great example of how being innovative and bold will ensure we continue to deliver more for every pound of public money that we spend."

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