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Scenic Routes and Flows to the Future

LocationScotland

ClientCairngorms National Park Authority and RSPB

StatusIn progress

Scottish Scenic Routes

An unusual project that has required project management and delivery of competition-winning designs created by independent designers. We have adopted a mentoring approach, guiding the winning designers to refine their schemes in the light of budget, practicalities and planning concerns. We have then taken the schemes forward to implementation, co-ordinating specialist fabrication suppliers with landscape and groundworks contractors to deliver the schemes within remote and sensitive locations in the Cairngorms National Park.

Flows to the Future

Commissioned by RSPB Scotland on behalf of The Peatlands Partnership, we will create viewpoints and access for visitors to the 'Flow Country’ of Caithness and Sutherland, as part of the Flows to the Future project. This vast expanse of blanket bog is widely recognised as the largest in Europe, and is currently on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, under consideration for its internationally significant ecological and biological processes and biological diversity. The key aim of the project is to create a greater appreciation for one of Britain’s most important natural assets for habitats, conservation and carbon storage.

Working with Bright 3D, the viewpoints will form part of the branding of the Flows to the Future, building on recognition achieved by the stunning Forsinard Tower designed by Icosis Architects. The new viewing platforms, interpretation and seating will encourage visitors to stop, enjoy the views of the spectacular landscapes and learn of the interest and importance of peatlands. With increased knowledge it is hoped will come support for sustaining the Flows into the future.

Scottish Scenic Routes - Devils Elbow Bench

Scottish Scenic Routes - Devils Elbow viewpoint

Scottish Scenic Routes - Devils Elbow printed concrete

Flows to the Future - Ben Loyal

Forsinard Tower Dubh Lochans

Sphagnum design for Corten cladding

Flows viewpoint concept

Flows to the Future - Tomintoul viewpoint

Sundew design for Flows Corten cladding